Situated in the Midlands, Leicestershire is a traditional Shire county with a central location in England which has always been significant down through the centuries, both commercially and historically. Peppered with bustling urban centres, Leicestershire offers probably some of the most diverse wedding settings of any county in the UK complemented by some of the best rail and road links.
For a city wedding of almost any type and theme, Leicester is one of the most myriad and contrasting destinations. For an Asian vibe, choose Leicester’s golden mile of curry houses, famous throughout the UK but make no mistake, this county town of Leicestershire is one of the most ancient cities in England, with a history stretching back to an Iron Age settlement which predates even the Roman period.
There are approved venues and reception destinations spanning just about every century and architectural style in Leicester from the medieval to the present day. Leicester is a friendly vibrant city with plenty of accommodation and lots to keep your wedding guests entertained.
For a rural wedding, Leicestershire will not disappoint with historic country houses, barns, farmhouses, castles, mills and romantic ruins all set in stunning and peaceful countryside, worlds away from the urban centres of this diverse county. Leicestershire’s proximity to the northern powerhouses has meant it was always a place of wealth and this is reflected in the quality of the architecture and the sheer abundance of beautiful venues all perfectly preserved – you really will be spoilt for choice.
Food lovers getting married in Leicester will have a huge range of international cuisines available to rival even what London can offer. For weddings in the beautiful Leicestershire countryside, there is traditional rural fare from local farms and producers which approved venues put to good use, so it is perfectly possible to have a completely food miles friendly menu with the tastiest of ingredients for eco-conscious brides and grooms. Leicestershire is not just about Melton Mowbray pork pies and red cheese, there are many different kinds of delicious foods on offer all showcased at Melton Mowbray rural food market plus a variety of local vineyards and breweries to keep your guests refreshed – you can even get married at the market, now that really is zero food miles!
From the traditional to the ethnic, choose a classic country setting, a rural festival vibe or a colourful civic backdrop, Leicestershire really has it all. The main north south route through the UK, the M1 motorway, runs through Leicestershire and Leicester is on the Midland mainline for train travel which links London St Pancras through to Sheffield and Nottingham so it is really accessible from all parts of the UK. At only one hundred miles north of London, it is easy to reach the major airports and East Midlands airport which is a regional airport is only fifteen miles away from Leicester city centre.