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Last update: May 2024

Essendon Country Club is a wedding venue located in Hatfield, Hertfordshire. Set over two levels, this expansive venue is the perfect place to host your wedding day. When booking with Essendon, you will quickly discover that everything has been crafted to make you feel as special as possible on your wedding day.

Facilities and Capacity

Exclusively yours for the entirety of your wedding day, Essendon Country Club is licensed to host your civil ceremony or partnership. Held in the Grand Barn, you can say ‘I do’ to that special someone beneath the rustic beams and with the light shining through the floor-to-ceiling windows. The barn is light and airy and accessed through your very own private entrance, allowing you the seclusion you need on such a momentous day. Nestled away in such idyllic countryside, Essendon is spoilt for choice when it comes to gorgeous backdrops for your wedding photos. Take to a golf buggy with your wedding photographer to find that perfect spot that allows you to capture those first tender moments as a newlywed couple.

Services Offered

The team at Essendon Country Club offers a wide range of services to make sure that your wedding day is a success. A number of bespoke wedding packages will be available for you to design, ensuring a fully personalized experience. The dedicated wedding manager will be on hand throughout the day and in advance of your soirée, helping and assisting with the planning experience. What's more, the esteemed chefs at Essendon will be able to serve up a menu of deliciously bespoke food created to suit your unique taste. Whether you want an extravagant banquet of British classics or a more relaxed buffet, nothing is too much to ask.

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Frequently asked questions

Venue type:

In the country
Unusual weddings
Woodland and festival
Unique weddings

Ceremony options:

Civil ceremony licence

Dining options:

Seated meal facilities
Corkage option
Private catering allowed
Alcohol licence
Buffet meal facilities
In-house catering

Evening entertainment:

Dance floor
Entertainment licence
Live band facilities
Evening reception facilities
DJ facilities
Outdoor fireworks permitted

Overnight accommodation:

Overnight accommodation for wedding couple

Venue staff assistance:

Master of ceremonies/toastmaster
Wedding coordinator

Venue leisure facilities:

Fitness centre

Other features:

Exclusive use
Accessible facilities
Car parking
Confetti permitted
Changing room for wedding guests
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Reviews for Essendon Country Club

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Carl&Hannah B. Sent on 16/01/2024
5 out of 5 rating

Our wonderful November wedding at Essendon

My husband and I had a wonderful wedding, the best day ever, and the help and support of Essendon was a huge factor to that. From our first e-mail and meeting Fiona and Jo were so kind, welcoming and helpful. The menu tasting, the final meeting before the wedding and more made us feel we were in very safe hands. Fiona and Jo liaised with all of our suppliers which took a huge load off of our shoulders. On the day my dress got muddy and Fiona helped dry it with a hair dryer, such support for a bride on the day!
I could not recommend Essendon more. The food was delicious, the service was fantastic and it all seemed so seamless.
Rosanna A. Sent on 05/09/2023
5 out of 5 rating

The best day ever!!

We stumbled across Essendon Country Club by accident and it happened to be on an open day! We both instantly fell in love with the venue. We met Jo and she really didn’t need to sell it much to us because we were already sold- we did go see other venues but we had already set our heart on Essendon! Jo, Fiona and the whole team from day one till the wedding day have been nothing but amazing! Nothing was ever too much, they did all they could to make sure our wedding was perfect! Every request no matter how strange they always had a solution and it truly made such a difference! When it came to our actual wedding day again they were all amazing from start to finish- it sadly rained all day but it didn’t change a thing! We did everything we wanted regardless of the weather and that was down to the fantastic team. We loved the idea of some photos on the bridge, so Jo fixed us an umbrella and the golf buggy to get us there- again nothing was ever too much! We are both so grateful for making our day super special and a massive thank you for all you’ve done for us! Jo even made sure we got some canopy’s- we would have been lost without you!
Thank you Essendon you have been truly amazing and we can thank you enough!
Tony S. Sent on 09/12/2022
5 out of 5 rating

The Best Wedding venue by far!

Five stars doesn't do this venue justice! From the venue location and setting itself to the staff that managed our wedding from the very start to the first dance, everything was perfect.
This was the last venue we looked at, and we instantly knew it was the one for us.
Jo the wedding planner was amazing! She was cool, calm and very highly organised. Nothing was too much bother for her, and if any suppliers that she recommended to us gave us stress, she was on it. Our Wedding day couldn't have gone better or smoother. When we arrived at 7:30 we estimated that we would have everything ready by 10:30. I was ordering breakfast by 9am as the venue had put out and organised the barn exactly how we wanted. I can't tell you how much we appreciated this and how it got the day off on the right foot.
If you are planning your wedding, and looking for somewhere, book this lovely venue. You won't be disappointed.
Sarah Sent on 06/02/2024
5 out of 5 rating

Best day, best team!

Jo and Fiona and their team are absolutely amazing. They guided us through the whole process and had thought of everything. They are really accommodating and flexible and help you get the day just as you want it. The venue is stunning, food delicious and great to have some onsite accommodation too. Would 100% recommend!
E Cohen Sent on 17/01/2024
5 out of 5 rating

Highly recommend!

