Register Offices reopen for weddings from 4 July 2020
Like many Register Offices Old Marylebone Town Hall reopened on 4 July with new ceremony room layouts in place.
My heart went out to my 28 couples forced to change their wedding plans during the 16-week Register Office lock down so I am delighted that they can now get married.
A Day to Remember Westminster have taken the best health and safety advice to protect their staff and visitors. Although the government approved wedding ceremonies for up to 30 people, they have restricted capacities in each of their ceremony rooms to meet social distancing guidelines.
Just because your ceremony might not be what you planned numbers-wise it won’t be any less special. In fact, from the chats which I have had with my couples, their wedding mindsets have often been turned on their heads. People are looking to have meaningful and intimate ceremonies which focus on their love and commitment to each other. The hullabaloo which can accompany a wedding has become less noticeable.
Right now, for many people, a Register Office wedding is ideal. The new guidelines – with 2 to 30 guests – takes the pressure off you, your families, and your friends.
Old Marylebone Town Hall is a stylish and elegant wedding venue, ideally placed for incredible hotels, restaurants, pubs and cafes. Two household receptions inside may not work for everyone in July, but many of my clients are planning the drink reception part later this year or even in 2021. From 1 August receptions can go ahead with up to 30 guests which means that most of my clients can now celebrate as per their original plans. Some London venues are not re-opening until September but the ones who are open now have plenty of availability and options for private dining. If you would like a suggestion based on the size of your party do give me a call on 01342 811631.
Whatever your plans just remember to do what feels right and true to you.
Everything at Old Marylebone Town Hall has been planned with you and your guests’ safety at the forefront:
- Parties are invited to wash their hands and use antibacterial hand wash before making their way to your ceremony room
- Guests, musicians, and photographers are asked to take a seat and move around as little as possible
- Ceremonies mostly start with the couple in the room (with their interview taking place the day before over the telephone)
- Signing the register may now be done standing with your backs to the guests
- Confetti and group photographs remain unchanged
A Day to Remember Westminster wedding ceremony guidelines
For a complete rundown of the new ceremony guidelines and Code of Conduct for photographers and musicians visit the A Day to Remember Westminster website.
Old Marylebone Town Hall new room layouts and photography
I am delighted to write that the new room layouts will not affect your ceremony photographs. Real thought has been put into each room so that they maintain their feel and allow both your guests and photographer a good view of proceedings.
On my first day back the Team at Old Marylebone Town Hall worked extremely hard to ensure that the couple had a fantastic experience. Even though there were only 14 of us in the Westminster Room it didn’t feel like we were swamped by the grandness of the room. In fact, it felt lovely and intimate. Above all, it felt special.
The Knightsbridge Room is closed until further notice, but the other 6 ceremony rooms are all still available. Register Office guidelines on social distancing for Covid-19 means that seating is laid out at least one metre apart. The new room capacities include your photographer and any musicians, but not you two and your two Registrars.
Wedding photography at Old Marylebone Town Hall
I specialise in wedding photography at Old Marylebone Town Hall for parties of up to 30 guests so if you are getting married and need a photographer please do contact me. I have 1, 2 and 3-hour package options available which include coverage, editing and delivery of your high-resolution digital photographs via a download link. If you can’t decide which room to choose, do give me a call on 01342 811631.
New Room Layout Photographs
Here are the Old Marylebone Town Hall new ceremony room layouts. Do remember that the capacities indicated are in addition to the couple and the two registrars. Photographers and musicians count as guests in these capacities. I have put the old capacities in brackets.
Mayfair Room – up to 8 guests (30)
To see the original room layout please see my Mayfair Room page.
NOTE: there are 10 chairs shown in these photographs, but capacity has now been confirmed as 8 guests
Pimlico Room – up to 7 guests (20)
To see the original room layout please see my Pimlico Room page.
Paddington Room – up to 6 guests (15)
To see the original room layout please see my Paddington Room page.
Westminster Room – up to 26 guests (96)
To see the original room layout please see my Westminster Room page.
Marylebone Room – up to 5 or 6 guests (15)
To see the original room layout please see my Marylebone Room page.
Soho Room – up to 5 or 6 guests (20)
To see the original room layout please see my Soho Room page.
Knightsbridge Room – closed until further notice
To see the original room layout please see my Knightsbridge Room page.