Say I do in Lancashire

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Your essential guide to weddings in Lancashire.

Mark Tattersall - The Out Barn

Venues and suppliers across Lancashire are ready to welcome you back safely and make your day a truly magical one. Choose from picturesque, rural landscapes, windswept moors and breath-taking coastal scenery as your backdrop, or maybe a vibrant city celebration. Each setting is home to some of the most stunning wedding venues, whether you are looking for an intimate gathering or larger celebration, a historic barn conversion or luxury contemporary space. And whilst venues set the scene, they are just the beginning, so make sure you read our handy guide to discover top trends and wedding themes you are likely to see over the next few years. You will also find the inside scoop from Lancashire suppliers and their top tips for getting the best out of your day.

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2020 winner best uk countryside wedding venue Beeston Manor is a uniquely enchanting wedding venue in the North West. Romantic and full of character, with a 140-acre backdrop of breath-taking countryside views, Beeston Manor’s style is simple. The beautiful 16th Century converted barn oozes character and atmosphere with sandstone walls featuring gorgeous oak beams. Romantic and full of period character, your wedding can be celebrated with total exclusivity; enjoy photographs in Beeston Woods, in our cornfields or when in season, amongst the bluebells.

WINNER – 2020 Wedding Industry Award for UK Countryside Wedding Venue

11 years of multi award-winning experience

Family run venue set in 140 acres of land

Exclusive use available

Licenced for Civil Weddings

3 course meal wedding breakfasts

Family owned and operated, we take pride in our work and our experienced, multi award-winning wedding co-ordinators really make your wedding dreams come true with warmth and friendliness. Impress your guests with our delicious food, all homemade on site by head chef Julie Bickerstaffe-Smith and her team.

BBQ’s, Afternoon Tea, Hog Roast Weddings

Evening Receptions

13 individually styled bedrooms plus honeymoon suite

Outstanding 5* customer reviews

Beeston Manor, close to the M6, M61 and M65 network and with 2 helipads for that special arrival, is perfect for all weddings from small intimate family gatherings to large weddings of up to 125 guests during the wedding breakfast and up to 200 for the evening reception.

Helicopter flight experience available

request our brochure and visit our website to view our brand new 3D virtual tour tool

View our Instagram and Facebook pages for a fantastic photographic gallery

Photography by: Kerry Woods Photography and Suzanne Clark Photography and Film

Quaker Brook Lane, Hoghton, Preston PR5 0RA | 01254 851996 |

Top reasons to choose Lancashire

There are many places to choose to get married, but what makes Lancashire so special? Here are the best reasons for saying ‘I do’ in Lancashire.

Mark Tattersall - The Out Barn

Towneley Hall

Centrally located Located in the middle of the UK and easily accessible by road, train and plane the county is the perfect location to get married. Any guests travelling from afar will have no trouble attending your perfect day.

Diverse landscape

Lancashire is over 80% rural with plenty of picturesque towns and cities amongst the beautiful rural landscapes – meaning whether you are looking for a countryside chic or an urban dream wedding, there is the perfect backdrop.

Stunning venues Samlesbury Hall

Lancashire has a wonderful selection of wedding venues, from breathtaking architecture to quirky barns and nature reserves. Indoor or outdoor – the choice is yours.

A warm reception

Lancashire is known for its warm and friendly welcome and the teams at our stunning venues and suppliers are no different. You can relax knowing your day is in the best hands, with people who truly care about making your wishes come true.

Fantastic local produce

Samlesbury Hall

Whatever your preferred taste, Lancashire has something to satisfy your (and your guests!) taste buds. You’ll find a diverse range of local produce as the Lancashire landscape is integral to the food and drink grown and made here. #sayidoinlancs |


Your Ultimate Check List

Planning a wedding can be a little daunting, with so much to think about, organise and implement we have created the ultimate checklist to help you with the most important details.

18 months to go First thing’s first is getting that guest list sorted. You can’t determine the budget nor venue without this vital information. If you’re struggling for who to invite (or who not to invite), check out page 20 for our handy flow chart to give you a better idea of who are the VIPs and the VI nos! It’s numbers time. This is when all that detailed (and boring) spreadsheet experience finally becomes useful. Breakdown your budget within a spreadsheet to be able to see the big picture and understand priorities. The booking of the venue is one of the most important decisions to be made on our checklist. Wedding venues often get booked up well in advance, so be sure to shop around early. Take everything into consideration – themes, location, seating and don’t forget to check if they have a Registrar free! Now is the time to appoint your wedding party. These will be the people who will help you on the day. From bridesmaids and best men, to ushers and ringbearers, choosing those who will be most helpful will ease your mind on the day.

