If you’re recently engaged, and can’t decide where to tie the knot, make sure you consider one of the UK’s most picturesque counties, Derby. The region is situated on the banks of the River Derwent, which passes through the city of Derby itself, as well as numerous attractive towns and villages as it winds its way to the Peak District.
Whether you’re looking for history, culture, city-life or the rolling countryside, Derbyshire has it all, and boasts numerous wedding venues to fulfil any style or aesthetic. In fact, we love Derby so much we’ve compiled our top reasons why you should consider it for your upcoming nuptials.
It’s steeped in history
Dating back to pre-medieval times, Derby witnessed Anglo-Saxons, Romans and Vikings, before becoming a major player in the industrial revolution, during which time it became famous for its silk trade. In fact, Derby is the site of the world’s first factory, Lombe’s Mill, which opened its doors over 300 years ago. Today, it is the location of the famous Derby Silk Mill, housing The Museum of Making, part of Derwent Valley Mills UNESCO World Heritage Site. Anyone looking for a historical or industrial backdrop for the it wedding can hire the Grade II listed Silk Mill, with its red-brick walls and ceiling-high windows offering a stunning backdrop. History fans can also consider the Grade II listed Central Library in Derby Museum and Art Gallery, or Pickford House, a Grade I listed 18th century town house.
You can get back to nature
If you prefer to leave the city behind, and arrange a wedding venue with a serious view, be sure, to consider Derbyshire’s Peak District venues. From wild mountains, to rugged moorlands, to picturesque villages, the Peak District has it all. Popular locations include the Peak District Holiday Barn, which offers outdoor weddings which let you take in the stunning countryside, before spending he night in the venue’s amazing barn rooms. Alternatively, you could take in the romantic architecture of the Palace Hotel in Buxton, which dates back to 1868 and presides over five acres of stunningly landscaped gardens.
It’s perfect for sports fans
Derby has a rich sporting history, and features numerous locations for fans to organise a ceremony in their favourite sporting surroundings. Football fanatics can consider Pride Park stadium, which offers dedicated wedding coordinators and versatile facilities to cater help make your footballing wedding a reality. Rugby lovers can soak in the atmosphere of the Haslams venue at Derby RFC, while cricketers can head to the Incora Ground at Derby County Cricket Club to book their big day. Whatever your sporting obsession, you can be sure that Derby can cater to it.
You can go ‘traditional’ in style
Looking for a traditional white wedding in a beautiful church setting? Look no further than the awe-inspiring Derby Cathedral. Founded as the Church of All Sains back in 943, this beautiful venue sits in the very heart of Derby. With its beautiful glass windows and range of historical monuments inside (including a memorial to Derby’s most famous resident, Florence Nightingale) it’s a truly grand and atmospheric setting, for anyone looking to go traditional in style.
Wherever you choose to spend your big day, you can make things even more special with gourmet hog roast catering from The Roasting Pig. With a range of menus including Derby hog roasts, stone baked pizza, and succulent pulled pork, we’re the perfect fit for wedding receptions in any location. And with our bespoke wedding packages, you can be sure that we’ll take care of everything, leaving you to enjoy your event. For more information, please contact our team today.