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On since 2022

Last update: July 2023

Wivenhoe House is an 18th-Century wedding venue nestled in the beautiful countryside in Colchester, Essex. The country house hotel creates the perfect backdrop for your wedding and is set in the most idyllic locations. Host your milestone occasion here among your nearest and dearest for a magical event to remember.

Facilities and Capacity

Wivenhoe House is licensed for civil ceremonies and has an outdoor Gazebo overlooking the breathtaking grounds. Wed surrounded by nature and tranquillity or enjoy an indoor celebration with up to 250 evening guests. You are welcome to hire the Garden Suite for your ceremony, wedding breakfast and reception for an all-in-one celebration without the added stress of multiple locations. You and your beloved are welcome to choose between the unique suites available, and family and friends can opt for one of the 40 luxury bedrooms on-site.

Services Offered

The team at Wivenhoe House goes above and beyond to produce the event of your dreams. The group believes that your day should not be shared, so operate a one wedding per day policy so that you receive the undivided attention of the professionals. The venue offers all-inclusive packages featuring three-course wedding breakfasts, a choice of items for the evening finger buffet, and Bucks Fizz or Pimms for the drinks reception. The venue's in-house chef creates delicious menus, and prosecco is provided for the toast. You have access to the venue for pre and post-wedding photos, ensuring you get the perfect shot before going home. The venue also offers event rentals, including white linens, cutlery, crockery, glassware, and a cake knife, giving you one less thing to worry about.

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Frequently asked questions

Venue type:

In the country
Small hotel
Stately home
Outdoor license

Ceremony options:

Civil ceremony licence

Dining options:

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

Evening entertainment:

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

Overnight accommodation:

Overnight accommodation for wedding couple
Overnight accommodation for guests

Venue staff assistance:

Wedding coordinator

Venue leisure facilities:


Other features:

Exclusive use
Accessible facilities
Car parking
Confetti permitted
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Reviews for Wivenhoe House

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Kimberley J. Sent on 16/02/2023
5 out of 5 rating

the best day of our lives

we had a summer wedding July 2022. we had a garden ceremony.

from the day of enquiry to the day of the wedding, the team were fantastic, nothing was a problem, they were so willing to arrange, or sort out everytging.
We originally booked during covid but dates were moved due to health reasons, the team were more than happy to assist
they are great for advice and guidance for recommendations of suppliers that are loyal to them and reasonably priced also.

they were especially kind to my father who is in a wheelchair paralysed, Lionel one of the management team made sure a member of staff was always on hand helping him, to make the day as stress free for both of my parents, from the day before when they arrived to the moment they left with their luggage.
Lionel also organised the party of 20+ guests (including children) staying the night before the wedding the marquee for us all to have our evening meal together next to the restaurant, which was so kind.

the groom and i got ready separately in different areas of the hotel. i had a bridal team of 10 as did he, the wivenhoe team, were there continuously helping assisting and asking if we needed anything,

i had a particular set up of my décor for my tables, sweet cart etc, and lisa the events manager knew exactly my style and had it done perfectly. she was there early before she was expected helping and organising going above and beyond what she was needed to do, to make our day perfect.

the food was amazing, we had cocktails, canapes, wedding breakfast and the evening buffet, everyone was impressed with the high standard of food and service. (especially the guests who had special dietary requirements, who were very well looked after and felt like VIP’s)

lisa was a rock to us she was always there wherever i needed her, and she made our day flawless and perfect!

the reception team, were a great help, we had 20 rooms booked in the end, and i was constantly emailing for adding more and having a spreadsheet of who has booked etc.

the management team and the staff are wonderful
if we could afford it we would do it all over again a heartbeat! Was the happiest day of our lives, never stopped smiling or laughing x
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Mr And M. Sent on 22/10/2020
5 out of 5 rating

Excellent experience, on our wedding day ,although is covid wedding we love most of it .

I enjoyed most of it my wedding coordinator done well as well with all staff, room are clean decoration was lovely ,stunning areas ,food for my wedding breakfast is delicious all our guest ? love it ,we look after properly I highly recommend Wivenhoe house for wedding .
Cunmins Sent on 11/01/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Dream come true

Our wedding at wivenhoe house was everything we dreamed of!. The setting is beautiful and our wedding coordinator lisa, was just perfect. Price was very reasonable too! Amazing food and service :)
Mrs L. Sent on 12/01/2023
5 out of 5 rating

The wivenhoe house hotel, colchester

The Wivenhoe House Hotel, Colchester.
The whole experience from beginning to end was faultless.
Perfect day.
Jasmine M. Sent on 30/09/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Couldn’t be any better if they tried

The wedding couldn’t have gone anymore amazing thanks to the team at Wivenhoe house. We was meant to get married in 2020, then 2021 and finally managed 2022. This was with massive support from the team also. The day went so amazing as they all went above and beyond for us.
Lindsey H. Sent on 22/10/2020
5 out of 5 rating