16 months to go If you haven’t already, now is the time to create a Pinterest account. You can create boards to visualise how you want your day to look and feel. So, decide the theme which best represents you both as a couple and get pinning! Book your florist. Flowers are a statement piece on your big day. One of the key trends this year is to have more potted plants rather than fresh cut flowers, helping to reduce your carbon footprint. Although don’t be disheartened, you can still impress with flower arches and outstanding flower installations. Other key things to book at this point in the process are your photographer, wedding band or DJ and caterers if needed. Get ahead and order your cake too, although this can usually wait until 8-10 months before.

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12 months to go

6 months to go

A key and often unknown part of the pre-wedding planning is registering your intention to marry. You will need to book an appointment with your registrar where you will register your intention to marry, pay for your marriage certificate and give details of your wedding ceremony. Of course you don’t have to have a registrar conduct the ceremony on the day, there are some fantastic Celebrants in Lancashire who can help you create your dream ceremony, entirely bespoke to you.

Send out wedding invitations. They’ve saved the date but now make sure all your guests know the finer details of the day. Venue, timings, dress code and local accommodation should all be included.

Send out your save the dates! What’s a wedding without your loving friends and family there? If you’ve used our handy ‘wedding guest’ flow chart, then this process just got easier. With the time you’ve saved, why don’t you try your creative flair and design/make the invites yourself. It can be a fun activity with your future partner. The second biggest decision (we believe) is your wedding outfit. It’s likely from an early age you’ve dreamt of the perfect dress or suit, whether it’s classic, glamourous or something completely unique – make sure you allow plenty of time for alterations.

Taste testing. Probably the most fun part of organising a wedding is to make sure that everything being served on the day is absolutely perfect. From the canapes to the main meal (and not forgetting the cake!), you need to be sure the food being served hits the spot. This is the time to start pulling all the little bits together. Wedding rings, accessories, bridesmaid and groomsmen outfits, thank you gifts, and hair and make up trials can all be done now. Lancashire is the perfect place to celebrate your upcoming wedding with your closest friends, on a stag or hen do. Whether you hire a quaint cottage, visit a luxury spa or play a round of golf, it’s the perfect place to let your hair down and begin the final countdown to the day.

One week to go!!! Hopefully all the major tasks will be done by now and you can start to really look forward to the big day. Dedicate this week to going over everything and maybe planning a lovely wedding day surprise, like a handwritten letter, for your other half.

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Eaves Hall stands proudly at the heart of the Ribble Valley, Lancashire. A magnificent Georgian mansion available for your exclusive use on your wedding day. From the moment you pass through its wrought iron gates and sweep up the tree lined driveway, Eaves Hall will instantly have you in its thrall. From the grand staircase to the ornate fireplaces, the stunning interior design complements the splendour of the original features with an air of contemporary country house luxury.

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Trends Top

The biggest wedding trends in 2021 and beyond have been revealed. Which one will you choose?

Bowland Food Hall

Local Menus

Keep things local this year when it comes to choosing your wedding breakfast menu. This up-andcoming trend has become more popular as weddings stay closer to home in amidst the pandemic, and not only that it is eco-friendly and helps support local businesses. In Lancashire you are truly spoilt for choice when it comes to delicious food that hasn’t travelled miles, from succulent meats, creamy cheeses and root vegetables to crunchy salads, freshly caught shrimp and the most delicious cast ales. Make sure to speak to your caterer about this delicious trend. #sayidoinlancs |


Keep Traditional

After the last 18 months, it is no surprise that weddings are reverting to more traditional themes. Focusing on the sentimental moments of the day, rather than grand gestures, you’ll find timeless dresses, simple bouquets and formal speeches. Lancashire’s wide variety of venues across the county, mean that finding somewhere close to home with fond memories isn’t a difficult task. You’ll find classic English gardens full of roses, stunning stately homes and traditional Lancashire pubs. Hoghton Tower

Weekday Celebrations

Looking to keep the costs down or find availability sooner at your perfect venue? Weekday weddings are now becoming a much more popular choice. Simply moving your special day from a Saturday to a Monday can save thousands of pounds, as venues and suppliers offer weekday packages and with the overflow from 2020 weddings still in full swing, there is more likely to be availability.

