Marriages and civil partnerships

Tower Hamlets council can help arrange marriage ceremonies, renewal of wedding vows and civil partnerships; advising on legal requirements, issuing certificates and help with performing historical searches.

The Tower Hamlets register office is responsible for recording and publicising intended marriages between couples who live in the borough. It is also responsible for performing and registering all civil marriages taking place in the borough and for registering marriages in churches other than the Church of England.

Please click on the Tower Hamlets ceremonies brochure below to find out more about arranging a ceremony in Tower Hamlets. We have a fantastic choice of venues licensed to hold civil ceremonies to suit all tastes and budgets.

Civil ceremonies at TH register

Provisional bookings

A non-refundable booking fee of £50 for all provisional bookings will be charged.

If you wish to enquire about provisionally booking a date for your ceremony or would like to enquire about registrar availability please get in touch.

 Make an enquiry

Same sex marriages 

When can same-sex couples marry?

The law changed in 2013 to allow same-sex couples to marry and the provisions from this law were introduced from March 29, 2014. Same-sex couples who are not already in an existing legal relationship, can now marry in England or Wales.

The government announced on 27 June 2014 that those couples in a civil partnership who wish to convert to a marriage will be able to do so from 10 December 2014 onwards. This is one of the remaining provisions of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013. The provisions in the Act for those changing gender are also coming into effect from that date. If you require further information, please contact us.

Notices of marriage and civil partnerships:

By appointment only.  Please email us register.office@towerhamlets.gov.uk to make an appointment. Your appointment will be rescheduled if you are more than five minutes late.