Lancashire is situated in the North West of England and has a wild and interesting history, a county with a special combination of countryside, coast and city. Lancashire particularly enjoys a special rivalry with Yorkshire with both counties claiming the title of ‘God’s Own Country’. This rivalry was fuelled by the removal of some towns and villages after the reorganisation of county boundaries and governmental authorities in 1974 when Lancashire lost some land to Yorkshire, not a popular move. Now the population has dropped from over five million in the 1970s to just over one million today, purely because of the change of county boundaries.
Despite the shrinkage, Lancashire still remains one of the biggest of the ‘shire’ counties in England covering around 3,075 square miles. Home to the Forest of Bowland - this itself is over 800 square kilometres in size – much of Lancashire is truly rural so for the bride and groom planning a country wedding, you will find yourselves spoilt for choice with plenty of approved venues and lots of space and uncluttered scenery.
Beautiful mansions and grand houses offer a great variety ceremony and reception locations, all unique in their style and design but sharing the same vision of a memorable and stylish wedding day. Choose from a range of historic manor houses, stately homes, castles, follies, abbeys, mills and barns, not forgetting rustic farms and cosy manor houses. Spectacular scenery is easy to find in this rugged and drama-filled county if manicured gardens and parkland are a little too predictable. Unsurprisingly, outdoor weddings are very much on the menu, a chance to commune with nature and say ‘I do’ in a wonderful setting. If you do choose a remote location, then think carefully about the time of year; wild winter weather may make for some great photos but your guests still need to be able to get to the venue.
Lancaster, the county town, is the perfect location for a town wedding, as a designated heritage city, it is nationally recognised as a destination of culture and history. There are many grand period buildings which offer weddings plus some more contemporary venues.
If you are looking for the original seaside wedding location, then Lancashire must hold the jewel in the crown – Blackpool. An enduringly popular coastal town for hen nights, some brides take that extra step and marry under the brilliant illuminations and in the shadow of the famous Blackpool Tower. For something coastal and a bit more low key than Blackpool…well, that wouldn’t be hard…try Morecambe, a small town on the southern edge of Morecambe Bay. Morecambe has an award-winning promenade, views of the Lakeland mountains and some of the best seaside vistas anywhere in the UK.
Lancashire benefits from excellent road and rail links including the M6 motorway which offers connections to the rest of the motorway network. Lancaster to London takes three hours by train and there is an international airport in Blackpool with the Liverpool John Lennon airport just over an hour away.