There are a great variety of beautiful and spectacular venues for weddings in Norfolk, Suffolk and throuout East Anglia and my role as toastmaster has taken me too many of them. Here is a selection of venues where I have carried out my toastmaster duties and hopefully you will find somewhere to suit your budget. The first few are venues where I am the recommeded supplier, and the rest are in alphabetical order.  Click on the name of each venue to take you to their website.

Assembly House in Norwich could be the perfect backdrop for your wedding day.  This beautiful, Grade I-listed Georgian building boasts a wide selection of rooms that can cater for any wedding large and grand or small and intimate. In the Summer months the lawn and courtyard are the perfect place for your guests to gather for drinks and photographs. I am a recommended supplier for this  venue.

Church Manor Barn is a brand new venue for 2023. The Barn offers an extensive and flexible space that can comfortably seat 200 guests for a wedding ceremony, 250 for a sit down wedding breakfast or more for buffet-style receptions. Its location in the peaceful rolling countryside provides glorious scenery to create beautiful wedding memories. I am a recommended supplier for this  venue.

Dunston Hall on the outskirts of Norwich is a very popular venue for weddings. It has a number  of suites that cater for large, medium and small weddings. They also have a permanent marquee during the summer months and beautiful garden areas for your photographs. The video on my home page was filmed here and I am a recommended supplier for this  venue.

Elms Barn at Toft Monks near Beccles is a beautiful 17th century barn venue for both your wedding and reception. They only hold one wedding at a time on Wednesday’s or Saturday’s and there is a stunning rose garden for your photographs. I am a recommended supplier for this  venue.

Hockwold Hall is a very popular venue for weddings in Norfolk. It is a spectacular Grade II listed Manor parts of which date from the 1500’s. The Hall is mentioned in the Domesday Book and has a rich history  with royal connections as it was the home of Prince Victor Duleep Singh godson of Queen Victoria. There is beautiful accommodation available and the secluded ornamental gardens are a photographers dream with many stunning backdrops for photo’s. I am a recommended supplier for this venue. 

Hotel Victoria, Lowestoft

Seaside location with opportunity to have ceremony in the ‘Onshore Suite’ or in the garden. Photos can be taken outside in the garden or even across the road on the beach. Excellent value venue with Toastmaster Bob is included in some of the packages on offer.

Mercure Norwich Hotel

The Mercure on Boundary Road has three unique suites, each with traditional decor in neutral tones to complement your personal wedding colour scheme. There is a beautiful secret garden providing  a perfect spot to capture your photographic memories of the day.
They also offer courtesy airport transport for hotel guests  travelling to or from Norwich International Airport. I am a recommended supplier for this venue.

Octagon Barn

This majestic barn is set in a pretty woodland park just outside Norwich. Built around the late 1600’s as a non-conformist Methodist meeting chapel the original 8 side shape sits under a magnificent open vaulted octagon roof, to give a grand central atrium. I am a recommended supplier for this  venue.

Wherry Hotel

Situated on the shores of Oulton Broad, the ‘Brown Boat Suite’ has exceptional views over the broad. I have worked very successfully alongside their friendly and helpful staff, and am a recommended supplier for this venue.

I also recommend and am available for the following venues that I have previously attended in my role as toastmaster.

Applewood Hall

Privately owned and family run, Applewood Hall is a stunning, versatile venue for your wedding. With seating for up to 200, you will enjoy exclusive-use of Applewood Hall complete with private garden, licensed bar and dance floor. There is also luxury glamping accommodation available for up to 36 guests.

Boathouse Ormesby is a stunning venue. In the Summer months the Bride has the option of arriving by boat with the ceremony taking place in the arbor that overlooks the broad.They also have unique accommodation available for guests to stay overnight.

Brasted’s at Framingham Pigot is a popular venue just outside Norwich. The team provide an excellent service and the food is first class. They are licensed for ceremonies as well, so you can have your whole day in one place.

Caistor Hall can be found on the outskirts of Norwich at Caistor St Edmund.  Surrounded by beautifully landscaped gardens this venue provides ideal settings for photographs of your special day.  All of the beautifully furnished function rooms have direct access to the gardens so guests are able to enjoy drinks and canapés on the lawns surrounding the hotel during the warmer months. it can cater for small intimate weddings or up to 300 in the Pavilion. 

Chaucer Barn is a beautiful setting for your wedding in North Norfolk near Cromer & Holt. It has landscaped gardens and accommodation for up to 18 guests. Their guiding principal is what every venue should say to Brides & Bridegrooms – in a nutshell, your wedding your way.

