Essendon Country Club

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At Essendon we understand that no two couples are the same. That’s why we approach every wedding as a one-off because that is precisely what they are, accommodating your individual ideas, preferences and styles to make sure that your dream wedding day becomes a reality.

Our dedicated Wedding Manager & team are on hand every step of the way ensuring every part of the planning process and the day itself is arranged perfectly so you can sit back, relax and enjoy your special day!

Explore the sections below to find out more about Essendon’s approach to creating unique and tailor made weddings.

The Venue

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Maddy and Sean
20th October 2018

Afternoon Jo,

We had such an amazing day, and cannot thank you enough for all your (and your teams) hard work on the night. Everyone commented on how amazing the service was, how great the food was & how accommodating you all were to people’s needs, requests and desires.

In regards to the planning process I cannot praise you highly enough. You went above and beyond our expectations to ensure everything was just as we wanted. There was never anything too much to ask of you & you made the whole process as easy as possible.

Without a doubt we would highly recommend you personally, and Essendon as a venue to anyone!

The barn looked gorgeous on the night - I have had so many comments on what a stunning venue we had as well as how smoothly the whole day ran.

Thank you so much for everything.

All the best.

Daragh and Katie
1st September 2018

We cannot put into words how grateful we are to Essendon for giving us the most amazing venue and wedding day!

Every little worry or silly question I had was answered or I was reassured by you every step of the way which really makes a difference!

We had the absolute best day of our lives and loved having you there pointing us in the right directions throughout the day so we always knew what was coming up next! We are so grateful that you organised the whole day for us, including all our suppliers so we didn't even have to think about that!

There is nothing I would have changed about our wedding day all thanks to you and your team!

Not only were all the staff so helpful but the venue itself was just amazing!

We just feel so privileged to have had such a beautiful venue for our wedding day!

Thank you so much!!!

Kieran and Ola O'Shea
12th August 2018

We are both back in work today and having major post wedding blues

However, those blues are due to how much of an incredible day we had Sunday! There was not a second of it we would have changed. It was incredible!

Largely that is down to your flawless planning and attention to detail throughout the planning and on the day itself. You made us feel so relaxed throughout and we never once felt there was any aspect unaccounted for or not under control. From the initial venue visit and planning meeting, to the ceremony and reception we have enjoyed every moment!

The day itself is second to none as the best day Ola and I have ever had. The venue was perfect and all the staff at ECC worked tirelessly to ensure guests were catered and taken care of to the highest of standards. Ola and I ourselves felt like rock stars.

Ray and Monique
21st July 2018

In terms of people we wish to thank, you have been right at the forefront of our minds.

Firstly we just wanted to say that right from the start we knew we wanted to choose Essendon, as we not only fell in love with the venue, but also the way we were made to feel by you Jo when we had our viewing. You really made us feel we were in safe hands and are a true credit to the company. We were not disappointed the whole way through the planning process, and couldn't have been happier with the decision we made.

Arriving at the venue we were both stunned by how great it looked, and what an amazing job the team had done making our vision come together. We could just imagine the amount of work that went into ensuring everything was as it should be, and were so pleased with it all!

Whilst we started out our journey with you Jo, we have to mention Chelsey, as she has just such an easy manner and lovely way about her that we know she'll be a fantastic support to all her future couples. We were also incredibly glad to have her there later into the evening.

All the staff were great, and actually I have to also specifically mention the food, it was amazing, and the staff serving were so incredibly polite and patient that even they made me feel special.

Emily and Sam Moody
6th July 2018

Thank you for your lovely email! Sorry for the delay, we were away for a little while (Bali was amazing like you said it would be!) and it's been very busy since we got back!

We had a truly amazing day! Thank you for all your hard work beforehand and on the day itself - we couldn't have done it without you and it was great to know that the logistics were safe in yours and Chelsey's hands so we didn't have to worry about anything at all. We have had so many people tell us how wonderful the venue is and how well everything organised was so thank you for making it look beautiful and run smoothly. Thank you for also being so accommodating throughout the planning and on the day when we had questions or things changed. I wish we could relive it all over again!!

