One of your first considerations when planning a wedding will be the venue and where better to tie the knot than here in the beautiful Ribble Valley

It seems like there is no such thing as the wedding season these days as couples are choosing to marry throughout the year.

Snow softly falling on a crisp winter’s day can be just as romantic as a sunshine-filled summer wedding but whatever the season, you must choose your venue wisely.

The Ribble Valley offers many and varied, but equally stunning, venues to host your big day.

If you are hoping to marry in traditional style in a church, the Ribble Valley has churches that offer outstanding beauty including ones at Slaidburn, Mitton and Whitewell.

And while there are many beautiful old historic churches in the Valley, as a couple you may want to marry at the actual venue as most are licensed to hold civil ceremonies.

Intimate or grand, we have some of the nation’s most stunning wedding locations that positively encourage individuality enabling couples to make their own choices from flowers to food.

For a touch of romance and style make sure you choose flowers in abundance – whatever the bloom they need to have impact! If you are going for a formal look opt for dramatic, tall table arrangements that create a stunning centrepiece. White always works well and is ultimately stylish but if you want to match the venue flowers to your own specific colour theme, go ahead – we have talented florists here in the Valley who will be delighted to advise.

On to the food, and most wedding organisers love it when couples have a clear idea of what style of menu they would like. The trend for a more relaxed informal menu, as opposed to fine dining, continues with couples opting for food that reflects the locality in which they are marrying.

Canapes with champagne on arrival may be followed by a meal that includes local Lancashire produce – be it a luxury pie made from locally raised beef to a hot pot featuring lamb that has grazed on local moorlands.

Choosing drinks for your wedding is also made easier if your venue has a sommelier that can advise on pairing food and wine. And, if your venue is in a marquee or tipi out in the stunning Ribble Valley countryside, why not ask the advice of your caterers or one of the many local wine merchants who are ultimately knowledgeable and can make pairing suggestions.

Once you have chosen your venue, everything will start to slot into place and with many venues having their own in-house wedding co-ordinator, all you have to do is sit back, relax and enjoy your big day!



Tedd Walmsley

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