23 of the best wedding venues Essex has to offer

Ranging from countryside barns to stately manor houses, these are some of the most picture-perfect venues for your big day.

Updated on 21 June 2024 • Written By Naomi Grant

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23 of the best wedding venues Essex has to offer

When it comes to getting married, the county of Essex is among the most popular locations in the UK. In fact, Essex is home to some of the most stunning wedding venues around, ranging from traditional settings such as grade-listed manor houses and long-standing hotels, all the way through to quirkier options including intimate windmills and cosy barn venues. Just a short drive from London and with much of the county accessible by train, Essex has proven itself to be a wedding destination worth talking about.


Any weddings expert will tell you that choosing the right venue is crucial to ensuring that your day goes off without a hitch (apart from the obvious one that is). In Essex, you can find a wealth of wedding venues that can cater to your needs, whether that be pastoral landscapes and jaw-dropping interiors, or more practical requirements, such as on-site accommodation and car hire to ferry your guests to and from the venue.

Of course, the fact that Essex is home to so many lush fields and rolling hills means that it is also a great location for couples who are looking to host outdoor ceremonies. If you have your heart set on getting hitched in the summer, there are plenty of wedding venues Essex has to offer which can see you swap vows outside, while there are also marquees, tipis and yurts on hand to combat the unreliable British weather.

To help you choose from the plethora of gorgeous wedding venues in the area, we’ve rounded up the best wedding venues Essex has to offer, explaining along the way why each one could be perfect for your big day. Read below to see our top picks and start your wedding planning journey.

The best traditional wedding venues in Essex

If you have always dreamed of a classic wedding day, you’ll be glad to hear that Essex is home to a number of wedding venues that are steeped in history and oozing grandeur. Check out our pick of the best traditional wedding venues Essex has to offer.

Downham Hall, Downham

Downham Hall

What: Downham Hall is a gorgeous country house which presents a fascinating setting for those wanting a historic venue with heaps of charm. Dating back to the 16th-century this exclusive venue has more recently been renovated, retaining its original character with a fully adaptable marquee space which can accommodate up to 110 guests for a seated wedding breakfast. For smaller ceremonies head to the Orangery, a well-lit space with wraparound glass windows which boasts views of the surrounding gardens.
Where: Downham, CM11 1LG
Find out more: Downham Hall

Crondon Park, Chelmsford

Crondon Park

What: Do you have your heart set on a rustic affair? At Crondon Park guests are set to experience exquisite 17th-century architecture with authentic Tudor features throughout. Ideal for a traditional bride, this venue holds lots of period charm which will make a great addition to any wedding. No need to worry about your catering at Crondon Park couples have the chance to choose from starters such as roasted mackerel filet or confit duck leg, before moving on to mains like herb-crusted rump of lamb, pork Wellington and gnocchi.
Where: Chelmsford, CM4 9DP
Find out more: Crondon Park

Rose and Crown Hotel, Colchester

Rose and Crown Hotel

What: Steeped in history the Rose and Crown Hotel has been holding wedding ceremonies since 1996. With extensive experience when it comes to weddings the Rose and Crown Hotel certainly knows how to create a warm romantic setting to mark your occasion. The Oak room being one of the original spaces of the hotel boasts beautiful oak beams and a roaring fireplace which adds to the overall atmosphere of the venue.
Where: Colchester, CO1 2TZ
Find out more: Rose and Crown Hotel

Apton Hall, Rochford

Apton Hall

What: Apton Hall is a truly dreamy venue perfect for lovers of the countryside. A grade II-listed farmhouse which has undergone a series of renovations with the primary focus of weddings in mind. Apton Hall makes a great choice for couples searching for a dynamic but rustic ‘do’. Whether you prefer a BBQ or a buffet, Apton Hall has you covered, take your pick from an extensive list of menu options to create a personal banquet for you and your guests.
Where: Rochford, SS4 3RH
Find out more: Apton Hall

Blake Hall Weddings, Ongar

Blake Hall Weddings

What: Blake Hall is among the list of highly desirable summer venues, ideal for an alfresco celebration. With picturesque lawns and terraces and three spacious barns, Blake Hall is sure to provide a magnificent backdrop to capture your moments. Exchange your vows under the charming canopy of the old Saddlery, and embark on a wildly romantic ceremony amidst tranquil rose gardens and surrounding ancient trees.
Where: Ongar, CM5 0DG
Find out more: Blake Hall Weddings

Gosfield Hall, Gosfield

What: Mesmerising Gosfield Hall is the kind of country manor house that Essex is famous for. Weddings here are destined to make a statement – the Queen Charlotte’s Gallery features large windows that let in plenty of natural light, while the 120-foot long aisle means the wedding party can make a truly memorable entrance. Getting married in the warmer months? Gosfield is also home to acres of manicured grounds, with outdoor ceremonies an option.
Hall Drive, CO9 1SF
Find out more: Gosfield Hall

