From coastal serenity to countryside bliss, wedding venues in Essex have it all. And what better way to enjoy the scenery than to have your wedding in one of Essex’s barn venues? Expect rustic charm, picturesque farm backdrops and plenty of original features in our guide to finding the best barn wedding venues in the South-East corner of the UK.
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Now, onto those gorgeous Essex barns…
Step into the magnificent Oak Barn where you’ll find a glorious beamed roof, high windows looking out to the oak trees and bridal garden, while the mezzanine level gives you an alternative perspective of Maiden’s Barn. And to top it off, you can spend your first night as Mr & Mrs in the secret Hideaway Cottage – so romantic! See more wedding venues in Chelmsford here!
Overlooking graceful Essex landscapes and with stunning water views, The Reid Rooms is an increasingly sought-after rustic wedding venue. This countryside haven offers a Grade II listed farmhouse with high ceilings steeped in timeless beauty and finished off with rustic beams.
The working organic farm of Colville Hall sits on the Essex border and boasts 10 acres of gardens, ponds and unique monuments – and that’s before you’ve even seen the TWO barn settings! While both barns have beautiful beaming and historic charm, the Mill Pond Barn provides glass doors stretching to 30 metres high and overlooks the duck pond for a truly unforgettable rural wedding day.
Exposed timber and rustic chandeliers can be found at The Coach House at Marks Hall Estate. Dating back to the 18th Century, this wonderful Essex barn wedding venue is nestled within endless acres of estate and lush private gardens for your special day.
Gaynes Park offers the gorgeous Mill Barn, made with old brick and striking beams to overwhelm every single one of your guests. Not only is this one of the best barn wedding venues in Essex, but it provides a light and airy Orangery overlooking the gardens, plus an open-sided Gather Barn if you’re after a rustic outdoor ceremony. See more wedding venues in Epping!
Next up is the 17th Century oak-framed Baronial Hall at Crondon Park Golf Club – a totally awe-inspiring bucolic wedding venue. It provides a medieval feel combined with contemporary lighting to create a unique ambience that goes hand in hand with the surrounding rural Essex countryside.
The majestic barn on the working farm of Smeetham Hall, in Sudbury, is sure to impress everyone who steps inside! Imagine walking down the aisle past fairy-lit wooden beams and saying ‘I do’ underneath grand chandeliers – what better place to celebrate your magical day than this dreamy barn venue?!
If you’ve been visualising picture-postcard fields and several gorgeous barn settings to roam between on your wedding day, The Barns at Lodge Farm is the ideal place. On offer is the traditional Granary barn, the more contemporary styled Grain Store and the agricultural Yard structure. With all these stunning rustic wedding settings all at one venue, you’re sure to be bowled over.
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Nestled right in the heart of the Essex countryside, in beautiful Chelmsford, is the modestly stunning Little Channels, where wooden beams frame freshly styled reception rooms. Set on idyllic parkland and neighboured by the grand Channels Estate, this rustic and intimate Essex barn venue will bring so much charm to your dream day.
Extraordinary, magical and exquisite come to mind when you feast your eyes on The Barn in Colchester for the first time. This Grade II listed structure dates back to the 16th Century and totally comes alive with a romantic ambience. As it’s one of the largest English barns with a delightful thatched roof, you won’t want to miss out on this special setting during your Essex wedding venue search!
Surrounded by 360 degrees of panoramic rural scenery and providing a truly bespoke service for a personal touch on your wedding day, we have Richwill! We have the rustic 19th Century barn which is flexible to your theme and design – so whether you’re going for luxurious finishes or a totally casual look, this Essex barn venue is sure to please.
The Stables at Apton Hall is the perfect place for a rustic wedding if you’ve been daydreaming about wooden beams, rustic chandeliers and original brickwork. Say your vows in this beautiful setting before heading off for your wedding breakfast in the New Barn, a newly renovated space with bi-folding doors along its length. Then take the party into the Snug Bar or the Cows Shed (or both!) to complete your dream countryside wedding.
This stunningly restored Grade II listed structure is a great place to start if you want a DIY wedding! High House Barn is a blank canvas venue offering 2 beautiful barn spaces for you to use flexibly during your day – and don’t forget the contemporary mezzanine level, which looks striking alongside the historic beams of the main barn.
Set amidst the breathtaking Essex countryside is Pledgdon Barn, a truly scrumptious Tudor treat dating back to 1548. How a romantic countryside wedding with quaint English afternoon tea underneath the magnificent high ceilings and ancient wooden beams? It sounds like a dream come true, and it totally could be if you consider Pledgdon Barn as your rustic wedding venue setting.
For some of us, the only way is Essex! But if you’re willing to widen your search just a little, here’s what you can expect just outside of this beautiful county. If this is your ideal wedding scenario, explore the 23 best UK country wedding venues!
Just into the Hertfordshire border is the most gorgeous 16th Century barn Henry Moore Studios & Gardens. Boasting 70 acres of sculpture gardens and lush grounds, there is no better place to set your idyllic barn wedding. The Aisled Barn is lined with inspiring tapestries along with skylight windows to give a wonderful open feel to the historic charm.
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As you head North out of the Essex border and into Suffolk, you will find Moreves Barn. Explore the main hall, where 17th Century features and effective timber can be admired. Take your celebrations up to the first-floor mezzanine (great for an unforgettable ceremony!) and out of the huge barn doors to the courtyard for delightful drinks. Your guests will take a while to forget about this show-stopping rustic wedding setting!
Looking for a historic wedding? This venue is as ancient as it gets! Located in Cressing, Essex, the Cressing Temple Barns date back to as early as the iron and bronze age! These magnificent barns have been restored in 1987, and you can choose between three different settings to host your ceremony.
Have your Wedding Breakfast at the Barley Barn, after the wedding the Welled barn is perfect for drinks, and then you can enjoy the reception for the remainder of the day the Evening Barn.
The Warren Estate packs all the best for a barn wedding. The Rose Barn is so lovely, it will make your heart melt. If you want an autumn or winter wedding, this place is for you! Its cathedral-like vaulted ceiling will make even the rainy days look perfect.
On the other hand, spring and summer weddings are held on the Oak Pavilion, which features a rustic setting with Oak benches and a Limestone Walkway. A perfect venue for when the sun is shining. But if you want a church wedding, don’t worry! The beautiful Elizabethan Church of St. Michaels is only a two-minute drive away!
Wowzers – we all want an Essex barn wedding here at Bridebook.co.uk now! But don’t forget, this is only the beginning. Use our wedding venue search to find more beautiful barn settings, and why not arrange some viewings? Then you are one step closer to ticking off the venue section on our handy Checklist.
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