You can picture it in your head, exactly how it should be, your perfect wedding. It’s glorious, joyous, and stress-free. However, anyone who has planned a wedding knows that making that day a reality is rarely stress-free! To help you out, we’ve got your ideal venue covered with the choice of places to walk down the aisle in Lichfield District.
There’s a big choice of fabulous venues where you can get married in Lichfield, and you can see more venue options here including historical city centre venues such as Erasmus Darwin House and Lichfield Guildhall. For some highlights of the favourites, read on and find out why you should consider Lichfield as the destination for your dream day – and not just because of all the stunning places for wedding photos!
Swinfen Hall Hotel
Swinfen Hall, a short drive from Lichfield city centre, is one of the most idyllic and luxurious places in the district to say “I do”. The beautiful Grade II listed Georgian Manor House sits within 100 acres of pristine gardens and parklands, so whatever the season you’ll have the dream backdrop to your special day – the hotel even has its own deer park in the grounds!
You literally step into a world of elegance at Swinfen Hall. Its Edwardian Ballroom can host up to 110 guests for a seated dinner and up to 180 for an evening party, you can enjoy a sparkling drinks reception in the stunning grand entrance Hall and relaxing cocktail lounge, or opt for a smaller gathering in one of the private dining rooms.
With three rooms licensed for a civil ceremony you can choose the perfect room for you, and can spend your entire wedding day in one place enjoying the ultimate celebration.
When it comes to the photos, not only does every room and hallway in the hotel offer a stunning backdrop, the ornamental ponds and gardens, a stunning rose arbour, courtyard garden with outdoor bar facilities and more offer great outdoor photo opportunities.
There are 17 luxurious bedrooms and suites for your guests to stay overnight, and there is a beautiful honeymoon suite for you to enjoy on your first night of married life.
There’s also a brand-new addition to the hotel - a state-of-the-art games room, which is the ideal place to relax with family and friends before the big day. Another new addition for 2022 is a bespoke marquee, specially designed for up to 500 guests, which is perfectly situated to offer the best views you could wish for.
Hidden away in the heart of rural Staffordshire, Alrewas Hayes is a historical 100-acre country estate where exceptional experiences happen. Dating back to 1066, the estate is believed to be the extensive Staffordshire woodland noted in the Doomsday Book.
Over the past 10 years, in the hands of its current owners, the picturesque and secluded estate has been renovated and reimagined to become a highly sought-after venue for weddings. When you plan a wedding at Alrewas Hayes you discover a unique fusion of country estate seclusion, historical grandeur and the welcoming warmth of a family home, where you can create cherished memories that last a lifetime.
Offering an abundance of versatile event spaces accommodating from 50-650 guests, Alrewas Hayes is equally suited whatever size and style wedding you want. Within the wing of The House, the light-filled Orangery and Lobby are both licensed to hold smaller civil ceremonies and partnerships, while the purpose-built Great Barn is licensed for large-scale affairs. At the heart of Alrewas Hayes lies The Courtyard, offering an idyllic outdoor setting for non-legal blessings during the warmer months.
Whether you plan a decadent sit-down dinner or a fabulously flamboyant celebration, wedding receptions at Alrewas Hayes are remembered long after the day itself. The team tailors every element of your big day – from the furniture to the food – to your tastes, creating a wedding that surprises your guests and surpasses all expectations.
Housing state-of-the-art production facilities including image mapping, world-class lighting and sound and staging systems, the unimaginable is possible at Alrewas Hayes. So however you’ve pictured your special day, you’ll be able to bring it to life here.
Coton House Farm
You’ll find Coton House Farm nestled in the picturesque village of Whittington. An exclusive venue, it effortlessly combines elegance with a relaxed country approach for luxurious, intimate weddings. You really do leave the outside world behind and enter a private little haven where your dream wedding day will come true.
Coton House has been hosting idyllic country weddings for over 20 years. Following a recent and extensive renovation, you can now get married in its fully licensed 18th Century Dairy Barn and glorious Oak Barn as well as discover an exceptional on-site chef and professional silver service package, all presented in an artistically rustic, informal setting.
When you get married at Coton House you get exclusive use of the venue, which means that you and your guests will have use of our facilities from 9am to midnight. With no close neighbours and only green fields and meadows in sight, you are truly in a private world of your own.
You’ll exchange your vows in The Old Dairy Barn, celebrate in The Oak Barn dining room or The Hay Store, enjoy The Pig Sty – a stylish bar, not a room with actual pigs, have full use of The Stables – a private dressing room and step outside on the Terrace and Stable Courtyard.
Throughout your wedding experience you’ll be supported by an experienced team who can recommend the perfect suppliers to create the perfect, bespoke day you want.
The George Hotel
Set in the heart of Lichfield city, The George Hotel is a charming 18th century coaching inn which offers a delightful setting for wedding receptions and civil ceremonies. Not only is the hotel itself a gorgeous location for your special day, picturesque Minster Pool and Beacon Park are just nearby and provide a fabulous backdrop for your wedding photographs.
There are two lovely licensed rooms at The George for your ceremony, so you can spend your whole day at the hotel and no one needs to be concerned about getting from the church or Registration Office to the reception.
The Garrick Suite accommodates up to 90 guests for your ceremony, while The Charter Room can hold a maximum of 25. Both rooms can then also be arranged for your reception, and you can also host informal, intimate wedding breakfasts in the restaurant.
The George has a range of packages that offer great value and have been specially designed to help you with planning your wedding, so you can just relax and look forward to a perfect day. All the packages include an arrival drink, a three course set meal, a glass of sparkling wine for the toast plus evening food and room hire so the prices are straightforward and there are no hidden extras.
However, if the packages don’t seem quite right for you the wonderful team at The George will happily create a bespoke package to make your wedding individual and unforgettable.
As if that’s not enough, you newlyweds are offered a complimentary overnight stay in a double room on the night of your wedding, and wedding guests can relax and stay overnight at specially discounted rates.
The hotel’s 45 non-smoking en-suite rooms include four posters and suites, and all are furnished to a very high standard in a range of styles and are equipped with all the facilities that you would expect to make your stay comfortable.
Wherever you choose to tie the knot, we hope the day is as a perfect as you want to it be!
Accommodation for your guests
Looking for venues for your guests to stay? Cranmere apartments are situated in the city centre and you can book all the apartments for your party (subject to availability) with ample space and privacy for your guests, as well as fully equipped kitchens – some with a few of the Lichfield cathedral's famous spires.
Hotels in the city centre include Premier Inn, The George Hotel, Cathedral Hotel and St John’s boutique guesthouse.
For a more rural retreat for your guests, there is a selection of barns and country houses in neighbouring villages.
For a full list of accommodation available in Lichfield go to www.visitlichfield.co.uk/accommodation