Leez Priory, Chelmsford

What: If you have your heart set on a grand affair for your wedding day, the stunning Tudor manor house Leez Priory should be right up your street. This exclusive use venue features three main events spaces to choose from, each with a grand, old-school feel thanks to high ceilings and wooden beams. For summer weddings, make the most of the croquet lawn and lake backdrop by hosting your cocktail hour outdoors.  
Hartford End, CM3 1JP
Find out more: Leez Priory

Braxted Park, Great Braxted

What: Braxted Park is among the most in-demand wedding venues in the whole of Essex and it’s not hard to see why. You will pull up to the imposing estate via a driveway lined with trees which adds to the sense of grandeur, while beyond the house itself you can find a secret walled garden and a charming pavilion. The most popular space to get hitched is in the Roman Orangery, which is flooded with natural light thanks to large windows.
Braxted Park Estate, CM8 3EN
Find out more: Braxted Park

Talbooth Restaurant, Dedham

What: Talbooth provides a winning combination of countryside chic and high-glamour; the outside of the building boasts a Tudor aesthetic and a riverside setting, while the marquee can be dressed with glittering chandeliers and colourful floral centrepieces. On-site accommodation is available in the form of luxury bedrooms, while a dedicated events manager is also on hand to make sure everything goes to plan.
Gun Hill, CO7 6HP
Find out more: Talbooth Restaurant

That Amazing Place, Harlow

What: An exclusive use wedding venue with a memorable name, That Amazing Place is perfect for those who want to add a touch of exclusivity to their special day. The country manor house comes complete with 13 on-site bedrooms, while you can host your ceremony in one of the traditional, light-filled events spaces, before moving to the outdoor marquee for your reception and dancing the night away.
Hubbards Hall Farm, CM17 0NH
Find out more: That Amazing Place

Prested Hall, Colchester

What: Found just outside Colchester, Prested Hall is a 15th century manor house which boasts four separate event spaces, including a whimsical outdoor gazebo. Prested Hall is best suited to intimate weddings with a maximum of around 60 guests, but you can still have the wow factor thanks to the Instagram-friendly surrounds. Since opening, the venue has introduced the option to have two alpacas, named Cappuccino and Iced C, join your reception for selfies.
Feering, CO5 9EE
Find out more: Prested Hall

Boreham House, Chelmsford

What: It’s difficult to overestimate the beauty of Boreham House, an 18th century Georgian property that is set in 35 acres of grounds and features a large lake at its front. Inside, the venue is just as alluring, with high ceilings, charming fireplaces and a striking staircase featuring carved wooden accents and cast iron railings all present. Boreham House is an exclusive use venue too, which means you’re guaranteed total privacy on your special day.
Where: Main Road, CM3 3HY
Find out more: Boreham House

Parklands, Quendon

What: If you want your wedding day to be an entirely uninterrupted affair, surrounded by friends and family, Parklands is a viable choice. Set in the grounds of a deer park, Parklands is a 17th century Georgian Manor House which can host weddings of various sizes, as well being licensed for both indoor and outdoor ceremonies. An in-house wedding coordinator is on-hand to make sure things go smoothly, including sorting accommodation on the grounds.  
Quendon Hall, CB11 3XN
Find out more: Parklands

Stock Brook Country Club, Billericay

What: Found in the Essex countryside surrounded by 275 acres of manicured land, Stock Brook Country Club has been hosting weddings for more than 25 years. The venue is home to a handful of event spaces – The Banqueting Suite overlooks the gardens and includes the option to have a ‘curtain’ of twinkling fairy lights behind the bridal table, while The Rosewood Suite boasts access to a private garden which features a giant chessboard.
Queens Park Avenue, CM12 0SP
Find out more: Stock Brook Country Club

Orsett Hall, Orsett

What: 4-star Orsett Hall is a hotel, restaurant and spa which also boasts a handful of function rooms, as well as a gorgeous on-site chapel. It’s one of those rare wedding venues that offers the full package, with extra touches that are available including a full-service spa. When it comes to summer weddings, there are 12 acres of landscaped gardens for your guests to take advantage of.
Prince Charles Avenue, RM16 3HS
Find out more: Orsett Hall

High House, Althorne

What: Found deep in the Essex countryside, High House is set among six acres of gorgeous gardens and offers exclusive use to guarantee privacy and intimacy on your wedding day. It’s a truly stunning venue, featuring a thatched gazebo in the gardens where you can host your reception, and a mesmerising bridge over a pond, which is the perfect place to take your official wedding day portraits.
Old Heath Road, CM3 6EW
Find out more: High House

The best barn wedding venues in Essex

For a rustic wedding day - a barn wedding venue in Essex can offer everything you are looking for, with wooden beams and a relaxed countryside feel. Explore our pick of some of the best barns in Essex where you can say 'I do".

