Marriage venue licencing

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During the Christmas and New Year period, East Sussex Register Offices will operate reduced opening times:

24-Dec 25-Dec 26-Dec 27-Dec 28-Dec
9am-1pm closed closed 9am-5pm* closed
29-Dec 30-Dec 31-Dec 01-Jan 02-Jan
closed 9am-5pm* 9am-5pm* closed Normal opening resumes*

This does not affect pre-booked ceremonies.

*Crowborough Register Office closed between 12.30pm and 1.30pm.

Can my venue be licenced?

If you manage or own a venue, you can apply for a licence to hold marriage and civil partnership ceremonies.

Civil marriages and civil partnerships must take place in a permanent structure that is open to the public and non-religious in nature. This may include:

  • Restaurants and public houses
  • Hotels
  • Museums and galleries
  • Theatres and cinemas
  • Stately homes and castles
  • Tourist attractions

Many couples are looking for a wedding venue with a difference, your venue could be just the thing they’re after. If you’re not sure, email registrar@eastsussex.gov.uk

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