By Alex Beckett Photography


wedding photography old marylebone town hall, london

I've shot weddings at Old Marylebone Town Hall dozens of times, from the start of my photography career to practically yesterday! I love the fact there are so many different rooms for the ceremony and the staff there are really friendly and accommodating, which makes a photographer's day run so much smoother! It's also as perfect a venue for a sizeable wedding party as it is for small, intimate ones and I've done both at this venue. If you’d like to know more about packages and starting prices, click here and we’ll get back to you asap! There are no extra overnight stay costs for London weddings.

Of course, Old Marylebone Town Hall is an extremely busy wedding venue, with many couples getting married there on the same day. However, they are really incredible at managing this and making each couple feel special. As a photographer, if I'm shooting a wedding at Old Marylebone Town Hall, I know I will be a little time constricted but that they're not going to be hurrying us out of the door and off the steps as some venues seem to. Lots of my couples hold their civil ceremony in one of the rooms here: each has its own ambience from the pretty painted Soho and Pimlico Rooms to the warmth of the oak in the Paddington and Marylebone Rooms, and the more modern and bright Mayfair Room; with the legal particulars done, they then host a large wedding reception, and possibly a second ceremony, at a big country house wedding venue. Recently, some of my couples getting married at Old Marylebone Town Hall with just their closest family and friends in attendance, have moved onto one of the great London hotels nearby, such as The Landmark, for afternoon tea (with champagne for the toasts!) to celebrate in quiet elegance.

Couple on stairs at Old Marylebone Town Hall
Guests drying tears during wedding ceremony
Happy couple signing register

No matter how many times I return, I always love to take the classic post-wedding photograph on the steps at Old Marylebone Town Hall. It's the confetti shot that always seems to be full of exuberant happiness, where passing London seems to smile and offer support to the newly-weds. I particularly love the fact that you can marry in the most intimate of ceremonies but still have an absolutely iconic shot taken here to commemorate your special day - that the building ensures there's a real sense of occasion, no matter how few the guests. And, of course, you're holding your wedding in the heart of London, which opens up lots of other photographic locations...

Photograph of wedding couple framed by arch at Old Marylebone Town Hall
Couple by the columns after ceremony
Informal shot of couple on steps after wedding

The great thing about Old Marylebone Town Hall weddings is that we're right in the centre of London with opportunities for some quiet time-out, taking photographs to commemorate the day in nearby Regent's Park. It's so simple to walk up the road and take some special images in the first official moments of marriage in this green sanctuary. It also allows a couple a moment to let it all sink in. And of course I've photographed a number of weddings where guests have been transported from the steps of the town hall to wherever the reception is being held in an iconic red London bus.

Portrait of bride and groom after wedding
Bride and groom by wrought-iron gates at entrance to Regent's Park
London wedding couple laughing as they walk past iconic red phone boxes

GETTING MARRIED AT old marylebone town hall?

Alex is incredibly experienced, having photographed many times at Old Marylebone Town Hall, from ceremonies with just a few witnesses to those with the maximum number accommodated here. Do get in touch to chat informally about your wedding plans and your photography vision and how Alex may help you achieve that.

Postscript from an Old Marylebone Town Hall Wedding Photographer

Famous weddings

Those posing on the steps after their wedding include Paul McCartney (twice - once with Linda, once with Nancy Shevell); fellow Beatle Ringo Starr and Barbara Bach, Liam Gallagher and Patsy Kensit and Sean Bean.

Wedding-cake Architecture

Old Marylebone Town Hall is not as old as it looks. It was opened in 1920, six years after construction began, but it is Grade 2 Listed, in recognition of its classical beauty, and it included Westminster's Register Office from the beginning.

Special wedding guests

Dogs are welcome at Old Marylebone Town Hall weddings (providing you bring a poop bag for any unforeseen bad behaviour). Urban dogs often attend their owners' weddings, stealing the photographic limelight in special wedding attire.