Old Marylebone Town Hall Weddings
Registry office weddings have always been popular for London couples who want a smaller or non-religious ceremony and thanks to the increasing demand for micro-weddings, they have increasingly become a necessary choice too.
One of London’s most popular registry offices is Old Marylebone Town Hall. This grade II listed building has been serving up weddings since 1914 and after a 3 year hiatus, re-opened in Jan 2018 with a big makeover.
I’ve had the pleasure of shooting over a dozen weddings here and each one has been handled with care and attention by the wonderful registrars and managers who are rightfully proud of the service they provide and the building they serve within.
So why is this Westminster wedding venue so popular? Let’s first take a glimpse of the rooms.
1. THE TOWN HALL IS BEAUTIFUL
It’s beautiful in every way: Tall ceilings, tasteful carpets, ‘of the time’ furniture, and lighting. The interior had a major refurbishment and in with elegantly designed rooms that is a mixture of 1920 with a contemporary twist. Unlike many other civic buildings, the aesthetics haven’t been compromised over functionality: Notice signs and exit warnings are barely noticeable and the lighting is a photographer’s dream; bright, consistent and flattering.
2. IT’S QUINTESSSENTIALLY LONDON
The interior is olde London elegance. Think regal city townhouse with art-deco sensibilities and a modern twist. And come on: All 7 of it’s ceremony rooms are named after a popular Westminster area; Westminster, Knightsbridge, Paddington, Marylebone, Soho, Pimlico and Mayfair.
3. THEY ARE METICULOUS WITH ORGANISATION
Like any town hall that holds weddings, summertime on Saturdays can feel like a conveyor belt of wedding parties but unlike other town halls, it doesn’t feel as rushed. The organisers are efficient and on the ball making sure things run smoothly and for it to be an occasion that you can all savour.
4. IT’S CLOSE TO REGENTS PARK
Traditionally the posed (formal) photos are done after the ceremony and the front of the building with it’s Roman inspired columns make for great family group shots, but what better place than the tranquility of one of London’s Royal Parks for your own romantic portraits. It’s a peaceful stroll away from the crowds – a perfect opportunity for some portraits and to contemplate the events of the day.
5. FOLLOW IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF ROYALTY
OK it’s not a real reason but why not follow in the footsteps of actors, footballers, old-time gangsters, minor royalties – they’ve all stepped out onto the Marylebone Road with rings on their fingers and wide smiles for the waiting paparazzi. It’s a famous spot for the famous and infamous. The ladies’ bathroom possesses a wonderful collection of photographic memorabilia adorning the walls. As if your day wasn’t special enough, it does add a little something to know you’ll be following in footsteps of Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and Sharpe himself, Sean Bean.