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Perfect Essex Wedding Locations

PUBLISHED: 15:36 23 January 2017 | UPDATED: 15:36 23 January 2017

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Once the proposal is accepted, thoughts quickly turn to where will make the perfect backdrop for your wedding day. Here Essex Life selects some of the best destinations for your big day that the county has to offer

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Gaynes Park, Epping

Gaynes Park wedding venue lies on a family estate of 1,000 acres near Epping. Sweeping views of the London skyline, contrasted with the surrounding countryside, make Gaynes Park feel miles from anywhere — although it is only 10 minutes from the M25, M11 and the end of the Central Line. An elegant, stylish and unique wedding venue, Gaynes Park has restored listed barns, an Orangery and beautiful gardens. There is also luxury, boutique accommodation for the wedding couple, and bedrooms in the Coach House (both available separately) for guests, which makes Gaynes Park a dream come true for brides and grooms-to-be.

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.

Dream Come True…

It’s all about the location, and within such a short distance of the capital, guests can avoid the long journey, but still enjoy a countryside setting.

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The Roslin , Thorpe Bay

For a touch of romance by the sea, why not visit The Roslin Beach Hotel & Retreat’s Wedding Open Day on Saturday, January 21 for a spot of inspiration. Open from 10am to 4pm, this event is perfect for any couples who have recently become engaged and are planning their wedding. Pop in to enjoy a glass of prosecco and sample some of the delicious canapés while a dedicated events co-ordinator introduces you to the rooms available for weddings, including the intimate Bay Room or the new, larger capacity Tides Ballroom. These will be laid out in various styles to really give you a feel for the breathtaking standard you can expect from a wedding here.

How many guests?

Enjoy being beside the seaside with up to 150 guests.

Dream Come True…

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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.

The Westcliff Hotel, Westcliff on Sea

Surrounded by beautiful cliff gardens and sea views in the heart of Southend, this magnificent Victorian hotel, built in 1891, combines the romance of the 19th century with all the benefits of modern living and boasts panoramic views of the Thames Estuary. The elegantly styled function suites are ideal for any occasion, accommodating from 30 to 225 guests. This iconic building has 55 well-appointed bedrooms which include a choice of seven individual boutique bridal suites with sea views. Celebrate with food and wine from menus designed to feast all your senses, with many dining options to suit all. Choose from the restaurant, function suites or private dining and tea rooms. Make sure your special occasion is a memorable one.

How many guests?

Celebrate in style with catering for anything from 30 to 225 guests.

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Dream Come True…

Mix Victorian splendour with modern convenience, all in the romantic setting of a beachside resort.

The Coach HouseMarks Hall Gardens & Arboretum, Coggeshall

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.

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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.

Gosfield Hall, Gosfield

Gosfield Hall is a beautiful Georgian manor house nestled in the glorious Essex countryside. Offered exclusively for weddings, there is an experienced team on hand to help make your wedding day dreams come true. A selection of grand and elegant reception rooms offer a luxurious yet comfortable environment. The Queen Charlotte’s oak panelled gallery boasts a 120ft long aisle. The carriageway offers a picture perfect outdoor ceremony followed by drinks and canapes on the lawn. Overnight accommodation for up to 67 guests is available on site including a sumptuous bridal suite to make your first night as husband and wife that extra bit special.

How many guests?

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Gosfield Hall can accommodate 116 guests for the wedding breakfast and up to 250 guests for the evening reception and buffet.

Dream Come True…

If you are looking for something a little bit different, why not add a touch of Georgian splendour to your special day?

GreyFriars Luxury Hotel and Restaurant, Colchester

Luxurious, glitzy and inviting, GreyFriars opened in summer 2015 following a multi-million pound restoration and achieved a Michelin recommendation within 12 months. With 26 fabulous rooms and suites, and a destination restaurant, GreyFriars is an exquisite venue for smaller intimate weddings as well as larger ceremonies and receptions for up to 60 guests seated. Every detail of your wedding, civil partnership or reception is exclusively designed to meet your personal wishes.

