Marriage and civil partnership

Mansion House bride and groom outside

Coronavirus COVID-19

On 23 March 2020 the UK and Welsh Governments announced strict new measures for essential travel, social distancing and public behaviour, including restrictions on the celebration of marriages and civil partnerships. 

All ceremonies up to 21 June 2020 are suspended.   

Following the First Minister’s statement on Friday 29 May, all ceremonies are postponed up to and including Sunday 21 June 2020, subject to review in the light of any further guidance. 

If you have a ceremony booked with us due to take place before 21 June, we will contact you to discuss alternative arrangements.

On 12 May 2020, the UK Government published its Covid-19 recovery strategy, Our Plan to Rebuild.

Under step two of the strategy (1 June 2020) the Government states it is examining how to enable people to gather in slightly larger groups to better facilitate small weddings. 

The Welsh Parliament has published its own recovery document, which uses a traffic light system of red, amber and green.

The Relaxing and Special Occasions category of this document states that 'weddings and other events with limited capacity and physical distancing' are amber.   

We do not know when we will move to amber, and once in amber, we do not yet know:

  • The locations where ceremonies will be permitted
  • How many guests this will include
  • The content that can be included in the ceremony
  • Any other restrictions or conditions that may apply
  • Arrangements for Notices of Marriage or Civil Partnership (the legal preliminaries)

You will appreciate that we cannot provide advice on any of these aspects until we receive more information from Government. 

We know this uncertainty makes planning difficult and we are very sorry for all couples affected by this situation.

We will update our webpage and send messages via Twitter and Facebook as soon as we are able to give further information.

We appreciate this is a worrying time for everyone but please do not telephone our office as our teams are busy with critical work. 

If you have an urgent ceremony query not covered here, please use the ceremony enquiry form (to use the form, either login or create an account, or use as 'Guest', see bottom left of the form) to contact us and we will do our best to respond as soon as possible. 

Congratulations, your future together starts here!

We recognise that your wedding or civil partnership is a unique and special occasion and we are here to help make it a day to remember. 

Whatever your arrangements we will try to ensure that your ceremony is what you want it to be and, most importantly, that it is carried out in accordance with the law. 

Newport Registration Service is located at the Mansion House, near the city centre - a photograph of the Mansion House can be seen here.

Please come and take a look at the room choices within our building before booking your ceremony as once legal preliminaries have been started, paperwork will only be valid for the stated room.

Whatever type of ceremony you would like, we will do our very best to accommodate your wishes and our experienced registration staff can guide and advise you along the way.

Here in Newport we are lucky enough to have a variety of different venues licensed for civil ceremonies. 

If you dream of walking up the aisle in a stately home or would prefer the unique quirkiness of a coastal lighthouse, we have those options for you.

If a glamorous hotel or friendly golf club is more your thing, we have those too.

If the thought of warm sunshine and birdsong in a beautiful park and being married from a bandstand appeals to your romantic nature then we can help you.

Of course there are alternatives, maybe you are looking for an outdoor ceremony (weather permitting!) followed or preceded by legal vows in licensed premises - we can help you with that too.

You do not have to live in Newport to hold your ceremony here. 

Six steps to your ceremony

  Step 1: What type of ceremony?

  Step 2: Costs        

  Step 3: Make a save the date booking     

  Step 4: Give legal notice    

  Step 5: Ceremony choices

  Step 6: Pay the balance