10 of the best wedding venues in Essex
PUBLISHED: 14:57 05 October 2020 | UPDATED: 11:07 09 October 2020
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Looking for a unique wedding venue in Essex? These beautiful places, located around the county, should certainly be in your top 10
1. Marks Hall Estate, Coggeshall
An historic 18th century Coach House set within a 2,350-acre country estate or a Tipi and Woodland Wedding in the secluded meadow – the decision is yours.
Located between the towns of Braintree and Colchester, just off the A120, Marks Hall Estate has a range of options for your wedding. The Estate includes broadleaved woodlands, a stunning Arboretum showcasing a collection of rare trees from across the globe, relaxing lakes, a Walled Garden and much more.
The 18th century Coach House with brick and exposed timber frames is full of character, overlooking the parterre garden where couples can marry in a romantic gazebo surrounded by carefully cultivated plants that flower throughout the summer season. The Coach House itself is set within 200-acres of Arboretum, all available as a backdrop for your wedding photography.
Why not marry under the canopy of ancient trees with a Woodland Wedding, then celebrate in a tipi in the secluded meadow next door? Whatever you choose, the dedicated wedding team will guide you through your wedding day.
Marks Hall Estate, Coggeshall, Essex CO6 1TG; 01376 563 796; markshall.org.uk
2. The Lawn, Rochford
Established in 1993, The Lawn in Rochford - voted one of the 10 most romantic venues in Essex - is one of the most sought-after and consistently highly rated wedding venues in the county.
The magnificent Manor House, stylish Orangery and beautiful grounds provide a stunning backdrop for your special day. Whether you opt for an outdoor ceremony in the delightful wedding gazebo, an impressive entrance down the sweeping staircase for a ceremony in the galleried Grand Hall, or simply wish to enjoy your wedding reception at The Lawn, you and your guests will not fail to be impressed.
The layout lends itself to entertaining with the Blue Drawing Room, Club Room dance floor, Bar (there is also a Terrace Bar in the Summer) and Orangery all adjoining The Grand Hall, which remains the heart of the party throughout the Big Day.
The level of service from the enormously experienced and friendly events and hospitality team along with the superb catering and sensitivity to customer needs is all second to none.
The Lawn, Hall Road, Rochford, Essex SS4 1PL; 01702 203669; thelawn.co.uk
3. Wivenhoe House, Colchester
Wivenhoe is a glorious wedding venue on the outskirts of Colchester, Essex. Once Painted by Constable, Wivenhoe House is an 18th Century Grade II listed country house hotel set in acres of parkland. It’s an effortlessly beautiful wedding venue that will make for some memorable photographs.
Wivenhoe House only holds one wedding a day, guaranteeing you the undivided attention of their dedicated wedding team.
A choice of rooms are available for your ceremony, reception drinks and wedding breakfast. All of the rooms can accommodate varying guest numbers according to layout.
Overnight accommodation can be reserved for your guests at a preferential rate. There are 40 bedrooms available - 16 elegant and spacious rooms and suites in the meticulously restored historic house, and 24 rooms and suites with delightful views over the gardens and parkland in the contemporary garden wing.
Wivenhoe House, Park Road, Wivenhoe, Colchester CO4 3SQ; 01206 863666; wivenhoehouse.co.uk
4. That Amazing Place, Old Harlow
That Amazing Place is one of only a handful of country houses to offer exclusive use of the venue for your wedding day.
This means that this 15th century country house with contemporary interiors, luxury wedding cottage and stylish bedrooms (sleeping 29) is exclusively yours for the day and night of your wedding.
Licenced for civil ceremonies, it has bright elegant ceremony rooms and during the summer months couples can choose to say their vows alfresco beneath the outdoor gazebo next to the lake. There are no minimum guest numbers which is perfect for an intimate wedding and the maximum capacity for a seated wedding breakfast is 150 guests.
With its picturesque location and breathtaking views of the grounds and lake, That Amazing Place offers the perfect backdrop for your wedding day and all of your guests will enjoy the stunning scenery this stunning Grade II listed venue has to offer.
That Amazing Place, Hubbards Hall Drive off Churchgate Street, Old Harlow CM17 0NH; 07955 950532; thatamazingplace.co.uk
5. Braxted Park, Great Braxted
From the moment you enter this breathtaking estate, you’ll see why this is one the most highly sought-after venues in Essex.
The house lies at the end of a beautiful tree-lined drive, complete with a secret walled garden filled with flowers and the murmur of fountains, an enchanting pavilion and exquisite Roman Orangery, offering the perfect backdrops for your wedding whether intimate or grand, traditional or modern, indoors or out.
If your heart is set on a traditional ceremony, Braxted Park has its very own parish church, dating back to 1042, within the grounds.
At Braxted Park, you can have everything in one place, from the ceremony right through to the evening reception. No transport or parking to arrange, no travel times to factor in, just an entire day of seamless joy and celebration.
