Location, Location, Location
PUBLISHED: 10:06 10 February 2015 | UPDATED: 10:06 10 February 2015
Discover the perfect venue to make your dream day all it should be
Paul’s Nursery Road, Epping Forest
Essex IG10 4AE
0208 508 5000
Built in 1887 and located in the heart of Epping Forest, the Kings Oak has become one of the best wedding and events venues in Essex, offering a unique, stylish and glamorous setting for your perfect day. Civil ceremonies are very popular in the elegant Victorian Oak Lounge with its crystal chandeliers, ornate corniced ceiling and grand floor-to-ceiling windows.
For couples looking for something chic and magical, they can choose the Marbella inspired Beach Club Marquee with lavish furnishings and starlight ceiling. During the summer, reception drinks can be held on the terrace overlooking the swimming pool, tiki bar, water fountain and beautiful gardens.
The Kings Room has been totally redesigned and is perfect for wedding receptions where the room can be bathed in an array of colours. The Kings Oak won The 2014 Essex Wedding Awards for Wedding Venue of the Year — Something Different, acknowledged for being fashionable, glamorous and a real change to traditional wedding venues.
HOW MANY GUESTS
Up to 250 dining guests or 400 evening guests (across 3 adjoining function rooms)
ICING ON THE CAKE
Lavish décor, glitz, glam and sparkle in the heart of the beautiful Epping Forest will truly give your day the wow factor.
West Street Vineyard
West Street, Coggeshall, Colchester, Essex CO6 1NB
01376 563303 www.weststreetvineyard.co.uk
If you are looking for a unique venue set amongst the vines, then West Street Vineyard is the perfect place for your special day. Guests enjoy a contemporary, relaxed setting in historic Coggeshall, at the rural heart of Essex. West Street Vineyard can accommodate sit down parties for up to 70 people for a formal three-course meal which can be expanded to accommodate up to 120 guests in the evening. If you would like your day to be more relaxed there is also the chance to enjoy your wedding in the vines or perhaps an informal barbecue or afternoon tea. A wedding coordinator will be on hand to make sure that your wedding is a unique day to remember.
HOW MANY GUESTS? The ground floor dining area, overlooking the vineyard, can easily accommodate 70 guests for a sit down meal and more than 120 for a buffet
ICING ON THE CAKE…This striking setting surrounded by a stunning vineyard really is something to make you feel like you have escaped from it all.
Finchingfield, Braintree, Essex CM7 4NJ
01371 811596 www.spainshall.co.uk
Spains Hall has been a family home for more than 900 years and the Ruggles-Brise family home for more than 250 years. Today it also offers itself as an exclusive use country estate fully licensed for weddings and with accommodation, all on the Essex/Cambridgeshire border and within an hour of London. Offering a unique mix of elegant heritage in the Hall itself, plus intimate gardens and high class contemporary space in the converted Stables complex, Spains Hall is the perfect blank canvas for making your day your own throughout the year.
HOW MANY GUESTS? Up to 120 seated in the Hall and up to 130 seated in The Stables.
ICING ON THE CAKE…For a setting full of history and romance, this fabulous Essex estate certainly ticks all the boxes.
Colchester Town Hall
High Street, Colchester, Essex CO1 1PJ
Colchester Town Hall is a place where memories are made. Your wedding should be filled with magic and delight, leaving a happy memory to look back on and treasure and the team at Colchester Town Hall are there to make this come true for you. With a combination of splendid rooms that offer grandeur for ceremonies small or large, plus excellent customer service from an experienced events team, you need look no further. To get a better idea of exactly what is on offer, visit on Sunday, March 29 for an inspirational Wedding Show. Entry is free, but register for a goody bag at firstname.lastname@example.org
HOW MANY GUESTS? The Moot Hall function suite can cater for up to 200 seated guests.
DREAM COME TRUE… Enjoy the grandeur of the Moot Hall, resplendent with baroque architectural features including a colourful ornate ceiling and majestic columns.