Nicola and Jack
16th June 2018

Hi Jo,

Thank you so much for all that you did on our wedding day. Everyone always says ‘something will always go wrong on your wedding day’ but nothing did, it all went so smoothly, no problems at all and we know your hard work and organisation allowed everything to run so smoothly and effortlessly! Several people have commented on how well you kept the day running, how great the staff at Essendon were and how delicious the food was. The barn looked amazing and everything was just where and how we imagined it to be.

Thank you once again for all your help, our day wouldn’t have been as good as it was if it wasn’t for you and the rest of your team.

Laura and Chris Whellams
28th April 2018

Well what can we say.... firstly we literally can’t thank you enough for everything you have done for us on the lead up to our BIG DAY but also how amazing you made our magical day! From all the pre-wedding meetings, heartfelt emails and personal touches on the day (that includes you sitting with a hair-dryer for half and hour drying my wet dress) you made the whole journey seem seamless! We had so much fun planning the wedding with you, and wouldn’t have had it any other way. We feel like we have truly gained a friend in you!

Thank you for your lovely comments, we thoroughly enjoyed the whole day, from the moment we arrived, to dinner and then to the evening partying the night away surrounded by everyone we love! You, Chelsey and the team did such a fantastic job!!

Nick and Sarah
6th April 2018

Hi Jo,

It was an absolutely brilliant day. We both said afterwards it was the greatest party we’ve ever been to, and that was exactly what we wanted. The atmosphere the whole day felt electric and we genuinely did not want it to end...

We genuinely could not have done it without your help. You and your team worked tirelessly on the day - everyone has praised how diligent you all were in having glasses topped up, and making sure the food was spot on. It was so nice to be greeted by you when we arrived and you helped with making the transitions through the day seamless.

A few guests have said it was the best wedding they’ve been to. I think this is more credit to your organisation and your staff than it is us. No one had anything to moan about at all which makes it even better for us knowing we chose the venue well.

Thanks again for the most amazingly special day.

Ella and Mitch
2nd December 2017

Hi Jo!

Thank you so much for your lovely words, we had the most INCREDIBLE day and Essendon completely exceeded our expectations. Both ourselves and all of our guests were absolutely blown away by the venue, food and service and all spoke of the 'wow moment' when they arrived and looked down into the barn. We couldn't have wished for a better day, everything was perfect and ran smoothly.

Thank you so much for all of your hard work (and your team!) towards making Saturday the most perfect day for us.

Rhiannon and Laur Botoș
18th November 2017

From the first time we visited Essendon we had a great feeling about it.

From the start Jo emphasised that it was our day, our way. Nothing ever felt like a big ask and it has really been a pleasure working with Jo and the team, and being able have our dream wedding. The venue is amazing, and seeing how enthusiastic and welcoming Jo was, we knew that Essendon was the best place for us to get married.

All the staff at Essendon have been great, we had a great vibe all through the wedding. We got complimented so many times on the venue and how nice the food was and the staff knew where everyone was if they had a special diet.

I would highly recommend Essendon to anyone wanting to get married and have their dream day. I am going to miss going there, and I wish I could do it all over again!

Zoe and Marina
14th October 2017

We just wanted to say how much we loved our day. It was perfect in every way.

Our guests have been messaging us and saying that it was the best wedding they have ever been to and we can only say this was down to the atmosphere you and your amazing crew created for us. And everyone was praising the amazing food served.

Thank you for keeping us calm the whole day. Especially before the ceremony. I do not know if you are aware of how important that was for us. You even managed to calm Marina when she saw two guests sitting in the ceremony who had previously cancelled – calming a copper is no small feat!

Jo, you and the staff have been amazing, your enthusiasm and professionalism added to the experience of planning and the day itself. We will never forget you for making our day so special. I have been looking at Marina and saying “But it was just so perfect” almost hourly ever since, I am sure I am driving her mad. But truly it was such a special day, thank you ever so much.

George & Sophie Ambler
2nd September 2017

I’ve been back in the country two weeks now and can’t believe how long ago the wedding was already.

An email can’t explain how thankful we are for everything you’ve done, from booking Essendon up until the day itself. You were just amazing. Everything ran so smoothly and without fault because of your excellent planning. So thank you!

