Detail of the stained glass window in The Canonbury Suite at Islington Town Hall, with pink dried flowers in a vase on the windowledge and a palm plant on the floor in front of it

As we approach your special day, we would like to give you some information about how your ceremony will run and take some details about your plans and choices.

Please read all the information on this webpage and complete the form at the end at least a month before your ceremony.

You may want to bookmark this page to refer to again later.

We ask that you both arrive with your guests 15 minutes before the ceremony start time. Consideration needs to be given to the timely start of all events, and if you arrive more than 10 minutes late, unfortunately your ceremony will not be able to take place and you will have to rebook and incur rescheduling fees. For standard ceremonies in the Canonbury Suite, you will need to see each other before the ceremony begins.

Chauffeured cars, taxis and buses can stop outside the building to drop off couples or guests, but we don’t have general parking available at the Town Hall, so we advise your guests to arrive by public transport.

All ceremony areas in the Town Hall can be accessed by ramps or lifts for step free access. If you or any of your guests have a disability, you will need to click here to complete a Personal Emergency Evacuation Form before the ceremony. Guide dogs and other trained assistance animals are welcomed, but pets are not permitted. Your animal should wear their vest to show that they are a trained assistance animal and not just your pet. We have limited special access parking spaces available on the Town Hall forecourt, and these need to be booked well in advance by emailing securitytownhall@islington.gov.uk

The Canonbury Suite is an intimate room which can only hold:
• You and your partner
• Two adult witnesses
• The registrars
• One professional photographer (optional)

If you choose not to bring a professional photographer, you are not able to bring an additional guest. Children and babies cannot be accommodated in this room, as you can only bring two adult witnesses to your ceremony. Any additional guests will not be able to enter the building.

At the entrance of the building, our usher team will greet you and confirm the ceremony you are attending. We will ask your guests to take a seat in the entrance hall and show you and your partner to the Canonbury Suite for your pre-ceremony interview.

If you choose to bring personal flowers for the table, you can bring them into the Canonbury Suite with you at this point. Our rooms are used for more than one ceremony a day, so we are unable to allow further decorating of the room or changing the layout for your ceremony.

Please see the seating plan below if this is useful to you:

Before the ceremony, you and your partner will need to check the details together to go on the marriage or civil partnership certificate. Our registrars will ask you the same questions you were asked when you gave notice, for example, your full name and date of birth etc. This is to make sure that the details on the legal record of your marriage/civil partnership are correct and up to date on the day of your ceremony. This takes 10-15 minutes and is why we ask you to arrive a little bit earlier than your ceremony start time. We will then ask you to visually check the paperwork to make sure it is correct.

You do not need to bring any identification to this interview unless our team have specifically advised you to because of your individual circumstances.

Following the interview, we will bring your guests to the Canonbury Suite ready for the ceremony to start.

Our registrars will welcome you and your guests, and begin the ceremony. The whole ceremony will need to be legally conducted by one of our registrars.

As standard, ceremonies in the Canonbury Suite on weekdays are shorter, simple ceremony options, offered for couples who would prefer this kind of ceremony, so no readings, choice of script, entrances to the room, personal vows, music or other personalised elements can be accommodated, other than the exchange of rings.

It may be possible for you to pay an additional fee to extend your ceremony to include full personalisation, depending on the ceremonies booked after yours. If you are interested in this option, please email registrars@islington.gov.uk to enquire before completing your choices on the form below.

Please click on the links below to see the ceremony script:

Our registrars will use a similar script to this, although some may change the wording slightly. The words you say do not need to be memorised as you will repeat them, a few at a time, after the registrar.

As civil partnership law is different from marriage law, there are no legal words you need to say, so if you would prefer to simply sign the paperwork with your witnesses you can.

The ceremony takes around 20 minutes to complete, including the signing of the paperwork.

The exchanging of rings is a traditional part of a ceremony rather than a legal requirement. Some couples choose to exchange only one ring, some choose a different token personal to themselves, and others choose not to include this part of the ceremony at all.

Your two witnesses will sign to say they have witnessed the ceremony/signing.

The witnesses can be friends/family members, as long as they speak good English and are an adult. They do not have to bring any documents to the ceremony.

Our staff are not able to act as witnesses.

If either you or your partner requires an interpreter, that person must also act as one of your two witnesses.

At the end you will be announced as husband/wife and husband/wife, or as civil partners, and will sign the marriage or civil partnership schedule, the legal record of your union, with your witnesses.

Your guests will then be invited to congratulate you both as you leave the room together, and then they will follow you. You will then be able to take some photographs inside the Town Hall building if you choose. We don’t limit the amount of time you are able to have pictures, but we do ask that all couples are considerate of other couples who also want to take pictures, and be conscious of later ceremonies.

You can also have some photographs on the beautiful steps outside. We allow eco-friendly options like biodegradable confetti, rose petals, bubbles and sparklers outside the Town Hall, but not inside. Rice is not permitted as it poses health and safety risks with the stairs in inclement weather and attracts pigeons.

You are welcome to have a celebratory glass of champagne outside, just as long as you aren’t impeding the access of other ceremony parties.

While there is no parking on Upper Street outside the Town Hall, your booked transport (for example buses or taxis) will be allowed to stop there long enough for you and your guests to get on.

Ideally your transport should be there waiting for you as you all emerge from the Town Hall ready to whisk you away to your reception.

The details of your ceremony must be entered onto a computer system after the ceremony, so we can’t give you the certificate at the end of the ceremony.

You will be asked on your ceremony day if you want the certificate to be posted to you, or if you would prefer us to call you when it’s ready so you can collect it from our office.

Please allow up to three weeks to receive your marriage/civil partnership certificate after the ceremony.

Once you have read all the above information and made final decisions on your choices, please complete the form below:

Pre-Ceremony Organiser - Canonbury Suite (weekdays)

  • Your details

  • :
  • Who will be the two witnesses?

    The Canonbury Suite risk assessment states that it can accommodate a maximum of 2 guests who will be your witnesses.

  • Please ignore this question if you have chosen a marriage; to be legally married you will need to have a ceremony.

  • Couples' confirmations

    We confirm:

    • We have read all of the information on this page before completing this form
    • We will not invite more than 2 guests and one photographer. We understand this is the maximum number of people allowed under the fire and health and safety risk assessment for this room. We understand there will be no exceptions to this rule for babies, children, extra photographers, translators or extra guests to enter the building under any circumstances
    • We will arrive 15 minutes before our marriage/civil partnership start time. We understand that if we arrive more than 10 minutes late, our ceremony will not take place and we will have to rebook and incur rescheduling fees
    • We understand that standard ceremonies in the Canonbury Suite on weekdays are simple ceremonies, so no personalisation such as readings, personal vows, music or other elements can be accommodated
    • We understand that we will need to be interviewed together, in the same room, 15 minutes before the ceremony
    • We are submitting this form at least one month before our ceremony
    • We will comply with any other changes or procedures as required by registration staff, or government regulations to ensure safety

    Please tick these boxes to confirm you have read these points and you agree to them:


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