Ceremonies at Hackney Town Hall

Before you can get married or form a civil partnership, you need to give notice.

If you need to contact us, email ceremonies@hackney.gov.uk. Before you contact us, read our frequently asked questions (google doc).


The Lanchester and Lodge Suites

It is essential that you read our terms and conditions (google doc).

In particular, note the following with regards to the Town Hall ceremony suites:

  • only yourself, your partner and 24 other guests are allowed at the ceremony – this includes any children (over 2 years) and your 2 witnesses (26 of you in total)
  • children under 2 years are not included in your guest numbers but if you have 26 people attending they should sit on an adults lap so that none of your guests need to stand
  • you must be on time for your ceremony as we will only allow you in together
  • latecomers or any additional guests will not be allowed entry
  • we also have other ceremonies after you, if you are late you will need to reschedule
  • there is a £50 administration fee to pay should you wish to reschedule your ceremony to a different date or time – if the change is made less than 4 weeks (28 days) before the original booking, the booking is subject to our cancellation policy. A fresh booking would need to be made and paid for in full
  • once inside the building your guests will wait in a waiting area while the registrar meets with you both to complete your ceremony certificate
  • the room layout cannot be changed
  • confetti on the Town Hall steps is currently not permitted, however you can use biodegradable confetti at the bottom of the steps
  • you don’t receive a copy of your certificate on the day of your ceremony. Certificates cost £11 each plus postage. You can order a copy after your ceremony has taken place
Hackney Town Hall Lanchester Suite

The Lanchester and Lodge Suites fees

The certificate fee isn’t included and you need to purchase any certificates after your ceremony.

How to book

We recommend you book your notice appointment when booking your ceremony date.

Make a ceremony booking request

See ceremonies in the Lanchester Suite frequently asked questions (google doc)

Ceremonies in Hackney Town Hall venue rooms

For information about ceremonies in Hackney Town Hall venue rooms, see ceremonies in approved premises.

Page updated on: 11 December 2023



Registration Services
Hackney Service Centre
1 Hillman Street
E8 1DY


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  • Monday to Friday – 9am to 4.30pm