Maidens Barn Wedding Venue Guide

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Maidens Barn, Pleshey, Chelmsford, Essex, CM3 1HU

Their vaulted Essex wedding barn venue dates back to 1806 and key features such as huge windows, lofty ceilings, ancient beams and subtle lighting blend together old and new perfectly. Special and surprising touches can be found all over – from the stunning glass bead chandelier to the beautiful upstairs gallery.And nestled in the private gardens, you will find the flowering wedding arbour where your outdoor wedding ceremony can be held.Most importantly, whilst being one of the best country barn wedding venues in Essex, they are still within easy reach of London, the M11 and Stansted Airport, with closest centres being Braintree and Chelmsford.Browse our real-life weddings gallery to be inspired and then come and visit us to see how perfect this luxury barn wedding venue in Essex will be for your special day.

Why we like Maidens Barn
Maidens Barn, Essex offers an authentic wedding barn and garden venue that epitomises rural simplicity and yet also offers all the luxurious and modern features and style you would expect from a first-class venue.

Maidens Barn Key Facts

Can you get married outside at Maidens Barn Can you get married outside

Do they have parking for guests at Maidens Barn Do they have parking for guests

Do they have inhouse catering at Maidens Barn Do they have inhouse catering

Do they have a resident DJ at Maidens Barn Do they have a resident DJ

Do they have accommodation  for the bride at Maidens Barn Do they have accommodation for the bride

Is Maidens Barn licensed for civil ceremonies? Is the venue licensed for civil ceremonies?

Do they have a piano at Maidens Barn Do they have a piano

Is there a room for the bride to get ready in at Maidens Barn Is there a room for the bride to get ready in?

Can you have exclusive use of Maidens Barn Do you get exclusive use of the venue?

Is amplified music allowed at Maidens Barn Is amplified music allowed?

Does Maidens Barn have a bar Does the venue have a bar?

Does the bar at Maidens Barn accept credit card payments Does the bar accept credit card payments?

Does Maidens Barn have step free access to all rooms Does the venue have step free access to all rooms?

What is the maximum capacity:

200

Do they have guest bedrooms?:

no

What time can you arrive at the venue in the morning?

tbc

What time does the bar close?

Weekdays it choses at 11. Weekends it closes at 11.30.

What time does the music stop at the end of the night?

23:30 Sunday - Thursday, 00:00 Fri- Saturday

Other notes about Maidens Barn:

Piano DJ Ltd are the resident DJ. Archers Ltd are the inhouse caterers.

An interview with Maidens Barn staff


Rooms at Maidens Barn



Upstairs Balcony

Maidens Barn have a really intimate upstairs chillout balcony area with really comfy sofas. This is a really nice place to sit in the evening and catch up with friends and family members. You get a bit of privacy, yet can keep up to date with the party because you get a great view of everybody downstairs in the main barn.

Upstairs Balcony at Maidens Barn

Is Upstairs Balcony suitable for ceremony Suitable for ceremony

Is Upstairs Balcony suitable for drinks reception Suitable for drinks reception

Is Upstairs Balcony suitable for wedding breakfast Suitable for wedding breakfast

Is Upstairs Balcony suitable for turnaround period Suitable for turnaround period

Is Upstairs Balcony suitable for evening reception Suitable for evening reception


New Barn

The newly built reception room is perfect for your first drinks and to really set the day off. This new room to Maidens barn provides a light and modern feel but still incorporating wooden beams to fit in with the rest of the barn. This is for all of the guests to congregate and have their drinks reception before proceeding to the main barn for their wedding breakfast. This new room was built in the winter of 2014 replacing a marquee that once stood in its place. This new feature has also been licensed for civil ceremonies.

New Barn at Maidens Barn

Is New Barn suitable for ceremony Suitable for ceremony

Is New Barn suitable for drinks reception Suitable for drinks reception

Is New Barn suitable for wedding breakfast Suitable for wedding breakfast

Is New Barn suitable for turnaround period Suitable for turnaround period

Is New Barn suitable for evening reception Suitable for evening reception


Courtyard

You enter the courtyard from the car park through the black beamed archway, The courtyard is gravelled with beautiful flower beds and hanging baskets. This area can be used for the initial drinks reception and is also licensed for outdoor ceremonies, weather permitting of course. The back drop of vast farmlands and open fields provides great photograph opportunities.

Courtyard at Maidens Barn

Is Courtyard suitable for ceremony Suitable for ceremony

Is Courtyard suitable for drinks reception Suitable for drinks reception

Is Courtyard suitable for wedding breakfast Suitable for wedding breakfast

Is Courtyard suitable for turnaround period Suitable for turnaround period

Is Courtyard suitable for evening reception Suitable for evening reception


Main Barn

The Main Barn is where the ceremony, wedding breakfast and evenings entertainment can all take place. This large converted 16th century barn still has all of its original beams which give it a very authentic and homely feel. The Barns decour is a blank canvas which allows the Bride and Groom tailor make to room to their desires. It has fully functioning bar that can be open from the moment the first guest arrives. There is a stage area for your chosen evenings entertainment with a large dancefloor in front.

