London’s most iconic museum has gained its Civil Marriages and Civil Partnerships license  so you can now legally get married at the Natural History Museum.

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You can OFFICIALLY get married at Natural History Museum

If the wedding ceremony of your dreams involves declaring your vows surrounded by a bunch of prehistoric characters (and we’re not talking about your in-laws) then you’re in luck. You can now official get married at London’s Natural History Museum.

The iconic London venue recently celebrated receiving its Civil Marriages and Civil Partnerships licence. As of September 2019, the Museum is able to host official wedding ceremonies as well as larger or more intimate receptions. It was previously possible to hold your reception at the venue, but now a woolly mammoth could bear witness to your marriage. And we’re very much on board with this.


Speaking about the new license, Robert Wetherell, Head of Events and Catering at the Natural History Museum , explained: “We had a wonderful time celebrating our Civil Marriages and Civil Partnerships licence. Our Venue Hire team and fantastic suppliers are raring to go and flex their creative muscle to create some memorable occasions.

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“The venue is a show stopping back drop for any event; we have already hosted so many beautiful wedding receptions, large and small, so we are incredibly excited to be able to open our doors and host our first official ceremonies in the coming months.”

Couples looking to book the Museum for their special day can choose from a range of stunning rooms, each steeped in history. From a small ceremony with 10 of your nearest and dearest in the Dinosaur Gallery, to a lavish reception to the 650 capacity Hintze Hall – where Hope the Whale will join your wedding guests.

For a more contemporary setting, you could opt to hold your Natural History Museum wedding in the Earth Hall. A beautiful space boasting a jaw-dropping backdrop of the suspended globe and celestial maps adorning the walls.

Fossil Way at Natural History Museum

A treasure trove for visitors (both kids and grownups alike), brides and grooms-to-be can also choose from a number of the more secluded, hidden areas of the Museum to house their ceremonies or smaller receptions. Think walking down the aisle of Fossil Way, before saying ‘I Do’ in front of (rather persuasive) dinosaurs or sharing your first kiss as a married couple in the Images of Nature gallery.

Because who wouldn’t want a bunch of prehistoric fossils as wedding guests, right?

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