You’re head over heels in love with your beloved and literally can’t wait to start your life together. Sound familiar? If so, you might be thinking about eloping – running off to get married, just the two of you. Or you might be considering a micro wedding, which is similar to an elopement, but with a few of your very closest friends and family in attendance as well.
Wondering “Where can I elope to get married in the UK?” When you’re ready to tie the knot, I don’t think there’s a place better than London for an urban elopement! With history, charm, and character everywhere you look, it’s a romantic, vibrant city that’s just made for love.
To help you plan your special day, read on for some of my top elopement ideas in London. Whether you prefer a traditional civil ceremony or something a bit more unique, you’re sure to find what you’re looking for in The Big Smoke!
Where can I elope in London?
If you’re looking for elopement wedding packages in the UK, you’ll find more amazing locations in London than anywhere else. The beauty of eloping is that it can be done just about anywhere, either via a wedding package, at a town hall, or with a celebrant.
Of course, whichever option you choose, you’ll likely want your ceremony to be somewhere completely gorgeous, so here are a few of my top recommendations for your London elopement ceremony.
Old Marylebone Town Hall
I adore the charm and heritage of the Old Marylebone Town Hall, which opened in 1920. With its draping chandeliers, wood-panelled walls, and vaulted ceilings, it feels like you’re stepping back in time. This is an extremely popular wedding venue, but the good news for couples who are eloping is that there are several small spaces, like the Paddington or Pimlico Rooms, which are ideal for tiny ceremonies.
Another fantastic elopement location in London is Asylum, in Peckham. I love how unique it is: while the venue itself is an old chapel built in 1826, it’s an art exhibition space as well, licensed to Southwark Council for weddings. It was actually bombed in WWII, and the damage was never repaired, resulting in a hauntingly beautiful spot loved by creatives, artists and romantics alike.
Chelsea Old Town Hall
Another impressive elopement venue to check out is the Chelsea Old Town Hall. This stately building is gorgeous for weddings (and photos!), and the registry office on-site makes it easy to get married.
Fun fact: this hall has been the venue of more than a few famous weddings, including Judy Garland and Mickey Deans.
OK, we’re married! What’s next?
You’ve tied the knot – congratulations! Now, it’s time to celebrate. Here are a few fun ideas for what to do next.
Celebrate with bubbles and cake in Mayfair
If there’s one occasion that calls for champagne, it’s getting married. After the ceremony, head to Mayfair to toast your love with cake and bubbles. There are so many romantic cafes and restaurants in the area that make it an ideal spot to celebrate.
Explore the sights of London
If you’re visiting London from out of town, why not spend a few days enjoying everything the city has to offer? There’s so much fun to be had – play tourist and visit the Tower of London, browse the National Gallery or the Tate, or have fun shopping for vintage treasures at Camden Market.
Splurge on a five-star hotel
You saved plenty of money by eloping, so why not splurge on a few nights in one of London’s best hotels? Even if you’re planning on a separate honeymoon, it’s still super romantic to spend your first few married nights in style.
Luckily, London has no shortage of fine hotels. Some of the best include the Savoy, the Shangri-La, the Four Seasons and the Dorchester. If you tell the staff you’re celebrating your wedding, you might just find a few fun extras appear in your room!
Don’t forget about photos!
One important consideration when eloping is wedding photos. These are essential, especially as most of your friends and family won’t be in attendance on the actual wedding day, and they’ll want to see all of your special moments. Near the top of your list when planning should be to find an elopement photographer in London who can capture your day.
The beauty of elopement photos is that you don’t need to feel rushed, as you’re not hurrying from the ceremony venue to the reception. This gives us ample opportunity to not only take lots of photos, but shoot in multiple locations.
I can be there during the ceremony to capture the actual ‘I do’s, and then we can head further out and take photos just about anywhere, such as the trendy suburb of Shoreditch or along the beautiful row houses of Belgravia. As a specialist in elopements and micro weddings, I’ll be glad to recommend plenty of shoot locations that will suit your preferences and style.
Your elopement photos will serve as a beautiful memory of your special day, and will also be treasured by your loved ones who weren’t in attendance. Oh, and if you’re worried about feeling nervous on the day, we can get to know each other via an engagement shoot first – it’s a fun way to capture your engagement and help you feel more comfortable in front of the camera.
So there you have it: my guide to eloping in London! If you’re planning your London wedding and are looking for a photographer with expertise in small weddings, I’d love to hear from you. Together, we can plan your ideal elopement photo shoot, ensuring all of your beautiful moments are captured forever.