Your East Anglian Wedding - February/March 2024 (Issue 65)

ONCE UPON A TIME Tie the knot in a venue full of history FEB/MAR 2024 £3.55 Meant TO BE EAST ANGLIANWEDDING Dreamy DÉCOR The latest venue styling trends WIN! A honeymoon in Jamaica Real weddings

65 REGULARS 6 EDITOR’S LETTER What to look out for in this issue 8 NEARLYWED NEWS Catch up on the latest from around the region 10 FREEBIES & OFFERS Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs 31 COMPETITION Win a honeymoon in Jamaica worth £4,500 61 HOT TOPIC Our experts answer your questions CONTENTS FEBRUARY/MARCH 2024 FEATURES 51 HANDMADE WITH LOVE Add a personal touch to your big day 57 A FLORAL HAVEN Inspired by early autumn, a team of local suppliers worked together to create this stunning styled shoot at Butley Priory 65 CLASSIC ELEGANCE See why Swynford Manor is perfect for weddings in this summery styled shoot 69 DREAMY DÉCOR The latest venue styling trends On the cover... This issue’s beautiful cover has been sponsored by Norfolk wedding venue The Boathouse ( It was captured at the wedding of Sam and Jen by James Rouse Photography ( You can read more about their big day on page 38. 57 VENUES 19 SPOTLIGHT ON NORTH NORFOLK Discover some of the best local venues 25 A TRIP DOWN MEMORY LANE Tie the knot in a venue full of history 30 LADY OF THE MANOR Melissa Cullen visits Dunston Hall Hotel, Spa and Golf Resort 3

REAL WEDDINGS 33 THE MOST DREAMY DAY Katie and Darren were next door neighbours before they realised they were meant to be 38 LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT Jen fell head over heels for Sam the first time she saw her 45 OUR PERFECT DAY Laura and Danny opted for a natural colour scheme for their wedding at Caley Hall Hotel FASHION & BEAUTY 74 FASHION FOCUS The latest bridal fashion news, buys and launches 75 DAINTY DETAILS Say “I do” in these model looks 80 BEAUTY BUZZ Get the look with the latest must-haves 82 FASHION & BEAUTY Q&A Local professionals solve your problems 38 HONEYMOONS 86 HONEYMOON NEWS Our travel editor reveals the newest openings and honeymoon essentials 88 A SONG OF SUN AND SEA We reveal why Dubrovnik is the perfect honeymoon destination GROOMS 84 RUSTIC CHIC We’ve rounded up some of the latest on-trend products for the groom-to-be 88 33 75 45 4

Fynn Valley Terrace Weddings the setting for a wedding to remember.... The oak-beamed Terrace opened in Autumn 2018 and has panoramic windows overlooking the golf course and surrounding countryside, complemented by extensive outside terrace and bi- fold doors to bring the outside inside. Every wedding day is individual and no one package suits all. We work with you to build your perfect day to suit your own tastes and requirements, Also offering on-site accomodation, 5 star luxury lodges to make your special day even more memorable. Our expert wedding planners can help you every step of the way to ensure your day is seamless perfection in our fabulous new facility. Licensed for civil ceremonies, with outside ceremonies an option. Book in for a no-obligation show-round today! 01473 785267

Welcome to our February/March issue and congratulations to those of you who recently got engaged; we can’t wait to help you plan your special day! Planning your wedding can feel overwhelming, especially at the beginning, but try not to panic. Weddings aren’t onesize-fits-all, so make the day about you, your interests and your love story. For example, if you love Harry Potter, why not incorporate it into your day? After all, it’s your wedding! Having trouble getting started? I found that the best thing to do when I got engaged was to make a list of everything that I’d like to include in my day. From the big things like the venue and photographer down to the smaller details such as the cake topper and jewellery. The list might be a few sentences, or five pages long(!); both are absolutely fine. The list is there so you can find which items are important to you and to help you focus on one thing at a time. Focus on your venue first, as this will dictate the day and time that you’re getting married. Due to the knock-on effects of the pandemic, many venues are still getting booked years in advance, so get your dream space locked in as soon as possible and then you can start thinking about your other suppliers. If you’re not sure what type of venue you want for your big day, check out our venue features for heaps of inspiration. Happy planning! Melissa x Melissa Cullen, Senior Editor Love is in the air ISSN 2052-0514 Your East Anglian Wedding is solely owned, published and designed by KD Events & Publishing. Whilst every effort was made to ensure the information in this magazine was correct at the time of going to press, the publishers cannot accept legal responsibility for any errors or omissions, nor can they accept responsibility for advert content, or of the standing of advertisers or by the editorial contributions. The views expressed do not necessarily reflect those of the publisher. Your East Anglian Wedding is published six times a year. EVENTS & PUBLISHING cwe COUNTY WEDDING EVENTS 84 86 30 We reveal the latest best buys and product launches for the groom-to-be. @CountyWeddingMagazines @CountyWeddings @countyweddingmagazines Visit us online at and DESIGN 01376 535 616 ACCOUNTS 01376 535 616 MANAGING DIRECTOR Sarah Ellis | 01376 535 602 EDITORIAL Senior Editor Melissa Cullen | 01376 535 611 Melissa Cullen visits Dunston Hall Hotel, Spa and Golf Resort. Read all about the latest openings and honeymoon destinations for couples post-vows. The QHotels Collection ADVERTISING Account Manager Matthew Stageman | 01376 538 567 45 Laura and Danny opted for a natural theme for their big day at Caley Hall Hotel. 6

