City, Rural And Traditional Church Venues Across The County
Discover the autumnal mystique of Essex’s premier wedding venues – choose from pretty churches, historic buildings and rural country clubs.
Newly engaged couples can’t help but be enchanted by the crispness of the air and the autumn colours decorating the surrounding landscape in beautiful Essex. If you’re planning your wedding for autumn 2018 or even 2019, then now is the time to start looking at venues; they book up fast and visiting at a similar time of year to your chosen wedding date will give you a great idea of what everything will look like on your big day. Here are some top local picks to help inspire you.
Enjoying a reputation as the premier wedding venue in Essex, Crondon Park is set amidst a Golf and Country Club in Stock, CM4. The views of the Essex countryside from Crondon are simply stunning and offer the perfect backdrop for your wedding photos.
However, it is not just the surrounds that are magnificent; step inside the Baronial Suite and you will fall in love with the interior. Ceremonies tend to be held in the intimate Ryder Room, although if the weather is still pleasant in the early autumn, you might opt to be married beneath a floral canopy within the gardens. Outdoor ceremonies are not usually permitted within the UK, but the canopy makes this possible, so long as the weather holds up. Following the ceremony, the Baronial Hall is a Tudor/Jacobean light oak beamed barn and is the setting for an unforgettable wedding breakfast.
Colchester Town Hall
For those looking for a wedding in a historic building in the middle of town, Colchester Town Hall ticks all the boxes. The autumn light shows off the architecture of this splendid property in all its glory. The civic building offers four ceremony rooms of varying sizes, to accommodate your civil wedding and reception whatever the size. Moot Hall has a capacity of 300 for the ceremony and 200-250 for the wedding breakfast and evening reception, while the Grand Jury Room can take 85 guests for both the ceremony and reception. The Council Chamber and the Mayor’s Parlour & Balcony are only able to offer space for the ceremony and can accommodate 85 and 10 guests respectively.
Church Of St Mary The Virgin, Stansted Mountfitchet
If you’re looking for a magical and spiritual wedding, then consider getting married at one of the most picturesque churches in the area. Church of St Mary The Virgin in Stansted Mountfitchet is a fantastic place for an autumn wedding. The church dates back to medieval times, parts of it having been built in 1100. The church boasts a bold brick tower and is located adjacent to the picturesque Stansted Hall, which is an incredibly peaceful place in which to enjoy some calm moments both before and after the service. The pretty backdrop provides the perfect lighting for some stunning wedding photographs.
Essex has such a wide range of exquisite places to tie the knot in. Whether you’re looking for a peaceful rural retreat, a fabulous city-centre knees-up or a traditional pretty church wedding, the county has much to offer couples in autumn.