Main Barn at Maidens Barn

Is Main Barn suitable for ceremony Suitable for ceremony

Is Main Barn suitable for drinks reception Suitable for drinks reception

Is Main Barn suitable for wedding breakfast Suitable for wedding breakfast

Is Main Barn suitable for turnaround period Suitable for turnaround period

Is Main Barn suitable for evening reception Suitable for evening reception


Lobby

The Lobby sits in between the newly built Barn and Main Barn. This area is the entrance into the barn and will be where the tables seating plan will be displayed. There is a large table on entry for the guests to sign guestbook and leave any presents for the Bride and Groom. There is a seating area in the Lobby with three large leather sofa. This is also the access point to toilets.

Lobby at Maidens Barn

Is Lobby suitable for ceremony Suitable for ceremony

Is Lobby suitable for drinks reception Suitable for drinks reception

Is Lobby suitable for wedding breakfast Suitable for wedding breakfast

Is Lobby suitable for turnaround period Suitable for turnaround period

Is Lobby suitable for evening reception Suitable for evening reception


Photo Opportunities at Maidens Barn

Maidens Barn has some great locations for your wedding photographer to take some amazing photographs. We spoke to Rachael Pereira about their top tips about getting photos you will love.

An interview with Rachael Pereira about wedding photography at Maidens Barn

What is the best place for a romantic couple photo?

There are many beautiful locations for romantic couple photos and all within a small area. I love to be able to take the couple away from their guests for a while so that they can have some alone time together, so the fields behind Maidens Barn are perfect for this, especially in the evening as the sun sets.

What is the best place for a group photo?

For group photos I love to use the wooden archway which separates the main courtyard and the lawned garden area. The archway is such a lovely feature of Maidens Barn, and frames the groups beautifully and guests don't have to be moved too far away from the main barn.

What is the best place for rainy day photos?

The best place for photos on a rainy day is under the wooden arch. It is sheltered from the rain, but still provides a beautiful backdrop with great natural light. The new barn is also a great location for rainy day photos, providing a beautiful indoor area with plenty of natural light.

What sets Maidens Barn apart from other venues?

Maidens Barn is set within a small area providing lots of variety for photos without having to go to far. This gives the venue an more intimate feel and means as a photographer I am never far away from the action.

Gallery of photographs taken by Rachael Pereira at Maidens Barn

All photos on this page have kindly been provided by: Rachael Pereira



Real Weddings reviews of Maidens Barn

One of the best way to learn about if Maidens Barn is the right venue for you is to speak to couples who have had their wedding at the venue before.

If you got married at Maidens Barn you can leave a review here.

Mercedes Groom got married at Maidens Barn on the 5th September 2015

How would you rate Maidens Barn out of 5?

Why did you choose Maidens Barn for your wedding?

Beautiful venue, staff very organised, amazing food.

What was the best thing about Maidens Barn?

The staff. They were absolutely fantastic, they couldn't do enough for us.

How helpful were the staff at Maidens Barn before the event?

Very helpful. Answered my numerous emails quickly & always there to help

How helpful were the staff at Maidens Barn on the day of the event?

Amazing!! Couldn't be more helpful & made me feel like a princess. Had so many comments on how helpful & lovely Juliette was to everyone

What did you wish you knew about Maidens Barn before getting married?

Don't worry about how things will run in the day, the staff take care of it all.

What tips would you give someone getting married at Maidens Barn?

Walk down the aisle slowly Stop for a while during the day & look around to try & take everything in Enjoy every minute it goes so fast

Gemma Davies got married at Maidens Barn on the 15th August 2015

How would you rate Maidens Barn out of 5?

Why did you choose Maidens Barn for your wedding?

It's a rustic barn, which fit the theme and the look we wanted. The prefect country setting. The food was amazing. And was designed to our taste. The staff are also amazing everything we wanted could be done, and it was no trouble.

What was the best thing about Maidens Barn?

The staff. They were attentive. They were experienced. The quality of everything detail was prefect.

How helpful were the staff at Maidens Barn before the event?

Very helpful and understanding. They were easy to contact. And worked around our work hours

How helpful were the staff at Maidens Barn on the day of the event?

They were a dream. Even when we had unexpected guests turn up they were able to help. I was truly spooky by there attention

What did you wish you knew about Maidens Barn before getting married?

Nothing. The staff are so attentive they tell you everything.

What tips would you give someone getting married at Maidens Barn?

Go for a food tasting, as it's all so Delish!!! Stay in the room. It's only for the bride n groom and its gorgeous.

Kate Pennell got married at Maidens Barn on the 30th May 2015

How would you rate Maidens Barn out of 5?

Why did you choose Maidens Barn for your wedding?

