Planning your big day? Here’s a look at some of the best wedding venues and caterers in Norfolk and Suffolk
Trio’s Catering and Events
This wedding and event caterer, which covers Norfolk and Suffolk, focuses on using the freshest local ingredients and takes huge pleasure in working closely with all of their suppliers, promoting the wonderful food the region has to offer. When catering for wedding parties, they work closely with each client, tailoring the menu to suit and thus providing a truly bespoke service. They pride themselves on being adaptable, and are just as happy to create a formal wedding breakfast or something more offbeat, say a sharing platter feast or a festival-themed celebration.
The friendly staff are experienced and remain calm under pressure!
The Hog Hotel
This newly refurbished four star hotel, rated #1 in the area, not only offers a beautiful setting for photography, being just five minutes from the beach, but also has lovely gardens and ample private parking. It serves some of the finest food in East Anglia, with the chef believing in cooking local seasonal ingredients and presenting them beautifully. The restaurant can accommodate up to 40 people for wedding breakfasts, and the bright conservatory and gardens are perfect for drinks and music whatever the weather. By spreading guests across the three areas, up to 100 can be accommodated. There are 16 ensuite bedrooms which include two suites, so wedding parties are easily catered for – and they always enjoy the hearty Suffolk breakfasts. The hotel can be hired exclusively (for a minimum of 32 guests) and co owner and general manager Cathy Woods is always on hand to help and advise. This is a sophisticated spot, with a cool vibe for those in search of something a bit different.
This gorgeous Palladian mansion, right on the North Norfolk coast, offers a thoroughly exclusive experience. Four State Rooms, including the jaw dropping Marble Hall, are available for civil ceremonies and partnerships, there’s a classical temple, almost hiding in the deer park, for intimate ceremonies (up to 25 people), marquees can be positioned by the lake or in the Walled Garden and there’s also the very well equipped Lady Elizabeth Wing, adjacent to the hall. It is a light and airy space and perfect for up to 200 guests. With a whole wedding team in place, you’re promised a stress free experience – with a stately home thrown in, too!
Heacham Manor Hotel
This 16th century Grade II Listed manor house, set in extensive grounds, is close to the coast and offers the best of both worlds for prospective brides and grooms. The Manor itself is charming and atmospheric while the new, purpose-built Pavilion is a contemporary space, complete with a first floor terrace with stunning sunset views and a pretty private garden. It has its own entrance, bar and kitchen and everything has been designed with the perfect wedding in mind. The hotel boasts 45 bedrooms, including the Wedding Suite with its own four-poster bed, there’s a spa and golf course so there is something for everyone!
This wonderful Jacobean house, surrounded by rolling parkland, with a picturesque lake, has a suite of private rooms available for wedding ceremonies and receptions, including The Garden Room and Lord Lothian’s study.
For something more intimate there is also the Doric Temple, set right in the heart of the garden, which is a really romantic spot.
The National Trust isn’t taking any future wedding bookings at present, but it is hoped that this will soon change.
This beautiful Arts and Crafts house, set in the most amazing 11-acre gardens, is available for exclusive hire. Said to have a bit of a rock and roll edge, the house is licensed for ceremonies and also has just under 20 bedrooms – all decorated with considerable panache. There are indoor and outdoor options, and you can bring all your own suppliers to make the celebration as individual as you want. Be sure to look at the knot garden and sunken gardens as they are both excellent locations for those all-important photos.
Curds Hall Barn
Little Fransham, Swaffham
This new wedding venue, set on a family farm between Swaffham and Dereham, offers you The Barn, a 17th century brick and flint barn (with impressive floor to ceiling windows) and The Woodshed, and caters for 120 guests. With wonderful beams and masses of character, it is surrounded by open fields, is accessed by a long, sweeping drive, and is a perfect spot for a lovely country wedding – with a bit of attitude. It is available for a three day hire so you can create your dream occasion.
The Maids Head Hotel
Said to be the oldest hotel in Britain, the Maids Head Hotel is located in Tombland and very close to the Cathedral. Head chef Marcin Pomierny works wonders with the menu and there is so much space – and character – throughout this city centre hotel. There’s even a vintage Bentley that you can take for a spin around the city for most extra wedding shots! There are several ‘packages’ available or, with the help of the hotel’s wedding coordinator, you can create your own fairy tale day.
There are more than 80 bedrooms, including several luxurious suites – and on site parking, too, which always helps!
Brasted’s at Framingham Pigot, near Norwich, is a market leader, Dunston Hall, near Norwich, has a large reception space, Park Farm at Hethersett, near Norwich, is very experienced, Oxnead Hall, Reepham, has a beautiful setting, Kimberley Hall, near Wymondham, is groovy – and the list goes on! Enjoy your research!