Title: Embracing Intimacy: The Beauty of Smaller Weddings at The Council Chambers in Chichester

The simplicity of a small ceremony

In a world where weddings often lean towards grandiosity, the trend of smaller, more intimate ceremonies is gaining momentum. Couples are discovering the charm and significance of celebrating their love with a select group of cherished friends and family. The Council Chambers in Chichester, nestled near the picturesque Priory Park and Bishop’s Palace Gardens, offers an idyllic setting for such intimate gatherings, especially during the enchanting season of Spring.

The Intimacy of Smaller Weddings:

There’s a certain magic that comes with smaller weddings. Beyond the budgetary advantages, a smaller guest list allows for more meaningful connections and an intimate atmosphere. The focus shifts from the logistics of accommodating numerous guests to the essence of the celebration—the union of two souls. Close family and friends become an integral part of the couple’s journey, sharing in the joy of the moment.

The Council Chambers: A Perfect Venue for Intimacy:

Nestled in the heart of Chichester, The Council Chambers stands as a testament to timeless elegance and historic charm. This venue offers a unique blend of intimacy and sophistication, making it an ideal choice for couples seeking a more personal wedding experience. The proximity to Priory Park and Bishop’s Palace Gardens adds a touch of natural beauty, creating an enchanting backdrop for the celebration.

Springtime Splendor:

Choosing to tie the knot in Spring brings its own set of enchantments. The air is filled with the sweet fragrance of blooming flowers, and the surroundings burst with vibrant colors. The Council Chambers, surrounded by nature’s rejuvenation, provides a serene and picturesque setting for a Spring wedding. The season symbolizes new beginnings, making it a perfect metaphor for the couple embarking on their journey together.

Scenic Views and Photo Opportunities in Chichester

One of the highlights of The Council Chambers is its stunning view of Chichester Cathedral. The majestic cathedral serves as a breathtaking backdrop for wedding photos, capturing the essence of the day in a timeless manner. The proximity to Priory Park and Bishop’s Palace Gardens offers additional scenic locations for capturing beautiful moments amid nature’s splendor.

Weather Contingencies: The Cloisters:

Planning an outdoor wedding always comes with the unpredictability of weather. The Council Chambers has a thoughtful solution to this concern—the cloisters. In case of rain, couples can seamlessly transition their celebration to this sheltered area, ensuring that the weather does not dampen the joy of the occasion.


In a world where bigger often seems better, The Council Chambers in Chichester champions the beauty of smaller, more intimate weddings. With its historical charm, proximity to nature’s wonders, and the versatility to adapt to weather changes, this venue provides a perfect setting for couples who desire a wedding that prioritizes meaningful connections and embraces the magic of the moment. Choosing to say “I do” in the springtime at The Council Chambers promises a celebration of love, surrounded by the beauty of Chichester’s historic and natural treasures.

FIRST WEDDING BOOKED! (actually first two!)

How exciting. After all our efforts preparing the Assembly Rooms and getting the word out there about our refurbishments and ability to cater to large and small weddings, we have booked our first wedding! In fact, TWO on the same day – May 31st 2024.

We will be announcing more and more of our bookings (as we have had quite a few) for the first month of January 2024.

How many people get engaged over Christmas in the UK?

In the UK, Christmas Day is so popular. Approximately 25% of couples get engaged in December! Many of those who married in 2022, when asked, said that Christmas Day was their engagement day.

Christmas has earned its reputation as the season of proposals, with a notable spike in engagement happenings. According to a survey conducted by The Knot, a leading wedding planning platform, a staggering 19% of couples get engaged during the holiday season, making it the most popular time of the year for proposals

We are so pleased to have lots of couples through the doors at our WEDDING OPEN DAY on January 28th and from our OPEN DAY on January 14th.

We look forward to welcoming our new couples and chatting with them about their details in the coming months.

Choosing a wedding ceremony venue is a difficult thing. Here a the Council House, we have everything: exclusivity, sheltered, historic, beautiful, central and beautiful.

What should I do after choosing a wedding ceremony venue?

UKBRIDE and websites like this have a great forum of information that can help with planning. Here is one to do with “what to do next”.

  • Check legal requirements regarding marriage certificates and other requirements such as Banns/Notice
  • Set a realistic budget, and decide between yourselves and parents who will pay for what
  • Choose your Maid/Matron of Honour, Best Man and other attendants (make sure they’re available and willing)
  • Compile a provisional guest list to get a rough idea of numbers
  • Discuss ceremony and reception venue options and arrange to view them

This should be a good start!