Mark Tattersall - The Out Barn

You’ll often find Lancashire venues with midweek offers, and recommended suppliers who offer the same. To see if your venue you has an offer on currently you can go to say-i-do-in-lancashire and you’ll find all the wedding offers in one place.

Mark Tattersall - Ashton Memorial

Brockholes Nature Reserve

Make it small

Limitations and lockdowns have led many to many couples to reflect on what is truly important when it comes to weddings, including who they want to celebrate their day with. Micro weddings with less than 20 guests will continue to be popular even once restrictions are limited and offer the chance for weddings to be a lot more personal and emotional. Small and intimate venues are scattered throughout Lancashire perfect for these smaller affairs, as well as larger venues who can help create the feeling of intimacy with outside ceremonies, or beautifully decorated tipis or gazebos. #sayidoinlancs |


Samlesbury Hall is a warm and welcoming, privately owned, exclusive wedding venue in the heart of rural Lancashire. Clare Robinson Photograhy

For over seven decades, we have enjoyed hosting weddings - it’s what we do best. Our immediate grounds are private and provide photographers with plenty of beautiful backdrops, including sweeping lawns, stone steps, marquee and festoon-lit tennis lawn, rosarium and ancient woodland. The Whittaker Room is the perfect romantic setting for your ceremony and our 700 year old Great Hall is the most atmospheric room in Lancashire for your delicious wedding breakfast. Our Italian courtyard is the best spot for relaxing during your evening reception, especially when we have our wood fired pizza oven and street food shack fired up and cooking tasty food for your guests. Not forgetting of course, the best and quirkiest wedding accommodation in the UK. Our Hall is stately yet keeps a homely and welcoming atmosphere. Talk about vintage? It’s here with history. With a layout perfect for weddings, from one amazing room to the next, 28 shepherd’s huts for your guests, in-house bespoke catering and a multiaward winning team... it’s no wonder we have been named the best wedding venue in Lancashire. Our wedding co-ordinators are on hand to answer your queries over a cuppa. You can rest assured that the team you’ve planned your day with will be there and in charge on your wedding day itself! Jo Coates Photography

Preston New Road, Samlesbury, Lancashire, PR5 0UP | 01254 812010 | |

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Top things to consider before booking your

wedding venue Choosing a wedding venue is often one of the most important parts of the wedding planning process. It helps to shape the rest of the day, from the flowers, colours, and photography, to the all important wedding party attire. The right choice can help the day come together with ease. Here are some top tips to consider when booking your wedding venue.

Think about the type of venue that reflects you

Are you the type of couple to go on country walks, spend time in the city or explore historic buildings? Across Lancashire you will find a wide range of venues to suit, from castles and stately homes to boutique hotels, cotton mills and country pubs, all waiting to help make your day extra special.

The Boo

Holmes Mill

Make and stick to a budget

Your wedding day shouldn’t break the bank, and there really are venues available for all budgets in Lancashire. Small budgets don’t have to mean you lose out on a spectacular venue either, with wedding ceremonies at venues such as Haworth Art Gallery costing as little as £350.

Location, Location, Location

Lancashire’s central location makes it a wonderful place for a wedding, but there are other things to consider when picking your venue’s location. This can be things like, how will your guests get there? Is there accommodation nearby? If the ceremony is in a different location, is it easy to get to?

The Tipis at Riley Green

Lancaster Brewery

Can you all fit?

Canal Boat Cruises

Try to have an idea of the number of guests you would like at the ceremony, wedding breakfast and evening event as these will help narrow down suitable venues. You may want more guests to join you in the evening, can the venue accommodate this?

Samlesbury Hall

See a range of venues

Often you’ll have an idea of what type of venue you would like, however it is always good to throw in a few wild cards, as you never know, that independent picture house, converted barn or countryside hotel might actually be your perfect venue.


If you have an idea of how you want your day to go, write a list of non-negotiables. If you want a confetti shot, to cater your own day or include a beloved family dog in your ceremony, make sure that the venue can do this before you decide to commit.

When you know, you know

Like how you felt when you realised your partner was the one, you will likely get a similar feeling about your perfect venue. Go with your gut, if it feels right, it probably is.

Thornton Hall by Mark Tattersall


A TRULY MEMORABLE VENUE Crow Wood Hotel has become the wedding venue of choice for 2021 and beyond. It has all the grandeur of a bygone era in an ultra-modern setting, with a breathtaking panorama.

