Ceremonies Fair to take place at Wakefield Town Hall

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Date: 16/10/2015

A Ceremonies Fair is taking place at Wakefield Town Hall on November 15 from 11am – 3pm which is aimed at people who are planning a special occasion such as a wedding, civil partnership, renewal of vows, remembrance or naming ceremony.


The newly-refurbished Grade I listed Town Hall building, run by Wakefield Council will be hosting over 25 local suppliers including specialists in bridal wear, make-up, photography, venue styling, musicians and DJs.


There will also be a variety of vehicles outside on the day including a camper van, to transport people to their special day.


The iconic Wakefield building was recently reopened after it underwent refurbishment. Original tiled walls have been uncovered and the external stonework cleaned to ensure the building is returned to its former glory. Ceremonies will start in January.


The Ceremonies Fair which has free entry will give people the chance to see the different rooms. Staff will be available to discuss the different ceremony packages that are available and bespoke plans in terms of menus and drink packages.


Visitors will also be able to observe a number of staged naming or renewal of vows ceremonies, which will take place throughout the day.


Cllr Graham Stokes, Cabinet Member for corporate performance, at Wakefield Council said: "I'd like to encourage people planning a special event to come to the Ceremonies Fair  and see the amazing Grade I listed building, which is a central part of the city's civic quarter.


"We can't wait to welcome people back to the Town Hall to celebrate those special days in their lives, in one of the most historic places in our district.


"We know the grandeur of the rooms – from the moulded ceilings to the ornately carved fireplaces – is a major attraction for a special day."


Wedding options range from simple ceremonies for those having a celebration abroad, to full weddings including the ceremony, wedding breakfast and evening dos.


There are six rooms where couples can get married, from a small room for simple marriage registrations to rooms accommodating up to 120 people.


The Old Court Room, Kingswood Suite and Chimes, and the Old Restaurant are suitable rooms for couples wanting to hold their whole celebration in one room. 

On the ground floor the Lofthouse Suite and Room One will be used just for ceremonies.

Wakefield Town Hall was designed by architect Thomas Edward Collcutt, who also designed The Savoy and the Palace Theatre in London. It was officially opened in 1880.

It is Grade I listed in recognition of its historic importance. The listing includes references to the freely-interpreted north European Gothic style of the building, bay windows, balcony and imposing clock tower.