The West Midlands is a vibrant, vital region in the north of England. Though it tends to be shamefully underrated when it comes to British tourism, it is home to some impressive natural wonders and some even more spectacular historical heritage sites. From beautiful gardens to majestic ruins, Roman cities, stately homes and impressive woodland – the West Midlands is a great place to visit.
More and more couples are choosing to get married in this part of the country. Lovebirds ready to take the plunge regularly flock to the region’s magnificent castles, precisely because they’re beautiful to look at and they can cater to huge parties of people. Some of Britain’s most impressive big wedding venues are located in the West Midlands, so if you’re looking for somewhere big enough to contain your boundless ambition – look no further. Here’s a guide to some of the biggest and best wedding venues in the region.
Stanbrook Abbey, Worcestershire
Until very recently, Stanbrook Abbey was home to a community of Benedictine monks who bought the site in 1835, say the experts at Hitched.co.uk. These days, it functions as an extremely lavish five star country retreat and restaurant. This sprawling property sits within 22 acres of private ground and can cater for wedding parties consisting of up to 120 guests. There’s no worrying about space at Stanbrook Abbey. All wedding packages come with the option of exclusive use, so you and your future spouse are free to hire out the entire abbey and its grounds if you so wish. This offer includes all of the on-site bedrooms, as well as all of Stanbrook’s facilities – the bar, the banqueting hall, the piano lounge and the private drawing room.
New Hall Hotel & Spa, Birmingham
The staggeringly beautiful and rather strangely named New Hotel is one of the oldest buildings in the whole of the West Midlands. It’s a whopping 800 years old and it has a long history of providing guests with extremely fine service and hospitality. It sits within 26 acres of private grounds and it is often referred to as one of the best wedding venues in the region, says HandPickedHotels.co.uk.The entire establishment can be hired out on an exclusive basis, but it doesn’t come cheap. The cost of a completely private ceremony and reception is around £13,000. This will, however, cater for up to 250 wedding guests.
Hagley Hall, Worcestershire
The rather charming Hagley Hall, in Worcestershire, can accommodate up to 120 wedding guests. It is a very large and very impressive stately home that currently belongs to the 12th Viscount of Cobham, says WeddingSpot.co.uk. Though parts of the property are still used as family living quarters, most of Hagley Hall has now been put aside for consumer and public hire. Seeing as the building was originally built to be a palladium of sorts, this certainly isn’t out of keeping with its history. Guests are encouraged to enjoy a variety of extremely lavish state rooms, full of historical tapestries, busts and friezes. Hagley Hall really is a piece of British history – don’t miss your chance to tie the knot amidst its splendour.
Hogarths Hotel, Solihull
Hogarths Hotel in Solihull has one unique feature that draws thousands of couples to its grounds every single year. Hogarths has its very own, man-made island. Yes, that’s right – hidden in the middle of 26 beautiful, green acres is a charming little wedding glade. This wedding glade has its own artificial island that can only be reached via a romantic wooden kissing bridge. What more could you ask for from a wedding venue? Hogarths caters for up to a hundred wedding guests and has its own heated marquees, bandstand and private hot tub facilities.
About The Author: Kevin Maddox is a lifestyle coach and an event planner. he can usually be found giving young couples advice on how to plan the big wedding venues on their big day. He and his wife wed five years ago at Stanbrook Abbey in Worcestershire.