7 Luxury Barn Wedding Venues in Essex

25 MAY 2016
Blog post by Adam Southall

We’ve certainly noticed, with regard to wedding music, that couples are increasingly looking for something unique to surprise and entertain their guests.

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The same trend is evident with regard to wedding venues, with couples seeking out alternative, interesting, and often smaller wedding venues for their special day. One particular trend in 2016, and we expect this to continue into 2017 and beyond, is couples choosing intimate, rustic country barns for their nuptials.

We receive a large number of enquiries for wedding musicians in Essex, so we thought it would be helpful to list 7 of the best small, luxury wedding barns in the region:

1. Smeetham Hall Barn

Near to: Sudbury

Based in the heart of Essex’s stunning countryside, Smeetham Hall Barn is a grade 2 listed barn which was built in the 16th century, originally for the storage of grain. It was converted into a wedding venue in 1998, and is now one of the most popular venues for weddings, civil ceremonies and private parties in Essex. Visit Smeetham Hall Barn’s website

2. The Essex Barn at the White Hart

Near to: Great Yeldham

The White Hart is a 15th century coaching inn set in a wonderful setting just outside the village of Great Yeldham in Essex. This unique venue features crafted woodwork, hung tapestries and beautiful gardens. The barn itself can seat up to 200 guests, but is also suitable for for intimate weddings and civil ceremonies. Visit White Hart’s website

3. The Barn, Colchester

Near to: Great Tey

A grade 2 listed 16th century barn based near to Great Tey in Essex. With sublime gardens, a beautiful courtyard and marquee, this venue is ideal for your wedding breakfast and reception. Visit The Barn’s website

4. Crabbs Barn

Near to: Kelvedon

Crabbs Barn, dating back to the 15th century, is a pretty and intimate wedding venue in the heart of Essex. The catering service is highly rated, along with the private accommodation in the rustic outbuildings. Visit Crabbs Barn’s website

5. Maidens Barn

Between Bishop’s Stortford and Braintree

Originally built in 1806 and lovingly restored by current owners Katherine and Clive Matthews, this gorgeous wedding venue is licensed for civil wedding ceremonies inside the stunning new Oak Barn and of course, for outdoor weddings in the garden underneath the flowering wedding arbour. Visit Maidens Barn’s website

6. High Barn

Near to: Great Bardfield

High Barn in Great Bardfield was built in the 14th century but was sympathetically restored in 2003. This Essex wedding venue offers a beautiful historic timber-frame interior, set in a gloriously rural location. High Barn can hold up to 130 seated guests. The barn has hosted live music in the past, so it’s perfectly set up to accommodate wedding bands of all shapes and sizes. Visit High Barn’s website

7. Cressing Barns

Near to: Braintree

A wonderful collection of medieval barns, some of which date to the 12th century. These grade 1 listed barns and the walled garden provide a sumptuous backdrop for your wedding or civil ceremony. Although suitable for small events, this wedding venue can accommodate up to 300 guests if required. Visit Cressing Barns’ Facebook page

So, that concludes the list of some of the most popular wedding barns in Essex — we hope you enjoy planning your big day.

We have several bands and musicians based in Essex available to book on our website, so please have a browse!

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