Unique wedding venue with accommodation in Essex


Your dream rustic country wedding reception is waiting for you at The Chichester Hotel – a historic barn wedding venue and hotel in Wickford, Essex. Our dedicated wedding planners will help you fulfil your heart’s desires. We have a selection of private rooms available for ceremonies and receptions for up to 140 guests – so whether it is an intimate family celebration, same sex wedding or civil partnership, we have the perfect room for you.

Our rustic Essex Barn is a traditional style converted barn wedding venue with high vaulted and oak beamed ceilings. The Chichester Suite has beautifully restored Tudor beams, which really add character to the space. Both function rooms for hire have their own entrance separate from the hotel reception, and each have their own bar for a private wedding experience. Our team of event chefs know exactly what food and drink works well for weddings; from delicious canapés and sparkling wines to a sumptuous buffet to keep your guests dancing all night long. Our Bridal Suite is available for you to relax in prior to the big day, and also for a peaceful first night as a married couple. With other guest bedrooms on-site, your friends and family are welcome to stay with us too.

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Ceremony licensed wedding venue in Wickford

Our picturesque wedding spaces are nestled in the hotel’s estate, and their rustic wooden beams set the scene for beautiful intimate civil ceremonies and partnerships. Both the Essex Barn and the Chichester Suite are licensed to hold civil marriage and partnership ceremonies with Castle Point Registry Office who will handle your registrar booking (fee payable directly to them).

The Chichester Hotel is a preferred wedding destination in Essex that can provide both suitable event space and in-house catering for:

  • Engagement parties
  • Smaller receptions and intimate weddings
  • Wedding ceremonies and wedding receptions
  • Civil ceremonies and same-sex wedding parties
  • Twighlight Weddings
  • The Essex Barn

The Essex Barn is one of our smaller unique wedding function rooms and can hold intimate wedding receptions, same sex wedding ceremonies or any other private parties for up to 70 guests for Wedding Breakfast and up to 100 for Evening guests.


The Chichester Suite

The Chichester Suite provides a magnificent backdrop for private and family events, with imposing oak beams and many other historic features that have been carefully restored. It makes a splendid venue for civil partnership ceremonies, wedding receptions and other private parties for up to 150 for a sit down meal and up to 200 for an evening party.


Wedding food & drink

Food is our passion and our experienced wedding planners are ready to guide you through your big day. We believe the food and drink at your wedding should be as impressive as the dress or decorations which is why we will work hand in hand with you to create a tailored menu that reflects you, your guests and the overall feel of your wedding.

Gemma and Ben

Can honestly not thank The Chichester Hotel enough for providing us with the most perfect wedding day! Everything they did was fantastic, attention to detail was fab. The food was absolutely amazing, hot & lots of it! Your staff are a credit to you. Nothing was too much for them at all. Thanks so much again!!

Mr & Mrs Bimson

Thank you so much for our fantastic wedding. It all went to plan – the barn for the ceremony and the wedding breakfast looked magical. I had total confidence in you to ensure everything went to plan and I was not disappointed. The wedding breakfast consisted of wonderful food and the staff who delivered it were professional and helpful, as were the bar staff. My thanks as well to the manager on duty, who checked in to see all was well with the food, and worked around us with the evening buffet. Our guests and I stayed overnight and the rooms were excellent, so thank you for our day that far exceeded my expectations.

The Chichester Hotel is a unique rustic wedding venue that has previously hosted local wedding receptions and ceremonies for couples coming from across the whole county of Essex, but especially from the following areas: Basildon, Rayleigh, Wickford, Rawreth, Chelmsford, South Woodham Ferrers, Battlesbridge, Billericay, Southend-on-Sea, Brentwood and Canvey Island.