Thinking About Getting Hitched at Leeds Civic Hall?


Leeds Civic Hall weddings can be just as beautiful and emotion filled as a big wedding in a stately home. All you need is love…

Bride getting married at Leeds Civic Hall
Bride outside Leeds Civic Hall

If you’re thinking about getting married in Leeds Civic Hall, you’re joining thousands of couples who have celebrated their love and exchanged their vows in this historic building.

Situated at the top of Millennium Square, the Civic Hall is imposing, grand and as beautiful as any stately home. With its gorgeous white Portland Stone, its impressive palladium pillars, and grand steps, it is the perfect place to say I do.

Whether you choose a simple ceremony with a handful of family and friends, or opt for a larger celebration with music and carefully chosen, meaningful readings, the Civic Hall is the perfect spot for a city centre wedding. I’ve put together my perfect Guide to Everything you Need to Know about Leeds Civic Hall Weddings.

Bride and groom at leeds civic hall

All you need are rings, some vows, and happy tears.

Civic Hall wedding

Reasons to have a Leeds Civic Hall Wedding

First and foremost, it is a beautiful Grade I listed building. The steps outside are the perfect spot for family photos and make for a great confetti shot. It’s also really reasonably priced and if you get hitched on a Monday or Tuesday, you can keep your costs down.

Micro Weddings

If you’re looking to ‘do the paperwork’ and you’re having a humanist celebration at a later date, the Civic Hall is a must. Take a handful of your family, have the quickest ceremony ever, a few photos and then head somewhere close for a pint or or a nice meal.

Excellent Location

The Civic Hall is in a great location and has a car park directly behind, and is in walking distance of the train station. Plus, you have great hotels such as the Dakota, Quebecks, or the Double Tree in striking distance.

Bride and groom at Leeds Civic Hall

Perfect for Photos

I might be biased but I reckon the city centre has it all when it comes to photographs. Whether you want something totally romantic, or cool and funky, there are so many great spots in the city centre for awesome wedding photos.

Amazing Restaurants and Bars

I mean there is literally dozens of amazing restaurants and bars for you to choose from. Whether you fancy Italian, Greek, Argentinean steak, or pie and chips, you are spoiled for choice when it comes to places to celebrate after your Leeds Civic Hall wedding.

Bride and groom at the west room in leeds civic hall

The West Room

If you’re planning on having a smaller more intimate wedding, or Micro wedding with just your closest friends and family, then the West Room is the perfect spot.

This room can seat up to 38 guests, and is on the ground floor overlooking Millennium Square. It’s a light filled room with large Georgian windows whilst the walls are covered in historic portraits.

If you’re planning a handfasting or humanist ceremony but need to do a formal wedding before, then this is for you. Take a handful of your nearest and dearest, say some vows, and then head off to a nice restaurant to celebrate. No fuss, no messin.

The Banqueting Hall

I absolutely adore the Banqueting Hall. The light is incredible, the wood panelling gives it a regal atmosphere, and add to that the impressive views over Millennium Square and it’s gorgeous Georgian windows, and it is just the best spot for saying I do.

This room has space for up to 90 guests and is impressive to say the least. It’s the perfect venue if you’re having a larger city centre wedding and want all your friends and family with you to celebrate.

Wedding ceremony at Leeds Civic Hall in the Banqueting Suite


My Mid-week town Hall packages include two hours of coverage – enough time for your ceremony, a handful of family photos, and some nice portraits. If you’d like me to capture some getting ready photos, or a bit of your celebration, feel free to add on extra hours.

Lots of couples write their own personalised vows and this gives a much less formal feel to proceedings. It’s so much nicer to write something that is meaningful . Try to print it onto cards or nice paper rather than having them on your phone, otherwise it will look like you’re both browsing Instagram during the ceremony on your wedding photos!

The registrars will happily let you play your own music so you’ll need a song to go down the aisle, one for during the signing of the register and one for going back down the aisle as a married couple. Get your best friend on music duty! And don’t forget to walk SLOWLY down the aisle. Milk it for all it’s worth!

Most couples opt not to see each other before the wedding, so the registrars will keep you separate until the ceremony if requested. This is only for Saturday weddings which are allocated a longer time. I usually arrive 20 minutes before the ceremony so I can get you both arriving, along with some piccies of your guests before the ceremony.

Gone are the days when photographers were relegated to the back of the room. These days, we’re allowed to photograph you as you come down the aisle, and during the vows. But I always shoot silently and discreetly as possible so as not to distract you from actually saying I do! But I will be there to capture all the moments as they unfold.

The steps outside the Civic Hall make for fantastic photos. But bear in mind that a lot of weddings take place each day so I can’t promise to get the iconic confetti shot on the steps. But the co-ordinators at the Civic Hall are pretty good as ensuring everyone gets five minutes at the front. Once we’ve got our few key shots, we’ll need to move to the side so that the next couple can enjoy photos outside too, No hogging the steps! Thankfully, there’s a lot of backdrops around that make for great photos. But don’t forget to bring your own confetti and have someone organise two rows going down the steps so we can make it as efficient as possible and maximise the time we have in front of those iconic pillars.

Don’t panic. When there’s a big event in Millennium Square, weddings are requested to use the rear entrance of the building. But there are lots of lovely places for photos at the back including some gorgeous cherry trees right outside.

Welcome to the Great British weather! It does rain quite often, so come prepared with lovely brollies. I’ll do my best to photograph your group shots in the rain, but please try to keep these to a minimum so you don’t end up soaking wet in your wedding outfits.

Let’s Eat, Drink and Be Merry!

There are some amazing places to celebrate your wedding in Leeds. Some of my fave spots include The Lost and Found Club, and the down to earth Three’s a Crowd. Why not check out my guide to the Best Wedding Reception Venues in Leeds using the link below.






Town Hall weddings come in all shapes and sizes but for most couples, they are usually intimate affairs with a handful of family and friends, which is why I have a mid-week package for those who are running off to get hitched in a little Town Hall wedding. 

They are a no-fuss approach with a few photographs as you arrive, ceremony coverage, a handful of family photos, and some relaxed portraits.

Just down to earth, informal photography for people who want their kind of city wedding, their kind of way. To discover more about my Town Hall photography package, click the link below.

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