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Norfolk – Our Top Wedding Venue Picks

Norfolk has something truly beautiful sites for having a fairy tale wedding. Set in the most stunning views of the Ormesby Broads and 11 acres of private parkland gives you the real wow factor of the surrounding beautiful waterways of the broads and the outstanding venue.

Boathouse, Norfolk wedding venue

The Old Eels Foot Pub and Boathouse have been fully refurbished to offer a fairytale setting for a wedding venue. To offer on your special day is a choice of fine cuisine with luxury accommodation and fully equipped wooden lodges for your guests to reside in.

Wedding packages are priced according to season to cater to everyone’s budget.

Visit website: www.theboathouseormesbybroad.co.uk

Facebook: facebook.com/TheBoathouse

Twitter: twitter@TheBoathouse


Nestled in Norfolk lies the answer to “Downton Abbey”, within a private estate surrounded by parkland and formal gardens sits Somerleyton Hall. This is like escaping back in time with its large maze to lose yourself in while you take in the beauty of the scenery.

Somerleyton grows its own produce which will be included in your reception and there is also a choice of a wedding breakfasts.

Civil ceremonies are also licensed here so there is an overall emphasis on catering to everybody’s needs. There are various reception rooms to hold your service in and the option of being outside in the Winter Gardens. There is also an option to hire the main Hall for a 2 night house party or to have a more intimate experience there is the use of the boutique style State bedrooms.

Visit website: www.somerleytonweddings.co.uk

Facebook: facebook.com/SomerLeytonHall

Twitter: twitter@SomerleytonHall


Norfolk is the perfect place to escape to to find the English Gentleman’s countryside, here the backdrops are perfect for wedding venues and beautiful estates surrounded by the breathtaking landscapes.

Bressingham Hall

Photo credit: Gary Derbridge Photography

 

After a 2 years  Bressingham Hall and High Barn have been immaculately restored to its former glory and is a Grade 2 listed building.

The venue is set in 12 acres of land with a backdrop to collaborate with photographs for your wedding day. The Hall and Barn are full of countryside character to give that extra special feel to your already special day.

Visit website: www.bressinghamhall.co.uk

Facebook: facebook.com/BressinghamHall

Twitter: twitter@BressinghamHall


As picturesque as Norfolk settings can be, with all its history in various Churches and Abbeys in the region, there lies in a 35 acre estate a 14th century Pentney Abbey. This countryside holds a jewel in its crown with this timeless beauty ready to be shared on your special day.

The Grade 1 listed Gatehouse is the entrance to the estate  with giant wooden doors that open to reveal the courtyard which presents a rose garden and water fountain to make a perfect backdrop for photography.

If you are looking for a serene venue with accommodation and local places for your guests to stay this is the perfect stay and only an hour drive from Norwich so close enough for your guests to venture out to the city.

Visit website: www.pentneyabbey.com

Facebook: facebook.com/PentneyAbbey

Twitter: twitter@PentneyAbbey


In the centre of Norwich and literally a stone’s throw from the breathtaking Cathedral lies a beautiful Tudor building steeped in history and local folklore.

Here you will find the Maids Head Hotel, the exterior painted in the traditional Tudor colourings with ample parking space at the rear of the building.

A wedding planner is available to help cater for every bespoke need with the traditional wedding through to civil ceremonies, wedding themes and decor vary throughout the year including a tree and trimmings if you were attracted to a Christmas wedding.

Visit website: www.maidsheadhotel.co.uk

Facebook: facebook.com/MaidsHeadHotel

Twitter: twitter@MaidsHeadHotel


If you’re interested in a personal touch with a family run business, in the pretty rural setting of Crostwick, close to Norwich lies The Old Rectory Hotel.

A personal wedding co-ordinator is on hand to assist with all your needs and to show you around the various locations around the venue. Inside there is the conservatory restaurant which is available for receptions and civil ceremonies and holds up to 150 guests or 110 seated. For smaller parties there is the Victoriana suite which caters for up to 60 people.

A wedding Butler is also on hand for your special day to co-ordinate and announce events.

Visit website: www.oldrectorycrostwick.com

Facebook: facebook.com/OldRectoryCrostwick

Twitter: twitter@OldRectoryCrostwick


Throughout Norwich there is an array of historical buildings, one of the most important and renowned in the area is The Assembly House that dates back to 1754. This Grade 1 listed building is opened up by a sweeping driveway that leads you to this grand venue.

