Wedding Venue Spotlight: Wivenhoe House, Colchester

New to the directory is Wivenhoe House who recently invited us to stay to experience what it has to offer for couples getting married. It was a wonderful stay so we are excited to share the details with you today.

Wivenhoe House, nestled on the Essex-Suffolk border near Colchester, offers exclusive and bespoke wedding packages that are all about creating experiences with personal touches to make every wedding dream a reality. The Wivenhoe wedding planners are on hand to work with couples to create the magic, whether the event is in the Gazebo in the sunken gardens, in the light and airy Garden Suite or in the Drawing Room with its bay windows overlooking the parkland.


Bride on lawn at Wivenhoe House

At Wivenhoe House all the rooms and grounds are licensed for Civil Ceremonies. There are 4 venue spaces to choose from: The Gazebo, The Garden Suite, Signatures and The Drawing Room. All are as beautiful as the next and depending on the size of your wedding party are all accommodating, some will suit better than others when it comes to how you envisage your day. 40 Luxury rooms and suites are available for you and your guests and most packages include a complimentary room for the happy couple. The venue has an in-house full catering service including canapes and fine dining so your guests will be well looked after!

Fireplace at Wivenhoe House


Wivenhoe House hosts some amazing wedding venue spaces for your big day. Each of the rooms is beautifully and uniquely detailed, including the most amazing fireplace! It makes for some incredible wedding photography. Here are the spaces in more detail…


The beautiful garden gazebo is located on the sunken lawn and has the capacity for 130 guests, it’s perfect for a wedding in the summer season. Take advantage of the sunshine and longer daylight hours to snap some stunning wedding photos in the historic parklands, with our famous cork oak trees providing the perfect backdrop for the special occasion.


If you prefer light and airy spaces, then the Garden Suite is sure to deliver. The Garden Suite offers three spacious rooms that can host 150 people. It has removable partition walls are perfect for letting you and your partner design the ultimate wedding space


If you and your partner are leaning toward a more traditional style of wedding, look no further than the stunning Signatures Room. Its high ceilings and large windows overlooking the parklands certainly won’t leave you or any of your (up to) 60 guests feeling claustrophobic on the day, with plenty of space to celebrate the happy couple.


Light and airy with large bay windows overlooking our beautiful parklands, the Drawing Room is an ideal space for those with a mid-size party, it has space for up to 80 guests and it’s perfect for couples with a taste for traditional design. In true Wivenhoe House style, this space is filled with lovingly restored 18th- century features, not to mention the fabulous fireplace sitting at the heart of the room. During the warmer months, the Drawing Room offers special access to our impressive terrace, the ideal location for sharing a few bottles of fizz at your drinks reception.


The Classic Brettingham Package pays homage to Matthew Brettingham, the architect who both designed and built the romantic Georgian country house. The Classic includes a delicious wedding breakfast, welcome drink and Prosecco for the toasts, evening buffet options and a night in one of the hotel’s luxury bedrooms for the couple, including breakfast in the room the next morning.

The Deluxe Rebow Package, named after General Isaac Rebow who began building Wivenhoe House in 1759 Includes a three-course wedding breakfast, half a bottle of wine per person, welcome drinks and Prosecco for toasts, and a luxury evening buffet selection. It also includes chair covers, bows and a sweet cart filled with indulgent treats. A luxury bedroom is also included for the couple, including breakfast the next day.

The Luxury Constable Package is inspired by the English painter who committed the grounds of Wivenhoe House to canvas in 1816 and offers the ultimate luxury wedding experience. Starting with a choice of welcome drinks and canapes, the package includes a luxury wedding breakfast, half a bottle of wine per person and Prosecco for all those important toasts. A decadent evening buffet is served in the evening, and the package also comprises chair covers, bows and an indulgent sweet cart. The couple can also stay the night before and get ready in a luxury room, which they can also stay in on the night of the wedding, followed by breakfast the next morning.

Wivenhoe House


We stayed in the beautiful and spacious bridal suite which is one of their luxury rooms. This is included in all the Wivenhoe House packages and is available the night before and the day of the wedding. The bathroom is absolutely dreamy with plenty of space for you and your wedding party. We were greeted with make your own cocktails and face masks to relax with which was a lovely welcome to this beautiful venue.

Wivenhoe House


For our dining, we ate in the main restaurant which would be available for use the night before the wedding day where your guests can enjoy the beautiful menu on offer. The service was impeccable, and all the staff that work there are hospitality and hotel management students from the local university so you are sure to get a 5-star service on your wedding day. The food was divine and they had a great choice for vegans with an option of room service too!

Finally a huge thank you to the hotel for providing us with such a wonderful luxury stay.