Wedding Ceremoniess

Ceremonies without the party

Venue Hire

We welcome bookings for wedding ceremonies that do not include a reception or party afterwards, or where the party will only be a drinks reception.

What we offer at a glance

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An Exclusive Venue on Two Floors

Ceremonies may be held on the ground floor or on the first floor.

Ceremonies can be held at 1700 or later on any evening of the week, or at any time on Mondays.

Arrive or leave by boat

There are two possibilities. Firstly, you can arrive for the ceremony with or without all the guests by boat. Secondly, you may wish to have a wedding reception on a boat, following a ceremony in the museum. (It is not possible for a legal wedding ceremony to take place on a boat but we're the closest thing!) In either case, it will make your wedding day that much more memorable.

Arriving for the ceremony by boat

Possible options for this include:

Leave by boat

If the ceremony takes place at 1700 or soon after, you can go off and celebrate on board one of the boats that operate on The Regent's Canal. The largest boat takes 98 people standing or about 40 for a seated meal. You won't be able to have a late night or dancing on board.

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Green Wedding Venue

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We have been accredited as a green venue by the Green Tourism for London scheme, a part of the national Green Tourism Business Scheme. We will make sure that as much of the waste from your reception as possible is recycled. Please discuss with us ways in which we can make your wedding as eco-friendly as possible. For your wedding car and guests' transport we suggest Green Tomato Cars, London's green private hire company.

Reasonable Charges

We charge a fixed price for venue hire and our rates are very reasonable compared to other high-quality venues of similar size and standard. We don't publish a price list for ceremony-only weddings because they vary in size and complexity. Prices for the smallest events start from 250 plus VAT on a weekday. It will generally be cheaper to book a weekday than a weekend and we will be happy to quote for your specific plans, be they simple or complex.

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Ceremonies at the Museum

The museum is licenced as a venue for civil weddings, conducted by a Registrar from the London Borough of Islington. Ceremonies may take place at 1700, 1800, or 1900. The ceremony is generally held on the first floor, but small-scale ceremonies for no more than 50 guests may be held on the ground floor. The Registrars have their own website where you can dind out more about the procedures and charges made by the Council. Say I Do Islington

Planning Advice

Our long experience is available to help you, if you wish. Based on this experience we have a page of wedding reception planning tips available.

Audio Visual

The museum is equipped for business events as well so we have a range of equipment that is sometimes needed at weddings. If you need to show a film, project images, use a sound system for speeches etc. we can help at reasonable charges.

Other useful pages

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