An in-house wedding planner is on hand to guide and assist with every detail of your day. There are a selection of rooms to choose from or you can book the house in its entirety.

There are picturesque gardens which make the perfect backdrop for your wedding photography, alongside many of the grand rooms available.

Visit website: www.assemblyhousenorwichco.uk

Facebook: facebook.com/AssemblyHouseNorwich

Twitter: twitter@AssemblyHouseNorwich


Nestled away inside the beautiful countryside of North Norfolk lies Gunthorpe Hall, an immaculate Georgian Victorian country hall.

The formal gardens, parkland and private lake cushion this stately home into the perfect setting for your special day.

As you enter the building you are greeted by a long carved staircase which leads you into the Oak Hall and Sitting Room for your choice of service. There is also the option of having your service in the gardens by the lake in a marquee, yurt or wigwam.

Catering for your guests are carried out by an in-house team using the halls own home produce.

Visit website: www.gunthorpehall.co.uk

Facebook: facebook.com/@GunthorpeHall

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If you wanted to be just on the outskirts of Norwich with just a 15 minute journey away and yet also be within the heart of Norfolk then look to Hockering House.

The real emphasis here is with the house is to have your day your way and for your every need to be catered for. The owners, Sam and Oliver Berney are there to assist with your bespoke wedding to ensure the day fits you and your partner perfectly.

Hockering House is licensed for both civil weddings and partnerships, duo ceremonies, vow renewals, naming and humanist ceremonies.

Visit website: www.hockeringhouse.co.uk

Facebook: facebook.com/HockeringHouse

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In the crown of Norfolk there are many hidden jewels, laying in the heart of the area is Hunters Hall. It consists of a beautiful stunning brick and wooden beamed Victorian barn, to which there is room to accommodate 120 guests for your ceremony or 70 guests for a wedding breakfast.

There are also other venue choices with the Park Room and the Marquee Lined Barn. Being set in such a specific rural location provides the ideal setting for capturing your wedding photography.

Only one wedding is booked per day so you have exclusive use of all the facilities at the Hall.

Visit website: www.HuntersHall.co.uk

Facebook: facebook.com/Huntershall

Twitter: twitter@Huntershall

Isle Of Wight – Our Top Wedding Venue Picks

If you wanted to cross the water from the UK mainland, why not take a short trip over to the beautiful Isle of Wight.

With the coastline not far from any destination on the Island this makes the perfect choice for a wedding venue, and for those of you already lucky enough to live there.

Overlooking St Catherines Bay and the lighthouse sits The Enchanted Manor. With a reception and dining capacity of 60 guests, the manor offers a personal service catering to everyone’s themes and tastes for their wedding. To date, the Manor has even catered for a wedding party dressed in theme as the Groom rode in on a horse as Sir Gallahad to collect his bride. Here, no request is too big or too small.

Visit website: www.enchantedmanor.co.uk

Facebook: facebook.com/EnchantedManor

Twitter: twitter@EnchantedManor


In the famous part of the Isle sits Cowes and here you will also discover it is not just attractive for it’s boats. Northwood Park is nestled around Northwood House, a Victorian mansion that has been holding weddings for over 150 years. The catering at Northwood ranges from a simple buffet and hog roasts through to lavish banquets. The capacity for a reception is for up to 300 people or 170 seated for dining.

Marquees are available alongside the house if you require an outdoor reception with sheltered sunny lawns to make a perfect backdrop to any wedding photography.

Visit website: www.northwoodhouse.org

Facebook: facebook.com/NorthwoodHouse

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It has to be said the Isle of Wight holds some stunning wedding venues. If flowers and greenery are your ideal setting, Ventnor has the perfect place for you. Ventnor Botanic Gardens lies in the shelter of the Ventnor Undercliff, giving the venue an extended outdoor season for weddings beginning in early Spring through to late Autumn. There are five places to choose from here – The New Zealand Garden, The Garden Top Lawn Marquee, The Echium Room, The Meadow Marquee and Edulis Restaurant and Terrace.

What is so captivating about this venue is the 20 acres of garden, 6,000 plant, tree and shrub species from every continent, alongside secret tunnels that lead to the sea.

