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Same Sex/Gay Marriages & Civil Partnerships

Much of what is offered on these pages is equally relevant if you're planning a same sex marriage or a beautiful celebration of your partnership.

Whether you're planning a same sex marriage, gay wedding or civil partnership, Green Union can help you plan your big day.

A civil partnership is the legal recognition of a same sex couple's relationship and gives you 'Civil Partnership Status' within the eyes of British Law. It is a legal requirement to give notice of your intention at your local registration authority and the civil partnership ceremony can take place either at a register office or venues presently approved for marriage. A word of warning though, venues do have the right to choose if they wish to hold a civil partnership ceremony.

It is also possible for a civil partnership to be registered at the residence of someone who is housebound or seriously ill and not expected to recover.

The General Register Office for England and Wales, for Scotland and Northern Ireland all have good websites detailing information about the rules governing civil partnerships in their areas.

You may want to arrange to have your own civil partnership ceremony and you could ask a friend to conduct it, or find a celebrant to help you plan a specially tailored blessing to suit you.

Perhaps you've decided on a pagan handfasting or you're planning a renewal of vows. Celebrants are always open to ideas and variety for couples wanting to renew their vows several years down the line.

There are heaps of ways to personalise your special day and we'd love to fill these pages with ceremony ideas specially designed for gay couples. If you'd like to share your own eco-civil diary with us, do get in touch.

Send us an email info@greenunion.co.uk or call us on +44(0)1769 550580

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