Informal Wedding Reception Venues in Suffolk

Not every wedding reception (or wedding) needs to be a formal affair – in fact, all that you really need for the perfect Wedding Day is good company, great food & drink and comfortable surroundings – so create a party that will be one to remember in a friendly and classic environment – and for a price that won’t break the bank.

The following venues are all available for private hire for your wedding reception and many are fully licensed for civil ceremonies too. They offer flexible options for a more Do-it-yourself approach to your big day. Click on each venue’s link for more information, contact details and availability.

Rookery Meadow, South Elmham
Possibly the most flexible venue other than your back garden! Rookery Meadow is an exclusive outdoor venue nestled in the heart of the countryside, with nine acres to fill and a private lake you can really go wild with this totally blank canvas. No packages and no holds barred - you can bring your own marquee, organise your own entertainment and provide your own food. Completely private, you can party in to the night undisturbed. There is also a fantastic 'Barn of Curiosities' on site which is full of weird and wonderful accessories, decorations and more, all free to hire for your special day. Find out more about the unique Rookery Meadow here.

Kenton Hall Estate, Near Stowmarket
This charming Tudor Hall provides a wonderful backdrop for your relaxed wedding reception. Open for weddings between May and September you will receive exclusive use of the impressive marquee within the moated grounds, for up to 200 guests. Tailor your wedding how you wish with catering and entertainment options. A fantastic venue already but what we really love are the quirky extras - you can enjoy something absolutely magical before your party - a woodland wedding blessing! And after the reception stay onsite in their luxury 'honeymoon yurt'. Your guests can also join in the fun by camping in a their selection of Shepherd Huts and Bell Tents which allow up to 20 guests to stay the night with the all the home comforts you could need: air beds, linen and warm duvets. Find out more about this classic venue with in an informal feel here - Kenton Hall Estate

Hand made Artisan Ice Creams from Polkadots and Moonbeams
If you are planning a DIY wedding and you want something your guests will remember, delight them with a visit from Rhubarb - the vintage Bedford ice cream van! Owned by
Polkadots and Moonbeams Rhubarb carries delicious, locally hand made artisan ice creams. With flavours such as Bakewell Tart, Salted Peanut and Chocolate and Rosemary plus vegan sorbets, or a create your own option, there's something to keep everyone smiling. For more pictures and a personalised quote, click on the link above.

Informal Wedding Reception Venues in Suffolk

Informal weddings in Suffolk

Brick Kiln Barn is a stunning, timber framed newly restored barn in fabulous Suffolk countryside close to Sibton and Yoxford, and you can hire it for a relaxed and informal wedding celebration. Fully licensed, you can get married and hold your reception here, or just come over after your wedding at a local country Church. You can host a few drinks in the courtyard followed by a meal, dining informally at long tressle tables in the main barn. Gazebos are available for the courtyard if needed, there's plenty of space for the children to let off steam, and you can enjoy live or recorded music during your reception as you're in the middle of the countryside! Find out more here - Brick Kiln Barn, Sibton

The Fox and Goose, Fressingfield
The Fox and Goose is a foodies dream Wedding reception venue! The fine country pub and restaurant holds two AA Rosettes and has been featured in Michelin, Harden's and Which food guides. And what’s more a delicious three-course wedding feast starts from only £30 per person!


Set in the North Suffolk village of Fressingfield, this wedding reception venue has three rooms that can cater for private functions. The first floor dining room – seating a maximum of 38 guests, the ground floor dining room – for a maximum of 18 guests, and the pub restaurant – seating a maximum of 25. Special menus can be organised at varying prices so call them now or click on the link above to find out more!

Informal Wedding Reception Venues in Suffolk

The Black Boy Public House, Bury St Edmunds - Informal Wedding Reception Venues

The Black Boy Public House, Bury St Edmunds
Conveniently located in the heart of the medieval town of Bury St Edmunds, and just 15 minutes walk from the railway station, The Black Boy is easy for you and your guests to travel to. The bar sells the finest cask conditioned ales along with a large selection of beers, lagers and spirits, and traditional pub food created to your requirements is available. For summer receptions, the patio is a wonderful spot and looks lovely in photographs.

Black Lion wedding reception

The Black Lion in Long Melford is a relaxed, intimate venue where you can celebrate your wedding reception in style, but not in a stuffy way! Great food, local ales and a fabulous vista overlooking the much photographed Village green, and just 2 minutes walk from Holy Trinity Church, Long Melford, this is a great venue for your reception. With a variety of function rooms on offer, you can host up to 70 guests exclusively here. Find out more about The Black Lion Hotel, Long Melford here

Mariners Restaurant, Ipswich
If you're looking for something a bit different for your wedding reception venue and your party of guests is quite small, then invite them onboard Mariners Restaurant a French Brasserie on a 110 year old Dutch boat, moored alongside Neptune Quay at Ipswich Marina! Just minutes away from Ipswich town centre, this makes a very unique and informal choice of reception. The boat itself boasts many original features - the brasswork gleams, the woodwork reflects the subtle lights from the boat-studded harbour scene outside and the calls of the seabirds remove any possible lingering doubts of authenticity. The team onboard can help you plan your delicious menu for up to 50 guests and of course the backdrop of the Marina with the sun setting over the water provides some fantastic photo opportunities. Find out more about Mariners Restaurant in Ipswich.

Informal Wedding Reception Venues in Suffolk

For more wedding reception ideas please also see Wedding Reception Restaurants in Suffolk and Barn Wedding Venues
About the author - Sarah Quinlan is the owner of the Suffolk Guides. You can follow her on Twitter @SarahinSuffolk or Google+