Suffolk is an ancient country which borders Essex to the south, Cambridgeshire to the west and Norfolk to the north. A mix of pretty villages with pastel-coloured plaster houses, Suffolk has a coastline and some elegant market towns like Sudbury and Bury St. Edmunds if you don’t want a country setting for your wedding. Stansted airport is just an hour away and Luton a little further than that plus there are excellent links by road and rail to London and the M25.
Suffolk has an old-fashioned peace and charm which makes it the perfect backdrop for a country wedding with numerous and diverse venues ranging from stately homes to windmills and some unusual secret hideaways and that’s before you consider the county’s coastal treasures in locations like Aldeburgh and the ever popular, Southwold.
There are plenty of approved wedding venues so country brides and grooms are not just confined to hotels for their ceremony and reception. Pretty villages offer abundant accommodation and there are some real gems with classic East Anglian architecture and period charm like Lavenham, all with lots of options for wedding guests to stay in pubs, hotels and inns plus a lovely selection of self-catering possibilities including mills, farmhouses, barn conversions and cottages. The home of British horseracing, Newmarket, can be found in the south of the county and offers approved venues, wonderful accommodation and maybe even a day at the races!
Ipswich is the historic county town of Suffolk and is located about ten miles from the mouth of the River Orwell and the North Sea, around 67 miles north-east of London. Ipswich is surrounded by two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), the Suffolk Coast and Heaths and Dedham Vale, also known as Constable country after the world-famous romantic English landscape painter, John Constable. This is a beautiful corner of East Anglia and the perfect destination for a stylish country wedding in Suffolk.
The Suffolk coastal path is around 60 miles in length and hugs the coastline and the North Sea whilst it wends its way around the contours of the county, taking in ancient woodland and commercial forests plus several river estuaries which offer a peaceful and magical backdrop for a special occasion. Popular coastal locations other than Southwold include Orford, Dunwich and the unique surrounds of Thorpeness.
Whether you want a rural location, a river or seaside setting or a grand Georgian backdrop in one of the county’s beautiful historic towns, Suffolk will have something for you and your wedding guests. As a largely farming county, Suffolk prides itself on plenty of local produce from starter through to dessert with some world-class ales, a hallmark of Suffolk’s ancient brewing heritage.
Just shy of 70 miles north of London, Suffolk is an easy to reach destination wherever your guests are coming from and offers good road and rail links and access to three airports for travellers from further afield. Whatever type of wedding you have in mind, Suffolk will have something to offer you and is a lovely destination for your guests to take an extended break and enjoy the delights this wonderful county has to offer.