Your East Anglian Wedding - February/March 2023 (Issue 59)

ALPHETON HALL BARNS, SUFFOLK 01284 830 200 | Alpheton Hall Barns are part of an ancient settlement comprising Alpheton Hall and the Church of St Peter & St Paul. Set in meadows and woodland at the end of a no-through road, the site was founded by Aelfflaed, whose husband Bryhtnoth, Earl of Essex, was killed at the battle of Maldon in Essex in AD 991. The venue’s two traditional, timber-frame Suffolk Barns, with black timber cladding, are set between the Stackyard Wedding Garden – ideal for your welcome drinks – and Confetti Arboretum; a young wooded area surrounded by long grasses and wildflowers, with a mown grass ‘heart’ perfect for your confetti run, drone shots and golden-hour photographs. Rustic, unspoilt and sympathetically restored rather than converted, the barns offer everything you need for your wedding including tables and chairs, fully fitted caterers’ and bar kitchens and smart WCs. Couples have a choice of two licensed ceremony spaces. The West Barn, with 13th-century origins, has oak-beamed walls and a stone floor, it can seat from 50 to 200 guests; or, the new Woodland Ceremony Glade with natural tree aisle, oak-framed ceremony shelter and bench seating, can seat 200+ loved ones. Should couples wish to consider a church ceremony, the barns are ideally located adjacent to the Church of St Peter & St Paul, Alpheton. Post-vows for up to 250 guests, the main South Barn provides all the space you need for your wedding breakfast, bar, band or DJ and dancing. The barn, with its timber-framed walls, flowing silk drapes and thousands of fairylights, hanging ‘hoop’ lights and vintage ladders (all with pendant rope lights), is a beautiful backdrop to photographs. What’s more, the barn courtyard with covered cart lodge bench seating (heated in cold weather), outdoor kitchen with woodfired pizza oven and twinkly fairylights is popular for evening food and as a breakout space. BEDFORD LODGE HOTEL, SUFFOLK 01638 663 175 | Bedford Lodge Hotel & Spa is a 17th-century Georgian house built originally as a hunting lodge for the sixth Duke of Bedford. Set back from the road, the impressive entrance draws you around the sweeping driveway past the perfectly manicured lawns and avenue of trees to the beautifully elegant white stucco building entrance. Set in three acres of perfectly manicured gardens, with established rose gardens and a beautiful wisteria-clad ivory pillared walkway, the Classics Garden is a formal garden which can be exclusive to the bridal couple. This space allows guests the freedom to relax during the day in quieter surroundings. The hotel provides the perfect blend between old and new, retaining the charm and character of a country house but with the modern luxury and comfort of an exquisite boutique hotel. For ceremonies, couples have the choice of the following: The Classics Suite, an elegant and sophisticated space, can seat up to 150 loved ones; the Derby Room (created when The Classics Suite is reduced in size) offers a smaller space for up to 80 guests; the Cambridge Room, for the more intimate wedding, hosts 20; while the Classics Garden, a beautifully secluded formal garden boasts a mix of mature trees and shrubs giving this space a very timeless feel. Post-vows, The Classics Suite, boasting crystal chandeliers, natural tones and an opulent feel seats up to 150 guests for a sit-down meal. Similar in style, the Derby can seat up to 80 guests for a formal dining experience. The Cambridge and Bury Rooms seating 20 and 12 respectively, can be offered separately or together for the smaller wedding. Both rooms together form an L shape layout and offers a warm and stylish elegance to the day. When tying the knot here, every wedding package includes a Rasul Spa Day for two and a manicure and pedicure for two prior to the big day. A complimentary Tasting Dinner is offered to all couples, choosing a couple of options for their big day including wines; additionally, couples benefit from complimentary leisure passes and complimentary Executive Suite for the night of the wedding. 30