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Wedding Ceremony and Licensed Venues in London

Find and book the most unique licensed wedding venues in London

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Wedding ceremony-only venues offer some very unique and unusual places to get married in London. Civil ceremony venues are licensed to legally perform marriages and civil partnerships on their premises and your choice of venues is abundant in the diverse city of London. You can go on to have your reception at the same place, or take the party somewhere else after the vows are exchanged.

    Top Recommended Wedding Ceremony and Licensed Venues in London

  • West End

    A Grade II* listed baroque chapel hidden in a London square

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    Standing 80
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    Theatre 70
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    Dining 30
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  • Tower Hill

    Bellavita Academy

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    Standing 130
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    Theatre 80
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    Dining 60
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  • South West London

    Tara Arts

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    Standing 150
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    Theatre 98
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    Cabaret 106
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    Farringdon

    Iconic four story venue in the heart of the City

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    Standing 200
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    Dining 80
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    Boardroom 16
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  • Soho

    The Groucho Club

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    Standing 500
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    Theatre 60
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    Dining 100
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  • Bethnal Green

    A multi-use blank canvas venue with breakout & cocktail bars

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    Standing 300
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    Theatre 200
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    Dining 110
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  • East London

    Stylish cutting edge design blank spaces for all events

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    Standing 200
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    Theatre 180
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    Dining 140
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  • London Fields

    Night Tales

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    Standing 200
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    Dining 150
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    Cabaret 80
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  • Most Popular Wedding Ceremony and Licensed Venues in London

  • Fitzrovia

    The London EDITION Basement

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    Standing 200
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    Theatre 70
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    Dining 50
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  • Henley on Thames

    River & Rowing Museum

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    Standing 500
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    Theatre 200
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    Dining 160
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    Hackney Road

    Unique versatile event space in the heart of East London

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    Standing 300
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    Theatre 90
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    Dining 250
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    Old Street

    vibrant and inspiring venue in heart of East London

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    Standing 200
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    Theatre 70
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    Dining 70
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    North West London

    A world class sporting venue in leafy St John's Wood.

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    Standing 500
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    Theatre 300
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    Dining 400
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    Westminster

    Stunning bright venue with 360° view and contemporary interiors

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    Standing 550
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    Theatre 300
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    Dining 300
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  • Southbank

    The Balcony Room at The Swan, Shakespeare's Globe

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    Standing 120
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    Theatre 70
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    Dining 70
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  • Marylebone

    Asia House

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    Standing 250
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    Theatre 150
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    Dining 120
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Planning a Wedding Ceremony to Remember


Let’s be honest, getting married is a big deal. You want everything to be just right, and for it to be a day that you truly love and will remember forever. While you might be getting into the detail of the food and the party aspect it’s important not to neglect the actual ceremony. This will be where you’ll be exchanging vows after all. If you already have a wedding reception venue in mind and want to choose somewhere else close by for your ceremony, then there are a few things that you’ll need to remember to make sure that everything runs smoothly, and the guests keep smiling.


Choosing the Perfect Venue for your wedding ceremony


The great thing about having a ceremony-only venue is that it’s then easy to find one that you can legally get married at. While there are hundreds of reception venues in London, you can’t get the paperwork completed at all of them, which can necessitate a trip to the registry office the day before your wedding! In order to have the reception of your dreams and get legally married on the same day, many brides and grooms opt to start at a different venue for their ceremony and then move on somewhere else for the reception. It’s a really great idea that can provide the happy couple with the best of both worlds. And with loads of registered wedding ceremony venues for hire in London, you’re definitely not going to be stuck for choice.


Transport


Before you get into the details of what you want your ceremony to be like, you need to make sure that the venue that you have chosen is going to work with the reception. How far away are the two? How far is the ceremony venue from where you are getting ready? How are you going to get there? While cars are normally hired, it’s also time to think about how your guests are going to travel from one venue to the other. If they are expected to drive, is there parking for everyone? A great idea is to order a bus for all your guests to be whisked away in after the ceremony is over. This way if you have a drinks reception at the ceremony venue, everyone will be able to partake and won’t be thinking about traffic!


Theme


The great thing about having two separate venues for your ceremony and reception, is that you can essentially have two separate weddings! Many brides stick to one theme throughout the day, but you don’t need to do this. You can go romantic and classic at the ceremony, and then the reception can be a little bit more out there and have more of a party feel. There can even be two dresses involved! It can be difficult to settle on a style that you want for your wedding, so this way you can incorporate more than one in a straightforward way. Afterall, both venues will be decorated separately, and this is where your theme really comes to life.


Vows


This is, of course, a big decision to make, and one that you’ll need to talk about together. Do you want to stick to the traditional vows? Or do you want to write your own instead or as well as? Writing your own vows can be daunting, but it can also be something that you do together as a couple as opposed to separately. It can be a chance for you both to make the promises that mean the most to you. At the same time, there’s nothing wrong with just sticking to the classics, sometimes they say all that’s ever needed.


Time to Think about Music


What song will the bride walk down the aisle to? This is perhaps one of the most important music choices to make, after the first dance song of course. This is also the perfect chance to inject some of your personality into proceedings. Most people go for an acoustic version of their chosen track, but again this is entirely up to you. Are you getting someone in to play or are you playing it through a phone? Making sure that whatever tech is needed is there and working will be something you do during the rehearsal or set-up stage. You will also need music to be played when you are signing the registry, as well as the exit music for when you leave the room as husband and wife! The exit music is generally a little bit more upbeat and also more modern, but again, the decisions are all yours.


The Flowers


When decorating any venue, the flowers are what people generally think about. Yet you can have as many or as few at your ceremony venue as you want. Some venues are beautiful on their own and need very little in the way of décor added to them. If this is the case, think about the fact that sometimes less really can be more. It’s always best not to make any venue look over cluttered. When it comes to the bouquets and boutonnieres, it’s time to bring out all your favourite flowers! The style and colours will generally match the theme of the day, not to mention the wedding dress! Yet if you have a favourite flower, then there’s no reason it should be left out of the proceedings.


Your wedding ceremony is all about the love you and your partner share, and so it’s important to try and relax even in the midst of all of the planning! Luckily, most venues have an amazing team on hand to help you with all of the important details, so there’s no reason to worry. No matter what, make your ceremony about you as a couple, and there’s unlikely to be a dry eye in the house.

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