Celebrate your wedding or civil partnership at the RIBA
The spaces licensed at the RIBA for civil marriages and civil ceremonies offer diversity of both style and size.
The Aston Webb Room's leather-lined walls and Indian laurel wood joinery presents the ideal opportunity for more intimate ceremonies of 40. The Lutyens Room's full-height windows and RIBA portraits create a light and airy space for 70 guests, while the Jarvis Foyer and delightful RIBA Gallery provides the perfect area for 120-140 guests. For larger ceremonies our wood-panelled, tiered Jarvis Hall can seat 250. For a more unusual setting, why not consider our stunning First Floor staircase.
To book a registrar and for further details regarding a civil marriage or civil partnership please contact the Westminster Register Office on 020 7641 1161.
The RIBA is an elegant venue that will bring glamour and prestige to your wedding celebrations. Welcome your guests with drinks on the beautiful First Floor Landing - its high ceilings and marble pillars create a feeling of grandeur while the grand piano can provide the perfect accompaniment to your arrival. During the warmer months the fabulous terrace provides an outdoor area for drinks.
For your reception the magnificent Florence Hall - the largest and most richly decorated room in the building - provides the perfect space to delight and amaze your guests. Decorated marble and wood floors, vast floor-to-ceiling windows and carved stone window surrounds set a grand and elegant scene.
The Florence Hall
We can host seated dinner-dances with beautifully set dining tables and attentive waiting staff. Alternatively, we can offer a standing reception with cocktails, canapés and live food stations for your guests to enjoy, with dancing later in the evening. Our proposal is very flexible and adaptable to your requirements.
The First Floor Landing accommodates 150 for a drinks reception. The Florence Hall seats 200 for a dinner-dance, 250 for a dinner or 400 for a standing reception. If you wish to dance the night away after midnight, the Jarvis Foyer can be transformed into a stylish dancing area for you and your guests to enjoy (additional costs will apply).
The venue and catering teams have vast special event knowledge with a focus on excellence. Giving you a wonderful experience at the RIBA is our priority, from the moment you book your event to the moment you leave us. We are here to provide the perfect day. Our experienced team attends to every detail to ensure that your celebrations exceed your expectations. A dedicated venue and catering manager will be on hand to provide you with as much assistance as you require with planning and will also be onsite for your special day.
*SPECIAL OFFER* - White Winter weddings - 15% off and a winter warmer cocktail!
Can’t rely on the British Summer weather? Then opt for a white winter wedding at the RIBA and receive 15% off the hire of the venue and a complimentary “winter warmer” cocktail for your guests on arrival.
The offer is valid for all weddings booked between 5th October 2013 and 23rd February 2014. Please quote “White Winter Wedding Offer” when enquiring. This offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other RIBA promotion.
A beautiful Autumnal wedding...
Cheryl and Alan, September 2012
After proposing in Cape Town, South Africa, in the summer of 2010, Cheryl and Alan finally tied the knot with a civil ceremony and reception at the RIBA. It was a beautiful sunny September day when family and friends from Malaysia and the UK came together for the celebrations. The drinks reception took place on the sweeping stairs to the sounds of the Skara string quartet as guests made their way to the RIBA Terrace to enjoy delicious champagne and canapés before dining in the Florence Hall.
Cheryl Allkins says: 'We wanted a venue which was modern with a hint of subtle extravagance and The RIBA was just the right level of sophistication we had in mind. I was instantly attracted to the building's elegance, its superb high ceilings and the intimate roof terrace was definitely the winning factor.
Having our London wedding ceremony and reception at The RIBA was simply perfect. The practical support and advice from both the venue team and the caterers Ampersand was invaluable. All our guests were very impressed with the whole experience and it was a truly happy day.'
Olivia & Chip, 66 Portland Place
Deco dream come true...
For Olivia and Chip, the RIBA was the perfect match for their perfect day, read their full story below.