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If you're planning your wedding, you may well be considering a register office for your ceremony. Register offices are seeing a rise in popularity, with civil ceremonies increasingly outnumbering religious marriages every year since 1992. Nowadays many registries are beautiful, ornate rooms softly lit and filled with flowers, and the perfect place for an intimate ceremony with family and friends.

All photos for a real couple, at Hackney Town Hall, by a Perfocal photographer

Many modern couples choose to marry in civil ceremonies at a town hall or register office as they feel more comfortable with a less religious ceremony. Registry ceremonies are also more customisable, and can have their choice of music and speeches. (You can even have a dog as your ring bearer!) Holding your wedding at a registry office can be far more budget friendly, with a ceremony costing as little as £185 in contrast with bigger events.

Here at Perfocal, we get to see a lot of wedding photos! We wanted to use our knowledge of the prettiest, most popular and most unique town halls and register offices to help couples planning their big day.

We've used some photos from real-life weddings shot by Perfocal photographers, that we hope will help you get to see your potential wedding venue in a new light!

As the next part of our series, here's our next choice for the best town halls for a registry wedding. This week it's Hackney Town Hall.

A Brief History of Hackney Town Hall

Built in 1937 to replace the 'Old Town Hall', Hackney Town Hall sits at the top of Mare Street behind the Hackney Empire theatre. The Grade II listed building has a large open space on its doorstep, which was the site of the now-demolished Hackney Vestry Hall.

The grand building is simple yet beautiful in its Art Deco in style, and built in a wonderful pale Portland stone.

We love the space outside of Hackney Town Hall which gives you ample room to play and get some amazing photos (with or without guests), as well as its beautiful facade which compliments photos beautifully.


The town hall has just a single registry room, called the Lanchester Suite.

You can book the Lanchester suite for your ceremony by filling out this form and returning it to ceremonies@hackney.gov.uk.

The cost for hiring out the Lanchester suite for your ceremony goes as low as £185 if you pick a Tuesday or a Thursday.

On Saturdays, prices are higher, but you'll be able to customise the ceremony with your own vows etc. Weekday ceremonies at Hackney Town Hall are very simple and are not available for customisation.

Inside the Town Hall

Once through the main doors of Hackney Town Hall, you arrive in a large Art-Deco foyer space, which has made for some great photo opportunities for Perfocal customers. Meeting arriving guests, getting dressed, and making final preparations before the ceremony are all done in this attractive space.

The Lanchester Suite

The Lanchester Suite is currently the only room available for civil wedding ceremonies at Hackney Town Hall.

It has been recently renovated, with pleasing deep-blue walls and dark wood panelling and embellishment. The dark colour scheme of this room is not common at many wedding registries, but we think it perfectly compliments these couples' photos. The blue of the walls and the soft lighting warms and gives depth to these precious pictures.

Within Hackney Town Hall, there are several other large and extravagant halls in which you are able to have your ceremony or reception. These rooms are available for weddings, too, but not civil registries.

These rooms include the Assembly Hall, the Committee Rooms, the Council Chamber, and the North and South Atria.

The Assembly Hall

Photo courtesy of Hackney Town Hall

The Committee Rooms

Photo courtesy of Hackney Town Hall

The Council Chamber

Photo courtesy of Hackney Town Hall

The Atria (North and South)

Photo courtesy of Hackney Town Hall

These stunning event spaces within Hackney Town Hall have recently undergone a major re-vamp worth millions of pounds. They certainly look the part for an extravagant wedding or reception. Each space can fit anywhere from 30 to 300 guests.

Regardless of the grandiose reception and wedding spaces, Perfocal loves Hackney Town Hall for its intimate registry and civil weddings hosted in the Lancaster Suite.

We think Hackney Town Hall is one of the UK's best register offices because of its prime location in one of London's most vibrant boroughs, surrounded by the some of the coolest venues in the city. The architecture is simple and beautiful, such is the classic Art-Deco style. Some of our coolest, yet most chic weddings have taken place and been captured beautifully, here.


Are you getting married and considering booking a wedding photographer?

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All photos for a real couple, at Hackney Town Hall, by a Perfocal photographer

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