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How many readings are we allowed at our ceremony?

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We normally request that you have no more than 3 readings throughout your ceremony. The Superintendent Registrar on the day will place these at points throughout your ceremony, but if you would like them in a certain order or for … Continue reading

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How much music should I have for each section on my ceremony preference form?

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A few tracks for while the guests assemble. The entrance would ordinarily be one track. The signing of the register will only take 2-3 minutes, but after the official signing, there will be an opportunity for some photos with a … Continue reading

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Will the conversion require applying to GRO or to the local registration service?

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Couples can apply to their local registration office to book an appointment for the conversion. This does not have to be in the same registration district the CP originally took place. The Provisional date for the first conversion to take … Continue reading

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How much will it cost to convert?

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There will be no cost to the couple if the CP took place before 29th March 2014. This applies for a 12 month period. However, there is nothing to stop couples having an optional ceremony alongside the legal process, if … Continue reading

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Will the couple need to go through a marriage ceremony?

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The conversion process will not be a marriage ceremony. Couples will be able to attend a register office and undertake an administrative process to convert the civil partnership to a marriage. A ceremony will be optional.

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Converting a civil partnership into marriage – why is this provision being offered?

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Some of the couples who have formed civil partnerships may have chosen marriage had that option been available. This provision ensures that they will now have that option, although there will be no obligation to do so.

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Why won’t civil partnerships now be available to opposite sex couples?

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The Act was about removing the unfairness to same sex couples who could not marry rather than looking at civil partnership provision. However, as part of the provisions of the Act, the government is reviewing the operation and future of … Continue reading

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Will civil partnerships still be available?

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Currently, yes. A consultation regarding the future of CP is in progress.

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Will these changes affect those who have entered a civil partnership?

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No (other than giving them the option to convert their partnership into a marriage at a later stage, if they wish).

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