Your West Midlands Wedding - April/May 2024 (Issue 91)

RUGBY SCHOOL, CV22 5EH 01788 556 357 | With some of the most splendid buildings in the Midlands, Rugby School is a dreamy setting for wedding services and receptions. Rich in history, it offers a combination of heritage and beautifully maintained grounds in elegant yet understated surroundings. Dating back to the early 18th century, the venue is steeped in tradition yet ideally suited to a contemporary, modern-day wedding. Boasting several venues, you are able to choose from spaces that encapsulate the history and heritage of the school or more contemporary, modern facilities that provide sleek backdrops and areas for you to transform into the ideal setting for your event. Atmospheric historical buildings, manicured grounds and first-class facilities are just a few elements that create the 400-acre site of Rugby School and the 90-acre site of Bilton Grange, making them perfect for weddings. Celebrate in style Rugby School has its own civil ceremony license, which means those couples looking to be married by the Warwickshire Registration Service are able to do so in the two approved venues, Old Big School or the outdoor venue Old Quad. Recent changes to the law mean that you are now able to have a service anywhere within Rugby School, which then must be followed by a smaller legal service in one of the approved venues. You could use the pavilion as your summer wedding backdrop, exchange rings on the Macready Theatre stage, or if you’re a rugby fanatic, why not say ‘I do’ directly under the rugby posts at the birthplace of the game? Under special license from the Archbishop of Canterbury, the glorious school chapel is available to be used by those who have an affiliation with the school for a wedding service. Pews for the congregation face each other in this chapel designed by Butterworth and there is enough seating for up to 600 guests. There are a number of indoor and outdoor spaces that can be used for drinks receptions, wedding breakfasts and evening receptions. The smallest venue, Old School Hall, can accommodate a wedding party of 15, Old Big School up to 80, Temple Speech Room up to 150, or a marquee in the grounds, which can seat up to 400 people. We love... The venue’s rich history and picturesque views. Spotlight on... Coventry, Nuneaton and Rugby 13 REGIONAL VENUES