Layer Marney Tower

(18 reviews) 18 5
Colchester Essex CO5 9US
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About Layer Marney Tower

Essex, CO5 9US

You won’t forget your first sight of Layer Marney Tower – one of the most beautiful and romantic places in Britain.  Whether for your wedding ceremony, your wedding reception, or both, Layer Marney Tower is the perfect setting for your special day.

The beautiful Tudor buildings are surrounded by picturesque gardens set in attractive parkland, with breath-taking views to the Blackwater Estuary. The Tower and gardens combine formality and intimacy, ensuring a Layer Marney Tower wedding will leave you with wonderful and lasting memories.

A unique wedding venue in Essex, Layer Marney Tower has been skilfully adapted to meet the requirements of the twenty first century bride. You, together with your friends and family, may now sip champagne and nibble canapés where Henry VIII and Elizabeth I once strode.

We have been helping couples make their dreams come true for over 25 years and the single most important thing we have learnt is that every wedding is different. You may be sure that everyone at Layer Marney Tower will work with you to ensure that your wedding dreams become reality.

Civil ceremonies may take place in several rooms – the most popular is the Corsellis Room which seats 120 people. For smaller parties the Hall of the gatehouse will hold up to 20 guests, whilst Tuke’s Chamber has a capacity of 60.  Each room has its own character, and the ambiance may be enhanced with live musicians such as harpists or string trios.

The gardens, surrounded by acres of farm and parkland, provide wonderful opportunities for photographs - the boardwalk over the pond is particularly popular.  The ancient York-stone steps leading up to the Tower offer an ideal opportunity for photographs not only of the wedding couple, but also of all the guests together – with the Tower in the background. There are parts of the garden that are formal and others that are more natural, echoing the building themselves that are both grand yet welcoming.

With oak panelling, fine tapestries, a Jacobean fireplace and huge glittering chandeliers, the Long Gallery is the perfect backdrop for your Wedding Reception, seating up to 140 guests. Whether you treat it as a blank canvas, decorating it with flowers, favours, chair covers, candelabra and the like to make it your very own, or just use simple table centrepieces.  However you theme it, you can be assured that your Wedding Breakfast will be memorable for both the setting and the food and drink.

The experience we have gained over the many years we have been hosting weddings at Layer Marney Tower means that you can have complete confidence in us – and in our ability to work with you, to make your wedding day everything you hoped and dreamed it would be.

• Experienced and friendly staff who are dedicated to helping you • Exclusive use available • Amazing Tudor home licensed for civil marriages with Parish Church in the gardens • Beautiful gardens and parkland. Top class catering • Use of our 1931 chauffeur driven Rolls Royce included with each wedding reception • Flexible, relaxed and utterly professional approach

Facilities at Layer Marney Tower

Venue Type :
Civil Ceremony Licence
Chapel on Premises
Exclusive Use
In the Country
Stately Home
Evening Entertainment :
Evening Reception Facilities
Entertainment Licence
Outdoor Fireworks Permitted
Overnight Accommodation :
Overnight Accommodation for Wedding Couple
Other Features :
Confetti Permitted
Disabled Facilities
Car Parking
Pets Welcome
Dining Options :
Seated Meal Facilities
Buffet Meal Facilities
In House Catering
Alcohol Licence
Corkage Option
Capacity :
Less than 30 guests
30 to 50 guests
50 to 75 guests
75 to 100 guests
100 to 150 guests
150 to 250 guests
Venue Staff Assistance :
Wedding Coordinator

Layer Marney Tower Reviews (18)

The day ran so smoothly.
Venue Service

By Jonathan and Anthony, on 04 May 2016

Thank you so much for everything you did for us on Sunday. Everyone has been saying how perfect they thought Layer Marney Tower was and how stunning the setting is. The day ran so smoothly and that is down to your professionalism. We could not be more grateful!!

Unique Location for your special day
Venue Service

By Claire Stack, on 22 Jun 2006

We married at Layer Marney on 14th January 2006. As the other reviwers have said this is just a perfect winter wedding venue, the fires were roaring and we incorporate candles into our table decorations. Staff are very helpful and the caterers Bouquet Garni are willing to do whatever they can to make your day special, John the manager was there all day and it flowed perfectly. He also made sure a bottle of champagne and wedding cake was kept back for us and personally delivered to our room when we had left the reception, it was a lovely touch. The area for the civil ceremony is gorgeous and really i just cant recomend it highly enough. People were commenting on our wedding for months after!

Beautiful venue, stunning location & fantastic food
Venue Service

By Taylor13, on 15 Dec 2004

We got married and had our reception at Layer Marney Tower on the 11th December 2004. LMT makes a perfect winter wedding venue...we had a roaring log fire in the Long Gallery with candles on each table, it looked beautiful and very christmassy. The catering by Bouquet Garni was fantastic with a lot of our guests commenting on how superb the food was. I don't know of any other venue that lets you provide your own wine, champagne etc until the evening reception WITH NO CORKAGE!!! A massive saving for us. I just wish we could do it all again........what a day!

Please can we do it again?
Venue Service

By Very Excited, on 17 Oct 2004

We held our reception at Layer on Sunday 20th June 2004. It is the most amazing venue which the Charringtons (the owners who live there) kindly shared with us, they are still so excited by weddings! The venue is gorgeous, the food was amazing and people are still talking about it 4 months on!

Perfection in the heart of Essex
Venue Service

By Tracy Davis, on 25 Sep 2002

We got married at the Tower in 1999. It is a stunning venue, the service was amazingly personal and the food was great. I have been told so many times by our guests that it was the best venue they had ever been to.

Stunning Location, Superb Caterers, Unique wedding setting
Venue Service

By Mr & Mrs J Collins, on 27 May 2002

We tied the knot here on 4th May 2002, and cannot speak highly enough of the prewedding service we received, you can just get married here or have both the wedding & reception. You would never think that anyone else has ever been married here, it is very personal. Truly stunning and the caterer is spot on with both the food and the service. For what you get, it is very reasonably priced. If we did it again, we would do it here no question.xx

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