Reid Rooms Wedding Venue Guide

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Reid Rooms, The Reid Rooms, Marks Hall Lane, Margaret Roding, Essex, CM6 1QT

The Reid Rooms is a wonderful venue in the middle of the Essex countryside. Built nearly 200 years ago as stables for the working horses on Marks Hall Farm, the venue offers peace and seclusion and has a comfortable family atmosphere. All of the venue staff are friendly and work hard to make each bride feel special. The Reid Rooms offers brides a lot of flexibility and you can be sure that your dream wedding will come true here.

Why we like Reid Rooms
We regularly provide music for weddings at the Reid Rooms and our wedding pianists and our wedding DJ are highly recommended by Corinne and all the staff at the Reid Rooms.
The Reid Rooms is Located on the outskirts of Chelmsford set in the heart of beautiful Essex countryside. It is a converted, handsome weather-boarded barn offering rural peace and seclusion. Originally built in 1810 as stables for the working horses on the farm, The Reid Rooms have been tastefully converted to the highest standard to create an intimate and relaxed atmosphere. The Reid Rooms is a family own business with traditional values but with a modern approach. The Reid Rooms offers a linked series of rooms surrounding a landscaped courtyard. This gives great flexibility, allowing guests to enjoy reception time in either the courtyard or gardens or inside the function rooms and evening guests can opt to gather for quiet conversation in the lounge, whilst others enjoy a disco in the bar. If you wish to stay at the venue there is luxury on-site accommodation Marks Hall Farmhouse, it is provisionally allocated to the bride and groom for the night of the wedding.

Reid Rooms Key Facts

Can you get married outside at Reid Rooms Can you get married outside

Do they have parking for guests at Reid Rooms Do they have parking for guests

Do they have inhouse catering at Reid Rooms Do they have inhouse catering

Do they have a resident DJ at Reid Rooms Do they have a resident DJ

Do they have accommodation  for the bride at Reid Rooms Do they have accommodation for the bride

Is Reid Rooms licensed for civil ceremonies? Is the venue licensed for civil ceremonies?

Do they have a piano at Reid Rooms Do they have a piano

Is there a room for the bride to get ready in at Reid Rooms Is there a room for the bride to get ready in?

Can you have exclusive use of Reid Rooms Do you get exclusive use of the venue?

Is amplified music allowed at Reid Rooms Is amplified music allowed?

Does Reid Rooms have a bar Does the venue have a bar?

Does the bar at Reid Rooms accept credit card payments Does the bar accept credit card payments?

Does Reid Rooms have step free access to all rooms Does the venue have step free access to all rooms?

What is the maximum capacity:

120 for day, 200 for night

Do they have guest bedrooms?:

yes

What time does the bar close?

Midnight

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

Midnight

Rooms at Reid Rooms



The Meadow Pavillion

This beautiful Ceremony Room is used by The Reid Rooms for outside rural ceremonies. Guests are transported to the pavillion on decorated tractors as part of the vintage countryside experience. The bride and groom are married beneath the shelter of the pavillion and guests are seated on wooden benches. Immediately after the ceremony, the bride and groom may enjoy a romantic boat ride along the river before returning to the Reid Rooms for their drinks reception.

The Meadow Pavillion at Reid Rooms

Is The Meadow Pavillion suitable for ceremony Suitable for ceremony

Is The Meadow Pavillion suitable for drinks reception Suitable for drinks reception

Is The Meadow Pavillion suitable for wedding breakfast Suitable for wedding breakfast

Is The Meadow Pavillion suitable for turnaround period Suitable for turnaround period

Is The Meadow Pavillion suitable for evening reception Suitable for evening reception

Is there a grand piano (in good condition)

Capacity of Room

Seating for 80 guests

Supplier Access, Unloading and Set Up

The Pavillion is in the middle of a field. You can access the pavillion by driving down the side of the field.

Power Supply

Power is taken from a tractor battery near the pavillion.


