At The Guildhall, Cambridge, we vow to provide the utmost in support and resources to both prospective couples and wedding planners.
Our dedicated team will be with you every step of the way ensuring each detail is taken care of for your special day. They will get to know you on a personal level, noting your individual requirements and helping you with important decisions such as colours and settings for the reception room, and arranging a food tasting with our caterers. Our team can also recommend local florists, photographers, and other wedding suppliers, and pass on their vast knowledge of wedding etiquette and useful tips.
We understand that this is your very special day, and we will do everything we can to make it perfect for you!
10 things you need to know
When can we book our wedding?
You will need to book your civil ceremony and ceremony time with the Registrar. Please note that the Registrar’s fee is not included in any of the prices quoted by the Guildhall Cambridge. Contact Cambridge Registrar Office on 0345 045 1363.
When does the evening end?
Our entertainment and bar license finish at midnight. We, therefore, regret that no alcohol can be purchased after that time.
Can we use our own caterer?
Yes, but the Guildhall Cambridge operates a commission policy, price available on request.
Can we bring our own wine?
Yes, but the Guildhall Cambridge operates a corkage policy, price available on request.
Can we have an account bar?
Yes, a bar tab can be set up in advance, either pre-paid or a limit can be set and charged to the main account. Once the value of the bar tab is reached the bar will inform whoever is responsible for the account and guests will then pay cash. We will require credit/debit card details to pre-authorise if not pre-paid in advance.
Can we arrange our own entertainer?
You can if you wish - we also have a list of preferred suppliers - available on request.
Can we have candles on the table?
Yes, as long as they are in suitable holders.
Can our guests throw confetti?
Yes, we ask that only biodegradable confetti is thrown - outside of the Guildhall Cambridge.
Are fireworks allowed?
Due to safety reasons, we regret that fireworks and Chinese Lanterns are not permitted.
Can we bring things prior to the wedding day?
Yes, however, please ensure that items are labelled with the bride and groom’s name. Please also be aware that items brought to the Guildhall such as cakes, table plans, flowers etc. remain your responsibility and must be collected when leaving after the wedding. The Guildhall Cambridge regrets that it is not responsible for items lost after the event.
Guidance for couples wishing to hold civil ceremonies on approved premises
1. Having confirmed the date and time of your ceremony at the approved premises, the couple are advised to contact the Ceremony Management Team for Cambridgeshire (covering Cambridge, Fenland, Huntingdon, and Ely):
Ceremony Management Team
Cambridge Register Office
Cambridge CB3 0AP
Telephone: 03450451363 (9.00am – 4.00pm Monday to Friday)
2. You will need to confirm with the Ceremony Management Team that a registrar can attend to conduct the ceremony on the day and time in question. This can be done up to 12 months in advance of the ceremony.
3. You will then receive written confirmation within 7 days. This will outline the date and place at which you need to give the legal notice of your intention to marry, the documents you need to produce and the fee to be paid.
A ceremony which takes place at approved premises has no religious connotations. The Registrar who performs the ceremony will outline the manner in which it will be conducted. You should discuss with them, in advance, the way you wish to personalise the ceremony.
The onus is on you to make sure that all legal requirements have been satisfied, and that the Registrar who will be conducting the ceremony, has the relevant authorities in their possession well in advance of the ceremony.
For further information visit Cambridgeshire County Council website - marriages and civil partnerships pages or contact: