Layer Marney Tower Review

I’m often requested to DJ at Layer Marney Tower Wedding Venue near Colchester, Essex, for various functions including Wedding Receptions, Birthday and Anniversary parties. After providing the music for a wedding many years ago, I was added to the Layer Marney Towers weddings preferred suppliers list. I decided to write this Layer Marney Tower review and share with you this wonderful wedding venue and some of my own photographic work.

Layer Marney Towers Review

The Layer Marney Tower website describes this magnificent Tudor building as ‘Dramatic’, and I couldn’t agree more! It’s impossible to do this spectacular venue full justice with a camera or words.

Constructed in the first half of the reign of Henry VIII it is the tallest Tudor Gatehouse in Britain. Lord Marney died in 1523 and his son continued to build, but he too died just 2 years later. So, Layer Marney Towers changed hands and is now owned by the Charrington family.

Layer Marney is simply Enchanting!

Incredible brickwork with twisted chimney stacks everywhere, constructed by amazing craftsmen of their day, captivates and ‘wows’ you from the moment you arrive.

Visitors from all around the world come to marvel at its architecture and beautifully kept grounds. Every time I visit I wander around the grounds and marvel at it, ‘wide-eyed’.

Aside from being just a tourist attraction, Layer Marney Tower doubles up as a classy wedding venue to rival any other. So individual and unique in every way, you must see it and make up your own mind.

Layer Marney Tower Review

Layer Marney Tower Wedding Venue

I was fortunate to be asked to DJ at a wedding reception, and spend the afternoon and evening with guests, enjoying their moment. Armed with my camera, I explored this magnificent place with my lens.

As you make your way in to the building, through the doors by the bar, a grand staircase awaits. Here you can create the perfect confetti shot as your guests gather round the stair case, and release their colourful blizzard on cue.

Layer Marney Tower
Layer Marney Tower Wedding Venue

Layer Marney Wedding Photos

Bride and Groom, family and friends all look their very best in the wedding photos at Layer Marney Towers. Set in rolling Essex countryside scenery which forms the perfect backdrop.

There are so many nooks and crannies for superb photographic opportunities, and for a wedding photographer it’s a ‘sensory overload’.

The Grade II listed grounds offer an endless variety of shots, with well tendered flower beds, rose gardens, a huge fountain, and fields in the distance.

Layer Marney Photographer

LayerMarney Catering Staff

Staff put together a classy looking sweet table arrangement complete with feature lighting.

The resident catering team, Bouquet Garni also offer something I’ve never seen before. As an alternative to an evening buffet you can have hot pancakes with a choice of fillings! They have an old Citroen van, converted into a ‘kitchen’ with a serving hatch, to add a really unusual twist and a talking point for guests.

Layer Marney Tower Catering
Layer Marney Staff

Layer Marney Wedding Breakfast

Guests are seated in a large main hall wich features a vaulted ceiling, lead light windows, chandeliers, beams galore, and a splendid fire place.

The Layer Marney Tower Wedding Venue staff I have met there have all been very nice, efficient and welcoming. Nothing is too much trouble for them to make your day and evening run as smoothly and enjoyably as possible.

Layer Marney Tower Wedding Breakfast
Layer Marney Tower Wedding Reception

Sparklers Archway

Imagine an archway made from sparklers. I stopped the music, and everyone was ordered outside into the courtyard. Guests were given sparklers, which on cue they lit all at once.

You can tell by their smiles just how delighted they were with every aspect. I really enjoyed photographing them on what was one very special day.

LayerMarney Archway

I take my camera along to some wedding and birthday functions and display the photos on my website giving guests the chance to share amongst family and friends.

All photos on my website are subject to copyright and not to be used without my permission.

Wedding Archway

DJ and Photographer Package Deal

I offer a full DJ and Lighting rig for your party or event, with music of your choice. I’ve performed at this venue many times and it is because of its size, layout and friendly staff that I recommend it so highly. Please contact me for a quote.
I also offer reportage photography as your guests arrive and during the evening, capturing the dance floor action, cake, group shots etc

Layer Marney Tower Review

Here is a totally different photo featuring the tower. The bride and groom asked me to take this, and I think it would look fabulous in black and white too.

I’ve not been to the top of the tower, but I’m told that you can see the church, outbuildings, gardens, Estate and wild life walk.

The Tea Room in the old stable offers light lunches, teas and cakes, and is open to the public except on Fridays and Saturdays.

Stay in Layer Marney Towers

You can stay at Layer Marney Tower in one of their six superbly appointed encampments.

Address and Contact info

Layer Marney Tower
Layer Marney
Near Colchester
Essex C05 9US

Tel: 01206 330 784

Fill out my Venue Enquiry Form if you need a quote!

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Wedding Photos - Sam and Stacey

What a fantastic wedding! See photos from their special day here.

Wedding Photos - James and Amy

If you obtain the password from James and Amy you can view their wedding photos here

Sarah and Lewis

Sarah and Lewis tie the knot in style

Sarah and Lewis had a fantastic wedding reception at Layermarney Towers. You can view the photos here. Memory sticks are available for just £15 containing all the photos in high quality from the day and evening, posted direct to your door. Click below, and enjoy!


Jessica's perfect Wedding Day photos

A perfect day when the sun didn’t stop shining and guests didn’t leave the dance floor all night.

Layer Marney Tower Wedding Reception

The pictures displayed here are lower resolution so if you want the high quality ones on memory stick just email your details (or call me 01702 200800) and I will post out to you. Price is £15 incl postage and includes all the photos I took that day 🙂
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Layer Marney Tower Wedding Brochure Price List

Here is a current price list taken from the Layer Marney Towers Weddings 2013 / 2014 online brochure.

The fee for a wedding ceremony is paid in full at the time of booking.
This is a non-refundable fee. The booking will be for one hour,
allowing time for the ceremony and photographs. Ceremonies take
place between 10am – 1pm. Ceremonies may be held after 1pm
only when booked together with a reception.

Wedding Ceremony Charges

Charges £750.00 £750.00
Wedding receptions at Layer Marney Tower include the use of the
Rolls Royce and the bridal suite. Also included is heating, lighting,
use of the garden, tables, chairs and logs for the fire. Music must
cease by 12 midnight and guests leave by 1am.
A non-refundable deposit of £1000 confirms a booking.
The remaining balance together with a damage deposit is to be paid
2 months before the wedding. The damage deposit is returned as soon
as possible if there is no damage, usually within 7 days.
Wedding reception charges 2013 2014
April – September & December
Saturday £5300.00 £5300.00
Friday £4350.00 £4350.00
Sunday £3700.00 £3700.00
Monday – Thursday £3000.00 £3000.00
January – March, October & November
Saturday £4250.00 £4250.00
Friday & Sunday £3500.00 £3500.00
Monday – Thursday £2750.00 £2750.00
Damage deposit £500.00 £500.00

Cancellation Policy

If your reception is cancelled more than six months in advance
then no further payment will be required. If the reception is
cancelled between three and six months in advance then 50%
of the outstanding balance will be required to be paid. If less than
three months notice of cancellation is given, then the whole of
the outstanding balance must be paid.
These charges may be subject to alteration. Once a booking
has been confirmed the charges on the booking form will remain
as confirmed.

Layer Marney Tower Essex is absolutely perfect for any party or function you have in mind! Ideal for a wedding it definately has that ‘Wow’ factor and enchant you from the moment you arrive.

Make sure you look at my Gallery which shows my photos and reviews of other desireable wedding venues in Essex.

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