Brighton Town Hall Weddings

Feb 27, 2024

The Ultimate Guide To Wedding Photos at Brighton Town Hall!

Brighton Town Hall is one of my favourite registry offices to shoot at. Built in 1830, it is a Grade II listed building with stunning fluted columns by the entrances and a beautiful staircase inside. They offer weddings for 2 – 120 people so it’s perfect for all sizes of ceremonies. It’s situated in the iconic Lanes of Brighton and just a stone’s throw away from the beach – perfect for photos after your ceremony!

Pricing (based on 2024-2025)

Right, let’s kick things off with getting into the numbers! Below is the cost of getting married in the Regency Suite at the registry office. The Regency Suite includes the Regency Room, the Fitzherbert Room and the Ante Room.

Monday – Thursday – £280

Friday – £380

Saturday – Sunday – £530

Bank Holidays – £660

Monday – Thursday weddings are a great option if you want to save a bit of money on your ceremony!

Which Room Should We Go For?

Brighton Town Hall has three different rooms available to use for wedding ceremonies. The Regency Room (the most popular), the Fitzherbert Room and the Council Chamber.

The Regency Room 

The Regency Room is by far the most popular room for ceremonies…and my favourite! It’s located on the ground floor so it’s easily accessible for you and your guests. It’s a lovely neutral colour with a beautiful herringbone floor, walls decorated with paintings and plenty of natural light. It seats up to 46 guests and once your ceremony is over, the doors open up onto Bartholomew Square, which is the perfect location for confetti!

The Fitzhertbert Room

The Fitzhertbert Room is the teeny room downstairs and is great for micro weddings and elopements as it only seats up to 8 guests. It has a subtle green and gold colour scheme with a neutral herringbone flooring. This room doesn’t get used as much, but it’s great for more intimate weddings.

The Council Chamber

The Council Chamber is on the second floor and it’s the largest room they have to offer, with seating for up to 120 guests. For accessibility, there is one lift that can take a few people to this floor, otherwise it’s a walk up the staircase. This room doesn’t have as much natural light as The Fitzhertbert or The Regency and there is a lot of dark, wooden panelling so it is definitely the darkest of the room options. 

Parking and Transport at Brighton Town Hall

Brighton can be a bit of a nightmare for parking, and you don’t want that kind of stress on your wedding day! Your best option would be to book a taxi or a wedding car to drop you off outside. There are plenty of Ubers in Brighton and you can pre book in advance. If you want to take public transport, Brighton Station is a 15 minute walk or you can get the 12, 12A or 7 bus to the bottom of North Street which is a short 4 minute walk to the Town Hall. If your only option is to drive, Churchill Square car park is a 10 minute walk away and would cost you £5.50 for up to 2 hours. Alternatively, The Lanes car park is much closer but £10.40 for 2 hours.

Before the ceremony

It’s best to arrive no more than 20 minutes before your ceremony – if there is another wedding before yours they can’t let you in early so you don’t want to be awkwardly hanging around outside! However, there are a few seats inside the town hall where you can wait inside before the ceremony starts. You can also direct your wedding guests to grab a pint at the Mesmerist pub if they arrive early – I usually find a lot of wedding guests in that beer garden!

During the ceremony

For your ceremony, you may be asked where you want to stand or if you want to sit. For the best photos, I would always recommend standing in the middle of the room facing each other, that way all of your guests can see you and it makes it easier to get the best photos of the both of you and your guests. You can also sit and face your guests which also makes for some lovely shots. Ceremonies usually last around 20 minutes, but if you want it to be a little longer and more personal, consider adding in a reading and/or your own personal vows to each other.

Music always brings such a vibe for moments like you walk down the aisle and signing your register. They do have a bluetooth speaker you can use but you can always bring your own to make sure you’re not faffing around trying to connect to their speaker moments before you get hitched! Also, remember to ask a friend or family member to be in charge of hitting the play button. If it’s a teeny wedding, the registrars can always step in to help with playing music if needed.

After the ceremony

After signing the register they will hand you your marriage certificate and announce your marriage (Woooo!!). For confetti, you can chill for a moment inside while I arrange your guests outside on Bartholomew Square, then you can then walk out into a cloud of confetti! The Town Hall only allows biodegradable confetti (as they should!) so please ensure you’ve got the good stuff! Once confetti is done, we can do group photos in front of the Town Hall columns if this works with your timeline.

Where can we have our couple portraits?

You really are spoiled for choice for couple portraits in Brighton! This is exactly why I love photographing Brighton weddings. There is usually a short window after the ceremony that we can pop upstairs to the beautiful staircase in the Town Hall which has lovely natural light and such a cool vibe for those ‘Just Married’ shots!

The Pier is a short walk from the Town Hall and one of my favourite locations for iconic Brighton wedding photos.

If you fancy, we can pop by the carousel and grab an ice cream!

The beach is also such a bangin’ spot for wedding portraits. You can always jump in for a paddle if you fancy it (I will always encourage this behaviour!) 

And of course, you have the Lanes of Brighton to explore, with so many cool and quirky shop fronts, bunting, cute cobbled streets and tons of graffiti.

I’m always keen for a post ceremony pint with you in one of the many pubs near the Town Hall!

If you are up for a bit of a stroll, we can head over to the Bandstand and West Pier for more of that iconic Brighton goodness!

How to Book

Now for the official nitty gritty! To book your wedding ceremony you will need to contact the registrars by email ceremonies@brighton-hove.gov.uk or phone 01273 292 016. After you have booked the venue you will need to give notice to your local registry office. You must give notice at least 29 days before you get married, but no more than 12 months in advance. You must have lived in the district where you are giving notice for at least 9 days. If you live in Brighton & Hove, your register office will be Brighton Town Hall. If you live in different registration districts you and your partner will need to give notice separately. The cost of giving notice is £35 per person. You must bring certain documents to your appointment including your passport and proof of address. You will be interviewed separately, but don’t worry, it will just be a few simple questions about each other. For more information click here.

Where can we have our reception?

Brighton Town Hall is in the centre of Brighton so there are TONS of pubs and restaurants offering gorgeous food if you are wanting a low key, chilled reception. My past couples have walked to amazing places like The Ivy, Cafe Rust and Burnt Orange. Or you can take a short Uber ride over to Hove and for options such as Ginger Pig, Cin Cin and Market. If you want a venue to hire there are some great options like Patterns, Fabrica, Brighton Music Hall, Rockwater Hove, OhSo, or the i360.

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