Located on the edge of the East Midlands, Shropshire shares a border with Wales so is also known as a border county or alternatively, part of the Welsh Marches. The River Severn, Britain’s longest river, runs through the county and around a quarter of Shropshire is covered by the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the south. Shropshire remains one of the England’s more rural and sparsely populated counties.
Shropshire offers a selection of lovely wedding venues for couples looking for a country setting away from the hustle and bustle of the 21st century. As a county of significance in previous centuries due to its location next to Wales, Shropshire was an influential player when it came to strategic importance and titled families. As a result, Shropshire is home to many beautiful properties which have been transformed into wedding venues including stately homes, grand mansions, pretty manor houses, timbered barns, abbeys, mills and farmhouses. For those couples looking for something a little more original, there are vineyards and outdoor venues which offer tipi weddings or woodland ceremonies, all set in Shropshire’s glorious countryside.
For a town ceremony and reception, head to North Shropshire which is the most populated part of the county and where the large towns are located. Shrewsbury, Oswestry, Whitchurch and Market Drayton all offer a range of traditional and contemporary venues with all the wedding suppliers and support any bride could need.
For a small town wedding with a classic backdrop, choose Ludlow with its iconic black and white timbered buildings. A town of immense beauty, Ludlow has around 500 listed buildings plus scores of pretty streets and a very strong food culture, perfect for a tempting wedding banquet. Shrewsbury offers the best of both worlds as the town is almost totally surrounded by the River Severn, there are pretty streets with plenty of independent businesses and Shrewsbury is an excellent choice for a riverside wedding. Oswestry is an ancient border town and nothing quite represents the tug of war between the English and the Welsh down through the centuries than this pretty location with Welsh street names, surrounded by rugged landscape. Nestling in the Shropshire Hills in the south-west of the county is Church Stretton, a popular Victorian holiday resort which earned itself the nickname ‘Little Switzerland’ and its easy to see why.
Shropshire remains a strongly agricultural county and there is plenty of local produce on offer for couples who want to create a wedding feast to remember with minimal environmental impact, whether you are marrying in town or the countryside.
Shropshire is served by the A5 which is an important arterial road linking the east of the county to Oswestry and north Shropshire. There are excellent rail links with London, Birmingham, Manchester and Cardiff. Birmingham, Liverpool and Manchester airports are all within a fifty mile radius.