Guide: Plan a civil partnership

Part 1 Choosing a venue

Approved Venues

You will need to decide on an approved venue or registration office within Devon (excluding Plymouth and Torbay).

For registration Offices and additional ceremony rooms, please contact us on 0345 155 1002.

For a ceremony at an approved venue, contact your chosen venue direct to make a provisional booking.

It is recommended that you do not pay a deposit to your chosen venue until you have confirmed that the Registration Officers will be available for the day and time of the proposed ceremony.

Making a provisional booking

Registration Officers will be required to conduct your ceremony so it is important to contact us as early as possible – please call 0345 155 1002 . You can only make a provisional booking at this point, which will be confirmed when you have ‘given legal notice’.

We will need to take a £50 non-refundable deposit (full balance for statutory ceremonies) which will secure your booking over the phone. This deposit will be deducted from your final fee. For bookings made within 12 weeks of the proposed date, full payment is required at the time of booking. To find out the cost of your ceremony, please visit our fees page.

You will receive an email with a booking form and a receipt confirming your provisional booking. If you don’t receive the confirmation email you can either contact us on 0345 155 1002 or email ceremonies-mailbox@devon.gov.uk with your names, date of ceremony and venue and a member of the ceremonies team will re-send your confirmation.

See our Marriage and Civil Partnership ceremonies frequently asked questions for more information >

Registering a partnership abroad

If you choose to register your civil partnership abroad, you are first advised to contact your local Registration Office to establish the procedure followed, laws relating to civil partnerships vary between countries.

For advice on marriages or civil partnerships abroad see Foreign Office: Marriage and civil partnerships.