Why Choose Birmingham For Your Wedding?

Birmingham is often referred to as the second city – although for us it will always be the first city in the UK. With the world becoming a smaller place and families and friends finding themselves spread out across the UK, choosing a suitable location for your wedding venue is not always as simple as sticking to your home town. In fact, more and more couples are choosing wedding locations based on their guests rather than themselves.

Thanks to its central location, Birmingham (which is located slap bang in the middle of the country) is becoming almost a destination wedding city in its own right. But our beloved Brum has a lot more to offer than just a central location and has the perfect mix of city chic style and rural retreat with some of the countries most beautiful countryside locations less than a 45 minute drive away.

With the Cotswolds and Peak District on the doorstep, you can have city centre convenience with rural bliss without a headache – and of course this then opens up a huge range of local services that you have at your disposal.

In addition to the above, Birmingham is one of the most diverse regions in the UK (if not the world) so whether you are going for a traditional English wedding, are having an Asian Wedding or perhaps something a little different – there are bound to be services locally that cater to your specific needs. From Asian Wedding photographers to candy carts and the oh so popular photo booths to satisfy the selfie generation – there is something for all tastes and styles.

It is not just the extra services that are plentiful in Birmingham but you get access to a multitude of sensational wedding venues. From council run services such as Highbury Hall to privately owned venues such as New Hall Spa with its picturesque turrets accessible over a moat bridge – you are sure to find a venue that is suited to your tastes.

When it comes to catering there are almost an unlimited number of options with the opportunity to fuse cultures through food. Of course, Birmingham is synonymous with Indian cuisine and whilst this is a great option there are also so many other options including Thai, Japanese, Chinese and even good old fish and chips to name but a few.

If we haven’t twisted your arm yet then why not check out these stunning wedding venues as listed in the Birmingham Mail to gain even more inspiration. Birmingham is a fine city with excellent transport links, a long lasting heritage and has more miles of canals than Venice – one of Italy’s most romantic cities. Who knows, you could even depart from your honeymoon along one of the city centre canals on a narrow boat.

If you want a wedding to remember and one that is convenient to travel to for your guests then we simply cannot recommend our wonderful city enough. Prefer something a little more exotic than the canal? Then you are a hop away from Birmingham airport and can jet off to one of hundreds of destinations from there… perfect!

Best Places For Flying Drones In Birmingham

With drones becoming more and more popular new legislation is being introduced to limit their use in built up areas and in particular their use near to airports and prisons.

The dangers of flying heavier drones (over 250g) in these kinds of areas are all too apparent and flying near to low flying commercial aircraft could have a potentially devastating impact so it is important that drone users follow appropriate legislation in their local area. That being said, it is also important to remember the positives that flying drones can have and if nothing else they provide an accessible route in to aviation for young people or those who don’t perhaps have large budgets for flying lessons etc.

If you are from Birmingham then you will be all too aware of the lack of space in central Birmingham for flying drones – but unlike London (that has extremely strict drone flying rules) there are areas that can be used for this type of aerial activity.

As always, you should consult local laws yourself and this guide is meant as purely that (guidance) – you are responsible for where you fly and if you are unsure you should contact your local authority. Above all, remember that if you are near to a person or someones property then you probably shouldn’t be flying there – you can also check for more information at the likes of the Civil Aviation Authority or Drone Deliver.

3 Places For Flying in Birmingham

Here we take a look at three top places for flying in Birmingham city centre or the surrounding areas:

Cannon Hill Park

Cannon Hill Park is one of the busier parks in the city but there are times when it is quiet. Early mornings are best when you will only be met by a handful of joggers and if you plan your trip well you can avoid them altogether and get some great aerial shots of the city. The park looks magnificent from the air and is near to the MAC and Edgbaston Cricket Club providing some amazing aerial photography shots.

From here you will also get some fantastic shots of the Birmingham skyline.

Sutton Park

One of the biggest parks in the whole of Europe provides more breathtaking scenery for your aerial photography. Not only that, but Sutton Park has a designated space for flying unmanned craft. You will be sharing this space with model planes and the like but if you want to be safe from disturbing others then this is one of the best places to be.

New Hall Valley

New Hall Valley is found just outside of Birmingham on the way towards Sutton Coldfield and there is a fantastic trail that leads from Pype Hayes Park right through to Sutton Park. This trail can get busy with runners, cyclists and walkers but again if you go early enough and then venture just off the main trail you should find some good open spaces for flying.

The biggest problem you are likely to face when it comes to flying a drone is members of public. Rightly or wrongly, many members of public will have either safety or privacy concerns over the use of drones near to them and their property. The key is to be away from anyone and you should be good. Not easy to do in a city the size of Birmingham, but it is possible. Good luck, have fun and stay safe!

5 Reasons Birmingham Is Brilliant

As the second biggest city in the UK, many people might be led to believe that Birmingham is the second best city. In fact, (and rather scandalously we think) some people have the impression that Birmingham might not even feature in the UK’s top five cities.

Well we are here to dispel these myths about Birmingham and will kick off proceedings with five reasons why Birmingham is the best city in the UK – and yes, that includes beating London!

Reason 1: It has the youngest population in Europe

Yes, you read that correctly. Of all the cities in Europe, Birmingham is officially the youngest. That means it has more young people in creative jobs, more young people in business and more young people helping to shape the city.

Reason 2: It has The Ivy

The Ivy has for years been associated with London – well not any more. The Ivy is located in Birmingham’s Temple Row and has a superior style all of its own. Without those soaring retail prices in the capital, The Ivy provides top quality food and drink at reasonable rates.

Reason 3: Property is an Investors Dream

Property prices in Birmingham are growing at astonishing rates. Whilst you can still get on the property ladder at reasonable prices compared to the UK average, the price of property is growing faster than London at the time of writing.

Reason 4: Grand Central Is Just The Beginning Baby

If you have visited Birmingham via train you can’t really avoid Grand Central. The luxury shopping, food and drink center is the gateway to Brum and offers some of the finest cuisine and watering holes outside of Digbeth (check out Digbeth Dining Club if you haven’t seen them yet) and gives visitors the perfect welcome to the UK’s no.1 city.

Reason 5: Birmingham Re-invents Itself Time After Time

Like an ageing band, Birmingham is able to reinvent itself and still remain cool and ahead of its time. Forget those grey 1960’s buildings, since the demolition and rebuilding of the bullring, Birmingham has thrust itself well and truly in to the 21st century and leads the way in terms of architectural design with some of the most iconic buildings in the region. Birmingham Library and The Cube are just two such fantastic pieces of design on show in the city.