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!

Revitalized Elegance: The Assembly Rooms’ Fresh Refurbishment Unveiled

In late Autumn, 2023, the team created a wonderful transformation of the Assembly Rooms into a sophisticated wedding venue. The collaboration with two generous wedding suppliers, Georgia at Little Events and Jane at Forge Flowers, played a crucial role in achieving the elegant ambiance.

Using the finest linens and opting for a simple green and white colour palette to suggest a classic and timeless aesthetic. Such choices often contribute to a sense of luxury and refinement. The attention to detail in dressing the room reflects a commitment to creating a memorable experience for the wedding couple and their guests.

The Assembly Rooms

The history of the building alone adds a regal touch, emphasizing the grandeur and splendor of the setting.

Beautifully lit alcoves in history wedding venue in Chichester

There are four alcoves around the Assembly Rooms which can be decorated with anything from trees, to lights, or Christmas Trees, adding to the elegance of the rooms.

In the elegant embrace of The Assembly Rooms, we crafted an ambiance of understated elegance and gentle charm. Employing simple candelabras as our primary adornment, we intertwined them with the delicate whispers of baby’s breath, creating a tableau that spoke of softness and serenity. The flicker of candlelight, dancing along the tables, interlaced with graceful strands of ivy, conjured an atmosphere of intimate warmth. This harmonious setting was further enhanced by the sophisticated lighting board unique to The Assembly Rooms. With a mere flick of a switch, what was once a bright and airy space during the day transformed seamlessly into an enclave of soft, romantic illumination by evening. This subtle metamorphosis not only complemented our decor but also enveloped the entire room in an enchanting, dream-like quality, perfect for creating unforgettable moments.

Central Chichester wedding reception venue in West Sussex.

The Assembly Rooms stands as a versatile and professional venue equipped to host a diverse range of musical experiences. Featuring a spacious full stage, it provides a dynamic platform for DJs or bands of any genre to showcase their talents. The venue boasts state-of-the-art sound systems in the back, ensuring a top-notch audio experience that resonates throughout the space. Recognizing the varying preferences of performers and clients, the stage is designed to be dismantled, offering the flexibility to bring the band to ground level if desired. The venue’s commitment to musical excellence is evident in its regular use for numerous professional concerts held annually. With its combination of cutting-edge technology and adaptable configurations, The Assembly Rooms offers an ideal setting for unforgettable musical performances and immersive auditory experiences.