Feering, Colchester, Essex CO5 9EE
01376 573300 www.prested.co.uk
PRESTED HALL is a hidden gem which has won many hearts, awards and accolades over the years. At the end of a long tree-lined drive, this charming small manor house can be yours for your wedding, with all 15 lovely bedrooms, a choice of elegant reception and ceremony rooms, a pretty gazebo for outdoor ceremonies, and a summer marquee. You are invited to relax and enjoy your celebrations, surrounded by friends and family, while Prested’s experienced wedding team discreetly takes care of every detail. Next to the Hall, Prested has fitness facilities, an Elemis spa and a hair salon, available for your preparations and on the day itself. There is further accommodation in the Health Club apartments and a stylish private bridal hideaway in the grounds, called The Dingle.
HOW MANY GUESTS? Prested Hall’s function facilities can cater for up to 160 reception guests.
DREAM COME TRUE… As a previous winner of the Boutique Venue of the Year award, Prested Hall has the charm and quality that will make your wedding day extra special.
Coggeshall, Colchester CO6 1RT
01787 210007 www.houchins.co.uk
Newly opened, Houchins is one of the newest venues to launch in Essex and arguably the most original. With a choice of indoor grandeur or outdoor simplicity, Houchins can cater for all styles of wedding or civil ceremony. The house has been stylishly restored to offer superbly comfortable accommodation to the bridal party, just next door to the magnificently refurbished barn complex. Conveniently located 1 mile east of Coggeshall, with direct access to the A120, Houchins is easily accessible and offers everything needed to create the perfect wedding day.
HOW MANY GUESTS? Houchins caters for civil ceremonies from 12 to
150 people and up to 200 for an evening reception.
DREAM COME TRUE... Historic and stylish accommodation is available with an original and modern interpretation of this classic barn.
Down Hall Country House Hotel
Matching Road, Hatfield Heath
Nr Bishop’s Stortford Hertfordshire CM22 7AS
01279 731441 www.downhall.co.uk
A 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.
ICING ON THE CAKE…The stunning backdrop of this fabulous hotel will really give your day the wow factor.
Bobbingworth, Ongar, Essex CM5 0DG
BLAKE HALL has been home to the Capel Cure family for more than 220 years and the historic setting and peaceful gardens are the perfect venue for a wedding day to remember. The 17th century barn has been sympathetically restored to provide modern comforts without losing any of its original charm and has seating for up to 150 guests, while the area outside the barn is ideal for reception drinks and to enjoy the romantic sunset.
The interior of the barn offers a spacious dance floor, banqueting area and bar all in one room, so there is ample space for entertainment and dancing, and the beautiful gardens provide countless opportunities for wonderful photographs, whatever the time of year. The venue is hired on an exclusive-use basis and is licensed for civil weddings and partnership ceremonies, either inside the barn or under the canopy of the refurbished saddlery. The Old Coach House, and its impressive dressing room, is only a stone’s throw away from the venue, sleeps six and is available for hire the night before your wedding. Meanwhile, The Stable Cottage has been converted into a sumptuous honeymoon cottage for your exclusive use on the night of your wedding, while the old stables have been converted into three stunning bedrooms, all with en suite bathrooms and a breakfast room for your guests to enjoy.
HOW MANY GUESTS? Up to 150 guests seated or 200 for a buffet.
Dream come true… This family home has become a perfect place to celebrate with family and friends on this most special of occasions.
East Mersea Hall
Church Lane, East Mersea
Colchester, Essex CO5 8TJ
EAST MERSEA HALL is a unique wedding venue and family home which is surrounded by breathtaking gardens and a lake. 2014 is a very special year for the hall as it celebrates its fifth year as a wedding venue and the owners look forward to welcoming couples with their families and friends for a ‘day to remember’. The hall encompasses everything for a wedding day, whether you want a civil ceremony, church wedding or just a wedding reception — the choice is yours. East Mersea Hall is exclusively yours for your wedding day and the experienced events and catering team are on-hand to offer advice and support from the initial meeting until the last dance. A very personal service is provided to each and every couple because East Mersea Hall is a home as well as a business, so expect a very warm welcome when you visit.