Crondon Park, Chelmsford

What: Oak timber beams and rosewood flooring characterise the Baronial Hall at Crondon Park as a traditional, rustic wedding venue. The secluded setting also means your guests have the chance to travel in style (perhaps via a party bus or vintage cars?), while the extensive gardens provide the perfect backdrop for a fireworks display at the end of the evening. There’s on-site accommodation too, including a country-style Bridal Suite.
Stock Road, CM4 9DP
Find out more: Crondon Park

Rose and Crown Hotel, Colchester

What: For a wedding destination that is steeped in history, the Rose and Crown Hotel has everything you could want. Dating back to the 14th-Century, this historic venue is packed full of authentic details, including oak panelled walls and impressive beams. With 39 rooms, this is also a brilliant choice if you are looking for a venue with overnight accomodation.
Where: East Street, CO1 2TZ
Find out more: Rose and Crown Hotel

The Barns at Lodge Farm, Epping

What: The Barns at Lodge Farm is an exclusive-use venue which provides a handful of events spaces suited to weddings. You can host your ceremony in the traditional Granary Barn and enjoy your cocktail hour in The Yard, before heading to The Grain Store for late-night dancing. If you’re planning a summer wedding, there’s a field which is perfect for outdoor ceremonies, as well as permitting marquees and tipis for larger gatherings.
Epping Road, CM16 6FS
Find out more: The Barns at Lodge Farm

Colville Hall, White Roding

What: An organic family-run farm that doubles up as a wedding venue, pastoral Colville Hall is best suited to engaged couples that are looking for a taste of the countryside on their big day. You can either tie the knot in an outdoor ceremony or opt to use the venue’s Orchard Barn, which can host up to 200 guests. Meanwhile, the lush 10 acres of gardens are perfect for photographs of the happy couple and the bridal party.
Chelmsford Road, CM6 1RQ
Find out more: Colville Hall

The Essex Barn at The White Hart, Halstead

What: The White Hart is a 15th century coaching inn which doubles up as a wedding venue, while The Essex Barn is a rustic wedding venue found on its grounds. The barn is adorned with hung tapestries, while its surrounding gardens are filled with flowers. The Essex Barn can host up to 200 guests for your special day, while the wedding party can make the most of on-site accommodation, with 13 bedrooms to choose from.
Pool Street, CO9 4HJ
Find out more: The Essex Barn

Smeetham Hall Barn, Sudbury

What: Owned by the same family since 1906, Smeetham Hall Barn is a rural and romantic wedding location which is available for exclusive hire, which means you can host every part of your day at the same venue. Smeetham Hall Barn is surrounded by 400 acres of lush greenery, while the option to bring your own alcohol without any corkage fee will surely appeal to couples who are trying to stick to a budget.
Smeetham Hall, CO10 7EU
Find out more: Smeetham Hall Barn

The best alternative and unique wedding venues in Essex

If you are looking to host a wedding to remember, check out our top pick of Essex wedding venues that take an alternative and unique approach. Ranging from rustic tipis to a windmill, these unique venues should have what you’re looking for.

Stoke by Nayland Hotel, Golf & Spa, Colchester

What: Planning a summer wedding? Make the most of the warmer weather at Stoke by Nayland Hotel, Golf & Spa, which offers tipi weddings. Here, you can enjoy an outdoor ceremony before throwing your reception in Big Hat Tipis, which are dressed with twinkling fairy lights and a dance floor. There are glamping tents available too if you want to stay overnight, which gives the whole occasion a dreamy, bohemian feel.  
Keepers Lane, CO6 4PZ
Find out more: Stoke by Nayland Hotel, Golf & Spa

Colchester Castle, Colchester

What: If you want a wedding venue that’s steeped in history, it’s hard to beat Colchester Castle, the largest surviving Norman Keep in the whole of Europe. Weddings here can take place in the Secret Chapel, which is found at roof-level and is accessed via a grand staircase, while the wedding breakfast can be hosted in The Charles Gray Room, which can be opened out to give your guests a view of the museum galleries while they dance the night away.  
Colchester Castle, CO1 1TJ
Find out more: Colchester Castle

Rayleigh Windmill, Rayleigh

What: If you have got your heart set on having a quirky wedding, there are few venues more unique than Rayleigh Windmill. Grade-II listed and set across six storeys, the windmill is licensed to host weddings and civil ceremonies, guaranteeing your guests a day to remember. The venue is best suited to intimate nuptials, with the ceremony room featuring a large brick fireplace, original wooden beam work and windows that allow for natural light.
South Street, SS4 1BW
Find out more: Rayleigh Windmill

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