UK Wedding Destinations: Top Essex Wedding Venues
Looking for your ideal Essex wedding venue? From historic houses to countryside barn venues, there are so many options for your dream wedding in this incredible county. You can find some of our favourite venues here.
Orsett Hall Hotel is a stunning country house, set in 12 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens. Nestled in picturesque countryside, this luxurious hotel has 56 grand bedrooms as well as 5 gorgeous bridal suites! The Orsett Hall team works tirelessly to meet all your wedding needs, whether you are planning an intimate service for 20 or a formal reception for 350. Fully licensed for civil ceremonies, five elegant spaces offer different settings for whatever wedding you are planning. To make your special day even more magical, Orsett Hall has a beautiful Chapel located on the grounds. Its stunning interior has pastel tones and elegant white beams covered in white flowers. Orsett Hall also offers delicious catering and a range of flexible wedding packages to help create your dream day.
Situated in gorgeous countryside, Forrester Park has been hosting wedding celebrations for over 40 years. Forrester Park has several different options for a licensed wedding ceremony and reception for 2 to 200 guests. Indoor options, some of which date back to the 16th century, include the Willow Room, Oak Room, or Forresters Suite. For an outdoor ceremony, there is the Millennium Lawn or a beautiful ‘secret garden’, a perfect backdrop for photographs! Your wedding banquet is created by highly-experienced chefs onsite from a wide menu, with the option of a buffet, BBQ, or street food later in the evening.
Surrounded by beautiful countryside and woodland, Vaulty Manor is the perfect combination of a historic country house and rustic barn. The beautiful oak barn dates back to the 17th-century, with gorgeous beams and a truly romantic atmosphere. You can also host a wedding breakfast in the incredible, historic Baronial Hall. There are also picturesque grounds with a beautiful gazebo, perfect for a stunning outdoor wedding! Vaulty Manor has a fantastic in-house catering team, who can offer you anything from a formal sit-down meal, a gourmet banquet, a country barbeque or even a hog roast! Whatever your dream wedding looks like, it will fit perfectly at Vaulty Manor.
Situated in a historic estate, Gaynes Park is an elegant and stylish barn venue. Arrive at your wedding up a sweeping drive through gorgeous park and farmland with picturesque views over the London skyline. Gaynes Park offers several enchanting ceremony spaces. Set within the walled garden, the Orangery has a long garden aisle, wooden beams and is bathed in natural light. The listed Mill Barn is an impressive setting, supported by four old tree trunks, with floor-to-ceiling windows and a fun mezzanine level. Outside the Mill Barn, the open-sided Gather Barn provides a covered area perfect for an outdoor ceremony. There is also luxurious, charming accommodation, from Apple Loft Cottage to the Coach House. This exclusive venue is also highly flexible so you are free to create your perfect big day.
Hidden in the heart of the historical town, Colchester Town Hall is a beautiful and prestigious building rich with history. Grand and magnificent, each venue space makes a statement. The Moot Hall is filled with baroque architectural features such as colourful ornate ceiling and majestic columns. These can also be lit up at night to match your colour theme! It even has an organ to be played during your ceremony. The circular Council Chamber has wooden benches, fine paintings, murals, stained glass windows, and a glorious painted dome ceiling! The lavish Grand Jury Room and West Committee Room are both decorated with original oil paintings and spherical chandeliers. Each space has a spectacular atmosphere that, alongside the knowledgeable, experienced events team, makes Colchester Town Hall ideal for a majestic wedding.
When you step through the gates of Braxted Park, you will discover a venue full of beauty and magic. Tie the knot on a carpet of white rose petals in an enchanting secret garden or in the stunning Orangery. If you want on a traditional ceremony, Braxted Park has its own beautiful parish church on the grounds, dating back to 1042! You can host a drinks reception in the beautiful Walled Garden, surrounded by tranquil water features and blooming flower beds. The Pavilion is a grand setting for your wedding breakfast and can accommodate parties of all sizes. Braxted Park has everything in one place, from the ceremony through to the evening reception, combining elegance with ease.
Nestled in idyllic countryside, The White Hart is a historic coaching inn dating back to the 15th century. The Essex Barn, located within the White Hart’s spacious grounds, was purpose-built and can seat up to 200 guests. With stunningly crafted woodwork, hung tapestries and flower-filled gardens, this modern building is in keeping with its historic surroundings. There are also 13 beautifully furnished ensuite bedrooms available, including a gorgeous bridal suite. The Essex Barn also has delicious, award-winning cuisine and passionate staff who can help make your dream wedding a reality.
