Wedding Photography at Danson House
London Borough of Bexley Register Office Wedding Photography Venue
Bexley Register Office is located in south-eastern Greater London within the rather lovely Grade 1 listed Danson House. With its ornate decor and perfectly individual rooms, the venue suits small to medium-sized wedding parties (up to 65 guests).
The house is situated on 200 acres of parkland with Danson Lake at the heart. With the sheer amount of beautiful backdrops and photo ops., this is one wedding venue which is a dream for any couple and, indeed, wedding photographer. But be aware that to have photographs in the park after your ceremony, you will need to buy a permit.
Are You Planning Your Wedding at Danson House?
I photograph discretely and unobtrusively to capture all the best moments, leaving you to enjoy your day.
With me as your wedding photographer, your memories will be in safe hands, so please get in touch any time to discuss…
Car Parking for Your Danson House Wedding
The house itself doesn’t have car parking, but the Danson Park car park is roughly a 200-metre walk from the house.
Obviously, any official vehicles, such as bridal cars and Routemaster buses, are allowed to drop off and wait on the drive outside the house.
Photography Time Constraints at Bexley Register Office
Wedding photography is encouraged at Bexley, but time can be tight. For midweek and off-season weddings, this isn’t usually a problem, but it’s worth liaising with your registrars to check if there is a wedding following yours.
The Borough of Bexley Registrars
A registrar and superintendent registrar will conduct your ceremony. They are helpful and keen for the photographer to get a comprehensive selection of photographs of your time at the venue. The Bexley registrars are relaxed, allowing the photographer to move around during the wedding ceremony.
I try to be as discreet as possible whilst getting those all-important wedding photos, including the couple exchanging rings and the first kiss.
Wedding Bookings at Danson House
Useful to Know When Booking Your Wedding
- To contact the registrars and enquire about your date, email: email@example.com or phone: 03000 411103.
- Saturdays can be busy, so there may be less time for portraits around the house. Danson Park has amazing backdrops for wedding photos, though…
- If you plan to have some photographs on the park grounds, you’ll need to apply for a license. The cost is around £50.
- As well as marriages, Bexley Register Office also conducts Renewals of Vows, Civil Ceremonies and Civil Partnership Conversions.
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Rules on Signing the Schedule
Signing the wedding register has now been consigned to history, with the signing of a schedule taking place instead. Many register offices that didn’t allow photography of the register signing before now allow it. However, Bexley still has strict rules preventing photography at this time. I still have to ask couples to pose with a dummy book.
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Bexley Register Office/Danson House Wedding Rooms
There are 5 rooms to choose from for your wedding.
The Johnston Room:
- The Johnston Room is on the first floor and is the smallest of the ceremony rooms in terms of guest seating.
- Holds 12 seated guests
- The views over the surrounding area are stunning.
Sir John Boyds Room:
- Again on the first floor, the John Boyd is suitable for small to medium-sized weddings.
- 25 guests seated.
- Octagonal and light, with tasteful blue wallpaper and window dressing.
- 45 guests are catered for in forward-facing seats.
- Houses the famous Danson Organ and overlooks the gardens.
- Seating is available for 65 guests.
The Dining Room:
- Exceptionally light and airy, with amazing portraits adorning every wall.
- Available for up to 65 seated guests.
Photographing the Confetti – Rules at Danson House
Unfortunately, due to the stately nature of the house, confetti is not allowed on the premises or in the park. However, bubbles are permitted at the bottom of the steps. This allows your photographer to set up a good sequence as you proceed down the steps and through an aisle of your bubble-blowing guests.
There’s also the option of having your bubble-confetti sequence in the park opposite – but do get that permit…
Posed Group and Couples Photos
I work through your required group shots fairly briskly in case a wedding follows shortly afterwards, and we are moved on. Weddings are generally staggered and shouldn’t cross, but it can happen. Below are some examples of shots that I have taken after the ceremony.
Danson House Wedding Photography FAQs
Q. WHY GET MARRIED AT DANSON HOUSE?
A. If it’s a stately home wedding in opulent surroundings, look no further than Danson House. With easy access to Central London, the house is the perfect venue for your wedding of up to 65 guests. The staff and registrars are kind and helpful, and the surrounding park is lovely for photos.
Q. IS PHOTOGRAPHY ALLOWED OF OUR MARRIAGE CEREMONY AND VOWS?
A. The registrars and house staff are very helpful and actively encourage photography. However, photographing the signing of the schedule is not allowed, with a ‘dummy’ set up for posed photographs.
Q. IS CONFETTI ALLOWED AFTERWARDS FOR A NICE PHOTOGRAPHIC SEQUENCE?
A. Unfortunately, wedding confetti is not allowed, but bubbles are permitted at the bottom of the steps.
Q. WHAT IS THE LIGHT LIKE FOR PHOTOGRAPHY INSIDE DANSON HOUSE?
A. It varies depending on the area. Most rooms have large windows and good directional light. however, your photographer will be able to deal with lighting conditions, whatever they are.
And After Your Wedding Ceremony?
Being a civil marriage venue, Bexley Register Office does not cater to wedding receptions, but the Boathouse in the park does and is a popular wedding venue. There are also numerous local restaurants, pubs, and hotels in Bexleyheath and the local area. Greenwich is also nearby.