Converting a civil partnership into a marriage

How the conversion process works

Provisions within the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013 allow civil partners to convert their relationship into marriage.

You can convert your civil partnership to a marriage in the Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole area even if you didn't have your civil partnership ceremony here.

The process is as follows:

  1. you and your partner attend in person, by appointment
  2. you and your partner provide evidence of your identity, current address and your civil partnership certificate
  3. the conversion takes place when you and your partner sign a declaration to confirm that you have not dissolved your civil partnership and that you both wish to convert your civil partnership to a marriage
  4. the declaration is signed in the statutory register office. You don't have to give notice and there is no requirement to have a ceremony attached to the conversion, but we are happy to provide one tailored to you
  5. the conversion will be registered and a certificate of conversion issued.

You are not required to go through a marriage ceremony. However, you may of course choose to have a celebration ceremony after the conversion, in a location of your choice.


The statutory fee for a conversion is £45 plus £11 per certificate required.

Payment can be made by cash or debit/credit card.

Celebratory ceremonies at Bournemouth town hall

If you'd like to mark your conversion with a celebratory ceremony, we are taking bookings now.

The ceremonies start from just:

  • £157 for our Laurels ceremony room
  • £436 for our Willows room
  • £657 for our Council Chamber.

These ceremony rooms are all in our historic Town Hall.

For all other venues, the fee is £541 Monday-Saturday or £591 Sundays & Bank Holidays.

Celebratory ceremonies with Poole Guildhall 

  • Robing Room £302
  • Guildhall £506.



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