How To Choose The Perfect Wedding Venue In Suffolk

Location Of The Venue

Historically, we all know the importance of choosing the right wedding dress, and how getting it right or wrong can make or break that special day. After all, you are the ones who have to live ever after with the pictures of you in that dress on the living room wall, so if there’s something even 1% not right about it – you know you’ll notice it forever.

However, a recent survey has discovered that the single most important aspect of any wedding day preparation is making the right choice of wedding venue.

A venue plays an intrinsic part of the day, from the character of the building to the grounds that surround it, and chosen correctly, the memories you will hold of the day will be far more magical than any photo could ever do justice.

Take a look at one of the best wedding venues in Suffolk, Woodhall Manor. It is elegance personified, and simply oozes that prestige that only a wedding can demand. Set in gorgeous Suffolk countryside, it is the perfect wedding location with a truly gorgeous backdrop for your wedding day. It will not only guarantee that you come away with amazing memories but also gives so many opportunities to create original and unashamedly romantic wedding photos in the beautiful gardens.

The Type Of Venue

The physical look and feel of the venue is just one part of what a venue can and should deliver. There are many other aspects you should also take into account.

For example, is your venue available for just you to use on the days that you want it? Woodhall Manor is an exclusive-use wedding venue, alongside its other two sister venues. There’s nothing worse than looking forward to your special day, and then realising you have to share parking spaces and toilets with a conference of accountants who have booked another area in your venue!

The Time of Year

An important factor to help you choose your perfect Suffolk wedding venue is the season you are hoping to get married in. Are you looking at having a Summer Wedding? Are there spaces to have your ceremony outside?

Woodhall Manor has spaces for both indoor and outdoor ceremonies, to accommodate every season. Although from our experience, nothing feels better than marriage taking place in the beautiful grounds of stunning Suffolk countryside with the sun shining!


Deciding on how much you are looking to spend overall on your wedding will help to narrow down wedding venues that are out of your budget. As don’t forget, you don’t only have to consider the cost of the wedding venue but also your guest numbers, food, drinks, supplier costs, outfits, accessories, and decorations to name a few.

What Is Included

Some venues give you the venue as a shell. It is important to understand what is included, as it may become a surprise to find out that you need to source the basics such as chairs, tables, linen, and cutlery, sometimes even your own caterers.

At Woodhall Manor, included with the venue are tables, chairs, table linen, cutlery, glassware, and staff, along with food and drinks. We have wedding packages to start with, from small intimate packages to larger wedding receptions and two-day wedding collections. However, we know that each wedding is different and bespoke proposals are made to suit each couple.


Does the venue you want have accommodation, and if does, to what standard? Again, the nature of our gorgeous venues means they offer accommodation, and we ensure that the accommodation is of the highest standard and matches the quality and tradition of the rest of the venue.

The last thing anyone wants to do after a long and enjoyable day is having to trek 15 miles down the road to stay in a B&B. Talk to us before you send your invitations and we can give you full accommodation pricing details as well as a number of rooms and options.

We do of course also make sure that there is second to none bridal suite in every location – we know that your special day doesn’t end at the stroke of midnight, and what better way to wake up the following morning with your new bride or groom, in a suite that is both luxurious and romantic in your perfect venue. When you see our bridal suite, you won’t want to leave for another few days! Click here to view Woodhall’s Manor’s virtual tour of the bedrooms.

Wedding Manager

Does the venue you are looking at offer a Wedding Manager to ensure that the preparations and day all go 100% to plan? If not then beware – with our vast experience in the industry, we have realised that one of the biggest keys to a day going as you dreamt it should, is having a dedicated person on our side of the operation who is there to support you and ensure that everything happens like clockwork! Included in your wedding is also a dedicated wedding planner who will be able to guide you up until the big day, as well as an on-the-day manager to ensure the day goes smoothly.

Our wedding managers are all very experienced and will spot the things that can go wrong, long before they do go wrong. They are also on hand to help you with the preparation for the day and answer any of your questions, no matter how silly they may seem at the time.

Other Considerations:

Aside from these basics, there are of course the more obvious things to look out for – the menus and catering options, how many guests can the venue hold for the ceremony, the meal, and then the evening reception. Is there ample car parking? Are there any noise restrictions?

Although this all sounds like a bit of a headache, it really isn’t when you work with professionals who plan and make wedding days extra special every week of the year.

If you’re thinking of getting married or looking for a venue, please feel free to download our brochure and contact us to see how we can help.


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