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.

Safety first

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

mayfair room new social distancing layout for 10 guests the couple in front of the fireplace and the registrar to the right of the window ten chairs laid out one metre away from each other in the mayfair room view from the rear of the mayfair room showing ten socially distanced chairs

Pimlico Room – up to 7 guests (20)

To see the original room layout please see my Pimlico Room page.

old marylebone town hall new ceremony room layouts the pimlico room seen from the door showing seating for 7 guests with couple in front of fireplace and the registrar near the door from 4th july 2020 the pimlico room will seat a maximum of seven guests in addition to the registrars and couple the pimlico room at old marylebone town hall has a lovely intimate feel

Paddington Room – up to 6 guests (15)

To see the original room layout please see my Paddington Room page.

marylebone register office and the paddington room laid out for a maximum of 6 guests under new covid 19 rules the paddington room now has 6 chairs for guests all one metre apart the couple will stand in front of the feature fireplace in the new coronavirus layout for the paddington room

Westminster Room – up to 26 guests (96)

To see the original room layout please see my Westminster Room page.

the westminster room now seats 26 guests with the couple standing in front of the grand table under new register office wedding guidelines - old marylebone town hall new ceremony room layouts seen from the front the westminster room is still utterly impressive even with a reduced number of guests including your photographer and any musicians you can now have 26 guests at your old marylebone town hall cerermony

Marylebone Room – up to 5 or 6 guests (15)

To see the original room layout please see my Marylebone Room page.

the marylebone room and old marylebone town hall new cerermony layouts here shows seating under new social distancing guidelines with a maximum of 6 guests seating for 5 or 6 guests in the marylebone room with the couple stood in front of the fireplace the marylebone room seen from the signing table showing seating for up to 6 guests and antibacterial gel on each table

Soho Room – up to 5 or 6 guests (20)

To see the original room layout please see my Soho Room page.

the soho room shows seating for 5 to 6 guests with the couple stood in front of the fireplace the new coronavirus room layout in the soho room at marylebone registry office seating for 5 or 6 guests in the soho room showing the new covid 19 room layout for safety

Knightsbridge Room – closed until further notice

To see the original room layout please see my Knightsbridge Room page.