Why wait? Your perfect wedding could be just months away.

If you just can’t wait for wedded bliss to start, there’s still plenty of time to arrange a fantastic wedding in 2017.

If you are organised and stick to your guns it is totally possible to sort out your big day in less than six months, with a little help from your friends.

Strange as it may seem, the first order of business should be THE DRESS. As fans of Yes to the Dress will tell you, it can be months between choosing the outfit of your dreams and the date it is ready to pick up.

Choose your friends wisely for your visit to the bridal shops. You won’t have time to dither and come back at a later date. Stick with a few people whose opinion you really respect, but most importantly go with your gut feeling, after all you will be the one walking down the aisle.

Work out your budget early on. There’s always a danger when we do things in a rush that we don’t keep an eye on the finances. With any wedding there are bound to be last minute expenses, so keep some aside for any eventuality and if you don’t need it, that is more money for your honeymoon!

Of course, one very important thing is to fix a date.   If you have a dream venue, such as Wivenhoe House, then you will have to work around the availability, but if you are have a particular date in mind, it may take a bit more work to find a venue that suits.

For short notice weddings, your family and friends may find it easier if you choose a weekend date as they may have already booked all their leave from work for the year. The sooner you let everyone know the date the better.

Hotels with dedicated wedding planners will pull out all the stops to help you create the perfect day and can help you work with their preferred suppliers to ensure you achieve everything you want in a short space of time.

Call on your friends to share the workload, even if it’s as basic a task as writing out the invites.   And, of course, every job is much more pleasurable over a glass (or two) of wine.

We have some late availbility dates for Summer 2017 including weekend availability. For more information on our £4999 late availability offer visit our wedding pages



find us, however you travel
By car:

Whether approaching Wivenhoe House from London and the South or Ipswich and the North via the A12, take the exit marked Colchester (A133). Follow the A133 towards Clacton, ignore the entrance to the Knowledge Gateway, continue along the A133 then take the B1028 for Wivenhoe before turning right into Boundary Road, then right again into Park Road. The entrance for Wivenhoe House is shared with the University of Essex but Park Road leads you through Wivenhoe Park and you will be able to see the glorious house from the road.

For Sat Nav please use CO4 3FA.

Download our PDF Map

By train:

Colchester station, Colchester Town station, Wivenhoe station and Hythe stations are all between 10-15 minutes from Wivenhoe House by car. Trains run between London (Liverpool Street) and Colchester station every 10-20 minutes. The journey takes around an hour. Also connect with Colchester from Norwich, Ipswich, Felixstowe & Harwich. Some trains from London (Liverpool Street) also stop at Wivenhoe Station. When travelling from the Clacton/Walton direction, alight at Wivenhoe or Hythe Stations.

By plane:

Stansted airport is approximately 45 minutes from Wivenhoe House by car. Helicopter pad coordinates are 603200/223900.