33 38 Katie and Darren were just friends before they realised they were meant to be. Check out these on-trend dresses full of beautiful details. 65 31 75 57 Inspired by early autumn, a team of local suppliers worked together to create this stunning styled shoot at Butley Priory. Sam and Jen opted for a burgundy colour scheme for their wedding at The Boathouse. Win an all-inclusive honeymoon in Jamaica worth nearly £4,500! See why Swynford Manor is perfect for weddings in this summery styled shoot. EDITOR’S LETTER 7

NEWS Nearlywed All the latest from around the region A NEW LOOK Hungarian Hall, a wedding venue in Woodbridge, Suffolk, is undergoing a transformation. Soon to be under the name Hungarian Hall Estate, the property has launched a new website and branding and will be offering accommodation for up to 20 wedding guests this summer. Known as the Apple Barn, the accommodation is suitable for people with mobility difficulties, which means there will be somewhere for everyone to stay. Chris Boardley, the operations director, tells us: “These are exciting times at Hungarian Hall; after years of planning, designing and building, we will be opening our new accommodation building. It’s another reason to hold your wedding or event at Hungarian Hall, especially when you’ve got guests coming from far away or if you just want to be able to party late into the night without worrying about the journey home.” To find out more about the property, visit the website A DREAMY CEREMONY The Boathouse is a stunning wedding venue, just a few miles from the coast and the popular seaside town of Yarmouth. Come and see what the property has to offer at its wedding fair on Sunday 17th March. Doors open from 11am to 3pm and entry is free of charge. This is the perfect opportunity to view the venue and meet a host of local suppliers who can help make your dream wedding a reality. Explore the wonderfully light and airy Ceremony Room. Big enough for up to 120 of your friends and family, the sliding glass doors open onto the spacious terrace, and beside it, there’s a pretty wedding arbour where you can say your vows. You can even arrive by boat if you wish! After tying the knot, you will proceed to the beautiful wedding breakfast and celebration rooms, a perfect blend of modern and classic styles and enjoy a sit-down meal with your loved ones. Between the two main rooms is a reception and private bar area, ideal for drinks and canapés. Head over to for more information. PICTURE PERFECT Allen Blasdell from Creative Pixel Photography has had an exciting few months. He was awarded a Wedisson Award for the above image and was accepted by ‘This is Reportage’ and ‘Masters of Wedding Photography’ – congratulations! Fully booked for 2024, Allen is taking bookings for 2025 and will be exhibiting at the Ravenwood Hall Wedding Fair on Sunday 21st April 2024. This is the perfect time to meet Allen and discuss your big day requirements. He tells us: “My goal is to be there at your wedding, yet unnoticed, to capture moments that you’ll have missed and gently work with you and your guests to create a set of photos that will make you cry one day and laugh the next. My work as a documentary wedding photographer is to give you photographs that capture the moments, emotions and story of your wedding day as it unfolds. From the prep in the morning with your bridesmaids, where the champagne is flowing freely, to the ceremony where your new partner showed emotions you’d never seen before, to the first dance, where finally all the joy and happiness exploded with crazy, uninhibited dancing.” Find out more about Creative Pixel Photography at 8

DATE FOR THE DIARY Magical Events LTD, based in Norfolk, offers giant hat tipis, bell tents, furniture and lighting for weddings and events. The team at Magical Events LTD is hosting an open weekend on Saturday 27th April and alongside the Quirky Wedding Fayre at Hubbard’s Farm in Norfolk on Sunday 28th April 2024. Doors open from 11am to 3pm both days and will feature a handpicked group of wedding professionals who all offer something different from standard wedding packages. Standard entry is free of charge, or you can opt for one of the VIP tickets, which include welcome drinks, goody bags and much more. Pop by for a quick look around, or stay and grab a drink, listen to some live music and grab something to eat. To get tickets, visit For more information about Magical Events LTD, check out the website A FABULOUS OPPORTUNITY Local Ely businesses are being encouraged to celebrate their achievements by the prestigious SME Ely Business Awards, which have launched for 2024. The SME Ely Business Awards are made up of 20 categories that any successful business in Ely can enter. Entries are judged by a panel of local expert judges and the pinnacle of the awards is the Grand Celebration, a black-tie evening taking place in May 2024. The awards director, Damian Cummins, tells us: “The 2024 SME Ely Business Awards have just launched. The innovative, hard-working and successful businesses across Ely deserve to be recognised for their achievements. Entering business awards offers exceptional marketing and PR opportunities throughout, as well as increasing your credibility and standing out against your competitors. We would love to see all successful businesses from across Ely take advantage and enter the awards.” To enter the awards, visit AWARD-WINNING LUXURY The AA has announced its list of Recommended UK Spas, recognising Newmarket’s The Spa at Bedford Lodge Hotel as an indulgent world of rejuvenation and luxury. The spa manager, Kate Lake, said: “We’re thrilled to be included amongst AA’s Recommended UK Spas and feel immense pride that we’re able to offer a serene spa experience blending unparalleled facilities and treatments with our calming setting. Not to mention our dedicated team, who are at the core of our success, always going above and beyond for customers and delivering a full-body wellness experience from the moment they step inside to the highest of standards.” Guests can enjoy spa breaks, spa days and evenings; The Spa at Bedford Lodge Hotel has something for even the most discerning of guests, including 10 beautiful treatment rooms with one couple’s suite, along with extensive spa facilities. These include a hydrotherapy pool, a relaxation room, a steam room, a sauna, dry flotation, experiential showers and a rooftop hot tub. Discover more at FLORAL WONDERS The Business Awards UK has announced the winners and finalists of the 2023 Wedding Services Awards. These awards recognise the exceptional talent and dedication of professionals in the wedding industry, celebrating those who have demonstrated excellence in their services and contributed significantly to making wedding experiences memorable. The 2023 Wedding Services Awards honour these distinguished companies and individuals who have set high standards in the wedding industry, showcasing exceptional creativity, professionalism and passion. These awards not only recognise their outstanding achievements but also celebrate their role in creating dream weddings and unforgettable moments for couples. So Blooming Beautiful Designs Ltd ( in Cambridge won ‘Wedding Florist of the Year’ – congratulations! For more information about the Wedding Services Awards, email Getty Images LOCAL NEWS 9

