11 great winter wedding venues in Essex
PUBLISHED: 14:12 20 July 2018 | UPDATED: 14:12 20 July 2018
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With crisp, clear mornings or perhaps even a touch of snow, there’s nothing quite like a winter wedding. If you are planning to get married in the colder months then you should consider some of these fantastic venues in Essex
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Orsett, RM16 3HS | Wedding Team 01375 891 402 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Orsett Hall is a beautiful Georgian styled Hotel set in 12 acres of landscaped gardens kept immaculate all year round. During the winter months the onsite Wedding Chapel is a warm and magical place, often decorated with candles and lanterns creating a truly romantic setting.
Planning a wedding at Orsett Hall is enjoyable from the moment the date is set, as couples can benefit from the onsite Aura Design florist and venue decorators, Pasha bridal gown boutique & Iconic classic car showroom all located within the grounds of the hotel.
The onsite Kukana Spa and Sitting Room Hairdressers make getting ready on the big day seamless. Pasha Bridal Boutique can even steam the gown on the morning and help Brides put their dress on. Having all of these facilities on site means even the British weather cannot get in the way!
The spacious wedding reception rooms vary in size accommodating intimate weddings or up to 520 guests in the Pavilion. There are 55 bedrooms including 5 individually decorated bridal suites which enables couples and their guests to enjoy a weekend of celebrations, creating memories to cherish. There is so much to see in one location!
Prested Hall, Feering, CO5 9EE | 01376 573300
Recently shortlisted for the UK’s Best Country Wedding Venue by UK Wedding Awards, Prested Hall truly is a hidden gem. Situated in stunning parkland at the end of a long tree-lined drive, 15th century Prested is an exclusive use venue.
Nothing is too much trouble at Prested, with three handsome reception rooms which are warm and welcoming throughout the winter months. Over the Christmas period, the scent of pine needles from Prested’s three real trees fills the air, and fairy lights twinkle over the real fire.
All of Prested’s 14 bedrooms feature super comfortable beds, crisp white Egyptian cotton sheets and comfy pillows with additional accommodation for up to 20 people in their Peresteda Apartments, located above the adjacent health club & Elemis spa.
Prested have an amazing exclusive use offer of £5995 for 50 guests the months of January – March 2019, call 01376 573300 now for details.
Hall Road, Rochford, SS4 1PL | 01702 203669 / 203701
The Lawn is a magnificent listed manor house, with a glorious Orangery seating up to 130 guests, all set within stunning grounds. Whether it is a civil ceremony in the splendour of the Grand Hall with its beautiful sweeping staircase or a reception following a church wedding, the service and catering are unparalleled.
Whatever the weather, all your wedding photography, including the full group shot can be catered for within the house - you can just let it snow while you settle down in front of a roaring log fire! With a policy of exclusive hire only, the day is tailored perfectly to your own particular needs and at a price that is surprisingly affordable, particularly in the winter months. The Lawn has a link with a four-star hotel just 5 minutes away.
The Lawn really does provide the perfect setting for your dream Winter Wedding. How many guests? Up to 130 guests can be catered for during the day with a capacity of 150 guests for the evening reception.
It really is a dream come true… enjoy the house and gardens at The Lawn as exclusively yours for the whole of your big day, guaranteeing you will feel extra special.
Pratts Farm Lane East, Little Waltham, Chelmsford, CM3 3PT | 01245 440 005
It’s easy to see why Channels makes a fantastic summer wedding venue with its bucolic grounds and garden chapel, but when it snows it turns into a classic winter wonderland and is the perfect setting for a fairytale winter wedding.
Located close to the picturesque village of Little Waltham near Chelmsford, Channels boasts two of the finest wedding venues in Essex with its beautiful ancient buildings, luxury accommodation and first class catering, all set within a glorious country estate. The 17th century thatched Essex Barn with its authentic honey coloured beams, high ceilings, minstrels’ gallery and period chandeliers is a spectacular choice for brides who really want to impress while Little Channels’ Courtyard Suite, which is set in a mid-19th Century complex of interconnecting barns with a large flagstone central courtyard, provides a more intimate and affordable wedding choice for that special day.
From wedding breakfasts to buffets and banquets, Channels - renowned for its cuisine, has a wide range of catering options available at both venues and a team of professional wedding coordinators on hand to plan the event (including reindeer for a Christmas wedding). Also on the estate is luxurious accommodation at Channels Lodge boutique hotel which has garnered a four-star ‘Gold Award’ offering not one but two honeymoon suites, stunning additional suites and executive rooms, all individually designed - there really isn’t a better place to stay ‘I do’.
All December 2018 wedding bookings will receive complimentary Christmas decorations, a reception drink for every guest and a disco and music/light entertainment absolutely free of charge!
Le Talbooth, Gun Hill, Dedham, CO7 6HP | 01206 323150 | email@example.com
If you are looking for a truly magical venue for your winter wedding then Le Talbooth in Dedham has to be the number one choice. In the run up to Christmas the restaurant is truly magical; filled with sparkling lights, rustic beams and flickering fireplaces it’s no wonder that many couples choose this time of year to get married.
There’s no great expectation for the weather either (although no bride wants it to rain on their special day) and who knows it may even snow which would be an added bonus. Winter is all about comfort food and the talented chefs at Le Talbooth can provide the perfect menu with such favourites as our famous Beef Wellington, carved and served at the table which adds plenty of theatre to the wedding breakfast.
Maison Talbooth is an iconic country house hotel is decked out every year to perfection with sparkly glass baubles, fairy lights galore and spectacular upside down Christmas Trees. Take over the whole hotel for a house party wedding where you get full and exclusive use for the duration of your stay including the outdoor pool and hot tub - yes it is open all year! Last year one of our couples turned the Garden Room into a winter wonderland, with icy pallets and deep purple, contrasting perfectly against the backdrop of a frosty Dedham Vale.
