Chelsea Register Office wedding photographerFor your Chelsea Old Town Hall or Kensington Town Hall wedding
Marrying at Chelsea Old Town Hall or Kensington Town Hall?
If you’re getting married at iconic Chelsea Old Town Hall or modern Kensington Town Hall, chances are that you’re bubbling with excitement and thinking about photos. You may be planning an intimate ceremony with just two witnesses or a few dozen of your nearest and dearest, and on the day would like to spend as much time with them as possible. Which means that you just need an hour or two of photography.
As a Chelsea Register Office wedding photographer, that’s what I do.
How much photography is right for you?
- You can book photography from one hour upwards. One hour covers your civil ceremony and photos on the steps of Chelsea Old Town Hall afterwards. Ideal for an elopement.
- Your photography captures your arrival at Chelsea Old Town Hall, your ceremony and portraits of the two of you taken nearby.
- Your photography starts with your arrival at Chelsea Old Town Hall, the ceremony itself, confetti photos on the steps and continues through to either your drinks reception or portraits elsewhere in London, depending on distance.
Marrying between 20 August 2018 and 31 March 2019?
Chelsea Register Office is moving temporarily to Kensington Town Hall for 7 months while they undertake refurbishments to Chelsea Old Town Hall.
Never fear, Chelsea Register Office will hold all ceremonies in one of two rooms at nearby Kensington Town Hall.
For more information on the rooms and getting there please download my Kensington Town Hall fact sheet opposite. Please also contact me by phone on 01342 811631 to discuss couple photo opportunities after your Kensington Town Hall ceremony.
Want more info on
Kensington Town Hall?
Download the Kensington Town Hall fact sheet below.
If you’re not sure about how long to book, call me on 01342 811631 or fill in the enquiry form. We can talk through your plans and what you would like from your wedding photography. We’ll work something out together.
Pricing starts from £399 including your digital files.
Have your favourite photos from your Chelsea Register Office civil ceremony designed and bound into a leather album that lives on your coffee table or book shelf. Standard sizes and copies for family are available.
Is your date available?
If you would like to check if your date and time are available, please complete the contact form on the left or call me on 01342 811 631.
Chelsea Register Office wedding photography FAQs
What time should we arrive?
You and your guests should all be present at Chelsea Old Town Hall at least 15 minutes prior to your ceremony. There is a waiting area (with loo) just up the stairs from the Chelsea Manor Street entrance. If you prefer not to see each other before the ceremony, the Registrar’s Office will advise you on timings and entrance plans.
When and where do we have the meeting with the Registrar prior to our ceremony?
Your Registrar will conduct a legal interview with both of you, either together or separately, in private. There are two meeting rooms used for this interview which are next door to the ceremony rooms, so you don’t have far to go. You will be asked to confirm all of the details that you gave in your Notice.
What does the ceremony consist of and how long will it take?
The Registrar will welcome you and your guests, you will say your vows, exchange (optional) rings, and then sign the official Register. You can also choose to have a piece of music played during your entrance and the signing of the Register. You may also choose to have a guest or the Registrar make a (non-religious) reading. Ceremonies last between 10 and 25 minutes typically.
How many witnesses do I need and who can they be?
You need two witnesses for your Chelsea Register Office wedding. They must be over 16 and understand the language of the ceremony. Register Office staff are not allowed to act as witnesses. At Chelsea it is popular for couples who have chosen to marry in secret or without guests to ask Chelsea Pensioners to act as witnesses. For more information please see the Chelsea Pensioners page.
You do not need to know your witnesses.
How do we book Chelsea Pensioners to act as witnesses?
You can arrange this via the Kensington & Chelsea Register Office. For more information please see my Chelsea Pensioners page.
What about confetti on the famous steps?
After your ceremony the Registrars will invite your guests to leave your ceremony room and take their position on the famous Kings Road steps. You can use any kind of confetti and confetti can also be bought from the Register Office reception desk downstairs from the Chelsea Manor Street entrance. The Registrars will ask your photographer to give them the thumbs up for your exit.
Where can we have couple photographs taken after our ceremony?
St Luke’s Gardens a two-minute walk away and adjacent to the King’s Road (for trees, greenery, flowers)
Chelsea Streets a two to five-minute walk away for multi-coloured pastel or traditional white stucco buildings and black railings (for clean lines and archetypal Chelsea shots)
Albert Bridge a ten-minute walk away (for Thames scenes, the Bridge, tree-lined walkways, and black lampposts)
Local hotel accessible gardens like Cadogan Gardens adjacent to the Jumeirah Carlton Towers where they have access to a stunning, privately maintained garden where you will have privacy (see my last Jumeirah Carlton Tower wedding here)
Your Reception Venue may have interesting interiors and exteriors that are important to you so do ask me if this is of interest
London Landmarks – you can also choose to have photos taken at the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben (check for refurbishment scaffolding first), St Paul’s Cathedral and the Millennium Bridge, Tower Bridge, or a location that is special to you both
PLEASE NOTE: The Royal Parks – Kensington Gardens, St James’s and Green Park, Hyde Park, The Regent’s Park, Richmond Park, and Greenwich Park – require a filming permit (website) currently £120 inc. VAT for up to one hour. I can arrange this on your behalf (or provide you with a copy of my public liability insurance)
The time of year and position of the sun plays a large part in this decision, so choose a photographer who knows the area well, at all times of the day, and in the different seasons. Photography between 11am and 2pm when the sun is at its strongest can be trickier to work with so ask your photographer for advice.
What happens if it rains on our wedding day?
Umbrellas* work beautifully in light to medium rain. For heavy to torrential rain you can have your groups and couple portraits taken inside the Register Office. The waiting area with its red staircase and black and white floor tiles work well as backdrops.
*Choose your umbrella with care. Whatever colour you choose will reflect that colour on your faces AND make your faces darker than the rest of you not shielded by the canopy. Black causes panda eyes and darkness. White casts a a mushy (unflattering) light. Clear works best and their designs have come a long way in the last few years (i.e. no longer fuddy-duddy) so don’t rule them out. If you don’t have clear be prepared to tip the canopy slightly back to allow light into your eyes. Check with your bride first. Her hair may not thank you if you tip it back too much!
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Other help for your Chelsea wedding
We would like photos taken in daylight. What time should we have our
Chelsea Old Town Hall Autumn / Winter wedding?
Here is an approximate guide to when it will be dark by month and suggested latest ceremony start times if you would like your group shots and portraits taken in daylight:
(Click on grid to see larger version)
This allows 30 minutes for your ceremony and 30 minutes for your confetti, groups and couple portraits. If you would like your portraits taken during daylight, we can arrange to do these before your ceremony.
British Summer Time Ends – 28th October 2018 (clocks go back) / Daylight Saving Ends – 31st March 2019 (clocks go forward)
To check the exact sunset time on your day click here.
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Download the Chelsea Register Office fact sheet below.