Suffolk is a picturesque county with ancient harbour towns and idyllic countryside dotted with thatched cottages. Your wedding guests will find Suffolk easily reached from London – yet it feels an entire world away. The weather is always a consideration for a wedding too – so it’s good to know that Suffolk is one of the sunniest counties in England.
A Traditional Suffolk Church Wedding rhubarb candle
One of the most characteristic features of the idyllic Suffolk landscape is the myriad towers and spires that appear on every horizon. There’s great choice, therefore, if you’re considering a traditional church wedding. Simon Jenkins’ book, England’s Thousand Best Churches, includes as many as 41 churches in Suffolk, with ones in places such as Lavenham and Long Melford being awarded four and five star ratings, respectively. A church wedding undoubtedly lends solemnity to the occasion as well as providing the perfect backdrop for a traditional English rural wedding.
A Wedding Venue on the Glorious Suffolk Coast
The Suffolk coast is one of the most picturesque corners of Britain. It is known for its many ancient fishing villages, long shingle strands, fishermen’s huts and secretive labyrinth of estuaries and creeks. Holding your wedding in Aldeburgh, home to the famous music festival, could add a whole new dimension to your wedding day. Equally the row of colourful beach huts in Southwold make for a fabulous wedding photo opportunity.
Suffolk Wedding Reception Food Ideas
With Suffolk being both a rural and coastal county there’s an abundance of fine local produce that can add plenty of local flavour to your wedding feast. Seafood dishes such as potted shrimp make for a delicious starter. Offering your wedding guests a Suffolk cheese board during the evening reception adds a nice touch – as does serving mini wafer cones filled with local Suffolk ice cream. If you really want your wedding to be filled with Suffolk traditions then consider asking your venue, or caterers, to come up with a modern twist on the Suffolk Roly-Poly for your wedding breakfast dessert.
Suffolk Wedding Venues
The Suffolk region has a particularly notable collection of first class wedding venues. In the south of the county, close to Ipswich, you’ll find the magnificent 16th century Hintlesham Hall as well as the luxury boutique country house hotel, Kesgrave Hall – both of which will delight your wedding guests. Hengrave Hall, outside Bury St Edmunds, has to be one of the most impressive wedding venues in Suffolk and is definitely worth a look. This breathtakingly beautiful Tudor mansion is surrounded by 50 acres of stunning Suffolk landscape with landscaped gardens, parkland and even an idyllic, private church. Then, of course, there’s Ickworth House – one of the great treasures of Suffolk. The former home of the Earls of Bristol is now owned by the National Trust. Its famous Rotunda is immediately recognisable and provides an almost iconic backdrop for a Suffolk wedding. On the Suffolk Cambridgeshire border is the town of Newmarket – known as the ‘home of British horseracing’. The town’s racecourse is a fun wedding venue and provides a very strong theme for your day. Newmarket’s Jockey Club Rooms, the private members club, has recently opened its doors for the first time in its 260 year history for weddings and is a highly prestigious venue in which to hold your wedding.