Everyone has an idea in their mind of a ‘dream wedding’. Whatever it might be, we can guarantee it doesn’t involve compromise. There are some really beautiful wedding venues out there but a lot do their own catering where you may find yourself limited by having to choose between Menu A and Menu B. Menu A being a bland sounding chicken dish and Menu B being something which you HATE!

For a truly personal wedding, you need to be able to choose your own food – food that suits you as a couple, perfectly. It is one of the biggest outgoings you will have on your wedding day, so don’t compromise.

The Solution? – Choose a ‘self catering wedding venue’ which allows for outside caterers: that lets you do your own thing, like the flowers and maybe even lets you bring your own drink with no corkage!

If you think this sounds like the impossible dream – think again the innovative website www. has over 60 venues where you can use your favourite suppliers, and will not be tied into packages.

Here are some of our very favourite self catering wedding venues:

Whitbourne Hall

Remote, rolling Worcestershire – sublime.

Ingestre Hall

Down a lane in the middle of no-where – deepest Staffordshire.

Whitbourne Hall

Remote, rolling Worcestershire – sublime.


A Fairy-tale setting in Leicestershire.

Cannock Chase

Deep in a tall, dark forest in a snug warm teepee – magical.

Pim Hill Barn

A superb medieval barn just outside Shrewsbury.

Alveston Pastures Farm

A barn with a difference, close to Stratford-upon-Avon.

Middleton Hall

A complex of ancient buildings formed around a moated manor house near Tamworth.