13 of the best wedding venues in Essex

Essex's best wedding venues

Essex's best wedding venues - Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto

When planning your big day in Essex you’re absolutely spoilt for choice when it comes to magical wedding venues. Here are 13 places from around the county you should consider

The Lawn

The Lawn - Credit: Archant

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Braxted Park

Braxted Park - Credit: Archant

1) The Lawn, Rochford

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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, an English Country Garden wedding in the gorgeous new Gazebo 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 300(130 seated).

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 203669

Gaynes Park

Gaynes Park - Credit: Archant

2) Braxted Park

From the moment you enter this breathtaking estate, you'll see why this is one the most highly sought-after venues in Essex.

Tie the knot in the impressive Roman Orangery, or with the sun shining down on you and the beautiful walled gardens all around.

The Pavilion is tailor-made for unforgettable celebrations, where you can take in your picturesque surroundings as you dance the night away.

Braxted Park Estate, Great Braxted, Essex, CM8 3EN | 01621 770855

Le Talbooth

Le Talbooth - Credit: Archant

3) Gaynes Park

Striking views of the London skyline and surrounding woodland make Gaynes Park an enchanting setting and unique setting for your special day.

Idyllic gardens are home to the Orangery, just one of the picturesque ceremony settings, while the Mill Barn provides an unforgettable place to celebrate.

For a magical mix of country charm and luxury, Gaynes Park is the perfect place.

Gaynes Park Barns, Banks Lane, Coopersale, Epping, Essex, CM16 7RJ | 01992 660329

Orsett Hall

Orsett Hall - Credit: Archant

4) Le Talbooth

Set beside the natural beauty of the River Stour lays Le Talbooth, one of the finest wedding venues in Essex, where you can enjoy your special day in stunning surroundings.

Providing a magical setting for any wedding, whether dining in the riverside restaurant or dancing in the Marquee on the upper terrace, the setting is picture-perfect. The restaurant has a civil ceremony licence for up to 130 people in the River Room.

This is a beautiful room which looks out onto the River Stour, terrace and perfectly manicured lawns. Getting married in the River Room with a wedding breakfast in the marquee means the wedding party has exclusivity of Le Talbooth during the day from their ceremony until early evening.

The Marquee on the upper terrace, with its unrivalled position beside the river Stour offers a flexible space and is perfect for an intimate wedding for 50 as well as a larger party for up to 150 guests.

Le Talbooth, Gun Hill, Dedham, CO7 6JS | 01206 323150

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Maison Talbooth

Maison Talbooth - Credit: Archant

5) Orsett Hall

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 | 01375 891 402

Wedding Team: events@orsetthall.co.uk

Down Hall

Down Hall - Credit: Archant

6) Maison Talbooth

With 12 magnificent bedrooms, Maison Talbooth country house hotel is an exquisite venue for smaller weddings. Located in north Essex, surrounding views include Constable's Countryside and the Dedham Vale.

Maison Talbooth is a stylish and iconic country house hotel that offers the most picturesque, peaceful and intimate of wedding venues in Colchester. The hotel and grounds are the perfect size for up to 50 wedding guests and provide the ultimate backdrop for a very special day with your closest friends and family.

The hotel lends itself to a house party wedding, allowing the bridal couple, family and friends to take over the whole hotel exclusively for the night (or two), weekend weddings are also very popular at the moment.

Get married in the Garden Room overlooking the valley or if you'd like an outside wedding, then the Pool House would be perfect for you and your guests.

Maison Talbooth, Stratford Road, Dedham, CO7 6HN | 01206 323150 | events@milsomhotels.com

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Wivenhoe House

Wivenhoe House - Credit: Archant

7) Down Hall

Down Hall, situated on the Hertfordshire/Essex border, is one of England's longest-established country hotels. Their corner of the beautiful Hertfordshire countryside comprises 110 acres of woodland, parkland and landscaped gardens for wedding guests to explore.

