Top Lavish Wedding Venues in Essex for Your Perfect Elaborate Wedding

If you’re looking for a lavish and luxurious wedding in Essex you’ve come to the right place.

There is a whole lot more to Essex than the unfair stereotype people have slapped onto the area. Essex is actually one of the most popular places to get married and with many stately and lavish venues on its doorstep; it’s not hard to see why.

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Amongst the Essex countryside lies gorgeous manor houses, stately homes and spectacular castles. Surprised? Why should you be, the Essex lifestyle is a glamorous one so your Essex wedding should be no different.

Discover elaborate venues that will have you feeling like royalty. Because let’s face it, everyone secretly wants to feel like a King or Queen for the day.

Gosfield Hall

There’s no better place to start than Gosfield Hall. This Strikingly beautiful Georgian Mansion sits amongst 10 acres of manicured lawns and gardens, with its very own lake and fountains nestled within.

If you’re looking for your perfect lavish venue located in the heart of Essex, then this is definitely ‘the one’ for you.

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You can literally follow in the footsteps of royalty as Gosfield Hall was once home to many royals including Queen Elizabeth I! The Hall’s entire interior is elegant, grand and the epitome of sophistication with many different rooms oozing character and charm.

Exchange vows in the Hall’s ‘Grand Salon’ with a ceiling covered with intricate paintings and designs. Eyes won’t be drawn away from you as the couple say their vows in front of a beautiful feature fireplace.

If this room doesn’t impress enough,  it comes with its very own piano, allowing you to walk down the aisle with a classical accompaniment should you choose.


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The bridal party can prepare for the big day in the utmost luxury, in a bridal preparation suite like no other.

Decorated with the most exquisite detail, it has marble pillars, floor to ceiling windows and copious amounts of space. Perfect for the newly married couple to retire back to after the evening celebrations.

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Down Hall 

Down Hall is an Idyllic country house hotel set in a Grade II listed baroque style mansion. The stunning architectural design gives the hotel a regal charm and really makes it one of the top lavish venues in Essex. This venue is particularly ideal if you are looking to host your wedding in a hotel.

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Surrounded by 110 acres of manicured lawns and peaceful parkland it definitely exudes romance. If you’re dreaming of that perfect Summer outdoor wedding, the Hall’s beautiful outdoor pagoda is licenced for ceremonies. This gives couples the perfect option to have a wedding amongst nature without sacrificing your grand, elaborate dream.

A wedding venue honestly cannot get more lavish than having a whopping 19 function rooms within the hotel to choose where to have the ceremony, wedding breakfast and evening reception.

You’re bound to find a room that is the perfect match for your theme and preference. Each one more charming and elegant than the next and each space designed with the most intricate and elegant detail.

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The hotels luxury accommodation is the icing on a very gorgeous cake! Each room is individually designed to match the grandeur of the hotel so guests will be surrounded by the utmost luxury. For the married couple, an elegant suite is available with panoramic views of the grounds, a fourposter bed and a copper roll top bath.

 

Colchester Castle 

Not only is this venue an actual castle complete with turrets, it is also the largest surviving Norman keep in Europe, making this regal venue, a pretty unique one. Rich in history, Colchester Castle dates back to 1076 when the building was ordered by William the Conquer!

Central to Colchester, you won’t have any problems getting your guests to and from your wedding. You can certainly feel like royalty hosting your wedding within a castle. The castle also has the well-known Castle Park that surrounds it.

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What is really fantastic about this venue is that the entire castle in licenced to hold your ceremony so no matter what your theme, you can choose a space to match the style of your wedding perfectly.

The castle’s Chapel is popular amongst many brides and grooms as the neutral décor and high vaulted ceilings create a calming atmosphere. Unlike other venues, it gives plenty of opportunity to decorate the room exactly as you wish.

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Grand and stately, the Charles Gray room is decorated with portraits of various noblemen and occupants of the castle. There is a striking wooden mantlepiece at the head of the room, detailed with carvings. Making this an ideal venue for the lavish wedding you always dreamed of.

