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Wedding Photography at Cardiff City Hall – The Historic Register Office in Wales’ Capital City


Cardiff City Hall Wedding - Wedding Bubble Confetti Outside

One of my favourite wedding photography opportunities is the confetti sequence. At Cardiff City Hall they allow bubbles. More of the sequence at the bottom of the page.

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 very popular amongst couples and with wedding photographers alike, with a variety of wedding spaces to suit both the smallest and more elaborate wedding gatherings.

Wedding Portrait of Couple Kissing in Cardiff City Hall Foyer

Rae and Martin pause for a kiss as newly-weds in the beautiful entrance hall area.

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 a great location for attractive wedding photography portraits.

With the City Hall façade in the background, you will have amazing photo images of your big day.

Bride walks into st David's room at Cardiff City Hall with her father

Bride Dania looks pretty as a picture as her father walks her down the aisle for her marriage in St David’s Room at Cardiff City Hall.

Same sex wedding couple hugging on green in front of Cardiff City Hall

Helen and Clare booked me for an hour for their gay wedding at City Hall. So I photographed their portraits on the grass outside with the beautiful exterior in the background.


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Bridal party walking away from City Hall in Cardiff after wedding

A nice shot to capture is the wedding party walking away from the venue after the marriage ceremony.

Entrance Hall in Cardiff City Hall - Wedding Party Entering

The ornate entrance really is beautiful and does justice to the Bride as she enters for her wedding ceremony.

Bride Entering Cardiff City Hall with Father

Coming in from the outside: the father of the bride proudly walks her through the entrance of Cardiff City Hall.

Room 103: The Guests’ Waiting Room Pre-Ceremony

Upon arrival, wedding guests are shown into the waiting room (labelled 103) which adjoins St David’s Room.

The couple are either kept separate or can arrive together depending on preference and have their separate interviews with the registrar as the guests wait.

This 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).

Two men sitting in waiting room of Cardiff City Hall next to ornate fireplace

Two guests waiting in the basic but attractive ‘Room 103’ waiting room. The room has chairs running around the walls, but the only period feature is the ornate Victorian fireplace with floral arrangements.

Sister kissing bride at City Hall marriage, Cardiff

In the corridor outside Room 103, the bride’s sister gives her a last minute good luck kiss prior to the ceremony commencing.

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Four guests larking about in front of fire place at Cardiff City Hall wedding

When I pointed out how nice the fireplace looked, one guest hammed it up a bit. I’m always happy to document the daft moments as well as the serious.

Guest seated in St David's Room for wedding at Cardiff City Hall

A short while later and the wedding guests are seated in the St David’s Room awaiting the couple’s arrival and the beginning on the ceremony.

A Venue Conveniently Located in the Centre of Cardiff

Cardiff City Hall provides a variety of rooms to suit the style of your wedding 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.

Female LGBT couple in front of portrait of the Prince of Wales

Another photo from Helen and Clare’s LGTBQ wedding. Thy were quite taken with the portrait of the Prince of Wales in the grand entrance hall and wanted a portrait with him before their ceremony.

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 weddings.  I have photographed a number of gay weddings at Cardiff Register Office and the experience for the couple is exactly the same.

Entrance Doorway in Cardiff City Hall - Bride Entering

The entrance doorway to the main hall. Another wonderful photography moment.

Bride smiling at groom at wedding in St. Dwynwen’s Room Wedding at Cardiff City Hall

First in a set of three taken in St. Dwynwen’s Room. Looks and smiles between the couple are so important to capture and give more meaning to the set of photographs.

Bride and Groom holding hands at rings exchange

In some venues, the ceremony is conducted against bright light from the windows. This can result in loss of contrast but it is easily rectified in the editing.

Bride laughing as groom places ring on finger

If only a photograph could speak: I often take photos of the couple laughing but can rarely remember why. Usually it’s a mix up of words or the ring not going on as easily as it should.

Cardiff Register Office Wedding Rooms

The Register Office:  Here you can only have only your 2 witnesses and it includes just the wedding vows and exchange of rings.  The ceremony is very quick and probably not suitable to hire a wedding photographer for.  Although if you did want it documenting, they may accommodate, so do ask if you can bring a photographer.

St. Dwynwen’s Room:  Can hold 10 guests and can include your choice of music to be included in your wedding ceremony.  They do not allow you to write your own 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.  Your choice of vows, music and readings may be included. (Pictured Below).

Cardiff City Hall Wedding - St David's Room from the Back

A shot from the back of the St David’s Room – Cardiff City Hall’s most popular ceremony room. Here the Bride and Groom are about to take their vows.

St. Dwynwen’s Room Wedding at Cardiff City Hall

The much smaller St. Dwynwen’s Room: Seating only ten guests, this room is ideal for couples on a budget or wanting a more low-key ceremony.

