Expert advice about venues

Here is a selection of Q&As from Your East Anglian Wedding magazine whether it be about flowers, hair and makeup, fashion, wedding themes, health & beauty, cakes, stationery, legal advice. If you would like your question answered by our experts, please email it to


Away from it all

Away from it all

Q. We're on the hunt for a venue with a difference for our relaxed wedding in October next year. We want somewhere warm and inviting with scope to add our own personal and seasonal touches. What would you advise?

A. Carolyn Godlee says: Where lovelier to host a small, intimate autumn wedding than a windmill? Here at Cley Windmill the red and gold tones of the reed beds set the scene perfectly and we'd recommend decorations to match. Keep to autumnal colours but don't overdo it – less is more! A deep gold wedding dress would look stunning or you could be even more adventurous and opt for an autumnal red instead – great for amazing photos!

The furnishings at the mill really complement this time of year – comfy leather chairs and sofas, deep red curtains and squashy cushions in autumnal colours. You could opt for a windmill-style wedding cake or something leafy for a seasonal touch; the possibilities are endless.

For a truly relaxed celebration a two-night stay with lazy check out is a popular option if you want to linger longer and explore Cley-next-the-Sea and the glorious North Norfolk coast. You can arrive in the afternoon or evening and enjoy a chilled pre-wedding supper and drinks. Tie the knot on the big day in the round, beamed sitting room when the weather's nippy or, if you're lucky and it's an Indian summer, outside on the front lawn with the reeds behind you. The Granary dining room is a characterful setting for the wedding breakfast and the mill sleeps up to 24, so there's room for guests to stay over.

Carolyn Godlee


Bringing the outside in

Bringing the outside in

Q. We're looking for inspiration and ideas on how to transform our intimate wedding venue into a magical indoor wonderland with autumn colours and natural details to reflect the great outdoors. Can you help?

A. Sue Huckle says: Weddings can reflect the seasons and ideas for decoration can be drawn from the natural world. Autumn is a very special time of year and the intense colours of the leaves and fruits can provide a wealth of inspiration for a warm and intimate celebration.

The wedding (pictured) took place at the Lady Elizabeth Wing at Holkham Hall last year. The couple Rose and Keiran made use of the vertical space by hanging handmade glass leaves in stunning autumn colours. It was very personal to the couple as they made them themselves in their studio in Holt ( It was a real labour of love, from designing and creating to hanging each individual glass leaf! Edged by large olive trees hired from Posh Plants and with the tables lit with Jack-o'-lanterns the overall effect is warm and glowing.

Another way of creating an autumnal feel is to hire some real living trees as decoration; a cost-effective and eco-friendly way of adding a natural touch. Large bay trees, with either twisted or straight stems, add a strong yet stylish touch with their dark green leaves and look great interspersed with some acers or liquidambar trees for an autumnal woodland effect.

Sue Huckle

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