When it comes to planning your wedding, probably the most important decision you’ll make is the venue. Not only does it have to feel special enough to be home for the most important day of your life, it has to be the right size to comfortably accommodate your guests and of course be within your budget.
There are so many wedding venues to choose from across the UK. I’m getting married in Staffordshire, and as I’m a bridal makeup artist, I feel like I discuss weddings a lot with ladies all across the country,
So today’s post is going to explore weddings in Essex, looking at venues to help you out as the venue hunt job can get a little overwhelming! Here is a selection of some of the best venues I’ve found from speaking to brides and those in the wedding industry:
Crondon Park is located in the picturesque village of Stock, and offers truly breathtaking views over the Crondon Valley.
The wedding venue itself is a gorgeous Jacobean barn, with exposed beams and high ceilings which, when paired with the beautiful surroundings, will make your day picture perfect.
The venue has a license for wedding ceremonies to be carried out on the premises, so you could have your entire wedding in one location. They also offer on-site accommodation and five star catering, which you can choose to take advantage of as part of one of their all-inclusive package deals.
If you’re looking for something truly special, then Boreham House may just be it. It’s a Grade-I listed Georgian mansion nestled in the middle of stunning grounds which even have their own lake!
Boreham House caters for larger weddings, able to comfortably cater for up to three hundred guests, and they can offer a grand marquee for the evening reception. As you might expect from a wedding venue like this, they offer in-house catering, if you don’t want to do it yourself, and event coordination team so you can relax knowing that everything about your big day will be in good hands. As an added bonus, they offer a romantic bridal cottage for the newlyweds to stay in and get some much needed privacy after the big day.
‘Quirky’ and ‘intimate’ are the two best words to describe Rayleigh Windmill. The venue is a Grade-II listed restored windmill with over two centuries of working history and loads of brilliant photo opportunities.
The venue is licensed for civil ceremonies, and is designed for a more intimate day with only up to twenty guests allowed. Receptions can be held at the neighbouring arts centre, where you could make your celebrations just as personal as your ceremony by having one of Alive Network’s Essex Wedding Bands play your favourite songs.
Newland Hall is a family run, specialist wedding venue. The family has over twenty-one years’ experience of hosting weddings, and they encourage you to customise your day as much as you want to make it truly special for you.
The venue is nestled within 100 acres of countryside and lakes, while still being close to the city of Chelmsford. Newland Hall is licensed to hold wedding ceremonies, and they have beautiful rooms to do so, or if you prefer you could have the wedding itself at nearby St Michael and All Angels Parish Church and use Newland Hall for your wedding breakfast and reception.