Norfolk is a largely rural county with beautiful countryside and a coastline offering a treasure chest of stunning and diverse locations for a memorable wedding day. With good accessibility from London and with Stansted and Luton airports just over an hour’s drive away, travel links are excellent for planning weddings in Norfolk.
Norfolk is away from the hustle and bustle of modern life and brim full of sleepy old estates with some select and unusual wedding and reception venues. Choose from picturesque moated manor houses, windmills, ruined abbeys and even plan your wedding on a steam heritage railway line.
With the highest concentration of medieval churches in Europe, brides and grooms can opt for a traditional setting in a classic Norfolk village. There is always plenty of local accommodation with bed and breakfast options and self-catering cottages and barn conversions styled in classic Norfolk flint with pantile roofs, some of which can take large wedding parties.
Norfolk has two main towns, King’s Lynn to the west of the county and Norwich which is the county town in the east – they are about 50 miles apart. For those who want a more urban setting for their wedding day, both locations offer some exceptional venues, either traditional or contemporary, and both are serviced by a railway station which is on the mainline to London.
From Hunstanton in the north west to Hopton on Sea in the south east, Norfolk has 84 miles of coastline which can make a fantastic backdrop for your special day. For a tourist destination, the coast is still largely unspoilt with beautiful countryside if you stray just a little inland. The North Norfolk coast does have a certain cachet and following but if you avoid the hot spots then there are plenty of discreet and peaceful venues hidden away.
The Norfolk Broads are famous the world over, a unique selection of navigable rivers and lakes which offer endless opportunities for bridal parties. They are a lovely place to stay and make the perfect backdrop for country weddings or honeymoons and there are even designated locations on the Broads where you can marry in a beautiful riverside centre.
One of the best things about getting married in Norfolk, is the opportunity to hire whole houses or small estates which can be for the exclusive use of the entire bridal party; there are so many lovely peaceful locations and a good network of wedding support services dotted throughout the county.
As a largely rural and farming county, the cuisine options are abundant with plenty of local produce and breweries offering a range of tasty fare – it is possible to have an entirely locally sourced menu from starter through to pud and beer and wine from Norfolk breweries and vineyards to wash it down with.
Norfolk is situated only 90 miles from London so whilst a peaceful and largely rural location, it is also accessible for guests travelling from far and wide. Rail links are excellent and Norwich also has a small airport.