Braxted Park Estate, Great Braxted, Essex CM8 3EN; 01621 770855; braxtedparkweddings.co.uk
6. Gosfield Hall, Halstead
This stunning Georgian Manor House was chosen as a Royal Residence for Queen Elizabeth I, and when you see the picture-perfect surroundings and grand reception rooms that this exclusive-use wedding venue has to offer, you will understand why.
Features of note include the marquis of Buckingham’s former Ballroom – an exquisite setting for the wedding breakfast, Queen Charlotte’s oak-panelled gallery - complete with 120-foot aisle, The Grand Salon with double-height hand-painted ceiling and last but certainly not least, The Rococo Suite (pictured) – arguably the UK’s most beautiful Honeymoon Suite.
The accommodation doesn’t stop there – Gosfield Hall boasts 23 suites, comprising 14 double rooms and nine family rooms, so your guests can rest peacefully at the end of a fun-filled day.
The recent addition of The Marquis allows for a further eight stylish guest bedrooms plus dining facilities – perfect for the night before your wedding.
7. Leez Priory, Chelmsford
Rich in Tudor history and charm, Leez Priory in Essex is one of the longest established exclusive-use wedding venues in the country.
Wedding ceremonies can be performed in any of the venue’s seven licenced indoor and outdoor settings, including the breath-taking historic Great Tower, or beneath the carriageway for a truly romantic affair on warmer days.
For the reception, couples can choose between the spacious Tudor Coach House Barn or the Great Hall for more intimate affairs. This venue’s ancient history and stunning grounds give the venue a magical feel that you really have to see to believe.
Furthermore, stylish guest accommodation with a rustic countryside charm is available, boasting 20 bedrooms set in a courtyard away from the main house, two family lodges nestled in the grounds and two main house bedrooms with historic tower views plus, last but certainly not least, a private cottage as the Honeymoon Suite.
8. GreyFriars, Colchester
Luxurious, glitzy and inviting, GreyFriars is an exquisite venue for smaller intimate weddings as well as larger ceremonies and receptions. For a truly unique and luxurious wedding a fully exclusive option is also available.
Every detail of your wedding, civil partnership and reception will be exclusively designed to meet your personal wishes.
Michelin Recommended, GreyFriars offers luxurious Grade II* historic interiors, 26 fabulous rooms and suites with stunning marble bathrooms, and a destination 2 AA Rosette restaurant offering the highest standards of gastronomy and 5* service.
Located in its own gated grounds close to the Castle in Colchester’s historic Cultural Quarter, GreyFriars has three distinct licensed ceremony areas and ample private parking. A visit is essential to experience the atmosphere of this fantastic venue.
With three, stunning, separate ceremony and reception rooms, GreyFriars can accommodate smaller intimate ceremonies and receptions from 10 to 25 guests as well as up to 70 guests seated for the wedding breakfast and up to 100 guests for the ceremony and evening reception.
GreyFriars, High Street, Colchester, Essex CO1 1UG; 01206 575 913; greyfriarscolchester.co.uk
9. Swynford Manor, Newmarket
Swynford Manor is the perfect fusion of contemporary style and rural charm giving you an unforgettable and utterly luxurious country house wedding venue.
Dating back to the early 1800s, the manor was once the home of Lord Byron’s half-sister, Augusta Leigh, creating a rich history that could play a huge role in your future.
With striking interior décor, a myriad of ceremony and reception spaces, 12 guest bedrooms, a stunning bridal suite and seven acres of lawns and paddocks, this is a venue like no other.
The stylish home-away-from-home is located in the market town of Newmarket, nestled in the picturesque Cambridgeshire countryside on the borders of both Suffolk and Essex, with easy access from the M11 / A11 major routes. Make it exclusively yours on your special day!
10. Woodhall Manor, Woodbridge
Nestled just across the border in nine acres of rolling Suffolk countryside, Woodhall Manor is a beautifully romantic Grade II listed Elizabethan manor. An enchanting exclusive-use country estate just 25 minutes from Colchester, it’s the perfect backdrop to your wedding day.
Whether you want an intimate, elegant wedding for 30 or a larger celebration for 200, Woodhall Manor is the perfect setting for your special day to impress your guests.
From characterful reception rooms including the Grooms Den, The Rock Bar, to the beautiful Dovecote within the walled gardens, you’ll find the perfect space for your wedding celebrations. Plus, you can dance the night away in your very own nightclub during the evening reception.
After the best day of your life, you need somewhere pretty spectacular to relax, and Woodhall Manor has 14 instaworthy bedrooms that are perfect for the occasion. There are two stunning Honeymoon Suites to choose from - both are romantic and seriously special spaces to spend your first night as newlyweds.
Woodhall Manor, Woodhall Drive, Sutton, Woodbridge, Suffolk IP12 3EG; 01394 411 288; woodhallmanor.com