Same sex couples wishing to formalise their
relationship may do so by registering as a civil partnership.
Couples may enhance the registration with a Kentish civil
In Kent a civil partnership can only be registered by a Civil
Partnership Registrar appointed by the county council.
Registrations may only take place in the Register Office, county
council Registration Offices or approved premises (such
as hotels, stately homes, castles etc.) licensed by the
county council. There is no legal religious alternative.
The registration of your civil partnership is special to you -
and we have provided a range of choices for you - whether you
choose registration or a registration and ceremony.
- Registration only - this may take place either at a
County Council owned ceremony venue (a Registration Office) or
at ceremony venues especially
licensed by Kent County Council such as hotels, castles,
country houses or civil buildings. The registration has a
simple format and should take no longer than 15 minutes. Please
note, a registration does not include any personal ceremony
- Registration and Simply Perfect Ceremony - 2
Simply Perfect packs are available covering ceremonies at
Kent County Council owned ceremony venues and ceremonies at 1
of the many ceremony venues specially licensed by Kent County
Council. Both packs provide a framework for the personalising of
the ceremony to include special vows, poetry, music, prose or
personal messages of celebration and the involvement of family and
The civil partnership ceremony can be traditional or a less
formal occasion, alternatively you may wish to consider a 'theme
To enter into a civil partnership couples must be:
- of the same sex
- not already in a civil partnership or lawful marriage
- not closely related to 1 another
- aged 18 or over (or provide evidence of consent if aged 16 or
People who are subject to immigration control will need to check
with their local ceremonies teams to discuss their eligiblity.
If this procedure appears daunting in any way - don't
worry - our Ceremonies Teams are
there to help and provide assistance for your special day.
Further information on civil partnerships can be found from the