General FAQs

How much does the venue hire cost?

The venue hire prices vary depending on your event and which room you would like to hire, you can view our wedding packages and prices here. We offer a 30% discount for registered charities.

What can the Temple of Peace be used for?

We have hosted a wide variety of events and celebrations at the Temple of Peace. We can cater for most occasions including weddings, Mehndi’s, parties, funerals, performances, meetings, conferences, debates, and more.

Are there any limits to what we can do with the space?

There are a few regulations that need to be adhered to, for example we do not allow open flame candles in the venue, candles must be flameless or within lanterns. We also don’t allow helium balloons within the marble hall. For full information and limitations please see our terms and conditions.

Can I use any caterer I want?

We prefer the use of only our partner caterers as they meet our ethics of sustainability and fair wages for their staff, as well as being able to work well with the limitations of our kitchen. We have preferred caterers that can cater for most cuisines, including Halal, vegetarian and vegan. Please do get in touch for more information or if you have special circumstances and we can work together to meet your needs.

How many people can the venue hold?

Our marble hall can hold up to 160 seated or 200 standing and the council chamber holds up to 60 people.

What’s the booking process?

We can hold a date for up to two weeks with no obligation and then a deposit is required to confirm the booking, along with signing our terms and conditions. The total payment is due 60 days prior to the booking. The deposit amount is not taken off the amount of the full payment but is refunded after the event providing that no damages or breaches of the terms and conditions have occurred. Deposits are usually returned within two weeks of the event.

Is there parking available?

We can offer a limited amount of parking for a fee of £10 per space. There is also pay and display street parking in front of the building.

Is the Temple of Peace accessible to those in wheelchairs?

Yes, the building is fully accessible with both ramps and lifts in place to give access to each floor.

How do I find the Temple of Peace?

You can find directions on our contact page.

Why are you called the Temple of Peace?

The Temple of Peace was founded by Lord David Davies in 1938 to provide a focal point and symbol for Welsh people’s concern for international peace. Find out more about the history of the building.

Are you a religious building?

The Temple of Peace is a secular building and welcomes those of all faiths.

What can the Temple of Peace be used for?

We have hosted a wide variety of events and celebrations at the Temple of Peace. We can cater for most occasions including weddings, Mehndis, parties, funerals, performances, meetings, conferences, debates, and more.

Is there a smoking area? Is vaping permitted?

Smoking and vaping is only permitted outside the building as it is a public space.

Is there a cloackroom available?

We can provide a cloakroom for your event if requested in advance.

do you have a prayer room?

A prayer room can be provided during your event if requested in advance.

Is WiFi available in the building?

Yes, we have WiFi access throughout the building that is included at no extra cost with all bookings at the Temple of Peace.

What IT facilities to you have?

We have projectors, screens, a PA system, microphones and an interactive smart screen available to hire.

Do you have a hearing loop?

Yes, the reception area and marble hall have a hearing loop installed. We found that it was not required in the council chamber as the acoustics are excellent.

Where is the fire assembly point?

In the car park. We never have planned tests during events. Unless told otherwise, a fire alarm sounding will need to be treated as though there is a fire.

Do you have bike storage?

Unfortunately, we do not have specific bike storage facilities.

 

Wedding FAQs

Can we book our wedding all year round at the Temple of Peace?

Yes, absolutely! We are available to take wedding bookings throughout the whole year at the Temple of Peace.

How many guests can you accommodate?

The Marble Hall can accommodate 160 guests for a sit-down meal and a maximum of 250 for your evening party. Smaller ceremonies and wedding receptions for up to 60 guests can be held in our upstairs Council Chamber. 

Would it be possible to have our wedding ceremony at the Temple?

We are fully licensed to hold wedding ceremonies at the Temple of Peace and we’d be delighted if you’d consider us for your all day celebrations, from the ceremony and the reception and all the way through until the end of your evening party.

How long do we have the use of the Temple of Peace on the day?

Depending on our availability and the previous day’s bookings, you may able to set up the day before your wedding, or on the morning of your celebrations. Due to our location and licensing restrictions, we have a finish time of midnight, which can be extended to 12.30am on Fridays and Saturdays. (Please note that the bar stops serving half an hour before our closing time.)

