Chelsea Old Town Hall weddings

A bride and groom walk down Chelsea Town Hall's steps on the Kings Road in a burst of confetti after their civil wedding.

People travel from all over the world for their Chelsea Town Hall wedding as well as those from the royal borough itself. Young couples to brides and grooms in their 70s choose this most iconic of London register offices for their civil marriage, celebrating with a confetti throw on the Chelsea Old Town Hall steps on Kings Road.

 

The other thing that makes Chelsea Town Hall weddings so special are the Chelsea registrars. No matter how many ceremonies are taking place that day or how busy a day they are having, they make sure that each couple feels as if they are the only ones getting married.

 

It's no wonder The Independent named Chelsea Registry Office as one of the world's 50 Best Wedding Locations.

 

I'm proud and happy to have photographed more than 200 weddings at Chelsea Old Town Hall, making me the photographer who has worked there the most - at least as far as I know! Delightfully, it seems as if I am there every week. This means that I've found a host of great places for portraits within walking distance and know which ones are going to work best with the weather we have, whether that's rain or bright sunshine.

 

If you are looking for ideas for a reception close by, I can make a recommendation or two as well, from a few drinks with your guests or a delicious three-course wedding breakfast.

 

Below are details and photos of Chelsea Old Town Hall, its ceremony rooms and the photography packages I offer.

 

Bride and groom kiss after being announced man and wife after their civil wedding in the Rossetti Room at Chelsea Town Hall on Kings Road.

Chelsea Registry Office Rooms

Chelsea Town Hall has three registry office rooms or ceremony rooms (also called register office rooms) where you can get married:

 

The Brydon Room is the largest room at Chelsea Town Hall, seating up to 38 guests.

The Rossetti Room is the most popular of Chelsea’s rooms, taking up to 12 guests.

The Harrington Room, also known as The Register Office takes up to eight guests and is perfect for elopements. Below are galleries of photos from each room, all taken since Chelsea Town Hall's recent eight-month refurbishment.

 

the brydon ROOM (SEATS UP TO 38 guests)

The Brydon Room room has warm yellow walls, wooden features and large windows that let in lots of daylight. The bride or couple usually enter from the rear of the room after having their pre-wedding interview, walking down a central aisle between guests. The bride and groom stand or sit at a large table in the front of the room during their ceremony.

 

Below are photos from ceremonies in the Brydon Room.

the rossetti ROOM (SEATS UP TO 12 guests)

The Rossetti Room is painted a welcoming yellow and has dark wooden architectural features that add immense character to the historic Chelsea Old Town Hall.

 

. Below are photos from ceremonies in the Rossetti Room.

THE HARRINGTON ROOM (SEATS UP TO 8 guests)

The Harrington Room is perfect for elopements, where it really is just the two of you and two witnesses. The intimate room is unfussy and furnished in warm tones.

 

Scroll through the carousel gallery below to see more photos from the Harrington Room.

chelsea TOWN HALL wedding PHOTOGRAPHY packages

Wedding photography starts from £500 for an hour and a half, which nicely covers your arrival at Chelsea Town Hall, your ceremony itself and some portraits nearby.

 

You receive a set of hand-finished and ready-to-print digital photos from your wedding, which you’re welcome to print as many times as you like. You also receive an online gallery which you can share with your family and friends and from which they can order prints.

 

If you would like an album or books from your wedding for yourself and/or your family, I offer a full range of beautiful hand-made books from world-class craftspeople.

A pair of newlyweds pose for wedding portraits after their Chelsea Town Hall wedding.

Chelsea wedding portraits and family photos

Chelsea Town Hall's striking and wide steps on the Kings Road are perfect for confetti photos as you leave the building in the heart of the vibrant Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.

 

Just outside, London's red buses and black cabs zip along, adding a buzz and practical help for guests wanting to travel onto your wedding celebrations.

 

The surrounding streets of Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian homes, alongside more modern architecture, provide a truly London backdrop for your couple portraits that mark such an important day in your lives.

Chelsea Town Hall FAQs

Yes, Chelsea’s registrars love you to have photos of your wedding. They understand you may want to have photos throughout the ceremony including the signing of the register and help you and your photographer to do this.
We'll chat a few days ahead of your wedding to make sure that I know all of the timings and finalised details of your plans. During that time, we'll agree where to meet. Usually, you will arrive at the side entrance in Chelsea Manor Street next to a big blue sign and go up the stairs to the waiting room which is in front of you and to the left. After your wedding, you'll exit onto Kings Road and the main staircase for confetti.
Yes, and I love being a witness. You do need two witnesses, so you will need to organise at least one other. What many couples choose to do is book two Chelsea Pensioners as their witnesses. You can contact the Royal Hospital to arrange this.
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Chelsea Town Hall wedding stories

Steve and I were thrilled to have Yvonne photograph our wedding in Islington. She is friendly, fast, efficient and unobtrusive and the work she produces is outstanding. Steve and I are not particularly comfortable in front of the camera but Yvonne was able to conjure very natural laughs and romantic moments, so that our photos feel very much like ‘us’. Yvonne photographed our wedding for just 4 hours and produced so many fabulous images that we’ve chosen 220 for our album! It’s going to be a beautiful record of our day and we can’t wait to see it. Thank you so much, Yvonne. You are an absolute superstar. X

thumb Joanne Newman

Yvonne did a fantastic job for our civil wedding. She made us feel comfortable and at ease throughout the day and was very helpful with organising the timings around the ceremony and photography ensuring that everything ran smoothly. Thank you!

thumb Mikaela Nordblad

Yvonne very kindly stepped in, literally at the last hour, to take our wedding photos due to illness with our previously booked Photographer. She was there at the allotted time and was extremely efficient, diligent and most importantly put us at our ease from the moment we met her. Timing at Marylebone Old Town Hall is critical for the smooth running of everyones' ceremonies, but we never felt rushed or pushed. Yvonne seems to have a psychic link with the staff of the Town Hall and it all went perfectly. We have just received our proofs and couldn't be more happy. We would absolutely have no hesitation in recommending Yvonne to anyone wishing to capture their very special day. Thank you Yvonne! Carol & Rob

thumb Robert Climie

So glad that we chose Yvonne to photograph our wedding day. She was professional and made everyone feel comfortable. Her advice and guidance beforehand and on the day was incredibly helpful. The photographs are fabulous - just what we wanted - particularly the confetti shot !

thumb Janine Smith