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On since 2023

Last update: May 2024

Located in Southend On Sea, Essex, Holiday Inn Southend is a sleek hotel wedding venue offering contemporary spaces and service excellence to couples embarking on marriage. Thoughtfully designed to create a memorable backdrop for every occasion, the panoramic views, function spaces, and bedrooms will leave guests in awe. The setting has received many accolades, including Hotel Of The Year 2023 and Hitched Wedding Awards 2024, and was a finalist in the Essex Wedding Awards 2023, ensuring your event is in great hands.

Facilities and Capacity

Holiday Inn Southend reflects modern elegance throughout, from its stunning interiors to the reimagined open space outside. The Laker Suite with the Laker Foyer and Laker Lounge will be exclusively yours to host the ceremony and reception of your dreams. No matter the size of your celebration, be it an intimate affair or an extravagant soirée, you can make this setting feel like yours. Here, you will find the lavish touches which make it the high-end space it is known to be, with balconies, floor-to-ceiling windows, and sophisticated furnishings. The sweeping glass staircase by the windows will enhance your celebration as you create memories to last a lifetime. Depending on your desired dining option, banquet or buffet, the suite can hold up to 96 or 175 guests, respectively. After you have danced your last dance of the evening, you and your invitees are welcome to rest your heads in the style and comfort of their guestrooms. You and your guests may choose from double, twin, family, accessible, executive and king superior accommodations.

Services Offered

Crafting a wonderful day that reflects your tastes has never been easier. You can rest assured that every element will be taken care of with the utmost professionalism, as the Holiday Inn Southend team has over 25 years of experience in the industry. Led by manager and events team head Hayley O'Connell, the planning process will be seamless for you and your partner, with tailored packages that cater to various budgets and visions. They also offer the benefit of no weekend supplement and a booking bonus for those who decide their hotel is the perfect match. A fresh food concept will be at the forefront of your culinary experience, guaranteeing delectable dishes at the highest quality. When styling the venue, you can add a decorative foliage wall that can be customised with your names to finish the room's look. Although not naturally blessed with gardens and grounds for your post-ceremony photo session, the creative designers had the ingenuity to transform the space around the hotel into beautiful backdrops. Your day will be showcased magically in partnership with one of their preferred photographers, who love imagining new ways to capture the moment.

Frequently asked questions

Venue type:

Pub or restaurant
Unusual weddings
Large hotel
Unique weddings

Ceremony options:

Civil ceremony licence

Dining options:

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

Evening entertainment:

Dance floor
Entertainment licence
Live band facilities
Evening reception facilities
DJ facilities

Overnight accommodation:

Overnight accommodation for wedding couple
Overnight accommodation for guests

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 Holiday Inn Southend

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Hitched Wedding Awards 2024 Winner
5.0 out of 5 rating
27 reviews
100% recommend it
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Andrew E. Sent on 22/05/2024
5 out of 5 rating

Brilliant wedding

We booked a quick wedding in Jan for April.

It was amazing and it went better then we hoped
Tania D. Sent on 22/05/2024
5 out of 5 rating

My dream wedding

Had our wedding here , and overnight stay , plus stayed night before wedding with my mother in law. Had a fantastic time. Staff were always on hand to help . Bed was so comftable. My favorite was the bath. Really helped to relax after a long day. A big thank you to hayley o'connell our wedding organiser , without her we would be lost.
Jennifer S. Sent on 29/04/2024
5 out of 5 rating

A truly magical day, one which we won't forget.

Wonderful venue for our wedding. Staff very friendly, accommodating and helpful. Rooms were inviting and comfortable and breakfast was amazing. Thanks you all so much for making our guests and ourselves so welcome.
Clare A. Sent on 12/06/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Clare&Akwasi Asamoa Wedding 6th of April 2019

I had my wedding here on the 6th April 2019 and my day was very special from start to finish the day run so smoothly we had Hailey in charge of our day and she took all the stress and worries of the day off me so I could enjoy everythink about my day, the venue the decorations the staff and food I can't praise them enough all of it was amazing from the day to the night it was wonderful and can't believe its been 4 years already would recommend this venue to anyone wanting to get married.
Rowena O. Sent on 12/06/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Out of this world!

Hayley and the team at Holiday Inn were amazing.
They listened to everything that we wanted and worked with us to make our wedding perfect.
Every little detail from start to finish was thought off and it couldn’t have gone any better.
Denise E. Sent on 30/05/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Our wedding experience

We have been to loads of weddings being an older couple but by far ours was excellent and simply the best. The staff at Holiday Inn Southend were first class everyone a star. Nothing was too much and Hayley and Sue were born to do their jobs. Our venue was decorated exactly as we imagined it! Our stay there was very comfortable and every guest remarked to us of the food! The waitresses were very polite and well dressed and friendly , The evening buffet was absolutely amazing ! The bar staff were extremely friendly , l have recommended this venue to my friends who are engaged at minute , we are coming back to spend our first anniversary with the Holiday Inn and stay the night , we can’t think of anywhere better to be . We recommend this 100%
Rebecca G. Sent on 30/05/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Magical fairytale wedding

We couldn’t be happier with our choice of the holiday inn Southend for our wedding they were very accommodating to both us and our guests nothing was ever too much bother from the first day of inquiring right up to our dream wedding on bonfire night the food was outstanding and all our guests commented on how delicious it was we decided to stay overnight and when we returned back to our room it had the most gorgeous surprise from the staff and truly made the end of an already perfect day that extra bit special it was so amazing we went back for our week anniversary just to relive the night again I honestly can’t recommend enough and wish we could do it all over and over again
Amy W. Sent on 30/05/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Excellent service, great team behind the scenes, smooth wedding day.