Visit Website: www.botanic.co.uk

Facebook: facebook.com/Botanic

Twitter: twitter@VentonorBotanicGardens


Of course the Isle of Wight is famous for its boats and sailing, so it proves only fitting to include a sailing club in our top ten. The Bembridge Sailing Club is one of the oldest establishments, founded in 1886 on the Solent. This gives a wide view of the harbour with a backdrop to the hills of Brading Downs. The club is able to host wedding and civil ceremonies and you have the choice of two rooms, The Library or the Dining Room. The menu of choice can be catered to suit your own tastes with a reception and seating capacity of up to 100 people. All the food is freshly prepared by a team of in-house caterers.

The club also offers a wide variety of red and white wines, and champagnes. There are options of wedding breakfasts, as well as luncheons and evening receptions.

Visit website: www.bembridgesailingclub.org

Facebook: facebook.com/BembridgeSailingClub

Twitter: twitter@bembridgesailingclub


Moving further into the Isle sits Shanklin, a popular tourist destination with it’s well known attractions. Here you will also find the beautiful Landguard Manor. The Manor is only a few minutes from the coast and set in four and a half acres of immaculate gardens and lawns. This stunning 18th century house is the perfect location for indoor and outside ceremonies. Guests are catered, for less than 30 or up to 150 people. There are various dining options and the marquee holds up to 350 guests.

Visit website: www.landguardmanor.co.uk

Facebook: facebook.com/LandguardManor

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What better way to choose a resort than going for an 18th century country house managed by English Heritage. Steeped in history and belonging to the Worsley family near Wroxall is Appuldurcombe House. Ceremonies can be held within the house or in a marquee on the front lawn. The Drawing Room and Great Hall are both licensed for ceremonies. The house is closed to the public on Saturday’s giving you exclusive use to the house on your special day. A large entourage is on hand to meet your requirements and you will also have a wedding planner to meet all your details.

There are many available choices for your day ranging from PA hire, photographers, florists, caterers and even a bouncy castle and magicians.

Visit website: www.appuldurcombe.co.uk

Facebook: facebook.com/appuldurcombe

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If you’re looking for scenic surroundings and 60 acres of privacy, Priory Bay will be your perfect location. With it’s grand estate and breathtaking rooms this is a wonderful setting for your special day and photography. You can choose a beach setting and have your ceremony in the bay where your guests can have the experience of arriving by boat or hovercraft. If you prefer to be high and dry you can have exclusive use of the house. The option exists of hiring the whole house for the entire weekend to suit yourself and your guests.

Just simply stunning settings and choices of backdrops to really make your day one to remember.

Visit website: www.priorybay.co.uk

Facebook: facebook.com/PrioryBay

Twitter: twitter@PrioryBayHotel


If you love the waterside and are searching for a location that brings you blue skies with matching sea views, Cowes Yacht Haven makes the perfect choice. Here there is a covered terrace giving the finest view of the Solent, with the capacity to cater for 150 people for your ceremony or reception. If you choose to have the option of a wedding breakfast, the main room holds 120 seated guests. There is a team of finest cuisine caterers to give attention to detail for your requirements and a world wide selection of wines to chose from.

This all gives you the confidence and reassurance your special day is in capable hands, leaving your guests free to enjoy your special day.

Visit website: www.cowesyachthaven.com/

Facebook: facebook.com/CowesYachtHaven

Twitter: twitter@CowesYachtHaven


The island holds a private, 4 star hotel for those requiring the modern touch to their day. Coupled with breathtaking views overlooking a tranquil lake sits Parkside park and Hotel and Spa. The beauty of this venue is the added benefit of the spa, offering yourself and your guests the opportunity to try health and beauty treatments, massage, reflexology and hydrotherapy. All guests receive a 10% discount in the spa.

There is an array of facilities with sauna, steam room, jacuzzi, and an ‘Experience’ shower. This is before your special day even gets underway.

Visit website: www.lakesideparkhotel.com

Facebook: facebook.com/LakesideParkHotel

Twitter: twitter@LakesideParkHotel


If you’re searching for a venue with a sea view of the Island, sitting in Shanklin Bay is Bourne Hall. This 1860s house was originally built for Queen Victoria’s ladies in waiting. There are two rooms on offer for your ceremony – the drawing Room which holds 40 guests or the Cameron Room which holds 120 guests. To cater for your bespoke wedding there is a flexible wedding package to suit your taste and needs.

There is the freedom to chose from your own style of menu and evening buffet. A wide variety of facilities are on offer here to accommodate you and your guests during your stay. There are a range of rooms to chose from including family rooms and suites. Health and leisure facilities are also available and a well a presented restaurant.