Exclusive use. The fact that the room could be made smaller for a smaller number of guests. The outside area being good for photos. Not too far to travel for most of our guests. Opportunity to wed outside if weather was good.

What was the best thing about Maidens Barn?

The new oak barn was perfect for the ceremony. We were able to create the more informal atmosphere we wanted for our day with the help of the staff at the barn.

How helpful were the staff at Maidens Barn before the event?

They were great. All questions answered promptly. Visits arranged whenever required. Friendly yet professional.

How helpful were the staff at Maidens Barn on the day of the event?

Very good. There were a couple of things that didn't quite happen the way they should have but in general I felt that the day was a big success which all our guests enjoyed.

What did you wish you knew about Maidens Barn before getting married?

Remember to use the beautiful gallery inside the barn for some photos - we forgot and our photographer didn't suggest it.Find out in advance where to have your transport drop the bride off. Forgot to do this and couldn't get an answer on the phone from anyone en route to the venue on the big day so had to guess.

What tips would you give someone getting married at Maidens Barn?

Use the gallery for some photos.Decrease the dance floor space by moving DJ stand forward a bit if you have less than 70 guests (it felt a bit big on our day)Have plenty of planning visits to familiarize yourself and take measurements for dressing the rooms.

Rowena and Phil Hunt got married at Maidens Barn on the 3rd May 2015

How would you rate Maidens Barn out of 5?

Why did you choose Maidens Barn for your wedding?

It seemed to cater for everything we wanted - style, price and location

What was the best thing about Maidens Barn?

The ceremony room which was brand new when we had our ceremony was gorgeous and we loved the beams in the old barn. Plus everyone said the food was fantastic! Building and grounds all beautiful.

How helpful were the staff at Maidens Barn before the event?

Helpful overall and took some of the stress away but reassuring me everything would be dealt with. we had a few minor issues only because both of us work full time and some distance away and the food tastings were organised as an evening event on a weekday with other couples using that venue. That wasn't something we personally were interested in as we wanted to taste our own choices of food on our own. In the end I had to go with my parents without my fiancé.

How helpful were the staff at Maidens Barn on the day of the event?

Excellent. Everything ran extremely smoothly.

What did you wish you knew about Maidens Barn before getting married?

Just to remember that the catering costs are not included but other than that there is nothing I wish I knew really.

What tips would you give someone getting married at Maidens Barn?

1) relax! They say they will set up your decorations for you and they will
2) the food really is yummy
3) stay in the honeymoon cottage. Beautiful peaceful setting and we loved it :)

Dominic & Chloe Bird got married at Maidens Barn on the 18th October 2014

How would you rate Maidens Barn out of 5?

Why did you choose Maidens Barn for your wedding?

The initimate and cosy feel and the kindness of the team and the total flexibility. It is just a beautiful place. The price is extremely reasonable too.

What was the best thing about Maidens Barn?

Getting married there in the autumn - the place really shows its beauty at this time of year.

How helpful were the staff at Maidens Barn before the event?

Very very well, especially Carol!

How helpful were the staff at Maidens Barn on the day of the event?

Very, I cannot fault a single person. We were so pleased.

What did you wish you knew about Maidens Barn before getting married?

I would perhaps ask the venue staff not to have viewings because people wandered in the bridal room whilst I was getting ready which really annoyed me and invaded my privacy.

What tips would you give someone getting married at Maidens Barn?

1. Ask if you can set up the day before, this really helped us
2. Have a piano at the dinner, it was fantastic and really set the mood
3. If you get married inside, have it under the big window as we did, not at the dancefloor end which we felt was depressing!

Anthony Harding got married at Maidens Barn on the 7th December 2013

How would you rate Maidens Barn out of 5?

Why did you choose Maidens Barn for your wedding?

We wanted a big space where we wouldnt lose anyone for the night. Having everyone in one big area was key to us. Additionally we were impressed with the gardens, parking and general feel for the venue. the Bridal Suite was also great for putting sleepy babies in!

What was the best thing about Maidens Barn?

The staff were great. The catering was perfect and we were really impressed with the menu options.

How helpful were the staff at Maidens Barn before the event?

Very. From the beginning the staff were helpful in catering to our requests and options. We were allowed late access out of hours which was helpful. The caterers also seated us at 8pm for a sample menu which helped us make our decision.

How helpful were the staff at Maidens Barn on the day of the event?

Staff on the day were great. They made sure our guests were suitably libated during the meal and even complimented me on a rather nervous speech which helped massively

What did you wish you knew about Maidens Barn before getting married?

I wish I knew why no one we knew had chosen this venue before. It was a great find!

What tips would you give someone getting married at Maidens Barn?

Book coaches / cabs in advance as the venue is quite remote. Additionally, you may wish to put up some directional sign posts.

Average rating by real brides for Maidens Barn is:

They scored 96.666666666667% based on the opinions of 6 people who got married at Maidens Barn.

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