Because the Richmond Room faces onto a residential street, it is subject to strict licensing restrictions. You cannot have any live amplified music played at any time during your occupation of the room, and all recorded music will have a maximum volume set. Acoustic instruments such as harps, violins or guitars are permitted, as long as they are not connected to an amplifier. The other restriction is that all the windows must be kept closed at all times in order to stop any noise from being heard by residents. Any breach of the above will result in the wedding being stopped until the restrictions are met.
If you have any questions about these restrictions, please contact the office to discuss.
Yes you can. It is usual to just have one witness each, but if you want to have two each then you need to advise the registrar before the ceremony.
No. Just bring yourselves, your guests and your witnesses!
Not at all. The exchanging of rings is a traditional part of a wedding rather than a legal requirement. Some couples choose to exchange a token more personal to themselves, others not at all.
For weekend weddings, a registrar will be allocated a month before. If your ceremony is on a weekday it will be conducted by one of our experienced registrars. We are unable to allocate a specific registrar. There are however occasions where substitutions need to be made due to unforeseen circumstances. Please get in touch if you would like a meeting and we will try to arrange this wherever possible.
The fee you pay for the ceremony includes one certificate, but you are welcome to order as many as you want. You can order them any time before or after the wedding. Unfortunately we have no facility for taking payment for any extra certificates at the time of the ceremony. To order extras, all you need to do is call the office and pay over the phone. You may find you need additional certificates if you are travelling, changing names, or registering your ceremonies with your Embassy or Consulate if you are foreign nationals.
There is no legal requirement in this country to change your name after your wedding. This is a personal choice and not everyone wishes to do so. Your marriage certificate is evidence of the name change and no further legal processes need to be followed.
If you are nationals of another country, then we suggest you contact your consulate or embassy to find out if that is a legal requirement in your country.
The average civil wedding ceremony will take about 20 minutes. If you are adding readings, then it will last about 30 minutes depending on the length and number of the readings.
It is important that you and your guests arrive in plenty of time so your wedding can start on time. We do understand that sometimes things don’t always go to plan, and if you are late then we will try to accommodate your party. There is a possibility that your wedding will need to be rescheduled, depending on availability and registrar flexibility, to a later time or another day.
It is best to avoid drinking alcohol before your wedding. If the registrar believes that if either you or your witnesses are intoxicated and unable to comprehend what you are doing, then the wedding will be stopped from going ahead.
By both arriving at different times we are able to minimise the risk of you accidently running into each other before the ceremony begins. At the Town Hall we have our own ushers to assist us, and each venue should also have someone there to help. Your registrar can advise you further in this regard.
Each room has a maximum number of people that can be safely accommodated. If your guests exceed the number allowed in each room then some of them will be asked to remain outside. If availability permits you will be given the option to upgrade to a larger room. The difference in cost will be payable before the ceremony can commence.
There are some details that are expected to change such as age, address and occupation. If these details change before the day of your wedding, there is nothing you need to do. You do not need to bring any documents to support those changes; you just need to confirm them with the registrar at the pre-ceremony interview. If anything else changes, you must contact the register office as soon as possible.
Of course. You just need to select them when you are personalising your ceremony.
Of course. We have given you a few different versions of the legal vows, so when you are personalising your ceremony just choose the ones you feel most comfortable saying.
While this could be a fun thought, the only pets permitted in the Town Hall are guide dogs, hearing dogs, and other assistance animals.
Unless you have booked and paid for the use of the balcony, your photographer will not be able to get up there. The balcony is accessed from outside the Town Hall and security staff are required to accompany your photographer up there.
We know it’s all a bit overwhelming by the time you come to actually sign the register but it is extremely important that all the information recorded in the entry is correct. Your registrar will direct you to check everything before you put pen to paper, and please use those moments to double check your details. It is your responsibility to make sure all is right before you sign. If you spot anything that is wrong tell the registrar straight away and they can amend it for you. It is very difficult to correct a marriage registration after the event.
You should always sign the marriage registration in the name you are using at the time. If you are planning to change your name once you are married, you could consider this to be the last time you sign in your old name.
You can change your passport into your married name up to three months before the wedding. You will need to take the application form to the register office for it to be signed before submitting it to the Passport Office. Your passport will not be valid until the proposed date of the wedding. You can download the form from GOV.UK.
We make every effort to limit the possibility of wedding parties running into each other. Weddings are booked at staggered times and we have ushers and porters to help out as well. However, there may be unavoidable instances where wedding parties could cross paths and we aim to deal with this as quickly as possible. To facilitate this, we ask that couples and guests arrive on time, and photographers be respectful of other weddings by not blocking up the main stairs taking multiple group photos.
The old Routemasters are a common sight outside the Town Hall picking up wedding parties. It is usual that the transport provider will ask you for a time to collect you all, and while there is no parking on Upper Street outside the Town Hall, your booked transport will be allowed to stop there long enough for you and your guests to get on.
Most weddings take 30 minutes from start to finish, plus photographs. Ideally your transport should be there waiting for you as you all emerge from the Town Hall ready to whisk you all away to your celebrations. Your registrar can advise you on an estimated time your ceremony will conclude once they know more about your requirements.
We have limited special access parking spaces available on the Town Hall forecourt, and these need to be booked well in advance. There is also a ramp into the Town Hall, and lifts to all levels.
If you are getting married in a venue other than the Town Hall, then you will need to confirm with them if they will be in charge of the music or if you need to allocate that job to one of your guests. At the Town Hall it is requested that the person in charge of playing the music is one of your guests. They will be shown where the connections are, and all cues for when to play the music will be given by the registrar.
You are welcome to celebrate with a glass of champagne after your ceremony if you are getting married in an approved venue. No alcohol will be permitted, or consumed in, the room before or during the ceremony however.
If your wedding is taking place in the Town Hall, there is no alcohol permitted at any time, in any of the rooms. You are welcome to have that celebratory glass of champagne outside on the front stairs instead, just as long as you aren’t impeding the access of other wedding parties.
There is no storage space at the Town Hall, so having deliveries made to the Town Hall in advance of your wedding is not advised. If you wanted to bring champagne with you on the day, it may be fine to leave it near the front desk for you to collect again as you are leaving. This will need to be confirmed with them first, so please contact us in advance.
We have flower arrangements in each ceremony room so there is no need to bring your own. You are welcome to bring your own personal flowers with you, but you won’t be able to take them into the room beforehand. You will also need to remember to take them with you at the end of the ceremony.
It is up to you if you wish to provide decoration for the marriage room at your venue and this is something you should discuss with that venue in advance of the day. If your wedding is taking place here in the Town Hall, there is no need to decorate as we have flower arrangements in each ceremony room.
In our experience we have found that once you have discussed the details of your ceremony with your registrar, there is no requirement for a rehearsal. We do not offer rehearsals at Islington and London City.
Although there is no facility for holding any kind of reception within the Town Hall, the Islington Assembly Hall next door to the Town Hall can be hired for weddings and receptions. For availability and costs you will need to contact them directly at firstname.lastname@example.org