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6 Reasons to Host an Outdoor Wedding at Braxted Park

Inspiration - 07.05.19

What’s not to love about outdoor weddings in the summertime? The secret to al fresco wedding success lies in finding the perfect marriage of exquisite gardens and beautiful indoor spaces that welcome the outside in, should the weather turn.

At Braxted Park in Essex, we host stunning outdoor ceremonies and wonderful cocktail receptions on the lawn, and if it does decide to rain, we have plenty of beautiful indoor spaces to choose from too.

Here are six reasons to choose Braxted Park for your outdoor wedding.

1. Say ‘I Do’ in the walled garden

The idyllic Walled Garden at Braxted Park invites you to experience the most magical wedding ceremony, complete with year-round floral interest. It is a real treat for the senses.

With your guests seated on the lawn, exchange your vows to the babble of fountains and the sound of birdsong, the scent of summer roses and the sight of beautiful, rambling foliage.

Tip – every ceremony deserves a fabulous aisle. You might decide to line your aisle with rose petals, add a colourful runner or even personalise it with a bespoke monogram.

2. Host an Outdoor Drinks Reception

Serve Champagne, cocktails and summer canapés in the gardens. And if it’s not quite warm enough for an outdoor ceremony, we’re sure guests will still enjoy a glass of fizz while strolling across the lawns during your wedding reception. Fountains, sculptures and hidden corners make it the perfect space for guests to mingle and soak up the atmosphere.

3. Play Games in the Great Outdoors

There’s nothing quite like an outdoor game or two to bring a quintessential English country wedding to life, whether you’re planning croquet on the lawn or enjoying a little competition over a coconut shy. With wonderful surprises at every turn, the Walled Garden also lends itself perfectly to vibrant music and dancing.

4. Embrace the Beautiful gardens and grounds

Whatever the time of year, we hope you will incorporate the gardens and grounds on your wedding day, bringing the surrounding colours into your chosen colour scheme and wedding flowers. The garden holds glorious surprises in store throughout the year, from its abundant colours and scents in the spring and summer months to rich hues in the autumn and its romantic winter scenery.

While the gardens at Braxted Park are likely to be in full bloom for fair-weather outdoor celebrations, consider introducing additional floral designs to the ceremony area if your budget allows. You might choose pedestal arrangements at the front of the wedding aisle or decide to have pretty pew-end decorations. Whatever your choice, remember that flowers used during your outdoor ceremony can easily be used again during your wedding breakfast. Pew ends make great table decorations!

5. Incredible wedding photographs

Following your outdoor wedding ceremony, make the most of the beautiful gardens at Braxted Park by taking a stroll with your photographer to capture some perfect ‘just you two’ moments.

The gardens and surrounding countryside provide the perfect backdrop for your photographs, with the natural light in warmer months making for idyllic, bright and joyful pictures.

Tip – consider slipping away a little later on your wedding day for a few golden hour photographs on the grounds. We guarantee you won’t be disappointed.

6. Enjoy your day… whatever the weather

Of course, as Braxted Park is exclusively yours, if it decides to rain, you’ll have a number of stunning indoor spaces to choose from. So why not marry in front of the magnificent arched windows in the Orangery and dine and dance the night away in the Pavilion, surrounded by glorious gardens at every turn?

When it comes to the ever-unpredictable English weather, it’s always a good idea to prepare for all eventualities. For example, umbrellas could make the difference between staying outside until it passes and feeling like you need to escape indoors. Equally, if it’s an exceptionally hot day, offer parasols to shade your guests from the sun or print your Orders of Service on paper fans.

Tip – make sure your hairdresser and make-up artist know you’re planning an outdoor ceremony so they can bear this in mind when adding finishing touches and adapt to suit the weather on the day.

If you have yet to visit Braxted Park, we would love to show you all we have to offer. Simply call our friendly team on 01621 770855 or contact us online.


If the beauty of Braxted Park has planted a seed in your heart, then simply fill in your details below, and we will be happy to email you our brochure or arrange your personal visit. Alternatively phone us on 01621 770855 and one of our friendly wedding team can tell you more about how this magnificent venue could become distinctively yours.