Wedding Photography at Asia House, Marylebone
Asia House is a licensed civil wedding venue located in Marylebone, London – just a ten-minute walk from Oxford Circus.
It is a corporate events’ venue which doesn’t cater just for weddings – the building isn’t called Asia House without reason. Billed as ‘The Centre of Expertise on Asia‘, it has a rich history in aiding Anglo-Asian relations. So, it is primarily aimed more at the corporate world than the marital one.
Weddings are something of a sideline but what a superb venue to hold yours…
Also Consider>> Old Marylebone Town Hall for Your Civil Marriage.
We Love Our Photos…
My wife and I are so pleased we hired Guy Milnes to shoot our wedding: he did a fantastic job! Patient, knowledgeable and really friendly as well. We had our pictures back in good time and he even put together some bespoke thank you cards for us. Very transparent about costs and easy to work with. He put us at ease and we love our photo’s. Thank you Guy!
– Charlotte & Ryan had their wedding ceremony at Asia House
Asia House: An Elegant and Popular Venue for Your Wedding
Asia House is an 18th Century Grade II listed town-house in the centre of Marylebone and coming under the Westminster registrars' jurisdiction. It has several 'fine rooms' used for ceremonies. When Old Marylebone Town Hall was temporarily closed for refurbishment, Asia House became a popular choice for engaged couples.
Wedding Photography at Asia House: Registrar Rules
The Westminster registrars positively encourage wedding photography. Key is that they allow photography of the actual signing rather than a staged photo afterwards with a 'dummy' register. As my photography is all about natural moments, this suits me down to the ground.
Photographers' can move around the ceremony room unhindered to capture the best moments of this crucial part of your wedding day.
Group Photos After Your Ceremony
Post-ceremony, the wedding party exit to the stairs where the photographer takes the group photos. The staircase is excellent for a group shot of all the guests if the wedding party isn't too large.
I tend to mix it up and take some there and others outside the front with the grand Georgian facade as the backdrop.
Asia House truly is the perfect setting for your ideal wedding day. It is a venue where I love photographing wedding days.
Are you having a gay/LGBT+ wedding, civil ceremony or baby naming? Asia House caters for these too.
Asia House Wedding Ceremony Rooms
3 Georgian-styled but unimaginatively titled Fine Rooms are in use for weddings at Asia House.
Fine Room 1:
The largest of the wedding spaces with a 100 (80 for a seated reception) capacity: It features a marbled fireplace at the front with an ornate painted ceiling. With large, south-facing windows looking out onto New Cavendish Street, the room is light and airy and perfect for wedding photography. Rooms 1 & 2 are adjoining and can be interlinked to increase reception capacity.
Fine Room 2:
Similar in style to the first room, yet slightly smaller it can hold 50 seated guests for the ceremony or 100 for a standing reception.
Fine Room 3:
The most intimate of rooms with an impressive circular ceiling dating from its time as a private house in the 1700s. Both the wedding ceremony and reception seat 30 guests.
Tastefully decorated in yellow with ornate features, this is another light and bright room — Seats 40 people for a banqueting style reception.
The Asia House Library:
Worthy of a mention is this room's connection with the history of book collecting. John Sloane designed the bookshelves - the first adjustable bookshelves ever made. Holds up to 45 people.
There is also a booking enquiry form here: asiahouse.org/venue-hire/make-booking/
Read More>> Asia House is Perfect for Those Wanting Short Day Wedding Photography.
Asia House Confetti Rules
Unfortunately, confetti is not allowed inside or outside of Asia House. However, bubbles are popular and well worthwhile considering for a striking 'confetti' sequence as in the photo below. Below was one of around 12 shots I took as the couple exited the venue.
Asia House FAQs
Q. WHY GET MARRIED AT ASIA HOUSE?
A. The Georgian townhouse is in the perfect Central London location, close to tube lines and bus routes. Yet it's not too in the thick of it to get much noise and distraction from the city hubbub. The wedding rooms are elegant and tastefully decorated in keeping with its history.
Q. IS PHOTOGRAPHY ALLOWED OF OUR WEDDING CEREMONY AND VOWS?
A. The ceremony is overseen by the City of Westminster, who provides some of London's most relaxed registrars. They allow the photographer full access to shoot the whole of the ceremony and are very helpful throughout. They also allow photography of the register signing which many do not.
Q. DOES ASIA HOUSE ALLOW CONFETTI AFTERWARDS FOR A NICE SEQUENCE OF PHOTOS?
A. Confetti is not allowed in any part of the building or outside on the steps. However, there are alternatives such as bubbles or sparklers for a striking sequence as the couple exit the venue.
Q. WHAT IS THE LIGHT LIKE INSIDE ASIA HOUSE FOR PHOTOGRAPHY?
A. The large windows illuminate the ceremony well during daylight hours. A couple of the rooms are brighter than others, but a good photographer should have no problem with low light at all.
63 New Cavendish Street,
London W1G 7LP