Norfolk wedding venues
This page is not intended to be a simple directory or list of all Norfolk wedding venues. There are plenty of those around already.
This page is intended as a useful resource for brides, wedding planners, or indeed anyone who needs some information about the various Norfolk wedding venues I have personally visited in my capacity as a wedding photographer.
These reviews are intended to be an honest guide to these venues. I am not a hotel or restaurant critic so the comments are purely based on my personal experiences of photographing weddings at the venues.
I am not [ with one exception] a recommended supplier at any of the venues, so I have no affiliation to any of them. I have visited the majority of the venues on more than one occasion so will pass comments on the various times of year I have visited too. I hope you will find the following information useful and interesting.
The venues are not listed in order of merit, or indeed any particular order. The list will be added to as and when I get a chance, or I visit a new venue
If you have any specific questions about any of the venues, please feel free to get in touch.
Tucked just behind the church in Coltishall, Norfolk this wedding venue has a great feeling of seclusion. The hotel changed ownership a few year back. With that change of ownership came a huge injection of cash and change of ethos. In my opinion this has gone from being a very tired hotel to a fresh, modern wedding venue. The dingey open air swimming pool in the walled garden was filled in and a new, purpose built function room was added. The venue now has a great vibe.
I have shot many weddings here, both before and after the change. It is now a venue I can truly look forward to shooting at. The original hotel building has been revamped and now has a fresh feel to it. The rooms have been modernised and the main ” bridal suite room” has a balcony, which makes for extra space and is great for some alternative photo opportunities.
There is an annexe room seperate from the main hotel. This does provide a nice self contained area for bridal preps, but due to it’s location and low windows does amke the light less than ideal for natural light photography. By contrast, the newly built ceremony room is light and airy with windows all along one side giving great light and lovely views of the well tended gardens. The fact that the ceremony/reception building is seperate from the main hotel does give a good sense of excusivity. On a summers day, it also make for a great ” arrival of the bride” as wedding guests can see the bride arriving across the garden prior to the ceremony.
As well as the well tended walled garden, The Mead has a lawned area which, upon crossing a small bridge leads to an area of rougher grassland and ultimately the river. The photo opportunities here are almost endless.
Another benefit which has come with the newly built function building is that there is plenty of space. The ceremony/reception room are divided by moveable folding doors and a seperate bar area means that even on the wettest days [ and I have shot a wedding here on the wettest ever day I think], guest are not crushed. Not being a recommended supplier, I don’t know the staff personally, but have always found them very efficient, helpful and good fun to be around. As a photographer I haven’t been fed at this venue so can’t comment on the food – but it does always look delicious.
You can see some more images from weddings I have shot at this norfolk wedding venue here:-
Norfolk wedding venues
This is one of the Norfolk wedding venues where I have shot weddings in Spring, Summer and Winter, and I love it.
The grandeur is all too apparent as you travel along the tree lined driveway and catch your first glimpse of the hall.
The wedding ceremonies themselves are usually held in the music room. This has the level of finery which would be expected from such a magnificent building. The light is lovely and guests arrive at the music room via the front door of the hall and into the beautiful hallway with its grand stair case.
After a wedding ceremony guest are invited out into the gardens for your champagne reception. The gardens are beautifully landscaped with views for miles across the lake and pastureland. This Norfolk wedding venues very much a “stately home” There is loads of room for the children to run around.
Being a venue that only hosts one wedding at a time you get a real feeling of privacy.
There is a separate annex for the wedding breakfast. This is accessed via a corridor containing various quirky artefacts. Kitchens are also housed in this annex so food arrives promptly , and I am pleased to confirm is delicious.
Wedding are overseen by Sarah Softley of Softley Events. Sarah is an expert in her field and ensures that everything runs smoothly and on time.
After the wedding breakfast guest are invited to relax with coffee in the upstairs lounge, whilst the function room is cleared and made ready for the evening’s entertainment. This has been renovated with high quality furnishings and again has a feel of luxury.
It has become the norm to have the wedding cake upstairs for a cake cutting during this coffee break. From a personal point of view the lighting used and positioning of the cake [ usually at the top of the stairs] makes for quite difficult ” cake cutting ” shots. If this tradition is important to you, it might be worth considering this.