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Seasonal Wedding Theme

Picking the perfect time of the year to get married can be difficult. If you’re aiming for an autumn or winter wedding, it’s definitely a good idea to embrace the season. Worrying about rain or the cold won’t make it go away, so bring the best part of the seasons indoors. Creating a warming winter wonderland or an auburn autumn setting, is unique and memorable. If you prefer to embrace the summer and spring weather with an outdoor wedding, albeit risky, the setting speaks for itself. With big blooms and bright skies, an al fresco ceremony enhances the beauty of your special day. Giving you that extra space for guests to spread out and be comfortable, and more fresh air for you to breathe in before you walk down the aisle!

Samlesbury Hall

Samlesbury Hall

Hotel Sheraton

Mercure Blackburn Dunkenhalgh Hotel & Spa

The Out Barn by sugarbird photography

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Wedding Theme

Imagine venues draped in extravagant golds and pristine whites; deep ruby reds and opulent emerald greens add a pop of colour to this luxury theme. Use soft silks, velvets and lush foliage, finsihs with a sparkle of a chandelier for a spot of glamour.

Eaves Hall by Jebson Photo

Eaves Hall by David Scholes

Longlands Hotel

Stirk House

Stanley House Hotel

Stanley House Hotel

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Wedding Theme

A celebration of the surrounding countryside, rustic weddings feel relaxed and focus around experiences for you and your guests. Think barns, tipis and wooden structures, outdoor ceremonies and old-school games like sack racing and hoopla. Add twinkling fairy lights and plenty of fresh flowers to complete the look.

The Wellbeing Farm

Wyresdale Park

Thornton Hall

Brockholes Nature Reserve Beeston Manor by Kerry Woods Photography

Thornton Hall

Bashall Barn

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David Scholes Photography

Eff�tl�ly beautiful & Unashamedly Romantic... Both historic and contemporary, a unique combination that has earned a reputation that is second to none and established Mitton Hall as one of the best wedding venues in the area. Perfect for smaller weddings and celebrations in the intimate oak panelled rooms, and for a grand affair in the aptly named Party Room. The conservatory provides the most spectacular setting for your ceremony and celebrations, while the terrace and gardens are fabulous for your photographs. For details of our wedding showcase events or to arrange a personal show around please call today on 01254 827181 or email

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Alternative Wedding Theme

Perfect for those who like to stray from the norm and do things a little differently. Whether that is choosing family pets as ring bearers, taking hilarious wedding photographs or embracing neon in your colour pallet, you can find the alternative wedding for you.

Lancaster Brewery

Browsholme Hall

Browsholme Hall

Holmes Mill by David Scholes

Bashall Barn by Gingerbeard Weddings

Holmes Mill by Nick English

Holmes Mill by Luke Slattery

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Wedding Theme

Set the scene at one of Lancashire’s stunning regal venues, full of historic beauty and surrounded by green manicured grounds. Perfect for all seasons, from rich jewel tones in the colder months, to soft blush colours in spring and summer. Gold accents complement all and help bring the royal theme together.

Mitton Hall by David Scholes

Samlesbury Hall

Leighton Hall

Mitton Hall by Project Valentine

Leighton Hall

Hoghton Tower

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weddings at

STIRK HOUSE 33 luxurious bedrooms � 22 acres of land � Largest function space in the area Honeymoon Suite � Restaurant � Pre-wedding meals � Award-winning staff guests to flow easily from one area of the hotel to another, making your transition from ceremony to celebration a seamless one.

Welcome to Stirk House, 2019 Winner of Best Wedding Venue: Hotel in the Great Northern Wedding Awards. With ivy clad walls standing for nearly 400 YEARS and a crackling fireplace welcoming guests since 1933, Stirk House offers contemporary luxury in a truly historic setting. The hotel’s unique layout for weddings allows you and your

From walking down the aisle to enjoying your first drink as a married couple, on to fine dining and your evening celebrations - The simple yet chic décor at Stirk House allows you to create the exact look and theme you want on your special day. With every detail individually tailored to each couple and weddings limited to one per day, the award-winning Weddings & Events Team at Stirk House will always be on hand to guide you through the many possibilities that come with having a wedding at this magnificent venue.

