In my last blog post about Newcastle wedding venues I talked about the two rooms in Newcastle Register Office - the Register Office itself and the Haymarket Room. I also mentioned that there are other rooms in the Civic Centre building where you can get married and I'd like to talk about them today.
It might seem strange to a member of the public but a wedding in say the Banqueting Hall at the Civic Centre is more similar to a wedding at Jesmond Dene House, than one in the Register Office at the Civic Centre.
The reason is control. In the Register Office the registrars control the layout of the room, how many guests are allowed in, they are responsible for the music, and everything else that organising a wedding ceremony entails. In all other locations in Newcastle, weddings are organised by the venue staff and the Registrars abide by what the bride and groom, and the venue have arranged (within the bounds of registration law of course!).
There are 4 main rooms used to hold wedding ceremonies at the Civic Centre.
Arguably the most spectacular is the Grand Entrance. It is not an actual enclosed room as such, it is actually a first floor landing! The backdrop is spectacular, though, with a very large Bavarian crystal chandelier overlooking proceedings. The ceremony takes place on the red carpet which winds it's way up from the main entrance to the building on the floor below, all the way up the marble staircase to the Council Chambers entrance.
As you can imagine there are numerous photo opportunities during a wedding here and group shots will be a breeze with all of the steps and your photographer can even go up a floor and take a photograph looking down on your guests.
The Grand Entrance can accommodate up to 80 guests.
The Collingwood Suite is situated on the first floor above the Registrars entrance to the building and is decorated with rich coloured silk wall coverings and hand carved walnut. It holds up to 80 guests and is suitable for the wedding ceremony itself or a wedding reception.
The room itself is quite plain and the ceiling is quite low so it can make photography a little tricky.
The Swan Parsons room is a little smaller than the others and can take up to 60 guests. It is decorated in gold wall hangings and matching gold carpet. The room overlooks the quadrangle and the Swans in Flight sculpture with its water fountain.
Again this room is relatively plain and has a low ceiling so it is not ideal for photography.
The Banqueting Hall is the largest capacity room available at the Civic Centre, in fact it's one of the largest Banqueting spaces in the North East and is able to hold over 450 guests. If you want a large wedding ceremony then you should definitely consider this venue.
The Banqueting Hall is especially popular for large asian weddings due to the high capacity and lavish decor. If you need even further space for your guests you can expand to take up the Grand Entrance, that I talked about earlier, or the Pandon Room.
The Pandon Room overlooks the Banqueting Hall and can accommodate up to 130 guests in it's own right. The photograph below was taken from the balcony of the Pandon Room.
The Civic Centre building and grounds offer some surprisingly good options for wedding photography. I talked about those locations in my previous post about Newcastle Register Office, so rather than repeat myself I'll direct you to that blog post.
In summary then, Newcastle Civic Centre is a flexible location for a City Centre wedding. somewhere to consider for your wedding if you have specific needs.
- Easily accessible city centre location.
- Wide range of rooms to cater from 60 to 600 people.
- Surprisingly good options for photographs before and after the ceremony.
- Limited parking spaces for guests.
- The smaller rooms can be a little uninspiring
If you are interested in using Newcastle Civic Centre as a venue for your wedding you can contact the venue here:
- Telephone: 0191 277 7222.
- Email: email@example.com.
- Write: The Civic Centre, Barras Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8QH.