Set in 40 acres of parkland, Leez Priory is nestled in the heart of beautiful countryside. This gorgeous Tudor mansion truly reflects its historic grandeur with imposing gates, a peaceful inner courtyard, shimmering lakes, and manicured gardens. Leez Priory has a choice of licensed ceremony spaces, full of character and charm. These include the historic Tower which will make you feel like royalty, the spectacular Great Hall, with exposed beams and a vaulted ceiling and the rustic Coach House. There are three outdoor options, where you can choose the Tower or Leez Priory itself as a backdrop. As the entire house and grounds are exclusively yours you can also invite up to 250 guests for the evening wedding reception and party, with accommodation on site. With a resident wedding planner and all-inclusive wedding packages, Leez Priory is a fairy tale venue with unrivalled stately elegance.
Nestled in the beautiful Essex countryside, Gosfield Hall is a stunning Georgian manor with over 10 acres of beautiful gardens, lawns, and open parkland. Formerly a royal residence, Gosford Hall offers several magnificent ceremony spaces. Queen Charlotte’s oak-panelled gallery gives you an entrance fit for royalty, with a 120-foot-long aisle! The stunning Grand Salon has an ornate, hand-painted ceiling, a statement fireplace and a baby grand piano for live musical accompaniment! The licensed carriageway allows couples to enjoy an outdoor ceremony on sunny days with the striking house as their backdrop. The majestic ballroom provides an exquisite setting for a wedding breakfast. There are also 21 beautiful bedroom suites and the elegant Rococo Suite for bridal prep and to end your wedding day in luxury.
The stunning Parklands Quendon Hall is a 17th-century mansion, set in over 100 acres of picturesque deer park. This wonderful stately home is able to cater for relaxed, intimate weddings and grand, impressive occasions. Ceremony spaces include the beautiful silk-lined Pavilion with elegantly lit chandeliers and a starlight ceiling, available for magnificent affairs of up to 500 guests. There is also the more intimate Tabor Room, which backs onto an enchanting fountain and terrace area. Parklands has seen over 3,000 weddings take place within its beautiful House and grounds, so you know your dream wedding is safe hands!
Situated in 100 acres of tranquil Essex countryside, Fennes is a enchanting and romantic Georgian manor. Traditional, richly styled reception rooms and exquisite, beautifully lit silk-lined pavilions, these are truly incredible for ceremony and reception spaces. There is also a gorgeous gazebo for outside ceremonies which overlooks picturesque English country gardens. Fennes also offers endless flexibility for your wedding, whether they be small and intimate or large and lavish. This prestigious venue has 20 years of experience in creating magical weddings, with a dedicated team is available to make your wedding dreams come true!
At the centre of a private estate surrounded by beautiful countryside Hedingham Castle is a romantic fairytale venue. The 900-year-old castle has several enchanting spaces fit for royalty. The magnificent Banqueting Hall makes an atmospheric setting for your ceremony, with candle lighting and steeped in history. You can also tie the knot in the stunning landscaped gardens or at the grand medieval church at the bottom of the drive. Receptions can be held in a permanent Marquee on the Tulip Lawn or in the newly restored Tapestry Room which is filled with medieval splendour. This romantic venue has the perfect, timeless atmosphere of the English Country House.
Surrounded by beautiful grounds, That Amazing Place offers a romantic setting for your wedding day. Dating back to the 15th-century, this historical Grade II listed manor house has been beautifully renovated with a stylish, contemporary interior. You can say your vows in your choice of elegant reception rooms or under an outdoor gazebo by the lake. Exclusive use of That Amazing Place means as well as the manor house, you have the option of the Wedding Cottage and 13 deluxe bedrooms. This total exclusivity gives you the flexibility to plan your dream wedding day to perfection.
Newland Hall is a picturesque, Grade II listed, 15th-century Tudor Manor House. Set in over 100 acres of grass and woodland, there is a moat, beautiful gardens and four lakes! You can marry in the Henry VIII room, the gorgeous, English-country-rose gazebo, or the rustic woodland pagoda. You can seamlessly transition from a traditional romantic ceremony to a fun, modern reception in a stunning marquee. Newland Hall caters to parties from 10 to 200, with exclusive use of the historic venue, including the luxurious bridal room. With over 20 years of experience and a range of packages, Newland Hall is a romantic and historic wedding venue in Essex.
Dating back to 1540, Down Hall Hotel is a historic country house nestled in beautiful countryside. From an intimate ceremony in the stunning Prior Suite, lavish wedding breakfast in the stylish Bridgeman Suite to the perfect pictures in the extensive gardens. The different wedding reception rooms can cater for parties from 32 to 200 guests, with large windows providing panoramic views of the landscaped gardens. The catering team is also dedicated to creating delicious menus using local ingredients, some from Down Hall’s own garden! Passionate wedding coordinators will be with you every step of the way to plan a fairytale wedding.
