9 great winter wedding venues in Essex

Winter wedding venues in Essex

Winter wedding venues in Essex - Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto

With crisp, clear mornings or perhaps even a touch of snow, there’s nothing quite like a winter wedding. If you are planning to get married in the colder months then you should consider some of these fantastic venues in Essex


GreyFriars - Credit: Archant

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The Lawn

The Lawn - Credit: Archant

- GreyFriars

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GreyFriars, High Street, Colchester, CO1 1UG | 01206 575 913 | events@greyfriarscolchester.co.uk


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.

Colchester Events Company

Colchester Events Company - Credit: Archant

- The Lawn

Hall Road, Rochford, SS4 1PL | 01702 203669 / 203701

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Stunning all year round, The Lawn is a natural for winter weddings with its atmospheric open log fire, comfortable furnishing and abundance of options for perfect, indoor and outdoor wedding photography.

Glide down their beautiful, sweeping staircase for a civil ceremony in the splendour of the Grand Hall and dine by candlelight in the glorious Orangery with up to 130 of your friends and family.

A great deal of love and attention goes into making The Lawn and its grounds look perfect all year round and when decorated for Christmas, it is even more magical!

To make winter weddings at The Lawn even more appealing, January & February benefit from much reduced venue hire and catering options. For amazing Winter discounts, please visit www.thelawn.co.uk/offers or call 01702 203669


- Locations from Colchester Events Company

01206 506905


Colchester is the oldest recorded market town in Britain with a rich Roman heritage - but it is also a thriving modern town and a great place to live or visit, with fantastic business and leisure opportunities.

With great links to London, Stansted Airport and Harwich international ferry terminal, Colchester is in a perfect location for your wedding ceremony and reception. From the grandeur of Colchester Town Hall and the historic beauty of Colchester Castle, to the size and convenience of Charter Hall, Colchester Events Company have a venue that's right for every budget when planning a wedding.

Their dedicated team will help you create lifetime memories on your special day. Working with internationally profiled suppliers, the team will take the stress out of your big day while ensuring you can add that special personal touch to the occasion. With a proven record of delivering high quality, bespoke events, Colchester Events can be your one stop for all your wedding requirements.

If you are thinking of a date for this year or beyond, please get in touch with their weddings team today on 01206 506905 or check out www.colchester-events.co.uk/weddings/

Le Talbooth

Le Talbooth - Credit: Archant

- Orsett Hall Hotel, Restaurant & Spa

Prince Charles Avenue, Orsett, Essex, RM16 3HS | 01375 891402

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Orsett Hall is a beautiful Georgian styled Hotel set in 12 acres of landscaped gardens kept immaculate all year round. During the winter months the on-site Wedding Chapel is a warm and magical place. Often decorated with candles and lanterns creating a truly romantic setting.

Planning a wedding at Orsett Hall is enjoyable from the moment the date is set, as couples can benefit from Aura Design florist/venue decorators & classic car hire all located within the grounds of the hotel. The on-site Spa and Sitting Room hairdressers make getting ready on the big day seamless.

The spacious wedding reception rooms vary in size accommodating intimate weddings or up to 520 guests in the Pavilion. There are 55 bedrooms including 5 individually decorated bridal suites which enables couples and their guests to enjoy a weekend of celebrations, creating memories to cherish.

There is so much to see in one location!

Maison Talbooth

Maison Talbooth - Credit: Archant

- Le Talbooth

Le Talbooth, Gun Hill, Dedham, CO7 6HP | 01206 323150 | keighley@milsomhotels.com

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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.

Down Hall

Down Hall - Credit: Archant

- Maison Talbooth

Maison Talbooth, Stratford Road, Dedham CO76HN | events@milsomhotels.com | 01206 323150

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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.

Braxted Park

Braxted Park - Credit: Archant

- Down Hall Hotel

Matching Road, Hatfield Heath, Essex, CM22 7AS | 01279 731 441

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Winter Weddings at Down Hall are magical: with warm open fires, stunning festive décor beautifully complementing this grand venue and special Christmas touches, they will ensure that your seasonal wedding is everything you have dreamed of and more. Dating back to 1322, 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 the beautiful gardens.

The dedicated wedding co-ordinators will guide you through your arrangements from the very first time you make contact, 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.

Their different wedding reception rooms can cater for parties of different sizes, with the largest room holding 220 guests and the smallest two. Large windows provide a dramatic outlook onto the landscaped gardens, creating the perfect backdrop for live music performances and dancing, following your first dinner with your friends and family as a married couple.

For more information about planning your wedding day at Down Hall contact their wedding co-ordinators on 01279 731 441 or complete an enquiry form. Located just 15 minutes from London Stansted Airport and 45 minutes from central London, Down Hall is ideal for wedding guests arriving from national or international locations.


- Braxted Park

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

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Whatever the season, the journey down the tree-lined drive to this grand Georgian Manor and the beautiful grounds surrounding it never fails to impress.

The Orangery is the perfect setting in which to say your vows, or choose to tie the knot in All Saints Church, hidden within the grounds of Braxted Park. Explore the enchanting parklands in the winter sun and find a wealth of hidden corners in the Walled Garden, perfect for your wedding photos.

Treat your guests to seasonal canapés and mulled wine or winter cocktails before welcoming them into the warm and inviting Pavilion for a wedding breakfast and reception to remember.

This impressive space can be wonderfully transformed to suit any theme and colour scheme, and looks truly stunning with a clasic Christmassy décor.

- Swynford Manor

London Road, Six Mile Bottom, Newmarket, CB8 0UE

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Bold, beautiful and super glamorous, Swynford Manor is a venue like no other. With a stunning black and white décor throughout the impressive house, exquisite gardens and luxurious accommodation, this remarkable manor has everything you need and more for your wedding.

No matter what time of year you choose, Swynford Manor makes the perfect setting. In winter however, the venue takes on an enchanting feel, with a shimmering frost on the lawn or a sprinkling of snow creating a picturesque backdrop. Enjoy the crisp winter scene from the warmth and comfort of the Garden Room, celebrating in style with a wedding breakfast full of seasonal delights.

With a choice of ceremony locations and a wealth of spaces to mingle and relax, not to mention 13 opulent suites upstairs to spend the night in, Swynford Manor offers plenty of room to enjoy your wedding completely indoors should you need to.

To find out more about Swynford Manor, visit swynfordmanor.com or call 01638 592609.


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