The Empress is an Approved Place for Civil Marriages and Partnerships.

If you are thinking of getting married within the Hotel, our Connaught Suite is licensed for 60 guests and the Prince Albert Suite is licensed for 180 guests for a ceremony. These numbers should include the registrars and Bride & Groom.

The Prince Albert Suite is our largest licensed civil ceremony room and air conditioned, whilst The Connaught offers air conditioning and natural daylight and both can be laid out to a plan to suit your needs. We will be happy to hold a date for you on a provisional basis for 14 days, while you decide if the Hotel is suitable for your plans. 

The cost to hire the Connaught Suite is dependant on our availability and the time of year with rates from £400 including chair covers and a red carpet, or from £500 for the Prince Albert Suite. Please ask for a firm quote when enquiring.

Registrar’s fees apply, and need to be paid directly to the registrars.

Once you have made a provisional booking with us you need to contact the registrar to check availability. Please call 01624 687039 or email for more information.

Please also visit the website for more information on the formalities surrounding a civil ceremony.

For further details or to discuss your requirements, please do not hesitate to contact our

Events Team on 01624 661155 or email


Should you need more information please complete the form below. You can also download our latest Wedding Brochure here.


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