The East Midlands is an area of the UK which as its names suggests is in the middle of the map, it comprises the counties Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire and Rutland.
The East Midlands has some important industrial cities and so has a good road and rail network developed due to its strategic influence and it is accessible from all parts of the UK.
Despite the prominence of the East Midlands as a place of industry and commerce, the six counties which comprise this region feature some beautiful countryside with historic villages and plenty of rural destinations for a country wedding. Choose from ancient manor houses, stately homes, timbered barns and beautifully preserved rustic farmsteads with venues to accommodate weddings both grand or intimate. For an unusual backdrop, there are mills, railway stations and outdoor settings for the bride and groom who want something a little different.
For seaside weddings, Lincolnshire can offer a small coastline from East Yorkshire down to The Wash in Norfolk, with highly rated beaches and some traditional bucket and spade resorts, perfect for a hen or stag night if not the wedding itself.
You will be spoilt for choice if you are looking for an attractive and historic market town backdrop to say ‘I do’ as there are so many dotted across the East Midlands. Pick Bakewell near Chatsworth House, the ‘palace of the Peak’ in Derbyshire, Market Harborough in Leicestershire or ‘Harbs’ as it is known by the locals, Stamford, Brackley, Oundle, Retford or Oakham in Rutland.
There is a lot of industry in the East Midlands which accounts for the excellent travel links but there is still a strong rural vibe. The historic wealth and prosperity of this area of the UK has resulted in historic and well-maintained villages and architecture and the countryside offers a whole host of food delights for brides and grooms keen to source their wedding banquet from local produce.
Major road routes such as the M1 and the A1 (M) plus numerous rail lines criss-cross the East Midlands with several airports all offering excellent access from different parts of the UK and further afield.
The East Midlands can provide a wedding destination for every couple whether you are looking for a grand civic backdrop or a stunning rural setting. Venues range from the modern to the historic, from the traditional to the eccentric, all with ease of access both for your guests and that all-important escape on honeymoon.