With my 10th Wedding Anniversary fast approaching (next March) and with wedding season in full swing – everyone loves a summer wedding after all it, has made me reminisce and remember all the things which I needed to check off my list before choosing a venue which suited us and our huge guest list. Living in Essex I started off my search with wedding venues in Essex and although I knew which Church I wanted to get married in I did also look at other venues where you can marry on-site and therefore have the reception in the same place.
Having looked at a few venues and worked out how many guests we had and cursing having big families we quickly ruled out this option. We had 280 guests for the wedding and a sit down buffet, with around 360 guests by the evening reception.
We actually got married in Waltham Abbey Church, which is our local Church. It’s a beautiful Church and is huge which we needed for all our guests – we even managed to fill all the seats for our big day.
After we all headed back to a local sports centre which had a private bar/function area and although it wasn’t a fancy venue, once decorated in all its finery with balloons, tables and the little finishing touches which always take the longest to sort such as the table decorations and wedding favors etc. – for us it was just perfect.
If however money were no option and our family weren’t so huge these were my top 10 wedding venues in Essex – and ones I actually looked at/dreamed about for our magical day.
- Tewinbury Farm (Tewin)
A beautiful offset location with 17th century barns available for your wedding reception and rooms on-site. This is a tranquil and stunning location for those wanting everything in the same location. The Tythe Barn has a minstrels’ gallery overlooking the reception venue, and a lovely walk-way bridge over the river, which takes you and your party onto your own private patio and meadow overlooking the River Mimram.The Tythe Barn also has it’s own private Riverview Bar which is exclusive to you and your guests all day.If the Barn isn’t what you are looking for then there’s always The Stable – a 17th century red brick stable building or the more modern Meadow Barn or Millstream Suite.There is something to suit everyone with the above rooms catering from 150 guests up to 350 depending on your party size.
- The Coach House, Mark’s Hall Estate (Coggeshall)
With a Grade 2 listed coachhouse, flower garden and terrace available for your big day, marques on the terrace and a gazebo in the flower garden this venue is stunning and suited best for an outdoors wedding in the grounds. With informal and formal packages available there is something for all – whether you want an all day wedding or a later service from 4pm.There is also the option for 3-course dining or an informal BBQ in the garden for your big day.
- Leez Priory (Chelmsford)
This venue has won Wedding Ideas Magazine ‘Best Wedding Venue’ on 3 occasions, Leez Priory’s magnificent Tudor mansion is one of the most sought after wedding venues in the country. Set in 40 acres of parkland, with lakes, lawns and a sweeping driveway.With 15 bedrooms available for guests to stay after the ceremony and a beautiful hidden cottage within the grounds for the newly-weds to spend the night. Suitable for a smaller wedding with the maximum capacity for dining wedding guests of 100 and 250 later for the evening reception.
- Gaynes Park (Epping)
Gaynes Park is a stylish and contemporary barn wedding venue in the grounds of a historic country estate in Epping, Essex which has been in the Chisenhale-Marsh family for generations. It is available for Civil Ceremonies and Wedding receptions and is easily accessible from London, being only minutes from the M25 and M11 at Epping.This wedding venue is privately owned and available on an exclusive basis only. With the option to choose your own entertainment and other wedding services, you have the flexibility to create the perfect wedding day in your own personal style.With stunning grounds and a cottage available for the wedding couple over-night this is a must view venue for your Essex wedding.
- Woolston Manor Golf and Country Club (Chigwell)
The picturesque setting of Woolston Manor Golf and Country Club is the perfect location for your special day.
Set in 200 acres with a main function room and a smaller function room both of which have magnificent views over the course.
Friendly staff, superb food and our dedicated wedding coordinators who pay attention to the smallest detail.There is something rather wonderful about a country club setting for a wedding with the lush greenery and gardens for your photos and a beautiful lake and bridge you’ll be guaranteed the ideal backdrop to all your photos. With various packages available to suit your needs. With packages available from 30 guests all the way up to 260 this venue has something for everyone.
I also saw some nice wedding venue guides for the south east and Scotland at orlajames.com. If you are looking to these areas, the guides inform you of the capacity of the venue, an image, address and contact numbers to get in touch.
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