BIRTSMORTON COURT WEDDING VENUE:
If you are looking at venues for your wedding, huge congratulations! I’m a local wedding photographer and I have shot at many lovely venues in Worcestershire. My favourite, and probably the one I shoot at the most, has to be the amazing Birtsmorton Court, near Malvern in Worcestershire. This little guide will take you through a wedding day at Birtsmorton Court, and help you decide if it’s the best venue for you…
Birtsmorton Court is a medieval moated manor house, built in the 15th Century, with beautiful gardens and grounds. You can get married in the medieval Great Hall, or outside in the picturesque White Garden. There is also a lovely church in the grounds for church wedding ceremonies. Drinks can then be had on the terrace overlooking the moat and gardens in the summer weather, in the White Garden, or in the Great Hall with a crackling log fire in the winter months. Move to the marquee of the Garden Room for your wedding breakfast, and then party the night away under fairy lights, perhaps watching fireworks from the lake… It is a beautiful location for a wedding, whatever the time of year! Trish and Sophie and the rest of the team always make sure that everything runs absolutely perfectly – it is always a pleasure to shoot here. If you are looking for a wedding venue, I definitely recommend a visit to Birtsmorton Court – you can contact them here.
Here is how your wedding day at Birtsmorton Court Worcestershire could look, taking you step by step through each part of the day with the aid of photographs to help you imagine your own celebrations…
On the morning of your wedding, there are a couple of different options for where the bride can get ready. The first option is the Bridal Suite, which is located in the Manor House itself. This beautiful suite is very light and spacious, with a four poster bed, dressing room, comfy sofas, and views over the moat.
Alternatively there is the Garden House, which is located in the grounds. This cottage has two floors and everything you need to get ready with your bridesmaids and close family.
Wedding Ceremony in the Church
The Church on the estate at Birtsmorton Court is very close by, so you don’t need to travel far. It dates back to the 14th Century. Inside, it is really beautiful, and can be decorated to your wishes with flowers etc. It can seat up to 115 guests. It is possible to have a full wedding ceremony or just a blessing here.
Wedding Ceremony in The White Garden
During the warmer months, Birtsmorton Court has the wonderful option of getting married outside, in the White Garden. The White Garden is ideal for an outdoor wedding ceremony, with it’s secret maze entrance, it’s stunning white flowers and complementing shrubs, trees and statues, it’s water feature and pergola. The pergola is a structure which is licensed for marriage ceremonies, so when you get married here, it is a legally binding ceremony, with no need to worry about having to do the paperwork elsewhere! Your guests can be seated around the pergola, and there is no limit to the number you can have. It’s a beautiful setting in which to get married.
Wedding Ceremony in The Great Hall
For the colder months, or for rainy wedding days, you can get married in the impressive Great Hall in the Manor House. This space can hold around 80 guests, and makes for a truly unique atmosphere, with it’s historic features dating back to the 15th Century. The beams, tapestries, fireplace and antique furnishings add to the grandeur. Again, this place is licensed for marriage ceremonies so it’s all signed and sealed!
Birtsmorton Court don’t allow paper confetti to be thrown at their venue, but they are very happy for other confetti alternatives such as fresh petals, bird seed, lavender, and bubbles, and they have a couple of specific locations where this is best to be done – along the church path if you are having a church wedding, or by the lake if you are having a ceremony at the house/gardens. I love a good confetti line!
Reception on the Terrace
Then it’s off to your reception, to meet and mingle with all your guests! There are two outdoor locations where your wedding reception takes place – firstly on the terrace of the Manor House overlooking the moat…with the swans gliding by and the beautiful views all around, this will be a delightful start to your celebrations.
Reception in the White Garden
Secondly your wedding reception can move across to the White Garden, with it’s secret maze entrance and it’s beautiful white flowers and water feature. Enjoy this wonderful time with all your family and friends in this amazing location! Your reception is the perfect time for me to get lots of natural photographs of you and your guests enjoying yourselves, without you even realising I’m there. This is a lovely spot for any more ‘formal’ family photographs you may wish to have too.
Reception in the Great Hall
For colder or rainy weddings, The Great Hall is a great space for your wedding reception, as you mingle with your guests amongst the history of your surroundings and are warmed by the roaring log fire. The Birtsmorton team will always be on hand to make sure things are going smoothly, and they are very flexible to accommodate any wishes you may have.
As your guests are taken to be seated for the wedding breakfast, we have time to capture some photographs with just the two of you around the amazing grounds of Birtsmorton Court. This is a wonderful time for the two of you to just be together and take in the beautiful surroundings of your wedding day! There are so many lovely locations for your pictures. I aim to shoot in a relaxed and natural style, so that you can just enjoy your wedding bubble and look back on photographs that reflect the real you and your real happiness on your wedding day.
Wedding Breakfast in the Marquee
The marquee is light, airy and elegant, and is a great space to decorate how you wish for the style of your wedding. It can seat up to 160 guests, and during the summer months the side panels can be opened up to let the sunshine in. Birtsmorton Court works with two catering partners who can offer you a delicious choice for your wedding breakfast.
Dancing and Evening Fun
The Garden Room adjoins the marquee, so the joining doors can be opened up when it’s time for guests to spill through for the evening entertainment. With cosy bench seating, a dedicated dancefloor for a DJ or live band, and a brand new bar right nearby, this is a fantastic space for all your partying. Guests who would prefer to sit and chat can stay in the adjoining marquee and still enjoy the music. Take your spot on the dance floor for your first dance under the fairy lights, and then get all your guests to pile in with you as you dance the night away! There is also the opportunity to watch fireworks by the lake for a truly spectacular end to your amazing wedding day.
So there we have it! I hope that this guide with photographs through a wedding day at Birtsmorton Court has helped you to imagine how yours could look if you choose to get married here. It really is a beautiful place.
You can see some weddings that I have photographed at Birtsmorton Court on the blog here:
Sophie & James’s Wedding at Birtsmorton Court – (Birtsmorton wedding manager) autumn, ceremony in the church
Laura & Roland’s Wedding at Birtsmorton Court – summer, ceremony in the church
You can also check out more Birtsmorton Court wedding inspiration on my Pinterest board here.
Gemma Williams is an award-winning wedding photographer based in Herefordshire. If you are getting married at Birtsmorton Court and you are looking for a wedding photographer, please do get in touch! I love Birtsmorton Court weddings and I am very happy to be a recommended wedding photographer for them. Do get in touch and let me know all about your exciting wedding plans! x