Essex is the county that hosts the highest number of weddings in the UK, with nearly 7,000 table weddings each year (COVID years aside, of course).
The county is full of historic wedding venues and, with over 70% of Essex comprising beautiful rolling countryside, there is plenty of room if you are planning a teepee or marquee wedding instead of the classic wedding venue in a mansion or a country house. You may be planning an outdoor wedding (fingers crossed for good weather!), in which case remember that in many cases you will need to rent outdoor wedding furniture.
Of course, there are hundreds of wonderful wedding venues in and around Essex County, and we can’t list them all. Our suggestions below, however, represent some of our favorites and will provide you with a diverse range to choose from or at least give you an idea of what’s out there! It’s time for you to organize some visits, perhaps?
Gaynes Park, Epping
A stylish and contemporary country wedding bar, licensed for civil ceremonies, within the grounds of a historic estate in Epping. An excellent choice!
Crondon Park, Stock
This golf club and wedding venue is one of the best wedding venues in Essex, with stunning views over the rolling countryside. This family business has been hosting stunning weddings since 1994 and is definitely worth considering.
Newland Hall, Chelmsford
An elegant 15th century half-timbered mansion, set in 100 acres, Newland Hall is a sought-after wedding venue for many. It is located just 4 miles west of Chelmsford town center so easily accessible.
Search for Down Hall Hotel & Spa
With a history dating back to 1322, Down Hall is one of the best country house wedding venues in England. It is nestled in 110 acres of woodland, parkland and beautifully landscaped gardens, providing stunning backdrops for wedding photography!
Hylands House, Chelmsford
It is a sought after wedding venue, being a Grade II listed building set in over 500 acres of countryside. A wonderful Essex wedding venue.
Rougemont Manor, Brentwood
A stunning wedding venue that will be the envy of many if you decide to hold your special day here. It is a hotel with accommodation so there is plenty of room for your guests to have fun during the day and spend the night enjoying the facilities and the full wedding experience.
This 17th century mansion sits in picturesque deer parkland and is a beautiful setting for your special day. There is also the option of having your wedding outdoors in their fully licensed ornate gazebo in the grounds.
The Warren Estate, Danbury
This charming and characterful wedding venue is an ideal destination for your wedding in Essex. With beautifully manicured lawns and stunning borders of climbing roses, there is no doubt that your guests’ first impressions will be impressive!
Hedingham Castle, Sible Hedingham
Built around the year 1100, Hedingham Castle is one of the finest surviving examples of a Norman keep in the UK. The castle’s magnificent banquet hall is perfect for your wedding, or alternatively you can get married in the beautifully landscaped gardens or in the local medieval Church of St Nicholas. If you need to rent outdoor furniture for your events, you are spoiled for choice when it comes to online rental companies in the area.
So, there are just a few of our favorites that you might be interested in. Of course, it all depends on the vision you have in mind for your special day – not all weddings are the same! And if it’s tips for planning an outdoor wedding events you need, that’s probably for another time!
And, our final tip, is that the most memorable weddings tend to be the ones with extra personal touches, whether it’s the wedding favors on the tables, the bridesmaids’ favors, the invitations custom names, table names that are places you’ve visited as a couple, etc. These go a long way to making guests feel part of your wedding and show that you’ve put a lot of thought and effort into including them.
So all you need to do now is hit the road and visit some Essex wedding venues, and start the wedding planning process in earnest – good luck!