Will you be hosting any other weddings at the same time as ours?

We only ever take one wedding booking per day, so we guarantee that our venue will be exclusively yours for your special day.

What time would we be able to start setting up for our wedding?

You are able to set up on the morning of your wedding from 9am, depending upon the time your celebrations start, however if the venue is not in use the day prior to your wedding, you would be welcome to come in the day before set up, up to 5pm. Unfortunately, we wouldn’t be able to commit to this or confirm until the week before your wedding.

What are the guidelines for decorations?

You are very welcome to bring decorations into the Temple for your wedding, however we request that candles be displayed in lanterns rather than directly onto tables, to prevent these being knocked over. We also ask that you do not use helium-filled balloons in the Marble Hall, as our ceilings are very high and if they escape, we cannot get them down without a scaffolding rig! We only permit rose petal confetti outside the entrance. Unfortunately, paper confetti (even biodegradable) creates a mess on the ground outside and our neighbours get upset!

What does the venue provide and what do we need to hire in?

We have sufficient round tables to seat your guests (a maximum of 10 guests per table), 10 trestle tables (for the top table, cake table, guest book table etc), gold banqueting chairs and an easel at the Temple, which you can make use of at no additional cost.

We also have uplighters, a PA system and microphones which you may hire from us, however please note that the PA system is only suitable for speeches & background music. Unfortunately, evening music cannot be played through this and so you would need to hire in equipment for this separately. We can recommend local companies who could arrange this for you. Linens, crockery, cutlery and glassware as well as a cake stand and knife are provided by our catering partners Town & Country Catering as part of their service.

Do you have a list of preferred caterers? Can we see sample menus?

Our wedding catering partner is Town & Country Catering. Their menus are available to view here. For Asian weddings and Mehndis, we offer a selection of catering partners, depending upon your requirements. Please contact us directly to discuss these in more detail.

Can we bring our own alcohol? If so, what corkage do you charge?

Unfortunately, corkage is not an option at the Temple of Peace. All bar services and the provision of alcohol is arranged through our catering partner, Town & Country Catering.

Can this venue accommodate a band or DJ, including all of their equipment?

Yes! We love live music, DJ’s and a good party at the Temple and as long as your band or DJ can provide us with their PAT testing certification in advance of your wedding date, they are most welcome!

Do you have disabled access?

Yes, we have an external ramp leading to our front entrance and internal lifts, suitable for disabled access.

When do we need to pay our deposit?

We permit you to hold a provisional booking with us for two weeks, after which time, we request a deposit of £400 or we would need to release your date for other bookings. The balance is required in full, 60 days before your event date.

Would there be a venue coordinator available on the day?

Yes, we work with Weddings by Zoë, who run wedding days on our behalf at the Temple of Peace. Zoë and her team will meet with you in advance of your wedding day to go through final details and will be present throughout your day to ensure the entire day runs smoothly.

If you would like to get in touch with Zoë to book any additional planning services during the lead up to your wedding day, please contact her directly here.

Is VAT included in the price?

There is no VAT payable to the Temple of Peace.

Are fireworks permitted?

Unfortunately, fireworks and Chinese lanterns are not permitted inside or outside the building, due to restrictions in place by our landlords. We also do not permit balloon, butterfly or dove releases, due to the adverse impact on our natural world.

For a full list of restricted items, please refer to our Terms & Conditions of booking.

How would car-parking work on the day?

We can offer a limited amount of parking for a fee of £10 per space. There is also pay and display street parking in front of the building. Should you wish to transport your guests to and from the venue via coach, there is coach parking available around the corner on Corbett Road.

Does your venue have liability insurance?

Yes, we are fully insured for all weddings and events. Documents are available on request.

Is there accommodation available nearby?

We are very fortunate being in the centre of Cardiff to have a number of fantastic hotels to suit all tastes and budgets, within a short walk of the Temple of Peace.

Many of these offer group booking discounts, if you let them know that we referred them to you:

The Lincoln House Hotel

The Hilton Hotel

The Park Plaza

Jury’s Inn

Travelodge

Can I bring my pet to my wedding?

Dogs can be allowed during the wedding at prior agreement by the venue manager. Other animals will not be allowed in most circumstances. We allow service dogs within the building at all times.