The Dining Room

The Reid Rooms has an elegant black grand piano in the lounge adjacent to the banqueting hall. When we provide a pianist for the wedding breakfast at the Reid Rooms, we ensure that the adjourning glass doors are locked open so that the beautiful sound of the grand piano can drift across the dining room as you enjoy your wedding breakfast. The venue has a grand piano in the Lounge which can be used for functions in the dining room.

The Dining Room at Reid Rooms

Is The Dining Room suitable for ceremony Suitable for ceremony

Is The Dining Room suitable for drinks reception Suitable for drinks reception

Is The Dining Room suitable for wedding breakfast Suitable for wedding breakfast

Is The Dining Room suitable for turnaround period Suitable for turnaround period

Is The Dining Room suitable for evening reception Suitable for evening reception

Is there a grand piano (in good condition)

Is digital piano music allowed

Capacity of Room

120

Supplier Access, Unloading and Set Up

Flat Access. Very Easy

Power Supply

Yes


The Lounge

If you choose to have the drinks reception in the lounge, then we will use the grand piano. The lounge is the perfect place to have the drinks reception for a cosy winter wedding - a grand piano, sofas and a warm fire. The perfect combination! The venue has their own acoustic grand piano

The Lounge at Reid Rooms

Is The Lounge suitable for ceremony Suitable for ceremony

Is The Lounge suitable for drinks reception Suitable for drinks reception

Is The Lounge suitable for wedding breakfast Suitable for wedding breakfast

Is The Lounge suitable for turnaround period Suitable for turnaround period

Is The Lounge suitable for evening reception Suitable for evening reception

Is there a grand piano (in good condition)

Is digital piano music allowed

Capacity of Room

200

Supplier Access, Unloading and Set Up

Flat Access. Very Easy

Power Supply

Yes


The Bar

If the weather is inclement or if you are having a winter wedding then the drinks reception will be held in either the bar or the lounge. This will often depend on the number of guests at your wedding and it is something that you will have decided on in advance with the Reid Rooms.For drinks receptions in the bar, we will use a professional keyboard and a small speaker system.

The Bar at Reid Rooms

Is The Bar suitable for ceremony Suitable for ceremony

Is The Bar suitable for drinks reception Suitable for drinks reception

Is The Bar suitable for wedding breakfast Suitable for wedding breakfast

Is The Bar suitable for turnaround period Suitable for turnaround period

Is The Bar suitable for evening reception Suitable for evening reception

Is there a grand piano (in good condition)

Is digital piano music allowed

Capacity of Room

200

Supplier Access, Unloading and Set Up

Flat Access. Very Easy

Power Supply

Yes


The Courtyard

If the weather is nice and sunny then the drinks reception will usually be held outside in the Reid Rooms courtyard. Our musicians are more than happy to join you outside and will set up their instruments under the black spiral staircase in the corner of the courtyard. This position provides the best access to electrical sockets (on the balcony) and the most protection from wind.In the event of overcast skies and a met office weather forecast predicting rain, our musicians will set up on the dancefloor in the bar and fling the windows and doors wide open. I hope that you can understand that we just can't risk our instruments and electrical equipment getting rained on!

The Courtyard at Reid Rooms

Is The Courtyard suitable for ceremony Suitable for ceremony

Is The Courtyard suitable for drinks reception Suitable for drinks reception

Is The Courtyard suitable for wedding breakfast Suitable for wedding breakfast

Is The Courtyard suitable for turnaround period Suitable for turnaround period

Is The Courtyard suitable for evening reception Suitable for evening reception

Is there a grand piano (in good condition)

Is digital piano music allowed

Capacity of Room

200

Supplier Access, Unloading and Set Up

Flat Access. Very Easy

Power Supply

No (You have to run a extension cable out of a window)


The Ceremony Room

The ceremony room at the Reid Rooms can accommodate 100 guests and we are often asked to provide a pianist for the civil weddings held here.The best place to set up a digital piano is at the back of the room, just in front of the door to the disabled toilet. This is the ideal position for a pianist as it offers a good view of the registrars and the entrance of the building. It is crucial for our wedding pianist to have good eye contact with the registrars as they will give the start and stop cues for the piano music.At the Reid Rooms, it is the usual practice for the guests to arrive at the venue and wait in the courtyard or the bar until the venue staff ask them to enter the ceremony room. Our wedding pianist will play background music from the moment your guests start entering the ceremony room.

