https://kempandkempcatering.co.uk/#ofEveryone 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. With a long list of guests attending your big day, it is also important to consider whether your friends and family are going to enjoy their food too. Catering 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 charge! By having the freedom to choose your own caterers you can ensure you have the perfect venue and the perfect wedding breakfast. It’s a win-win situation.
If you think this sounds like the impossible dream – think again the innovative website www. independent-weddings.co.uk has over 60 venues where you can use your favourite suppliers, and will not be tied into packages. From Country Houses, to Rustic Barns, to Manor Halls, you can find the place for you, and bring your bespoke food menus with you.
Sound too good to be true? Trust us, we know these stunning venues give you the freedom to create a day that is truly special and personal to you. That includes the chance to source your own caterers, to make your day just the way you’d like it. Here are some of our very favourite self-catering wedding venues, and a little about them…the only problem you’ll have is deciding which one to choose!
Osmaston Park based between Ashbourne and Derby is a gorgeous Stately Estate with a marquee ready to host exceptional wedding parties. Located in the countryside with sublime views of their lake and woodland, it makes the perfect setting for your special day.
Ingestre Hall found in the rural countryside of Staffordshire, is not only impressive in grandeur but offers exclusivity for your wedding day – meaning not unwanted interruptions. With a fabulous 27 aches of sweeping land, you’ll find numerous spots for beautiful photo opportunities.
Whitbourne Hall is filled with history as a listed building located in Worcestershire, dating back to the mid-Victorian period. With a stunning interior fitted with marble stairs, an equally beautiful outdoors with terraces and lakes, it makes the ideal venue. Plus, you have the added benefit of no corkage – bring on the party!
A fairy tale setting; Staunton Harold is on the Leicestershire/Derbyshire border and sits perfectly next to a sweeping lake. With only a handful of weddings taking place here, it really is a special find for your big day. With friendly staff, a gorgeous setting, and the license to have your fully wedding here, there is no stopping you.
Deep in a tall, dark forest in a snug warm teepee – magical.
A woodland clearing within which you can create a magical wedding setting with your own marquee or teepee, and a helpful team to help to create the infrastructure for a wedding village.
A superb medieval barn just outside Shrewsbury. On a little hilltop just a few miles outside Shrewsbury lies this superb complex of ancient buildings and spaces ripe for your wedding. These include the medieval timber barn, outhouses, a dovecote and a courthouse.
A barn with a difference, close to Stratford-upon-Avon. In the rolling (silent) countryside just outside Stratford-upon-Avon, deepest Shakespeare country. A secluded barn surrounded on three sides by open countryside … great views, peace, calm, tranquility, a maze, lawns etc.
An astounding complex of ancient buildings formed around a moated medieval manor house, with its moat fully intact and full of water. This unique place was then ‘gentrified’ in the 18th Century giving some very grand interior spaces indeed. There are also walled gardens, lakes and lawns if you’d like to push the boat out and have a marquee or tipi.