By Carrie-Ann Fleming
Almost 2 years ago, in November 2009, my boyfriend Darren surprised me with a candlelit anniversary dinner, which ended in a romantic proposal. I was ecstatic, and friends and family were thrilled for us. After celebrations came the questions about when we would get married, and what we were planning… which was a daunting prospect! As a wheelchair user, I really didn’t know where to start with all the preparations, how exactly do you plan an accessible wedding?!
The first thing to decide on was the venue. We ruled out a church ceremony, as neither of us are religious, and for accessibility it would be good to have the whole day in one place. We did a lot of searching online for accessible local hotels, but struggled to find one which met our requirements, until a colleague recommended the Grange Hotel, at Grange over Sands.
The Grange Hotel was built in 1866 in an elegant Italianate style, yet still manages to be wonderfully accessible. All the function areas are accessible by lift and wheelchair ramp, and they have bedrooms specifically tailored for guests with limited mobility, which offer spacious wet rooms. After one visit, the decision was made! The hotel [...] continue the story