Increased demand for weddings sees Shropshire hotel expand

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A country house hotel in Shropshire has expanded its wedding facilities with a major investment after demand from engaged couples looking for something new.

The Old Rectory Hotel in Wem has designed a new 2,000 square foot function room within its courtyard to cater for weddings for up to 125 guests. The new space is situated in a smei-permanent marquee and is fully lined, heated and has a sprung dance floor.

Owner Keith Hanmer said that his investment showed confidence in the future and there were many reasons to be optimistic about Shropshire’s economy, despite the recent closure of other hotels in the area over the last few months.

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Speaking to the Shropshire Star, he said: “The new room means that couples can still get married in the main part of the hotel but now have a greater choice of where they can hold their reception.
“Previously we could only handle a maximum of 80 seated guests within the hotel but we can now cater for 120, with plenty of room for a lot more people at after-wedding parties.”

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