London Wedding Photographer: Tips for London Town Hall weddings

London has an abundance of beautiful wedding venues, not least the town halls around the city. I’m a London wedding photographer and I’ve shot ceremonies at several town halls across the capital. Because they are hugely popular and often time constrained, I’ve put together my top tips to think about when planning your London town hall wedding.

1. Arrive to the town hall on time

Sorry brides, but the fashionably late tradition is one to avoid at a town hall wedding! Because most town hall ceremonies are back to back, it’s in your favour to arrive on time. This will pay off when you have more time post ceremony to greet everyone and revel in the congratulations.

Normally you’ll need to have a pre-ceremony interview, so you’ll need to arrive at least 15 minutes before your ceremony start time.

2. Take 5 minutes with your new spouse

One lovely thing about London town hall weddings is that after the ceremony, you’ll normally get 5-10 minutes to yourselves while everyone else lines up outside for confetti. This is a great moment to just let it sink in that you’re now married.

It’s also the opportunity to do some quick portraits in the venue if you want them. Some venues like Islington Town Hall will give you 5 minutes in their famous and very photogenic corridor.

However, my experience is that it depends on the town hall and the staff on the day. Some are much more accommodating to having pictures done, while some want you outside straight away so they can get the next couple in.

Talk to your wedding photographer about where else you would like your portraits done if there isn’t much time. As part of my Emerald package for town hall weddings, I take my couples around the local area for about 30-45 minutes to capture couples photos.

3. Have someone to organise confetti

As a wedding photographer who sees herself as much more than just that, I love to. I will normally come out and line up guests for confetti and help hand it out. However, at town halls I’ll probably still be inside stealing 5 minutes to do couples portraits. This is where your groomsmen or bridal party should be made the most of!

You’ll want get everyone in a narrow line and make sure they are loaded with confetti all the way down. If everyone is lined up quickly before we come out of the venue, the more time it gives you after to greet everyone. Don’t worry, I’ll quickly check everyone is ready when I come out ahead of you!

4. Be prepared to do your group shots elsewhere

I have had mixed experiences at London town halls when it comes to doing group shots. Most of the time I’ve been able to do a quick group shot of everyone outside on the steps. I normally do this straight after confetti as all the guests are in one place already.

However, because of the back to back nature of town halls, it may be that the next couple are already starting to make their way in or their guests are hanging around outside. This means sometimes it isn’t always possible to do more group shots outside.

If you would like group shots, I would recommend doing them at your reception venue. Here, you’ll have more control and time over them. Depending on the town hall, you could also chat to your photographer to see if there is anywhere next to the town hall where you could do them. For instance, Hackney Town Hall has a large space out the front and a quiet road on the side.

5. Have a plan for after your London town hall wedding ceremony

Town hall ceremonies are relatively quick and you’ll likely be finished with 15 minutes. As mentioned before, you may get another 10 minutes allowance for photos and confetti on the steps. If you have guests going on to a reception or celebration after, have plans ready from 30 minutes after the ceremony onwards. This is also relevant if you’re thinking about when you may need transport to pick you up and take guests on to a reception venue.

As mentioned before, if you’re eloping and have booked my Emerald package, we will go on a short walk after the ceremony to do couples portraits together. We’ll typically be wrapped up in 45 minutes and we can slowly make our way to your next venue if you have one.

There you have it! Some of my top tips if you are planning a London town hall wedding. They are absolutely great places to get married but be prepared to be flexible when it comes to photography and having time after the ceremony.

Some of my favourite London town hall wedding venues:

Old Marylebone Town Hall

Chelsea Town Hall

Hackney Town Hall

Islington Town Hall

If you are looking for a warm, experienced and friendly London wedding photographer head on over to my enquiry form to tell me all about your day!

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