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.

Dans Meadow

For total control over your budget and venue, Dan’s Meadow in Martlesham Heath offers a blank canvas of 4.5 acres of meadow-land bordered by the River Fynn in an area of outstanding natural beauty. You can even have your wedding blessing at the meadow! There is plenty of space for guests to camp or make use of the five caravans and motor homes with electric hook up on site. There are toilets and shower suites with facilities for disabled guests with a wet room and baby changing station. All-inclusive packages include the cost of the venue, daytime catering and evening buffet, toast drinks, flowers, and photography and holiday vouchers. For more information, see Dan's Meadow


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.

KentonHallWedding

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





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!

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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!

Your Event Bar - Mobile Bar Hire
Mobile Bar
If you need a bar for your wedding day, then these guys are a fantastic choice. They provide professional and affordable mobile bar hire at weddings all over Suffolk. Their stunning mobile bars with colour changing LED units and a stylish back bar display with integrated refrigeration will compliment your venue's character and match any colour scheme or wedding theme. Their experienced team will serve a range of drinks at reasonable pub prices including much loved locally produced drinks such as Aspall's Cider and Adnams Bitter. For more information and pics, see the link above.


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+