The Essex Room is a classic coastal venue located in Essex, Massachusetts. Previously known as Woodman’s Function Hall, this elegant banquet hall offers gorgeous views of the salt marsh. They boast expansive grounds that are perfect for an outdoor ceremony. The Essex Room wants to make your vision for your wedding day a reality.
Facilities and Capacity
Couples can accommodate up to 250 guests at this venue. There’s a beautiful seasonal garden which serves as your backdrop as you say your “I dos” outdoors. For your reception, you'll move indoors to the Essex Room which boasts a spacious dance floor and elegant decor. There’s also their iconic “Steamship Lounge” which reminds one of travel long ago.
This full-service, family-owned event venue located on Boston’s North Shore has been a part of the wedding industry for over 40 years. Their services include, but are not limited to:
Couples can choose between cocktail style, stations, buffet or a plated dinner. They specialize in a variety of cuisine, including American, French, Mediterranean and Asian. Sample fare includes:
In addition to hosting your wedding, The Essex Room will also host the following:
Recommended by 99% of couples
Danielle · Married on 06/09/2018
We had our ceremony on 06/09/18 outside in the small garden area overlooking the marsh with 24 guests, a family meal after the ceremony downstairs in the Lobster Trap Pub and then a cocktail reception for 130 guests in the upstairs function space that included passed & stationed hors d'oeuvres and desserts.
One of the biggest draws for us to this space was that we could do everything in one location and not have to move the ceremony guests from place to place.
The upstairs was decorated beautifully with the mixed combination of pictures, flowers, centerpieces & candles that we brought in with the existing decor of the room.
Donna and Lauren coordinated and managed every detail, helped with decisions, made suggestions and were so helpful in ensuring that everything was perfect and stress free for us on our wedding day, it was clear we wouldn't have to worry about a single thing!
All of the staff we encountered were incredible, so friendly, welcoming and accommodating. They also seemed to want to make sure our day was perfect for us.
THANK YOU Donna & Lauren for making me feel so special and catered too. You answered every email / question / or change to our plan politely and in a timely manner, shared your suggestions on how to achieve the feel we were hoping for and never made me feel I was asking too much.
Your personal attention to every detail was reflected in how beautiful the day was and you made our day everything we could have hoped for and more!!
I would highly recommend Donna, Lauren, Chef Ned, Maureen and the entire team at The Essex Room!!
You will not be disappointed by the level of experience, beautiful grounds, amazing food and outstanding high quality level of service you will receive from this group - they know what they are doing and it shows in the level of attention to detail that you will receive.
Jill · Married on 11/04/2017
I loved the Essex Room from the minute we visited and tried their food. The prices were reasonable and staff was always available. Not to mention the dance floor is huge.Sent on 12/06/2017
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Sarah · Married on 09/23/2017
We are so glad that we chose The Essex Room for our wedding! To start, it is in a beautiful and convenient location with plenty of parking, set on the Essex River with lovely grounds for an outdoor ceremony. It is right in the heart of Essex, but set way back so it feels very private. The function room is beautiful with a big dance floor, a spacious bridal suite and a very cool bar and lounge. The food was exceptional and the guests were raving about it. As part of the wedding package, they also provide a wedding planner/coordinator to really help you work through all of the details, manage the menu, coordinate with the other vendors and work through the schedule which was so incredibly helpful. I would have been lost without them as they really worked hard to make sure my event was exactly how I envisioned and they succeeded - Everything was perfect. The Essex Room really offers a great value for the price and their entire staff is fantastic. I highly recommend The Essex Room to any couple looking for a wedding venue on the North Shore.Sent on 10/16/2017
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Looking for a venue in the north shore of Massachusetts? The Essex Room is it. As a wedding videographer, they have so many great scenic spots to film in and set the scene for a beautiful day. Their staff is extremely attentive and helpful to anything you may need assistance with whether you're a vendor or potential client. I would highly recommend to any couple looking for a nautical themed wedding near the water in the renowned north shore.
The Essex Room is the perfect venue on the North Shore for wedding receptions and special events. The beautiful views capture the very essence of New England. Maureen, Donna, Norman, and all the staff are wonderful to work with and do everything they can to make each event perfect. The room takes light beautifully, allowing us to transform the mood and feel dramatically. The Essex Room is by far one of our favorite venues to light.
The Essex Room is a hidden gem. I filmed a wedding there last fall and was blown away not only by the style and area (directly behind Woodmans Grill!) but also the staff and people who worked to make the couples night at The Essex Room one for the books. As a vendor I was treated with utmost care and I have been anxiously waiting for my next couple who tells me I'll be traveling to the Essex Room with them. And don't even get me started on how gorgeous Golden Hour is there. The sunset was breath taking and made for incredible shots. I highly recommend considering the Essex Room in your pursuit of a reception venue!!!