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Four beautiful and inspiring Hackney Wedding Venues

Get hitched in the East End!

Hackney Town Wedding Venue

I lived in London Fields, E8 from 1997 - 2000 and every time I go back, I am blown away by the transformation which has occurred. I will always love the area; it's where I got married, bought my first house, and two of my children were born there. Artists were drawn to it because, at that time, it was relatively affordable as well as central and now it has emerged as one of the most creative and dynamic boroughs in London. 

The four venues I am writing about today are all run by the London Borough of Hackney. There are two town Halls and two completely different types and they show off brilliantly the diverse nature of the architectural history of Hackney from the last 250 years. They each have a dedicated events team who can arrange everything for you and are on hand for guidance and advice. They work extensively with a range of fantastic suppliers including caterers, production, audio-visual and florists. 

 

Hackney Town Hall (main picture) offers sumptuous grandeur for weddings in an Art Deco style. The graceful curved staircase leads to the beautifully restored Assembly Hall with a vast array of original features including the imposing 1930's chandeliers and sprung dance floor. 

 

 Click here to see Hackney Town Hall

 

Stoke Newington Town Hall - this is utterly splendid and, like Hackney Town Hall, is one of the best examples of Art Deco glamour around. 

It is all wonderfully rich and sumptuous with its dark mahoganies, elegant marble and one of Europe's largest working mirror ball no less!! There are two main chambers; the Council Chamber and the Assembly Hall. Like Hackney, this also has the original sprung dance floor and makes the space a truly magnificent setting for any kind of wedding. 

 Click here to see Stoke Newington Town Hall

 

The next two are very different, but equally as fabulous:

Weddings at the Ritzy Cinema, Brixton

A unique and special place to tie the knot in London

Weddings at the Ritzy Cinema, Brixton

I have been visiting and loving the Ritzy cinema in Brixton for nearly 20 years and so I was especially excited to hear that they have started to host weddings. I'm waiting for some new pics from them, but here is a little  teaser of a recent wedding they had there. I'm sure you'll agree how beautiful and happy Aysha and Luke look.

 

 

The Rehearsal Dinner

It's not just an American thing....

London Wedding Venue

It's always been the tradition in the US, and now it is definitely becoming a more popular part of the wedding here too. When I first heard about this, I did initally feel, 'Oh no - but isn't that just another expense? Does it really need to be done?' And the answer is, no, of course not. It's one of those optional extras. However the more I've read about it, the more I get it. The whole point of it is to gather the people who have been involved in the planning of the wedding so they can meet each other before the big day. And it gives the bride and groom an opportunity to show their appreciation for the things they have done - in an informal way. So this is normally restricted to the imediate family, the bestman and the bridesmaids and close friends.

It can be held up to a week before the wedding, but it usually takes place the evening before. I actually think it's a lovely way to spend the night before the wedding. It can be as relaxed as you like, and doesn't even have to be dinner - canapes and cocktails would be very nice too...as long as you don't get absolutely trashed. Not a good look to have a hangover on your wedding day. 

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