Receptions, Banquets &       Parties

large banquets

to…

intimate receptions

The Cookhouse

is your wedding venue

Located in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Cookhouse at Suffolk Food Hall provides the perfect venue for a wedding breakfast, reception or banquet. Panoramic views overlooking the picturesque Orwell estuary and countryside will welcome your guests, and the building has lots of flexibility for the type of party you want.

The large open plan and bright contemporary function rooms, with juxtaposed heritage décor, can suit any wedding theme. Our private rooms that can serve a wedding breakfast from 25 to 100 people.  Or have exclusive use of the main part of the Cookhouse for up to 250 people, and still with a separate dance room.

We are all about food at Suffolk Food Hall, not surprisingly. We only use exceptional produce and local ingredients to finesse your event. With many tempting menus, choosing your wedding breakfast and evening buffet will not be an easy decision.

Vistas from the Food Hall will provide endless photo opportunities, especially on our famous bouncy pillow.

Venue Type

♥ Private dining or exclusive use of all
♥ Countryside but easily accessible
♥ Convenient for accommodation
♥ Good for 25 to 250 guests
♥ Outside options & use of expansive paddocks

Dining Options

♥ Round tables or refectory style
♥ Table service or buffet
♥ Original chef ideas
♥ Sampling experience
♥ Full bar facilities

Evening Entertainment

♥ Receptions for winter cozies
   or summer sundowners
♥ Robust wooden floor throughout
♥ Live band & DJ proposals
♥ Lots of options for extras

How can we help make your perfect day

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Photo Album    Click & Scroll for ideas

Wedding Planning     Timeline advice

There is so much to think about when planning your wedding, you certainly can’t do it all at once.  The team at the Suffolk Food Hall has put together the following plan over one year to show how you can spread everything out.

12 months before:
• Book venue for reception
• Book venue for ceremony
• Book registrar/priest
• Decide on a budget
• Consider buying wedding insurance
• Decide on a theme/design
11 months before:
• Order save the date cards

 

10 months before:
• Compile invitation list
• Book caterer
• Send save the date cards
8 months before:
• Book florist
• Book transport
• Book cake maker
• Book photographer
• Book videographer
• Book band/DJ
• Book reception decorator (chair covers etc.)
• Book toastmaster
7 months before
:• Bride’s dress and accessories
• Book musicians for ceremony
• Organise any ‘other’ entertainment
• Reserve any rental equipment (marquee, chairs etc.)
6 months before:
• Order invitations
• Bridesmaid’s dresses and accessories
• Groom’s attire and accessories
• Buy wedding rings
• Book honeymoon
• Check passports etc are valid for honeymoon
5 months before:
• Groomsmen’s attire and accessories
• Book hairdresser trial
• Book make-up trial
• Buy going away outfit, if relevant
• Schedule rehearsal time and rehearsal dinner
4 months before:
• Organise favours
• Send invitations
• Book wedding night accommodation
• Accommodation for guests
• Gift registry
• Give notice of marriage
3 months before:
• Buy gifts for bridal party/groomsmen etc.
• Decide on music for the ceremony/first dance(s)
• Decide on readings for the ceremony
• Write wedding vows
• Order stationery for the day (guest book, order of service etc.)
3 months before:
• Buy gifts for bridal party/groomsmen etc.
• Decide on music for the ceremony/first dance(s)
• Decide on readings for the ceremony
• Write wedding vows
• Order stationery for the day (guest book, order of service etc.)
2 months before:
• Finalise menu for wedding breakfast
• Order table centre pieces
• Arrange hen/stag parties
• Chase unanswered invitations
1 month before:
• Arrange seating plan
• Order stationery for the day (table plan, place cards etc.)
• Make arrangements for wedding dress cleaning
• Make arrangements for bouquet to be stored/dried
2 weeks before:
• Hold rehearsal dinner with wedding party
• Hold rehearsal dinner with wedding party
• Confirm number of guests with reception venue and caterer
• Write speeches (groom, best man & father of the bride)
After the wedding:
• Send thank you cards

wedding budget planner

One of the biggest headaches when planning your wedding can be sticking to your budget.

We’ve put together this helpful table to show how much you should expect to spend on all elements of your wedding.

We’ve added an example of a £15,000 budget to show you how this would be distributed:

Wedding Planner – 5%
Ceremony – 2%
Reception – 40%
Entertainment – 7%
Wedding Attire – 8%
Wedding Hair & Make-up – 1%
Wedding Rings – 2%
Photographer & Videographer – 10%
Florist – 7%
Wedding Cake – 2%
Transport – 2%
Stationery – 3%
Gifts – 2%
Contingency – 2%
Wedding Planner – £1,500
Ceremony – £300
Reception – £6000
Entertainment – £1050
Wedding Attire – £1200
Wedding Hair & Make-up – £150
Wedding Rings – £300
Photographer & Videographer – £1500
Florist – £1050
Wedding Cake – £300
Transport – £300
Stationery – £450
Gifts – £150
Contingency – £750

Total: £15,000

If this all sounds a bit daunting, find out how our expert events team can help you plan your wedding day and stick to your budget.
Wedding Suppliers

Photographer

Ross Dean Photography – Ross 01473 760976 www.rossdeanphotography.com info@rossdeanphotography.com

Katie Drouet Photography – Katie 07816 355534 www.kdrouetphotography.co.uk info@kdrouetphotography.co.uk

Cake
The Outrageous Cake Company – Graham & Tina 01473 786687 www.the-outrageous-cake-company.co.uk info@the-outrageous-cake-company.co.uk

Florist Myrtle & Mint – Charlotte 01473 218799 www.myrtleandmint.com enquiries@myrtleandmint.com

Amelie’s Kitchen – Helen 01473 255869 www.amelies-kitchen.co.uk hello@amelies-kitchen.co.uk

Dress

The Bridal Lounge – Charlotte 01473 871834 www.thebridal-lounge.co.uk charlotte@thebridal-lounge.co.uk

Bury Bridal Rooms – Debi 01284 221123 www.burybridalrooms.co.uk info@burybridalrooms.co.uk

Menswear GB Conduct – Matt & Matt 01787 827100 www.gbconduct.co.uk enquiries@gbconduct.co.uk

Favours & Hen Parties

Starglazing – Dulcie 07706 040441 www.allfiredupceramics.co.uk/ipswich.htm ipswich@allfiredupceramics.co.uk

Petite & Sweet – Toni & Laura 07908 200179 www.petiteandsweet.co.uk sales@petiteandsweet.co.uk

Make-up

Aleksandra Zych – Aleksandra 07817 622641 www.aleksandra-zych.com aleksandrazych@mail.com

Purity Beauty – Michelle 01473 225800 www.puritybeautyipswich.co.uk info@puritybeautyipswich.co.uk

Hair

The Guard Room – Toni 01473 636940 www.theguardroomsalon.co.uk

DJ & Lighting

Dreamwave Events – Dave & Paul 01206 255333 www.dreamwaveevents.co.uk info@www.dreamwaveevents.co.uk

Video

Alex Cameron Wedding Films – Alex 08454 747985 www.alexcameronweddingfilms.co.uk info@alexcameronweddingfilms.co.uk

Live Music

The TestostaTones – Stephen & Paul 07909 510976 www.testostatones.co.uk contact@testostatones.co.uk

Stationery

Lemon Pie Weddings – Natalie 01473 858005 www.lemonpiedesign.co.uk hello@lemonpieweddings.co.uk

Celebrant

Bridget Garrett Ceremonies – Bridget 01473 435645 www.bridgetgarrettceremonies.com bridgetgarrettceremonies@gmail.com