10 of the best wedding venues in Essex

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When planning your big day in Essex you’re absolutely spoilt for choice when it comes to magical wedding venues. Here are 10 places from around the county you should consider

The Lawn

The Lawn - Credit: Archant

1) 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.

Hall Road, Rochford, Essex, SS4 1PL

01702 203701

Prested Hall

Prested Hall - Credit: Archant

2) Prested Hall, Feering

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Recently shortlisted for the UK’s Best Country Wedding Venue by UK Wedding Awards, Prested Hall truly is a hidden gem. Situated in stunning parkland at the end of a long tree-lined drive, 15th century Prested is an exclusive use venue, meaning that on the day of your wedding, no other functions will be taking place.

Renowned for delicious food, a relaxed welcoming atmosphere and wonderful staff who go that extra mile for every couple, Prested also assigns couples the services of a dedicated Wedding Manager to ensure everything runs smoothly on the day.

Nothing is too much trouble, and with three handsome reception rooms plus a romantic gazebo all licensed for civil ceremonies the venue offers unmatched versatility throughout the year.

All of Prested’s 15 bedrooms feature super comfortable beds, crisp white Egyptian cotton sheets and comfy pillows, with additional accommodation for up to 20 people in their Peresteda Apartments, located above the adjacent health club & Elemis spa.

Don’t book your wedding until you’ve viewed Prested! Call 01376 573300 to book your appointment now.

Feering, Colchester, Essex, CO5 9EE

Hedingham Castle

Hedingham Castle - Credit: Archant

3) Hedingham Castle

The 160-acre estate of Hedingham Castle provides one of the most romantic settings for a wedding in Essex. With ornamental lakes, immaculate lawns and gardens, a sweeping drive leading up to the early Georgian Mansion House and a 900 year old Norman Castle, it is truly a unique and quite magical place.

Ceremonies are held in the Banqueting Floor of the Castle, with receptions either in the Hall of the House overlooking the formal gardens, or in the Castle itself. Wedding breakfasts can either be held in the permanent Marquee on the Tulip Lawn or in the newly restored Tapestry Room of the Castle, offering a choice between classic English Country House style or a more medieval feel.

The Cottage in the Lord’s Orchard is at the bride’s disposal throughout the day and provides a haven for the newly married couple when the dancing is done.

Castle Hedingham, Halstead, CO9 3DJ

Orsett Hall

Orsett Hall - Credit: Archant

4) Orsett Hall, Orsett

Orsett Hall is a beautiful Georgian styled Hotel set in 12 acres of landscaped gardens in the Essex countryside. With spacious wedding reception rooms seating from 10 to 500, 56 bedrooms including 5 bridal suites and onsite Kukana Spa, florist, hairdressers, bridal gown boutique & classic car showroom. Orsett Hall has all the onsite facilities and years of experience to make your special day seamless, with memories that will last forever.

Our team of wedding planners understand that every wedding is unique and offer both packages and a bespoke alternative to ensure all of your ideas and desires are met. We invite you to come and see for yourself.

Orsett, RM16 3HS

Wedding Team

01375 891 402


Maison Talbooth

Maison Talbooth - Credit: Archant

5) Maison Talbooth, Dedham

With an ever-increasing number of wedding options both locally, nationally and overseas, and the wedding day itself has also evolved into an all-day event. This means that couples are looking for a unique venue; one of the many reasons that Maison Talbooth in Dedham is so special is the fact that the hotel with 12 bedrooms and day spa can be taken over and used exclusively for wedding couples to enjoy for a night (or two) with their friends and family.

From 2018, couples who are staying at the hotel and using all the twelve bedrooms will also have the option for their ceremony to take place at the Pool House beside the outdoor pool, before making full use of the hotel and grounds for their wedding breakfast and of course, the all-important photographs.

For more information, contact the Milsom Wedding Event team on 01206 323150

Stratford Road, Dedham, Colchester, Essex, CO7 6HN


The Roslin

The Roslin - Credit: Archant

6) The Roslin, Southend-on-Sea

‘Some memories never leave, like salt in the sea; they become part of you’

There’s something beautiful and simple about a wedding near the coast. With the rare distinction of overlooking the natural beauty of the Estuary, The Roslin Beach hotel is an exclusive licensed venue that takes full advantage of its coastal location. With stunning panoramic views that bring the outside in, you’ll have fabulous natural backdrops for your ceremony and photo opportunities.

Both wedding rooms boast exceptional natural light, whether you opt for The Tides Ballroom or more intimately for The Bay, your room is transformed to mirror your imagination and each has its own private Terrace to mingle amongst your guests.

When experience matters, The Roslin pride themselves on turning your dreams to reality. With a dedicated co-ordinator, an exquisite locally sourced menu and professional events staff, from your spectacular entrance to the last dance, this is the perfect location to say ‘I do’.