The castle even has a Secret Chapel located on the roof, making your intimate ceremony more enchanting. For historical enthusiasts, you may even consider getting married in the castle prisons.

Although it is a working museum, your day will be looked after with absolute care and attention with the wedding team on hand to ensure your day is perfect.

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Stock Brook Manor

Stock Brook Manor is a charming country manor house set just outside of Billericay. Its beautiful 275 acres of countryside surroundings give a serene and secluded feel to the venue.  Set beside a golf course, it has wonderful views and also gives the groom and his groomsmen the chance to have a pre-wedding round of golf the day before.

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With an interior that is both elegant whilst being neutral, it allows couples to decorate rooms to match the style of the wedding, be it lavish or regal.  Each space available overlooks the surrounding Essex countryside, giving a perfect backdrop to your day.

The venues main Banqueting Suite has a neutral décor, with portrait paintings lining the walls. It is gorgeously lit by natural light, with a glass roof allowing the sunlight to shine through.

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Located within the grounds is another elegant manor house used as the onsite luxury accommodation. With nine rooms, each with stunning views overlooking the lawns.

 

Boreham House

A gorgeous Grade I- listed, 18th century stately home in the heart of Essex, Boreham House leaves an impression the moment you approach the venue. Its iconic feature lake situated at the front of the house beautifully creates a mirror image of the house, producing the most serene atmosphere.

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The interior reflects the style of the exterior very well with high ceilings, intricately detailed plasterwork and chandeliers that frequent the ceilings. Most of its original features have been retained, giving it regal charm and sophistication.

One of the most impressive features of this venue is its elaborate oak staircase, originally belonging to Tudor Henry VIII. It creates a beautiful scene for photographs.

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Couples have a choice of rooms including The Oak Room, surrounded by oak panels, carvings and high vaulted ceilings making an opulent backdrop to say your vows.

Boreham House covers all lavish senses, including the taste buds. The venues Executive Chef ensures couples have a wedding breakfast made with the utmost care and quality. The menu will be tailored exclusively, giving the newlyweds the best food possible.

 

Hedingham Castle

Hedingham Castle is a genuine Medieval Norman Castle. If you have always dreamed of holding your lavish wedding in a historical setting, this is the perfect venue for you. Feel like royalty in your very own fairytale castle for the day.

Dating back 900 years, it has a very authentic feel both inside and out. Its stone interior, low arches and turrets attract many couples to have a castle wedding here. Host your ceremony in the Banqueting Hall with the most magical setting as your backdrop.

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Hold your reception in a marquee on the grounds of the castle, with immaculate garden, hedge surrounds and fountains.

The Garden Cottage is perfect as a bridal preparation area or somewhere for the newlyweds to retire to after their days’ celebrations.

Creeksea Place

A beautiful, bespoke 16th century Tudor Manor House, this venue truly is a hidden gem. Positioned just outside Burnham-on-Crouch, it is surrounded by its own gardens, sitting just beside the river Crouch. Exclusively yours on the day, there is a choice of seven Ceremony locations to exchange your vows.

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For summer months, Creeksea Place has an ornate Marble Gazebo set in the Orchard or you may prefer the newly built Gazebo in the middle of the lake. Enjoy welcome drinks in the Walled Garden, followed by the wedding breakfast and reception in the luxury silk lined marquee, complete with star lighting over the dance floor.

There is also the option to have your ceremony in the Regency Room, with a regal interior featuring oak beams, pillars and portraits. You even sign your legal marriage documents with an old-fashioned feather quill!

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This place is truly enchanting, particularly when the sun goes down, the house and lawns are illuminated with burning torches and nightlights in the trees. The venue offers unique, tailor made weddings that provides the perfect day.

These wedding venues are just a snippet of what is on offer in Essex, if none of these captures your attention there are plenty more to choose from our Essex Venues page.

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