Venue Name: Leez Priory
Location: Chelmsford, Essex
Please tell us a little about Leez Priory’s history
Leez Priory was built in 1536 for Sir Richard Rich, Earl of Warwick. Over the years the Priory has been visited by many members of the royal family, including HRH Queen Elizabeth I and HRH Princess Mary.
In 1995 Leez Priory was the very first wedding venue in England to be granted a Civil Ceremony License, allowing couples to marry outside of a registry office or church.
What type of venue is Leez Priory?
Leez Priory is a splendid Tudor mansion wedding venue in Essex, standing in its own grounds.
What can a couple expect from having their wedding at Leez Priory?
Every couple can expect a wedding day which will hold special memories for the bride, groom, their family and friends.
What is the capacity for a wedding ceremony and reception at Leez Priory?
Leez Priory can seat up to 110 for a wedding breakfast and up to 250 for an evening reception.
Do you offer exclusive use?
Absolutely, we are an exclusive use wedding venue.
Does Leez Priory have its own caterers or can couples choose to bring in their own caterers?
The venue prides itself on its catering, and the Head Chef, together with all the staff, is employed by the company to ensure high standards are met. Unfortunately, we do not allow outside caterers.
What would a typical wedding breakfast at Leez Priory be?
All wedding breakfasts are unique, as all our weddings are tailor-made to your requirements.
So packages can be tailored to the couple’s needs?
Totally; this is your special day and will be tailored to your individual requirements.
What do you think is the best thing about having a wedding at Leez Priory?
Leez Priory definitely has the WOW factor, and you will enjoy exclusivity of the house and grounds on your special day From the minute you arrive your guests will be swept away with the beauty of the house and grounds, the fabulous food and an amazing team ensuring every detail of the day is nothing less than perfect! It is simply the most perfect setting, with so many choices!
Does Leez Priory have any rooms for guests to stay?
Leez Priory has 15 bedrooms including the Bridal Suite, plus The Fisherman’s Cottage for the bride and bridesmaids to stay the night before.
How many weddings does Leez Priory hold per year on average?
On average we hold 268 weddings each year.
Does Leez Priory have a wedding co-ordinator on site and are they available on the day of the wedding?
Yes, the venue has a team of Front of House Managers who will help to plan the wedding day. They are on site to greet the bride on the morning of the wedding, and will remain on site until the happy couple depart the following day. We pride ourselves on each day being “planned to perfection”.