In light of current events, we understand the shift in desire for smaller weddings. We have always offered small weddings but are now delighted to offer a ceremony only option as well.
Both options allow for wedding ceremonies in either our ceremony room, which can be set out to accommodate smaller guest numbers with intimate style, or, outdoors in our gardens. We have various locations outside, including a rose-covered pergola and woodland glade, which are perfect for a romantic ceremony.
Despite being smaller in size, we understand how important each wedding is for every couple and strive to help perfect their special day. Our small wedding and ceremony only options allow time for preparations, drinks and refreshments and an opportunity for photographs in the gardens. Those choosing a small wedding may also decide to include a wedding breakfast in our courtyard marquee and evening reception.
Small weddings, taking place on Wednesdays or Saturdays, may have up to 60 guests for the ceremony and afternoon reception. For small weddings on Saturdays, couples have the possibility to add an evening reception, with 20 additional guests.
Our ceremony only option takes place on Wednesdays, however other days, including Saturday, may be available. Couples have the option, for a smaller ceremony or even an elopement, with guest numbers up to 20, or a larger ceremony, for guest numbers up to 60.
Our small wedding and ceremony only options offer couples the chance to choose an affordable and relaxed celebration, without compromising the very special feeling of their wedding.
For more information visit either our Small Weddings page or Ceremony Only page. If you would like to book a viewing or require any further information, please visit our contact page. For full details of booking a registrar please visit Celebrate in Norfolk.
Photography by kind permission of Esther Wild Photography
We were delighted to welcome a number of local wedding suppliers for an elegant photoshoot at Swanton Morley House and Gardens to showcase lots of wedding day inspiration. The overall feel for the shoot was natural and minimalist and was designed and photographed by Cara Zagni Photography.
We used various locations at Swanton Morley House and Gardens, including our Ceremony Room and various areas in our gardens. There were lots of dried flowers and grasses, natural linens and ribbons and the most beautiful wedding dresses and bridal jewellery. The shoot also included delicious wedding cake ideas, gorgeous wedding stationery and elegant bridal hair and make-up. Enjoy!
“When deciding what flowers to use for this shoot we wanted to try and match the tones from the decor. For the bouquet and arch, we used a variety of gorgeous dried flowers and grasses with a hint of ivory and burnt apricot which reflected the wicker details from the table and the terracotta tones from the stationery. For our installation above the table, we used all dried flowers and foliages. We wanted to keep the colours warm but not orange. Instead, we chose to work around burnt apricot, caramel and coffee tones throughout the shoot.” – Cara Zagni Photography
The wedding dresses and bridal make-up
“Amy from Adella Bridal provided two beautiful dresses for this modern shoot; the Jesus Piero style 115 from their 2020 ‘Cala’ Collection with a beaded tulle crop top and guipure waistband with flowing silk voile skirt, and the Theia Couture ‘Jean’ sleeveless satin slip mermaid gown with a plunge v-neckline. Both gowns are divine, but the clean lines of the slip dress make this gown the perfect minimalist wedding dress allowing Brooke from Boho Beauty Box and Beverley from PS With Love to complete the bridal look with fresh, glowy skin, a traditional high bun and delicate, feminine accessories. Less, sometimes, really is, more. ” – Cara Zagni Photography
The wedding stationery and textiles
Jenna from Wonderland Invites wanted to hone in on the colour palette and create something both minimalist and in keeping with her aesthetic. She loved creating the wreaths, which featured both watercolour dried and fresh foliage and flowers. She also included simple line drawings of wheat sprigs to tie back to the modern harvest theme of the shoot. MiaSylvia focuses on ethical, sustainable and organic textiles for the eco-conscious. Each piece of fabric seen has been ethically sourced and hand-dyed by Mia. Mia uses 100% natural and hand foraged ingredients to dye with. From soft pinks dyed with avocado skins to the peach napkins dyed with cherry wood. Each colour is bespoke and personally curated for your special moments.” – Cara Zagni Photography
The wedding cakes
“Emma from Buns of Fun created two cake looks. The first look: Our vanilla and coconut tall cake featured smooth and textured buttercream, wrapping the vanilla bean layers in a ‘hug’ style with rougher free edges. Ardorned with a simple large Alium seed head and smaller florets of seeds underneath the cake stand to create movement. The second look outside: Our vanilla and coconut tall cake with smooth and textured buttercream and a gathering of dried grasses and herbs, topped with dairy-free white chocolate and gold leaf wave.” – Cara Zagni Photography
With many thanks to all our suppliers who were involved in this shoot. We hope it has provided some beautiful wedding day inspiration. To visit Swanton Morley House and Gardens for a private viewing please use our contact form to book an appointment.
It may be cold outside but we were delighted to have so many beautiful Spring flowers in our Ceremony Room this week. These gorgeous designs would be perfect for decorating any Spring wedding from the Ceremony space to styling the wedding breakfast tables.
Using a mix of vessels filled with greenery from our gardens, lots of Spring flowers were also added to create a romantic style. Spring offers an abundance of flowers to choose from for weddings and many have an incredible scent too. We chose baby pink tulips, hyacinths, spray roses, viburnum and hellebores and added lots of texture with a variety of foliage and trailing ivy.
