If you’re shopping for wedding venues in Suffolk, you’re in luck. The eastern county is home to some of the most stunning manors and barns that the country has to offer.
While rustic barns and historic houses are abundant in Suffolk, that doesn’t mean there isn’t something for those with a penchant for the modern or quirky. In fact, we’ve stumbled across some of the dreamiest festival wedding venues in the stunning Suffolk countryside.
We reckon the selection is so good, you’ll have a tough time narrowing it down. To help you make your decision, we’ve rounded-up 15 of the best wedding venues in Suffolk and detailed exactly why they’ve made our list.
Scroll through the below and get ready to fall in love.
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1. Woodhall Manor – Woodbridge
Kicking off our Suffolk wedding venues round-up is Woodhall Manor, a dreamy exclusive-use venue set near the Suffolk Heritage Coast. The historic manor and its nine acres of beautiful grounds will be all yours for the day, giving you major Lord or Lady of the manor vibes.
You can say ‘I do’ within the Elizabethan walls or outside on the lawn before heading into the beamed reception room for a feast prepared by an award-winning chef. Following the day’s festivities, up to 30 people can stay within the 14 individually designed bedrooms. Sounds pretty blissful to us.
2. Easton Grange – Easton
Formerly a working farm, there’s no better place to go for an authentic country feel than Easton Grange. Thanks to a stunning renovation, the venue has a contemporary vibe that would suit couples looking for a modern venue in Suffolk down to the ground.
Surrounded by stunning grounds and gardens in picturesque Easton, close to Ipswich and within easy reach of London, Easton Grange manages to be both well-connected and secluded – no easy feat! We reckon you’ll also love the adjoining barns that allow you to host every part of your day here as well as the neutral décor that means any wedding theme goes.
3. Abbey Hall – Eye
If it’s history you’re looking for, then the 16th century Abbey Hall is more than worth a look. Built in 1583 and lovingly restored in a manner that both showcases the building’s history and the innovations of modern design, guests are guaranteed to be impressed by this Suffolk gem.
We adore the exposed brick, beams (perfect for hanging floral displays on!) and galleried seating area. We think a candlelit winter wedding here would make for an Insta-worthy celebration. If it’s summer nuptials you’re dreaming of then Abbey Hall is also an amazing option thanks to its idyllic courtyard ceremony setting.
4. Butley Priory – Woodbridge
Once dubbed “the most romantic house in England” this 14th century Augustinian monastery is one of the most sought-after wedding venues in Suffolk. A favourite of Mary Tudor back in the day, it’s easy to see why so many couples wish to say ‘I do’ here.
While the original building may be packed full of history, the wild meadows that surround it offer you the chance to host a thoroughly modern festival-style celebration with the help of Butley Priory’s marquee and tipi partners. You’re free to host up to 200 guests outside and make the most of both the stunning in-house accommodation for 15 people and the opportunity for glamping under the stars.
5. Hengrave Hall - Mildenhall
Another Suffolk wedding venue and another serious dose of history. Next on our list is the grade I listed Tudor mansion, Hengrave Hall. Ideal for couples set on a church ceremony, Hengrave has its own church just steps away from the main house. But if a church just isn’t your bag, there’s a whole host of civil ceremony options for both intimate and large weddings too.
We love the sheer amount of rooms and spaces that make this a flexible venue able to suit just about any couple’s needs. From the sun-kissed West Terrace (ideal for summer drinks) to the Children’s Playroom, and the Queen Elizabeth Suite and Blue Room complete with billiard table that allows total privacy as you prepare for your big day – there’s a room for anyone and anything here!
6. Seckford Hall Hotel – Easton
You’ll often catch us extolling the benefits of a hotel wedding venue. We love the idea of being able to have all of our loved ones stay on-site, kicking off our honeymoon early with a luxury stay or hosting a post-wedding farewell breakfast. If you’re nodding along with us, we’d advise you to take a look at Seckford Hall Hotel.
Nestled in 34 acres of peaceful grounds and boasting a luxury spa – ideal for pre and post-wedding pampering – this exclusive-use venue is guaranteed to impress your guests. You can say ‘I do’ indoors or outdoors here whatever the season and whatever your faith – the team pride themselves on their experience in hosting all kinds of weddings. Plus, with a capacity of 160, you’ll be able to invite all of your loved ones to share the fun.
7. The Granary Estates – Woodditton
Barns have become increasingly popular wedding venue choices and The Granary Estates is a perfect example of why. Flint walls and original timber beams make for an unbeatably cosy and rustic atmosphere, while the glass walkway between the two original barns on-site adds a welcome contemporary touch.
The private courtyard provides the ideal spot for sun-soaked reception drinks in the summer while the country surroundings make for a stunning photo backdrop. We also love that The Granary Estates allows couples to choose from a selection of hand-picked, award-winning caterers, ensuring the menu is as personal as every other element of the day.