Cardiff City Hall Wedding Spaces

Council Chamber:  The smallest room of the rest accommodates up to 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.  This makes for a deceptively ornate 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 the atmosphere of your wedding event.  Items from City Hall’s art collection finish the room nicely.

The Assembly Room:  If you have a large number of guests, the Assembly Room will be the best venue you can have.  With a capacity of up to 500 people, 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.

Bride throwing bouquet outside City Hall in Cardiff

The bride throws her wedding bouquet on the grass outside City Hall. Although I’m not quite sure that all involved were eligible single females.

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Boy sitting with grandfather in blue suits at Cardiff City Hall

Before the ceremony, there is lots of chances to photograph some family moments like this impromptu portrait:  A grandfather sits with his grandson in St David’s Room before presenting the rings (below).

Boy Presenting Rings at Wedding in Cardiff Register Office

The presenting of the rings was given even more meaning as it was the happy couple’s son who offered them for the vows.

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.

Exchanging Rings in Black and White

Exchange of the wedding rings – I make sure I photograph this from many different angles. At Cardiff City Hall, the registrar ensures they hold this pose for a while as the vows are said. This helps the photographer a lot.

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 in this and it goes against my personal style of documentary photography, however we all go along with the pantomime and some nice portraits are possible.

Brides posing for signing of register at desk in front of window

A nice portrait of the newly-weds staged signing: The pen holding is secondary and most even forget their holding it.

Group photo with register - same sex wedding bride laughing with guests

It’s customary for the witnesses to join the couple for a signing portrait. This can make for some fun shots as here.

Brides smiling and holding hands whilst leaving Saint David's Room in Cardiff

The couple leaving the venue is a very important moment, as it’s the first time the newly-weds will make a public appearance as a married couple.

Handshake at Cardiff Wedding

An unexpected handshake and another lovely portrait for the album. Your photographer should be looking for shots like this.

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.

Mature Wedding Couple - Groom Touching Bride's Face Gently

A tender moment between a mature couple after their wedding vows.

Entrance to the St David's Room at Cardiff City Hall

This venue is one that has unsightly signs near most of the doors. There were a few on the right of the St David’s Room entrance which I had to carefully remove – in the photographic edit of course!

Newly-weds leaving Wedding at Cardiff Register Office

The newly-weds leave via the main entrance accompanied by their son. Unfortunately a passer by decided to leave at the same time but it’s still a nice portrait.

Group wedding portrait taken in entrance hall of Cardiff City Hall

On a quiet day, the entrance hall is a fantastic location for the important group shot of the whole wedding party. On a Saturday, the venue has quite a high turnover of weddings, so this may not always be possible.

Bride smiling in entrance hall to Cardiff City Hall

An easier shot to take is a portrait of the bride on her own. The doorway and architecture made the perfect backdrop for some striking wedding photography.

Cardiff’s Most Photogenic Exterior

In addition to the beautiful and ornate wedding rooms on offer, the exterior of Cardiff City Hall offers many and varied wedding photography options. With its well-maintained grounds and beautiful 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.

Bride hugging female relative outside Cardiff City Hall

The portico at the front of Cardiff City Hall offers some fantastic directional light for congratulations and hugs as the party exit the building.

Cardiff City Hall FAQs



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.



A. On arrival, guests are shown into the waiting room until the couple’s interviews are over.  They are shown 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.



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 that is not allowed to be photographed is signing the register, but a ‘dummy’ register is set up afterwards for posed photos.  The registrars are very helpful and photography friendly throughout.



A. Biodegradable confetti is allowed outside.  The portico at the front of City Hall provides a superb backdrop as the guests make an aisle for the couple to walk through.



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 more dim further back and the same with the smaller St. Dwynwen’s Room.

Wedding Portrait of Couple Kissing Outside Cardiff City Hall

There is also good opportunity for some fantastic portrait shots of just the couple. The contrast of sun and shadow works well here.

Wedding Bubbles Outside Cardiff city Hall

Start of a 23 shot confetti photography sequence (not all shown here). I ask the couple to start a long way back and then shoot as they approach the camera in a shower of confetti (or bubbles as here).

Bride and groom Smiling Amongst Guests at Wedding in Cardiff

I love the look on the Groom’s father’s face as the couple make their way through the guests’ confetti and approach the camera.

Group Wedding Photograph is Alexandra Gardens, Cardiff

A group family shot in the park behind City Hall. Due to it’s close proximity, the Alexandra Gardens are an ideal spot for family photographs after the ceremony…  You can see the City Hall in the background.

Portrait of bride and groom taken in front of the Welsh National War Memorial in Alexandra Gardens, Cardiff

The Alexandra Gardens have the Welsh National War Memorial at their Centre. With a wide-angle lens, this provides the opportunity for some superb couples portraits.

Group Family Wedding Photo on Lawn Outside Cardiff City Hall

If hiring a photographer for just an hour, it may not be possible to visit Alexandra Gardens. However there’s lovely greenery outside the front of the city hall to be used as backdrop for some beautiful posed shots.

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