HOW MANY GUESTS? East Mersea Hall is able to accommodate 120 for a sit down meal and 150 in the evening.
Dream Come True… Perfect for a very personal touch and the charming St Edmunds Church is literally a stone’s throw away
The Roslin Beach Hotel
Thorpe Esplanade, Thorpe Bay, Essex SS1 3BG
WITH outstanding levels of hospitality and stylish surroundings, The Roslin Beach Hotel in Southend is the perfect venue for your civil ceremony, wedding breakfast and reception. The hotel’s private function suite boasts exceptional natural light and spectacular sea and coastal views — together with a comprehensive array of lighting, audio equipment and formal and casual dining options. The privately-owned, boutique-style hotel can cater for parties from 20 to 150 guests and can provide a fabulous honeymoon suite together with guest accommodation for all. A dedicated event co-ordinator will ensure your big day arrives with absolutely everything you’ve specified in place, on time and stress-free. The wedding team can offer specialist advice on your photographer, chauffeured limousine hire, additional floral arrangements and even your speech if you need it. The staff and management at The Roslin Beach Hotel will make your wedding day unique and special with lasting memories of your wonderful day.
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.
The Warren Golf & Country Club
Woodham Walter, Maldon CM9 6RW
01245 223258 www.warrengolfclub.co.uk
The Warren Estate provides the perfect setting for both civil ceremonies and wedding receptions. Set in the most secluded of positions, yet within easy reach of many local towns and major roads, The Warren Estate is a truly beautiful setting with the elegant lawn area or pretty lake making the perfect backdrop for stunning photographs. Whether you are seeking a small intimate wedding or a lavish celebration, The Warren Estate will ensure the occasion is tailored especially for you. The beautiful 18th century barn can seat up to 92 guests and for those requiring additional guest space, a marquee can be arranged. A more intimate banqueting suite is also available for weddings of up to 40 guests. A wedding co-ordinator is dedicated to working with you, to assist in anyway required, and a number of fantastic wedding packages are available. Alternatively, should you have specific requirements relating to your civil ceremony or wedding reception, the team will endeavour to meet them. A Wedding Open Day takes place on Saturday, February 28, from 10am to 3pm, so why not take the chance to see for yourself?
HOW MANY GUESTS? Up to 92 guests in the barn or more in a marquee if required.
Dream Come True… An elegant lawn and lake make for a fabulous backdrop to your day.
The Magic Mushroom Restaurant
Barleylands Road, Billericay Essex CM11 2UD
If you are looking for a wedding venue that is intimate, adaptable and, most importantly, delivers first-class service and food, then why not consider The Magic Mushroom Restaurant? It offers a number of seating plan options depending on the size of your wedding as well as a private dining room with an intimate feel for a small wedding breakfast, which is ideal for 18 to 32 guests. The back restaurant can accommodate weddings up to the size of 40 guests and then the main restaurant is available for weddings of 100 plus. A personal service allows the venue to tailor the day and menus to your requirements.
HOW MANY GUESTS? The choice is yours, with a variety of options to cater for many sizes of wedding party.
Dream Come True… A very personal touch in the planning allows you to find the solution that suits you.
Essex CM9 4SA 01621 788593 www.oseaisland.co.uk
What could be more romantic than to be married on your very own private Island? Set in 350 acres of idyllic countryside and surrounded by four miles of private beaches and coastline, Osea Island offers bounteous possibilities for the ultimate bespoke wedding. Luxury marquees and gazebos have been constructed for alfresco ceremonies and receptions amid breath-taking backdrops, while stunning indoor banqueting suites of varying size are also available in The Coastal Houses and Village Barns. In addition, numerous catering options are possible to match your requirements. At full occupancy the Island sleeps 130 guests, with luxury camping facilities available for additional accommodation.
HOW MANY GUESTS? There is accommodation for 130 guests, or more if you are adventurous enough to camp in luxury under the stars.
DREAM COME TRUE… Your own private island for your dream day, does it get more romantic?