Venue focus – Layer Marney Towers


Each month we highlight one of the beautiful venues we have worked at or particularly love, in and around East Anglia

Layer Marney Towers Colchester, Essex 

I’ve worked at Layer Marney Towers a number of occasions and each time the design of the wedding has been dramatically different. I think this venue is incredibly versatile and I love working here.


Layer Marney Tower was built between 1515 and 1525 and is the tallest Tudor Gatehouse in the country. Henry 1st Lord Marney was Henry VIII’s Lord Privy Seal and he built himself a house which was, he thought, magnificent enough for a person of his position. 

Corsellis Room – ceremonies can take place here between 10a.m – 1p.m, a later ceremony can take place provided the reception is booked at Layer Marney. This room is located on the first floor of the tower and can accommodate 120 people, this can be reached by stairs or list for the less able guests. 

Long Gallery – the reception takes place here, beautiful wood panelling around the room with a huge log fire in middle of room, this can be used when it is winter. The beaming is gorgeous and the floor well looked after, in fact every night after a function the room is cleared and floors polished. Can accommodate 140 people seated and 180 for stand up buffet and dancing.  The catering is handled via Bouquet Garni who have many years experience working at Layer Marney. There is a large entrance hall with a gallery, from here guests can sit away from the noise but still see what is happening in main room. 

With their compliments – you have complimentary use of The Maythorn,  their chauffeur driven 1931 Rolls Royce + use of the Bridal Suite, a luxurious apartment for your wedding, from 1pm on the day of your wedding reception through to 11am the following day.



Picture Credits: Maythorn Car – PK PhotoVideo , The Tower – Layer Marney Towers

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