The look was completed with lots of tea lights and elegant tall candles. We also added a table runner and pretty ribbons to add to the romantic feel. To create some height we used branches and added trailing ivy and suspended this above the ceremony table. We love this spring garden inspired look and are always happy to assist our couples with their styling plans for their wedding day.
If you would like to discuss your wedding plans with us, please do get in touch. We look forward to welcoming you!
Our beautiful Christmas Wreath Workshops at Swanton Morley House, Norfolk are now available to book. This year, we are delighted to welcome Katy from Bracken and Twine Flowers who will be teaching this year’s workshops. Katy, a Norfolk-based independent florist, will be sharing her natural and beautifully romantic style of floristry with our guests.
Guests will be able to create Christmas wreaths using a wide range of flowers, foliage and dried materials. We also include a breath taking array of other natural materials including pinecones, herbs, berries and seed heads. All foliage is cut from our gardens, ensuring a fresh, eco-friendly and bountiful supply. As a result, all our guests are able to get creative and make full lush wreaths. There is so much more to our Christmas wreath workshops than holly!
Our Christmas Wreath workshops will also focus on using sustainable floristry methods. This means that we will not be using florist foam but natural moss based wreaths. We also have Winter Wreath workshops available covering techniques for making stunning wreaths using only dried materials. A perfect Christmas wreath for those looking to get ahead and bang on trend.
Swanton Morley House will also be offering elegant Christmas bouquet and stunning table design workshops over the festive season. We can say with certainty that our workshops provide guests with a wonderfully creative experience.
Swanton Morley House is located in the heart of Norfolk making it the perfect location to meet for our Christmas workshops. Our workshops are based in our beautifully converted barns. All guests have a substantial work area with all flowers and foliage set-out in our covered courtyard. We also offer a warm and friendly welcome to all our guests with wonderful hospitality. This all makes for a lovely start to the Christmas festivities.
For full details about our upcoming Christmas wreaths workshops, please visit our workshop website at Norfolk Flower Workshops or contact us on 01362 637828.
Congratulations to Ryan and Hannah, who celebrated their stunning autumnal wedding at Swanton Morley House and Gardens.
Ryan and Hannah chose to have a traditional Church ceremony, which took place at All Saints Church, Swanton Morley. After having tied the knot, guests arrived at our venue and were welcomed with drinks and canapes. Guests also enjoyed participating in garden games, whilst the newly weds were given the opportunity to have some gorgeous photos taken in the gardens.
The courtyard marquee was beautifully decorated for the wedding breakfast. Sunflowers, bunched rosemary & lavender, teacups and bunting created a stylish vintage feel. Afternoon tea was served and guests were able to help themselves to a delicious-looking dessert table shortly afterwards.
Moving into the evening, a mouth-watering Hog Roast was served to guests by Swanton Morley Butchers. The extravagant cake, decorated with wild flowers and topped with the miniature Bride and Groom, was cut and the newly married couple had their first dance. A lively disco in the Dance Room and sparklers brought Ryan and Hannah’s special day to a spectacular end!
Our congratulations again for creating a stunning autumnal wedding with such a unique flare. We hope that you made some wonderful memories and wish you all the best for your future together!
One of the finest wedding venues in Norfolk, Swanton Morley House and Gardens is available to host unique weddings from spring through to autumn. If you would like to book a viewing or require any further information, please visit our contact page.
Images by kind permission of Darina Stoda Photography. Day Catering:
Back to Your Place. Evening Catering: Swanton Morley Butchers. Bar: Best@Bars. Equipment Hire:
The Banqueting Hire Service. Videographer: Younique Productions. Florist:
Crown House Flowers. and Daisy’s. Cake: Bakes by Sherry.
Congratulations to Stacey and Ashely who held their elegant Summer wedding at Swanton Morley House and Gardens!
On the morning of her special day, Stacey and her bridesmaids were able to get ready at the venue. Stacey wore a gorgeous white gown, which was complemented by the peach-coloured roses that made up her bridal bouquet.
After exchanging vows in the Ceremony Room, guests enjoyed welcome drinks and canapes on the terrace. Gardens games were played and the Kavolini String Quartet performed relaxing classical music.
Stacey and Ashely were lucky to have beautiful weather and as a result were able to have some stunning photos taken in our gardens, meadow and woodlands.
The courtyard marquee was exquisitely decorated for the couple’s elegant wedding, with peach-coloured floral arrangements, crystal glassware and a flower wall behind the top table. Following the three-course wedding breakfast, speeches and cutting of the cake, the party began!
Guests danced to the Bear Club’s lively beats and were served Hog Roast for relaxed evening dining. Marshmallows were toasted over the fire pit and hot chocolate, from the Ashely’s homemade hot chocolate cart, was enjoyed by guests. We think anyone who was there, would agree – it was certainly a fabulous evening!
Many congratulations again to Stacey and Ashely, who put together such an elegant summer wedding! We wish you all the best for your future together.
Swanton Morley House and Gardens is a unique wedding venue set in the very heart of Norfolk. If you would like further information or would like to book a viewing please visit our contact page.
Images by kind permission of Tim Stephenson Photography. Day catering: Back to Your Place. Evening Catering: Cawdrons. Bar: East Coast Bars. Equipment hire: The Banqueting Hire Service. Florist: Crown House Flowers. Day entertainment: Kavolini. Evening entertainment: Bear Club. Flower wall: Prestige Events.