16 Cheap Wedding Venues in Essex

We all want a fairytale venue and a wedding day of our dreams, but sometimes our budget just doesn’t match up to that (plus it’s not the best idea to start your married life in debt!) Essex folk, don’t panic, because at Bridebook.co.uk we’ve found some wonderful and affordable wedding venues across the county that won’t break the bank.

So if you’re hoping for a cheap Essex wedding, these 17 places to tie the knot should mean you won’t be needing to take out a loan or sell your soul just to get married! And if none of these win you over, you can take a look at our Affordable Essex Wedding Venue Search for yourself. 



1. The Boundary

The boundary cheap wedding venue in essex

You’ll find a luxurious marquee on the edge of the cricket grounds of Garon Park in Southend-on-Sea, a perfect blank canvas on which to create your unique day. The Boundary offers plentiful indoor and outdoor space overlooking lush lawns in this exclusive-use venue, where hire starts at just £2,000.


2. The Royal Pavilion, Southend Pier

The royal pavilian, southen pier set up for a wedding ceremony

The next cheap wedding venue in Essex is at the end of the world’s longest pleasure pier, where you and your guests can catch the train to the venue. The Royal Pavilion boasts sea views of the Thames Estuary and a spacious building with high ceilings from around £1,250.


3. The Royal Burnham Yacht Club

The Royal Burnham Yacht Club

This Southminster-based venue is ideal for budget weddings in Essex as prices start at just £1,360. The Royal Burnham Yacht Club features timeless decor mixed with historic charm to compliment any wedding theme. To view some more of our favourite beach and seaside places to get married, take a look here. 


4. Highfield

Highfield marquee a cheap wedding venue in essex

Admire the sunset over the River Blackwater whilst dining at Highfield, a luxury marquee setting in Bradwell-on-Sea. Venue hire costs just £1,300, so you’ll be able to focus more of your budget on the wedding suppliers that will really turn your big day into something memorable.


5. The Saffron Hotel

The Saffron Hotel

If you’re looking for wedding venues in Essex on a budget, The Saffron Hotel might be Saffron Walden’s answer! Have everything in one place in this beautiful market town location, where the classy bar, restaurant and accommodation are all just metres apart, and with packages starting at £50pp.


6. The Tower Hotel

The Tower Hotel on a sunny day

Hire of Harwich’s Tower Hotel will only set you back £150-200 for an intimate, cheap wedding venue in Essex set on the coast. Classic interiors and chandeliers can be found inside, while an outdoor patio area means that you and your guests can enjoy panoramic views over the county.


7. The Waterfront

The Waterfront wedding venue

The Waterfront is a newly refurbished venue situated directly on the waterfront of the Dovercourt coastline. Spacious facilities, glass front exteriors and glorious sea views are aplenty and hall hire prices start from just £350, perfect for budget weddings in Essex.


8. White Hart Hotel

White Hart Hotel

The White Hart Hotel is a delightfully rustic country pub venue, found in the quaint town of Coggeshall. Venue hire starts from the small fee of £50 and could be the perfect place to hold your wedding reception without breaking the bank, whilst taking in the cosy atmosphere of the hotel and impressing your guests with ornate bedrooms.


9. The Electric Palace

The Electric Palace wedding venue in essex

This renovated cinema dates back as far as 1911 and is an absolutely fantastic venue choice for movie-loving couples! This unique, magnificent setting can be hired for as little as £385 and is certain to make your day one to remember near the Harwich coastline.


10. Colchester United Football Club

Colchester United Football Club stadium on a sunny day

If you’re after a new, modern wedding venue with something a little bit different for your big day, then Colchester United Football Club would make a fine choice for any bride and groom who are in love with ‘the big game’. With prices start from £40 per head, this is one of the best wedding venues in Essex if you’re on a budget.


11. Holiday Inn Basildon

Holiday Inn Basildon

With its fishing lake and tranquil gardens, Holiday Inn Basildon is a quiet, suburban escape from the bustling centre of town. Fresh, modern interior decor are on this venue’s tick list and elegant wedding decoration is included upon booking. Their very affordable prices start from just £40 per head.


12. The Saracens Head Hotel

The Saracens Head Hotel wedding venue

This 15th century coaching inn is a stylish, timeless looking setting for the perfect big day. Boasting all the charm and cosiness that you’d want from your dream wedding venue, The Saracens Head Hotel is situated in the glorious Essex countryside and certainly delivers for a budget venue.


13. Theydon Bois Golf Club

Theydon Bois Gold Club

The fact that Theydon Bois is indeed a golf club ensures that beautiful views and rolling hillside are presently surrounding this wonderful venue. The team here are dedicated to flexibility and creating the perfect wedding reception for you and your guests at an affordable price. Hurrah!


14. Essex Arms

Essex Arms wedding venue in Essex

This intimate venue is well known as a local live music venue and function space in the heart of Brentwood. Ideal for small parties, the set up for sit-down dining caters to 30 guests (but more for a reception!) Some of our favourite cheap venues are intimate ones – take a look at our UK list of affordable wedding venues here!


15. Club Kingswood

Club Kingswood set up for wedding lunch

This Basildon-based health centre can be transformed into your dream wedding reception venue! Club Kingswood’s function suite can be exclusively yours, as well as being home to a gym and spa where you can relax in the pool before or after your idyllic yet cheap Essex wedding.


16. The Sandbank Restaurant

The sandback restaurant at night

Wonderfully situated near the towns of Leigh and Southend (and not too far from the sea, might we add!), The Sandbank Restaurant is a romantic and affordable wedding venue in Essex where you and up to 50 guests can dine without worrying too much about going overboard on your budget.


So, that’s just a few of our cheap wedding venues in Essex – but what about the rest of the UK? We’ve got that covered too – head here to read about some budget wedding venues not exclusive to the Essex county

It’s also really simple to search specifically for your preferred wedding location – click to visit our Wedding Venue Search and type in whereabouts you’re thinking of tying the knot! Don’t forget to use our handy budget feature while you’re there to keep on top of all your costs.

Happy planning!