The register office, where 30,000 couples got married over its lifetime, celebrated its 30th birthday in 2003 and the decision to demolish it was confirmed in October of that year.
Along with the Yorkshire Grey pub, the Wedding Cake was knocked down to make way for a phase of the Heart of the City project, being replaced by the Charles Street ‘Cheese Grater’ multi-storey car park and Millennium Square with its offices, restaurants and apartments.
That area of the city started to look completely different with Millennium Square/St Paul’s Place linking up to the new-look Peace Gardens, Winter Gardens, Millennium Gallery and Mercure St Paul’s Hotel, as well as the huge St Paul’s City Lofts apartment block.
These days, the city’s register office is housed in the far more grandiose Victorian surroundings of the town hall. Happy couples and their guests spill out of the back door near the fountain in the Peace Gardens – just across from where the Wedding Cake once stood.