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Our Wedding Venue Open Day Is A Date For Your Diary!

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As the summer season sets in, so too does that wonderful wedding buzz. Here at Marygreen Manor, we simply adore the glow of an excited bride, the jovial behavior between a groom and his groomsmen. We love watching couples say “I do”, dedicating their lives to one another and celebrating all that it entails with their nearest and dearest. While the wedding day is indeed an important day, and one to be remembered no less, there’s one day that the staff of Marygreen Manor love even more than a wedding and that’s our wedding open days. The air of excitement that takes over our manor house from not just one, but a multitude of excited couples is quite simply heart warming. There’s nothing so beautiful as a newly engaged couple envisioning their day together. With this in mind, we’d like to ask you to put a date in your diary for our next wedding venue open day!

On Saturday 30th September, we’ll be opening our doors for all newly engaged (and not so newly engaged) couples up and down the country. You’ll get to see our full facilities in all their glory, set for the wedding of your dreams from 10am until 4pm. We’ll be offering canapés, Champagne and unbridled viewing of everywhere from our bridal suites to our ceremony halls. You’ll also be privy to some fabulous special offers and discounts on the day.

Why attend our wedding venue open day?

A question we often get asked however, “should I go to a wedding open day?” So we thought we’d address this commonly asked question here by explaining exactly why you should! Here goes;

It’s super fun – while it might sound like a bit of a drag for those who may not be as detail oriented as the next person, wedding open days are great fun. Not only will you get to see the place you’ll (hopefully) be saying “I do” but you’ll also get to enjoy free champagne and canapés. What more could you want?

Take the stress out of your big day – attending our wedding venue open day won’t just give you a glimpse of your wedding venue. It will also give you a glimpse as to how we can help you when it comes to catering, drinks and décor. We’ll help to take the stress out of your day by organising a huge chunk. We may even be able to offer the names of some fabulous suppliers we’ve worked with before in the past.

Feel inspired – not sure how you want your big day to look? Then allow us to show you some of the best ways to decorate our manor house. Take a little inspiration from the experts here at Marygreen Manor and add your own personal twist.

Save money – as we mentioned above, attending our wedding venue open day will mean you’re privy to a few discounts and deals. This will save you more money than you realised; money that could be better spent elsewhere, such as a honeymoon for example?

Ask all the questions you need to – we know only too well in this day and age that finding out information can be tough. The majority of the time, it’s a case of sending emails back and forth until you have all the information you need which, when coupled with jobs and family commitments, can take a while. By attending our open day however, you’ll get to ask all the questions you can think of and receive an answer there and then. No time consuming emails, no back and forth with staff members. Just simple, easy advice and help.

For more information on our wedding venue open day, simply contact us on 01277 225 252.


Enjoy Your Wedding Whatever The Weather

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It feels like weddings are all around at the moment and are you surprised? There’s nothing quite like a spring wedding here in the UK but with spring weather comes a level of uncertainty. While you can’t predict just what will happen on your big day, there are ways you can prepare for it and here at Marygreen Manor, we’ve become experts when it comes to planning for unexpected weather on your wedding day. Here are some of our top tips for keeping everyone warm, dry and most importantly focusing on the bride and not the pouring rain.

Talk to your venue – despite everyone’s good spirits and insistence that it “won’t rain”, we can’t emphasise enough just how important it is to talk to your venue i.e. Marygreen Manor. You want to know if they offer a plan B should the heavens open and you find yourself in the middle of the biggest storm to ever hit Brentwood. From the ceremony to the wedding photos, you need to ensure that there are options to cater for such events. Thankfully, here at Marygreen Manor, we have halls and suites to cater to every wedding party size should the weather stop you from enjoying the spring sunshine.

Secure a tent or hall indoors – while it’s all very well and good knowing a venue has a hall or suite available should the weather turn disastrous, simply knowing this information isn’t enough. Take the smart step and secure a tent or hall indoors should the weather turn nasty. This not only allows your day to continue without pause but also prevents any stress or worry on the day…something any bride and groom could do without.