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Stirk House Hotel, Gisburn, Clitheroe, Lancashire, BB7 4LJ

Telephone: 01200 445581 � � /StirkHouse



Truly unique weddings Set in a stunning eight acre site, Riley Green Meadows is hidden away in it's very own private oasis. Our Tipis are the ideal venue for summer or winter weddings with heating and cooling for the comfort of you and your guests. Whether you are looking for small and intimate or large and lavish we can create the picture-perfect day down to the every tiny little detail.

07902 810 778



Riley Green Marina, Bolton Rd, Hoghton PR5 0SP


Weddings on the water

At Canal Boat Cruises we specialise in making sure your intimate wedding and honeymoon are as romantic as possible, so much so that our boat is called Romance. Romance offers: •

Bespoke menus

Fully licensed bar

up to 37 guests

While our smaller boats are perfect for honeymooners looking to celebrate married life cruising through the Lancashire countryside in luxury.

01254 202967


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The Dress

Top tips for finding

This is a moment you have likely dreamed about for a long time, and whilst very exciting it can also be a little daunting, with so much choice and pressure to find the perfect dress. Sugared Almonds Bridal Emporium have been established for over 28 years and know a thing or two about wedding dresses. Here are their top tips on finding ‘The One’; 1. Start searching for your dream wedding dress at least 12 months before your wedding, if you have the luxury. This gives you time to research, visit stores or designers. Did you know it can take up to 6 months for a wedding dress to be made? 2. When setting your budget for your wedding gown it can be easy to forget all the additional details. Make sure you consider the alteration cost and those all-important wedding accessories, such as a veil. 3. Make sure before visiting any stores you do a little research on wedding gowns, try to find which styles, colours and fabrics you like, making it easier when you are faced with hundreds of gowns in person. Pinterest is a great place to start. 4. When you do start trying on wedding dresses consider your venue and theme. Imagine yourself on your wedding day in your dress, how you want to feel and does the dress fit the wedding style that you desire?

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Top tips for the perfect


Whether you consider it an essential cost or an indulgent treat – how your makeup looks can make or break how you feel on your big day. Makeup Doctor, a leading make up coach, gives their top tips for picture perfect makeup; 1. Choosing the style of your make up for the day is a completely personal decision. Spend time trawling the internet for inspiration, Pinterest and Instagram are brilliant places to start. 2. Book make up coaching sessions, where you will learn what colours are best for you, how to apply the make up and any tips and tricks to look your best. 3. You may need to wear a touch more make up than you usually do for your special day, for photos and for it to last, but you should still always feel comfortable in the amount of makeup you are wearing.

4. When it comes to trying anything new, whether products, facials, tans, ensure you try them months before the big day so you know it will be suitable for your skin. Sometimes new products can react or behave differently to what you would expect or affect makeup application. 5. Remember that above all else, the most beautiful people, are happy ones!

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Whether it’s the history, art deco style and stunning views at Marine Hall or the Mount Pavilion in Fleetwood, the theatrical atmosphere of Thornton Little Theatre or the grand elegance of Wyre’s Civic Centre in Poulton - we are certain our Wedding venues will provide an exceptional setting for your perfect day.

The Marine Hall, Fleetwood is a spectacular seafront venue. Its stunning 1930s art deco design, award-winning landscaped gardens, grand ballroom and splendid glass domed ceiling make the perfect backdrop for the greatest show in town – your big day! Bursting with character, it’s the ideal venue for any size wedding from intimate occasions to larger celebrations of up to 400 guests.

Thornton Little Theatre is the ideal venue to host an intimate reception that is completely tailored around you. What better place to celebrate than your very own theatre for the day? The main theatre space offers a blank canvas for you to create the wedding of your dreams. Seating up to 100 guests, it is yours to style as you wish for the day.

Nestled in the market town of Poulton-le-Fylde is Wyre’s historic Civil Centre, this exquisite mock Tudor style building is paired with radiant gardens and grounds providing an elegant, timeless backdrop for your photographs. Inside, you’ll find a choice of two stunning rooms for your ceremony, able to comfortably house up to 80 guests. | 01253 887693 | |

The Mount Pavilion, Fleetwood is an exquisite Grade II Listed Building situated in beautiful gardens with glorious coastal views across Morecambe Bay providing an unforgettable setting for your wedding. Recently renovated and able to hold up to 50 guests, The Mount Pavilion is perfect for your unique and intimate wedding ceremony.

es hol k r c o B The natural place to say 'i do' Hidden within a nature reserve and featuring a unique floating design, Brockholes offers a truly memorable setting for your wedding.

