Staffordshire is a county located in the West Midlands and offers the bride to be a range of town venues both contemporary and traditional and a beautiful rolling landscape away from the cities and towns, with picturesque countryside including a section of the famous Peak District.
The wealth of the West Midlands and the influence of the great pottery town of Stoke-on-Trent has permeated out into the Staffordshire countryside with prosperity reflected in some beautiful period buildings which can accommodate weddings large and small. Manor houses, stately homes, castles, abbeys and halls dot the landscape with a large range of approved venues all offering something a little bit different. There are small village and rustic settings with secluded country houses, farms and barns – you can even get married outside in tranquil and serene gardens or take advantage of the trend for tipis so you really are in amongst the scenery.
Stoke-on-Trent is also affectionately known as ‘the Potteries’ with a heritage of ceramic and pottery making stretching back centuries. As a cultural hub with a difference, Stoke offers a pretty unique place to get married if you are looking for a venue with an unusual or contemporary vibe plus there are excellent amenities and facilities for your guests. For a total contrast, Lichfield is an ancient and historic Staffordshire town with sublime 18th century architecture presenting a romantic backdrop for a grand town wedding plus don’t overlook the 13th century medieval cathedral, unique anywhere for its three spires.
The county town of Stafford is actually quite small but nonetheless attractive and full of historic and ancient buildings, a great place for a wedding or as a base for guests for a ceremony and reception at one of several elegant country houses and estates just a few miles from the town centre. Stafford is interesting and accessible but for some really pretty small rural towns, head to Staffordshire’s Peak District, the south west corner of this National Park and also known as the Staffordshire Moorlands.
In the east of the county lies Uttoxeter, a market town by the prettily named River Dove nestling in a verdant green landscape, best known for its racecourse, one of the more unusual wedding venues that Staffordshire has to offer.
A waterside wedding setting is easy to achieve in Staffordshire there are several significant rivers as well as a network of historical canals which run through some of the county’s most picturesque scenery. Marry beside or on the water in a choice of approved venues dotted along the county’s famous waterways.
With plenty of industrial heritage, Staffordshire has excellent road and rail links with the M54 and the M6 running through the county. The East Midlands Railway links Stoke-on-Trent to London and there are numerous regional train connections throughout Staffordshire and beyond. Manchester airport offers easy access from Stoke located only 25 miles away.