My husband and I married at this venue, we had a twilight wedding downstairs and it was the most amazing day. We wanted to make it themed but still have the feeling of a wedding and that’s exactly what we had. The team listened from the very first meeting onwards, they were the reason our wedding day ran so smoothly. Even to the point of management on the day they pretty much put everything in a giant trolley and set the whole venue up accordingly as I wanted. It took all of the stress away from myself, the team checked in at several points to make sure we were ok.
On the day I was so Ill, probably from nerves but throughout the day they helped me. Even when I couldn’t drink or eat anything they bought me a ginger tea. Clearing up the next day was fab. Also the breakfast the next morning was the best breakfast - all my guests who stayed complimented it. I highly recommend the venue and the team they have! Special thanks to Hayley and Sue!
Ben K. Sent on 23/05/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Absolutely awesome venue with amazing staff!!

From the get go we knew Holiday Inn was going to be our venue of choice.

We attended a wedding fair back in 2019 and was immediately wowed by the space and modern environment that the Holiday Inn had to offer. The laker suite and ground floor is filled with natural light and modern finishes from the bar area right through to the laker suite.

We had arranged separately via one of the suppliers at the wedding fair to have the laker suite draped and the room was absolutely stunning! The size of the venue was perfect for our wedding.

The food provided throughout the day was absolutely amazing and is testament to the quality the Holiday Inn set out to achieve for us.
The staff were absolutely amazing, a massive thank you to Hayley who has held our hands throughout the entire process, talked us through absolutely everything and shared her knowledge with us.
We both feel that Hayley has really gone above and beyond to make the experience to be as good as it was. Sue on the day also deserves a huge round of applause and a huge thank you from us. Sue was always available and on hand to ensure the day run smoothly with no hiccups. If you are looking for a modern venue, fantastic support and the best food for your guests the Holiday Inn is the one for you.
Gracie Sent on 26/05/2024
5 out of 5 rating

Wonderful & Joyful

Our time here was beyond our expectations. The venue is modern and clean, with excellent facilities for family and friends of all ages including access and parking, hotel rooms, and more. Our cermoney was on the top floor, which was bathed in natural light, and our reception was in the excellent Laker Suite, which included spacious seating and an excellent dance floor. 

We were not able to visit the venue before our wedding, but I strongly recommend you do, because the photos (including ours) do not do it justice. Its a wonderful place and the staff alone were helpful, professional, and shared immense joy in our day - adding to the magic and memories they helped create. This venue comes highly recommended. 
Stacey B. Sent on 30/04/2024
5 out of 5 rating

Our Twilight Wedding

Our wedding day was exactly what we hoped for, relaxed, laid back and stress free.
Hayley, Sue and the rest of the events team go above and beyond, and are always on hand to reassure and answer any questions/worries.
If I could go back and do it all again I wouldn’t change anything, out day was very special.
Hannah G. Sent on 03/07/2023
5 out of 5 rating

The most amazing day!

We had the most amazing day. Everything went perfectly thanks to Hayley and Simon. All our guests had an amazing time and said the food was delicious. We wouldn’t have changed a thing!
Kerry N. Sent on 12/06/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Amazing day thank you

Made our day the day it was food was amazing and so was all the staff great vale for money and everyone made us comfortable as possible and we had our wedding at such short notice gue to personal reasons
Chantal S. Sent on 31/05/2023
4.8 out of 5 rating

Amazing hotel and great at weddings

We got married 19th April 2019
I had a room booked the day before.
The day ran nice and smoothly.
We did warn the hotel that our guests are ig drinkers and on the day there wasn't many bar staff. But that problem was soon fixed with more staff to stop people leaving the laker suite and going to roof top bar for drinks.
Hayley S. Sent on 30/05/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Brilliant amazing super

We got married at the holiday inn southend April 2023 . We had the most amazing day it's was so well set up sue made our day perfect and so relaxing
Hayley also answered all my question about the wedding and I did ask lots lol 😆
All the staff day and night were friendly and helpful
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Hitched Wedding Awards 2024 Winner


13 Oct
Open Door

Join them for their Wedding Open Day on Sunday, 13th October 2024, in the stunning Laker Suite.

Experience the exquisite floral arrangements by Fay from the Flower Stores and the elegant decorations by the award-winning Charlotte from Laceys Events. Their preferred suppliers will be present, including a DJ, decor experts, a wedding photographer, wedding cake specialists, bridal dress and men's suit providers, a magician, and hair and makeup artists, all ready to assist in planning your perfect day.

Their dedicated team will be available to answer any questions and provide information on their amazing wedding packages.

Don't miss this opportunity to make your dream wedding a reality!

Date: From 13/10/2024 to 13/10/2024 Schedule 12:00 - 15:00
Place: 77, Eastwoodbury Crescent, Southend On Sea, Essex


77, Eastwoodbury Crescent SS2 6XG Southend On Sea (Essex)
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