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The gorgeous hidden gem of a venue is also a popular choice for LGBTQ+ weddings and is in fact the only official wedding venue in Wirral for such ceremonies.
Nestled away on Roman Road, just off Prenton Dell Road, The Saddle Club is a quaint venue oozing with character and a beautiful garden and it is so old it was listed in the original Doomsday Book. Such is its charm and appeal, it hosts countless private functions and around 8-15 weddings per year — with a fifth of those weddings LGBTQ+ ones.
The reason for this is thanks to the forward thinking approach of owners Paul & Isobel Swift, who took on the venue in 1999. When the same sex marriage laws changes shortly after, The Saddle Club became one of the first venues in the North West to officially offer same sex marriages and has remained the Wirral’s first choice for these kind of weddings.
Paul explained: “Functions and weddings are without doubt the biggest part of what we do due to our venue, location and price. I’m all about inclusivity and equality so as soon as the law was passed I wanted to be one of the pioneers for same sex marriages in the region.”
He continued: “As time has gone on, I have noticed there’s a real lack of options for people wanting same sex marriages around here. People from Wirral often have to travel afar or get charged extra purely due to it being a niche type of wedding. We are all about equality so charge the same great price as we would for everyone.”
As with any wedding at The Saddle Club, an LGBTQ+ wedding is bespoke and tailored, with a full wedding package (including full venue hire, garden, ceremony, decor, drinks on arrival, private bar, bites and nibbles, buffet, cakes and more) starting at £3,000. They can offer LGBTQ+ specific features and additions but Paul & Isobel want everyone to be treated equally and fairly.
Paul said: “I think the world has come a long way in treating people equally and embracing diversity but there are still some failings in certain industries. It really angers me when people charge more just because something is new or niche and I believe the same great service and price should be offered to everyone — we welcome all weddings and I think that’s why we’re so popular for LGBTQ+ weddings.”
In addition to LGBTQ+ weddings being hugely popular at the iconic Wirral venue, it is also the only venue in England and Wales to offer Blacksmiths or ‘Anvil’ weddings. The romantic tradition of anvil weddings involve ‘tying the knot’ — with the bang of a Blacksmith’s anvil sealing the deal — and these weddings are still carried out today.
The Saddle Club offers venue hire for private parties from £150, funerals and wakes, wedding receptions and full weddings from £3,000 — offering everything from the ceremonies themselves to things such as entertainment, hog roasts, candy carts and more. Deposits of £500 are required to secure your special day and prices are due to increase soon due to circumstances.
The Saddle Club / Roman Road, Prenton, Wirral, CH43 3BD / 0151 608 0881
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