8. Jimmy's Farm – Ipswich
With a 17th century barn, working farm and ancient woodland, Jimmy's Farm is packed with character and personality. You can marry outside while guests sit atop haybales or inside the brand-new celebration tent under the festoon lights.
The grounds offer plenty of space for garden games and bouncy castles (you know you want to!) while the barn lends itself perfectly to casual, banquet-style seating. Once seated you can enjoy a bespoke menu featuring your favourite dish made with fresh, British produce – yes please!
9. All Manor of Events – Needham Market
Nestled within the heart of the Suffolk countryside yet within easy reach of Ipswich, All Manor of Events is as charming as it is convenient. If it’s rustic vibes you’re after, then All Manor of Events is a must-see thanks to its characterful barn and purpose-built outdoor ceremony room.
The barn can host up to 220 guests, making this venue a great choice for large weddings and receptions. The barn is marquee lined giving its rustic charm an elegant touch with the help of fairy lights and chandeliers. Inside the ambient space you’ll enjoy meals cooked on-site using locally-sourced ingredients ensuring a restaurant quality experience for you and your guests.
10. Glemham Hall – Sweffling
If, like us, you’ve always dreamt of becoming lord or lady of the manor for the day then we suggest you take a look at Glemham Hall. Both the hall and the 300-acre estate in which it sits will be exclusively yours for the day when you say ‘I do’ here and you can invite up to 100 guests to witness your nuptials.
We can think of few spaces more opulent than the oak panelled Great Hall for large ceremonies and the cosy Drawing Room offers a tranquil spot for intimate ‘I dos’. During the summer months the team at Glemham Hall offer up The Summerhouse in the rose garden for outdoor ceremonies. In the rose garden you’ll also find the magnificent fairy-lit wedding reception marquee where you can finish celebrations in the company of up to 200 guests.
11. Helmingham Hall – Stowmarket
We’re heading into real fairy tale territory with our next Suffolk wedding venue pick. Helmingham Hall is a moated (yep, you read that right) Tudor hall set within a 400-acre ancient deer park. Everything here is so historic, even the gardens are grade I listed.
The charming Coach House is licensed for civil ceremonies and partnerships and St Mary’s Church is situated just a short stroll from the hall and gardens, making it easy to host your entire day here. After the ‘I dos’ you can join guests for a toast in the grounds before heading into a transformed Coach House or a marquee where guest numbers are limitless.
12. Bruisyard Hall – Saxmundham
Struggling to choose between a rustic barn or a country house? At Bruisyard Hall you totally don’t have to. With a stunning wedding barn with a capacity of 140 seated guests and a breathtaking country house that sleeps 28, you can have the best of both worlds here.
Available on an exclusive-use basis you can treat Bruisyard as your home for the day, exploring the rooms (including a snooker room and attic bar!) within the grand yet cosy house as well as taking the opportunity to snap some wedding photographs within the 700 acres of land.
13. White Dove Barns – Beccles
Set on the charming Marsh Farm estate, overlooking the Hundred River Valley, Suffolk Weddings’ White Dove Barns boasts one of the most enchanting settings in the area. The thatched barn gives us major quaint country vibes and we’d recommend the venue to couples looking for a blank canvas on which they can add their own wedding theme.
Cream walls and natural wood beams contrast beautifully with an elegant chandelier centrepiece and modern mood lighting. We think the barn is a particularly ambient setting for wedding breakfasts, and wedding breakfasts at White Dove Barns promise to be extra-special thanks to their bespoke menu offering using the best of British ingredients – yum!
14. Fynn Valley Terrace – Ipswich
This family friendly, purpose-built wedding venue offers a contemporary take on the Suffolk country wedding venue scene. The oak-framed Fynn Valley Terrace features panoramic views across the golf course from its south facing terrace and lawn – the ideal spot for a Pimms or two!
The large French doors, high ceilings and neutral décor of the ceremony and reception rooms give a light and airy feel that lends itself perfectly to just about any wedding theme or colour scheme. The Café Terrace makes for the perfect evening celebration space with plenty of room for dancing and its own private bar.
15. Tuddenham Mill - Bury St Edmunds
This old watermill, situated just outside Bury St Edmunds, has been lovingly restored to create a charming country wedding venue with a unique edge. Surrounded by meadows and a millpond occupied by swans, Tuddenham Mill is a seriously romantic setting for your nuptials.
Tuddenham Mill can accommodate intimate weddings with as few as 36 guests in the Terrace Room and 60 sit-down guests in the stylish restaurant while 120 guests are welcome for a more informal celebration. With 21 luxury bedrooms on-site, you and your nearest and dearest won't be in a rush to leave this country oasis - especially when you check out the luxurious freestanding baths and ESPA toiletries!
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