Marriages and civil partnerships
Marriage - arrangement and ceremonies
In these pages we hope to help you find useful information and advice on getting married. We give details of locations where you can get married within the city of Sunderland and what you may need to know about the formalities.
Same sex marriages
The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013 makes new provisions for same sex couples.
The Civil Partnership Act 2004 enables same-sex couples to obtain legal recognition of their relationship. Couples who form a civil partnership will have a new legal status, that of 'civil partner'.
Converting a civil partnership to marriage
Couples who registered their partnership in England or Wales are able to convert their civil partnership to a marriage.
Marriage - renewal ceremonies
A renewal of marriage vows ceremony is for any married couple wishing to celebrate renewing their marriage vows and their commitment to each other in a unique and personal ceremony.
Registrar's virtual tours
The Register Office in Sunderland is adjacent to the award winning Mowbray Park and you'll see that it's an ideal setting for those memorable photographs.
Approved premises in Sunderland
You may choose to have your civil ceremony at one of these venues.
Places of worship
Any building where people meet for religious worship must be registered with the General Register Office as a place of worship.
Registration Service - Copy Certificates
For births, deaths, marriages and civil partnerships that occurred in Sunderland you can obtain copies of certificates. The fees for these certificates can be found through this page.
Getting married abroad
You should first check with the authorities of the country in which you are getting married to find out what legal preliminaries are needed. Some countries require you to give notice of marriage in this country. You may also have to produce a 'Certificate of No Impediment' in order for your marriage to go ahead.
Changing the name on your passport
If you wish to change the name on your passport for use immediately after the marriage or civil partnership, the Passport Office will either issue a new standard UK passport which will be valid from the date of the ceremony or alternatively will amend your existing passport to show your future name.
Benefits and you
Here you will find information about benefits you may be able claim and tax credits which top up your income if you work