Take advantage of these gorgeous giveaways and fab offers STYLED TO PERFECTION Cevent Hire Suffolk Weddings and Events is a venue stylist in Sudbury, Suffolk. Owner Corinne tells us: “Our expertise is in creating luxurious silk flower arrangements specifically for your wedding décor. When you book with us, you can expect a personalised service where no design is the same. From the initial consultation and design process to the professional installation of the perfect piece for your event, we strive to provide a bespoke experience. We are able to install or deliver to venues across Suffolk, Cambridge and Essex.” Exclusively for Your East Anglian Wedding, Cevent Hire Suffolk Weddings and Events is offering couples getting married in 2024 or 2025 £200 off its Meadow Package. This wonderful package is usually priced at £1,200 and includes a luxury backdrop, six centrepieces, two floral aisle displays, a welcome sign, a table plan, 60 chair covers and sashes, love lights and table numbers. To claim this wonderful offer, email Corinne at and mention Your East Anglian Wedding. For more information about Cevent Hire Suffolk Weddings and Events, visit the website JEWELLERY MUST-HAVES Independent British brand Scream Pretty is giving readers the chance to win £150 to spend online at Say ‘I do’ to wedding season and RSVP to any summer soiree in style with Scream Pretty’s stunning treasure trove of jewellery. From lustrous opulent pearls, playful floral motifs, colourful touches and statement sparkle, Scream Pretty’s collection of consciously crafted recycled-sterling silver and gold-plated recycled-sterling silver designs have something for every wedding party. Its Modern Pearl collection features classically chic Baroque pearl necklaces and charm hoops, or for a touch more glam, why not opt for the Pearl and Tennis Chain earrings? Elsewhere, its Simple Sparkle and Audrey ranges bring sparkling crystals across a host of earring designs from dazzling huggies, beautiful bows, signature drop studs and delicate threaders; all designed to mix, match, layer, and stack, sitting as intricate accents that can be worn in piercings across the ear for a dainty curated look. For bridesmaids’ gifts, Scream Pretty’s Zodiac Coin Pendants make thoughtful personalised gifts, whilst its collection of heart, oval and precious hand carabiner charm collectors make the perfect keepsake. Designed with the ethos ‘Be seen. Be heard. Scream Pretty.’, this jewellery brand has you covered for every occasion. Freebies& OFFERS 10

HANDMADE WITH LOVE KGH Illustrates is run by Kimberley, an illustrator from Norwich, Norfolk, with a BA (hons) in illustration. “I set up KGH Illustrates in January 2020 with the aim of providing illustrated wedding invitations for couples who want something different from a swirly font or just a letterpress,” explains Kimberley. “My style is watercolour illustrations inspired by nature. Along with wedding stationery, I also offer a commission service for custom pet portraits, family portraits and portraits in general.” Kimberley offers designs from her house collection, or if you have something in mind, she can also create bespoke products. Exclusively for Your East Anglian Wedding readers, Kimberley is offering our readers 10 per cent off all wedding stationery orders. To claim this fabulous discount, email Kimberley at and mention the magazine. To find out more, visit CAKE EXPECTATIONS Buns of Fun Bakery is one of Norfolk’s most popular stores for vegan buttercream cakes. “We infuse personality, vibrant colours and real flowers into every creation,” says owner Emma Thorburn. “In 2019, we transformed our love for cruelty-free living into a business that redefines the art of vegan buttercream cakes. We’re about crafting edible masterpieces that tell the unique story of your special day. Our commitment goes beyond taste; we believe in using fabulous fresh ingredients, crafting our own jams and curds and championing an ethical stance with a plastic-free approach and a low carbon footprint. We go above and beyond by providing a courtesy handdrawn canvas and easel with every wedding, adding a personalised touch to your celebration. “Elevate your celebration with our All-In Package, complete with a stunning cake stand, a chic cake knife and a server set,” adds Emma. “For those who believe in indulging their sweet tooth even after the festivities, we offer delectable brownies that can either grace your dessert table or serve as the ultimate morningafter sugar rush!” Exclusively for Your East Anglian Wedding, Emma is offering a 10 per cent discount on her All-In Wedding Package for remaining 2024 dates. To claim this sweet offer, drop Emma an email at and don’t forget to mention the magazine. Want to find out more about Emma’s style and creations? Visit FREEBIES & OFFERS 11

ALL EVENTS 11AM - 3PM unless otherwise stated At County Wedding Events each show is professionally and meticulously run to ensure a variety of suppliers are on hand to help you plan your big day and are hosted by some of the loveliest premier venues in your area. All our shows offer you free entry and parking, a goody bag each containing gifts, and useful local information to plan your wedding. You will also have the opportunity to enter prize draw competitions and take advantage of exclusive offers and discounts on the day. WEDDING SHOWS SPRING 2024 As part of KD Events and Publishing Ltd, County Wedding Events (CWE) is ideally placed to offer you a wealth of experience organising events in the wedding industry. If you would like more information about either holding a wedding show at your venue or exhibiting at any of our shows, please contact us at, call 01376 514000 or visit WORK WITH US HERTFORDSHIRE SUN, 25 FEB 2024 AUDLEYS WOOD HOTEL Alton Road, Basingstoke, RG25 2JT HAMPSHIRE 12PM-4PM SUN, 3 MAR 2024 WARE PRIORY High Street, Ware, SG12 9AL SUN, 12 MAY 2024 NUTFIELD PRIORY Nutfield Road, Nutfield, Redhill, RH1 4EL SURREY CAMBRIDGESHIRE SUN, 17 MAR 2024 SWYNFORD MANOR London Road, Six Mile Bottom, CB8 0UE

