Blakesley Hall

blakesley hallWhere: In the northern suburbs of Birmingham.

What: Late sixteenth century timber framed farmhouse built by Richard Smalbroke who was from a local merchant family.

Weddings: The Hall and Barn (both ancient) are licensed for weddings, but you need to find a separate reception venue.

Who: Anne-Marie Hayes books weddings and she can be phoned on 0121 464 2193 or e-mail her on anne-marie.hayes@birmingham.gov.uk

Webwww.birminghammuseums.org.uk/blakesley

The Dudley Canal Centre

the dudley canal centreWhere: Dudley, North of Birmingham (or rather beneath Dudley).

What: You get married in the unique underground ’Singing Cavern’ – how unique is that!

Weddings: The space is licensed for up to 50 guests seated in the caverns. Guests travel by boat and are joined by the Bride and Groom for the ceremony. Licensed for weddings, but no reception facilities on site. June (administrator) can point you in the direction of nearby venues such as Stourton Village Hall which is not far from this site, and in a rural location. Contact the Village Hall Secretary, Margaret Rogers on 01384 872073, or e-mail her on margaretmhrg@aol.com

Who: June Hodgetts runs the wedding bookings and may be phoned on 01384 236275, or e-mailed on bookings@dudleycanaltrust.org.uk

Webwww.dudleycanaltrust.org.uk

Hire (and transform) a Village Hall.

hire and dress a village hallVillage Halls can make great wedding reception venues and often have kitchens your caterers can use as well as water, power, toilets, tables and parking. To find a hall in your area try www.hallshire.com

What you save on hire charges can be put into hiring a professional hall dresser (and the catering!).

We know a few excellent venue stylists who can transform a village hall or a scout hut. The picture to the right shows what  ‘Debonair Venue Styling’ did to a scout hut for a wedding client.

They are at  www.debonairvenuestyling.co.uk or call 01922 649399 or e-mail them at    info@debonairvenuestyling.co.uk.

We also know Abigail Cunningham of Pumpkin Events, another passionate venue stylist with a great team behind her – go to www.pumpkinevents.co.uk or call 0800 046 1027 or e-mail her at abigail@pumpkinevents.co.uk

Debonair Venue Styling and Pumpkin Events DON’T just transform Village Halls either. They work in marquees, stately homes – indeed they can utterly transform any space you wish.

Kemp & Kemp customers who have booked their wedding catering qualify for preferential rates with Debonair Venue Styling.