Weddings at Marks Hall Estate

An historic 18th century Coach House set within a 2,350-acre country estate or a Tipi and Woodland Wedding in our secluded meadow – the decision is yours.

Located between the towns of Braintree and Colchester, just off the A120, Marks Hall Estate has a range of options for your wedding. The Estate includes broadleaved woodlands, a stunning Arboretum showcasing a collection of rare trees from across the globe, relaxing lakes, a Walled Garden and much more.

The 18th century Coach House with brick and exposed timber frames is full of character, overlooking the parterre garden where couples can marry in a romantic gazebo surrounded by carefully cultivated plants that flower throughout the summer season. The Coach House itself is set within 200-acres of Arboretum, all available as a backdrop for your wedding photography.

Why not marry under the canopy of our ancient trees with a Woodland Wedding, then celebrate in a tipi situated in our stunning secluded meadow next door. Our dedicated team will guide you through your wedding day. 

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Can the venue be hired for 48 hours?

If you book a package with the 48 hour hire this begins the day before the wedding.

Can we hang decorations?

Yes, you are more than welcome to hang decorations from our beams, light rings and wall beams as long as you do not use pins, nails or staple guns.

Are we allowed confetti?

We do allow you to use eco-friendly confetti only, such as dried petals.

How many people can the Coach House venue hold?

We can accommodate 140 people for a ceremony and wedding breakfast, and up to 200 people for a party.

Can we have fireworks?

Due to the nature of the historical Arboretum we do not allow fireworks or Chinese lanterns.

Do you have different chairs and tables?

We have circular tables included in the hire. We can direct you to the perfect hire company to get alternative chairs or tables.

Can we have candles in the venue?

You are more than welcome to have candles and candelabras in the Coach House during the wedding breakfast, however at 7pm all candles have their flames covered completely in a jam jar or hurricane lantern.

Can you play our music?

Yes, we have both an outdoor and indoor PA system that allows us to play different playlists throughout the day. We use Spotify and download all of your music the day before your wedding onto our system, so that’s one less thing to worry about.

Do you have a microphone for speeches?

We have a table microphone for the wedding ceremony, and a wireless microphone for the speeches and announcing.

What time does the bar close?

The bar will close at 11.30pm. We can help you arrange a late licence which costs £300 per hour or part thereof.

Can we bring our own alcohol?

Yes, we allow you to bring your own prosecco and wine for the drinks reception and wedding breakfast. All other drinks can be purchased from our drinks list. Anyone found bringing in alcohol not bought from the Marks Hall Estate will be asked to leave the venue.

Do you have high chairs?

We have four high chairs that you are more than welcome to use.

It’s a long walk to the walled garden for our photos…

Don’t worry, our hire price comes with a golf buggy included for all your photography needs. It’s available for one hour after your arrival or ceremony, and comes with a handy guide who knows the Arboretum inside out to get the perfect setting for photos.

Can we use our own DJ?

You are more than welcome to bring along your own DJ or band, or we can give you details of our DJ. The venue does have a sound limiter which we would discuss with your evening entertainment provider.

Can we have our ceremony outside?

Yes you can, our Coach House Garden has a beautiful gazebo, or you can marry under the marquees or inside the Coach House itself.

Are the registrar fees included?

The fee for your civil ceremony is not included in our fees. Please contact Braintree Registry Office for details.

What if the weather isn’t very nice?

Our Chinese hat marquees on the Terrace give you ample space for your guests to admire the beautiful flower garden whilst congratulating you on your wedding. The Coach House has heating available if required, and the barn itself is cool in the summer months.