Fishley Hall is the perfect idyllic country wedding venue for a ‘do it yourself’ wedding. With an original old grain barn in the grounds dating back to the 1700s, its the perfect venue for celebrating. It is licensed for ceremonies which can be held outside. The house has 8 bedrooms for all the family and wedding party to stay in over the weekend. There is also the enchanting St Mary’s Church of Fishley at the end of the driveway.

Garden Pavilion, Thursford is a great venue for that wedding with a difference that you and your guests will be sure to remember. The Pavilion is a beautiful setting for your wedding breakfast with contemporary lighting and dance floor for the evening celebration. Your ceremony can be held inside the main Thursford attraction building with the option of rides on the carousel and gondola for your guests. There are plenty of options for beautiful photographs. 

Glebe Farm Barns

A beautiful rustic barn set in the heart of Norfolk at Carleton Forehoe near Wymondham. This is the perfect blank canvas for you to create your own special event. There is an outside open barn for welcome drinks and a separate barn you can decorate to your own design.

Great Barn, Hales Hall

Set in beautiful rural South Norfolk in the heart of the Waveney Valley, this Grade I Listed Tudor barn is an idyllic setting for weddings or large events. The Great Barn and the Hall itself were
built in 1478 and the present Hall is the surviving wing of an even larger house built by Sir James Hobart, the Attorney General to Henry VII. The Great Barn is licensed for Civil Marriages and Civil Partnerships and can comfortably seat up to 200 guests for ceremonies and wedding breakfasts. The gardens are stunning.

Great Melton Old Rectory

Great Melton Old Rectory is a Victorian house set in four acres of gardens and woodland. Hidden in the heart of rural Norfolk this beautiful venue is licensed for civil ceremonies and is perfect for a country wedding, either outside in the woodland glade or a traditional marquee on the lawn or a bit of both.

Great Yarmouth Town Hall is a splendid venue in the centre of the town. There are a number of rooms which can cater for between 30 to 200 guests. They are also licensed for wedding ceremonies.

Hautbois Hall

Built in the reign of King Edward VI in 1555 Hautbois Hall is a beautiful grade II listed Elizabethan country house.   Situated near Coltishall this 52 acre garden estate features a number of locations within the grounds for you to plan your ceremony and celebrations.

Hyatt Regency Hotel

If you are looking for a venue in the heart of central London, the Hyatt Regency – The Churchill – offers the perfect blend of classic elegance and unrivalled hospitality for intimate ceremonies and grand receptions for up to 180 guests. They have privileged access to the picturesque gardens of Portman Square for wedding photos. This was the setting for a multi-cultural wedding I attended as toastmaster in August 2021.

Ivy House Country Hotel is situated at Oulton Broad near Lowestot. Recently refurbished, this venue has six beautiful licensed spaces, including Ivy Hall which can accommodate up to 200 seated guests for a wedding reception.

Lingwood Village Hall is situated just outside Norwich and is an ideal space for your do-it-yourself wedding. With an outside space for photos, a bar and upstair chill-out room with balcony, this venue is a cheaper option for those on a tight budget.

Maids Head Hotel is a popular venue for weddings in the centre of Norwich. It claims to be the oldest hostelry in the UK and I helped to promote this fact last year in my role as town crier. You also have the option (for a fee) to go across to the grounds of the Cathedral for you photo’s.

Mid Norfolk Railway

Here is something completely different. A fully restored 1950’s station complete with the opportunity to take a 22-mile steam – or diesel-hauled train ride through the lovely Norfolk countryside to Wymondham Abbey and back. Afternoon tea can be served on the train and the undercover platform is an unusual setting for the band to play for your evening reception.

Morley Old Hall

The historic Morley Old Hall is a beautiful setting in the heart of the Norfolk countryside with a large area for a marquee and first rate accommodation. A glamping area is also available. If you are looking for a unique and beautiful venue for weddings, corporate events or just a family get away, a visit to see the venue is a must.

The ‘Garden Room’ in the grounds of the Norfolk Mead Hotel is a comfortable and flexible space that can accommodate up to 140 seated guests for weddings or 250 for a party.  Located in the walled garden, the venue has a private bar and the entire hotel can be hired if your guests require rooms for the evening. The Norfolk Mead holds a wedding licence, so you can hold your civil ceremony in the beautiful grounds.

North Mymms Park

I include this top of the range venue in Hertfordshire solely because I was toastmaster for a multi-cultural wedding in July 2022. If you want an exceptional venue and have the budget you won’t be dissapointed.

Oxnead Hall

An exquisite Grade II* home, surrounded by a plethora of pretty gardens, both formal and open, sprawling woodland and a picturesque lake, Oxnead Hall is an idyllic spot. From the historic building itself to the medieval church on-site, to the Orangery and the Great Barn, Oxnead Hall is one of the most beautiful and versatile wedding venues in East Anglia.