Plan ahead – it’s always best to plan ahead when it comes to weddings instead of leaving it until the week before your wedding to decide what you’ll do should the weather turn nasty. Consider everything, from the placing of the cake to the flowers, wedding music and more. Whether it’s an extra layer to go with your bridal gown, a few logs beside the fire should the wind pick up or even the necessary ingredients to put together a batch of hot chocolate, it pays to plan ahead. It may involve spending a few extra pounds but we guarantee it’ll be worth every penny if you wake up on the morning of your wedding to bad weather.

Keep everyone in the loop – if you really have your heart set on a wedding out in the open space, such as our landscaped gardens for instance, then we suggest you let your guests know what they’re getting involved in. Even if you decide to leave just a small note on your wedding invitation, or even a popular addition to all wedding invites now known as the “rain card” that simply suggests your guests prepare for an outdoor wedding. This reminds them to dress appropriately should the weather take a turn for the worse. The more information you give your guests, the better they’ll be able to prepare and the happier they’ll be. This makes for far less stress on the day and anything that helps towards smooth sailing is good in our books.

Last but not least…embrace it – as any resident of the UK knows, you can’t control the weather so if you can’t beat them, join them and embrace a little rain. Think about the most romantic scenes in your favourite romcoms and remind yourself of the rain that often fills them. At the very least, you’ll have some of the most memorable wedding photography moments to look forward to.

For more information on our wedding packages here at Marygreen Manor, or for help planning for Britain’s inclement weather, simply jump online to our website today!

Winter Wedding Ideas For Your Big Day At Marygreen Manor


For all those saying their “I do’s” here at Marygreen Manor Hotel and Restaurant during the festive season, or following winter months, we thought we’d compile a list of some fabulous winter wedding ideas that may not have been tried before. While snowflakes and pinecones are tried-and-tested winter wedding motifs, they aren’t mandatory. So here, for all you winter bride-to-be’s, here are some awesome ways to reinvent your winter wedding at the Marygreen Manor.

Wedding Colours – reds and greens are obviously very reflective of the season but overdoing this particular colour scheme is guaranteed to give your wedding more of a Christmas theme than you probably intended. When it comes to wedding colours, you may want to take on the whole “less is more” mantra. Take a look at silver and whites, and perhaps even a few crystals for some serious wintery glamour. For the ceremony itself, you may even want to consider white satin ribbons on chairs as well as crystal curtain backdrops. If you’re braving the outdoors, clear umbrellas are a perfect “gift” to guests as they arrive.

Flowers – while red roses and calla lilies are obviously winter wedding flowers, stepping outside the “obvious” box will certainly make your winter nuptials stand out. You may want to consider fuller flowers such as soft ranunculus’s or white hydrangeas. White boutonnieres can be incredibly beautiful when given green accents or simple white ribbons.

Invitations – most winter weddings are held indoors and as a result, often call for a more formal invitation (think ballroom reception) which makes it the perfect time to play around with black tie event type invitations. Think heavy cardstock, navy blue, chocolate brown and even eggplant fonts with calligraphy. If you’re looking for an even more formal tone, then you might want to try using thick, frosted Plexiglas invitations with white scripted inks. Tuck them into silver envelope liners and away you go.

Centre piece – if you’d like to heighten the drama on your big day then you might want to go beyond the usual candles to add warmth and romance. Think of bringing the outdoors in with ice-carved vases on reception tables filled with tall winter branches. Hang crystals from tables to reflect light from the tables and surround centerpieces with candles.

Here at Marygreen Manor, we want you to enjoy the wedding of your dreams. For more information on our wedding packages or for last minute bookings, simply contact us today.

Winter Weddings Here At The Marygreen Manor!


When it comes to weddings, the vast majority of people simply assume they’ll be receiving a wedding invitation in late spring to celebrate the nuptials of said couple in the summer but would you be surprised to learn that winter weddings are now becoming more and more popular? Their popularity, it would seem, is on the increase and for a number of different reasons too. Here are just some of the reasons why we at the Marygreen Manor think winter weddings in Essex really are a day to remember…

White weddings – as much as we try, a white Christmas just never seems to happen but a white wedding on the other hand. If you’re lucky enough to enjoy a dusting of the white stuff on your big day then you can guarantee you’ll have the best wedding photographs possible.

