You’re getting married and that’s awesome but now what? Where to begin? When you start to Google places to get married or to hold your reception sooooooo many options come up in the search results. Barn or country house, tipi or hotel, local or destination? It can be a nightmare!
Well I’ve had a bit of time this week so I thought I’d put together a few of our favourites in and around our neck of the woods in Derbyshire.
This venue has it all, a rolling English countryside estate without the formality or stuffiness of a posh country house. You see unfortunately the Manor House was demolished in the 1960s and now in it’s place is a very professional semi-permanent marquee allowing you a blank canvass to decorate as you wish! And even better, you can invite who you want, no difficult limits on numbers!
Here’s one of our gorgeous weddings at Osmaston Park – a glamourous Italian affair! Daniela & Massimo click here
If you’re after a marquee wedding then we can highly recommend Will from Top Marques http://www.topmarquesuk.com/
A beautiful country house just outside Ashbourne, perfect for an intimate affair, or if you’re after something bigger, they can add a marquee. Lovely grounds and you can even have your ceremony outside! They also have a few rooms so the key people can stay over.
Here’s one of our weddings from earlier this year – Emma & Ted click here
This is a National Trust property, but nothing stuffy or pretentious about this one. Your reception will be held in The Riding School, a huge old barn building with lots of interest, certainly not your average room – you need to see it! It’s a huge estate so there’s loads of scope for photos and they’ll even put you on a golf cart to help you get around! There are even a few cottages on the estate for you to stay in along with places in the village.
Click here for Hannah & Andy‘s wedding last summer
If you’re looking for a more personal affair, somewhere that doesn’t do hundreds of weddings a year, then Mayfield Hall is for you. A lovely mixture of shabby chic and country house charm, with charming gardens and a few derelict barns perfect for photos.
Click here to see Nic & Jim‘s amazing DIY wedding
If you want somewhere impressive, then Cressbrook Hall is the one. The house is impressive and the surrounding Peak District is amazing, the venue is also not far from Monsal Head which is such a gorgeous spot if you can avoid the local walkers having an ice-cream! You can also get married outside and have dinner in the Orangery.
Here’s a couple of weddings we’ve photographed recently…
Louise & Richard got married in the summer click here
Ruth & Dave in the spring click here
Andy & Jen were married in November click here
Off to Nottinghamshire now for another of our favourite venues. The staff here always really stand out, they’re lovely as is the food! Norwood Park is such an impressive country house with rooms for your family to stay in. You can have your ceremony in the house itself before moving outside to enjoy the gardens, then over to the Coach House for the reception. It’s a combination that works really well.
Emma & Matt were married here in February this year click here
Gemma & Martyn had a summer wedding at the cathedral in Chesterfield followed by their reception at Norwood click here
If you get married here, you can consider yourself very lucky as they only do about 10 or 12 a year. It’s a large manor house with it’s very own little church. The interior of the house itself is very grand, but the feel is very relaxed and we’ve lots of fun things there, pizza ovens even a fairground carousel!
Charmaine & David were married here in the spring click here with a little drive over to Ashby Castle.
Sarah & Dan got married at Breedon church and had their reception at Staunton Harold click here
Now for somewhere a bit further away. Dodford Manor is a converted barn and it’s been done brilliantly! They’ve got two main barns, one for the wedding and then the other for the wedding breakfast and evening reception. There’s a little church within walking distance and a field next door which is ideal for duck herding or reindeer! (see the links below!)
Lisa & Gary had a Christmas wedding click here
Jodie & Oliver had a summer wedding with duck herding & herb table centres click here
Finally, the perfect summer festival wedding. There are quite a few places now that will allow a tipi to be erected, The Cedar Field in Market Bosworth is one we’ve been to recently. They give you the field for the day and the rest is up to you!
Katie & Dan have just got married there and the weather was perfect! Click here
If you’re after a tipi wedding then we can highly recommend the team at Peak Tipis http://www.peaktipis.co.uk/
Now if you really want to do it yourself, then Pimhill Barn in Shropshire is the one for you. Its an old barn next to Lea Hall, you’ll need to do everything, hire furniture, a bar, caterers, everything. The wedding we photographed there was simply amazing. Shabby vintage furniture, a handmade bar, antipasti for reception nibbles, then nachos, bar-can chicken and jelly & ice-cream for dinner. Gourmet burgers for the evening.
Click here to see it