Wedding Photography at Cardiff City Hall – The Historic Register Office in Wales’ Capital City
City Hall: A Beautiful Venue for Your Wedding
Cardiff City Hall is a beautiful venue with lots of significance for marriages having been a permanent fixture of the city since 1806.
It is popular with couples and wedding photographers alike, with various marriage spaces to suit both the smallest and more elaborate wedding gatherings.
A Cardiff City Hall wedding is a lovely engagement for a wedding photographer.
Its beautiful interior lends itself to your ceremony and leads to beautiful memories of your big day captured forever. The lush exterior is an excellent location for attractive wedding photography portraits.
With the City Hall façade in the background, you will have fantastic photo images of your big day.
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Room 103: The Guests’ Waiting Room Pre-Ceremony
Upon arrival, an usher shows the wedding guests into the waiting room (labelled 103), which adjoins St David’s Room.
The couple is either kept separate or can arrive together depending on preference and have their interviews with the registrar as their guests wait.
It gives your photographer time with the guests to photograph a few natural moments that the couple wouldn’t otherwise get to see.
At the appropriate time, everyone is shown into St David’s Room or St. Dwynwen’s Room for the wedding ceremony. (See ‘Cardiff Register Office Wedding Rooms’ below for further details of which would be suitable for you).
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A Venue Conveniently Located in the Centre of Cardiff
Cardiff City Hall provides various rooms to suit your wedding style and accommodate the number of guests you have invited. It is ideal for couples wishing for intimate wedding ceremonies. The building has beautiful hallways that the wedding photographer can capture you and your party walking down before and after your wedding.
LGBTQ/Same-Sex Wedding Photography at Cardiff City Hall
If you are having a gay or LGBT+ wedding, then the venue is ideal and caters for all non-religious civil ceremony style same-sex marriages. I have photographed several gay weddings at Cardiff Register Office, and the experience for the couple is the same.
Cardiff Register Office Wedding Rooms
The Register Office: Here, you can only have only your two witnesses, and it includes just the wedding vows and exchange of rings. The ceremony is swift and probably not suitable to hire a wedding photographer for. Although if you did want it documented, they might accommodate, so ask if you can bring a photographer.
St. Dwynwen’s Room: Can hold 10 guests and include your music choice to be included in your wedding ceremony. They do not allow you to write your vows for ceremonies in this room.
St. David’s Room: With a capacity of 65 people and elegant decorations, the room is City Hall’s largest and suitable for medium-sized weddings. You can include your choice of vows, music and readings. (Pictured Below).
Cardiff City Hall Wedding Spaces
Council Chamber: The smallest room of the rest accommodates 94 guests seated ‘arena’ style in a circle (50 more guests may be seated in the gallery). It lies directly below City Hall’s majestic dome and includes wood panelling and marble pillars, making for a deceptively elaborate wedding ceremony. It offers an intimate and memorable setting for your wedding.
The Marble Hall: Possibly the most beautifully ornate of Cardiff City Hall’s rooms licensed for weddings, The Marble Hall can comfortably fit 150-200 hundred guests. As its name suggests, it has marble pillars and stained windows for decoration, enhancing your wedding event’s atmosphere. Items from City Hall’s art collection finish the room nicely.
The Assembly Room: If you have many guests, the Assembly Room will be the best venue you can have. With a 500 people capacity and beautiful Victorian architecture, this room provides the aura and space for a day to remember. It is richly decorated and includes a stage and bespoke lighting. Sets can be accommodated to enhance your wedding and your guests’ experience.
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Great Reasons to Have Your Wedding at Cardiff City Hall
The beautiful wedding spaces make it possible for some very memorable Cardiff City Hall wedding photography. The intimate and elegantly decorated interiors and exquisite exterior will create the perfect background for your wedding photos. Whether going all out for your big day or a simple wedding event, wedding photography at Cardiff City Hall will provide lasting memories of your wedding day.
The Signing of the Register
The Cardiff registrars are more strict than many about photographing the signing. So whilst the couple and their witnesses perform the official signing, I concentrate on the guests and take some photographs of them chatting after the ceremony. The registrar then sets up a ‘dummy’ blank book for the couple to have some posed shots with. Many couples see the funny side of this, and it goes against my style of documentary photography. However, we all go along with the pantomime, and some lovely portraits are possible.
The Perfect Venue for Your Perfect Wedding
If you’re looking for venues for the perfect wedding ceremony and the most striking wedding photography in Wales’s capital, then look no further than the registry office and Cardiff City Hall.
Cardiff’s Most Photogenic Exterior
In addition to the beautiful and ornate wedding rooms on offer, Cardiff City Hall’s exterior offers many and varied wedding photography options. With its well-maintained grounds and attractive exterior, your wedding photography will be very memorable. The wedding photos that you will have to treasure will be beautiful. Being a well-known historic location, City Hall provides an exclusive atmosphere for your wedding photography.
Cardiff City Hall FAQs
Q. WHY GET MARRIED AT CARDIFF CITY HALL?
A. The City Hall is an early example of Edwardian Baroque architecture and is Cardiff’s most splendid building. It has several wedding venue rooms of varying sizes and the registrars are friendly and helpful. The venue caters for small and large civil weddings and will serve as a memorable backdrop to your day.
Q. HOW LONG BEFORE OUR WEDDING CEREMONY CAN WE GAIN ACCESS TO THE ROOM FOR PHOTOGRAPHY?
A. On arrival, guests are shown into the waiting room until the couple’s interviews are over. An usher leads them into the ceremony room shortly before the ceremony starts (5-10 minutes, depending on how busy the day is). The photographer is free to take any photos of the goings-on in both rooms.
Q. IS PHOTOGRAPHY ALLOWED OF OUR MARRIAGE CEREMONY AND VOWS?
A. Yes – there is no restriction on photography of the ceremony and the photographer is free to move around as they please. The only part of the ceremony which the photographer is not allowed to shoot is signing the register, but a ‘dummy’ register is set up afterwards for posed photos. The registrars are very helpful and photography friendly throughout.
Q. IS CONFETTI ALLOWED AFTERWARDS FOR A PHOTOGRAPHIC SEQUENCE AS THE COUPLE LEAVE THE BUILDING?
A. Confetti is not allowed on any part of the grounds. However, blowing bubbles is permitted outside, and is an effective element to include for some striking photographs.
Q. WHAT IS THE LIGHT LIKE FOR PHOTOGRAPHY INSIDE CARDIFF CITY HALL?
A. The lighting is varied depending on the area or room. In the entrance hall and corridors, there is no natural light, The St David’s Room is bright at the front but dimmer further back and the same with the smaller St. Dwynwen’s Room.
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