Yes, I’m dog tired and my feet still hurt, but I’m well on the way to recovering from the weekend’s wedding, when I was privileged to be my friend’s bridesmaid for the day.
Without going into the details of the day in depth, the wedding reception was held at Dunston Hall, just outside of Norwich (on the A140, Ipswich Road). As anyone in Norwich will know, it is a renowned wedding venue because of the setting and the service.
When you make your way down the winding drive, Dunston Hall appears before you in all its majesty – all red brick and stately. It is an impressive stately home, dating from the nineteenth century, with mock Tudor details and turrets – and it is absolutely perfect for photographs. It also has acres of grounds, much of which is taken up by an 18 hole golf course, so it’s landscaped and manicured to perfection.
Dancing all night
During the marathon photograph session (as is usual at a wedding), the guests were all ferried into the Snug Bar at the back of the hotel, overlooking the terrace and lake. It was perfectly located for the Eaton Suite, where the reception took place and allowed guests to mingle while they waited for the bride and groom to return.
And so to the Eaton Suite itself. I have to say it was pretty perfect for the reception. There were around 60 people for the wedding breakfast and the tables were well spaced; there was room for a dance floor after the tables had been rearranged and a bar at the back of the suite too. I personally didn’t leave the dance floor all night (hence the sore feet!) so I had a great time.
The staff on the day were very attentive too (I say on the day, because I wasn’t involved with prep meetings at the Hall). They were on hand to re-fill glasses, answer questions and made sure the happy couple’s every need was tended to. They couldn’t have been more helpful. In fact, they were very good on the morning after too – allowing storage space for presents and cake when the rooms were vacated.
All in all, it is a great venue for a wedding, with plenty of room for the guests to move around and great service.
At some point I will review other aspects of Dunston Hall, but I don’t want to bore anyone with a stupidly long post!
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