ESSEX SUN, 17 MAR 2024 LAYER MARNEY Layer Marney, Colchester, CO5 9US SUN, 24 MAR 2024 VAULTY MANOR Osea Leisure, Goldhanger Road, Heybridge, CM9 4SA SUN, 14 APR 2024 THAT AMAZING PLACE Hubbards Hall Farm, Harlow, CM17 0NH SUN, 21 APR 2024 CHANNELS ESTATE Belsteads Farm Lane, Little Waltham, CM3 3PT SUN, 14 APR 2024 HOUCHINS Houchins Lane, Coggeshall, CO6 1RT SUN, 28 APR 2024 OLD ESSEX BARN Cranes Lane, Kelvedon, Colchester, CO5 9AX SUN, 12 MAY 2024 BRAXTED PARK Braxted Park Estate, Great Braxted, CM8 3EN 12pm-4pm Fashion Show SUN, 19 MAY 2024 ST OSYTH PRIORY West Field Lane, St Osyth, CO16 8GW SUN, 24 MAR 2024 KIMBERLEY HALL Estate Office, Wymondham, NR18 0RT NORFOLK SUN, 3 MAR 2024 SPROWSTON MANOR Wroxham Road, Norwich, NR7 8RP 12pm-4pm 12pm-4pm

SUFFOLK SUN, 21 APR 2024 RAVENWOOD HALL HOTEL Rougham, Bury St Edmunds, IP30 9JA /CountyWeddingEvents @CountyWedEvent @countyweddingevents SUN, 25 FEB 2024 CAVE HOTEL Brickfield Lane, Boughton, ME13 9AJ KENT SUN, 21 APR 2024 LYMPNE CASTLE The Street, Lympne, CT21 4LQ SUN, 14 APR 2024 RACKLEYS Marlow Road, Cadmore End, HP14 3PP BEDFORDSHIRE SUN, 17 MAR 2024 LUTON HOO Estate Office, Luton Hoo Estate, Luton, LU1 4LF BUCKINGHAMSHIRE FOLLOW US ON SOCIAL MEDIA SUN, 12 MAY 2024 FRASERS ColdHarbour Farm, Barhams Mill Road, Egerton, TN27 9DD SUN, 3 MAR 2024 BRADBOURNE HOUSE New Rd, East Malling, ME19 6DZ

• Free entry • Goody bag for each couple • Up to 200 stands • Huge number of wedding specialists including venues • Demonstration areas • Competitions • Entertainment • Refreshments • And more... Pre-register and attend our Signature Wedding Shows to have the chance to win a mini-break courtesy of Classic Lodges Pre-register at Brooklands Drive, Weybridge, KT13 0SL SUNDAY 28TH APRIL 2024 | 11AM - 3:00PM MERCEDES-BENZ WORLD High Street, Berkshire, SL5 7JX SUNDAY 7TH APRIL 2024 | 11AM - 3.30PM ASCOT RACECOURSE


Pre-register for all of our events at ASCOT RACECOURSE, 7TH APRIL 2024 MERCEDES-BENZ WORLD, 28TH APRIL 2024 X Sarah Here at County Wedding Magazines and Events HQ we’re looking forward to kickstarting our Spring 2024 wedding show season – perfect for all those couples that got engaged over the Summer period. From must-visit local fairs in some of the region’s best wedding venues to our larger Signature Wedding Shows, we can’t wait to welcome nearlyweds to our events and help plan their wedding day. Each event will boast a huge range of specialists who will be on hand to talk through your planning ideas and requirements; venues, bridal boutiques, photographers, florists, cake makers and more, there’s everything you could need to plan your wedding under one roof. On the day refreshments will be available to purchase from each of the venue’s on-site restaurants, bars and cafés. Couples will need to pre-register in advance for an allocated arrival time, although on the day visitors are always welcome, and attending our shows are free! For more information, visit County Wedding Events’ website. We look forward to seeing you at one of our events. Sarah Ellis, Sales and Events Director County Wedding Events. Pre-register and attend our Signature Wedding Shows to have the chance to win a mini-break courtesy of Classic Lodges A date for your diary... GREAT EXPECTATIONS

Bespoke wedding receptions in a unique and exclusive location in North Norfolk. Catering by Walpoles Kitchen and others - special food for your special day 01263 584175 Image by David Blake Brome Grange Hotel Norwich Road, Brome, Nr Eye, Suffolk IP23 8AP T. 01379 870 456 E. W. A rural retreat on the Norfolk & Suffolk border Wrapped up in four acres of grounds, you’ll be hidden away in the village of Brome. The Hotel, one of the best hotels Diss has to offer, is close to the historical market town centre of Eye. Whether you’re coming in for a well needed break or just a quick bed and breakfast stop off, our staff will go the extra mile to make sure your stay is enjoyable and comfortable. “For moments that matter” GIANT TIPIS FOR A UNIQUE WEDDING, PARTY OR EVENT 07887 847200 • • @fireflytipi • Giant hat tipi hire • Mood lighting • Rustic props & furniture hire • Firepits • Bespoke planning & set up service