Winter wedding

We got married nearly a year ago now 1/11/2019.
Wivenhoe house is truest beautiful and it I feel should be higher on people’s list for a wedding venue. The house is beautiful and I loved my wedding day. Katie was perfect as a planner and listened to us completely even my husbands idea of llamas!! Which we didn’t follow through with. The price was amazing for what we got included!!
The food was so great!! Especially the pudding and the evening buffet was the best I’d seen for the amount and selection. Would highly recommend the sliders. Overall I would give 10/10.
Jade Sent on 15/08/2017
5 out of 5 rating

Perfect day

My husband and I got married here on the 30th June. We honestly couldn't have picked a better venue. We first visited this venue on a wedding open evening that they had, and it was incredibly busy. Yet, there was a member of staff on hand that could help and attend any questions/queries that we had. I'd spent a year planning our wedding, mainly with Katie Ballard. Her help and knowledge of wedding planning really was second to none. I'd never planned a wedding before so all of her help and guidance was very much appreciated. I had many visits to WHH throughout the year and each member of staff honestly couldn't do more for you. We did a menu tasting for our wedding day and was assisted by Ellie in the Brasserie. Her knowledge on all of the food options available was very impressive. The food was outstanding, we had 3 courses and 4 different dishes and each one was cooked and served to perfection. It's safe to say that Our wedding day was more than I could ever had imagined. It truly was perfect in every way and ran incredibly smoothly. Our guests also found the staff to be incredibly helpful and attentive, as they were helped with luggage, and allowing a few guests into their rooms a little earlier. I honestly couldn't recommend this venue enough. The house and grounds are breathtaking. And the staff are truly what make it the most wonderful, memorable experience.
Jackie Sent on 15/08/2017
5 out of 5 rating

Wedding Reception

Thank you so much for all your help in arranging our beautiful wedding reception. Everybody loved the day and we’re very impressed with your staff. They were attentive and approachable. We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Wivenhoe House to friends and family. We couldn’t be happier. The food was beautiful. We wish you all the best and thank you for all your patience. Hope to see you all again in the future.
Karen Sent on 26/09/2016
5 out of 5 rating


We booked Wivenhoe house bout a year before the wedding, we had amazing service from start to finish! Louise was responsive to all emails and incredibly helpful in sorting out all of the final details.

The day ran incredibly smoothly, all of the staff were fantastic.
Lisa Sent on 01/02/2016
5 out of 5 rating

Wedding Review

Ian and I would like to thank you and all the staff for making our day a fairy tale come true. It was an amazing day and everything was fantastic. Wivenhoe House is the most Beautiful place anyone could ever dream of and everyone worked so hard to make our day truly the best day of our lives.
Lisa Sent on 01/02/2016
5 out of 5 rating

Wedding Review

Thank you for your kind comments we had an amazing day ... As I keep telling people best day ever !

I would like to say thank you to the staff on the day especially yourself and the operational manager who I must say was phenomenal with a can do attitude that nothing we asked was to much trouble .
Debra Sent on 01/02/2016
5 out of 5 rating

Wedding Review

We had the most amazing day, from start to finish. Your staff are simply some of the best I have come across in all the years I've been staying at hotels. The brasserie for lunch when we arrived, drinks in the evening with my cousins, breakfast on Saturday morning, all the wedding set up and beyond - all the staff were just fabulous. Friendly, helpful and welcoming. The stand-outs for me personally were the young lady who helped Irene and myself before you arrived - I can't remember her name but she's from the North East with dark hair. She was also around on Sunday morning. I did make a point of thanking her but please let your management staff know how much I appreciated her calmness and "can do" attitude. The other person worth a specific mention is Lionel. He was just fabulous, very calm, organised and practical with a great sense of humour. We couldn't have asked for better.
Tim Sent on 01/02/2016
5 out of 5 rating

Wedding Review

A big thank you from myself and Paul. We had such a wonderful day, so a big thank you for being so attentive and looking after us on the day, you were brilliant!!! it all went off without a single hitch and everyone has commented on how beautiful the venue was, the staff being so friendly, kind, attentive and professional and also the food, which was excellent. We were thrilled with everything!

Many many thanks again! We can’t be more pleased!
Jasmine Sent on 01/02/2016
5 out of 5 rating

Wedding Review

Thank you to you and your team for making our wedding day go so smoothly – we were really impressed by the professional attentiveness of the staff involved on the day, and of course all the hard work you put in on the run up. We both had a lovely day
Karen Sent on 21/11/2014
5 out of 5 rating
We wanted a smaller, more intimate wedding and were not sure we could find the perfect venue. We decided to look at Wivenhoe House as my husband attended Uni here and I grew up in a nearby village. The staff were amazing, very helpful with all the planning and communication was excellent. We were able to get everything we wanted to the venue early. Also we were able to arrange a pre visit with our photographer who came from out of the area. We were able to show him our room and all hotel areas which helped him get ideas for some amazing photos. We stayed the night before, our suite was palatial. On the day, guests arrived as did hair/make up/photographer and everyone was escorted to the right place at the right time. The ceremony, drinks reception and meal were equally seamless and the food was amazing. Again the service was fantastic. Many of us stayed overnight. We like to think we are well traveled and have experienced all different grades of hotels and venues. Everyone commented on the hotel and said, "what a great find". I'm sure we all think our wedding day was perfect. Ours was too with thanks to the staff and the setting at Wivenhoe House. I would really recommend the venue, it was stunning.
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