Hylands Estate is an award-winning, stunning Grade II* listed mansion, set in 500 acres of landscaped parkland. Whether you want a lavish or intimate ceremony, Hylands Estate offers the best of both worlds. You can tie the knot in one of three ornate rooms in the historic mansion and then continue your celebrations in the contemporary Grand Pavilion. With beautiful views of the Essex countryside, Hylands Estate offers the perfect location for a wedding that is traditional and intimate or lavish and grand.
Colchester Castle is steeped in over 2000 years of history and offers three unique spaces to exchange your vows. The Chapel at Colchester Castle has high vaulted white ceilings giving the space a romantic & peaceful charm, the tinted natural daylight pours through the stained glass windows. Or you could go for the Secret Chapel on the roof! This secluded, hidden gem is a wood and stone structure with a beamed roof, with natural daylight streaming through the roof. The Charles Gray Room comfortably holds 80 guests with a beautiful ornate wooden mantelpiece from the 1600s. Colchester Castle provides truly unique spaces perfect for an intimate ceremony.
Set in 75 acres of parkland, Prested Hall is a 15th-century manor straight out of a fairytale. A tree-lined drive and a bridge over the moat to an intimate gazebo and the fields beyond offer a magical perfect backdrop for unforgettable wedding photos. The beautiful reception areas include The Oak Room, an 18th-century room with a magnificent fireplace and stained glass windows. Or there is The Garden Room, the elegant Orangery overlooking the moat, and a marquee in summer. All three rooms are licensed for civil ceremonies as well as a gazebo outside. There is also a former chapel converted into a luxurious bridal suite and 14 elegant bedrooms with fine period interiors.
Stoke by Nayland Hotel, Golf & Spa is surrounded by 300 acres of stunning rolling countryside, blossoming apple orchards, and picturesque lakes, the hotel provides the perfect backdrop for your special day. With three traditional banqueting suites, an intimate function room and a luxurious giant Tipi set within the grounds, this venue can certainly create your dream wedding. There are also 80 contemporary bedrooms and 10 luxurious countryside lodges. Or, a luxurious bridal glamping suite and 9 additional glamping pods for a romantic night under the stars!
Nestling in the heart of Epping Forest, the enchanting Kings Oak Hotel has three incredible function suites. The King’s Room is stylish and sophisticated with a state-of-the-art lighting system that can bathe the space in your colour theme! The Oak Lounge is a lavish, yet intimate, space with magnificent chandeliers, ornate cornicing, beautiful mirrors, and floor to ceiling windows overlooking Epping Forest. The Beach Club is glamorous and trendy with terraces and a beautiful starlit ceiling. Also, set within a private walled garden, the contemporary poolside lounge has a Tiki bar, perfect for a fun, summer wedding!
A hidden gem, Five Lakes is a modern resort hotel set in the heart of the Essex countryside. Set within 320 acres of picturesque grounds, the Resort caters for all with an array of flexible suits. Perfect for intimate ceremonies to stunning receptions of up to 300 guests, each room offers its own benefits such as lake views and patios. With the added bonus of an onsite spa, two 18-hole golf courses, and 194 bedrooms to accommodate your guests, Five Lakes Resort is dedicated to creating your perfect wedding day.
Providing a romance, historic atmosphere, Colville Hall has a courtyard of listed thatched barns around a central manor house. A working organic farm, Colville Hall is still beautifully tranquil. The 10 acres of formal gardens include ponds, gazebos, ancient monuments, and a listed Grade 1 archway, perfect for magical pictures! Choose from the Orchard Barn or Mill Pond Barn as both stunning ceremony and reception spaces overlooking these beautiful surroundings. There is also a fully licensed thatched duck pond gazebo.
Wivenhoe House Hotel is a stunning 17th-century country house set in idyllic Essex parkland. This venue seamlessly combines a beautiful restored historic house with a modern experience in their Garden Wing. There are sweeping staircases, elegant rooms and even an outdoor Gazebo, overlooking breathtaking grounds, so you can tie the knot surrounded by peaceful nature. A team of dedicated wedding coordinators and aspiring managers, will go above and beyond to create your perfect wedding.
Set in a beautiful valley, Crondon Park has been hosting gorgeous weddings for over 25 years. This stunning wedding offers the perfect combination of character, charm, romance, and style. The Baronial Hall, dating back to 1600, is the main function room. Built out of light oak, it is considered to be one of the finest examples of a charming Tudor/Jacobean Barn. The medieval feel is enhanced by adding atmosphere lighting, a rosewood floor and chandeliers. A dedicated team brings knowledge and experience to ensure that your day runs smoothly at this distinctive, grand venue.
