Choosing the perfect Essex wedding venue is an exciting part of your wedding planning.
There is a huge choice of Essex venues including country manor houses with acres of parkland and landscaped gardens, chic city boutique hotels and town centre locations for intimate weddings and civil ceremonies.
Your perfect setting could be in a rustic barn, a castle or a windmill for unique indoor ceremonies or an Instagram-ready outdoor wedding in stunning gardens.
If you are both looking for exclusive use of a venue followed by a full evening reception, or a cosy drinks reception in a garden, there's plenty of charming venues for your dream wedding. Many of these venues offer open days or host wedding fayres, but are always available for a one-to-one personal viewing with a wedding coordinator.
Take a look at Essex wedding venues in Chelmsford, Colchester, Southend, Braintree and those further afield in our listings below.
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Crondon Park opened on the 31st of May 1994. Our main function suite, The Baronial Hall (circa 1606), has become one of the most popular and successful function venues in Essex, staging over two hundred weddings a year. We have a luxurious Bridal Suite, situated in its own detached cottage, in a totally secluded location. We also have five other bedrooms for guests. Master’s Lounge is located next to our accommodation, perfectly positioned for breakfast the morning after your function.
South Essex Golf Club is the perfect location for a memorable occasion. We have created an impressive new boutique wedding venue in a stunning setting with its own grounds, providing a unique and romantic backdrop to host your wedding celebration, and fulfil your dream day.
A peaceful, private residence, That Amazing Place is an exclusive use venue. This means that when you book your wedding with us, our beautiful 15th Century manor house, along with its Wedding Cottage and 15 deluxe bedrooms (sleeping 31 guests), is exclusively yours for the day and night of your wedding. This total exclusivity gives you the flexibility to plan your wedding day exactly how you want it.
The Compasses at Pattiswick specialises in bespoke weddings at realistic prices, offering a unique opportunity to create the wedding of your dreams. Set in the heart of the Essex countryside with stunning scenery and a rustic interior; we pride ourselves on the fact that we are NOT a conventional wedding venue! Quite simply, when you host your wedding with us, The Compasses really is YOURS for the day! Catering for intimate weddings, right up to parties of 120 guests.
Established in 1993, The Lawn, Rochford, is one of the most sought-after and consistently highly rated wedding venues in Essex, and with good reason.
Voted as one of the ten most romantic venues in the country, the magnificent Manor House, stylish Orangery and beautiful grounds provide a stunning backdrop against which to celebrate your special day. Whether you opt for an outdoor ceremony in our delightful wedding gazebo with its double-tiered cedar roof, the splendour of an entrance down our 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.
Weddings at Wivenhoe House are everything you’d expect and more. Our beautiful 18th Century, Country House Hotel makes the perfect backdrop for your wedding and is set in the most idyllic of locations. With sweeping staircases, elegant rooms and surrounded by breathtaking Essex parkland, our venue is nothing far from spectacular.
Stunning country house hotel & spa, Down Hall, is celebrating Her Majesty's 70th year on the throne with a delicious afternoon tea that's a truly royal affair! Running from 27th May – 12th June, take a trip to the glorious Essex countryside to celebrate Her Royal Highness' remarkable milestone and raise a glass to the reign of Queen Elizabeth. Served between 2 - 5:30pm on the hotel's beautiful al fresco terrace or in the elegant and recently refurbished lounge, the Royal Afternoon Tea begins with a Dubonnet cocktail, the Queen's favourite aperitif, served over ice.
Posted: 12 May 2022
With its elegant white Neoclassical façade and panoramic parkland views, Hylands House is one of the most famous wedding locations in the East of England. The venue is adding another wedding location to its considerable line-up, with outside ceremonies planned in the historic grounds for the very first time. A new outdoor wedding area will be launched in spring 2022, giving big-day couples the chance to say their vows under the graceful tree canopy of the estate's woodland.
Work is underway to create a sylvan glade for weddings just between Hylands House and the Victorian Pleasure Gardens. The area will be able to accommodate up to 100 guests, with trees providing natural cover when needed, a bespoke oak structure for purpose-built seating, and a discreet outdoor sound system will ensure guests will hear every moment.
