Why Essex

It may surprise you to learn that Essex has become one of the most popular places in the country for civil weddings.

Since the law changed in the mid-1990's more and more couples are opting for a civil ceremony in what is known as an 'approved premise' in preference to a register office or church wedding. The major benefit of marrying in an 'approved premise', apart from the fantastic locations on offer, is the opportunity to have both the ceremony and the reception in the same location.

Across Essex there are over 150 'approved premises' including historic houses like Ingatestone Hall, Spains Hall, Gosfield Hall, Hylands House and Leez Priory, winner of the Wedding Ideas Venue of the Year for 2007 and 2008. Essex has some truly exceptional venues for your special day. How about getting married in the unique Electric Palace in Harwich, an authentic cinema dating from 1911? You can also marry in Rayleigh Windmill which dates from 1809. What could be more romantic than marrying at a venue like Hedingham Castle, a Norman keep built in 1140 or Layer Marney Tower, England's tallest Tudor Gatehouse?

In Essex you will find a wealth of historic barns which are increasing in popularity for weddings. Locations like Blake Hall near Ongar or Cressing Temple near Braintree are just a couple of the examples of what is on offer. There are many quality golf and country clubs to consider for your special day.

Many wedding venues are in country towns or other rural locations in the heart of the Essex countryside. Whatever type of venue you are looking for, Essex can turn those wedding dreams into reality.

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