A wedding party

The Old Parish Parish Rooms – Wedding Venue, Essex

The history:

The Old Parish Rooms, Hockley Road, Rayleigh, is a beautiful grade 2 listed building, and intimate, stylish wedding venue set in the heart of Essex.A wedding party

Boasting 2 impressive mezzanine floors, overlooking the ground floor level, The Old Parish Rooms is the perfect venue to host any wedding, birthday party, or special occasion.

Steeped in history, and originally built in 1863, the building itself used to be an all boys school and connected to the local church.

A couple getting married

At this time, to study at the prestigious school used to cost a whopping one pence per day, which by todays standards would have still only cost £1.26 per day. 

Furthermore, the building also proudly displays 1 of only 30 heritage plaques produced by The Rayleigh Town Heritage scheme, further cementing it’s place as one of Essex’s most treasured buildings.

The venue:

The venue itself is approximately 100 square meters, and has a guest capacity of anywhere up to 100 guests.

Additionally, for seated guests, the venue can accommodate up to 80 people, and for ceremonies there is space for 50 of your nearest and dearest friends and family members.

Equally, decor at the venue is elegant and understated. The beautiful real wooden flooring stands out against the freshly white painted walls, giving you an elegant and stunning space to make your own.

In 2020 the venue underwent an upgrade.

The Old Parish Rooms sound upgrade

The internal sound system was upgraded to a 7k void acoustic sound system, that can be used by visiting wedding and event DJ’s. 

The dance floor area is now surrounded by 4 venu 8 void acoustic 8 inch speakers, all powered by 2 top end Yamaha amplifiers.

Importantly, the sound system is all brought together by void venu 212 subwoofer that is discreetly placed underneath the stair case to the upper mezzanine floor. 

Time to drink !

Bridesmaids at the old parish rooms

With an assortment of arrival and dinner drinks packages you can be sure your guest are kept well hydrated and suitably oiled up for the evening wedding party.

Choose from tea, coffee, Italian prosecco and red / white wine.

Additionally a glass of bubbly for toasts can be included.

Indeed, this is all handled with ease by the team of dedicated in house staff, who will keep drinks topped up throughout the day.

Feeling a little peckish ?

The Old Parish Rooms take catering seriously, with a mouthwatering menu to please every palate.

As well as an assortment of canapés to choose from, including mini steak tartar en croute or smoke salmon and creme fresh blinis, you can be assured that your guests will be delighted with what is on offer.

Moreover, starters range from Crispy coated fried brie, with caramelised red onion jam, to confit of duck spring rolls with sweet chilli sauce and cucumber noodles.

Our favourite from the main course menu has to be the Braised beef bourguignon with Confit shallots, mushrooms, silver skin onions and creamed potatoes.

The layout

A bride and groom at The Old parish Rooms

The layout is ideal for functions. The intimate space, with fully staffed bar directly next to the dance floor, means that your guests won’t have to travel far to top their drinks up.

Especially, as the music can always be heard from the bar, so you are never at risk of missing your favourite tune. 


seated wedding guests

The venue also recommends on the best wedding suppliers in Essex.

Choose from a list of highly commended business, such as your truly Fox and Braces for your DJ’s. Fauxevermore, for your faux flower dreams, Party Squared, for props and styling & Joe Kinnerman for photography and many more.

Our review:

We LOVE providing DJ services for this amazing wedding venue. The layout is absolutely spot on, it provides us a captive audience throughout the evening, as guests have no empty rooms to disappear into.

The far lower ground floor, under the opposite mezzanine is the ideal quite place.

In particular, due to the placement of the new upgraded sound system, the beauty is that guests can still hear the music, so if they do hear their favourite track, they can spring into action and join everyone else on the dance floor.

A bride and groom cutting the cake

The staff

Equally, it’s also a huge deal to enjoy working with the venue.

Thankfully, we have built a great relationship with the venue owner, Laura, and the the catering / bar manager, Stefan, both of whom are superb at what they do.

Laura, provides a personal and tailored service to all the couples who enquire (and obviously after seeing the venue – book !) and Stefan runs the catering and bar with precision and efficiency, unlike anyone else we have seen.

It should also be noted that we sometimes travel up to 150 miles to DJ at some wedding venues across the UK, and believe it or not, The Old Parish Rooms is only a 7 minute drive from us.

And now with the added benefit of the amazing new void acoustics sound system, we are able to set up within 15 minutes.

A grooms speech

Previously, we DJ’d at our first wedding at this brilliant venue in early 2017, and from then on it has been one of our favourite venues to attend.

We have so many fond memories of weddings, birthday parties and corporate events, and have no doubt that going forward, we will create many more.

Finally, for further information about booking your wedding or event at The Old Parish Rooms in Rayleigh, contact Laura, here:


01268 833101

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Photography by “Love That Smile Photography”