Celebrate in Essex and make your dreams come true

Steeped in history, Essex has become one of the most popular places to get married and to celebrate. This once Saxon kingdom has an abundance of venues that can be found in historic towns and villages, the beautiful countryside or near to the coast.

Your wedding day is extra special, which is why our venues are dedicated to making every ceremony an enjoyable and memorable occasion, whilst at the same time providing you with the highest possible standards of customer care.

How about getting married in a castle?

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Your journey starts here

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Stoke by Nayland Hotel, Golf and Spa
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Rayleigh Windmill
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Hylands House
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Newland Hall
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Fennes Estate
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Hedingham Castle
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Layer Marney Tower
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It may surprise you to learn that Essex has become one of the most popular places in the country for civil weddings. Across Essex there are over 150 approved premises including castles and historic houses and barns, golf and country clubs. Many wedding venues offer the option of having both the ceremony and reception in the same location. 

Layer Marney Tower has several rooms that lend themselves to wedding ceremonies and receptions for up to 140 seated guests, and the grounds provide a beautiful setting for those all-important photographs.

Hedingham Castle is one of the most romantic wedding venues in Essex. The 900-year-old Keep, the stately grandeur of the Georgian house, and landscaped gardens provide a magical haven. Ceremonies are held in the Banqueting Hall where 100 guests can be seated, with another 30 in the Minstrels Gallery.

Parklands is a 17th century mansion set in 100 acres of deer park. The Pavilion and Banqueting Hall combined can host up to 600 guests, while intimate weddings can be held in the Drawing Room. The grounds are also licensed for outside weddings under the gazebo.

Built in the 18th century, and originally used to house the horse drawn coaches for Marks Hall Mansion, the Coach House is full of ambiance, charm and character. The garden is set in the heart of the Arboretum, and is a great space for a ceremony or entertaining guests.

Whatever type of venue you are looking for, Essex can turn those wedding dreams into reality.

Featured venues

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This 900 year old Norman keep is one of the most romantic wedding venues in England. The stately grandeur of the Georgian House and the landscaped beauty of the gardens create a magical haven where romance becomes real.
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Ingatestone Hall, a 16th century manor house built by Sir William Petre, Secretary of State to four Tudor monarchs, and still occupied by his descendants, will provide a most attractive setting for your special day. 
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Surrounded by landscaped parkland, Hylands offers the best of both worlds – a spectacular Grade II* listed mansion with meticulously restored period rooms and the Grand Pavilion presenting timeless glamour.

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Voted Best Wedding Venue of the Year 2015, this beautiful Grade II listed building is more than 200 years old. Located next to a Sensory Garden and the historic Rayleigh Mount, it offers a perfect backdrop for your pictures.

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This elegant Georgian mansion is surrounded by picturesque gardens with intricate planting, cascading water features and specialised mood lighting to create the most romantic and photogenic atmosphere for your wedding celebrations.
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This genuine, Grade II listed Tudor Manor House, mentioned in the Doomsday Book and nearly 600 years old, is steeped in history making it a very stylish, interesting and full of character venue for your wedding.

Explore our county

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Discover Essex’s creative spaces. They come in all shapes and sizes and are crammed with artistic treasures, from international names to emerging local artists.
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Explore our 350 miles of coastline, the longest shoreline of any county in England, a place of surprising wild beauty, rich in wildlife and sprinkled with history and hidden cultural gems.

Essex’s history has been shaped by a wide variety of cultures. Romans, Saxons, Vikings, Normans – all left their mark. Echoes of their influence can still be seen today.
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A scenic patchwork of rich farmland speckled with pastelwashed villages of thatch and timber, the views interrupted by mighty oaks and ashes presided over by the hurrying skies.