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19 stunning venues for your dream wedding

PUBLISHED: 10:00 19 September 2016

19 stunning venues for your dream wedding

19 stunning venues for your dream wedding

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Essex Life brings you 19 beautiful location ideas and inspirations to help you create the perfect backdrop your dream wedding day


Maison Talbooth

To celebrate your day in style, Maison Talbooth is a country house hotel with far reaching views over the Dedham Vale and is just a minute away by courtesy car from the restaurant holds a civil wedding license for up to 50 guests. The hotel has 12 superb bedrooms, a day spa, outdoor pool and pool house as well as specialising in house parties allowing couples to take over the whole hotel for a day or two. With the food, service and more than 60 years of experience, you can be sure of a wedding day that will be treasured and remembered.

How many guests? Maison Talbooth holds a civil wedding license for up to 50 guests .

Dream come true… For an elegant occasion with incredible views over the Stour Valley, there is no better location.



With its luxurious ,historic interiors and a reputation for the highest standards of service and gastronomy, GreyFriars is a wonderful, exclusive venue in which to hold your wedding. Elegant, luxurious and welcoming, GreyFriars opened in Summer 2015 following a multi million pound restoration of an iconic group of Grade II* listed buildings. This is a unique luxury destination with 26 beautifully appointed bedrooms including a number of Grand Luxe Suites, all fitted to match five star standards with stunning marble bathrooms. Everything is bespoke, with three distinct licensed areas for your ceremony accommodating up to 90 guests, you can be confident that your occasion will be exclusively designed according to your personal wishes.

How many guests? GreyFriars will host up to 90 guests.

Dream come true… Five star luxury comes as standard at GreyFriars.


Blake Hall

Blake Hall really does have it all. With it three stunning 17th century barns, historic setting, peaceful and beautifully maintained gardens and stylish accommodation for both the night before and night of your wedding, you really could not find a more perfect venue for your dream wedding. You can come and see for yourself at an open day on Wednesday, September 28, from 4pm until 8pm, when the 17th century barns will be dressed for a wedding and you can imagine how special your day could be. Meet the team, view the Old Coach House with its stunning dressing room, the delightful guest accommodation, the gorgeous honeymoon cottage and take a stroll around the beautiful gardens - perfect for those special bride and groom photographs.

How many guests? Up to 150 guests seated.

Dream come true… The barns at Blake Hall have become a perfect place to celebrate with family and friends on this most special of occasions.


Braintree Town Hall

Braintree Town Hall is a beautiful wedding venue, offering bespoke wedding packages which will not break the bank. The grand neo Georgian style building has a wealth of character providing an impressive and unique venue for your wedding or civil ceremony. Enjoy elegant architecture and finely decorated rooms, from decadent oak panelling to historic murals and ceiling art. Choose one or two rooms as part of your package, or the entire floor. Brides have the option to use one of the smaller rooms for last minute preparation and to relax out of sight of the groom and guests until the ceremony. Small and exclusive weddings are a speciality here, and the team of wedding coordinators pay attention to every detail, offering the very best customer care. Set in the heart of Braintree, the Town Hall has everything you need to make your wedding day special. The magnificent sweeping stone staircase with stone columns, stained glass window and chandelier provide a beautiful back drop for your wedding photographs, making this the perfect affordable venue.

How many guests? The largest room seats up to 85 guests.

Dream come true… Braintree Town Hall is the ultimate location for a small, intimate wedding.


Hedingham Castle

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 on 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.

How many guests? Up to 160 guests can be accommodated in the Marquee on the Tulip Lawn.

Dream come true… It doesn’t get more unique than enjoying your wedding in the surroundings of a 900 year old Norman castle.


The Lawn

The Lawn is a magnificent listed Manor House, with a glorious air-conditioned 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. 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, with a clear policy of no hidden extras. Guests are welcome to leave their cars overnight and 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 wedding.

