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Staffordshire Wedding Venues

February 25, 2011

In my capacity as a wedding singer I travel all over the UK singing at all sorts of venues, but I must admit that Staffordshire has a special place in my heart.  It’s where I grew up and now, after spells in London and Derby, it’s where I live.

I’d like to share, in no particular order, my five favourite Staffordshire wedding venues with you.  All of these venues are licenced for civil weddings and civil partnerships.  They’re also licensed for live music and entertainment so if you were to book (for example) a vintage wedding singer to perform during your wedding breakfast or evening reception, that wouldn’t be a problem!

1. SHUGBOROUGH HALL

Shugborough Hall

Ancestral home of the Earls of Lichfield, this Georgian mansion house sits in 900 acres of beautiful gardens and parkland which will provide the perfect backdrop for some stunning photographs of your wedding.  The interiors are just as spectacular making this a truly memorable venue.  The Shugborough estate is located in Milford, near Stafford. (Photograph © Copyright Mandy Moore)

Chillington Hall

Built in 1786, Chillington Hall is another Georgian mansion house licenced for weddings and civil partnerships.  From a performance perspective I have to say that the acoustics on The Saloon are superb and its high, domed ceiling is just fantastic.  Unlike Shugborough, Chillington Hall is not open to the public at weekends making it an altogether more private venue.

3. SWINFEN HALL HOTEL

Swinfen Hall Hotel Staffordshire

Swinfen Hall Hotel is a short way from Lichfield in Staffordshire  and is set in 100 acres of parkland incorporating formal gardens, a private deer park, wild hay meadows and woodland.  The original house was built in 1755 by Benjamin Wyatt who, despite only having a family of three, employed fifty-five servants to look after them.  One of the highlights of this particular venue is the oak-panelled Edwardian ballroom.

I’m pleased to be featured in the Swinfen Hall wedding brochure as one of their preferred wedding suppliers.

4. DOVECLIFF HALL HOTEL

Dovecliff Hall Hotel Staffordshire

Compared to the previous three venues, Dovecliff’s grounds seem tiny at seven acres, but its quiet location in Stretton near Burton-upon-Trent make it the perfect location for intimate weddings.  On the numerous occasions that I’ve sung at Dovecliff Hall I’ve always found the staff hugely attentive and helpful and the atmosphere relaxed and  very friendly.

5. ERASMUS DARWIN HOUSE

Erasmus Darwin House Lichfield Staffordshire

I have to confess a slight bias towards this venue as Erasmus Darwin House is where I got married myself last year.  Originally the Lichfield home of Erasmus (grandfather to Charles)  Darwin the house is now a museum dedicated to the lifa and work of the eighteenth-century physician, scientist and thinker which can be hired for weddings and civil partnership celebrations.  It’s an absolute cracker of a wedding venue if you’re looking at smaller numbers and a less formal affair.  The staff were brilliant and I cannot recommend it highly enough.  It’s also, unsurprisingly, the least expensive of the five venues (at the time of writing you can get exclusive use for the day for just £600).

The above are a purely personal choice on my part.  If none of these are your cup of tea then there are, of course, lots of alternatives and you can find some more on my website at www.simonpartridge.com/wedding-singer-staffordshire.html.

What’s YOUR favourite Staffordshire wedding venue?  I’d love to hear from you.

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