Bateman's Barn - Suppliers

Relaxed, friendly and flexible, with everything you need already in place – few historic wedding venues welcome you to bring your own ideas to the table quite like Bateman’s Barn.

Feel free to choose your ideal professional caterers. Season the surroundings with just as much pretty pink or punchy panache as you wish. Plan all sorts of fun, games and photographs to secure those exceptional memories. But also rest assured – that little bit of help you need is never far away.

Locals we love 

At Bateman’s Barn South Elmham we’ve been personally welcoming and working together with couples planning their nuptials, for nearly 20 years. Our experience, dedication and practical expertise are there for you every step of the way, but we’re just part of a wider, local community who are on hand to help. 

We’re particularly proud of our long-term relationships and ongoing partnerships with many local (and slightly less than local) suppliers. From an amazing florist with cut-flower gardens just across our fields to not-to-be-missed wedding cake caterers from Norfolk or Adnams real ales and Samba Bands from Suffolk, we’ve all sorts of tried and tested creative and curious contacts at our fingertips.

“If you do book a wedding at Bateman's one piece of advice I would give is, listen to Nicole's advice on local suppliers; thanks to Nicole we had a fantastic florist, a brilliant hog roast and some lovely local cask ale.” (Mark, wedding customer, July 2015) Read the whole story»

Get the local picture

Do come and see things for yourself to help you to work out whether Bateman’s Barn is right for you.  As you drive through the beautiful rural folds and little communities of Suffolk’s Waveney Valley, you’ll soon put yourself in the picture.

Visit on one of our open days or come along to our annual wedding fair and meet some of our special suppliers directly or make a personal appointment to view at your leisure. Either way, we’ll answer all your questions and gently go through everything from caterers to accommodation, from bands to beer, photographers to photo-booths - even stationery, sweetie stations and speciality teas if that’s your cuppa. We’ll then share full lists of respected caterers and suppliers, so you can start to make those all-important arrangements immediately on securing your wedding date and booking.

Of course, if you can’t spot something you’re looking for - or have a particularly individual idea in mind, but just don’t know where to start – please just ask. We’re sure to be able to give you some initial pointers and if not, we always love a good challenge!

Hear it from the horse’s mouth

Well, you might expect to do on that a farm… but alas, when it comes to quadrupeds, we’ve only got sheep, cattle, cats and an adorable dog called ‘Sprocket’ here at South Elmham - although they’d probably all love to tell you how they’ve made it into the wedding albums over the years!

To compensate - and in addition to the ‘kind words’ of brides, grooms and their guests - we’ve shared what some of our photographers, florists and catering suppliers have said about their experiences at Bateman’s Barn, working on behalf of wedding couples. One photographer even liked it so much, he came back and got married here himself! Our trusted suppliers are just another way that you can relax and celebrate 'amongst friends' at Bateman’s Barn.  

"It's always a treat for us to cater at the beautiful Bateman's Barn and work alongside Nicole and her professional team. We get to set up right in amongst the guests under the trees and become part of this stunning venue." Christophe, the crêpe van man!

“ My word, it’s a little gem! …  a family run business, with a hands on approach from owners John and Nicole, who make sure everything runs like clockwork on the day! “  Tatum Reid (Photographer) 

“ The Batemans Barn fire pit … is out in a lovely wooded area opposite the barn … and I’d heartily recommend it to anyone booking a wedding at Batemans.”  Phil Barnes (Photographer) 

"We've been working with the team at Bateman's Barn for a number of years now, and they are always welcoming and ready for us when we arrive to set up. Nicole makes sure she knows what is required to dismantle, cut and serve the cake and takes care to make sure any special options like gluten-free or nut-free are kept separate and served to the correct guests.

We love this venue…nicely tucked away so that it feels romantic & secluded. A very special place to get married!" Michelle at Vanilla Patisserie.

"Bateman's Barn is a beautiful setting for a country wedding... We have worked closely with Nicole and John for many years, to provide each couple a unique floral design scheme for their special day, taking into account the very special beauty of this barn...

We are passionate about our work, love a challenge and always look forward to working at Bateman's Barn South Elmham."  Susan Fitch, New Beginnings Florist

(Susan's so passionate about the place that she even just had to get married here! Read more»)

Local Suppliers - Interested in working with Bateman's Barn and discovering the mutual benefits our Waveney Wedding Collective? Find out more»