More and more couples are keen to emulate a low-key city vibe for their wedding these days, but planning a small, intimate ceremony and/or reception in the heart of our fine city of Norwich can feel like a tricky thing to do when the options of where to host it aren’t all that obvious to the general public. Unlike London, we’re not fortunate enough to boast dozens and dozens of historical event spaces, ultra-chic restaurants and or unique locations. And that needs to change, because as a wedding photographer, I know that there’s a want for that in Norwich. However, the options are out there and some really cool venues do exist, it’s just a case of bringing them to your attention, and that’s why I’ve put this post together. Using my own personal experience of shooting dozens of weddings in the city centre, I’ve collated some of my favourite spaces to host your special day, some of which you may already know, but some of which will definitely surprise you.

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1. Becket’s Chapel

This space is by far my favourite hidden gem of Norwich’s wedding scene. A versatile blank canvas that’s tucked away, almost literally underground, behind St Andrew’s Hall, this space can house up to 50 guests (I believe) and comes with exclusive use of the Crypt, too. Whilst it might not look like much at first glance, I’ve seen the Chapel decorated with the most gorgeous draping and flowers that help to elevate it from simple to jaw-dropping. It really is the kind of location that your guests will, without doubt, be in awe of and definitely never forget. It’s also located right next to Norwich’s favourite photo spot, Elm Hill, which makes it even more desirable.

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2. The Georgian Townhouse

One of the more popular and well known venues in the city for small and intimate weddings, you’ll probably have already heard of it on your search, but I couldn’t collate a list of venues without mentioning it. It’s an especially small and narrow reception area that can also be used for ceremonies, probably better equipped for up to 30 guests, but it’s also a common attraction for couples that get married here to trek their guests the short walk away to the Plantation Gardens for photos, an example of which you’ll catch at the bottom of this blog post.

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3. Farmyard Restaurant

I’ve had the pleasure of capturing two gorgeous wedding meals here, and I’d happily go back any time. It’s a small space that’s full of light, and if you’re a local, you’ll no doubt be aware already of its reputation for cuisine. This is a real food and wine lovers reception space, but be aware that you’ll be unable to host a party (if you want one) here afterwards. It’s better suited to low-key weddings happy to spare the dancefloor part. Or you can do as Gemma & Andrew did here, and find a pub to host your party afterwards.

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4. The Flint Room

A super quirky restored Church, this space is ideal for those who are after a unique ceremony location that claps back at all the usual wedding clich├ęs. I’ve captured 3 weddings here now and you’ll be pleased to know that one of its unique features, amongst many, is that you’re usually able to host a drinks reception here afterwards, before eventually having to move on for your meal, making it a ceremony location that feels less in-and-out.

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5. St Giles House Hotel

A truly underrated space, this art deco venue is an incredibly gorgeous backdrop for a wedding that I don’t think enough people consider. I was lucky enough to capture Philippa & Adam’s winter wedding here a few years ago and I’ve been itching to return ever since.

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6. The Unthank Arms

For those that want to keep things super relaxed, and are more inclined to opt for a pub over a typical wedding venue, I’d recommend the Unthank Arms to you every time. Considering the owners have a background in running a highly successful wedding venue in the past, they know what goes into making someone’s special day all that more wonderful, and that is no less true despite the humble setting of this public house.

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7. Cinema City

I was lucky enough to capture a wedding a few years back that started at Pull’s Ferry (they had an outdoor celebrant ceremony by the river), and then continued onwards at Cinema City, as pictured above. It’s here they hosted their drinks reception and their speeches before moving on for their meal, but I’m aware that you can have much more than just that at this particular venue. It’s worth getting in touch with them.

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8. The Assembly House

Able to host both small and large weddings, you shouldn’t be put off by the initial grandure of this space. This venue is a landmark of Norwich’s city landscape, and there’s arguably nowhere more experienced in the centre to cater for your needs. I’ve loved every single wedding I’ve shot here, and am always happy to return.

And of course, let’s not forget that once you’ve chosen your venue, you must take the time to enjoy a stroll through the cobbled streets and get your portraits done at some of our most picturesque spots – such as Elm Hill, the market, the Arcade, the Plantation Gardens and beyond, all of which you can preview below.

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