Rural / Historic / Town Center

Getting married in Colchester? Here is a list of venues you should consider because they are six of the most popular wedding settings in and around Colchester (for a reason!). Each venue is unique and offers something special so you are sure to find the perfect place whether you’re looking for rural, historic or close to town.


GreyFriars is beautifully decorated with luxurious furnishings. Being a hotel, it can cater for your whole day including getting ready, ceremony, reception and you can even spend your wedding night there. You don’t need to worry or stress because their wedding coordinator will take care of everything. The Town Center location provides easy access for your guests, even via bus if necessary. Colchester Castle Park is right on it’s doorstep for those all important wedding portraits.
Take a look at our full ‘review of GreyFriars

Colchester Town Hall

Colchester Town Hall is a landmark on the High Street with its impressive architecture and historical significance. They offer a range of rooms for your ceremony, catering for every budget from intimate weddings of 10 to large parties of 100. The grand Moot Hall on the top floor hosts the wedding breakfasts and evening parties. They don’t have any grounds for outdoor photographs but Colchester Castle Park is a short walk away and provides a stunning landscape.
See our full ‘review of the Town Hall


The attraction of Houchins is that it has recently been purposefully renovated as a wedding venue. It has a touch of the old, a splash of the new and appealing spaces both inside and out for your wedding. You can exclusively hire the place for the whole day and have access to the great expanse of land surrounding the venue. The rural setting is idyllic for summer weddings when you can make the most of everything Houchins has to offer.
Take a look at our full ‘review of Houchins

Wivenhoe House

Wivenhoe House offers the best of both worlds; the main building has been standing for many years and presents grandeur and sophistication while the modern extension gives practicality and ……… It is on the edge of the grounds of the University so has good transport links but is also surrounded by countryside and feels slightly secluded. Being a hotel, Wivenhoe House can not offer exclusive hire but you and your guests can book a room for the night after you’ve danced the night away.
We have a full ‘review of Wivenhoe House‘ as a wedding venue

Layer Marney Tower

Set in acres of beautifully landscaped gardens, Layer Marney Tower has a rich history but works well for modern weddings. Between the architecture and decor there are countless spots to pose for the perfect portrait. This venue is ideal if you require a grand, impressive, stylish day. This all comes at a price but we believe it is worth every penny.
If you would like to see how we rate Layer Marney Tower, check out our ‘review

Barn Brasserie

The Barn Brasserie is an excellent restaurant that you can also hire for weddings. It is a very popular venue in Colchester due to its experience in the industry and the high standards they achieve.The old barn has exposed beams giving it character and a warm, cosy feel. Wedding ceremonies are most often held upstairs on the balcony with the wedding breakfast below in the main restaurant.
See our full ‘review of Barn Brasserie

All of these wedding venues are excellent. We would highly recommend going and viewing them, especially during an open day when they are dressed for a wedding so you can see the potential they offer. If you need a photographer for your wedding at any one of these local settings, we have lots of experience and are familiar with each of them. Check out our wedding package prices – we would love to hear from you.

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