The Ceremony Room at Reid Rooms

Is The Ceremony Room suitable for ceremony Suitable for ceremony

Is The Ceremony Room suitable for drinks reception Suitable for drinks reception

Is The Ceremony Room suitable for wedding breakfast Suitable for wedding breakfast

Is The Ceremony Room suitable for turnaround period Suitable for turnaround period

Is The Ceremony Room suitable for evening reception Suitable for evening reception

Is there a grand piano (in good condition)

Is digital piano music allowed

Capacity of Room

100

Supplier Access, Unloading and Set Up

Flat Access. Very Easy

Power Supply

Yes


Photo Opportunities at Reid Rooms

Reid Rooms has some great locations for your wedding photographer to take some amazing photographs. We spoke to SE Photography about their top tips about getting photos you will love.

An interview with SE Photography about wedding photography at Reid Rooms

What is the best place for a romantic couple photo?

Sitting on the steps in front of the beautiful farmhouse.

What is the best place for a group photo?

All the guests congregate in the courtyard straight after the ceremony or during the drinks reception. The best group photos are taken from the balcony looking down into the courtyard - not all venues have this advantage

What is the best place for rainy day photos?

If it is raining then the farmhouse is used for photos. There is perfect natural light in the hallway by the door. Photos can also be taken around the farm as there are quite a few sheltered spots.

What sets Reid Rooms apart from other venues?

It is a working farm that always has hay available for photos - this goes with vintage themed weddings. During the summer, the nearby fields provide the perfect setting for rural shots. There is a moat running around the property, there are walkways, gates, barns a fountain and a driveway. I love finding new places to use for every wedding and try to make each wedding personal by finding new and interesting photo opportunities.

Gallery of photographs taken by SE Photography at Reid Rooms

All photos on this page have kindly been provided by: SE Photography

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Real Weddings reviews of Reid Rooms

One of the best way to learn about if Reid Rooms 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 Reid Rooms you can leave a review here.

Rhiannon Thorn got married at Reid Rooms on the 26th June 2015

How would you rate Reid Rooms out of 5?

Why did you choose Reid Rooms for your wedding?

As soon as we drove up we loved the setting, when we looked around the venue we really liked that there was a separate ceremony room and that the dining room and dance area were also separate spaces, so that we wouldn't have to have a turnaround time.Also the overall feel of the venue, which felt relaxed and perfect for what we were looking for.

What was the best thing about Reid Rooms?

The setting was just stunning, we had so many guests come up and tell us how pretty the building and grounds were. The little touches such as the fresh flowers in hanging baskets in the courtyard and the rockery with water feature really do make the venue extra special.

How helpful were the staff at Reid Rooms before the event?

Very helpful, the ladies were always contactable if we had any questions and the regular open days and wedding fairs were also great as we could pop along and get to speak with them in person as well as getting to look around the venue another time.

How helpful were the staff at Reid Rooms on the day of the event?

Extremely helpful, Corinne who was our wedding coordinator on the day, came to see me when I arrived and ran through what would be happening in the lead up to the ceremony. I felt looked after whilst still being left to relax and enjoy the build up.She came to get me when it was time to speak to the registrar and even carried my train for the walk to the ceremony room!We both felt completely looked after and that everything was under control the entire time.

What did you wish you knew about Reid Rooms before getting married?

I felt I knew everything that I needed to know, due to the information we were given by the venue when we first viewed it.We were given a list of prices, the measurements for each room and other useful info such as the size of the tables, the length of the beams etc. This was all really helpful and meant that we did not have to keep calling the venue to ask these questions.

What tips would you give someone getting married at Reid Rooms?

