Essex is a county of two halves, with peaceful, period villages in beautiful countryside in the north of the country as it borders Suffolk and Cambridgeshire and a vibrant, glamourous persona as you head south towards the M25 and the Thames estuary, captured so well in a certain, famous reality TV show.
As a county, Essex can cater for the largest range and diversity of wedding ideas and concepts and there are certainly plenty of venues used to catering for the needs and whims of the rich and famous.
The area just north of the M25 offers easy access from central London by train and the London Underground (Central Line) with some surprisingly unspoilt and beautiful countryside peppered with luxury hotels and manor houses. Home to London Stansted airport, Essex has excellent air, road and rail links from London and heading north and west, with easy access from all parts of the country.
If you have your heart set on a quieter wedding then journey north to the pretty villages that border Hertfordshire and Cambridgeshire with their classic hallmark white weatherboarding and pale plaster houses. Attractive small towns like Saffron Walden are very popular although Epping, in south- west Essex and handily located at the end of the central line, was recently voted the second-best small town in the whole of the UK. The accessible location and beautiful countryside seemed to sway the judges and of course Epping sits at the north end of the famous forest after which it takes its name.
Epping Forest was once the playground of Tudor Kings and is an ancient medieval woodland 2,400 hectares in size stretching from Epping right down to Greater London. Now a destination for modern day relaxation and leisure pursuits, Epping Forest can make a fantastic backdrop for a stylish wedding with plenty of approved venues and accommodation situated in and around the forest.
A seaside wedding is an option as Essex is a coastal county bordering the North Sea with three deep estuaries and major peninsulas each named after the Hundred found on the peninsula, Tendring between the Stour and the Colne, Dengie between the Blackwater and the Crouch and Rochford between the Crouch and the River Thames.
Plan your special occasion in one of the peaceful waterside locations around the Hundreds or vibe it up at Southend-on-Sea, a major resort with everything you would expect from Essex by the sea - Southend even has its own airport.
Whatever you have planned, Essex will be able to breathe life into your dreams and then some. With excellent transport links and such close proximity to London, Essex is enduringly popular as a stylish and green backdrop for weddings and special occasions and there is plenty of choice when it comes to venues.