There’s no doubt about it – the East of England is home to some truly incredible wedding venues. If you’re planning your wedding in the area, you’re going to be spoilt for choice. From idyllic countryside barns to grand country estates, your dream venue is quite literally, just around the corner. Join us for a tour of some of the most amazing wedding venues around…
Before we start our journey around the region, let’s just remind ourselves why the East of England is such a fantastic area for weddings. Firstly, the venues themselves are just the best. As you’ll see, the area can boast award-winning venues, venues with history and venues with staff that always go out of their way to make your day special. There’s also a huge variety from large to small, impressively grand to charmingly rustic and everything in between. Some offer accommodation, some have an impressive history and all have a stand out style that can really work with your wedding.
The East of England also has it all in terms of setting. It’s an easy place for guests from all over the country to get to and, when they arrive, what a treat awaits! Glorious countryside, acres of space, beautiful gardens and let’s not forget that the sea is never too far away either. Really, what more could you want?
So, now you’re smitten, let us introduce you to some of the finest wedding venues the region has to offer.
Essex might not be that far from London but two of the county’s most spectacular venues certainly make you feel as if you’re miles from anywhere. Gaynes Park is, quite simply, countryside luxe at its finest. Perfectly restored barns, boutique accommodation, gorgeous gardens and a pretty Orangery inside a walled garden. If you host your ceremony in the Orangery, your ‘aisle’ is a path through the trees and flowers.
Braxted Park on the other hand is a super romantic Georgian manor house set in acres of grounds that can be all yours for your wedding day. With a choice of ceremony locations, including the parish church that sits in the estate, Braxted really is a stunning venue.
Famous around the world, Cambridge is such a special place and the countryside that surrounds it is equally as wonderful. Swynford Manor is a hidden gem near the incredibly pretty town of Newmarket. This stylish and sophisticated manor house comes with a big dose of history and it’s the perfect place for your own memorable occasion. Striking interiors, decadent features and even locations for outdoor ceremonies, Swynford is an easy place to love.
Bassmead Manor Barns
Bassmead Manor Barns is possibly Cambridgeshire’s most romantic countryside wedding venue. If you’ve got your heart set on a really rural day then this is the venue for you. A 300-year old ceremony barn, views that seem to go on forever and even a medieval moat, Bassmead definitely deserved to win the titles of Best Countryside Wedding Venue of the Year in 2017 at The Wedding Industry Awards.
Norfolk seems to be the most romantic county in the country and it’s home to so many marvellous venues that we’ve got quite a few to talk about! Let’s start with Manor Mews, a picture-perfect restored barn that’s just eight miles from Norfolk’s sublime coastline. This is a quintessentially English venue that’s perfect for intimate weddings with more than a touch of luxury.
Oxnead Hall is an elegant and grand country residence that could have been designed as the perfect backdrop for weddings! Wood paneled halls, open fires and a choice of reception rooms; this is a truly awesome wedding venue with 15 acres of scenic grounds.
Pentney Abbey is yet another of Norfolk’s most sought after venues. The rose garden, stunning Gatehouse and medieval barn all work together to create a venue that you’ll just love. Pentney provides the space for you to relax and enjoy your wedding day with options for an outdoor ceremony, bespoke dining and excellent accommodation for guests. What more could you ask for?
North Norfolk is a very special place indeed and Sedgeford Hall is equally special for weddings too. This Grade II listed house is just five minutes from the coast and it’s a real retreat so if you’re looking to escape from it all, this could be the venue for you! It’s amazingly flexible and can host 30-300 guests and as Sedgeford is famous for its three-day weddings, you’ll have all the time and space you could wish for to make the most of your special occasion.
Finally, we can’t end without recommending yet another of North Norfolk’s country house wedding venues – Mount Amelia. Close to the royal estate of Sandringham, Mount Amelia has been restored to its former glory and it’s now a truly breathtaking venue. With options for ceremonies, dining and guest accommodation, you can create your ideal wedding at Mount Amelia and, if you look out over the countryside and towards the sea as the sun sets, there’s nowhere better.