1. Make the space your own - it is not always the case that a venue is so happy for you to decorate completely how you wish, but the Reid Rooms do and encourage it.
2. Do not think you have to pick a weekend date for your wedding. By getting married on a Friday, this made it affordable for us to get married during a popular wedding month. Our guests had enough notice to take holiday and then had the weekend to recover so it worked out all around.
3. Make the most of the piano that is situated in the lounge area. We would originally never have thought of having someone to play during the wedding breakfast before, but having this already there we felt it had to be used and we are so glad we did! The piano music provided by PianoDJ went down really well and was a real talking point with our guests. It also really adds to the atmosphere.

Sarah Wilson got married at Reid Rooms on the 13th April 2015

How would you rate Reid Rooms out of 5?

Why did you choose Reid Rooms for your wedding?

The atmosphere was relaxed, separate ceremony room

What was the best thing about Reid Rooms?

Flexibility

How helpful were the staff at Reid Rooms before the event?

Very, quick at getting back to us

How helpful were the staff at Reid Rooms on the day of the event?

Very

What tips would you give someone getting married at Reid Rooms?

Consider the options they can offer/ you can organise yourself Utilise the flexibility by bringing in exactly what u want Enjoy it!

Mrs K. Swan got married at Reid Rooms on the 5th April 2014

How would you rate Reid Rooms out of 5?

Why did you choose Reid Rooms for your wedding?

I am the mother of the bride (Jennie Dayer-Swan). As soon as we arrived we liked the venue and the warm welcome we received at the Wedding Fair held there was excellent.

What was the best thing about Reid Rooms?

The location, lovely countryside, and the venue is not too big. It was great that people could wander around and choose where they wanted to be. Some liked to be outside, some inside listening to the piano in the lounge, some dancing in the small hall.

How helpful were the staff at Reid Rooms before the event?

extremely helpful, we could not wish for better help!

How helpful were the staff at Reid Rooms on the day of the event?

Very helpful, especially the caterers: Chicks, they fussed over the bride and made sure she had everything that she needed

What did you wish you knew about Reid Rooms before getting married?

Nothing, all was fine.

What tips would you give someone getting married at Reid Rooms?

Visit the venue at the Wedding Fair. Sample the food and meet with the catering staff. And hire the piano - it was lovely! Gave the venue a nice, warm feeling

Mickey Edwards got married at Reid Rooms on the 7th February 2014

How would you rate Reid Rooms out of 5?

Why did you choose Reid Rooms for your wedding?

The layout of The Reid Rooms was the biggest attraction. There is a smaller "snug" style room at one end with sofas and a log burner which was ideal for a winter wedding, as the older folk could sit in there away from the music and dancing in a comfy chair! Also, the area where the bar and dance floor was great as it was a good size, but not so big that you need lots of people to fill it.

What was the best thing about Reid Rooms?

The venue staff and the suppliers bent over backwards to make our day perfect

How helpful were the staff at Reid Rooms before the event?

Again, excellent. At no point did we feel like anything was too much trouble.

How helpful were the staff at Reid Rooms on the day of the event?

On a scale of 1 to 10, 11!

What did you wish you knew about Reid Rooms before getting married?

There wasn't anything that surprised on the day. The only point I would advise is to tell your guests the bar only accepts cash, we found this out early and made sure to remind our guests on several occasions to minimise any embarrassment on the day.

What tips would you give someone getting married at Reid Rooms?

1. Hire the Farmhouse to spend the night in, it was great being able to stumble back there afterwards and not have to get in a cab.2. Use Piano DJ for your evening disco3. Use Chicks catering for your food

Nicola Robinson got married at Reid Rooms on the 13th January 2014

How would you rate Reid Rooms out of 5?

Why did you choose Reid Rooms for your wedding?

Nice setting, value for money, helpful staff

What was the best thing about Reid Rooms?

Great photos

How helpful were the staff at Reid Rooms before the event?

