Arriving at the Town Hall, you make your way up the steps and through the wrought-iron gates into the Buttermarket, the open area beneath the main Chamber. From here, you step through the ancient oak doors and upstairs to the Main Chamber. This is where the ceremonies take place, surrounded by oak panels detailing in gold leaf the names of the past Mayors of Rye from 1289. Once used as a courtroom, the Main Chamber can accommodate up to 50 people seated, or up to 70 people sitting using the ledges around the room. The maximum capacity is 90 guests (including some standing). For smaller, more intimate ceremonies, chairs can be placed around the marble fireplace with its tavern clock above, seating up to 26 people.
The Mayor's Parlour is also made available on the day for the registrar to talk to the couple privately before the ceremony. The layout of the Town Hall means this can be done without the Bride and Groom seeing each other prior to the ceremony, if desired.
In addition to this beautiful venue, Rye Town Council is pleased to offer you the unique services of the Town Crier. He will greet your guests on arrival and then escort the Bride to the Main Chamber. After the ceremony, when everyone is gathered outside, he will deliver the wedding 'cry', announcing your marriage to the town. If your reception is being held within the town, he can also lead you and your wedding party to the venue.
This historic Grade I listed building provides a stunning backdrop for the perfect photographs to remember your day. As well as being close to a number of beautiful settings, including the Gun Garden, which offers a delightful photo opportunity with views stretching out to the sea.
Set in the heart of Rye, the Town Hall is within walking distance over the cobbled streets, to a number of local reception venues. While a short drive offers a whole host of further reception options.