A visit to GreyFriars is essential to experience its unique atmosphere, sample the superb cuisine and to appreciate the beautiful public rooms, luxurious bedrooms, marble bathrooms and warm, five star service.

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How many guests?

GreyFriars is able to host up to 90 guests.

Dream come true…

Five star luxury comes as standard at GreyFriars.

Wivenhoe House, Colchester

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Wivenhoe House’s fascinating history of love and romance makes it the ideal venue for all couples seeking an enchanting celebration in magical surroundings. For 2017, a beautiful gazebo has been introduced on the sunken lawn behind the 18th century Grade II listed main house. This will be the ideal venue for your vows before adjourning to one of the elegant lounges or larger Garden Suite, with private outdoor courtyard, to continue your celebration. 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. From your first visit to the cutting of your cake, expert wedding planners will guide you through the choices available.

How many guests?

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

Dream come true…

There are some fantastic settings for photographs for you to cherish both inside the historic main house and outside on the lawns or down by the picturesque lake.

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Orsett Hall , Orsett

Imagine your wedding day in your own private country house, coupled with serenity, peacefulness and personal service. Orsett Hall is a beautiful Georgian-styled hotel set in 12 acres of landscaped gardens in the Essex countryside, within easy reach of the M25 and only 40 minutes from Central London. With every luxury you can imagine in one location, Orsett Hall is the perfect venue for your wedding. Offering superb facilities including lavish bridal suites, spacious banqueting rooms for 30 to 400 guests, an exquisite Wedding Chapel, 56 luxurious bedrooms, a stunning state-of-the-art Kukana Spa, a hair salon, the exquisite Garden Brasserie and the relaxing Café Sartoria, Orsett Hall has everything you need for that special day.

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.


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The Marygreen Manor, Brentwood

Your perfect wedding starts with the choice of a perfect venue. The Marygreen Manor is a Tudor manor house dating from the 16th century which 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, cosy inglenook fireplaces and quaint features are steeped in history and exude character and charm. The Marygreen Manor comes complete with period function rooms, a secluded courtyard garden, delicious food, exceptional service and a range of stunning guest accommodation. Your search for the perfect venue ends here!

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.

Down Hall Country House Hotel, Hatfield Heath (Hertfordhshire)

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 Lawn, Rochford

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.

Gilwell Park, Chingford

Discover an historic and elegant venue for your wedding. Gilwell Park, set in 108 acres on the edge of Epping Forest, combines historic location with amazing facilities just 20 minutes from Central London, making the perfect setting for your perfect wedding day. As an approved licensed venue, Gilwell Park hosts civil ceremonies across a range of event spaces meaning that you can enjoy everything from your ceremony and wedding breakfast through to an overnight stay in one of the 40 bedrooms, and much more. With few venues in London, Essex or Hertfordshire offering the same high level of facilities and service, Gilwell Park is a popular and trusted choice for wedding couples.

How many guests?

Celebrate your wedding with up to 180 guests for formal dining.

Dream come true:

What could be better than a country setting close to the capital.

Milsom Weddings, Dedham

New for 2017, Milsom Weddings is putting on its first Wedding Show on Sunday, March 19 in the Hangar at Milsoms Kesgrave Hall. Plans are well under way for what promises to be an exciting day with plenty of interaction from guests, suppliers and of course the experienced event teams, plus a master class from one of Milsoms’ head chef’s will also feature in the day.

How many guests?

Take your pick from the Milsoms collection of wedding venues catering for intimate occasions or weddings for up to 180 guests.

Dream come true…

You will love Le Talbooth’s stunning location by the River Stour in Dedham — truly breathtaking.

Don’t forget... Register for the show at www.milsomweddings.com. Every couple on the database gets the chance to win a fabulous overnight stay with dinner at Maison Talbooth in Dedham.

Braxted Park Estate. Witham

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.

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