Where: In deepest, chirping Staffordshire, near Burton on Trent. Good for the A38, M42 etc., but a million miles away from civilisation.
What: A wonderful peaceful field surrounded by a bluebell wood with huge ancient oaks in an ecological oasis of calm. You take this perfect canvas and add your own marquee, caterers, toilets etc. etc. There is a tap with fresh potable water on site to make life that little bit easier. Everything else you need you’ll find on the Independent Weddings website.
Weddings: Not licensed, but lots of magical spaces for a blessing in the deepest countryside imaginable.
Who: Call Dave on 07534 163861
Where: South Staffordshire and close to M6 and M54.
What: A superb 18th Century mansion surrounded by an ancient moat which is in turn surrounded by mature parkland, walled gardens and open fields. There are several suites in the house you can use for smaller weddings and then there is a fully equipped marquee in the grounds that can take up to 650 guests.
Weddings: Three rooms/spaces are licensed for weddings including the circular, domed and unique Victorian glass and wrought-iron summerhouse next to the moat.
Who: The ever-helpful Alana is available to assist you on 01902 249247 or e-mail her on firstname.lastname@example.org
Where: In the depths of the rolling hills that are the Staffordshire Moorlands.
What: A glorious stone-built Victorian country house (1871) up a tree-lined drive and set in intimate gardens. Close to Leek.
Weddings: Licensed for weddings and you can choose one of three caterers including (we are delighted to say) Kemp & Kemp Catering.
Who: Call Delphine on 0781 3984949 or e-mail her at email@example.com
What and Where. In the rolling hills between Cheadle and Ashbourne is the compact village of Whiston, and just on the fringes of the village, perched on the edge of a magnificent green valley is their amazing village hall. Its a huge modern structure built into the hill-side with masses of parking, a vast main hall, committee rooms (perfect for drinks if its wet outside), a bar and a kitchen.
Weddings. Not licensed for wedding ceremonies, but a wonderful venue for your wedding reception.
Who. To book the hall call 01538 266711 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Web: Great modern website at www.whistonvillagehall.co.uk
Where: Deep in the forests of Cannock Chase. The Chase is an area of outstanding natural beauty and very special indeed. An undulating wild area, still populated with deer and not a building in sight, yet all within easy reach of the M6… needs to be seen to be believed.
What: A woodland clearing within which you can create a magical wedding setting with your own marquee or tipi, and a helpful team to help to create the infrastructure for a wedding village.
Weddings: They are set up for wedding parties, but not lisenced for ceremonies.
Who: Contact Bob on 07916 151704 or email email@example.com
In one of the best kept villages in Staffordshire lies the wonderful Village Hall. Clean, bright and spacious with furniture, a bar, main hall (with stage), smaller hall, toilets and even a little external courtyard and a field. There’s great parking too.
To explore using the hall call Enquiries/Bookings on 01782 388784 or alternatively 01782 397629 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org – – or go to the great little website at www.fulfordvillagehall.org.uk
Where: In open parkland within a loop of the River Sow, on the southern edge of Cannock Chase and all just 7 miles from Stafford.
What: A huge house (formerly Patrick Lichfield’s place) with the most incredible assemblage of classically-inspired 18th century monuments, perfectly set in open parkland.
Weddings: Two rooms are licensed for weddings. There are no reception facilities but Shugborough allow you to build your own marquee or Tipi on the lawns and then use your own caterers for a magical wedding far from the 21st century.
Who: Phone the wonderful Ruth Stanway on 01889 881388 or e-mail her at email@example.com.