Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Council Chamber weddings


Brighton’s historic Council Chamber has now seen its first wedding ceremony since it was licenced for weddings earlier this year.

The Council Chamber is on the second floor of Brighton Town Hall with a semi-circular seating arrangement designed for everyone at meetings to be able to see the speakers. It is also a perfect layout for a wedding ceremony, with a maximum capacity of 120 people.

Sue Baker, registrar for marriages for Brighton & Hove city Council, said: “It was wonderful to do a ceremony in this beautiful room. Now we can cater for larger wedding parties, it will be even better for the couples coming to be married in Brighton Town Hall as this gives more choice.

A sense of history is evident in the room’s traditional wooden panelled décor as well as the wall display featuring the names of all Mayors dating back from present day to Lieutenant Colonel John Fawcett, first Mayor of Brighton, in 1854.

The listed building,  designed by architect Thomas Cooper in classical style, is on the site of a former market which was also previously the location of St Bartholomew's Priory garden. The foundation stone  was laid in April 1830 and the building was completed in 1899.

Cllr Alan Robins said, "it is an impressive room with a fine heritage, a very fitting venue for starting married life.”

The Old Police Cells in the basement are also licenced for weddings.

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