NORTH NORFOLK OXNEAD HALL, NR10 5HP 01553 348 003 | Oxnead Hall is a multi-award-winning wedding and events venue nestled in the glorious Norfolk countryside. Offering exclusive use for your special day, Oxnead Hall has plenty of places to explore and luxurious accommodation for up to 32 of your guests. Celebrate in style The Fountain Room is adjoined to the Great Barn and seats up to 140 guests for a civil ceremony. It’s an elegant, light-filled room, subtly decorated with statues and mirrors, with double doors leading out to the Fountain Courtyard. St. Michael and All Angels Church is a beautiful Medieval property secluded by the surrounding woodland. Seating up to 90 people, St. Michael’s is the perfect choice for an intimate church wedding. The gardens at Oxnead Hall are wonderful for outdoor ceremonies. The Tudor Parterre, the lake, the woodland and the water gardens offer a truly romantic setting for al fresco celebrations. For smaller marriages, the Orangery can hold up to 50 friends and family. Flanking the parterre and leading down to the lake, the Orangery is a tranquil oasis ideal for dreamy weddings. The award-winning Great Barn is the main event venue, seating up to 200 people for dinner. Recently refurbished while retaining its historic charm, it now boasts air conditioning, underfloor heating, a sound system and atmospheric lighting. The flexible space has plenty of room for a dancefloor, live band, DJ, or other musicians. In addition, there is a fully serviced bar and carefully designed toilets, including disabled and baby-changing facilities. The rustic setting of the barn, combined with the latest technology, allows you to create the country or rustic wedding of your dreams. The Great Barn and the Fountain Room open out to the charming Fountain Courtyard. Ample outdoor seating allows your guests to relax and catch up in this sheltered courtyard, surrounded by lavender and roses. The fountain, which is lit at night, creates a spectacular centrepiece that your guests will gather around to chat and drink together before returning to the Great Barn to continue the celebrations. We love... Oxnead Hall is offering £1,000 off new bookings on selected 2024 dates and all 2025 dates if couples book before 31st March 2024. Spotlight on... MANNINGTON ESTATE, NR11 7BB 01263 584 175 | Mannington Estate is a hidden gem located in an idyllic spot north of Norwich and just eight miles from the coast. Nestled in rural surroundings, the gardens provide a picture-perfect setting, with the impressive Medieval hall in the background. Celebrate in style The hall is still a family home today, and although you can’t get married here, there’s plenty of space in the grounds for a magical marquee reception, or you can hire the tearooms for a more intimate celebration. We love... The moat and glorious gardens look stunning in photographs. NORTH NORFOLK VENUES 19

HAPPY VALLEY NORFOLK, PE32 1DN 01485 600 719 | Happy Valley Norfolk is a secluded woodland venue, boasting a lake and wide-sky views. The woodland gardens and open glades make a picture-perfect setting for weddings. The site comprises of a traditional carrstone and flint barn with an indoor bar and a larger industrial-style barn with a cocktail bar plus an undercover adjoining courtyard, perfect for al fresco celebrations. Celebrate in style For vows, the woodland and bridged island are very popular, followed by a reception utilising the outdoor areas for a wedding breakfast of up to 180 guests and a reception of 300 friends and family. If the weather is not suitable, there are plenty of indoor spaces to choose from. We love... For guests planning to stay the night, Happy Valley Norfolk offers glamping accommodation, a luxurious treehouse, log cabins with private hot tubs and shepherds huts. CURDS HALL BARN, NR19 2RQ 07377 138 882 | Curds Hall Barn is set within 12 acres of parkland and is surrounded by uninterrupted views of the Norfolk countryside. The 17th-century venue is made up of two conjoined rooms: The Main Barn is light and airy, with whitewashed walls showcasing chequered brick and flintwork, high vaulted ceilings with original beams and contemporary lighting. While the Woodshed provides a contrasting space with darker wood cladding and atmospheric lighting, creating the perfect blank canvas for a romantic and intimate wedding breakfast. Celebrate in style Ceremonies of up to 120 loved ones can take place in The Main Barn. As previously described, it’s a bright room with huge, glazed doors and underfloor heating. The Woodshed has room for 120 guests and boasts upright beams marking a natural aisle down the centre of the room and it can be dressed in swags of fabric or fairylights to create a magical feel. For al fresco nuptials, you can tie the knot under the Old Oak Tree, positioned on the edge of the woodland, or outside on the lawn to the rear of the barn with uninterrupted views of the Norfolk countryside. It has an adjoining open-fronted cartshed with original brickwork and upright beams that can be decorated. Post-vows, wedding breakfasts and receptions can take place in the Woodshed, which has long rustic dining tables and limewashed Chivari chairs and can host up to 200 guests with ample space for a band and a dancefloor. Long rustic dining tables can fill the length of The Main Barn for banquet-style dining. Alternatively, this space is used for an evening reception for up to 200 people, with a bar in the same room as the dancefloor and access to the loft area – a perfect breakout space. We love... When tying the knot here, you will have access to a dedicated wedding coordinator, and although Curds Hall Barn is a dry-hire venue, it can provide many of the services needed, such as heating, lighting, tables and chairs, lavatories, a PA system and a staffed bar, leaving you to focus on the elements that you enjoy putting together. 20

Your Exclusive Use Wedding Venue in the Heart of Cambridgeshire 01353 663275 Ely, Cambridgeshire Step into a world of history, romance & beauty when you tie the knot at The Old Hall Ely. Nestled within an idyllic mile just outside historic Ely in Cambridgeshire, this grand Jacobean manor house promises to be your picture-perfect wedding venue. Take in the romantic lakeside views and awe-inspiring glimpses toward the majestic Ely Cathedral – while you celebrate one of life’s most special occasions! Visit us for a private show round by scanning the QR code!

