Weddings at Bessingham Manor

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Situated in the glorious North Norfolk countryside, Bessingham Manor is an award-winning Victorian Manor House set in five acres of private grounds and makes a perfect wedding venue in norfolk.

The manor has been faithfully restored to create the elegant surroundings of a bygone era and it will be exclusively yours, for your bespoke wedding.

We offer civil ceremonies accommodating up to 120 guests within the manor with the option of erecting a marquee or tipi to accommodate up to 200 within the grounds.

There is overnight accommodation for up to 25 guests and ample parking for your big day.

Bessingham Manor operates on a venue only basis giving you the freedom to have the wedding of your dreams.

Please note: Weddings cannot be booked online, please enquire for pricing.

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Situated in the glorious North Norfolk countryside, Bessingham Manor is an award-winning Victorian Manor House set in five acres of private grounds.

The manor has been faithfully restored to create the elegant surroundings of a bygone era and it will be exclusively yours, for your bespoke wedding.

We offer civil ceremonies accommodating up to 120 guests within the manor with the option of erecting a marquee or tipi to accommodate up to 200 within the grounds.

There is overnight accommodation for up to 25 guests and ample parking for your big day.

Bessingham Manor operates on a venue only basis giving you the freedom to have the wedding of your dreams.

Please note: Weddings cannot be booked online, please enquire for pricing.

Why Choose Venue Only?


By booking ‘venue only’ hire, you can really put your stamp on your big day.

You are free to choose your own caterer, bar services, musicians, evening entertainment, photographer, videographer, decorations and much more. We can give you a list of suppliers to help you get started and talk through any ideas you might have at your planning meeting.

One of the best things about venue only hire is that you do not pay corkage. You can bring in your own drinks – including bottled beers, wine and champagne and we will not charge you a fee to do so.

What’s Included in Venue Only Hire?


  • Exclusive use of the beautiful manor house and grounds for your wedding ceremony and reception, or just the reception if you plan to marry elsewhere.
  • Two nights accommodation. Nine tastefully decorated bedrooms, furnished with a nod to the Victorian and Edwardian eras. We can sleep up to 25 guests both the night before and the night of your wedding, included in the price.
  • Freedom to bring in your own catering and bar – without paying a corkage fee!
  • A Venue Manager who will be present on the day of your wedding to ensure the civil ceremony runs to time and to direct any of your suppliers and guests as they arrive.
  • Onsite car parking.

How Long Do We Have The Venue For?


You will have access to the manor house and grounds from 3pm the day before your wedding and you will need to vacate the building by 12noon the day after your wedding.
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The Ceremony

Our venue is fully licensed to hold civil ceremonies both indoors and outdoors to a maximum of 200. The Drawing Room can seat up to 80 guests for a formal sit down meal and if your numbers exceed this you have the option to hire a marquee or tipi, from a company of your choosing, to be erected within the grounds.

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The Drawing Room at Bessingham Manor.

The Drawing Room

his vast south-facing room has two sets of bay windows (one with French doors opening towards the lower lawn) and windows on two more aspects making it an exceptionally light and bright room all day long.

Chandeliers, beautiful cornicing and a marble fireplace make this an impressive room for your wedding day and it is fully licensed to hold civil ceremonies of up to 120 guests and meals up to 80 guests. After the ceremony your guests can enjoy reception drinks, canapés and photographs in the entrance hall, the study and the gardens, while your caterers transform the drawing room for your wedding breakfast.

Outside Bessingham Manor.

The Gardens

If you have more than 120 guests, or simply prefer the great outdoors, you can erect a marquee or tipi for your big day. The gardens are fully licensed to hold civil ceremonies of up to 200 people and the study can be used for the signing of the register. Reception drinks can then be enjoyed either in the manor or the gardens, weather dependent.

Alternatively you can marry in your chosen church and return to Bessingham Manor with your guests for the wedding reception. In this case we recommend you book your church ceremony as early as possible to allow for the service, photographs at the church and travel time back to Bessingham Manor. Your Event Manager will ensure all of your suppliers are looked after before welcoming you back to the venue.

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The Wedding Breakfast & Speeches

Because you can use whoever you like for catering, the world really is your oyster! You could have a traditional three course meal, a hog roast, a barbecue, afternoon tea the list is endless.

And when it comes to speeches you can have them before, during or after your meal. We recommend a toastmaster for the day, or alternatively you can rope in the Best Man to make general announcements, prompted by the Venue Manager.

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The Evening Reception

Like the wedding breakfast, you have lots of options for evening food and entertainment. Street food vans, traditional finger buffet, Prosecco van, Gin bar, real ales, popcorn and candy floss machines to name but a few.

You could hire your favourite band or DJ, or even book a cèilidh to really get the party going.

All good things must come to an end and as Bessingham Manor is quite tucked away, you will need to ensure your guests all have transport pre-booked for the homeward journey. Guests are requested to vacate the manor at midnight, but those staying overnight are welcome to stay up for a nightcap and to reminisce the lovely day you will have had.

Bedroom 1 at Bessingham Manor.

Accommodation

You have two nights accommodation included in the hire charge, the night before, and the night of your wedding.

There will not be housekeeping on the morning of your wedding so we suggest guests remain in the same bedrooms on both nights.

The Bridal Suite (Room 1) is a lovely spacious area for the Bride to get ready and have photos with the bridesmaids, and the main staircase is perfect to capture the bridal party on their way to the ceremony.

Your caterer may be able to provide you with a sumptuous breakfast on both mornings as well as a meal the night before, or you can opt to self-cater at these times.

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Bessingham Manor,
Manor Road,
Bessingham,
Norfolk,
NR11 7JN.

Email: weddings@bessinghammanor.uk
Phone: +44 (0) 07970 073315

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