Wedding event hire FAQs

What does it cost to hire the venue for a wedding?

The cost of hiring Norwich Arts Centre for a wedding reception in our Wedding Brochure HERE. We have a fixed price which includes exclusive use of the auditorium, foyer, bar and dressing room from 9am-1.30am (Bar service until 1am) and the garden until 10pm as well as bar staff, a duty manager, a technician and a member of security.

Can I get legally married at Norwich Arts Centre?

Yes! We recently gained a licence as an approved venue for Norfolk.

You can find us on Norfolk County Council’s approved wedding venue list and book a registrar to come to our venue. You should confirm registrars are available on your date before booking with us, however we’re happy to hold a date for a limited time while you arrange this.
The cost for including a wedding ceremony with 70 guests in your event is £300.00, we are also able to accommodate ceremonies for more guests, please enquire.
Contact us to check our availability.

What is the venue capacity?

Norwich Arts Centre works well as a wedding venue for 50-220 people depending on your plans.

Can I live stream my ceremony/event to people who aren’t able to attend?

Yes! We have facilities to live stream. Over 2020 we upgraded our equipment to provide a hi-spec streaming service. You can see recordings of some of our streamed events on our YouTube channel.
The cost for this service is £250* You’ll also receive a hard copy of your stream.

Can I get in to the venue the day before or the day after my event?

The hire price covers 9am-1.30am. Where possible, we also offer collection the next day is possible at the cost of £200 (inc VAT) for a two-hour slot.

It is not usually possible for us to offer access the day before the event. However, for catering purposes our kitchen can be hired at a rate of £25* per hour.

How can I decorate the venue?

We are open to all sorts of decoration ideas as long as they do not cause damage to the venue. The pillars and rigging in our auditorium lend themselves well to bunting and fairy lights. You can see our auditorium dimensions floor plan here.
The pillars are 2.9m tall on one side and 3.4m on the other.

A technician will be available to hang all high-up decorations, health and safety is important to us so only trained members of staff use ladders in the venue. Should you wish to really go to town with hanging decorations, an extra technician is available at the rate of £15/hr, though this is rarely necessary.

Do you have any decorations?

We have two flower arches which you are able to to hire for £150* for both. We can see photos of these can be seen here.

Can I hire glassware or crockery, tables and chairs from you?

We have flutes and wine glasses for drinks receptions and table wine, use of these is included in our drink/corkage price.
We also have 70 wooden folding chairs and eight 3ft6in round table (seat 4-6 ppl) and two 6ft rectangular trestle tables available for hire.
Unfortunately we do not have tableware or crockery but we can point you in the direction of several lovely hire companies that we have worked with before.

Do you offer arrival drinks?

Yes. To welcome your guests, we offer a Prosecco reception service, served in our bright, stylish foyer area. The cost for this is £25.00* per bottle with a minimum order of 10 bottles. This price includes 2hrs service, glassware and a free non-alcoholic alternative for the designated drivers and youngsters.

How much are your drinks and do you charge corkage?

Prices for our reception drinks, table wine and bar are the same at our usual bar menu which you can see here. Corkage is £10 per bottle of wine and includes service and glassware. Corkage prices for other drinks are available on request.

What staff are included in the price and can I employ extra staff?

Included in the hire fee is a duty manager, security guard, technician and bar staff. We do not include event staff for setting-up (including setting-up tables and chairs), serving food or to help organise on the day.

However, we are able to offer up to two extra staff for serving food or helping with the set up and cleared down of equipment/tables etc. This cost for this is £15 per hour per member of staff for a minimum of four hours.
For larger events you may also want an extra technician, price available on request.

Is there anything I need to tell my caterers?

Caterers preparing on the premises will be asked to provide a public liability insurance certificate (they will have this) and are more than welcome to use our well-equipped medium-sized kitchen on the understanding it is returned to the original state at the end of night.

We’re happy to meet with caterers to show them the venue and advise them on access.

What technical equipment do you have?

We have a full PA and lighting system, you can see our technical equipment here.

Are there any restrictions I need to know about?

The legal bit… We cannot make amplified noise, including sound-checks, until 5pm, and live music must be finished by midnight. Recorded music can be played until 1am. Our back garden closes at 10pm and bar can serve alcohol until 1am.

Legal wedding ceremonies include their own restrictions but these will be outlined by your registrar.

How do I book?

Contact Grace (grace@norwichartscentre.co.uk) to arrange and tour of the venue and to book your date. When you come to to book, a 20% deposit is required to hold a date with the remaining balance due 3 months in advance of the date.

*VAT included in the price, as appropriate.