How many guests? Versatile facilities allow The Lawn to cater for all occasions, from a small party to a gathering of 350.

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.


Ufford Park Woodbridge

So much time and effort goes into planning you’re wedding and choosing the perfect wedding venue. At Ufford Park Woodbridge you can be certain you’ve made the right decision, with experienced staff and a setting to match the importance of the occasion. A designated wedding coordinator is available to help plan your day and this striking location can cater for small, intimate weddings through to a larger wedding for 250 guests. The 90-bedroom hotel is perfect for those guests travelling from afar and offers residents complimentary access to the Health Club, including an indoor swimming pool and poolside sauna plus steam room.

How many guests? Ufford Park Woodbridge is licensed to hold civil ceremonies any day of the week and with a selection of splendid wedding reception rooms, it can cater for up to 250 guests.

Dream come true… The hotel is nestled among the trees and landscaped gardens, where the 120 acres of parkland provide the perfect backdrop for your wedding photographs.


Wivenhoe House

With a long history of love and romance, Wivenhoe House assures all couples of an enchanting day in stunning surroundings. The Grade II listed main house is the ultimate location for a civil ceremony with a private dinner for smaller intimate ceremonies, or perhaps the Garden Suite for larger celebrations including a private courtyard for your guests. With 40 four-star bedrooms, there is always the option to take over the entire hotel or just enjoy one of the luxurious suites as you prepare for your wedding and on your special night. The expert team will guide you through the all-inclusive wedding packages. There are three complete yet versatile packages from just £89pp, which gives you the freedom to tailor the package to your dream day. The team will work with you throughout your wedding planning journey and they are passionate about making your dream wedding become reality.

How many guests? Wivenhoe House can host up to 120 day and 250 evening guests.

Dream come true… There are fantastic settings for photographs for you to cherish both inside the historic main house and on the sunken lawn.


The Chichester Hotel

Your dream rustic country wedding reception is waiting for you at The Chichester Hotel – a historic barn wedding venue and hotel in Wickford. Dedicated wedding planners will help you fulfill your heart’s desires. There is a selection of private rooms available for ceremonies and receptions for up to 140 guests, so whether it is an intimate family affair or a grand extravaganza, there is the perfect room for you to host your celebration. The rustic Essex Barn is a traditional, converted barn venue with high vaulted ceilings, while the Chichester Suite has beautifully restored Tudor beams to add character to the space. Both function rooms for hire have their own entrance separate from the hotel reception and each have their own bar for a private wedding experience. The team of event chefs know what food and drinks work for weddings, from delicious canapés and sparkling wines to a sumptuous buffet to keep your guests dancing all night long. Finally, the Bridal Suite is available for you to relax in prior to the big day and also for a peaceful first night as a married couple.

How many guests? There is a choice of stunning reception rooms with a maximum capacity of up to 140 guests.

Dream come true… If you are looking for a rustic, country charm, then The Chichester Hotel has it all.


The Marygreen Manor

Your perfect wedding starts with the choice of the perfect venue. The Marygreen Manor is a Tudor manor house dating from the 16th century and was originally home to Henry Roper, gentleman servant to Catherine of Aragon. This stunning venue, set in beautiful grounds, provides the perfect backdrop to your special day. Its abundance of oak beams, inglenook fireplaces and quaint features are steeped in history and exude character and charm. Marygreen Manor comes complete with period function rooms, a secluded courtyard garden, delicious food, exceptional service and a range of stunning guest accommodation. This beautiful venue is available to hire all year round, so whether you’re planning a fresh spring wedding or a classically crisp winter wedding, this is the venue for all seasons. Call the team to arrange your own private viewing.

How many guests? The Marygreen Manor can cater for up to 120 seated guests for your wedding breakfast.

Dream come true… With a real sense of history, The Marygreen Manor will bring a touch of drama to your big day.