Corinne was brilliant

How helpful were the staff at Reid Rooms on the day of the event?

Not as good as id have hoped. Our dedicated staff member couldn't be found. Farmhouse was sooo cold as had no heating (in December!!) and the staff bought me an air conditioning unit instead of a heater. Photos of me getting ready looked awful. Had no heating thru the night, had to sleep in 2 dressing gowns. And my family members with kids left thru the night as too cold for children. Not great for your wedding night :(

What did you wish you knew about Reid Rooms before getting married?

Couldn't really hear the piano throughout dinner, which I was gutted about. I wish I had hired the extra speakers.

What tips would you give someone getting married at Reid Rooms?

Get your bridesmaids to take up the cards before the evening. Have pictures by the lamppost at the front in the evening. If the boys are getting ready at the Farmhouse too - the living room is the best place! And recommend the breakfast too, was lovely.

Donna Miller got married at Reid Rooms on the 22nd September 2013

How would you rate Reid Rooms out of 5?

Why did you choose Reid Rooms for your wedding?

General feel of the Reid rooms was great, warm reception with a intimate offer for the wedding breakfast and lots of space for other guests whom may not want to party all night!

What was the best thing about Reid Rooms?

Everything the food was outstanding (Chicks Catering!!) the venue was immaculate as was the guest house that we fully booked out for a very reasonable rate for the whole wedding party! The court yard gave the opportunity to step outside for some real photo opportunities! Writing this review makes me smile thinking of all the memories we made on this day at this amazing venue!

How helpful were the staff at Reid Rooms before the event?

Very, the staff could not do enough to through from booking to visits to helping us pack the car the day after!!

How helpful were the staff at Reid Rooms on the day of the event?

Incredible - Chicks Caterers led the day they were outstanding and the guests of our day commented on how wonderfully appropriate all staff were.My husbands best friend is also now getting married at this venue - that's says it all doesn't it!!

What did you wish you knew about Reid Rooms before getting married?

The bridal suite was cold in the morning. There was nothing that could have gone better with the exception of more mirrors in the bridal suite as bridesmaids and bride in one large mirror was fun ;)

What tips would you give someone getting married at Reid Rooms?

Arrive with plenty of time to look at the main wedding breakfast area all done up as you won't see this all day without people in it, it truly is a pretty sight!!Take pictures on the drive into the venue as the scenery is so nice in the pictures!!

Daniela Taylor got married at Reid Rooms on the 13th September 2013

How would you rate Reid Rooms out of 5?

Why did you choose Reid Rooms for your wedding?

I wanted somewhere that we were able to do the wedding and reception on site. The other key factors were being able to use our own caterers and not being charged a corkage fee

What was the best thing about Reid Rooms?

It was beautiful and rustic, large enough to take my guests without them rattling around in there and also having the whole venue to ourselves

How helpful were the staff at Reid Rooms before the event?

They were helpful yes, always responded to emails

How helpful were the staff at Reid Rooms on the day of the event?

Very :)

What did you wish you knew about Reid Rooms before getting married?

Honestly... Nothing lol

Donna got married at Reid Rooms on the 20th July 2013

How would you rate Reid Rooms out of 5?

Why did you choose Reid Rooms for your wedding?

We loved that everything was in one place but you still has a variety of rooms unlike other venues that used the same room and then turned it around for the evening. Very friendly staff and not intimidating like a lot of other venues- although it is a business they still gave the impression that ours was the most important wedding.

What was the best thing about Reid Rooms?

The food and drinks company that we used 'Chicks' were by far the biggest highlight and best value for money. Out of everything that day the people are still talking about how wonderful the venue and food were....it set a tone for the day (Our theme was relaxed and family focused with people not wanting for anything once they arrived. We had everything from baskets of flip-flops (July), Sun Cream, needle and thread etc, games for the children etc....we made a list of everything you would probably need and the venue matched that effortlessly.

How helpful were the staff at Reid Rooms before the event?

Excellent! - Mary is the woman you want to deal with! She was outstanding and put me at ease.