T: 01772 872005 E:

Brockholes Nature Reserve Preston New Road, Samlesbury, Preston, PR5 0AG Photographs (L-R): James Jebson Photography, Melanie Hart Photography, Amy Faith Photography, Emma B Photography.

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Pictures say a thousand words

There is nothing better than reminiscing with your loved one over the photos that captured the essence and feelings from one of the best days of your life. Often a treasured sentimental momentum for generations to come, your chosen photographer has high expectations to live up too. Therefore, choosing the best one for you and your beloved will be as personal as choosing your wedding rings. Here are some top tips from Mark Tattersall on how to choose your wedding photographer; 1. Find the right photographer for you! An award winner or the photographer your friend used may be a great photographer, but they also need to be a good fit with your personalities, sense of humour and style of wedding.

Mark Tattersall - Thornton Hall Farm

2. Make a short list and meet your potential photographers and see who you have great chemistry with. Mark Tattersall - Eaves Hall

Mark Tattersall - Eaves Hall

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Mark Tattersall - Falcon Manor Settle

3. Don’t practice posing, practice getting lost in the moment. Wrap your arms around each other and forget everything else... your pictures will be beautiful natural moments. 4. Tell your photographer what type of pictures you love but avoid telling them what pictures to take. You have chosen someone who’s work you love, now trust them to do their thing. Every wedding is different, and photographers thrive with the freedom to get creative. 5. Nominate a bridesmaid or friend to keep an eye on your hair and make-up and carry spare hair pins and lipstick, especially just before your couple portraits. Most photographers will tell you if you need a lippy top up but it’s good to have someone on hand to help.

Mark Tattersall - Lytham

Mark Tattersall - Falcon Manor Settle

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Top tips for finding

The Cake

Preferred supplier of Thornton Hall

From cupcakes, to cheese wheels, chocolate ganache to a traditional fruit cake, choosing which flavour might not be the only decision to make when selecting your wedding cake. Sugar Fancies, Colne, give their top tips to help make the process easier; 1. With cakes, as with all suppliers, if you have seen a cake designer and you love their work, get in touch as early as possible. You don’t need to have the design finalised straight away as this can be done when you’ve made more decisions around the look of your wedding. Often cake designers work alone and therefore only take on a couple of wedding cakes per week so can get booked up quite quickly. 2. Whether you’re paying a professional to make your wedding cake or a friend has offered, always think about the presentation. The cake should be fully incorporated into your day, don’t stick it in a dark corner! This is especially important if you’ve paid someone to create your dream cake. It doesn’t have to cost a fortune, think about the stand you might use or adding some flavour cards along with some foliage or flowers to tie in with your bouquet. 3. Think about how much you’d like to spend on your cake. The overall cost must include any delivery and set up charge along with the cost for a consultation or samples. If you’re thinking of having fresh flowers added to the cake, your wedding florist would usually supply these to the cake designer and would be an additional cost to factor in. When you contact wedding cake designers do explain your budget from the start. They can most likely make suggestions as to the finish of the cake if they understand how much you would like to spend. #sayidoinlancs |


4. Following on from budget DON’T choose a cake designer purely on price! Look closely at different designs and think about if you would be happy with them compared to another designer charging only slightly more. If you discuss your budget with your cake designer, they may be able to suggest options to reduce the overall cost of the cake order without compromising on the finish. If you have a large number of guests, you could have fewer tiers for the main cake with an extra cutting cake for additional portions. This is more cost effective as a cutting cake would be simply iced and served along with the main cake. 5. Do choose the design and flavours that you as a couple like! It’s your wedding day and it should represent you as a couple. If you really love a wacky flavour discuss it with your cake designer and see how it could be incorporated into your day. Don’t be scared to show your personality through your cake design. It’s great to make a statement. And although a four-tier cake might look imposing in your own kitchen when it’s sat in a large room at your venue it’s a great focal point.

Idyllic & Modern

Situated in the heart of the Ribble Valley, located only minutes away from the picturesque and historic town of Whalley, Lancashire, Foxfields Country Hotel is nestled within 9 acres of beautiful, landscaped gardens. Weddings at Foxfields are held throughout the year, in winter weddings at Foxfields are truly magical and in summer our grounds and gardens, the exquisite licensed gazebo and fantastic views, form a stunning backdrop to the celebrations.