Cley Windmill, Cley-next-the-Sea, Norfolk, NR25 7RP 01263 740209 | | WEDDINGS • BOUTI UE STAYS • PRIVATE HIRE special occasion AT THE WINDMILL Your Wedding Fair 23rd & 24th March BOOK YOUR DREAM WEDDING VENUE IN CAMBRIDGE REGENT STREET, CAMBRIDGE, CB2 1AD TELEPHONE 01223 606066 EVENTS@UNIVERSITYARMS.COM WWW.UNIVERSITYARMS.COM For over 175 years, University Arms has been the destination for classic parties and elegant weddings in Cambridgeshire and beyond. We are a location of unparalleled character, service, glamour and luxury. Your wedding or civil ceremony is the most important event we will ever organise, and we will take care of every detail, ensuring you enjoy every perfect moment of this most special of days. Our expert team will make your dream a reality, from early planning all the way to the day itself. With delicious menus composed and executed by our culinary experts, this is your opportunity to discover Cambridge’s most iconic venue, the perfect setting for the wedding or civil ceremony you have always imagined.

CALEY HALL HOTEL, PE36 6HH 01485 533 486 | Caley Hall Hotel was recently refurbished and the result is a must-see venue offering a relaxed atmosphere with a country-chic feel. Think wooden beams and tartan carpet, long tables with white cloths and hessian runners, teamed with gypsophila and candlelight for a simple but stylish celebration. Set around the original manor house, which dates back to 1648, the Caley Hall Hotel offers 37 chalet-style bedrooms, a bar, a lounge and a restaurant. The patio areas are decorated with greenery and the beach at Old Hunstanton is only a 10-minute walk away. Celebrate in style Exchange your vows and host your reception in the main restaurant with up to 80 of your loved ones and a further 50 can join for the evening celebration. Alternatively, The Old Barn, a magical space lit with fairylights, is ideal for intimate ceremonies with up to 40 of your friends and family. We love... The nearby beach huts and sand dunes look fabulous in photographs. SENNOWE PARK, NR20 5PB 01603 757 658 | Sennowe Park is a large and impressive Edwardian Grade II* listed house set on a knoll overlooking terraced gardens and sweeping parkland. Offering picture-perfect settings in abundance, its Edwardian Garden statuary, flower-filled urns and topiary make for a stunning location for a marquee. While the Italianate gardens overlook rolling parkland and offer glimpses of the romantic boathouse on the park lake. Celebrate in style Ceremonies of up to 120 people can take place either in the panelled Long Room in the house or in the beautiful 70ft flower-filled Winter Garden. The colonnade around two sides of the house is the perfect place for a string quartet to play for guests during the reception. After the ‘I dos’, the terraced gardens or parkland are ideal locations for a marquee with a capacity of up to 250 guests, while the Winter Garden is suitable for smaller weddings of 50. The latter is filled with geraniums and climbing flowers all spring and summer and the central marble fountain creates a charming feature. This conservatory is regularly used for films and photoshoots; it creates a magical venue for a wedding ceremony or reception. We love... When tying the knot here, you will have exclusive use of the venue and a one-night stay for the wedding party, which includes access to bedrooms from 9am on the wedding day plus a complimentary light continental brunch for up to 10 people. The bedrooms have been decorated to a high standard and are extremely comfortable, with views across the terraced gardens and parkland. 23 NORTH NORFOLK VENUES

Huntingdon Town Hall The beautifully restored Grade II* Listed Georgian Town Hall is situated on the historic Market Square in Huntingdon. The building boasts two renovated Court Rooms to provide a unique and intimate setting for up to 60 guests. For larger ceremonies and receptions, the Assembly Hall and Council Chamber provide elegant spaces for parties of up to 120. The Town Hall is available for viewing via appointment. Should you wish to visit, please contact Hayley Burns on 01480 410380 or email For more information, visit our website MEMORIES TO LAST A LIFETIME BESPOKE LUXURY WEDDINGS SET IN 3 ACRES OF GARDENS IN THE HEART OF SUFFOLK. To arrange a visit please call 01638 663175 or email Receive a complimentary glass of champagne on presentation of this advert. Civil Ceremonies, Wedding Receptions, Contemporary Accommodation, Exceptional Dining and Award-Winning Spa.

Time after time Tie the knot in a venue full of history KING’S LYNN TOWN HALL, PE30 5DQ 01553 777 775 | Having been at the heart of King’s Lynn for more than eight centuries, King’s Lynn Town Hall boasts a wealth of architectural features that give its rooms character and a sense of occasion. From the Grade I-listed Medieval Stone Hall, with its impressive stone floor and oak-beamed ceiling, to the ornate Georgian Assembly Room, there are several elegant rooms perfect for hosting weddings. The impressive building is easily identified by its flintstone exterior and stunning windows, which look beautiful in photographs. Celebrate in style Couples can choose to host their ceremony with up to 120 loved ones in either the Stone Hall or the Assembly Room. The Stone Hall, also known as the Trinity Guildhall, dates back to 1421. The great south window floods the room with light and along with the impressive Ketton stone floor and great oak beams, it creates a real sense of occasion. The window contains numerous panes signed by plumbers and glaziers who worked on the window during the 18th and 19th centuries. The hall is decorated with imposing portraits, including the first portrait of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, presented to the town by Queen Elizabeth II. The elegant symmetry of the characteristically Georgian Assembly Room is complete with chandeliers, ornate golden mirrors, original fireplaces, period cornicing and grand portraits – ideal for civil ceremonies, wedding breakfasts and evening functions. After the ‘I dos’, the wedding breakfast takes place in the Assembly Room for up to 120 guests, while the evening reception utilises both the Assembly Room and Stone Hall for up to 180 guests. We love... There’s a wide range of accommodation available within close proximity for all budgets and there’s plenty of pay-and-display parking nearby. 25 HISTORIC VENUES

