10 Of The Best Wedding Venues in Essex
20TH MARCH 2022
Essex is a county in the East of England. It is nestled to the North East of the capital city of London and borders the counties of Suffolk and Cambridgeshire. In my time as an Essex Wedding Videographer, I have been lucky enough to visit some stunning wedding venues in Essex. With some large towns like Colchester and Braintree and the county capital of Chelmsford, there are plenty of locations for your wedding day.
If you are getting married in this fantastic county I have put together a list of ten of the best wedding venues in Essex.
1. Colville Hall
The ceremonial barn at Colville Hall is able to cater for 250 people. The venue located on the Hertfordshire / West Essex border provides a truly romantic setting. There is guest accommodation and the venue has exclusive catering contracts with some of the best local caterers. Colville Hall also has its own wedding planner. Visit website
2. The Compasses, at Pattiswick
Winners of The Best Wedding Event Team & The Best Wedding Venue at the Essex wedding Awards 2020. Located in North Essex this venue is becoming increasingly popular. It can handle formal ceremonies for up to 50 and informal for up to 180 the Compasses is worthy of consideration. Check out the amazing virtual tour on their website.
3. Leez Priory
Three times winner of the Wedding Ideas Magazine’ Best Wedding Venue, Leez Priory is a fantastic Manor House style of venue. The venue has accommodation with 25 bedrooms. The whole venue just exudes a classical ambience. Check out the video of the venue on their website.
Located in North Essex, this stylish venue has a history going back to the 17th Century but is slap up-to-date with a modern style. The venue also has a classic outdoor area for weddings for the summer months. The Chitting Shed is a delightful building with an expanse of terrace that allows the terrace to merge with the indoor venue. Several venues are connected in this one complex. Visit the Website
5. The Lawn, Rochford
Wedding parties have exclusive use of this stunning venue from 9:30 am through to Midnight. It is a splendid manor house with exquisite lawns (hence the name). The management is very professional and helpful. Check out their virtual tour. The venue is perfect for a traditional wedding in Georgian surroundings. Rooms are available from 9:30 am to midnight. The venue can cater for up to 160 guests (130 seated). View Website
6. Stoke By Nayland
With over 45 years of experience as a wedding venue, Stoke by Nayland, which is embedded in 300 acres of the Dedham Vale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, has a lot to offer. They have a dedicated wedding planning team to ensure your big day is a great success. Check their video gallery. View Website
7. Gosfield Hall
A charming Georgian Mansion which is set in well-kept grounds overlooking Gosfield Lake. The venue has the ability to seat 116 guests. The venue was previously a Royal palace, and they limit themselves to a single wedding each day so your wedding will have exclusive use of the venue. The location of the wedding breakfast is the former ballroom belonging to the Marquis of Buckingham. There is also a honeymoon suite that is most certainly a room fit for royalty. The venue has its own in-house catering so everything is on-site ready for use. If you think this venue is too expensive, fear not, they have an exclusive wedding loan option for their customers. View Website
8. Braxted Park
Originally belonging to the Countess of Pembroke, Braxted Park is the largest walled private estate in England. There are two beautiful lakes flanking the main house. As a wedding venue, Braxted Park offers seclusion and a sophisticated ambience that has the potential to make a memorable occasion. There are spots to get married both inside and in the stunning gardens. Contact Braxted Park and arrange to call in and view the venue, and they will provide your own personalized tour. View Website
9. Milsom Weddings
Le Talbooth is a riverside venue on the banks of the River Stour. You have a choice of dining in the riverside restaurant or on the upper terrace within the spacious marquee. The venue is licensed for up to 130 guests. Get married in the river room and then move up to the marquee for the wedding breakfast. The wedding party has exclusive use of the venue until early evening. Milson Weddings have over 60 years of experience in wedding planning and are in high demand. The company also offers weddings in Suffolk. Visit Website
10. White Hart, Great Yeldham
While the Pandemic restrictions apply the venue has taken the opportunity to refurbish various elements of the facilities, so when they open again in Early 2021 everything will be shiny and new looking. The White Hart is a coaching Inn with a history going back to the 15th century. The Essex Bar, inside the grounds of the White Hart was purpose-built and offers a truly unique wedding venue. They can seat up to 200 guests and also have 13 guest bedrooms available for those who need to stay. They also offer a large bridal prep room for your convenience. Check out this White Hart Wedding video. Great Yeldham is not far from the Sussex Border and is accessible from Suffolk and Cambridgeshire.
As you can see, Essex has a wide selection of beautiful wedding venues. I hope this helps with your wedding venue search. While you can ditch any aspect of a wedding you want, the flowers, the cake, the dress code, what you cannot ditch is having a venue. Finding just the right venue is important and can make or break the day. However, it’s not that easy to find just the right venue, which is why we try to help by scouting out the best venues in the country for you.
If you can’t find the perfect venue for you I would be surprised. If however, you look to the south you have the capital. Then if you are looking for a wedding videographer in London then give me a call.
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About the Author
Hi. I’m Mike Savory, an award-winning Wedding Videographer from the UK.He is a married dad of two who who loves spending time on his allotment, film, cricket and skiing.
Although I have to admit fear of breaking my recording finger has limited the last two to more watching than taking part nowadays!