So if you are toying with the idea of a winter wedding, get in touch soon, we’d love to show you our fabulous Dedham properties and help you start planning your wedding day.
Park Road, Wivenhoe, Colchester, CO4 3SQ | 01206 878450 | firstname.lastname@example.org
If you just can’t wait for wedded bliss to start, there’s still plenty of time to arrange a fantastic wedding this winter. If you are organised and stick to your guns it is totally possible to sort out your big day in less than six months, with a little help from your friends.
At Wivenhoe House the dedicated wedding planners will pull out all the stops to help you create the perfect day and can help you work with their preferred suppliers to ensure you achieve everything you want in a short space of time. If you are thinking of a date for this year or early in 2019, the Winter Wedding package is available between November and April from only £4,999.
The package includes: the personal attention of the dedicated wedding team from your first visit through to the last dance, room hire for the ceremony, wedding breakfast and evening reception, luxury room for the bride and groom on the night of the wedding, a delicious Wivenhoe House breakfast which can be enjoyed in the privacy of your room the morning following your wedding, arrival drink, three-course meal with coffee and mints, half bottle of wine per person, sparkling toast, evening buffet, reduced accommodation rates for guests, table linen, crockery, cutlery, glassware, candelabras and cake knife, dance floor and Ample car parking.
To find out more or to request a brochure please contact them through the above details.
Braxted Park Estate, Great Braxted, CM8 3EN | 01621 770855
The hundreds of acres of parkland that surround this magnificent venue look simply magical with a sprinkling of snow.
The delightful Orangery comes with plenty of character and is the perfect setting for a romantic ceremony. Explore the enchanting grounds in the winter sun and find a wealth of hidden corners in the Walled Garden that will give you incredible locations for your wedding photos.
Treat your guests to seasonal canapés and mulled wine or winter cocktails before welcoming them into the warm and inviting Pavilion for a wedding breakfast and reception to remember.
This impressive space can be wonderfully transformed to suit any theme and colour scheme, and looks truly stunning with a classic Christmassy décor. After celebrating all night long, retire to the luxurious Garden Cottage and unwind in your own cosy and private space.
Gaynes Park Barns, Banks Lane, Coopersale, Epping, CM16 7RJ | 01992 660329
If you’re looking for a beautiful country escape for your winter wedding, Gaynes Park is the perfect choice. The idyllic gardens look spectacular with a dusting of snow or frost, providing an enchanting backdrop to your whole day.
The heated Orangery is a delightful place to exchange your vows, while the Mill Barn’s authentic, rustic feel turns into a winter wonderland with plenty of fairy lights decorating the exposed beams and candles on the tables.
The Galloping Gourmet catering team can help you create a breathtaking winter menu that will delight your loved ones, after you’ve enjoyed winter Pimm’s or a decadent hot chocolate bar for your drinks reception, of course. Celebrate bonfire night with sparklers or make the most of Gaynes Park’s towering Christmas trees for some seasonal photo opportunities.
The night doesn’t have to finish after your last dance either. You and your nearest and dearest can retire to the Coach House, available through Gaynes Park Ltd, enjoy a nightcap in the lounge and unwind in the ten inviting bedrooms, before reminiscing about your wedding over breakfast the following morning.
Hubbards Hall Drive, off Churchgate Street, old Harlow, CM17 0NH | 07955 940532
It really would be hard to find a more romantic setting for your winter nuptials than That Amazing Place.
Exclusively yours, you never need leave the comforts of the house for the entire duration of your wedding. In addition, this Grade II listed 15th Century manor house has been beautifully refurbished with stylish and contemporary interiors, along with a range of exquisite furnishings, offering a cosy and intimate “home from home” for you and your wedding guests to enjoy.
The venue’s elegant reception rooms offer the perfect backdrop for your wedding photographs, without having to set a foot out in the open air. Plus, with fabulous views from each window, you can still take full advantage of the crisp views, whatever the weather.
Trust us when we say that That Amazing Place really does have everything you could wish for in a winter wedding venue, burning log fire complete!
Castle Hedingham, Halstead CO9 3DJ | 01787 460261 | email@example.com
The 160-acre estate of Hedingham Castle provides one of the most romantic settings for a wedding in Essex. With ornamental lakes, immaculate lawns and gardens, a sweeping drive leading up to the early Georgian Mansion House and a 900-year-old Norman Castle, it is truly a unique and quite magical place.
Ceremonies are held in the Banqueting Floor of the Castle, with receptions either in the Hall of the House overlooking the formal gardens, or in the Castle itself.
Wedding breakfasts can either be held in the permanent Marquee on the Tulip Lawn or in the newly restored Tapestry Room of the Castle, offering a choice between classic English Country House style or a more medieval feel.
The Cottage in the Lord’s Orchard is at the bride’s disposal throughout the day and provides a haven for the newly married couple when the dancing is done.
High Street, Ware , Hertfordshire, SG12 9AL | 01920 460316
Ware Priory is a beautiful wedding venue set in 7 acres of picturesque riverside gardens, offering a choice of stunning rooms, both traditional and contemporary, to celebrate your special day in.
Whatever the season, Ware Priory delivers a first-class service in enchanting surroundings. Their team can help create a Winter Wonderland, hopefully with Mother Nature providing the snow as a finishing touch…
Book to hold your wedding with them in 2018 or between January & March 2019 and their wedding gift to you will be a room for your wedding night at Hanbury Manor and complimentary drinks on arrival for your wedding guests.
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