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Civil Weddings and Receptions

The Pennoyer Centre is a unique venue that will bring your wedding dreams to life.

Built over two floors, the building embraces a stunning renovation of the historic 15th century Guild Chapel with its contemporary atrium of oak, steel and glass and the spacious build of a modern extension.

The Pennoyer Centre is fully licensed for civil weddings and offers sophisticated facilities in the setting of a pleasant Norfolk village.


Close to the Norfolk/Suffolk border in the attractive village of Pulham St Mary, just 16 miles south of Norwich and 6 miles north of the market town of Diss, and 10 miles west of Bungay and the Waveney Valley

The Ceremony and Venue

On the ground floor, the historic Guild Chapel has been sympathetically restored using traditional craftsmen's skills. With an abundance of natural light and original features, the Chapel provides a tranquil, elegant setting for your perfect day.  The Guild Chapel can comfortably seat 50 guests for the wedding ceremony.
The spacious contemporary interior that adjoins the Guild Chapel has been specifically designed to offer a beautiful yet neutral backdrop, allowing you to create exactly the individual style you want for your ceremony and reception. Fully flexible, the ground floor facilities can accommodate up to 70 for the ceremony, and are easily adapted for intimate gatherings, or extended to provide ample space for up to 100 people.

Outside, there are many interesting backdrops for photographs, including our West Door with its medieval carved archway, offering a more traditional setting for wedding shots.

The Reception

After the ceremony, your guests can celebrate, relax and enjoy the day. You might choose a simple champagne reception with canapes, afternoon tea, or a buffet or more formal dinner. Or party into the night with the entertainment of your choice - live band, disco, or play your own favourite music through our audio system. The electronically-operated black-out blinds and subtle lighting in the Guild Chapel and reception areas provide a magical atmosphere for wedding celebrations whatever the time of year.

Viewing or Assembly Area

A beautiful glass, steel and oak staircase leads up to the mezzanine level, where a floor-to-ceiling wall of glass offers a sweeping view of the chapel below. You can use this mezzanine as a family assembly or reception area prior to the ceremony. There are private rooms adjoining that are available as dressing rooms or for pre-ceremony formalities with the registrar.

Catering and Services

Flexible seating plans allow up to 50 table settings for formal dining or 80 buffet-style.

Our in-house catering team can provide a delicious buffet, canapes or afternoon tea. Alternatively we can recommend one of our trusted catering suppliers, or your own caterer can hire our kitchen facilities for the day. We can also recommend a range of approved suppliers, for flowers, balloons, and other services so that your wedding day can be themed in the way you choose.

Our experienced bar staff will be on hand to serve drinks to your guests throughout the day, whether that's a champagne reception after the ceremony, wine with your meal, or simply a bar throughout the day.

For an additional charge we offer an on-site wedding planner/co-ordinator to liaise with your suppliers, and to ensure your wedding itinerary runs smoothly. We can help and advise you as much or as little as you require.

Choosing The Pennoyer Centre for your wedding and reception venue will make one of the happiest days of your life a uniquely memorable occasion.

The Centre is committed to inclusive use, and is fully accessible throughout, with a lift to our first floor, disabled toilets on both floors, and induction and acoustic loop systems. There is parking for guests in The Pennoyer Centre’s own car park.

Please go to our Contact Us page for further information, bookings, map, and any other enquiries.

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