Are you getting married at the Hackney Town Hall registry office?

Yay, exciting! I’ve put together this blog post to help you plan the perfect wedding because I know how overwhelming it can be. So let’s talk about Hackney Town Hall weddings, shall we?

Hi, I’m Manon – documentary wedding photographer in London. I create intimate wedding photographs filled with emotion for couples who follow their hearts. I’m here to share my knowledge with you because I believe you deserve an unforgettable wedding.

Hi, I’m Manon -a documentary wedding photographer in London.

I create intimate wedding photographs filled with emotion for couples who follow their hearts. I’m here to share my knowledge with you because I believe you deserve an unforgettable wedding.

About the Venue – 

Hackney Town Hall is an original 1930s art deco building in London and is home to five separate wedding spaces. For a modern, contemporaneous London wedding this venue mixes period features and modern elegance with striking architecture perfectly.

The highlight of Hackney Town Hall are the North & South Atria. The new glass roof creates the feeling of an outdoor wedding with the added benefit of being inside and not having to worry about the weather. This space is the perfect backdrop for a stylish London wedding.

Everything you need to know about Hackney Town Hall Weddings – 

Address: Mare St, Hackney, London E8 1EA

Phone Number: 020 8356 3000

How to get there: the nearest overground stations are Hackney Central, Hackney Downs and London Fields. Some of the buses that leave you near Hackney Town Hall are 26, 38, 55, 106, 236, 253, 276, 394.

Quick facts and pros of Hackney Town Hall Weddings –

  • Historic wedding venue with period features and striking architecture
  • Plenty of daylight
  • Sanctioned for civil ceremonies
  • Available for wedding reception
  • Late license
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Hackney Town Hall weddings: prices and capacity –

Prices vary and you’ll need to make an enquiry directly with Hackney Venues to get an up to date pricing list but I thought I’d give you a quick breakdown of the spaces available at The Hackney Town Hall and their capacity.

• North & South Atria at Hackney Town Hall – These beautiful and unusual wedding ceremony venues in London are filled with daylight and they can host up to 200 standing guests. Did someone say party? You can have your legal ceremony and your wedding reception here.

• Assembly Rooms – With art deco features and large windows, these rooms can be partitioned or you can hire the entire space and can hold between 180 to 550 standing guests. These are also licensed for civil ceremonies.

• The Bridgetown Bar – Decorated in dark wood and marble fixtures, this space can hold up to 60 standing guests.

Hackney Town Hall also has the Committee Rooms or the Council Chamber available for hire.

How to get married at Hackney Town Hall –

Once you’ve booked your date at Hackney Town Hall, you can start planning the details of your wedding.

For your ceremony, the Westminster Registry office has created different options for your ceremony wording that can be romantic, modern, traditional or unconventional. You can find the different wedding ceremony wording templates here. You’re encouraged to make them your own and personalise your ceremony a smooch as you’d like!

To be legally married in Hackney, you will need to give notice of your intention to get married. You will be asked to sign a legal statement to say you intend to get married or form a civil partnership, this is called ‘giving notice’.

Couples getting married at Hackney Town Hall

Hackney Town Hall weddings: ceremonies –

I always encourage my couples to customise their wedding ceremony as much as possible as this is the most important bit! Make sure you talk to your registrar and ask for advice if you have any questions.

Ceremony Start –

You can walk in together, separately or be there and welcome your guests as they arrive. Of course, you can also be “given away” (although you might choose not to if you’re planning a feminist wedding, read all about it here). After this, the registrars will then welcome you and your guests to Hackney Town Hall and they will give a brief introduction about what marriage means in England.

Music – 

This is a great way of personalising your wedding ceremony and create a vibe.

You can make your own playlist to play while your guests wait for the ceremony to begin, while you walk down the aisle and at the close of the ceremony. Just make sure you’ve designated someone to be in charge of this so you can just relax and be in the moment. I recommend choosing someone who’s tech-savvy and making sure they can access the playlist from their phone/tablet rather than having to use yours. Trust me, it will save you time and stress!

Readings and personal vows – 

If you’d like to include some of your loved ones in the ceremony, readings are a great way to do it. You could choose a passage from a book you really like, the lyrics of a song or even a few lines from a movie you both love. Speak to your registrar about how many readings you can have and how long they should be. Try not to make it too long to keep the pace of the ceremony interesting and engaging.

I’m sure the registrars at Hackney Town Hall will also be more than happy to help you include personal vows in your wedding ceremony if you’d like!

Legal Declarations – 

This is the important bit where you legally marry each other. They’re composed of two declarations that must be spoken by each of you and repeated after the registrar. 

Exchanging rings –

You will be asked to place the ring on the third finger of the left hand and hold it there while you repeat a few words after the Registrar. This is a declaration of commitment to each other and it can be really emotional. If you’re not having rings, you can choose to exchange a kiss instead.

Warming of the rings – 

To make your ceremony extra special, how about including the ancient tradition of warming the rings? It consists of passing your weddings rings amongst your guests so that they can hold them for a moment while they silently make a wish for your future together. It’s a lovely way of making everyone feel involved.

The signing of the registrar –

You and your witnesses will be asked to sign the registrar to make it official. You will then be presented with your marriage certificate!

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Wedding receptions at The Hackney Town Hall – 

Hackney Town Hall has the advantage of being sanctioned for civil ceremonies but also to have gorgeous spaces to hold your wedding reception. If you’re trying to plan a relaxed day with plenty of time to mingle, dance and laugh, having everything in the same place is one of the best decisions you can make. 

The best wedding photos at Hackney Town Hall – 

Time passes faster than you think and your wedding day goes by in a blur. I believe that you deserve photos that capture who you are, the emotions and your love story in a truthful, effortless way so that you never forget your wedding or the way you felt.

Weddings are a collection of moments that represent your life together and all the days that have led you here. They’re a celebration of love, friendship and all the values that are important to you. Your love is unique and I believe that you deserve meaningful wedding photos that honour your story and capture who you are.

The Answer Is Simple: to get beautiful, natural wedding photos you need a photographer who cares and who will take the time to get to know you BEFORE your wedding. It’s my job to create a space where you feel comfortable and you can be yourselves, unapologetically. This is why I exclusively photograph 20 weddings per year. Don’t snooze!

Hackney Town Hall has many spots that will make for a great backdrop for your wedding photos. Whether it’s outside on the grand steps entrance or inside with the art deco style, there are boundless possibilities to create really cool wedding photos.

How to get the best wedding photos – 

  • Consider the light and what time of day you’ll be doing the photos. Check sunrise/sunset time for your wedding day. The weather will also have an effect on how much light you get, talk to your photographer about the possibilities.
  • Preparing for rain is always a good idea, this is England after all! Try to get one of those clear plastic umbrellas. Although they’re not the most stylish, they do a great job of letting the light through so that your faces won’t be dark.
  • Plan your timeline carefully. This is perhaps the most crucial advice I can give you: allow enough time for photos. Natural, relaxed wedding photos don’t just happen, you need to make time for them. Make sure you work on the timeline of your day with your wedding photographer before everything is set in stone with the rest of your wedding vendors.
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manon x

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