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Our stunning 14th century hotel is one of the most romantic settings that you could choose for your wedding celebrations.

With history and heart in every beam, and a ‘secret garden’ for those all-important wedding day photographs.

Where better to begin married life than an award-winning wedding venue? The Rose and Crown Hotel Colchester is a five-time WeddingDates venue winner and has been licensed for marriages since 1996.


(£50 per person for additional guests up to 160)

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You’ll be in the safe hands of our expert wedding team, who have worked on over 300 weddings in the last 10 years alone.

We take the stress out of the planning process, ensuring that when your wedding day rolls around, you get to enjoy it as much as your guests.

Join us for a personal tour and we’ll share our top wedding tips and answer any questions that you may have.

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WeddingDates Award Winner


Watch our wedding video to see what can be achieved with the help of some of our preferred suppliers.

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Emma and Darren

The staff were all so lovely and it was clear they went above and beyond to ensure our day was as perfect as it could be. Many thanks to Kat and Sue for all the effort they put in to making it a wonderful day to remember.

Emma & Darren, October 2021
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You’ll be able to choose from three beautiful suites for your wedding ceremony, accommodating 30 to 100 guests. This makes us ideal if you’re looking for a large or intimate wedding venue in Colchester.

A wedding ceremony at The Rose and Crown Hotel Colchester offers the chance to tie the knot surrounded by centuries of history, with all the beautiful character details that make for stunning photos. You’ll do well to find a more romantic setting for your big day.

We’ve been a licensed wedding venue in Colchester since 1996, giving you the convenient option of holding your marriage ceremony and reception in the same wedding venue.

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Just five minutes from Colchester train station, and with 39 guest rooms on site, The Rose and Crown Hotel is one of the most convenient wedding venues Colchester has to offer.

Our 14th century hotel is a truly unique and enchanting place for you to begin your married life together.

Our Rose Suite seats up to 80 guests for your wedding breakfast and can cater for up to 100 guests for an informal evening reception.

Self-contained with its own entrance, toilets, dance floor and private bar. Or open the partition doors to encompass The Oak Room for our largest banqueting suite, seating up to 160 guests for your wedding breakfast and evening do.

Or if you’re looking for small wedding venues in Colchester, our intimate Prison Wine Bar is the perfect choice.

At the back of the hotel is our ‘secret garden’ with a jasmine covered arbour – the perfect backdrop for your wedding photographs and a great place for you and your guests to escape for some fresh air.

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Wedding breakfasts are held in the same suite as your wedding reception, accommodating 20 to 160 guests.

Your wedding breakfast will be created by our talented team of chefs using fresh, locally sourced produce where possible.

We’ll bring you in for a tasting before the big day and work with you to ensure that any dietary requirements and special requests are all taken care of.

Download our brochure if you’d like to see what’s included on our wedding menus.

Our menus are just a starting point. If there’s something that you would like for your wedding breakfast then we’re very flexible.

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For the newlyweds we reserve our most luxurious four poster rooms as a complimentary part of all of our wedding packages.

Whilst every room is unique at The Rose and Crown Hotel Colchester, all of our four poster rooms share their stunning original oak beams with all of the luxuries that a perfect honeymoon suite should provide.

We also have 39 unique bedrooms available for friends and family joining you for your big day. All available at a discounted rate.

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Choose how you’d like to plan your special day with us:

1 – Choose our all-inclusive Wedding Bliss package
Includes everything you need for your special day, with prices starting from £2,999 for 60 guests (£50 per person for additional guests up to 160). Learn about our Wedding Bliss package.

2 – Create your own dream wedding day
Pick one of our wedding breakfast packages, then choose your own ceremony and evening reception options. We’ll tailor any of these packages to suit your individual needs, it’s your wedding day after all.

Download our brochure if you’d like to find out more about our wedding breakfast packages and prices.

All of our wedding breakfast packages include a red carpet arrival, welcome drink for all your guests, use of a silver cake stand and knife, wine with dinner and a glass of something bubbly for the toasts.

Reception room hire is also included, as is a complimentary stay for the newlyweds in our best hotel room.



Drinks reception – Glass of wine or orange juice
Wedding breakfast – Three course set meal with tea/coffee
Wine – Two glasses per person with meal
Toast – A glass of sparkling wine

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Drinks reception – Glass of Kir Royale/ bucks fizz/ orange juice
Wedding breakfast – Four course set meal with tea/coffee
Wine – Two glasses per person with meal
Toast – A glass of sparkling wine
Little extras – White Lycra chair covers, anniversary stay with breakfast

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Drinks reception – Champagne cocktail or fruit punch
Wedding breakfast – Four course set meal with tea/coffee
Wine – Three glasses per person with meal
Toast – A glass of champagne
Little extras – White Lycra chair covers, anniversary stay with breakfast, canapés, table menus, bed and breakfast for two guests sharing a room

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If you’re looking to get married from 27th – 30th December then our Winter Wedding Package is not to be missed.

