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About the room

IMPORTANT: If you are booking a ceremony in 2021, please book your notice appointment before you book the ceremony, as there are longer than usual waiting times for an appointment across the country due to Register Offices being closed during national lockdowns.

If you are not able to give notice in time for your ceremony, you will need to move the ceremony to a later date.

At the top of the Town Hall’s impressive marble staircase, the Council Chamber features a vaulted ceiling and beautiful stained-glass windows.

Despite the size and capacity of this grand space, the seating layout retains intimacy. The horseshoe seating means none of your guests will be more than five rows from the happy couple. Thus, even much smaller parties do not feel overwhelmed during a ceremony.

All prices include room hire, the registrars’ attendance and one marriage or civil partnership certificate. The fee is the same for couples choosing to have a marriage, a civil partnership with a ceremony or a civil partnership with no ceremony.

It is important to note, until all restrictions are removed from ceremonies entirely (at the earliest 21 June 2021), social distancing and face coverings for guests will still be needed, and ceremonies will still need to be kept as short and simple as possible, meaning that music, readings, choice of ceremony, making an entrance into the room, other personalisation, or meeting with the registrar before the ceremony is not possible.

We are unable to offer a discount on the cost of the ceremony if the guest numbers or ceremony length needs to be reduced.

Capacity
The Prime Minister has announced the Government’s roadmap to ease lockdown restrictions in England. The roadmap for weddings outlines four steps for easing restrictions, increasing numbers allowed for ceremonies at each step.

Before proceeding to the next step, the Government will monitor the data to assess the impact of the previous step. If any changes or delays are made to which alters the roadmap for ceremonies, the Government will give one week's notice and we will update ceremonies that will be affected. You can see the full government document by visiting: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-response-spring-2021/covid-19-response-spring-2021

See below for numbers allowed in the Council Chamber for each step, based on public health guidance, risk assessments and government regulations.

Step 1: 6 people*
Step 2: 15 people*
Step 3: 30 people*
Step 4: 50 people*

* This number includes the couple, witnesses/guests of any age, including children and babies. The registrars, and one professional photographer do not count toward this number.

As we enter Step 4, we will review the numbers that can safely use the room.

At this time we are unable to confirm if and when the guest numbers will be able to increase beyond these numbers again.

The balcony above the Council Chamber cannot be used until further notice, as it cannot be accessed in a safe way.

Ceremonies offered
Marriages
Civil Partnerships
Renewal of Vows
Naming Ceremonies

Days/Prices
Tuesdays to ​Fridays£500
Saturdays£700

Opening times

Days Times
Tuesday – Thursday11:00am
12 noon
2:00pm
3:00pm
Friday11:00am
12 noon
2:00pm
3:00pm
4:00pm
Saturday11:00am
12 noon
2:00pm
3:00pm
4:00pm
5:00pm
6.00pm