01254 822556 |


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Saturday 3rd July 2021 - 11am - 3pm Sunday 14th November 2021 - 11am - 3pm


Sunday 3rd October 2021 - 11am - 3pm Sunday 6th February 2022 - 11am - 3pm

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*Dates and Events subject to change and following Government guidelines

The Villa can accommodate from 3 to 300 guests for your wedding!


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The Villa Wrea Green, Moss Side Lane, Preston, PR4 2PE | 01772 80 40 40

Our hotel is set in picturesque surroundings of the Lancaster Canal in the heart of Lancashire, making it the perfect setting for your special day. From a romantic affair with just the two of you, a close gathering for your immediate family or a larger party for your friends to come along too, we have different options available from our Lapwing Suite to our Garden Room Marquee both licensed to hold marriage ceremonies.

Your wedding day will be one of the most memorable days of your lives and our experienced team here at The Longlands can help make your dreams a reality.

01524 781256 | | Tewitfield, Carnforth, LA6 1JH

Hallmark Hotel Preston Leyland Leyland Way, Leyland, Lancashire, PR25 4JX 0330 028 3420 |

The Lawrence Hotel 26-28 Church Street, Padiham, Lancashire, BB12 8HG 01282 771804 |

Singleton Lodge Country House Hotel Lodge Lane, Poulton-le-Fylde, Lancashire FY6 8LT 01253 883 854 |

Spread Eagle Inn Sawley, Clitheroe, Lancashire BB7 4NH 01200 441202 |

How to:

stay calm & enjoy your wedding

Although your wedding day will likely be the happiest day of your life, it can also be one of the most stressful. With people coming and going, lots of things to think about, timings to stick to and the thought of getting your lines right in front of your family and friends! Do not fret, here are some helpful ways to relieve some of that stress and make sure you enjoy every moment;

Mitton Hall by David Scholes

1. Pull together a timeline for the morning

A rough guide to when you and your wedding party are getting make-up and hair done, when the photographer is arriving, and what time you need to get into your dress to be ready to do any final details all help on the day. Our tip – if you have time, get the wedding party’s hair and makeup done first so they can be free to run about with any last minute tasks.

Applestore Cafe

2. Lay out your outfit the night before

Make sure you collate everything together in one area, including shoes and accessories. Not only will this help in the morning rush, but it may be useful if anyone, such as the photographer, needs access to them.

3. Make sure you have an early night With all the last minute preparations and excitement it is very easy to want to stay up and re-check everything or spend extra time with loved ones before the day, but your wedding day is a long day and those few extra hours will help carry you through.

The Wellbeing Farm

4. Eat Breakfast

It might sound simple, but once the nerves and excitement settle in this is likely the last thing you will feel like doing. Try to have something filling, like cereal and fruit, but if all else fails a couple of pieces of toast is better than nothing!

Holmes Mill by On Love and Photography

5. Do something that calms you

This may be listening to some of your favourite songs, laughing with friends, meditation or sipping a glass of fizz. Whatever it is make sure you have what you need to hand and if you need anything else this is what the wedding party are for.

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6. During the ceremony take a deep breath

Bashall Barn

Accrington Town Hall - Lord Photography

Once the wedding starts everything can move very quickly, when you are stood together make sure you take a pause to take it all in. Look around the room, at your friends and family and most importantly that incredibly special person you are marrying.

7. Food to go

We may sound like a broken record, but you will need to eat, however taking time to enjoy the full wedding breakfast in between guests coming to see you or pulling you away can be difficult. Try to carve at least five minutes with your other half, but if all else fails ask the venue to pack it up for later.

8. Let your hair down

Once the speeches and formalities are over don’t forget to have fun! Grab your new spouse and hit the dance floor, chat with friends and family and fully enjoy this celebration of your love.

Glendower Hotel by Rebecca Wade Photography

and Good luck!

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Honeymoon in Lancashire

You don’t have to travel far to experience a truly unforgettable romantic getaway. Enjoy stunning vistas, quiet country retreats and beautiful sunsets across the bay or exciting city breaks, historic houses and fine dining. Here are some ideas for your Lancashire honeymoon. #sayidoinlancs |


Cosy countryside

With 312 square miles of spectacular countryside, speckled with quaint bed and breakfasts, hotels and glamping pods, Lancashire offers an escape from the ordinary. Explore some of the best walking routes in England, take in the views or sit under the stars and breath in the heady fresh air and enjoy being newlywed. Rivington Pike - Andy Banks

Moor Hall Restaurant with Rooms - Mark Bristol

Delicious stays

Take time to enjoy the company of your loved one over a beautifully prepared meal, with three MichelinStarred restaurants and a whole host of other award-winning establishments, Lancashire raises the bar on fine dining.

