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Civil Partnership Fees and Ceremonies


The fees are the same if you choose to just sign the schedule or if you choose to also have a ceremony.

Notice fee

£35.00 per person
£47.00 per person (if as a couple you are referred to the Home Office, under the referral and investigation scheme). Further information about the scheme can be found on the website.)


Consideration of documentation of a divorce / dissolution outside the British Isles

As of 1 November 2017 -  either £50.00 or £75.00  (For more information see Giving Notice of Civil Partnership)

Ceremony Fees.

Pankhurst Suite Ceremonies  (more information)

Standard Ceremony
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday        £57.00 
(Available times are 9.10am and 9.50am)
Civil Partners + 2 witnesses only and no extra guests. This is a basic ceremony.

Enhanced Ceremony
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday     £127.00
Saturday                                                     £172.00

The Pankhurst Suite holds up to 70 guests, and the ceremony can be enhanced by readings or music (optional)

Fees for ceremonies in the Pankhurst Suite include the cost of the room and the registrars.

Ceremonies at Licensed Venues in Manchester (more information)

The fees for the registrars to attend are:

Monday - Friday      £342.00 daytime until 4.30pm      Evening  6pm and 7pm    £447.00
Saturday                 £377.00 daytime until 4.30pm      Evening  6pm and 7pm    £447.00
Sunday / Bank Holiday     £417.00 daytime until 4.30pm   Evening  6pm and 7pm    £487.00

Later times may be available on request.

All ceremony prices include the cost of one civil partnership certificate. These are reviewed annually.

The total fee is non-refundable if you cancel your ceremony within three months of the ceremony date.

Paying Your Fees

For a standard ceremony in the Pankhurst Suite, the full fee must be paid at the time of booking. For other ceremonies, an initial, non-refundable, deposit will need to be paid when the ceremony is booked. (£40.00 for an enhanced ceremony in the Pankhurst Suite, £100.00 for ceremonies at other licensed venues)

The balance of the fees must be paid 3 months before the date of your civil partnership. (If you book your civil partnership within 3 months of the date, the full fee will be payable at the time of booking and will be non-refundable)  You can pay the balance of your fees on-line.

Designing your ceremony

If you choose to have an enhanced ceremony, you will be able to have some choice about the content of the ceremony.

Before the ceremony a Registrar will check the details given at the time of notice are still correct, as this information will be recorded in the schedule and on your civil partnership certificate. You have the option of doing this together or separately.

The Celebrant will begin by welcoming you and your guests followed by the traditional partnership ceremony introduction.

If you have chosen to have the Standard Ceremony, at the standard  ceremony fee (see above), then the rest of the ceremony will be the basic standard ceremony with no readings or music.

If you have chosen to have a more personal, Enhanced Ceremony, in the Pankhurst Suite or at an approved premises, then you will be able to make some choices about the content of the ceremony, using our online ceremony planner (you will be provided with a username and password at the time of booking your ceremony), or where necessary the pack can be provided in booklet form with a checklist to complete and return. During the ceremony you may include some readings. Any readings need to be submitted to the Ceremonies Section at least one month before the ceremony so that we can check its suitability (e.g. no religious content).

If your ceremony is in the Pankhurst Suite you are welcome to have music played whilst making an entrance and during the signing of the schedule. We have a selection of music but may not have your choice, so feel free to bring your own CD or arrange 'live' music. Please note that the music cannot be religious in nature.

At approved premises you will need to liaise with the management about the availability and facilities for music.

How long will the ceremony be?

The length of the ceremony will be dependent upon the choices you have made and any readings you have included, creating a unique occasion for you and your guests to remember, so no two ceremonies are the same.

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