Posted: 24 March 2022
If you're newlyweds-to-be embarking on your wedding planning journey, pop along to the County Wedding Events wedding show at to Braxted Park, Great Braxted, Essex, for inspiration! It's one of our first wedding shows of 2022 and a must-visit for all those that got engaged over the festive season.
The event brings couples that are desperate for face-to-face wedding planning in touch with local professionals who are on hand to help plan the wedding day.
From photographers to cake makers, musicians to florists you're sure to tick a lot off of your to-do list by attending one of our County Wedding Events.
Posted: 14 January 2022
Brentwood's South Essex Golf Club now boasts an impressive new boutique wedding venue in its own grounds; providing a stunning romantic backdrop to host your wedding celebration. The new Garden Room benefits from a private terrace and relaxing garden, which is the ideal place for the wedding party to enjoy canapés and a drinks reception overlooking the water feature and the golf course beyond. Under the expert guidance of Umesh Sewnundun, couples tying the knot here have the support of an exceptional hospitality team and can plan their day for up to 76 day guests and an additional 40 evening attendees – for larger weddings there's the option of a marquee!
Posted: 19 November 2021
Wedding dreams of being kings and queens of the castle for the big day? Lucky for you, this fairytale ending can come true as the UK is blessed with a whole host of romantic castle wedding venues. Engagement ring specialists at Steven Stone analysed a comprehensive list of castles on wedding planning websites and using hashtag data from Instagram to reveal which venues has the highest number of posts to inspire your big-day wedding venue choice.
Posted: 7 October 2021
With the latest surge in open-air ceremonies and outdoor wedding receptions, Tuffon Hall offers an unrivalled backdrop for your dream day. The bespoke cedar-wood wedding gazebo stands proud at the top of the most picturesque of vineyards where award-winning wines are produced to be enjoyed by you and your guests. Opt for an Italian-themed al fresco wedding breakfast with views across the stunning North-Essex countryside and soak up the picture-perfect setting, then head inside the magnificent 400-year-old Cellar Door barn for your evening celebrations before retiring to the farmhouse where your beautiful honeymoon suite and a further five guest bedrooms await.
Posted: 7 October 2021
The Park Weddings and Events is a new venue on the Essex/Cambridgeshire border, which offers a total blank canvas for couples to create the wedding of their dreams. Found in rural countryside with unrivalled panoramic views, the venue is the brainchild of sisters and event professionals Vicki Gregory and Livvy Christeson. The two came together to bring their idea to life, but then the pandemic hit. Suddenly finding themselves with no wedding market, they spent the time building a fantastic portfolio of suppliers to help couples build their wedding. "The Park is a dry-hire site, and we wanted to offer our couples complete freedom to make their day exactly what they envisaged," Vicki explains.
Posted: 23 September 2021
Chelmsford wedding venue Little Channels is excited to see wedding parties make the most of its gorgeous new Wedding Garden. "It offers couples their own picture-perfect outdoor space at the venue," says manager Jason Evans. "It has a log-cabin bar complete with a cocktail pump; a new creation from Smirnoff, it provides high-quality cocktails in next to no time – so you get the same great taste without the wait!"
The al fresco spot is ideal for group shots, canapés, reception drinks and garden games. Guests will love mingling in the sunshine on a warm summer's day.
Posted: 21 September 2021
After finding that more and more couples were after a relaxed vibe for their wedding day, That Amazing Place wedding venue decided to launch a new package to cater for them. "We found our Twilight Package, with its buffet meal and evening party was too informal for some," wedding and events directorAngie Roberts explains. "In contrast, our Classic Package was sometimes too traditional with its three-course sit-down menu. So, we decided to create a fusion between the two and the Relaxed Package was born."
Posted: 16 September 2021
Colchester Weddings is inviting couples looking for their perfect wedding venue in Essex, to discover for themselves the beautiful spaces of Colchester Town Hall. The Wedding Fair takes place at the Town Hall on Sunday 26th September 2021 from 11am. Entry is free and includes a goody bag for all couples and a glass of bubbly on arrival to the first 50 guests. The Town Hall is a jewel in Colchester's crown. From its prominent town centre location, the magnificent Baroque structure with its Victorian tower and statue of St Helena,Colchester's patron saint, dominates the town. Bursting with old-fashioned glamour, the Town Hall's many opulent interiors are fully licensed for ceremonies and receptions, offering style and grandeur for all occasions.
Posted: 2 September 2021