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On since 2022

Last update: February 2024

Brimming with a relaxing and intimate atmosphere, The Dorothy Clive Garden is a beautiful 12-acre country wedding venue located in Shropshire. Nestled on the borders of Cheshire and Shropshire, this exquisite English garden offers a scenic backdrop all year round for a lavish marquee celebration. Here you can enjoy plenty of photo opportunities to create a plethora of memorable moments for you and your guests.

Facilities and Capacity

The Dorothy Clive Garden offers a riveting selection of licensed ceremony settings enveloped in natural beauty. The Belvedere Pavilion lies at the top of the garden and provides the most magnificent outdoor location for up to 150 seated guests. Elsewhere, the Bryan Mayer Pavilion is a chic rustic setting ideal for smaller weddings of 70. Afterwards, you are free to embrace a wedding feast and drinks reception in any manner you please. You could return to the Mayer Pavilion for a sweet country dining experience with 40 friends and family. Alternatively, you can hire the generous Paddock Lawn for a marquee or tipi reception with no limit on your guest numbers. Meanwhile, the Lower Tea Lawn is readily available for those embarking on a micro wedding of 15. Here in the heart of the garden, you and your loved ones can share the day in a cosy marquee, affectionately called the Little Hat.

Services Offered

The Dorothy Clive Garden offers you absolute flexibility across all elements of your day, from the duration of your stay to your desired dining space. You can feel free to enjoy a weekend celebration or simply get married in the garden and hold the wedding breakfast at a local restaurant or hotel. The venue boasts a variety of outside caterers to give you the option of a buffet, hog roast, or afternoon tea. You are also welcome to enlist your own culinary team. A thoughtful selection of wedding packages are available, including ceremony-only or photography-only options. No matter which package you choose, a wedding coordinator will be on hand to guide you through this stunning scenic garden.

Frequently asked questions

Venue type:

In the country
Unusual weddings
Marquees and tents
Woodland and festival
Outdoor license
Tipis and yurts
Unique weddings

Ceremony options:

Civil ceremony licence

Dining options:

Seated meal facilities
Corkage option
Private catering allowed
Alcohol licence
Buffet meal facilities
In-house catering

Evening entertainment:

Marquee available
Dance floor
Live band facilities
Evening reception facilities
DJ facilities
Outdoor fireworks permitted

Overnight accommodation:

Overnight accommodation for wedding couple

Venue staff assistance:

Wedding coordinator

Venue leisure facilities:

Health suite

Other features:

Accessible facilities
Car parking
Confetti permitted
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100% Recommended by couples
Emily J. Sent on 21/08/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Beautiful Garden Wedding

Dorothy Clive garden was the ideal venue for our wedding. I have been going there since I was a child so it was already special. They were so helpful and willing to make it the wedding we wanted. The garden provided a beautiful backdrop to all our photos and even though it is open to the public it felt quite separate and secluded. It was even better than we expected and we would definitely recommend the garden to anyone planning their wedding.
Wendy R. Sent on 20/08/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Beautiful wedding

Its an idyllic venue for a small and intimate wedding set amongst the gardens with nature’s beauty as the backdrop. Our wedding planner Meg and the team at Dorothy gave us friendly support and were always on hand to help make this day so special.
Helen W. Sent on 25/01/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Professional, friendly and nothing too much trouble x

A beautiful, intimate venue which was perfect for us. Lovely professional and friendly staff. It was truly s special day. ❤️❤️❤️
Olivia R. Sent on 07/02/2023
5 out of 5 rating

A Beautiful Place to Celebrate Your Day

Such a beautiful garden and everyone could not be more helpful! So many beautiful areas in the garden to create wonderful photos whether they are couples shots, groups or candid moments caught on camera. I can't recommend this place anymore they are brilliant 💜
Aalishah K. Sent on 21/07/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Simply wonderful

From the moment I visited the Dorothy Clive Garden, I knew it was the perfect place for us to get married. My husband agreed and we began preparations.
We liaised with Kathryn who took time to talk us through options and details, nothing was too much trouble.
We then worked with Meg, a wonderful wedding planner at the gardens. She was simply fabulous, a caring individual who loves what she does.
The afternoon tea was absolutely perfect! All our guests enjoyed themselves and commented on how lovely and unique our wedding was.
Needless to say, I highly recommend this wonderful venue for a wedding.
Thank you Kathryn, Meg and your fantastic team for making our day so memorable!
Sue Sent on 19/01/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Ceremony in Woodland Pavilion

The Woodland Pavilion at the Dorothy Clive Garden, although small, is an ideal place to hold an intimate wedding ceremony in a rural setting. It is a roofed structure with a flagged floor and wooden background wall and several large pillars.
It is tucked away in a quiet corner of the garden, giving considerable privacy to your celebration, even on busy days.
There is the opportunity to decorate and furnish the area to your wishes, in a short space of time, making it into a very personal space.
There are several outdoor areas for an “after ceremony get together” and, if like us, you are blessed with wonderful weather on the day, you will certainly have a magical day to remember.
Mr Mervyn T. Sent on 25/01/2023
5 out of 5 rating

A Magical Day in a Great Setting.

We wanted a simple family and friends only wedding, we wanted outside, we wanted simple and down to earth, we wanted it DOG FRIENDLY, we wanted it intermate, we wanted a beautiful location.. Dorothy Clive provided all of this plus much more, nothing was to much to make our day, truly one to remember..
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The Dorothy Clive Garden, Willoughbridge TF9 4EU Market Drayton (Shropshire)
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