Your West Midlands Wedding - December/January 2023/2024 (Issue 89)

AVONCROFT MUSEUM OF HISTORIC BUILDINGS, B60 4JR 01527 831 363 | Situated in the picturesque Worcestershire countryside, Avoncroft Museum of Historic Buildings is surrounded by character-filled grounds and stunning wedding spaces perfect for tying the knot. Celebrate in style New Guesten Hall is a large and flexible space located near the museum’s entrance. Boasting a 14th-century roof that was originally part of Worcester Cathedral’s reception hall, the space has beautifully detailed Medieval carpentry and room for 120 guests for the ceremony and wedding breakfast. It can be expanded to accommodate an extra 60 loved ones for the evening reception. Surrounding New Guesten Hall is a manicured lawn lined with trees and historical buildings, which is the ideal area for couples wanting to mingle and entertain their guests. The 19 acres of grounds provide a stunning backdrop for wedding photographs, with the Windmill, Threshing Barn, and Telephone Kiosk collections being favourites with couples. We love... The Bromsgrove Society of Model Engineers Railway is available to hire, which adds a quirky element to your big-day pictures. KARMA SALFORD HALL, WR11 8UT 01386 871 300 | Karma Salford Hall is a Grade I listed manor house that has retained its Tudor charm, boasting stained-glass windows, a bell tower, and engraving into Cotswold stone. Set in manicured gardens and nestled amid rolling hills and farmland, the property has a quintessentially English feel, with new and period furnishings creating a traditional yet contemporary setting. Once the guest home for the monks of Evesham Abbey and later owned by King Henry VIII, the building is steeped in history and old-world charm with grand fireplaces, wood panelling, and oil paintings. When Charles Stanford married Elenor Alderford, he marked the occasion by gifting her a bell that hung in the belfry for four centuries before it was stolen in the 1980s. It later turned up being offered at auction. The owners of the hall at that time bought it back and returned it to the tower, where it remains today. Celebrate in style There are several spaces available for weddings, including the Walled Garden, which can accommodate 100 of your loved ones for the service, and the Tudor Court Lawn, which has room for 60. Large receptions are held in the marquee, which can hold 100 of your friends and family. Intimate celebrations take place in either the Tempest Restaurant, which can hold 40 of your nearest and dearest, or the Palm Court Conservatory, with space for 16. We love... Couples will have access to the bridal suite on the night of the wedding and receive a complimentary menu tasting. LOCAL VENUES 17