Just a few miles west of Stafford and within sight of Stafford Castle is the village of Derrington. You can hire the village hall for receptions. There are several rooms, a kitchen and even a bar. Contact Allan Cooke on 01785 228980, or check out the village website at www.derringtonvillage.co.uk
Where: In deepest rolling Shropshire countryside in the hills near the Clun Forest.
What: Stately home with lakes, grounds, an aboretum – everything you could wish for.
Weddings: You can hire the entire complex and get married there (three rooms are licenced), have your reception in the amazing turquoise ballroom – even stay the night. Walcot prides itself on it’s flexible approach, you can use your own caterer and enjoy the wonderful estate for the whole weekend. Check out client comments too – amazing!!
Who: There is a dedicated weddings team at Walcot led by Lucieanne Price – call her on 01588 680570 or e-mail her on email@example.com.
Where: In the rich agricultural land between Oswestry and Whitchurch (Shropshire).
What: A magnificent Grade 1 listed country house in farmed parkland. Behind the house is a huge lawn leading to a two long winding lakes. Across the lakes is a half-timbered medieval chapel in total isolation. What a place to site your marquee! There is also room in the house for smaller functions.
Weddings: Not currently licensed for weddings.
Who: Contact Harriet on 01691 662335 or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Where: Wem, central Shropshire… the Welsh hills are visible beyond.
What: Victorian house with lawns, a marquee and a superb Victorian Walled Garden housing an apple orchard… There’s even a duck pond.
Weddings: Not licensed, but perfect reception venue owned by a wedding planner (Meg).
Who: Meg awaits your call on 01939 235703 or e-mail her on email@example.com
Where: Central to the east Shropshire market town of Newport.
What: Cosy Hall is a village hall which can seat up to 150 (and is licensed for 200) and can be hired for wedding receptions.
Weddings: No licence.
Who: Phone Martin Wynn on 01952 417598, or e-mailing him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Web: see their dedicated website at www.cosyhall.org.uk
Located in the well-kept village of Edgmond is the village hall in 1.3 acres of its own grounds. It can be hired for your wedding reception for up to 140 people, or you can erect a marquee. There is a large and small hall, a bar and a kitchen.
For more call Dermot Tobin on 07736 476 240 or e-mail email@example.com or for more information visit the NEW village hall website www.edgmondvillagehall.org
Where: In rolling empty Northamptonshire countryside but nice and close to the M1 and the A14. Very central if you have guests coming from across the UK.
What: Classic stately home set in fantastic grounds and gardens all with a uniquely feminine character.
Weddings: Fully licensed for weddings. Kelmarsh allow external caterers such as Kemp & Kemp Catering to work at the site (mention this upon enquiring). We delivered our biggest wedding ever at Kelmarsh (240 guests).
Who: Contact Jill Doughty on 01604 686543 or write her an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Where: In western Northamptonshire. Good for the M1.
What: A series of ancient listed barns, courtyards, gardens, fields – there’s even a honeymoon suite.
Weddings: Two listed barns licensed for weddings. Dodmoor allows you to use your own caterer such as Kemp & Kemp Catering, but do mention this when enquiring.
Who: Contact Mark Bradley on 01327 341736 or write him an e-mail at email@example.com he’s really good at writing back!
Where: In a low, lush river valley topped by stone cliffs, in the heart of the Peak District near Buxton.
What: Great marquee site with parking and luxury accommodation for bride and groom.
Weddings: Not licensed for civil ceremonies.
Who: Katie Molyneux runs the site with her husband. Contact her on firstname.lastname@example.org
Where: In the rolling hills south of Ashbourne, Derbyshire.
What: Large private manor house with huge courtyard. You hire a suite of dedicated wedding rooms for the weekend and you get 4 self-catering suites thrown in. As a bonus you also get lots of superb lawns, 2 walled gardens and the exclusive use of an external hot tub!
Weddings: Licensed for weddings and with lots of great spaces for you to play with. You hire the place for the weekend and then paint your own perfect wedding onto a blank (but very striking) canvas.
Who: Contact the ever-helpful owner Andrew Bailey on 01335 343432 or e-mail him at email@example.com