Getting Married in Essex

Bride with flowers

How to Make Your Big Day Special

Essex is one of the most popular places to get married. This guide will tell you all you need to know about getting hitched in the county.

Essex is one of England’s most picturesque counties, with beautiful countryside and charming villages. Where better place, then, could there be to get married? There are locations to suit every theme and budget, from vast country manors to little countryside churches. Whether you’re tying the knot in summer or winter, Essex promises to be the perfect backdrop to your special day.

The Venue

Hedingham Castle
Hedingham Castle

So you’ve set the date, and now you’re looking for a place to hold your wedding. There are hundreds of incredible wedding venues in Essex. Some are traditional, like the many parish churches in the county. Others though, are much grander. Leez Priory is a stunning Tudor manor house, set in 40 acres of lush parkland. There’s even a hidden cottage for the bridal party to relax in the night before the wedding.

Hedingham Castle is a venue that has a royal pedigree, having once welcomed monarchs such as Henry VII and Elizabeth I. One venue that does take some beating though, is Crondon Park. It boasts the stunning Baronial Hall with its beamed ceiling, as well as sprawling grounds and a chapel. As far as picturesque venues go, this is one that takes some beating.

The Dress

Once you’ve chosen a venue, it’s time to think about what to wear. Needless to say, you probably started shopping for a dress before you’d even booked the venue! If you are still looking though, there are plenty of bridal shops in the county, so you’re guaranteed to find your dream dress.

Bride with flowersWhether you go for a traditional white frock or something a little more daring, you’ll look a million dollars. After all, Essex is a place renowned for its glamourous residents. After you’ve decided on a dress, there are things like flowers and bridesmaids dresses to settle on too – and that’s even before you’ve had the last say on your hubby to be’s suit!

The Finishing Touches

Of course, it doesn’t end there. You’ll need to choose who to invite, a menu for your guests, and then focus on the all-important table plan. Then comes the DJ, the music for your first dance, the wedding cake – it seems like the lists never ends! Trust us though, all of your efforts and sleepless nights will be worth it in the end.

The Photographer

Traditional medium format cameraYou’ve gone to so much effort to make your day special, so why not invest in preserving those memories forever? An experienced Essex wedding photographer will not only take pictures of the important parts of your day, but will go out of their way to capture those intimate moments that really make a wedding special. They will be there to photograph the bridal party getting ready, the journey to the wedding venue and later on, the first dance. Afterwards, they will carefully select the best shots, putting them in order to create your wedding album. Not only will this be something that you’ll love looking at now, but for years to come too.

Here Comes the Bride

Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life, so it makes sense that you want to make sure everything is perfect. With the right venue and a professional photographer there to capture everything, all of your attention to detail will pay off. So now that you know all about getting hitched in Essex, it’s time to get planning for your big day. We’ll certainly be buying a new hat! Look out for wedding fairs in the area too – you will find many great services on offer.

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