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Last update: September 2023
Hedingham Castle is a historic and unique wedding venue nestled in the charming village of Castle Hedingham on the Essex-Suffolk border. If you've been dreaming of a fairytale celebration full of romance and atmosphere, take a moment to appreciate this 900-year-old Norman keep, grand Georgian Country House and picturesque gardens. With such an impressive and regal backdrop for your vows, Hedingham Castle brings the wow-factor to your big day. Because a magnificent marriage begins in a magnificent place.
Facilities and Capacity
Civil ceremonies at Hedingham Castle are held in the Banqueting Hall, a breathtaking double height space with soaring ceilings and many old-world details that will entice your photographer. The hall is ideal for up to 100 seated guests, and the Minstrels' Gallery offers space for an additional 30. After exchanging your vows by candlelight, you and your guests can follow the path across the Henry VII's Tudor Bridge and gather for a drinks reception in the Great Hall of the Georgian House. This area is perfect for a relaxed champagne toast overlooking the grounds and picturesque lake. If you're planning a seated evening reception, you're welcome to celebrate beneath the grand Ballroom Marquee, suitable for up to 150 guests. Thanks to the lush greenery and tulip trees, you'll enjoy complete privacy there. Alternatively, host your entire day in the Castle itself, with an enchanting wedding breakfast in the Tapestry Room which can host up to 70 guests.
If you would prefer to say your vows outside, we are able to offer outdoor ceremonies on the lawns of the Georgian House with stunning views over the lake.
Picture this: the entirety of the Hedingham Estate is yours for the weekend. The magnificent 900-year-old Castle, the beautiful Georgian House with its elegant rooms and Ballroom Marquee, and the charming Garden Cottage and Lodge surrounded by romantic Essex countryside. Spend an enchanting three days with your most cherished friends and family and create memories that will last a lifetime. Make Hedingham your home for the weekend and soak up every magical moment.
Hedingham Castle offers a choice of three trusted caterers for you to choose from, all of which can provide extensive menus and offer tastings, and can be flexible to your requirements.
Upon booking Hedingham Castle, your dedicated wedding coordinator will work closely with you to bring your vision to life. This team is known for their impeccable attention to detail and will ensure everything is perfect, from fine-tuning your aesthetic to your wedding breakfast menu. To help make your big day run smoothly, they are happy to provide an on-site hairdresser and beautician and will also work closely with your own chosen suppliers. This venue also invites couples to spend their first night as newlyweds in their charming Garden Cottage, complete with its own private orchard, just a stone's throw from the Castle.
NEW! Couples can also choose the brand new honeymoon retreat situated inside the Castle itself, The Royal Chamber. Positioned on the top floor of the Castle, this is the very first modern bedroom inside a Norman Keep in the country and is the ultimate in historic luxury, complete with enormous four poster bed, double bath and commanding views of the stunning Essex countryside.
ALSO NEW! Elopements now available - intimate weddings for two for couples seeking a romantic and private celebration.
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The staff were brilliant and very well organised. Jacqui was wonderful and very caring. She dealt with the issue of whose flowers were who superbly.
Thank you for a wonderful wedding day.
A dream come true xx
We simply had the most wonderful, wonderful day! I couldn’t have asked for a better service or more from the team that helped us.
Sarah was a rock and nothing was too much trouble from day one even through my million emails and questions. Jackie made our day run so smoothly and was often seen just out of sight running and organising everything to a T.
Jenny really made the morning getting ready delightful, she made teas and got Prosecco’s and even sewed up a last minute hole in a bridesmaids dress seam! It really was a fairy tale dream come true and a day we will remember with thanks for all of our lives. Jenny’s husband Bob also helped all of the guests and made them feel welcome as did all of the staff from the moment everyone arrived.
Hedingham castle is exquisitely grand but the warmth of the team and the feel of the place felt so homely and intimate. We knew the day was going to be good but it was better then what we could have ever hoped for.
A big thank you to the lovely Demetra and the Lindsay family for creating such a wonderful venue and for being so kind and welcoming to us, from start to finish there aren’t enough gold stars for you all and you deserve every hard earned award you get - we feel privileged to be part of the history of the castle.
Love Mrs S xx
Our dream day
The castle is stunning and so atmospheric, the mansion house and their gardens are idillic for reception drinks and canapés and the marquee has the wow factor, unlike so many. The James bond chandeliers are a stand out feature, the loo’s are modern and clean, the bar doesn’t dominate the space and the dance floor is a little surprise once the curtains are pulled back. The accommodation is ideal for what you need to lay your head after the best day of your life.
