Steeped in history Chester Town Hall offers an unrivalled
setting for all aspects of your wedding day.
Since obtaining approval to hold Civil Marriage ceremonies,
Chester Town Hall has become one of the most popular venues in
Cheshire. Many couples have already appreciated the attractive
nature of the interior, which is grand without being
There are four rooms available for wedding hire, three of which
are approved for civil ceremonies. These are the Council Chamber,
the Magistrates Room and the Committee Room. The large Assembly
Room is the ultimate venue for those fun packed evening
The Victorian carved stone foyer and waiting hall, with sweeping
staircases where guests can gather, will provide rich colourful
backdrops to your photographs, a reminder of a scene which poor
weather cannot diminish.
You are now invited to read on, and as you do so please be
assured that the Town Hall team are well aware that, although
exciting, weddings are complex and time consuming to arrange. We
have a great deal of experience and can offer our skills and advice
to ensure that your day will be one to remember. Our reputation is
one of flexibility and a desire to make your wedding a success.
From your first enquiry to the time you leave the Town Hall as man
and wife, we can guide and help you add those special touches that
will make your day memorable.
The Marriage Ceremony
Distinctive rooms in which to say 'I do'
The choice of room for the ceremony is entirely your own. It
must be said though, that the deciding factor may be the number of
guests you intend to invite. The Council Chamber, because of its
setting is the most popular room, and is licensed to hold up to 120
guests. The two remaining rooms, each with their own individual
character accommodate smaller numbers. The Magistrates Room, with
balloon chandeliers that cannot fail to impress, is licensed for up
to 50 guests. Smaller, but ideal for intimate ceremonies, is the
Committee Room. Licensed for 30 guests, this room is encased in the
history of Chester, shown on the City honour boards which line the
The Town Hall has played host to many varying styles of
ceremony, from traditional events to more informal ones. Although
no two ceremonies have been the same, an important ingredient
common to all, has been the personal approach each Bride and Groom
has given to ensure that their unforgettable moment is unique to
On average, the Ceremony will take approximately 20 minutes,
depending on whether you include additional declarations, poetry or
prose. Although we will be pleased to assist you with helpful
suggestions, the style of the day will be your decision. However,
because it is a civil ceremony, the law stipulates that there can
be no religious content.
To personalise the occasion, you may wish to consider the
inclusion of music during the proceedings. Live or otherwise, this
popular enhancement can balance the importance of the day with the
fact that it is a time of celebration.
With the formalities over, you can relax and enjoy a pre Wedding
Breakfast drink with your guests. This is also an ideal time to
introduce friends and relatives, and greet people you may not have
seen for a while. Many couples now prefer to mingle at a pre drinks
reception prior to dining, instead of the traditional greeting
Before you know it, you will be invited by a member of the Town
Hall team to be seated for the Wedding Breakfast, so called because
it is the first meal you will take together as man and wife.
Whether you have been married in the Town Hall or not, you are
welcome to hold your Wedding Breakfast with us. Depending upon your
guest list, you can choose to dine in any one of the four rooms
described above. You may even be able to return to the room you
took your vows in, which will have been transformed, according to
your table plan, into a wonderful banquet setting.
An Evening Full of Laughter and Celebration
As your special day draws to a close, the evening festivities
begin. There is nowhere better suited to this occasion than the
Assembly Room. Being the largest room in the Town Hall, it allows
for greater flexibility when selecting your party layout. You will
be able to seat up to 280 guests, and still have room for them to
dance the night away. The spacious stage will easily accommodate
your band and disco, both of which will add atmosphere and fun
ensuring your night goes with a swing.
The Assembly Room is also available for Evening Receptions, if
you hold the rest of your celebrations elsewhere.
The Finer Details
If you are considering holding your Marriage Ceremony in the
Town Hall, you can provisionally reserve the date for up to two
weeks, before confirming it. Confirmation of the booking must be
made in writing. Once this has been received, a 25% non-refundable
deposit will be requested. In addition, you must contact the
Superintendent Registrar at the address shown below:
The Register Office
Telephone 01244 602668
Two registrars will attend the ceremony, which cannot take place
without their presence. Ceremonies can be held between 10.00am -
4.00pm, Monday - Saturday, and can be booked with the Registrars 2
years in advance.
Currently the Town Hall does not have 'in house' catering. You
can choose your own, providing they are registered with the
Environmental Health Services. However we can provide you with some
contacts for first class companies who can provide these and other
services for you.
The Princess Street complex is the nearest parking facility to
the Town Hall being just a few minutes walk away from the venue.
Please follow the link to find out more information about
Parking in Chester.
Making it a Day to Remember
Mr and Mrs J Fisher
"The venue was magnificent - I had been to the Town Hall
before, but I had not appreciated the attractive nature of the
interior, grand without being overwhelming. We know that Sally and
Mike had their own ideas, but your cooperation and help obviously
enabled their plans to come to fruition."
Mr and Mrs K Almond
"The Town Hall is a beautiful setting for a wedding. Everyone
commented on how much they enjoyed the day and evening
Mr and Mrs M Dicken
"We had an absolutely wonderful day. The Town Hall looked great,
and the 'behind the scenes' professional work of the staff was
Mr and Mrs Webb
"Thank you for enabling us to have the wedding of weddings. It
was such a wonderful setting for a wonderful occasion, that the
Bride was about the last to leave, she simply did not want it to
Arranging a Viewing
Before you make a decision, why not visit us and see exactly
what we can offer. You are welcome to contact a member of the team
via the details below, who will be happy to arrange an appointment
Chester Town Hall
Telephone: 01244 402350