Marriage and civil partnership

What is marriage?

A marriage is an agreement between 2 people of any sex that joins their lives together.

In a marriage you make vows to your partner.

You can get married if you are:

  • 18 years or older
  • not already married or in a civil partnership
  • not closely related

What is a civil partnership?

A civil partnership is a similar agreement between 2 people of any sex.

In a civil partnership you do not make vows to each other.

You can enter into a civil partnership if you are:

  • at least 18 years old (or 16 years old with parental consent)
  • not already in a civil partnership or married
  • not closely related

Where you can get married

There are lots of places in Bracknell Forest to have your ceremony:

  • South Hill Park
  • Stirrups Country House Hotel
  • Coppid Beech Hotel
  • Grange Bracknell Hotel
  • Wellington College

If you want to get married in a church, you will need to contact the church.

Planning your special day

If you are planning your wedding with the register office, you can include readings and music to make the ceremony special.

The register office can help you with these.

Before the big day

Before you can get married or form a civil partnership, you need to tell the register office.

You need to show them documents like:

  • your passport
  • birth certificate
  • proof of your address

The wedding can take place 28 days after your appointment.

You do not need to do this if you are getting married in the Church of England.

Book an appointment

To book an appointment with the Bracknell register office, please call us on 01344 352000.