The East of England includes the counties of Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex, Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire and represents most of that geographical area situated north and east of London - that big bump on the map that juts out into the North Sea in the south-east of the UK.
Hertfordshire and Essex stretch right down to Greater London and are hugely popular wedding destinations because they are accessible with great travel links, offering stylish and sophisticated venues amidst beautiful landscapes and surroundings.
The East of England is characterised by picture postcard villages across all six of the eastern counties so if you are looking for a country wedding then you will be spoilt for choice. There is plenty of accommodation in hotels, pretty rural pubs and inns plus varied self-catering options including large and well-appointed properties that can accommodate sizeable groups of people. Barns, windmills, water mills and even railways stations are all available to rent and some of these venues are also approved to hold weddings.
If you are thinking about a seaside wedding then consider the attractive coastline of Suffolk and Norfolk, dotted with unusual destinations and surrounded by some stunning scenery and glorious countryside.
It would be hard to pick the most attractive market town in the East of England, there are just so many. If you want a wedding with a stylish backdrop, either period or contemporary then there are lots of options including Saffron Walden, Hitchin, Bury St. Edmunds, Ampthill, Reepham and Cambridge. More distinctive venues abound including Newmarket, the home of horse racing in the UK and Cambridge with its ancient and beautiful colleges stretching down to the River Cam.
The East of England is still a largely rural and agricultural part of the UK and offers a smorgasbord of culinary delights for foodies. It’s possible to source your entire wedding reception menu from local produce including the drinks, a tasty way to cut down on your food miles as well as delighting your guests.
Travel links are excellent in the East of England with three major roads running north from the M25 – the M1, the A1(M) and the M11 - and two key airports, Luton and Stansted nicely situated, one to the west and one to the east. There are three train lines which run through the region, from Liverpool Street to Cambridge and Ipswich in the east, from London King’s Cross to Cambridge, Ely and on into Norfolk in the north and to the west, the Bedfordshire line which leaves from St. Pancras.
The East of England has something for every bride and groom whatever the priorities on your tick list, catering for a huge variety of weddings large and small across traditional and more unusual venues with easy access from London and all other parts of the UK.