There are some romantic and aesthetic reasons to choose Alvechurch as the place where you marry, but given 95 per cent of wedding arrangements are to do with the practicalities, there is a major one in favour of this large village: it’s easy to get to from pretty much anywhere in Britain. Not only is Alvechurch central to this island, but it has its own railway station, is minutes from junction 2 of the M42, and is even on the canal network! Back to the romance: with some fine half-timbered buildings, some nicely grouped in The Square, there is an atmosphere of rural England to the settlement, though the Georgian and Victorian architectural contributions shouldn’t be forgotten either. The Green Belt valley setting is further enhanced by the aforementioned canal and by the river Arrow that flows through the place, and having a medieval church clearly doesn’t detract from the charm of Alvechurch (but then nor does the Arts and Crafts Baptist version). For those planning a big wedding this is the place to make a noise, not least because the ancient church if you’re using it has an eight-bell peal and to drown even that an organ boasting 1348 pipes. For motoring fanatics Alvechurch means Dellow Cars, a marque from the golden age of the British sports car – but the Rolls may be more practical on this occasion.