The Great Barn is licensed for Civil Marriages and Civil Partnerships in conjunction with The Ceremony Team at Norfolk County Council and can seat up to 180 guests for a ceremony and wedding breakfast and 300 standing for an evening reception. You will need to book your ceremony with the registrar before you can confirm your wedding date with us. There are no additional charges for you to host your marriage ceremony with us at Hales Hall.
You can choose from two areas inside for your ceremony:
The Great Barn itself can seat up to 180 guests for a ceremony at the beautiful west end of the Barn. Your guests are seated facing your ceremony table, romantic candle-lit loophole windows and your floral decorations.
The Gallery is an area upstairs in the Barn, complete with comfy sofas, fairylights and additional seating creating an intimate, cosy atmosphere. This is an ideal option for you if you’re looking for a small ceremony with a larger wedding reception to taking place in the Great Barn.
The Great Barn or the Gallery can also be used for a Duo Ceremony with an outside ceremony taking place on the front lawn and the legalities taking place either before your guests arrive or afterwards during the reception drinks.
Duo Ceremonies are offered by Norfolk County Council where the legal elements of the marriage or partnership are carried out in a licensed room, in our case this would be upstairs in The Gallery or in The Great Barn, and followed or preceded by a ceremony outside in the grounds of Hales Hall.
The outdoor part of your ceremony would take place within the walled grounds on the manicured lawn in the gardens in front of Hales Hall itself with the Great Barn as a stunning backdrop.
All Duo Ceremonies need to be confirmed with both the Registrar and Hales Hall before confirming your date as the registrar will need to be available for longer than a Civil Marriage or Partnership as the two ceremonies are classed as two separate ‘events’.
Here in Norfolk, it’s safe to say that we are not short of churches! There are 3 in the ‘Loddon with Hales & Heckingham’ Parish alone, all 1.5 miles from Hales Hall and there are at least an additional 10 churches within a 6 mile radius of Hales Hall & The Great Barn in South Norfolk. See yourchurchwedding.org for further details about church weddings.