Marriage and civil partnership

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – marriages and civil partnerships

From 13 July 2020, Thurrock Register Office is accepting appointments for notices of marriage and civil partnerships.

If you had already booked an appointment, we will contact you to arrange a new date and time. If your ceremony is due to take place before September 2020, please call us to discuss and arrange an appointment. We will resume notices for later dates in due course.

From 4 July 2020, civil ceremonies can take place. We are currently prioritising ceremonies that had been booked to take place in the Register Office, Lacey Room or Hawthorne Suite of the Thameside Complex between March and July. We will contact couples in due course to provide guidance and new terms and conditions before rescheduling your ceremony, should you wish to.

If your ceremony had been due to take place at one of our approved premises and you wish to change the date, you should email If you are keeping your original date, we will contact you in due course to provide further advice and guidance.

You must not come to the Register Office if you or anyone in your household has symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19). All visitors must follow government social distancing guidance and safety requests from staff.

British couples marrying abroad

If a British couple marries in a foreign country, the marriage is recognised under the local law of that country.

A foreign country does not include a Commonwealth country or the Republic of Ireland.

Contact the local authorities in the country where you want to get married or enter into a civil partnership to find out what you need to do.

For more information, go to GOV.UK: Getting married abroad.