How helpful were the staff at Reid Rooms on the day of the event?

Excellent! Could not have asked for more.If you are looking for somewhere that shows excellent value for money (you can book a lot cheaper off season but still get the same wonderful experience we had to book at this time due to work but did not feel like we were being ripped off like in a lot of other venues), offers a personal wedding, fun staff (but very professional) then this is your venue....believe me we looked at a lot. We ended up choosing this as a recommendation from someone that had been their.

What did you wish you knew about Reid Rooms before getting married?

How good the food and drinks packages were from Chicks People were offered seconds, different options etc when it came to the food...(even the children were so impressed they had their option and then asked for the adult option) it was so relaxed and well organized they could not believe it. We chose the unlimited drink option (from after the marriage until the end of the meal and we feel that this saved us a fortune). The drinks were so generous, our gusts could not believe it. Although we had a free bar, the bill was not too high as everyone was so full from the excellent food and drink that they has available to them all day. The evening buffet was a bit of a waste but glad that we got it anyway.

What tips would you give someone getting married at Reid Rooms?

Book Chicks if you do nothing else! Put a bright signs outside (not balloons as they deflate over night) as it is a lane so easily missed by your guests Apparently there were horses near by (which I saw in my photos with guests) but I never knew. Book the DJ/Piano package as then you do not have to worry. No one likes silence pay the bit extra for music all day. Although I do recommend some kind of speakers for the venue's piano if you want to hear the piano outside the lounge as you could only hear if you were in there which was a shame as she was amazing!
The accommodation was just lovely. Like it was your home and Chicks surprise you in the morning with sending over sandwiches which is lovely when you have been up from 5:00 am and not getting married until 2:00pm. Thanks again for the great DJ our guests loved it!

Carly Pasquini got married at Reid Rooms on the 1st June 2013

How would you rate Reid Rooms out of 5?

Why did you choose Reid Rooms for your wedding?

The freedom to bring in our own caterers and provide our own alcohol for the day (up to the evening) without having a corkage charge. We also liked that it was exclusively yours for the whole day with no minimum numbers requirements

What was the best thing about Reid Rooms?

Exclusive hire, freedom to have the wedding we wanted for our budget and the gorgeous courtyard area

How helpful were the staff at Reid Rooms before the event?

In the lead up to the wedding the staff were incredibly helpful

How helpful were the staff at Reid Rooms on the day of the event?

Ummm.... The manager was helpful but disappeared in the evening. We had made a request for the bar to carry more than one bottle of a type of alcohol as we knew that it would be popular but they only had half a bottle The after service was pretty rubbish - the day after the wedding we couldn't find a single person anywhere to speak to about clearing up etc

What did you wish you knew about Reid Rooms before getting married?

Do it! The freedom that you get without the minimum numbers makes it perfect for all types of weddings

What tips would you give someone getting married at Reid Rooms?

Bring your own alcohol, use their recommended caterers (who are excellent) and enjoy!

Beverley and Jamie Smith got married at Reid Rooms on the 3rd August 2012

How would you rate Reid Rooms out of 5?

Why did you choose Reid Rooms for your wedding?

We loved the vintage farmhouse feel to the whole venue and liked the natural wood and barn like venue. It was one of the most cost effective venues and liked the flexibility of choosing our own caterers and other services so it was more our own choices rather than thrust upon us.

What was the best thing about Reid Rooms?

The ceremony room was very small and intimate and I liked the way we could get ready there.

How helpful were the staff at Reid Rooms before the event?

Very helpful and all questions were answered promptly

How helpful were the staff at Reid Rooms on the day of the event?

Great - everything went well

What did you wish you knew about Reid Rooms before getting married?

The farmhouse where you stay needs a bit of updating as there was a leak in my friends room and it was quite overpriced for my family to all stay

What tips would you give someone getting married at Reid Rooms?

Get good caterers - chicks were awesome Can't think of anything else!

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They scored 94% based on the opinions of 10 people who got married at Reid Rooms.

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