Gay-Friendly / Same-Sex / LGBTQ Wedding Venues in Essex
Reasons to Get Married in Essex
Choosing a venue for your wedding can be incredibly stressful. While some people want a venue close to home, others opt to tie the knot miles away on a tropical island – it all depends on the couple! If you’re preparing to become ‘Mr & Mr’ or ‘Mrs & Mrs’ soon, why not consider getting married in gorgeous Essex?
If you mention Essex anywhere in Britain, chances are someone will speak to you in a fake Essex accent. Programmes like TOWIE have gotten Essex a bit of a reputation – but it’s without a doubt one of the most beautiful counties in the country. To kick things off, let’s look at the number of stunning hotels in Essex. Tying the knot in a hotel has long been a classic alternative to getting married in a church, and Essex is home to some of the best hotels around. Think stately, think classy, think modern – Essex has it all.
If you’re after something a bit more traditional, there are swathes of manor houses and halls in Essex. Picture yourself getting married inside one of the most historic mansion houses ever, before going outside on the lawn to drink fizz and nibble on food with your loved ones. If this sounds like the perfect day for you, then Essex might just be the best place to host your wedding.
Let’s talk logistics. It’s the part that no one wants to think about, but you need to consider how you’re going to get everything to your wedding, from guests and dresses, to cakes and caterers. If you choose to get married in Essex, its excellent connections to London will make it a breeze. Also, anyone who’s been to London Stansted airport will also know that it’s actually in Essex (often to the confusion of anyone who’s tried to get a taxi there from Central London and had it come to a small fortune!). This is hugely convenient for flying in guests from abroad, or for escaping to your honeymoon.
If you still aren’t convinced, here are some interesting facts about Essex.
- Colchester is home to Britain’s oldest town, Colchester. It was the first Roman capital in Britain.
- Tiptree in Essex is one of the only places in the world where the ‘Little Scarlet’ variety of Strawberry can be grown. It is perfect for making jam – meaning you could serve tiny jam tarts made from Little Scarlet strawberries as canapes! (Although watch the jam if you’re wearing white…)
- When people think ‘British coasts’ they tend to think of Devon and Cornwall. But Essex actually has the UK’s longest coastline, which sits at a whopping 350 miles.
- Famous musicians from this Essex include The Prodigy, Depeche Mode, Damon Albarn (aka Blur/Gorillaz) and Jessie J. Of course, queen of reality TV and iconic herself Gemma Collins is an Essex girl.
- There are more speed cameras in Essex than anywhere else in the road. So make sure you leave yourself plenty of time to get to your wedding!
For information on the legalities of getting married (Eg. Informing the registrar of your "Intent to Marry") please look at the Essex Council's Website