Ceremony venues

Marriage and civil partnership ceremonies

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on the 31 October 2020, marriages and civil partnerships are suspended from the 05 November 2020 to 02 December 2020 inclusive. Couples due to marry or enter in to a civil partnership during that time will be contacted by email.

We are carefully following government guidance as it is issued and will continue to let you know as soon as we have any further updates

The Registration Service is currently receiving a very high level of enquiries. If you have already contacted the service please do not call or email again as this slows down our ability to respond.

If you are impacted by the current situation or wish to avoid any uncertainty, we will be happy to re-arrange your ceremony any fees paid to Blackburn with Darwen registration service will be transferred to your new booking. If you want to re-arrange your ceremony please email the ceremonies team on ceremonies@blackburn.gov.uk with your names, date of current ceremony and the preferred date(s) and time(s) of the new ceremony.

New bookings

From 17 August, we are now able to take new bookings for ceremonies at the Northgate Suite, or for a registrar to attend a ceremony at one of our approved ceremonies or registered buildings. As we anticipate a large number of requests, please bear with us if we do not respond to your enquiry immediately.

Notices of Marriage / Civil Partnership

Appointments can now be booked for notice of marriage/civil partnership however due to the backlog we are trying to work through, we are only able to offer you an appointment if you intend to marry/form a civil partnership within the next 3 calendar months.

Blackburn with Darwen Council have a specialist team who understand the importance of planning your celebration to perfection and are dedicated to helping you choose the right venue and that your celebration surpasses your expectations.

Our guidance and practical assistance will ensure that when your ‘big day’ arrives it will be a truly memorable occasion.

Find out more about our ceremony venues.

The ceremonies that are available:

  • civil marriages
  • civil partnerships
  • civil naming
  • renewal of vows
  • celebration following a civil partnership conversion to marriage
  • citizenship