Romance is in the air – with the nights drawing in earlier, it means you can start your evening celebrations that little bit earlier. The darkness will also mean that romantic fairy lights will be the perfect addition, allowing you to create a truly magical and romantic scene. From outside trees to internal staircases, fairy lights are simply perfect. You can even create a candlelit walkway too. These are great for creating a real impact on a budget. With ideas like these in mind, what could be better than a cold, winter’s night to enjoy your first dance?

Make your money go a little further – choosing a winter wedding date not only gives you a much bigger bargaining chip with your suppliers but also often results in much cheaper pricing in terms of the venue and wedding package itself. You’ll also find more availability too.

So what could be better? To find out more about winter weddings and our availability here at the Marygreen Manor, simply contact us today or take a peek at our wedding packages right here!

Planning The Perfect Summer Wedding With The Marygreen Manor

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Marygreen Manor Hotel, Brentwood – The Perfect Wedding Venue for your Special Day

It might be a cold and miserable January but that doesn’t mean you can’t get excited about the year ahead. Yes, winter nights are dark, cold and long but that just gives you more time to plan your dream summer wedding and here at Marygreen Manor we’ve got an awful lot happening this year. So if you’re planning on being a 2016 summer bride or groom then here are some Marygreen Manor top tips on making that summer wedding of yours a perfect one:

Choose a venue that offers indoor and outdoor areas – this is probably one of the biggest “must do’s” when booking your venue for a summer wedding here in the UK. As we’re all only too familiar with, the weather in our wonderful country is less than reliable and while you may be hoping for a sunshine filled day, that’s not necessarily what you’re going to get. This is why it’s so important to book a venue that offers you not only the wonderful outdoor setting should the weather be on your side, but also a beautiful indoor setting to offer shelter from the inevitable British rain, while still allowing you to have the wonderfully picturesque wedding you were hoping for. Here at Marygreen Manor we can offer you not only the most immaculately looked after gardens, perfect for wedding photos you’ll look back on for years to come but we also happen to offer period feature rooms for you to say your I do’s should the worst happen. This is also particularly great for guests too that may find the outdoors too hot to bear such as pregnant or elderly guests, allowing them to escape the heat.

Serve lots of cool drinks in stylish glasses – whoever said your drinks couldn’t co-ordinate with your wedding colours had never seen a Marygreen Manor wedding. Guests at an outdoor wedding love having ice-cold fresh water brought to them throughout the day, even better when it’s served in stunning glasses. Just throw in a coloured straw to match your wedding colours and you have a fab trademark drink. On top of that of course, here at the Marygreen Manor hotel and restaurant, we have an award winning wine list as well as a fabulous bar that’s guaranteed to quench the thirst of each and every one of your guests.

Ensure lots of natural shade – now this one is always a tough one to find as it takes years of work to achieve something so simple. Ensuring shade under trees and other such foliage isn’t the easiest find, unless you’re planning on marrying here at the Marygreen Manor of course. Our beautifully landscaped gardens are a sight to behold and one that can be remembered forever in your wedding photos. A full time gardener tends to our gardens and as a result, we have not only beautiful natural shade for all of your guests but some rather unforgettable flowers for the backdrop too.

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Speaking of flowers, you may need to rethink them – if you are lucky enough to enjoy a little heat on your wedding day then you may want to rethink the flowers in your hair. The individual flowers won’t have a water source and as such, they’ll very quickly wilt. As you can imagine, this is hardly what you want on your big day. Thankfully our gardens are filled with year round flowering plants and in summer, we guarantee you won’t have seen anything like it. So even though you may not have the flowers in your hair as planned, your photos will still be filled to the brim with beautiful blooms.

Here at the Marygreen Manor, we have a number of wedding packages to suit every budget and what’s more, they all offer you the benefits of such an exquisite venue. For more information on the Marygreen Manor wedding packages, simply contact us today.

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