Old Marylebone Town Hall wedding rooms - Which room is right for you?
Old Marylebone Town Hall wedding rooms
The biggest hype of the 21st Century was the re-opening of the iconic Old Marylebone Town Hall. Whilst I’m floating round at the moment, I will always be a Londoner at heart. It is always exciting shooting weddings at any of London’s multitude of interesting, quirky and alternative venues, but there is something so classic, and indeed classy, about shooting at Old
Marylebone Town Hall. Theres a few choices of Old Marylebone Town Hall wedding rooms to choose from so here is my simple and easy guide to choosing the right room for you wedding ceremony.
Old Marylebone Town Hall history
Also known as Westminster Council House, the grand building was officially opened in 1920 by King George VI, then Prince Albert and underwent extensive refurbishment in recent years, reopeningfully in 2018. Old Marylebone Town Hall has played host to a number of celebrity weddings over the years, with the likes of Sean Bean, Claudia Winkelman, Liam Gallagher and Paul McCartney all tying the knot there (indeed, Paul and Liam liked it so much, they both got married there twice…!) The moment you enter up the Portland Stone steps and pass under the portico into the building, you are welcomed by warm and friendly staff and made to feel truly special, despite the volume of weddings taking place in the building on a daily basis.
I’ve had the pleasure of shooting a number of weddings at Old Marylebone Town Hall, more so since the ol’ pandemic as more couples choose relaxed and intimate weddings in response to the restrictions facing weddings over the last 2 years. From intimate and modest elopements to large and lively weddings for larger groups, Old Marylebone Town Hall truly does cater for every couple. All rooms are on the first floor (with disabled access available) and face onto Marylebone Road and effectively mirror each other with the largest in the centre. There is an amazing virtual tour of the venue which is great for helping couples choose which room to hold their nuptials in.
Whilst the Town Hall has no less than seven rooms to chose from for your big day, I have my favourites….
Old Marylebone Town Hall Westminster Room
The largest of all ceremony rooms at Old Marylebone Town Hall, the Westminster Rooms caters for 100 guests and is situated at the heart of the building. You can make a grand entrance into the room but have a small walk to get hitched.
Beautifully panelled in oak and walnut, the room is flooded with light from three floor to ceiling windows, backlighting the couple as they stand and make their vows in front of their invited guests.
This room is perfect for large weddings with guests numbers over 50. It’s incredibly symmetrical and the windows and light make it really beautiful.
Old Marylebone Town Hall Pimlico room
Suitable for small weddings, seating a maximum of 20 guests, the Pimlico Room is light and airy, decorated in peaceful sage tones with a light wood parquet floor and modern gold chandelier, the Pimlico is no less a show stopper despite its compact size. Aside from that stunning chandelier, the
fireplace is undoubtedly the centrepiece of the room and the perfect backdrop for couples to say ‘I Do’.
Old Marylebone Town Hall Soho room
If you were to fold the building in half, coming to the direct opposite of the Pimlico Room, you would find the Soho Room. The Soho is similar to the Pimlico in design but is geared to the super intimate wedding, holding a maximum of 13 guests. With a cosy sofa for your witnesses or nearest andn dearest to get the best view of the ceremony, the Soho oozes the ultimate in elopement chic and would be the perfect setting for the venues, “You Plus Two” package geared towards the couple and their two witnesses.
On one end of the marble floored corridor, and next to the Pimlico, sits the Mayfair Room. Wonderfully bright thanks to the dual aspect windows, the Mayfair Room is perfect for a variety ofwedding sizes, catering from the intimate to the medium, holding a maximum of 30. It features similar wood parquet to the Pimlico and a large stone fireplace which provides a stunning backdrop, the Mayfair is a good all-rounder.
I won’t lie…I’ve only photographed The Mayfair room as a pretend waiting room for my couples as seen before! But check out the lighting!
Marylebone room Wedding
Sandwiched between the Westminster and the Soho, the Marylebone Room, with its oak and walnut panelled walls, and dramatic chandelier is compact and elegant. As with the other smaller rooms, the Marylebone is perfect for the intimate wedding, seating a maximum of 12 guests and has a no less impressive carved wood fireplace, this one really does ooze a gothic vibe. The single window at the far end of the room creates a dramatic backlighting and is by far my favourite room to shoot in.
So which Old Marylebone Town Hall wedding room is the one for you?
If you’re going for a full force wedding with lots of guests, then Westminster is the room for you. If you’re eloping and oly having 2-5 guests, Soho room or Marylebone room (light vs dark may hep make that decision) is definitely perfect for you. For anything inbetween, I’d recommend Pimlico or Mayfair is perfect!
As you can see, Old Marylebone Town Hall really does cater for all weddings. They have an open daycoming up on 13th February and I would urge any couple considering a London wedding to go and check it out, the staff will make you feel so special and you will no doubt be bowled over by this