Like many, we were planning our wedding during covid. Sarah and all the team at Hedingham castle remained upbeat regardless of what was going on back stage. They helped to keep us positive that our day would happen and it did, on the 01st of October 2021. They delivered a seamless day that we had dreamt of. From Bob on the entrance gate to the bar manager who drove us back to the accommodation at the end of the night the staff could not have done more and our guests even commented so.
Thank you to all at Hedingham castle we will be forever grateful to you all for providing the best day of our lives.
Incredible! Flawless wedding venue
Amazing - the wedding of our dreams
Perfect, stunning wedding venue!
I live in the US (my husband is British hence the UK wedding), and Sarah worked with me through time zone differences and my need to iron out every single detail with her. We rented the venue for two days to throw a more casual welcome party on the Friday and then the full wedding on Saturday-- Sarah and her team managed to pull together both a casual outdoor event with activities on Friday quickly followed by a black tie elegant affair on Saturday. Everything was absolutely perfect down to the last detail.
On the Friday, they had a magnificent outdoor tent to allow for cover from the sun where we set up picnic tables and wine fridges for guests to help themselves. Inside, there was a wine a beer bar in the castle along with the buffet and indoor tables if people preferred to eat inside. We hired a historian from the castle to tour our guests to learn the history of the stunning castle grounds, and we hired games, archery, and falconry, which Sarah was kind enough to coordinate for us. Our guests were blown away by the history and beauty of the castle.
On the Saturday, the venue was transformed into an elegant fairytale, where our guests told us that they couldn't believe so many different settings were in one venue!!!!! They took an old red double decker bus from the hotel to the venue where they were seated in the castle for the ceremony. Sarah and the staff adorned the room in candles and despite being a 3pm summer ceremony, the room was dimly lit by romantic candlelight. Following the ceremony, guests went out to the lawn where we got photo and then were ushered to the bridge to throw confetti, quickly followed by heading into the house for drinks reception. This was yet another magnificent change of scenery where guests were thrilled by the restrooms behind the bookcase, the stunning house indoors, and mostly by the surprise of the French doors opening up to a fairytale lawn to enjoy their champagne and cocktails in a picturesque landscape. When guests were then ushered into the marquis for the reception, they couldn't believe that there was yet another location at the venue. Sarah and her team moved mountains to make the reception perfect as well. Sarah worked closely with me on the table layout, which tables could and could not move for the dance floor to open, placing the menus and napkins exactly how I wanted them, and ensuring that we had the right number of drinks ordered to keep the drinks flowing!
In addition to the experience for all the guests, we had my parents and my in-laws stay at the bridal cottage on the grounds, and my husband and I and the bridal party stayed at the Lodge on the grounds. Everything was just perfect for us and our closest family and friends.
Hopefully the length and detail of this review convey just how much I loved everything about this venue - don't miss the opportunity to get married in this incredible, versatile space! Six months later, our guests are still talking about it, and for us, it was absolutely the best weekend of our lives.
Unforgettable Day - the best of our lives!
Poor Sarah was probably sick of my constant emails in the run up! She never failed to reassure me or answer my questions. And somehow Jackie managed to ensure everything ran smoothly on the day with every single one of our huge number of guests!
I would live our wedding day on repeat if I could. All my childhood dreams and more came true at Hedingham.
The only complaint I have is that we cannot do it all again next year!!
Georgia and Joseph Stewart
Pure Delight, What a Team!
Thank you to all at Hedingham Castle, Sarah, Jackie, Demetra and the team there we could not have asked for a better venue and team!!
Best day ever!
Everyone commented on how amazing the venue was and loved the fact that each part of the day you experience another part of the venue. Ceremony in the castle, pictures in front of the castle, drinks in the gardens with the amazing lake and then finally dinner and dancing in the marquee.
I would recommend Hedingham Castle in a heartbeat and I wish I could do the day all over again.
On the day of our wedding, which was the best day of our lives, everyone was truly incredible. Jackie our corrdinator was amazing!!! AMAZING!! She made us relax and truly enjoy what was the most magical day.
We wish we could thank personally every single person who was there on our day. So Hedingham team, thank you, thank you for everything you did during the pandemic, thank you for looking after us and most importantly thank you for getting us married ❤️
We wish we could do it all over again! See you in 10 years to renew our vows.
Grace & Oli Game xxxx
Dream venue & day
Wow just wow!
Made to feel special
Loved every minute
So much more than excellent.
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