Romantic Smeetham Hall Barn Weddings
Since 1906, Smeetham Hall has been home to the Hyde Parker family. Now, our family would like to warmly welcome yours to join us for your wedding day.
Smeetham Hall Barn is a typically English, 16th Century building that has been lovingly converted and tastefully decorated to create the most romantic wedding venue in Essex. Licensed for weddings and civil ceremonies, our venue and grounds will offer any happy couple a stunning location to begin married life - a memorable reception, incredible photo opportunities and service so friendly you will feel as though our home has become yours.
'Bridget - we did it! After all of the drama from this year, I think we all agreed that just going ahead with the wedding was the right decision, but when we saw the gorgeous barn, the decorations and all of the lighting, it really helped confirm that decision for us. It was a magical place to tie the knot. Bridget, you and your team played a crucial part in getting us to our special day. After countless calls throughout this year you remained a positive and reassuring presence in spite of all of the craziness.
Thank you again Bridget - Merry Christmas and here's to a better 2021!'
- Adam & Rosalind
Location & experience
Our Venue’s Location
Our wedding venue is located in Bulmer, a charming village on the border between Essex and Suffolk, very close to Sudbury and Long Melford and an hour’s journey from London. Couples from all over Essex, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and Kent have married at Smeetham Hall Barn, as well as couples from further afield who want a rural barn wedding venue near London.
Whilst we are considered one of the best Barn wedding venues in Essex, Smeetham Hall is also home to a working farm. We have around 400 acres of land and simply by choosing to hold your wedding with us, you will be supporting our efforts to farm as naturally and un-intensively as possible. Our fields are surrounded by thick hedgerows and our meadows are sown with wild flowers and grasses; your wedding day will be nestled amongst all of this lush greenery and natural beauty.
Packages & Services
‘When we first looked round, there was no doubt in our minds that this was the place we wanted to book! Bridget is so friendly and helpful, she made the whole process so easy for us’.
– Katie & Kieran
At Smeetham Hall Barn, you are free to tailor your experience to your own style and requirements. You can join us for the whole day - with a civil or humanist ceremony followed by a reception in our Barn (or gardens in summer) and permanent marquee - or you can marry nearby at church and join us afterwards for the reception.
In the lead-up and planning of your wedding day, our lovely owner Bridget Hyde Parker will be on hand to give advice, answer any questions and show you around the venue as many times as you like! We provide a comprehensive supplier list including local accommodation.
Take some time to browse our website to find out more about our wedding packages, special offers, no corkage policy and the impeccable service that you can expect from us.
Please contact us to arrange a visit or ask any questions you may have. We look forward to playing our part in your special day!
You are extremely welcome to come and visit us at Smeetham Hall and see how the venue will fulfil and exceed your dream wedding expectations.
When you arrive at Smeetham and see the Barn surrounded by the lake with the weeping willows, you will fall in love with the venue just as many brides and grooms have before you.
Viewing is by appointment only as it is a private family home, so if you would like to come and view the venue please complete our enquiry form or feel free to call Bridget or Sophie on 01787 374 544 to arrange a date and time.
Should you decide to hold your wedding here, you are encouraged to visit as often as you wish. We are keen for you to get to know the Barn and to feel at home. You are also welcome to meet any of your wedding suppliers here.
For over 20 years, Smeetham Hall Barn has been considered one of the most esteemed wedding venues in Essex.