Civil Ceremonies Venue in Essex
Indoor, outdoor, large or small? When it comes to civil ceremonies there are so many choices. And of course it's all down to the type of day you want.....
At Houchins, we can offer all of the above because we have three separate areas designated to conduct civil ceremonies:
The Loggia This is designed for outdoor summer weddings (May to September). The oak-clad Loggia sits at the end of the wedding garden and is connected to a traditional marquee that offers covered seating for 100+ guests. From here it is just a short walk to the terrace where reception drinks are served.
The Foundry Within the barns, the Foundry offers a stunning backdrop for civil ceremonies throughout the year. Again, capacity in the Foundry will be for 100+ guests. Before taking their seats for the formalities, friends can mingle in the inter-connected 'Chitting Shed'.
The Drawing Room (in the house) If you are looking for a small and intimate civil ceremony, for less than 25 people, you may wish to consider using the drawing room in the main house. With its' open fireplace, 17th century oak panelling and more formal decor it offers a perfect space for smaller civil ceremonies.
Civil ceremonies at Houchins are conducted by the Registrar's team at Braintree District Council. Please contact them directly on 0345 6037632.
Open Evening, 6-9pm on Tuesday 29th August.
Please drop-in to see Houchins 'dressed' for a summer wedding.
We look forward to welcoming you to Houchins to show you the venue and discuss your wedding plans.
Our team will be on hand to chat informally with you and explain how Houchins works to make your wedding extra special. In addition our caterers and other preferred suppliers will be on site offering even more wedding inspiration!
No appointment is necessary so you can just drop in after work!
Dove Barn, our sister venue, just 30 minutes from Houchins.
Wedding Show, Sunday 2nd April, 11am-3pm. Free entry and goodie bag for all brides.
Dove Barn is where our wedding business started in 2002. A charming, rustic barn just behind the historic Castlings Hall near Sudbury in South Suffolk needed restoring and we took on that challenge. Since 2002 we have held over 300 weddings at Dove Barn and it has variously been described as 'quirky', 'laid-back', 'a hidden gem of a venue' and 'full of rural calm'. If you are looking for a unique venue just off the beaten track take a look at our website:
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