Wedding Photography Chelsea Old Town Hall/Register Office
**On 20th August 2018, Chelsea Old Town Hall closed for six months for refurbishment. Wedding ceremonies are taking place at Kensington Town Hall instead. Chelsea will reopen for weddings from 1st April 2019.**
The Kensington and Chelsea Register Office (often mistakenly called ‘Registry Office’) is located within Chelsea Old Town Hall in SW3. It is a venue in which I love photographing weddings and civil ceremonies and have shot there numerous times (15 at the last count!). The staff and registrars are all very helpful and there are no issues about moving around during the ceremony. In fact registrars at the venue seem very keen that I get all the required shots to present to the couple later on. This makes the job of wedding photographer so much easier.
A Great Location on the Trendy King’s Road, London
Chelsea Old Town Hall is situated halfway down the long King’s Road, in the vibrant heart of Chelsea. The area surrounding the registry office is mainly urban, but a stone’s throw away is the splendid St Luke’s Church and gardens which is great for portraits after the ceremony.
Newly-weds also travel elsewhere for their reception where there is further scope for more candid shots. The famous Bluebird Restaurant is a five minute walk away and proves a popular choice for couples who require an intimate meal after their nuptials.
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Chelsea Register Office Confetti & Famous Marriages
Another good point is that confetti is allowed for Chelsea Old Town Hall wedding photography purposes. Often, venues in Central London don’t allow confetti for the reason that it could be regarded as litter. But the registrars at Kensington and Chelsea have no such issue and many great shots have been taken on the steps as the happy couple leave in a confetti shower.
Over the years many famous faces have been married at Chelsea Old Town Hall including Judy Garland and Wallis Simpson which makes it one’s of London’s most iconic small wedding venues. An appearance at number 16 in The Independent’s list of 50 Best Wedding Locations in 2011 was for good reason. In fact The Independent calls it, ‘still one of the hippest places to get married‘.
Chelsea Old Town Hall Wedding Photography Rooms
The Brydon Room: The beautifully elegant Brydon Room has an interior tastefully decorated in yellow and seats 38 guests. It features a fairly long aisle for you as a couple or the bride alone to walk down (if you choose to uphold this tradition).
The Rossetti Suite: Equally elegant but for a smaller guest list. The Rossetti Suite is the more popular room but only able to accommodate up to 12 guests.
The Harrington Room: The smallest room has limited availability, being available just three times a week. It accommodates up to 8 guests.
Kensington Town Hall Wedding Photography Rooms
The Committee Room: This room seats up to 38 guests and lies on the first floor of Kensington Town Hall. With wood panelling, it is tastefully decorated in blue and yellow.
The Mayor’s Parlour: Only available on Fridays and Saturdays, the Mayor’s Parlour seats up to 68 guests. Modern in design, it has wood panelling and is well lit.
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