There are two rooms within the Royal Pavilion licensed for civil wedding ceremonies; the magnificent Music Room and the elegant and more intimate Red Drawing Room. All civil ceremonies are performed by the Brighton & Hove Register Office and an additional fee is payable directly to them for this service.
Red Drawing Room
Available: Day and evening (except Christmas & Boxing Days)
Capacity: Up to 44 seated (including the couple)
The elegant historic Red Drawing Room was a place where the King’s distinguished female guests would withdraw to following lavish dinners in the palace’s Banqueting Room. It retains much of its original 1820s striking decorative scheme incorporating the Royal Pavilion’s distinctive dragon wallpaper and palm tree pillars. Located on the ground floor and not open to the general public, it benefits from its own private entrance leading directly from the Regency Garden, affording the feel of true exclusivity to this area of the palace on your special day.
Hire the Red Drawing Room alone or as a suite of rooms with the King William IV Room for your reception.
Available evenings only: April to September 7pm onwards, Oct to March 6.30pm onwards (excluding Christmas & Boxing Days)
Capacity: Up to 90 seated (including the couple)
If you are looking for a spectacular ceremony venue this room will simply take your breath away. Exchange your vows in the dazzling splendour of the Royal Pavilion’s Music Room, one of its most astonishing and impressive State Rooms. Your guests will enter the palace via its main grand entrance and then be led to the Music Room by way of the Chinese-inspired Long Gallery.
This room’s extraordinary interior is lit by nine lotus-shaped chandeliers, with walls decorated with rich red and gold canvasses in the Chinoiserie-style. Windows are dressed with opulent blue silk-satin draperies supported by carved flying dragons. The domed ceiling is made up of gilded shells creating an illusion of height, making it hard not to gaze upwards as you enter the room.
One of George IV’s greatest passions was music; within this room the King’s own band entertained guests with Handel or Italian opera. The Italian composer Gioachino Rossini performed here in 1823, Oscar Wilde also lectured and Charles Dickens gave readings in this resplendent room.
The Music Room has featured widely in news, film and media around the globe and was the setting for one of the first same sex weddings to take place in the UK. All in all, a truly regal and unparalleled setting to mark the start of your married life together.