We’ve certainly noticed, with regard to wedding music, that couples are increasingly looking for something unique to surprise and entertain their guests.
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 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.
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.
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.
4. Old Brook Barn
Near to: Romford
This barn is set amongst a massive 23 acres. It is located in glorious countryside near the village of Navestock in Essex.
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.
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.
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.
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!
— Adam is a co-founder of FixTheMusic and works on everything from copywriting and marketing to design and user experience. He studied Music at Cambridge University. Adam is a keen pianist and also learned cello and trumpet from an early age.