Prices start from just £3,999, based on 60 day guests and includes use of the civil ceremony room, a three course wedding breakfast, evening buffet and dancing until the clock strikes 12.

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Hannah and Gavin

We couldn’t have been happier!

Our booking was efficiently organised by Sue and nothing was too much trouble.

On the day Kay was absolutely amazing! She was the epitome of professionalism and thoughtfulness.

Mario in the main bar and the rest of the team in the evening were all courteous, professional and extremely helpful.

We are so happy that we chose this venue for our special day and couldn’t recommend it enough! Secret little gem in Colchester.

Hannah & Gavin, January 2022
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Come and see why we keep getting voted as one of the best wedding venues Colchester has to offer.

Simply choose a day and time from the calendar below that is convenient for you to join us for a one hour guided tour with a member of our wedding team.

We’ve hosted hundreds of weddings, so during the show-around we’ll share some of the things that we’ve learnt along the way and give you some ideas about how to make the best use of the space.



Rose and Crown Wedding Brochure
Rose and Crown Wedding Brochure

If you’re looking for an award-winning wedding venue in Colchester, with an award-winning wedding team, The Rose and Crown Hotel is the perfect choice. We’re here to help you create your dream wedding.


Best Western The Rose and Crown Hotel
East Street, Colchester,
Essex, CO1 2TZ

We’re located just outside Colchester town centre, five miles from Colchester Zoo and a 15 minute walk from Colchester Castle.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do we have to pay any room hire for our wedding?
If you book a wedding package at The Rose and Crown Hotel Colchester, the room hire is included. Otherwise the cost depends on the day of week and time of year.

Do you ever hold more than one wedding per day?
No. You are guaranteed to be our only wedding on the day and can expect our full attention on your special day.

Do you allow outside caterers?
The Rose and Crown Hotel Colchester will only allow catering provided by its own chef and cannot allow any outside catering either from professional caterers or family members.

Can we bring our own wine and champagne to the wedding breakfast or reception?

What time does the wedding reception have to finish?
All wedding parties will finish at 12am latest. However, any wedding guests staying in the hotel will be able to purchase drinks from our bar after this time.

Can we provide our own entertainment?
Yes. We’d be happy to recommend some excellent entertainment options for you who we’ve worked with previously. If you choose your own, you’ll need to complete relevant health and safety forms and provide PAT testing/insurance documentation.

Can wedding parties be on different board basis?
Wedding guests would usually all be staying bed & breakfast.

Can we bring our own recorded music? if yes, which devices can be used?
Yes, we can accommodate various devices such as CDs, iPod, phones etc. Please speak to us in advance so that we can check and confirm.

When do you need to know final wedding guest numbers?
Please confirm this with us at least one month before your wedding day.

When does the deposit need to be paid?
£400 needs to be paid two weeks after holding your wedding date. Then a further £600 needs to be paid four months before your wedding.

When does the full balance need to be paid?
The full balance for your wedding needs to be paid one month before your wedding day.

What days can I get married at the hotel?
You can hold your wedding at The Rose and Crown Colchester on any day of the week.

How many people can you sit in the marriage ceremony?
Our wedding ceremonies can accommodate up to 100 guests.

What time can you have the marriage ceremony?
Your wedding ceremony can take place at any time.

I want to supply my own chair covers and table decorations, is this possible?

Am I allowed to bring in additional services such as sweet cart, photo booth, casino tables for the evening etc?
Yes. You’ll need to complete relevant health and safety forms and provide insurance documentation.

Can my photographer visit the venue prior to the wedding day?
Yes, this is a great idea so that they can become familiar with the hotel if they’ve not photographed here before. Please ask them to contact us in advance so that we can give them the time and attention they need for their visit.

Are there any discounts for my guests staying at the hotel?
Yes, we offer a preferential room rate for all your wedding guests. Please get in touch for more details.

When can my guests book their accommodation?
Your wedding guests can book as soon as your wedding day is booked.

Can we hire out the whole hotel exclusively?
Yes, more or less. The only area of the hotel that can’t be booked exclusively is the Tudor Bar Brasserie, as this is always open to the public.

Is there plenty of parking for my guests?
We have 35 parking spaces in our hotel. There is a public car park just behind the hotel, plus other parking within walking distance. You’ll also enjoy great public transport links as we’re close to Colchester town centre. Feel free to ask us about this, we’ll be happy to give you some recommendations.

Does the venue allow confetti to be thrown?

Are lit candles allowed in the venue?
Yes, candles are fine to use at your wedding.

Do you have access for disabled guests?

Can we set up the day before?
We always try to accommodate this request, but you’ll need to check closer to your wedding date as we may have another function the day before.