What To Look For When Choosing an Essex Wedding Venue

6 top tips for choosing the perfect venue for your wedding

Choosing a wedding venue can be difficult, but these top tips will help you to narrow down the search and find the perfect venue for your big day.

Choosing a venue is one of the most important decisions you will have to make when planning your wedding, and with so many Essex wedding venues to choose from, it can be difficult to even know where to start.

However, by taking into account some key issues, you should be able to narrow down your search and find the perfect venue for your big day.

Personality match

Perhaps the most important thing you need to take into consideration when choosing where to get married, is you and your partner’s personalities and the type of wedding you both want. Do you want a large, glamorous affair, or something smaller and more intimate? Do you prefer classic styles or are you both a little quirky? Considering these questions up front will enable you to narrow down your search and find somewhere that’s perfect for you. Having said that, don’t be afraid to keep an open mind, as you could find yourself falling in love with somewhere completely unexpected.

Perfect location

Finding the right location is also a very important consideration when looking for a wedding venue, as this will have a big impact on the rest of your wedding planning. If you have friends and family attending from across the country, think about how easy it is to get to the venue, and whether there is enough available overnight accommodation nearby. It’s also worth taking into account any potential accessibility issues for elderly guests or those with mobility problems. Finally, look at the setting of a venue; somewhere with stunning grounds or beautiful surrounding countryside will make all the difference to your wedding photographs.


Before you start looking at wedding venues, work out how many people you want to invite and then narrow down your search to venues that are able to comfortably accommodate that number. After all, it’s no good falling in love with a beautifully intimate reception venue if it means you have to cut half your family and friends from your guest list. As well as guest numbers, think about what you want to happen on the day and whether you have any specific or unusual requirements, as these could have a bearing on how much space you need.

The right price

Whatever you do, don’t go venue hunting without a price limit in mind, or you could end up blowing the entire wedding budget! Sit down with your partner and work out your budget and then look at venues that are within your price range. Sometimes venues will even offer reduced prices for off-season or mid-week weddings, or will offer special-rate set packages, so if you’re prepared to be a little flexible, you could get more for your money.

Good reputation

When booking a wedding venue you want to be sure that you will get a great experience, so before signing on the dotted line, take some time to research the venue’s reputation. Look up online reviews from previous clients to see how satisfied they were with the venue and what sort of issues (if any) cropped up. It’s worth looking to see if the venue has won any industry awards, as these can also be a good indicator of quality and customer satisfaction.

The X factor

These are all sensible suggestions to help you narrow down the list of potential venues, but at the end of the day, what you’re really looking for is that elusive but all-important ‘x-factor’. If a venue gives you butterflies the minute you walk through the doors, and you can easily picture yourself getting married there, then that’s probably the one for you.

If you’re looking for a wedding venue in Essex, why not drop by and take a look at our Baronial Hall? With plenty of space and bucket-loads of charm, this converted Jacobean barn could be the perfect venue to host the wedding you’ve always dreamed of.