Describe the best wedding that happened at your venue?
There are too many to choose from! All our couples are so unique and it's really important to me that we build a relationship with the couple to make sure we make the day about them and what is important to them.
A smaller wedding which really stood out for me, was when they had just 20 guests. The bride was Italian and the groom English. She just looked stunning! The room was very intimate and the ceremony was read in both English and Italian. Everyone was so relaxed and it was beautiful. They kept it minimal with details but the champagne flowed all afternoon! They had a 4 course tasting menu which was created specifically for them.
A larger wedding that also stood out for me would be a brilliant couple who got married in January. They were so organised and knew exactly what they wanted! Winter weddings always look wonderful at the hotel with our fairy lights and open fires. The guests had a great time partying the night away and again, they were real foodies so the chefs were very excited to create a menu with their chosen requests.
What is your No. 1 wedding planning tip for couples?
Make sure you take a moment to yourselves when you can! The day goes so fast and it's over in a flash. We often give our couples the opportunity to come and look at the conservatory before we call the guests to dinner. I love this moment because that's the time we know we've captured what our couples have imagined for their day.
Another idea we encourage is having a relaxed meal with family and friends the night before. This is to help on the day when our couples are trying to make sure they have spoken to everyone! It really helps and reassures them if they have managed to catch up with people the night before and takes the pressure off a little too.
What’s your favourite personal touch you’ve seen at a wedding?
Being within walking distance to the local beach, it's really lovely when our couples go with their family and friends prior to the day to collect pebbles to use as name places. It's really popular to do and we find that our location is something our couples love. Whether they got engaged on the same beach, or just made memories with loved ones collecting pebbles, we think it's fab!
Describe your venue in 5 adjectives.
Unique, bespoke, personal, exclusive & contemporary
Where’s the best photo spot at your venue?
We have so many! The beach is a 2 minute drive away and most photographers are happy to go there. Our Walled Gardens makes the perfect backdrop for family shots on a summer day or our lounge area have views of the marshes so this is ideal for a winters day when you can't be outside.
We have also have some wonderful shots outside the front of the hotel when the sun is setting. It is truly beautiful!
Have you had any celebrity guest or wedding at your venue?
We have had many celebrity guests come and stay at the hotel over the years. There is a singer who has a holiday home in Norfolk and he will often come and see us at the hotel for dinner. It's lovely when he brings his family too and we love welcoming back our regular guests!
What’s your favourite canapé?
Truffle arrancini! Our canape selction is so vast and we usually let our chefs create something for our couples but the arrancini is always stand out for me!
What’s your favourite midnight treat?
Being a long the coast it has to be our mini fish & chips we offer for evening supper! It's delicious and so fitting for our location.
What is your venue's most unique feature?
Our location being a stones throw away from the beach and being versatile in the rooms we can offer.
What part of your business are you most proud of?
Its so important to me and the team that we make sure the day is about what our couples truly want! We don't offer packages as such because every couple is different meaning every wedding is different. We take pride in being able to work with our couples and ensuring the day is about them.