The Warren Golf Club and Country Club

The programme of improvements continues at The Warren Estate. Alongside the new bar and dance floor area, Bridal Suite and new Oak Room for smaller weddings up to 40 guests, the team are now in the process of installing a new wedding pagoda on the front lawn, which will allow enable outdoor weddings. Saying your vows outside is a great opportunity for you and your guests to experience the beauty of The Warren Estate, considered one of the most picturesque wedding venues in Essex. The dedicated wedding team would be proud to host your wedding day and be part of your ever lasting memories.

How many guests? The beautiful 18th century baronial barn can seat up to 92 guests and for those requiring additional guest space a marquee can be arranged seating up to 150 guests.

Dream come true… This picturesque setting is quite breathtaking and will certainly add the wow factor to your wedding day.


Gaynes Park

With sweeping views of the London skyline and surrounded by English countryside, Gaynes Park is an elegant and sophisticated barn venue that is truly unique. It boasts immaculately restored listed barns, an Orangery, beautiful gardens and luxury boutique accommodation. As stunning as the barns themselves are the grounds at Gaynes Park, which are breathtaking. Weddings can take place in one of three locations: The Orangery, Gather Barn or Mill Barn. Enhanced by floor-to-ceiling windows, the Mill Barn is a fantastic choice for both the ceremony and wedding breakfast. Gaynes Park offers many romantic locations for special photographs too. From the Heart Gate to the Pavilion with its hundreds of fairy lights, to the ‘London lookout’ with sweeping views of the Capital’s skyline, your wedding photographer will not be short of inspiration. The venue is holding a Wedding Showcase on Sunday, October 30 from 11am until 3pm. Get in touch to book your free ticket.

How many guests? Mill Barn is licensed for Civil Wedding Ceremonies and Civil Partnership Ceremonies and can comfortably seat from 50 up to 150 guests for dining.

Dreams come true… Being a countryside retreat that is also so close to the capital, really makes Gaynes Park a special venue.


West Street Vineyard

West Street Vineyard is situated in a rural setting but at the heart of the beautiful mediaeval village of Coggeshall. Imagine tying the knot in the middle of the countryside, in the vineyard gazebo overlooking the vines and out onto the River Blackwater beyond. West Street Vineyard is able to cater for the smallest intimate weddings through to a three-course sit down wedding breakfast for 100 people or a BBQ for a 150 guests. A beautiful room licensed for weddings inside and a cellar bar, which is perfect for the evening party, are also available. Why not let the team help you make your day truly unique?

How many guests? Up to 100 guests overlooking the vineyard for a formal sit down and up to 150 for a BBQ in the vines.

Dreams come true… This striking setting surrounded by a stunning vineyard really is something to make you feel like you have escaped from it all.

The Roslin Beach Hotel

With outstanding levels of hospitality, stylish surroundings and a AA Rosette award-winning restaurant, the Roslin beach hotel is the perfect venue for your special celebration. There are two stunning rooms; the brand new Tides Ballroom for the grande affairs and The Bay for a more intimate setting. Both boast exceptional natural light and spectacular views over the estuary, together with a comprehensive array of lighting and audio equipment. A fantastic team of chefs can cater for your every need and can customise any menu to suit. This privately-owned, boutique hotel can accommodate parties from 20 to 150 guests and can provide a fabulous Honeymoon Suite together with exquisite guest accommodation for all. your bespoke events planner will work personally with you throughout the planning stages and on the day, providing a dedicated service and attention to detail which will ensure your event is one that you and your guests remember. Plus, your guests can even pamper themselves with a treatment in the Roslin Retreat

How many guests? Enjoy being beside the seaside with up to 150 guests.

Dream Come True… There is just something magical about being by the sea and with the Roslin you can add this extra touch of magic to your wedding day.