Down Hall dates back to 1322 and is saturated in history, reflected in the grandeur, elegance and character of the property. More recently, an extensive refurbishment of the wedding facilities has provided a contemporary overhaul of their suites, combining the beautiful historic touches of the building with some unexpected modern touches, appealing to many tastes and themes.

They are proud to have seen these changes recognised through being voted the 'Best Hotel Wedding Venue' in the prestigious Essex Wedding Awards, where their wonderful array of rooms and suites are perfect to host the most intimate of ceremonies, to luxury wedding breakfasts and stunning receptions. Large windows provide a dramatic outlook onto landscaped Hertfordshire gardens, creating the perfect backdrop for live music performances and dancing, following your first dinner with your friends and family as a married couple.

Their Chef and his team have created the most delicious menus for your special occasion, using the freshest and finest ingredients either from their own vegetable garden or locally sourced produce, complemented by outstanding personal service from our staff.

Their dedicated Wedding Coordinators will guide you through your arrangements from the very first time you contact them, to the moment you take your vows. Every detail is taken care of and they come equipped with lists of recommended suppliers, creative ideas and years of valuable experience to help make your wedding day everything you could have ever dreamed of and more. They are one of Essex and Hertfordshire's most prestigious wedding venues with decades of delivering unforgettable events in the beautiful English countryside.

Down Hall Hotel & Spa, Matching Road, Bishops Stortford, Hatfield Heath, CM22 7AS | 01279 731441 | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

That Amazing Place

That Amazing Place - Credit: Archant

8) Wivenhoe House

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. We have 40 bedrooms; 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.

Park Rd, Wivenhoe, Colchester CO4 3SQ | 01206 863666

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Prested Hall

Prested Hall - Credit: Archant

9) That Amazing Place

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 breath-taking 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.

Hubbards Hall Drive off Churchgate Street, Old Harlow, CM17 0NH | 07955 950532

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Hedingham Castle

Hedingham Castle - Credit: Archant

10) Prested Hall

The perfect instagrammable wedding at Prested!

Exclusive use, stunning grounds, 15th century manor house, boutique bedrooms, choice of 4 ceremony areas including romantic outdoor gazebo - all are on offer at Prested. With their beautiful period reception rooms, they can host ceremonies of up to 140 with 160 evening guests but they are equally suited to the more intimate weddings of 34-44 (Intimate Package) or 60 (Evening/Winter package).

NEW FOR 2019: Alpaca Weddings. Have gorgeous boys Cappuccino and Iced C join you at your drinks reception for the best selfie of the year. These cuties are the hottest thing on Instagram at the moment, and are just one of the amazing opportunities available to you at Prested.

The most versatile venue you could ever wish for.

Prested Hall, Prested Hall Chase, Feering, CO5 9EE | 01376 573300

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GreyFriars - Credit: Archant

11) Hedingham Castle

The 900-year-old Norman keep of Hedingham Castle stands in 160 acres of spectacularly beautiful landscaped gardens and woodland where the Lindsay family, descendants of the original owners, the De Veres, still live.

Hedingham Castle is not just one place. Romantic, beautiful, ancient, historic and wild, it is somewhere to set your imagination free.

Privately owned, its character is unique, and its history is the heritage of us all.

Castle Hedingham, Halstead, Essex, CO9 3DJ | 01787 460 261

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Swynford Manor

Swynford Manor - Credit: Archant

12) GreyFriars

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

13) Swynford Manor

Swynford Manor is the perfect fusion of contemporary style and rural charm giving you an unforgettable and utterly luxurious country house wedding venue.

With striking interior décor, a myriad of ceremony and reception spaces, 12 guest bedrooms, a stunning bridal suite and 7 acres of lawns and paddocks: this is a venue like no other.

This stylish home away from home is nestled in the picturesque Cambridgeshire countryside on the borders of both Suffolk and Essex, with easy access from the M11 / A11 major routes.

Swynford Manor - exclusively yours on your special day!

London Road, Six Mile Bottom, Newmarket, Cambridgeshire, CB8 0UE | weddings@swynfordmanor.com | 01638 592609

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