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Located in Rayleigh, Essex, The Old Parish Rooms provide the ideal setting for your wedding celebrations. Originally built in 1863 as a parish hall and schoolhouse, the venue is now a bright and modern space, ideal for intimate wedding events. The venue is licensed to perform civil ceremonies, making it a wonderful setting for your wedding, naming ceremony or vow renewal.

Facilities and Capacity

The Old Parish Rooms are set over two floors. The venue can cater for up to 80 guests for a seated wedding breakfast. For larger events and standing occasions, the space can be transformed into a dance floor to accommodate up to 100 guests. The beautiful old school house provides a truly unique and unusual wedding venue. Although the venue embraces the character and charm of the grade II listed exteriors, the building’s delightful interiors are light and stylish. The versatile venue suits both sleek, modern weddings and traditional, vintage-themed celebrations. While set within the grounds of the Holy Trinity Church, the Old Parish Rooms are also accessible from local Registry Offices and civil ceremony premises in Southend and Essex.

Services Offered

Upon booking your wedding at The Old Parish Rooms, a dedicated coordinator will work closely with you to ensure that everything looks and runs smoothly. They will listen to your visions and make sure that they are implemented during your wedding celebrations. Whether it's a traditional ceremony or something more unique, you can host it at this venue.

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Frequently asked questions

Venue type:

Unusual weddings
Unique weddings

Ceremony options:

Civil ceremony licence

Dining options:

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

Evening entertainment:

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

Venue staff assistance:

Wedding coordinator

Other features:

Exclusive use
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Reviews for The Old Parish Rooms

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Alisa Sent on 29/01/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Perfect venue for our small wedding

After lockdowns we wanted a more intimate space for a wedding party with our closest friends and family. We visited one of the open days and booked our date right away. Laura was so responsive, always answering any questions we had over email. The space was bright and easy to decorate with help of a local florist. We set up a kids play area on the mezzanine. We had an open bar, our own music, and loved every minute. Highly recommend.
Diana Sent on 29/01/2019
5 out of 5 rating

Perfect venue for a perfect day

We got married on 2nd September 2018 and the whole day was just amazing thank you to Stefan and his team. This is a fantastic venue for a small to medium wedding with an option to have ceremony in the same place, up in a beautiful mezzanine. Venue itself is designed boho/romantic so doesn't require much decor. Very bright, airy and different from the boring standard with chair covers and bows. Beautiful location in a small historical town of Rayliegh. As weddings executive I very much appreciated that service was like a clock and all members of the team were very attentive.
Natalie Sent on 11/01/2018
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Stefan and his team have been absolutely incredible from day 1 of our wedding planning. The big day couldn't have gone any better! Thank you Stefan for making our day so perfect, organised and relaxed. It was everything we had hoped for and more.
Amy Sent on 11/01/2018
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Where do I start....i can never thank the team at the old parish rooms enough. I got married here and from day 1 they were so professional and easily contactable . Stefan and his team are incredible everything was done so quickly and professionally. Stefan himself I can't fault nothing was too much trouble for him. The food was incredible and there was no issue catering for not only a vegetarian but also a vegan!!... everything was done exactly as we asked. Just again the word professional is what they are.stress free thanks to them. And had the most amazing weddimg thanks to them.incredible day thank you so much to Stefan and all at the old parish rooms! Xx
Mrs. Sent on 10/08/2016
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Wedding, August 2016

I just wanted to say a massive thank you to everyone at the Old Parish Rooms for making my sons wedding such a wonderful event. It exceeded all expectations, the attention to detail was fantastic and the food was out of this world. The staff were all so attentive and helpful, we couldn't have asked for anything more. My son and his new wife say the wedding day they dreamed of was even better than they expected it to be because of you all. Many thanks once again
Lisa Sent on 02/11/2014
5 out of 5 rating

Forthcoming Wedding

Booked our wedding here in March 2015, such an enchanting place. Its a lovely, intimate venue - perfect for us. We live locally and pass it all the time. Both Laura and Stefan have been fantastic to deal with so far. So excited !
Anonymous Sent on 13/10/2015
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I had my wedding reception at the Parish Rooms on Friday 7th August 2015, I just wanted to say a huge thank you to all that was involved it really was the most perfect day.

The food (afternoon tea and hot buffet) was literally the best that I have ever tasted, it was all so extremely fresh and unique all of our guests commented on how lovely it was! The staff on the day were also amazing and friendly as well as everyone I dealt with on the run up to the day.

Thanks again, I can't recommend you enough to everyone I speak to.
Brad Sent on 17/08/2015
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My new husband and I had the most wonderful wedding reception at the Old Parish rooms in May 2015. The building itself is absolutely stunning; it's light and bright with beautiful old features and created the perfect relaxed, intimate atmosphere we wanted. It was also an absolute pleasure dealing with both Laura and Toulouse restaurant who catered the wedding - both parties were so friendly, approachable and super helpful. They really made it such a fun experience planning the wedding, and were so lovely answering all our questions and bending over backwards for all our requests! Food on the day was also delicious! I wish I could relive the whole day again! Thanks, Brad and Faye x
Anonymous Sent on 11/08/2015
5 out of 5 rating

Thank you

We would both like to say a very big thank you to yourself for all the help and preperations for our very special wedding day at the old parish rooms. We will of course recommend the old parish rooms to anyone interested in hiring a venue for an event.
Mary Sent on 16/03/2015
5 out of 5 rating

Perfect !

Our daughter's wedding reception was held at the Old Parish Rooms, the whole day was perfect, the venue is stunning, the food was wonderful and the organisers were so helpful when planning all the details.
Anne Sent on 10/03/2015
5 out of 5 rating

Our perfect day!

I always wanted a simple, elegant and classy wedding and this venue made it exactly what I wanted it to be. It was (no pun intended) the icing on the cake. The fact it is a town-based venue meant that it was easy for our guests, and it's picturesque so photo opportunities are aplenty! The venue manager helped us from start to finish, took genuine interest in our taste and needs, and the service we received from them was second to none. I couldn't recommend this place highly enough - it took people's breath away as they came in, and every photo is gorgeous. The catering options are great too - it was literally our perfect day. Thank you so much Old Parish Rooms! xxxx
Hannah Sent on 30/12/2014
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Thank you all so much for a truly amazing wedding last week. All our guests have commented on the beautiful and unusual space, the fabulous food and the service from start to finish. It couldn't have gone better, thank you!!
Jade Sent on 18/10/2014
5 out of 5 rating

Fantastic party

From start to finish we were astounded by the level of service from everyone associated with The Old Parish Rooms. Organising our event was an absolute joy and our guests still comment on the bespoke venue and quality of food. We hired the venue to celebrate our daughters birthday and our menu was tailored to our guests requirements. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend The Old Parish Rooms for anyone looking to arrange a hassle free event that guests will certainly remember.
Heidi Sent on 30/09/2014
5 out of 5 rating

Couldn't have wished for more

Thank you so much. We had the most amazing time and you looked after us so well. We felt so at home and everyone that came loved the venue.

Stefan and the team were fantastic. Couldn't have asked for more and everyone commented on the food and how gorgeous it was.

It was our dream day and couldn't have been more perfect.
Sam Sent on 05/07/2014
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One of a kind

This place grabbed my attention the moment I first saw it and we weren't disappointed. Thank you so much to Laura and especially to Stefan and his team for all their hard work making our day so special and just how we wanted it.
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