Celebrate your wedding day in Essex!

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. From Georgian country houses and glamping meadows to castles, from traditional to quirky, we have it all and more!

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.

Your journey starts here

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Stoke by Nayland Hotel, Golf and Spa
Picture of a couple in front of the windmill.
Rayleigh Windmill
A couple with a horse drawn carriage in front of the historic house.
Hylands House
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Newland Hall
Dressed tables at Cressing Temple Barns
Cressing Temple Barns
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Hedingham Castle
A couple in front of the tower by night.
Layer Marney Tower
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The Lion House

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.

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.


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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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Hidden neatly away in the beautiful North Essex country side, The Compasses is the ideal rural retreat for those seeking a beautiful wedding venue in picturesque surroundings.

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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.