Ravenwood Hall in Suffolk is another venue with many opportunities for photographs in the beautiful grounds after your wedding in the Pavilion.

Roundwood in Taverham, has a dedicated function room with it’s own bar, entrance, garden and facilities and can accommodate up to 140 people. It is surrounded by woodland with views over the Wensum Valley, so a lovely setting for your photographs. Roundwood is a family friendly venue with outside space for a bouncy castle in the enclosed garden.

Southwood Hall is an exclusive wedding venue in stunning Broadland countryside.  It is recognised by the National Wedding Industry Awards as the UK’s Best Country Wedding Venue. You will be able to hold your ceremony outside in the grounds or inside the Coronation Barn.

Spixworth Hall cottages

They do not advertise as a wedding venue but they have held a number of weddings here. You will probably have to book the cottages for the family for the week prior to the wedding, but this gives you ample time to decorate the barn in your own way for your wedding, whilst also giving you a relaxed break in the lead up to the big day.

St Giles House Hotel is also situated in the heart of the city of Norwich.  It’s an amazing Baroque, Boutique Hotel and is  licensed for Civil Ceremonies which can be held in the Walnut Suite. There is also a stylish lounge and art deco styled bar. Photographs can be taken on the sweeping staircase or outside on the Parisian styled terrace.

Sturmer Hall

Located in a beautiful country house setting on the borders of Cambridgeshire, Essex and Suffolk, it’s only one hour from central London and easily accessible from the M11 motorway and London Stansted Airport. The drinks reception can be held on the terrace of the main hall and the reception in the magnificent Pavilion. The extensive grounds provide photograph opportunities and room for games/bouncy castle etc. for all ages.

Tudor Barn, Belstead

This timber-framed barn, dating from the late 16th Century, is linked to the kitchen, bar, bridal suite, and luxury toilets by a spectacular up-lit glass walkway, which also forms a breath-taking entrance lobby to the venue. The 7 acres of landscaped informal wooded grounds that surround the Tudor Barn provide the perfect backdrop for wedding photographs.

Voewood near Holt is a splendid and unique venue. You can hire the house and grounds for the whole weekend of your wedding. It is a real house and has to be viewed to be fully appreciated. With beautiful gardens and the option to erect a marquee this is a very special Norfolk venue. Photographer Chris Taylor has some wonderful photographs on his blog that will give you an idea of just how unique this venue is.

Waxham Great Barn

Waxham Great Barn is a vibrant, DIY, large wedding barn close to the beach and set amongst gorgeous countryside. The impressive barn has 2 rooms and a huge courtyard and outbuildings! If you are looking for a wedding venue where you can get as creative as you like, then look no further!

Wensum Valley Hotel

Just a short distance from the centre of Norwich and set in 250 acres of stunning Norfolk countryside, Wensum Valley provides unique and romantic setting for your special day. There are magnificent views across the Wensum Valley.

White Dove Barns

The barn has a stunning formal courtyard perfect for photographs and a drink after the wedding ceremony allowing you to enjoy the far reaching views out over the Suffolk countryside with the sun setting in the distance after the wedding breakfast.

A full list of approved venues for civil marriages and civil partnerships in Norfolk can be found on the Norfolk County Council website.

When booking your venue, a key question to ask is “Who will be looking after us on the wedding day?”

Some venues may have a professional toastmaster as part of their packages or they may have a toastmaster on their preferred supplier list. Sometimes the venue will say that they will provide you with a toastmaster, but in reality it will be the duty banqueting manager who you probably won’t meet until the day. They will no doubt do a good job but may not have received the training of a professional toastmaster. They will also have other duties within the venue and not be with you all the time.

You may plan to have your best man, groomsman or member of your family to do the job. Bear in mind that first and foremost they are a guest and will no doubt wish to partake in the celebrations. Giving them the responsibility of organising your day is not really fair and if there should be any problems they may not be equipped to sort them out in the correct and diplomatic way of a fully trained professional toastmaster.

There are several advantages in employing your own personal toastmaster. Firstly, a professional toastmaster will be working for you and will not have to attend to other matters in the hotel. He, or she, will be able to make announcements in the correct way and be on hand throughout the day to keep guests informed of what, when and where everything is happening. They will make sure everyone is present to witness the key moments like cake cutting, speeches, throwing the bouquet and the first dance. The toastmaster will assist the photographer in gathering guests for group photos and be on hand to sort any unforeseen problems that may arise. In terms of your overall budget, the fee a toastmaster will charge is minimal compared to the peace of mind that your day is being handled by your friendly and professional toastmaster. He or she will have helped you plan your day and will ensure that everything goes according to your plans and wishes.

“In smart red coat and shoes well shined, I will ensure your peace of mind”

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