The building – which was bought by Penarth Town Council from the Vale of Glamrogan Council for £100,000 – already has a registrar’s office but this only deals with recording births and deaths.
Now Penarth Council has decided to get the building licensed under the terms of the Marriages (Approved Premises) Regulations so that civil weddings – and partnership ceremonies can take place at West House..
The room most likely to be used for the ceremonies is the oak-panelled dual-aspect “Mayor’s Parlour” which features an attractive moulded ceiling and is flooded with natural light most of the day.
It looks out onto the large and immaculate front lawn – which will also be a potential attraction for wedding planners.
It’s likely the adjacent council chamber will also be made available. Both rooms will be decorated and furniture updated before bookings are taken.
West House may be putting itself in competition with the renovated Pier Pavilion which already has three wedding bookings on its diary – even though it doesn’t open to the public until September and has a busy schedule of launch events.
No date has yet been given as to when West House will become available for weddings but if the venture is a success the council may also apply for similar licences for The Kymin and the Paget Rooms.