Forming a Civil Partnerships

Forming a civil partnership

Congratulations on your engagement.

The following pages explain the procedure for registering a civil partnership and should answer most, if not all, of your questions. Naturally, we can’t include everything about civil partnerships on this website, so if there is anything that you’re not sure about please feel free to call the Register Office.

However, if you are already in a legal civil partnership that took place in England or Wales on or after 5 December 2005 and wish to convert that civil partnership into a marriage then please go to the Converting a Civil Partnership into a Marriage page.

Whether or not you live in Kensington and Chelsea, forming a civil partnership is a special occasion. Choosing the right place for your registration is just as important. The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea has such a lot to offer. If you have logged on to this website to find out more about forming a civil partnership, then we hope to persuade you that Kensington and Chelsea is the place to choose.

The Chelsea Old Town Hall has long been famous as a marriage venue. We bring that same experience to help you arrange your civil partnership registration. Whether you just want to have a simple registration or would like to include a non-legal civil partnership ceremony as part of your celebrations, we will try to ensure that your day is second to none. We are delighted to provide these pages to help you through the planning and organisation of your special day, and pride ourselves on offering you the highest standards of service and customer care.

The Royal Borough is proud to offer a Civil Partnership Ceremony in conjunction with the registration. Although this is a non-legal ceremony, it gives a couple the opportunity to include readings, music and an exchange of vows and/or rings as part of their celebration.

The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea has been performing civil partnership registrations since 5 December 2005.