HINTLESHAM HALL, IP8 3NS 01473 652 334 | Surrounded by peaceful gardens, Hintlesham Hall has an impressive Georgian frontage and an elegant Tudor feature at the back. This Suffolk gem is sure to wow your guests as they wind their way down the tree-lined drive and discover the impressive hall. Celebrate in style There’s a choice of distinctive rooms where you can tie the knot, including the Georgian-style Salon, which has an impressive chandelier, an ornate gold-leaf ceiling and space for up to 100 friends and family. Intimate ceremonies take place in The Justice on the ground floor, which overlooks the back lawns. There are three function rooms too, including The Salon, which, with the adjacent Parlour, is big enough for up to 135 of your loved ones to celebrate in style. Relax in the venue’s inviting lounges, and at the end of the night, retire to the luxuriously furnished bedrooms, many of which have original timber beams and features. We love... The 17th-century plasterwork ceiling in the Carolean is believed to be one of the finest of its kind in the country. THE SHIRE HALL, IP12 4LP 01394 383 599 | Located in the heart of Woodbridge and surrounded by traditional inns, restaurants and quirky historic buildings, is the magnificent 16th-century Shire Hall. Built in 1575 by Thomas Seckford, the property has been the focal point of Woodbridge for almost 450 years and stands proudly in the centre of Market Hill. Displaying its iconic 17th-century Flemish gabling and stone capping, with an elegant long iron staircase either side of the large, impressive arched doors, Shire Hall is the perfect venue for photographs and creating special memories. Celebrate in style Make your grand entrance via the stone steps into the airy Council Chamber, which has splendid architectural columns and can comfortably hold up to 64 of your guests. The Shire Hall has step-free access for guests with limited mobility, public Wi-Fi and a Bluetooth sound system for those who require it. A wedding car can be parked off-road at the back of Shire Hall for the happy couple to use and there is space for another vehicle for those relatives or friends with limited mobility. We love... The Shire Hall is open to the public between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday and the team welcome you to visit by booking an appointment. 26

Rougham . Bury St. Edmunds . Suffolk . IP30 9JA Tel: 01359 270 345 e-mail Ceremony: 130 (additional capacity in connecting rooms); unlimited if outside. Wedding breakfast: 130 seated in West Wing (total capacity 250). Unlimited space for marquees and car parking Luxury accommodation for 48 on site in the Hall, estate holiday lets and ground-floor apartment Walled Garden glamping with hot showers and WC's available for a further 50+ guests State of the-art West Wing events area with upstairs lounge, giant mirror ball, lasers and atmospheric lighting Underground nightclub with vaulted rooms (6,500 sq. ft) and late licence WEDDINGS CORPORATE PARTIES OPEN-AIR @kimberleyhallnorfolk Email Follow us on social media 'Having looked at many venues across Norfolk, we decided on Kimberley Hall as it presented such a unique and romantic setting with its fantastic lakeside location, beautiful grounds and variety of interior spaces.' THE VENUE FOR ALL SEASONS Kimberley Hall, Wymondham, NR18 0RT Contact us

HEACHAM MANOR HOTEL, HUNSTANTON ROAD, HEACHAM, NORFOLK PE31 7JX ON WINTER WEDDINGS 2025 Book your wedding January - March 2025 and save £1000! SAVE £1000! Terms and conditions apply. Minimum 50 Guests for Ceremony and Wedding Breakfast required. Excludes ceremony and reception only weddings. More info at To arrange a viewing or to speak to our team please call 01485 536030 or email PLEASE QUOTE REF: East24 OUR BEAUTIFUL VENUE. Exclusive Use Countryside Wedding Destination 01394 460362 Pettistree Woodbridge, Suffolk, IP13 0JF

BEDFORD LODGE HOTEL, CB8 7BX 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 to the elegant white stucco building entrance. 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. Set in three acres of perfectly manicured gardens, the hotel has established rose gardens and a wisteria-clad, ivory-pillared walkway to The Spa. The Classics Suite Garden is a formal garden that can be exclusive to you. This space allows your guests the freedom to relax during the day in quiet surroundings. Celebrate in style For ceremonies, you will have a choice of spaces. The Classics Suite is an elegant and sophisticated room that can seat up to 150 of your loved ones, and the Derby Room (created when the Classics Suite is reduced in size) offers a smaller space for up to 80 of your guests. The Cambridge Room, ideal for more intimate weddings, hosts 20, and the Classics Garden, a beautifully secluded formal garden, boasts a mix of mature trees and shrubs, giving the space a very timeless feel. Post-vows, The Classics Suite, boasting crystal chandeliers, natural tones and an opulent feel, seats up to 150 of your friends and family for a sit-down meal. Similar in style, the Derby Room can seat up to 80 for a formal dining experience. The Cambridge and Bury Rooms, seating 20 and 12, respectively, can be offered separately or together for a smaller wedding. Both rooms together form an L-shaped layout and offer a warm and stylish elegance to the day. We love... 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 and you will benefit from complimentary leisure passes and an Executive Suite on the night of the wedding. HUNTINGDON TOWN HALL, PE29 3PJ 01480 411 883 | Built in 1745, the beautifully restored Grade II*-listed Georgian Town Hall is situated in the heart of Huntingdon on the historic Market Square. The building features authentic Georgian sash windows and a firstfloor balcony surrounded by floral displays in the summer. As a former courthouse, the building is full of character and original features. Celebrate in style Huntingdon Town Hall boasts four licensed spaces for ceremonies, including two renovated courtrooms, great for intimate ‘I dos’ with up to 60 guests. For larger affairs, the Assembly Hall on the second floor is a grand ballroom with space for up to 120 family and friends. Complete with three crystal chandeliers and portraits on the walls, it oozes elegance and style. The Council Chamber can host 75 loved ones, and receptions of up to 150 guests can be catered for across the two larger rooms, while the courtrooms are also available for more intimate parties. We love... The courtrooms are a unique setting for couples looking for something a little different for their ceremony. 29 HISTORIC VENUES