Thorpe Bay, Southend-on-Sea SS1 3BG

Down Hall

Down Hall - Credit: Archant

7) Down Hall, Hatfield Heath

History and elegance combine at this stately Mansion. Do not let its formal appearance deceive you, Down Hall is, at heart, a tranquil, relaxing and homely place, ever-popular for weddings and events. A consistent award winner, the team have decades of experience and boast the largest and most loyal supplier list in Essex, ensuring that your wedding day remains current, original and unique.

Choose between the newly refurbished ceremony rooms within the Mansion or opt for an outdoor ceremony under the brand new Pagoda, set among 110 acre of manicured lawns, garden and woodland.

Wedding breakfast capacity is limited to 180 and Down Hall do not allow more than one marriage on any given day, giving brides-to-be peace of mind that their day will not be shared. Prices are reasonable despite Down Hall’s impeccable reputation. Book a show round today!

Matching Road, Hatfield Heath, Essex, CM22 7AS


01279 731441

Gaynes Park

Gaynes Park - Credit: Archant

8) Gaynes Park, Epping

If you’re searching for an enchanting place to tie the knot in the heart of the beautiful Essex countryside, then look no further than Gaynes Park. This breathtaking venue provides everything you could possibly need for your wedding and offers a level of luxury and elegance like nothing else around, providing a truly unforgettable day for all the right reasons.

Boasting sweeping views of the London skyline and surrounded by rolling fields, farmland and woodland, Gaynes Park is a stunning contemporary barn wedding venue in an idyllic location. Couples can exchange their vows in the charming Orangery, with picturesque gardens all around, and give their special day that chic boho or relaxed country style. With exposed oak beams, wonderful views and the sunlight pouring in, it’s the perfect setting for a ceremony in the company of the ones you love. Gaynes Park offers perhaps the most memorable and magical aisle too: begin your approach at the Heart Gate, along the tranquil Long Walk and through the exquisite gardens, giving you a few precious moments with those closest to you.

The impressive Mill Barn has been lovingly restored to provide a delightful setting for your wedding breakfast and evening reception. Featuring exposed brick walls and beams, a unique mezzanine floor to use as you wish, and four great oak tree trunks that support the barn, it provides a suitably stunning space with a relaxing atmosphere for you and your guests to enjoy.

Gaynes Park also offers incredible accommodation, with the Apple Loft Honeymoon Cottage being the perfect place to unwind after an amazing day. This charming space is ideal for putting the finishing touches to your look before you say ‘I do’ as well, and has a calm and relaxing atmosphere to help settle the nerves. Luxurious on-site guest accommodation is also available separately through Gaynes Park Ltd. too, so your nearest and dearest can get a good night’s sleep after helping you celebrate.

Coopersale, Epping, CM16 7RJ

Wedding Office 01992 660329, gaynespark @wedding-venues.co.uk

Braxted Park

Braxted Park - Credit: Matt Wing

9) Braxted Park, Great Braxted

Approach Braxted Park by its impressive drive through thousands of acres of peaceful grounds and get a perfect sense of the grandeur and elegance of this spectacular country house wedding venue.

Tie the knot in the Roman-inspired Orangery with views of the picturesque gardens or take your ceremony outside and exchange your vows under the summer house in the idyllic Lower Knott Garden. Share drinks with your guests in the remarkable Walled Garden, just a few steps away from either ceremony location and home to tranquil water features and beautiful flowers and foliage.

The grand Pavilion is a wonderful setting for your wedding breakfast and an ideal blank canvas for any colour scheme. There’s plenty of room for celebrating too, with a spacious dance floor and a well-stocked bar for an evening reception to remember. End your special day in the luxurious Honeymoon Cottage while your guests retire to the delightful on-site accommodation.

Wedding Office 01621 770855


Great Braxted, Witham, CM8 3EN

Channels Estate

Channels Estate - Credit: Archant

10) Channels Estate, Little Waltham

Set in 300 acres of grounds, the stunning Channels Estate hosts two of the finest wedding venues in Essex. At its heart lies a lovely renovated 17th century Essex Barn offering fine dining for up to 130 guests and space for an evening reception for 200, whilst a garden ‘chapel,’ complete with church pews, is the picture-perfect setting for that classic country wedding.

For more intimate gatherings, Little Channels is the perfect match. Its unique formation of interconnecting barns centred around a beautiful flagstone courtyard and delightful Courtyard Suite seating up to 90 guests, provides exceptional space.

Both are complemented by Channels Lodge boutique hotel with its two charming honeymoon suites and a stellar team of wedding coordinators who are there to ensure your wedding and reception are unforgettable.

So, picture your special day unfold at Channels – with its avenue of mature trees, lily pond, rich history and luxury accommodation. It really is a match made in heaven

Little Channels, Pratts Farm Lane West, Little Waltham, Chelmsford, CM3 3PR

01245 440005


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