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Getting married at Mayfair Library?
If you’re getting married at Mayfair Library, just a few blocks from Hyde Park, chances are 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.
That’s what I do.
You can book photography from one hour upwards*. One hour covers the ceremony itself with photos on the steps including a few portraits of the two of you. One and a half hours – the most popular option – has more time to include your arrival at the Library and portraits of the two of you taken in and around Mount Street Gardens. And two and a half hours allows for photos of you chatting with your guests during your drinks reception (and/or photos of the two of you taken further afield e.g. a London landmark).
If you’re not sure, give me a call on 01342 811631 or simply get in touch via the enquiry form. We can talk through your plans and what you would like from your wedding photography. We’ll work something out together.
It’s all part of the service.
*Register office wedding photography coverage (attendance) including all of your personally edited, hand-finished, ready to print digital files from just £399, including travel and VAT.
Mayfair Library is an historic building in the heart of Mayfair. It is ideally placed for great hotels, restaurants and cafes nearby. It is also right next door to Mount Street Gardens which works very well for group photography and couple portraits.
It has two quiet and romantic ceremony rooms on the first floor:
Mayfair Room – the larger room has a long aisle and seating for up to 38. It has windows down the entire length of one side of the room making it lovely and light. It has a period stained glass bay window at the ceremony end overlooking Mount Street Gardens. It has two vases with stylish cream and green silk flowers sat on the impressive ceremony table.
Ceremony capacity: 38
Cost from: £310
Marylebone Room – the smaller room seats up to 22 guests and has a period stained glass bay window at the ceremony end overlooking Mount Street Gardens. It has an original feature fireplace, bookshelves at the entrance end, and cream and green silk floral displays on the ceremony table and in front of the window.
Ceremony capacity: 22
Cost from: £310
There is no disabled access at Mayfair Library. It has 5 steps leading to the building itself and a flight of 30 steps to the first floor.
For more information on booking, payment and giving notice please contact the Westminster Register Office.
Monday to Friday TBC
Saturday TBC (by appointment)
Sundays and Bank Holidays TBC (by appointment)
Car: you can drop off and pick up on the quiet South Audley side street although there is no parking
Underground: Marble Arch, Bond Street or Green Park all around a five to ten minute walk
Bus: 2, 16, 74, 137 get off at Dorchester Hotel
What time should we arrive?
You and your guests should all be present at Mayfair Library at least 15 minutes prior to your ceremony. There is a waiting area (with two loos) just up the stairs from the South Audley Street entrance. If you are keen to walk in separately to your ceremony and only see each other for the first time when you stand together side-by-side for your vows the Registrar’s Office will advise you on timings and entrance plans.
Usually this means one of you arriving 30 minutes prior to your ceremony, and the other 15 minutes prior to your ceremony.
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 is a meeting room on the immediate left as you reach the top of the staircase and this is called the Elizabeth Barrett interview room. If you are marrying in the Marylebone Room there is another door which leads directly down the aisle from this room. If you are having your ceremony in the Mayfair Room then you will exit from the door back to the landing.
During your meeting 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 the 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?
Two, who must be over 16 and understand the language of the ceremony. Register Office staff are not allowed to act as witnesses. You do not need to know your witnesses.
What about confetti on the steps outside the Library?
After your ceremony the Registrars will invite your guests to leave your ceremony room and take their position on the steps outside the Register Office. You can use any kind of confetti but do ensure that you limit it to the area outside the Library (i.e. not in Mount Street Gardens). [No confetti can be used inside the Library]
Liase with your photographer for a thumbs up for your exit once your guests are in position. You are then welcome to have any group photographs taken on the steps or in Mount Street Gardens next door.
Where can we have couple photographs taken after our ceremony?
Mount Street Gardens right next door to the Library for trees, greenery, plants, flowers, benches, red brick buildings, and the rear aspect of Farm Street Church
Mayfair streets including Mount Street with it’s designer stores and upmarket bars, hotels and restaurants
Farm Street for a sandstone (more muted) alternative to Mayfair’s red brick facades
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 day?
For light to medium rain umbrellas work beautifully. Some of my favourite wedding photographs include umbrellas.
For heavy to torrential rain you can (with permission from the staff on duty) have your groups and couple portraits taken back inside the Register Office. This is dependent on whether there is another wedding taking place following your own. The bookcase and staircase work well for photos. And for groups the Mayfair Room ceremony end (with the large table) has lovely light.
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We would like photos taken in daylight. What time should we have our Mayfair Library 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 confetti and groups on the Mayfair Library steps and couple portraits nearby taken in daylight:
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This allows 30 minutes for your ceremony and 30 minutes for your confetti, groups and couple portraits. If you see that it will be dark when you come out onto the Mayfair Library steps and would like some daylight photographs you can arrange for these to take place before your ceremony.
To check the exact sunset time on your day click here.
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