In the days leading up to Christmas, I had the pleasure of being invited to stay at the magical Dunston Hall Hotel, Spa and Golf Resort. Located just outside of Norwich, the impressive 18th-century building and surrounding 150 acres of grounds encompass multiple restaurants, a spa and a golf course. My husband, David, and I were excited to explore the area and see what made this hotel such a popular gem. A PLACE TO REST YOUR HEAD Approaching the hotel via its winding driveway, you are taken through what feels like a forest, quickly separating you from the hustle and bustle of the outside world and immersing you in your own little piece of paradise. A quick check-in later, we were escorted to our room. Greeted by a four-post bed, our luxuriously spacious room had everything you could possibly require for your stay, with the room itself being topped off by fantastic views of the surrounding grounds. Beautifully decorated, the space was complete with a mini-fridge, TV, vanity mirror and a bathroom complete with his and her sinks – perfect for couples. CELEBRATE IN STYLE Exploring the hotel, we noticed the grand function room was set up for a party. The space had a neutral décor throughout, ideal for adding your own touches, and room for 90 guests. There are four other spaces available on-site that are perfect for weddings, so whether you’re planning a large celebration with up to 250 friends and family or an al fresco service, there is something to suit all requirements. FOOD, GLORIOUS FOOD Having read lots of positive feedback about Dunston Hall Hotel, Spa and Golf Resort’s restaurant, we just about managed to drag ourselves away from our room in time for dinner. The contemporary restaurant is beautifully decorated with an impressive menu. With so many mouth-watering options to choose from, it felt impossible to choose. We decided to order the crispy fried salt and pepper squid to start. These were delicious and I happily could have eaten more. For the main course, I opted for the Sri Lankan chicken curry, while my hubby went for the pork schnitzel. Both were wonderful, as expected, and we saw several other diners digging into their meals, looking equally pleased. To finish, we shared the warm chocolate and hazelnut mini doughnuts and a cup of tea (a must-have). As we waddled back to our room, it’s safe to say we were pleasantly full and I fell asleep as soon as my head hit the pillow. JUST KEEP SWIMMING I love a spa trip (who doesn’t?), so when the wonderful team organised for us to have a massage each, I couldn’t wait. I’ve been fortunate enough to have had multiple massages over the years, but the experience was a first for my husband, which gave me the opportunity to look at the massage through a fresh set of eyes. Our masseuses were very skilled; their friendly demeanours and the overall ambience of the rooms instantly made you feel relaxed, all worries evaporating into the oils, incense and calming music. An hour passed by in the space of minutes and we left the spa feeling like we’d been born again. I cannot recommend the spa enough; it’s truly a must for all visitors. A short walk down the hallway from the massage rooms, past the indoor gym and we’d made it to the swimming pool. Generously sized and surrounded by a sauna, steam room and a Jacuzzi, we knew we were in a special place. A few laps, a soak and steam later and we were ready to start our day feeling rejuvenated. A FOND FAREWELL After a relaxing dip in the pool, we made our way to the main restaurant for breakfast. Enjoying a full English breakfast and pastries, we had several cups of tea, trying to delay leaving after such a wonderful stay. Our visit to Dunston Hall Hotel, Spa and Golf Resort was perfect, and we’re planning on visiting again soon. A VIEW A room with Melissa Cullen visits Dunston Hall Hotel, Spa and Golf Resort To find out more, visit The QHotels Collection 30

Let yourself be carried away by the relaxed Jamaican atmosphere on your honeymoon, whether you’re enjoying a swim in the warm waters of the Caribbean, sipping on a piña colada in a crystal-clear pool, or on an outing exploring breathtaking mountains and blue lagoons — get ready to enter a state of absolute bliss. Located in Montego Bay, the prize will consist of six nights in a Junior Suite at Grand Palladium Jamaica Resort & Spa, one of the Palladium Hotel Group’s five-star all-inclusive hotels. The winners of the contest will enjoy pristine and private beaches and coves, and idyllic sunsets in the Caribbean Sea. Thanks to the Infinity Indulgence® service, during your stay, you will be able to access all the exclusive facilities and services of the resort’s two hotels: more than 20 bars and restaurants with local and international cuisine and premium cocktails, shows and various entertainment activities such as classes and mixology courses, beach events and more! The winning couple will also be able to access the Zentropia Palladium Spa & Wellness centre (at an extra cost), which includes the gym and various activities such as yoga or volleyball classes. THE PRIZE: Six nights in a Junior Suite at Grand Palladium Jamaica Resort & Spa on an all-inclusive basis. For your chance to win answer this question and enter online: Q: What is the name of the Spa at this five-star all-inclusive hotel? For more information about the hotel: Grand Palladium Jamaica Resort & Spa +876 619 0000 | WINAN ALL-INCLUSIVE HONEYMOON IN JAMAICA WORTH NEARLY £4,500! COMPETITION 31