Emma, Michael and baby Lois xxx
26th August 2017

We loved our wedding day so much and could not have imagined having our day anywhere else or with a better team of people.

Essendon is a very special place and one we will certainly never forget. Everything was faultless. The barn looked better than we ever thought so thank you for setting it up so beautifully. Our food was to die for. Our guests are still talking about how much they enjoyed the food both at the wedding breakfast and the hog roast.

The day seemed to go so quickly but we wouldn't change a thing.

Jo, thank you SO much for everything, we know you will continue to create fantastic weddings in the future and any ‘Mr and Mrs to be’ would be lucky to have you on board. We honestly can't think of anything that needs improving.

Lily & Carlo
6th May 2017

Carlo and I just wanted to send a massive ‘thanks’ to Jo and the team. Everyone was just so kind and accommodating and the operation was very smooth, even our guests also commented on how everything seemed so organised even though there were quite a few elements for the day. We both really enjoyed the day and have so many wonderful moments.

Thanks so much for everything!

Nikki and Keith Farrell
10th September 2016

First of all I cannot speak highly enough of everyone at Essendon, seriously, everything you done to make our wedding the best day of our lives cannot be underestimated. It was a whirlwind from start to finish and it is fair to say it will go down as one of the most memorable weddings any of our guest have been to.

Everyone (and I mean everyone) had a fantastic time, I am still getting compliments from my guests on the food (even though none of my Aunts or Uncles had a clue what Italian anti-pasta was!!!) , the drink, the atmosphere and how great the staff were on the day. Of course everyone thought the venue was beautiful (but you know that!) I honestly can't praise you, and the rest of your team highly enough. Thank you so so much for everything.

Claire and Joe Williams
12th August 2016

You and the rest of the team were all so helpful and accommodating. It felt as though you were all working with us rather than working for Essendon, which made us so comfortable and the whole thing so much easier for us! The whole day from start to finish was seamless and we loved every moment!

Ellie and Danny Fitzgerald
3rd June 2016

On behalf of both of us I would also like to say a massive thank you for making our day so special and perfect. The venue looked fantastic, better than we expected and the layout works so brilliantly for a wedding. Your personal service was excellent right from the very outset and you enabled the planning process, coordination and day to run smoothly taking a lot of stress away from us. We cannot thank you enough. We have no negatives at all! the venue, the food, the staff & service all were amazing and everyone commented on how lovely the food was. Judging by the amount of empty plates I think we can say the food choices were well received by our guests!

Martin. (Brother of Liz and Antony)
24th May 2015

It was an absolutely magnificent day, couldn’t have been any better. We can’t praise you or even thank you enough for what you did, yourself and your team worked tirelessly to make it the day it was, you are all incredible, thank you. This was also the feedback from a lot of our guests who also loved it, but most importantly Liz and Antony said it was the best day of their lives.

With warmest regards.

Sarah and Tom Denbigh
9th April 2016

I can honestly say that we had the most amazing time and that you and your team did a fantastic job! I don't think we could have picked a better venue. Everything ran so well and really naturally I thought. The timings you suggested were perfect and all our extra little requests and dietary requirements were catered for excellently. You really did help to make it so special for us.

I can honestly say that from start to finish we felt so looked after. You and your team ensured that everything ran so smoothly and we have had amazing comments from our guests about how much they loved the venue, how well it all ran and how amazing the food was (particularly the chips!). Although you hold 100s of weddings you made us feel really special and we can't thank you enough.

Guides for Brides 2016 Awards
15th March 2016

Essendon Country Club was graciously nominated for a 5* Customer Service Award by Guides for Brides in the Venue category.

With over 150 venues listed in the category and over 11,000 reviews submitted in the competition we are incredibly proud to have been shortlisted!

A big thank you to all the amazing reviews left by our couples, long may it continue!

Click here to read our lovely client reviews and learn more about Guides for Brides.

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Essendon Country Club

Bedwell Park

Hertfordshire AL9 6HN


For further information or to speak to our dedicated weddings organiser, please contact Jo Newell.

Telephone: 01707 280 373

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