Down Hall Country House Hotel

An historic country house, situated in the breathtaking beauty of Essex countryside, Down Hall provides an exquisite backdrop for your special day. In fact, Down Hall is the place where your dreams are turned into perfect reality. Dating back to 1540, Down Hall has a wonderful array of rooms and suites to host the most intimate of ceremonies, luxury wedding breakfasts and stunning receptions with panoramic views over beautiful gardens. The chef has created the most exquisite menus for your special occasion, using the freshest and finest ingredients either from the hotel’s own vegetable garden or locally-sourced produce, all complemented by outstanding personal service from an experienced team.

How many guests? A selection of different wedding reception rooms can cater for parties of different sizes, with the largest room holding 200 guests and the smallest 32.

Dream Come True… The stunning backdrop of this fabulous hotel will really give your day the wow factor.

The Coach House

The Coach House, with its unique features and picture-perfect setting, makes it hard to imagine a more beautiful place for your special day. Make your vows to one another underneath the attractive gazebo in the flower garden for a perfect start to married life. Choose from one of the many backdrops for your photographs, with ornamental lakes and the walled garden being a simply stunning photographic memory. The Coach House is full of charm, ambiance and character, and is an idyllic place to hold your reception. Choose from a full package option or the popular venue only hire, allowing you to make your dreams a reality.

How many guests? Seating for up to 80 guests in the flower garden and an additional 40 guests on the terrace for the ceremony. 120 for a sit-down meal and 200 for an evening reception.

Dream Come True… Within the fabulous 250 acres of stunning gardens and arboretum, you are assured of a delightful setting for your celebration and your photographs.


Orsett Hall

Imagine your wedding day in your own private country house, coupled with serenity, peacefulness and first class personal service at an award-winning Essex wedding venue. Situated in beautiful countryside within easy access of the M25 and only 40 minutes from Central London, Orsett Hall is a stunning hotel and wedding venue, set in 12 acres of landscaped gardens with 56 luxurious bedrooms, five lavish bridal suites, and spacious banqueting rooms for 30 to 400 guests. Orsett Hall is the perfect Essex wedding venue with everything you need for your special day. The hotel has all the advantages and facilities of a new, purpose built hotel, with friendly, polite staff to cater to your every need.

How many guests? Orsett Hall has four function suites ideal for weddings of all sizes, catering for anything from 30 to 400 guests.

Dream Come True… Each function suite is licensed for civil ceremonies and even has an exclusive wedding chapel.


Braxted Park Estate

Whether you wish for a summer or winter wedding, or a church or civil ceremony, imagine it taking place at the beautiful Braxted Park in Essex. Braxted Park is a licensed wedding venue offering a variety of different sized rooms within an elegant Georgian mansion or even outside in the surrounding picturesque gardens. The local parish church, All Saints Great Braxted, is situated within the grounds, so whether you dream of a traditional church wedding or a more modern civil ceremony, Braxted Park is a unique wedding venue that is able to provide both options. With a capacity ranging from 30 to 350, you and your guests will enjoy exclusive use of this stunning estate and dedicated staff will be on hand to ensure your wedding day runs smoothly; giving you the best start to married life that you could ever wish for.

How many guests? This delightful yet versatile venue can cater for weddings with anything between 30 to 350 guests.

Dream Come True… This stunning estate with its incredible grounds creates a quite magnificent backdrop to any wedding.


Milsom Weddings - Le Talbooth

Le Talbooth restaurant in Dedham is one of the leading wedding venues in East Anglia, offering a fabulous location on the banks of the River Stour in Dedham. The event team has a wealth of experience when it comes to helping you plan your perfect wedding, allowing the bridal party to relax and enjoy their day. Le Talbooth can offer three different options - the Weavers Room for the smaller more intimate wedding, the River Room which is adjacent to the river can cater for up to 80, while the Marquee on the upper terrace overlooking the river can accommodate up to 180 people and is perfect for a summer wedding.

How many guests? Up to 180 guests in the Marquee positioned on the upper terrace.

Dream come true… This stunning location by the River Stour in Dedham is truly breathtaking.

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