Award-winning wedding venue in Essex with accommodation


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

We’re delighted to have been voted as the WeddingDates ‘Top Rated Regional Winner’ for the East of England in 2019. So if you’re looking for places to get married in Colchester, we’re not only one of the best wedding venues in Colchester or Essex, we’re currently the best in the East of England!

Recognised not only for our unique heritage building, but also on the strength of our staff to make your dream day a success. 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.

We understand that weddings are about feelings, not words, so we would highly recommend booking an appointment for a viewing. We’ll show you around the hotel, share our top wedding tips, and answer any questions that you may have. Or if you  just want to poke your head through the door and have an informal chat, that’s also fine.

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Wedding Reception Venue Colchester

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 location for your ascent into married life.

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 the wedding breakfast and evening.

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 a ‘secret garden’ with a jasmine-covered arbour – the perfect backdrop for your wedding photos and a great place for you and your guests to escape for some fresh air.

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Your Ceremony

You’ll be able to choose from three beautiful suites for your wedding ceremony, accommodating 30 to 80 guests. This makes us ideal if you’re looking for an 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. We can’t think of 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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WEDDING NOW….PARTY LATER WITH 10% OFF!

Have you thought about holding your intimate wedding with 15 guests now, then having a big wedding party to celebrate when Covid-19 restrictions have relaxed? A wedding party would be a lovely way to celebrate your first wedding anniversary with everyone from your original guest list.

If you hold your intimate ‘wedding for 15 guests’ at The Rose and Crown Hotel, we’ll give you 10% off your big wedding celebration party. Your wedding party must be held within 18 months of your wedding date with a minimum of 50 guests. Wedding party can include wedding breakfast and/or evening reception and does not include ‘extras’.

This offer is subject to availability and Covid-19 restrictions at the time of the wedding and reception party. Can only be used in conjunction with our ‘Intimate Wedding Package’.

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Wedding Breakfast

Wedding breakfasts are held in the same suites as your wedding reception, able to accommodate 20 to 160 guests.

Your wedding breakfast will be created by our talented team of chefs using fresh, locally sourced produce where possible and catering for all dietary requirements. 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.

And 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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Rooms

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, 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 rooms available for friends and family joining you for your big day, all available at a discounted rate. When your guests see our hotel, they’ll be delighted that you chose to host your Colchester wedding with us.

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Wedding Packages


You’ll be able to choose from three wedding package tiers, plus a special package if you’re looking for a winter wedding.

We offer a wedding package for 15 guests for £999, ideal with the current government restrictions in place. And we’ll tailor any of our wedding packages to suit your individual needs, just get in touch and talk to us about your requirements. It’s your wedding day after all.

All of our wedding 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.

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 have your dream wedding.

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Come and see why we keep getting voted as one of the best wedding venues Colchester has to offer.


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, 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 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?
No

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 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?
Yes

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 50 parking spaces in our hotel. There is other parking available within walking distance of the hotel, plus 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?
Yes

Are lit candles allowed in the venue?
Yes

Do you have access for disabled guests?
Yes

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.

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