Ceremony venues

Marriage and Civil Partnership Ceremonies

With effect from 31 December 2020 Blackburn with Darwen entered tier 4. Government guidance for tier 4 areas state ‘weddings and civil partnership ceremonies must only take place with up to 6 people. Anyone working is not included. These should only take place in exceptional circumstances, for example, urgent marriages/civil partnerships where one of those getting married/forming a civil partnership is seriously ill and not expected to recover, or due where to undergo debilitating treatment or life-changing surgery.

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

Due to the unprecedented number of deaths that need to be registered, we are currently only able to book notice of marriage/civil partnership appointments by exception only. As soon as the situation improves, we will recommence service. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

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