Visit website: www.bournehallhotel.co.uk

Facebook: facebook.com/BourneHallHotel

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8 Small Wedding Details That Make A Huge Impact When Done Well

When it comes to your wedding day, the excitement for what is supposed to be one of the most memorable days of your life can often be overshadowed by feelings of anxiety and being overwhelmed. It’s understandable – whether you are having a garden wedding in Dubai or a city wedding in Glasgow, you have a lot to deal with!

From choosing a venue to finding the right dress, from personalised décor elements to the tunes the band will play, there is a lot for you to think about. But while you are organising the big things, don’t forget to pay attention to the smaller details — these will make your wedding day really, truly yours.

Read on for eight small wedding details that make a huge impact when done well.

1. Entrance

Oh, the entrance! This is the first thing your guests will see as they step into your wedding world and you want to ensure that they immediately feel the vibes of your big day. An inviting entrance-way will make all members of the party feel welcome and will set the tone for the rest of the event.

2. Lighting

Similar to the entrance-way, the lighting you choose will help to translate the mood you want to set. The kind of lighting you need will vary based on your location, but if you are working with a large space, the right lighting will still make it feel intimate. If there are certain special décor elements that you want everyone to notice (hey, it is your day, you decide), then plan for lighting that highlights these spots — and don’t forget the band!

Just as importantly, make sure there are enough spots with great lighting for everyone to take photos that they look good in.

3.  Chairs

You want your chairs to match the overall style of your wedding, whatever that may be. You also want there to be enough places to sit, so plan to provide extra seating at the ceremony — just in case.

In many scenarios, it isn’t practical to think that you can smoothly move the chairs from the ceremony to the reception, so take those logistics into consideration and acknowledge that you may be better ordering two sets.

4. Allergies

Well before the day, make sure to give a list of which guests have food allergies and eating preferences (whether it be gluten-free, vegan, nut allergies, etc) to your caterer and then follow-up with a list of where they will be seated.

Your caterer will be overjoyed, your guests will get their suitable food, and you won’t have to worry about whether or not your hippie Aunt will make a scene when chicken is placed in front of her!

5. Cake-Table

In the midst of trying to organise everything, don’t forget the importance of how you choose to display your cake. It sounds obvious now, but often brides fail to remember that this is where their cake-cutting photos will be taken.

Not only you, but many of your guests will want to take photos around it (as well as just enjoying it), so spend some extra time on the presentation and design of both the cake and the cake-table.

6. “Managers”

After all the planning you have put into this day, the last thing you deserve to be doing is managing anything else. Ask someone to keep your cards and gifts safe, until you have slept off your potential hangover. Ask someone else to be a photo manager — their job will be to round up the important people who need to be in group shots.

If you are providing transportation for guests, have someone else who will be on the bus or in the car to make sure they arrive at the correct destination. In other words, have different people managing the various strands of your event. So you can focus on enjoying.

7. A Rain Plan

Let’s all hope that this doesn’t happen, but sometimes (no matter how hard you wish), Mother Nature has another plan. Save yourself a full-on anxiety attack by having a solid rain plan that can easily be put into action and that you will still be happy with. Whether you are using luxury wedding planners in Dubai or doing your own thing in London, having a Plan B never hurts.

8. The Exit

Last but not least, you can’t forget about your exit! While guests will remember lots of highlights from throughout the day, how you and your new partner leave will be the taste that is left in their mouths. Make it as dramatic, as elegant, as funny, or as classic as you want — do I need to remind you one more time that it is your day?!

With all the bridal magazines on the market, Pinterest and your-soon-to-be-mother-in-law’s advice, all the details of planning a wedding can seem utterly paralysing. However, if you take these eight little details into account (along with some of the bigger stuff), then you are guaranteed to have a standout celebration. Oh, and remember to enjoy it, will you?

AUTHOR BIO

Dora Helmeczi
From 2008, with the creation of Budapest Wedding, Dora has successfully organised hundreds of destination weddings in Hungary. The agency is now one of the biggest in the Hungarian market and is considered the country’s only high-end wedding planning office. Dora’s partner Gabriel Gilbert came onboard in 2015, and working intently to extend their offices, in 2016 they launched Dubai Wedding — their bid to become a globally recognised name in planning outstanding weddings.