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Weddings & Civil Partnerships

Andrew Wale and Neil Allard married on March 29, 2014 at the UK's first same sex marriage.

Brighton and Hove is one of the most popular places in the UK for civil partnerships and on 29th March 2014, history was made as legislation allowing same sex marriages comes into effect.

About civil partnerships and same sex weddings

Civil Partnerships were introduced in the UK in December 2005 and give same sex couples the same rights and responsibilities as straight couples who are married. A couple simply need to give formal notice in the area they have lived in for the previous 7 days, then wait a further 15 days before the ceremony can take place.

From 29th March 2014, legislation allowing same sex marriage also came into effect. One of the first same sex weddings took place in Brighton on this day in the Royal Pavilion Music Room.

Check out the official Brighton & Hove Weddings & Ceremonies Brochure for a comprehensive guide on booking a wedding or civil partnership in Brighton & Hove

You can also find out more about how to register for a civil partnership or wedding on the Brighton and Hove council website.

Brighton civil partnership venues

The venues below all have licenses for civil partnerships. From the traditional to the decadent Brighton is pretty much guaranteed to make any civil partnership or wedding special.


Make things easy and do it all at the hotel, where catering is also usually available…

  • Hotel Seattle - stylish, contemporary hotel overlooking Brighton Marina
  • Blanch House - intimate setting and atmosphere, seating up to 40 guests in the Belle Époque Suite
  • The Claremont - prestigious 5 star guest accommodation that guarantees a spot of luxury
  • Holiday Inn Brighton Seafront - offers great views out to sea and literally moments from the beach
  • myhotel Brighton - 'a hotel where Freddie Mercury might have met the Maharishi'.
  • Old Ship Hotel - a central seafront option offering immense character and a rich history
  • Drakes Hotel - luxury boutique bang on Brighton's seafront
  • Mercure Brighton Seafront - seafront hotel, minutes from the Lanes, theatres and attractions
  • The Grand Hotel - Brighton's most famous hotel offers a prime seaside location
  • The Waterfront Hotel - one of the city's larger options, this hotel overlooks the sea and backs onto the famous 'Lanes'.

If you'd prefer a hotel that's gay run or caters specifically for gay and lesbian vistors, take a look at our Brighton gay and lesbian hotels section.


Steeped in heritage, Brighton offers some fantastic venues for a civil partnership or marriage ceremony with a stylish or cultural twist…


If quirky is your thing or you just like to be a bit different, try one of these:

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