The function room has a stage area so is ideal for a band if you are having live music.
The hall is flood lit as the sun goes down so makes for a great views whilst out getting fresh air. Guest parking is in an area designated away from the front of the house, so uncluttered views are available.
It is worth noting that access to the grand hall is locked off in the evening , as the owners of the hall actually live in. So be sure you get any photographs you might want on the stair case before the doors are locked.
Having experienced this Norfolk wedding venue in all weathers I am happy to report that he space available means that the weather need not spoil the day if it doesn’t play ball. It can, however, be tricky to photograph larger groups of people if confined to indoors.
You can see examples of weddings I have shot at this Norfolk wedding venue here:-
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This Norfolk wedding venue is a personal favourite. Situated on the outskirts of Norwich it offers some lovely scenery around it.
The venue is approached via a long, tree lined drive and upon first arrival can look a little muddled. The restaurant and reception venue are situated amoung other business units, so the aspect to the front of the actual restaurant is not as attractive as it might be. However, the multi award winning restaurant more than makes up for this with its food.
The afternoon champagne reception is usually held in the Lodge. This is a beautifully appointed building , a short walk from the restaurant. This is the building which is first viewed as the venue is approached from the drive. It has a lovely garden and courtyard area for enjoying the afternoon, with views across the neighbouring field.
The staff led by Nick and Michael are superb. The attention to detail and service are unrivalled.
If you are planning your wedding reception here, be sure to speak to Nick or Michael about access to the main house. With prior appointment it is possible for the bride & groom to have a few minutes photo shoot in the carefully tended gardens of the owners own home.
Back at the restaurant, the function room has its own bar for a fully self contained event. The room has full height glass doors along one side providing a light airy space. The doors open onto a secluded courtyard, which provides a great area for relaxing after the meal. In the evening space heater give a cosy feel to this area. Whilst the separate dancing area is ideal for bands/ dj’s.
There are country lanes and fields all around the venue so there is always scope for some lovely romantic photographs.
I am pleased to be able to say that I am one of this Norfolk wedding venues recommended photographers.
You can see a recent wedding at this venue here:-
Norfolk wedding venues
Southwood Hall is one of the Norfolk wedding venues that involves the least travelling for me. It is literally 10 mins from my studio, yet still set in a beautiful countryside setting.
Approached via small country lanes the main drive to the Hall, which is actually a converted barn, gives an immediate view of what is to come. The car park and driveway are lined with lavender plants which are a glorious splash of purple in the summer to match the venues colour scheme.
This is a relatively new venue, but has built quite a reputation as a ” go to” venue.
The renovation work on the barn and surrounding has been completed to a high standard with quality fittings throughout. The whole place has a fresh , modern feel without losing any of the character of the old buildings.
This is a great venue for a “self contained wedding”. The Cartshed, which has again been renovated to a very high standard, provides a roomy suite for the bride and bridesmaids to get ready. While the other side of the driveway is a house which is available to the groom and groomsmen. Each, seperate and self contained so everyone can get ready with no chance of accidentally seeing the bride before the wedding.
I have shot weddings her on many occasions and have never failed to have a good time. The facilities are great and the staff ensure that everything runs smoothly.
The location of the venue means that beyond the immediate gardens, the view gives way out open fields. The gardens have a cute gazebo. In addition there is a walled garden, a folly, a pond and several mature trees. This gives great photo opportunities in pretty much every direction.
At the back of the barn is a courtyard/patio area with quality furnishings and an additional gazebo/ summerhouse. This enables the possibility of outdoor wedding ceremonies in good weather.
The main barn is used for both the ceremony and the wedding breakfast. This means it can become a little cramped during the change over period if it is a rainy day. The outdoor shelter is somewhat limited. This is only really a problem if you are wanting large quantities of family group shots.
In the evening the venue has a great stage area, so there is plenty of scoipe for a live band. In fact I have shot a wedding here where there has been an orchestra set up!
I’m not sure many other Norfolk wedding venues have a pizza oven outside. This can make for a great evening reception buffet alternative.
I have created a combined blog post of several wedding shot at Southwood Hall which can be seen here:-