Cheshire is a county in north west England which shares some of its borders with Wales. Cheshire is known to be affluent and with its northern powerhouse city neighbours of Liverpool and Manchester, Cheshire has always been something of a green playground, an escape from the urban lifestyle in the industrial cities of the north west.
The wealth that seeped out from this commerce and prosperity has given rise to many fine buildings over the centuries dotted throughout the rolling Cheshire countryside, with a range of architectural styles and all beautifully preserved. Pick a manor house or historic hall, a splendid stately home or a timeless country house for your wedding, all set in a variety of landscaped and picturesque grounds and gardens, offering total privacy and seclusion and guaranteeing those cherished wedding images.
There are a range of grand or intimate venues to suit all wedding parties and budgets. Arrange the full package where you don’t have to worry at an established hotel or wedding provider or opt for something a little niche and unusual which might give you exclusive occupation and a chance to really make the wedding your own. Still beloved of the high-earners from Manchester and Liverpool, the Cheshire countryside remains the playground of the wealthy.
The county town of Cheshire is Chester, an ancient Roman city with the most complete city walls and the largest Roman Amphitheatre in Britain plus a cathedral dating back around one thousand years. Make no mistake, Chester is historic but it is also stylish, upmarket and on trend, the perfect place to marry and source your wedding suppliers in the medieval and world-famous Chester Rows.
For a smaller but nonetheless smart and popular town location, Congleton is one of the last towns before the Peak District. Classically pretty, there is plenty of accommodation for wedding guests. Knutsford is part of what is described as Cheshire’s Golden Triangle, a selection of desirable market towns with 18th century Georgian architecture alongside a trendy 21st century vibe. For a bride looking for a small town wedding but one with infinite style, Knutsford will not disappoint. Wilmslow is also part of the Golden Triangle and Nantwich has a black and white Tudor heart, with those beautiful timbered buildings for which this county is so famous.
Even Cheshire’s picturesque villages are upmarket and trendy; there is nothing old-fashioned and behind the times about locations like Tarporley with its pretty Victorian and Georgian high street and Alderley Edge which is both picturesque and stylishly current.
Cheshire has some of the best transport links and amenities of any county in the UK and in conjunction with some of the most beautiful and easily accessible countryside. Cheshire is home to the M56 motorway also known as the North Cheshire motorway which runs from the M60 to near Chester and the M6 is also easily accessible. Train links to Manchester and Liverpool are excellent and both these cities have airports which are within a 45-minute drive of Chester city centre.