Your Cheshire and Merseyside Wedding - January/February 2024 (Issue 73)

SHRIGLEY HALL HOTEL AND SPA 01625 575 757 | A classic Victorian country house, this elegant hotel boasts 155 en-suite bedrooms and Bazaar Spa, complete with indoor pool, and offers you an ideal opportunity to relax and unwind pre- or post wedding. What’s more, the outdoor infinity pool, heated to a welcoming 38 degrees is the perfect spot to enjoy some honeymoon time together as you take in the local views and romantic sunsets. The Hotel is set in more than 262 acres of gorgeous grounds, including an 18-hole championship golf course. Surrounded by beautiful Cheshire countryside, it’s set high in the hills bordering the Peak District, creating a secluded and tranquil atmosphere for your big day. The largest of the wedding spaces is the Tilden Suite, which can host 240 for your vows and reception. A former monastery chapel with domed roof, it boasts a wealth of 18th-century architectural features. This is a completely private room with its own bar and private entrance. The William Turner Suite, located in the main building with beautiful crystal chandeliers and French windows can accommodate 100 for the ceremony and 140 for the reception. It has an adjoining private reception room overlooking the courtyard and a private bar area. Finally, the Drawing Room, which has a capacity of 50 for “I dos” and wedding breakfasts, is a beautiful room also located in the main house with front-facing views of the golf course and beyond. Its impressively ornate high ceiling is sure to bring the wow factor to any intimate wedding. ARLEY HALL & GARDENS 01565 777 353 | If you’re looking for a venue with enormous character, charm and plenty of interest for your big day, surely Arley Hall will be on your list. It’s a place that combines grandeur with a warm and intimate atmosphere that everyone present on your wedding day will love. A much-loved family home set in the breathtaking Cheshire countryside, the Hall itself is an impressive example of a Victorian country house built in the Elizabethan style – every room tells a story. The 18 acres of award-winning gardens provide a beautiful backdrop for those all-important photographs, and whatever the season they have something magical to offer from the double herbaceous border in the summer to the impressive Ilex Avenue. Civil ceremonies can be held in the Front Hall (80 guests), Drawing Room (100 guests), Library (30 guests), Warburton Room (100 guests) or The Hayloft (60 guests). There’s even a private family chapel on the estate. While it’s not consecrated for weddings, it is possible to hold a blessing here. Incredibly popular are the venue’s outdoor ceremonies. The Alcove, which sits at the end of the double herbaceous border is licensed for civil marriages and partnerships and provides an idyllic backdrop for al-fresco vows. The Gallery is the largest room here and provides an ideal setting for your wedding breakfast with its magnificent fireplace and wonderful views over the historical park. It can accommodate 160 loved ones over two rooms (including the Drawing Room). The venue’s caterers are able to offer a truly individual service. They can assist at every stage from menu ideas to cooking at your home allowing you to sample your chosen menu before the big day. Dancing takes place in Olympia, the renovated Victorian barn. It has a main room with exposed beams, air conditioning and a sound system together with a separate bar overlooking a private courtyard, complete with fountain, lit trees and giant parasols. 18