Spa Hotel - Ribby Hall Village

Unwinding spa experience

Slip into the comfort of a soft cotton robe and lose yourself in luxury at one of Lancashire’s spas, each one surrounded by stunning countryside and greenery, offering the opportunity to escape from the day to day and feel thoroughly relaxed and indulged.

Harris Museum, Art Gallery & Library

City exploring

Lancashire’s vibrant and historic cities are great to explore, with galleries and museums and beautiful parkland to wander round and get lost in together. Enjoy a quiet drink in one of the independent bars, a romantic meal or a night or two in a luxury boutique hotel.

Stay somewhere special

From roll top baths with stunning views, to champagne buckets and the softest of feather pillows, where you stay can make your trip. Luckily Lancashire has an amazing variety of quality accommodation; from peaceful, rural self-catering retreats to dazzling city centre hotels, seaside chic guest houses and bed and breakfasts.

Freemasons at Wiswell

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after the honeymoon Keep the post wedding blues away by planning some dates in the diary, whether you enjoy a quiet spa day, gin tasting or something more adventurous.

The Woodland Spa

Set in 100 acres of beautiful countryside, the Woodland Spa offers a peaceful oasis to escape to. Offering the very latest in therapeutic, cosmetic and relaxation treatments including aromatherapy, manicures, or a relaxing massage as well as use of the pool, steam room and jacuzzi.

Cuckoo Gin Experience

This workshop is perfect for the keenest of gin fans, combining an informal talk about the creation of the distillery with gin cocktails, a full tour of the distillery and nibbles. The main event is to create your very own gin recipe to distil and be signed off by the Master Distiller.

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Choc Amor

What could be more romantic than making chocolate together? Artisan chocolatier Choc Amor offer a variety of experiences including a chocolate making masterclass where you learn various techniques to really wow friends and family.

Moor Hall

Set near the ancient town of Ormskirk in West Lancashire, the impressive Grade II* listed gentry house, has been transformed into a contemporary restaurant with a menu of modern British cuisine, much of it locally sourced. It’s no wonder it has been awarded two Michelin stars.

Holmes Mill

Based in the heart of Clitheroe, Holmes Mill offers the perfect destination to spend an evening with a loved one. A unique celebration of Lancashire food, drink and entertainment, you will find a beer hall, hotel, restaurant and much more.

Take a stroll

Lancashire has some of the best walking country in England, from short, gentle rambles to long distance treks allowing you to enjoy some of the best views and vistas the county has to offer. The perfect opportunity to catch up and unwind.

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Getting to Lancashire By Road

The M6 runs right through Lancashire connecting to the M61, M65, M55 and several major A roads. In less than an hour’s drive from Manchester, Liverpool and Leeds you could be exploring the vast Pennine Fells, beautiful Ribble Valley or driving along the world famous Blackpool promenade.

By Water

If you’re lucky enough to travel by water then both the Lancaster canal and Leeds-Liverpool canal give you the chance to sail right into the heart of places like Lancaster, Garstang and Burnley, whilst you’ll also get amazing views of our stunning countryside and wildlife on route.

By Air

Both Liverpool John Lennon Airport and Manchester Airport have frequent flights serving Europe and international airports including Beijing, Hong Kong and New York. Manchester Airport has direct trains to many Lancashire destinations every 30 minutes and it’s less than an hour’s drive from Manchester to Preston.

By Rail

Lancashire has excellent rail connections from all over the country – just two hours from London on the West Coast Line with Avanti with stations at Preston and Lancaster. Change at Preston to reach the towns of Clitheroe, Burnley, Blackburn, Colne and Ormskirk. There are also direct trains traveling from Manchester to most Lancashire towns and cities.


Affinity Lancashire, Fleetwood


Bashall Barn, Clitheroe


Beeston Manor, Hoghton


Brockholes Nature Reserve, Preston


Crow Wood Hotel & Spa Resort, Burnley


Eaves Hall, Clitheroe


Hallmark Hotel, Preston, Leyland


Haworth Art Gallery, Accrington


Hoghton Tower, Chorley

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16. Stirk House, Clitheroe




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