Valentines Mansion & Gardens is a beautiful, Grade II* listed country house is nestled within picturesque gardens and parkland. It boasts several gorgeous, intimate rooms, each with its own unique features and charm. These include ornate cornices, oak floors, elegant fireplaces and a romantic balcony. All have dramatic views overlooking the South Lawn. With additional features of a grand staircase and enchanting walled gardens, Valentines is the perfect setting for a romantic and intimate wedding.
The Essex Golf & Country Club is set in beautiful grounds with stunning views over the golf course. There are several stylish suites which can cater for 40 to 220 guests. There is also a 42 bedroom hotel with excellent leisure facilities for your guests. The Club takes pride in bespoke wedding planning to suit all styles and requirements, with excellent food and drinks packages, and the services of a specialist wedding team.
Smeetham Hall Barn is a lovingly converted, 16th-century building. The Barn is over 500 years old, with a stunning, high vaulted ceiling with original timber beams. Adjoining the barn in a courtyard is the silk-lined marquee, perfect for a 150 guest reception. Set in rolling hills and idyllic countryside, you can enjoy the peace of a rural setting, nestled amongst lush greenery and natural beauty.
Set amongst stunning private gardens, Blake Hall offers two beautifully restored 17th-century barns. The Hay Barn has been sympathetically restored, with a beam-lined aisle and magnificent picture window. You can also marry outside under the romantic canopy of the Saddlery. You can enjoy reception drinks outside on the pretty terraces and lawns between the barns. Then head to the Essex Barn for the wedding breakfast and evening entertainment. The gardens provide countless opportunities for wonderful photographs. Then, the Old Coach House and Stable Cottage offer gorgeous accommodation to perfectly finish your big day.
Set in over 100 acres of rolling park and woodland, The Lawn has several unique spaces. With a sweeping staircase giving you a breathtaking entrance, the Grand Hall is the perfect setting for an unforgettable occasion. The gorgeous Orangery is a light-flooded space with garden views, seamlessly blended with the Georgian main house. Overlooking the beautiful gardens and fountain, the terrace is a perfect backdrop for reception and evening drinks. Or, for an outdoor ceremony, the wedding gazebo is nestled away in the gardens and boasts unspoiled views across the romantic Rose Garden. So, for a wedding of up to 150 guests, The Lawn and their dedicated team are perfect for a romantic English country wedding.
Surrounded by 500 acres of parkland and gardens, Leeds Castle is known as one of the loveliest castles in the world! You can hold your ceremony in the beautiful Castle itself, with its stunning rooms and views across the water. Or, the romantic Maiden’s Tower on the castle island with its secluded walled garden. The Henry VIII Banqueting Hall boasts impressive views across the moat, a grand 16th-century French fireplace, and a magnificent ebony floor. Retire after dinner with your guests to the opulent 1920s Castle Drawing Rooms. Continue your celebrations with dancing in the Heraldry Room. Finally, stay overnight in one of the luxurious period Castle bedrooms. Many of the rooms offer traditional four-poster beds and stunning views across the moat and surrounding parkland. So, you can truly feel like royalty on your big day!
Get ready to wow your guests with a truly unique wedding venue! At Paradise Wildlife Park, you can exchange your vows in the open air of the Secret Garden or in the animal park overlooking Snow Leopards! There is a marquee in the secret garden with pergola, stream, and bridge perfect for wedding photos either before or after the ceremony. To enhance your special day, you and your guests will be able to explore the entire complex with over 800 animals including; tigers, lions, penguins, wolves, gibbons and meerkats. Or you can even have a visit from some of the smaller animals to meet your guests!
With five elegant banqueting rooms, a garden gazebo, and a stunning chapel, St Augustine’s can cater for every wedding! You may choose to have your civil wedding in the Drawing Room, Oak Room, Board Room, Amber Room, Ruby Room, the distinctive, elegant outdoor Gazebo, or the magnificent Chapel. The magnificent French-style Chapel at St Augustine’s contains 350-year-old carvings from Paris creating an impressive setting. St Augustine’s can tailor a package to suit your particular needs and budget, whether it be an intimate gathering or for 200 guests. A bonus with St Augustine’s is the cuisine. You can choose from sumptuous banquets and refined buffets, with such a large selection of dishes to feast on in the grand banqueting hall.
Isaacs on the Quay has Grade I and Grade II* listed buildings full of unique features, set along the elegant Ipswich Waterfront. As well as beautiful décor and atmospheric lighting, the ceremony room boasts magnificent exposed timber beams and vaulted ceilings. The enchanting Ceremony Room was built between in the 1500s and is steeping in history. As well as the ceremony room, Isaacs has two stylish, yet informal reception areas.
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