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.
Our local church, St Peter and Vincula Church in nearby Coggeshall is only 10 minutes from the venue. It is one of a group of oversized churches built following the success of the early wool trade in the East Anglia area in the first quarter of the 15th Century. It is Grade I listed.
For further information please contact the parish priest - Reverend Chris Davey
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t: 01376 561234
Houchins Next Open Day
Sunday 15th April, 11am - 3pm
Our caterers will be on site offering even more wedding inspiration!
Please come and visit us at our next Open Day to have a look around the listed farmhouse accommodation, see our beautiful venue and meet a discrete selection of our preferred wedding partners.
Our team will be on hand to chat through your plans and explain how Houchins works to make your wedding extra special.
Dove Barn, our sister venue, just 30 minutes from Houchins.
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:
2018 Special Offer
An Extra Special Offer for 2018. Save £1,000 off the price of your wedding in 2018
Book your wedding for selected dates in 2018 to save £1,000.
This offer is only available for selected dates listed on our 2018 Special Offers page and terms and conditions apply.