We got married at Essendon in September 2023. The team at Essendon ensured that our wedding went smoothly from start to finish! We had a fantastic day and all of the guests commented on how lovely the venue was. Our wedding planner Fiona was very attentive throughout and also very flexible with our ever-changing minds and guest list! They listened to everything we wanted and went above and beyond to achieve this for us. I highly recommend to anyone considering choosing Essendon for their wedding venue!
Tracey R. Sent on 15/01/2024
5 out of 5 rating

Fabulous Day

We can't thank the staff at Essendon enough for making our wedding day so fantastic. Their attention to detail and organisation made for a fabulous day.
Michelle W. Sent on 29/11/2021
5 out of 5 rating

Best wedding ever!!

We had the most amazing wedding at the Grand Barn (Essendon Country Club)! Such a fantastic venue and would highly recommend it!! From the first meeting to the big day, everything was super organised and professional. Jo, the venue organiser was the best and she was always there to answer our million questions hehe! The day itself went smoothly and we had a lot of compliments from the guests about how lovely the venue was, as well as the staff. Very happy indeed!
Jule Sent on 06/06/2020
5 out of 5 rating

Truly the most wonderful day of our lives!

We have had the most perfect wedding day we could have ever dreamed of at Essendon, and Jo and her team have gone above and beyond to make that happen. We had such a great gut feeling about Essendon the second we stepped out after our first show around, and our guts didn’t betray us! Where other venues treat you like wedding cash cows, the team at Essendon simply seem to find a lot of joy in helping you organise the most amazing party of your life, and this is what it has felt like from start to finish. With all the wonderful little steps in the process, from the food tasting (Oh my God, the food!!) all the way through to dropping off our things the week before the wedding, it almost felt like stepping into a good friend’s house towards the end. We felt like everybody perfectly understood our vision, all our ideas were always taken seriously, however silly they seemed, and the barn looked just absolutely stunning on our wedding day. The staff on the day were super professional, always a smile on their faces and the food was gorgeous. We cannot recommend Essendon enough, and some of our guests even dropped a comment that this has been the most enjoyable wedding they’ve ever been to :-)
Claire Sent on 16/01/2020
5 out of 5 rating
Oh my goodness where do I begin?! I cannot put into words how incredibly thankful we are to you and your team at Essendon for helping to make our day so perfect last Friday. You were all simply amazing! Thank you for all of your efforts to ensure the day ran smoothly, so many of our guests have taken time to comment on how beautiful Essendon is and also on how well the wedding was ran! We literally had the best day and both get rather emotional every time we talk about it. We really appreciated all of the personal touches, the reassurance at each stage and the fact that you were so flexible in ensuring the tributes were just right. We feel lucky to have found Essendon as our very special venue - the most amazing wedding planner we could have asked for!
Lauren Sent on 16/01/2020
5 out of 5 rating
Thank you so much for everything, the day was absolutely perfect, despite the rain and the cold. The barn looked amazing!! Our guests kept telling us how beautiful the venue was and how amazing the food was.
Annie Sent on 16/01/2020
5 out of 5 rating
We had so many compliments on the venue. It looked stunning and we are so happy we booked with you!
The food was amazing !! And again we had many compliments on the food,
Monique Sent on 10/01/2020
5 out of 5 rating
Firstly we just wanted to say that right from the start we knew we wanted to choose Essendon, as we not only fell in love with the venue, but also the way we were made to feel by you when we had our viewing. You really made us feel we were in safe hands and are a true credit to the company. We were not disappointed the whole way through the planning process, and couldn't have been happier with the decision we made.
Arriving at the venue we were both stunned by how great it looked, and what an amazing job the team had done making our vision come together. We could just imagine the amount of work that went into ensuring everything was as it should be, and we're so pleased with it all!
All the staffing were great, and actually I have to also specifically mention the food, it was amazing, and the staff serving were so incredibly polite and patient that even they made me feel special.
Daragh Sent on 10/01/2020
5 out of 5 rating
We cannot put into words how grateful we are to Essendon for giving us the most amazing venue and wedding day!
Right from the beginning when we were looking at venues, this ended up being the only venue we actually went to see because we fell in love with it straight away!
We were worried that we would never be lucky enough to get married in such a beautiful venue so didn't want to get our hopes up, but you guys made this possible for us which we are just so grateful for.
Every little worry or silly question I had was answered or I was reassured by you every step of the way which really makes a difference! There is nothing I would have changed about our wedding day all thanks to you and your team!
Kieran Sent on 10/01/2020
5 out of 5 rating
There was not a second of it we would have changed. It was incredible!
Largely that is down to your flawless planning and attention to detail throughout the planning and on the day itself. You made us feel so relaxed throughout and we never once felt there was any aspect unaccounted for or not under control. From the initial venue visit and planning meeting, to the ceremony and reception we have enjoyed every moment!
Laura Sent on 10/01/2020
5 out of 5 rating
Well what can we say.... firstly we literally can’t thank Essendon enough for everything you have done for us on the lead up to our BIG DAY but also how amazing you made our magical day! From all the pre-wedding meetings, heartfelt emails and personal touches on the day, you made the whole journey seem seamless! We had so much fun planning the wedding, and wouldn’t have had it any other way!
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