Hundreds of couple’s from across Staffordshire are saying “I Do” over August - with registrars preparing for a busy weekend ahead.
With 71 ceremonies planned for Saturday, 23 August, and 20 for Sunday, 24 August, Staffordshire’s team of registrars will be busy helping couples tie the knot over the Bank Holiday weekend.
August is the busiest month for weddings in Staffordshire, with most couples opting for the 1.30pm and 2pm time slots. May to October remain the most popular months with Valentine’s Day a popular choice and already looking heavily booked for next year.
Last year Staffordshire County Council's Registration Service conducted 3,100 marriage ceremonies and 60 civil partnerships.
Cllr Mike Lawrence, Cabinet Member for Children and Community Safety at Staffordshire County Council said:
“August is always a busy month for couples looking to tie the knot, probably because of summer and school holidays and the hope of a nice sunny day.
“Staffordshire is a fantastic county to get married in or to hold a civil ceremony, with a real mix of venues and locations to choose from. Churnet Valley Railway Station, Burton Albion FC, and Alton Towers are amongst some of our more quirky venues, proving there’s something for everyone.
“With some inventive requests of pigs giving rings, owls swooping down to give rings and midnight ceremonies Staffordshire Registrars will try to make sure that couples have the best day possible.”
Venues for the big day vary from castles to theme parks and football clubs to railway stations. And, recent additions to the premier league of venues include, St George’s Park in Burton – home of the National Football Centre, Staffordshire University, Whitemore Hall, Buddleigh Farm, Betley, Hoar Cross Hall and Dunwood Hall, near Endon, Pendrell Hall, Alton Towers, Drayton Manor Park and Tamworth Castle
Popular wedding venues remain the Shugborough Estate, Ashes, Heaton House Farm, Swinfen Hall, the Moat House at Acton Trussell and Weston Hall.
Staffordshire County Council has 8 registration offices across the county and there are over 100 approved venues where couples can hold ceremonies