Norfolk wedding venues by the water
18 Jul 2019
We take a look at a host of waterside wedding venues in Norfolk, which offer a beautiful backdrop for your big day
Add something spectacular to your Norfolk wedding by choosing a wedding venue by the water. Perfect for picture opportunities and offering a sense of serenity, these venues are sure to wow your wedding guests.
Oxnead Hall, Norwich
With its idyllic location in the glorious Norfolk countryside, Oxnead Hall offers a setting of romance and natural beauty that’s exclusively yours for your wedding. You’ll have your pick of characterful places to celebrate, from the intimate Orangery to the impressive Great Barn and the elegant Fountain Room to the manicured gardens, giving you the freedom to make your special day just the way you want it.
This picturesque venue’s waterside setting provides a sense of tranquillity and rural charm like nowhere else. The River Bure drifts through the lush surroundings of the estate, while a private lake is perfectly positioned at the end of the garden. Hold your vows here al fresco just a few feet from the water’s edge, or take some time to wander along the bank and capture photographs with this breathtaking backdrop.
The Imperial Hotel, Great Yarmouth
Hosting weddings since the 1960s, The Imperial is a traditional seaside, family-owned four-star hotel offering four beautiful ceremony rooms with 39 very comfortable bedrooms.
At the Imperial, the team are well known for the outstanding service and they have a reputation for great food. The kitchen team source only the finest local ingredients, where possible. You can be rest assured that your wedding meal will be prepared to the highest standard.
Choose from one of The Imperial's fantastic packages, starting from £999 with options for ceremonies, two- or three-course wedding breakfasts, informal buffets and parties. There are rooms to suit all.
Cley Windmill, Holt
Cley Windmill has to be one of the ultimate venues by the water, sitting proudly as it does right next to the stunning reed beds and river with the sea in the distance. Imagine arriving at your wedding by boat and mooring at the windmill’s private jetty – what could be more romantic? The photographs will be to die for – up on the windmill balcony right next to the sails, or amongst the reeds, or maybe in the stunning walled garden under the rose arch.
Many windmill weddings take place outside, but if the weather isn’t great ceremonies take place in the fabulous beamed round dining room at the base of the tower with views out over the reeds and the river – just wonderful. You can book the windmill for a ceremony only, or do what most couples do and take over the whole place for a night or two and give your guests an unforgettable day, full of special memories.
Titchwell Manor, Titchwell (Near Brancaster)
Titchwell Manor is a stunning 26-bedroom boutique hotel only a stone’s throw from the beautiful North Norfolk sandy beaches. Couples can enjoy waking up to pure tranquillity and breathtaking views overlooking the marshland and out to sea, often taking a walk down to the beach in the morning to clear their head and prepare for the big day.
The wedding co-ordinator, Amy Janes, is always on hand to ensure the day is seamless and everything couples have ever dreamt of. There are an array of photography locations including Thornham harbour, Brancaster beach, the venue's own beautiful gardens and the impressive hotel interiors.
The team ensure guests are kept busy, indulging in delicious canapés while couples have a moment to themselves and photos are taken. The award-winning chefs at the three AA Rosette restaurant pride themselves on creating bespoke menus for each couple, using as much local produce as possible or foraging for their own marsh herbs.
Image: Tim Stephenson Photography
The Norfolk Mead Hotel, Norwich
The Norfolk Mead is a beautiful Georgian country house on the banks of the River Bure in the Broads National Park. Dating from 1740, it is the perfect venue for weddings – both intimate, and for up to 250 guests.
There are special moments at every turn amongst the secluded eight acre grounds – from the expansive front lawn to the gardens that circle the hotel and extend right to the river, where the venue has its own boat for hire. You can spot swans, geese and other wildfowl on the private lake. At the heart of the hotel, the contemporary Garden Room venue is inside a quintessentially English walled garden.
The Norfolk Mead has a wedding licence to host your civil ceremony in the beautiful grounds. The bridal suite, Chanterelle, with a private balcony overlooking the water meadow all the way down to the river is a beautiful space to prepare for the big day, and couples have the option to hire the entire hotel if your guests require rooms for the evening.
Image: Fuller Photography
The Lacon Arms, Great Yarmouth
Situated a few feet away from the sea, beach and dunes, the LA Lounge at The Lacon Arms is a picture perfect wedding venue. The LA Lounge is licensed to hold civil ceremonies and is supported by a dedicated team of wedding co-ordinators, so couples are in experienced and competent hands.
With a landscaped garden and a spacious terrace, wedding guests can fully enjoy the coastal location and far-reaching sea views across Hemsby beach. Hosting one wedding a day, the LA Lounge at The Lacon Arms ensures complete exclusivity and the undivided attention of the venue team.
Various packages are available and ceremony room hire starts from £395, allowing couples to find an option that suits their budget and requirements. Catering options for your wedding breakfast are plentiful with a carvery or three-course menu for the day and buffet or hog roast for the evening, including a vegetarian menu.
For more Norfolk wedding inspiration, browse the latest edition of Norfolk Bride magazine.