Civil partnerships are a different legally recognised union to that of marriages. Civil partnerships and are available to both same sex and opposite sex couples. View more information about civil partnerships on the gov.uk website.
Before you can enter into a civil partnership you must first give notice. Giving notice is a legal process which must be completed before you can have a legal ceremony. More information on giving notice can be found on our how to book page.
If you are in a same-sex civil partnership and it was registered in England, Wales or Scotland you can convert your civil partnership into a marriage. More information on converting a same-sex civil partnership into a marriage is available on the gov.uk website.
To convert a same-sex civil partnership into a marriage the relevant documents are prepared and a declaration is signed at a registration office. You can also organise a celebratory ceremony to follow the signing of the declaration.
You cannot convert an opposite-sex civil partnership to a marriage in England and Wales as there is no legal route for this.