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Civil Ceremonies


Dove Barn is licensed to hold civil ceremonies for up to 108 people and is available for both weekend and mid-week ceremonies.

Ceremonies take place in the fine timber-framed barn, complete with its oak beams, 30 ft ceilings, minstrels gallery and open log fireplace.

Saturdays remain the most popular day to be married but if you are looking for a mid-week civil ceremony Dove Barn offers two options:


Church Weddings


Dove Barn is close to four beautiful Suffolk churches. Groton church, being just 1 mile away is the closest.

If you would like to explore the possibility of marrying in one of them (Boxford, Groton, Edwardstone or Little Waldingfield), please contact the local parish priest;

Reverend Rob Parker-McGee on 01787 210434 



Dove Barn is currently closed due to Covid-19 but we look forward to welcoming you once we are able to open again.

In the meantime, Dove Barn is a truly unique, friendly & relaxed venue and we hope to be able to offer viewings soon. Please call 01787 210007 or email if you would like any further information such as a brochure or links to wedding videos or any updates to our services. We look forward to arranging viewings and hosting weddings just as soon as we can. In the meantime,  please keep safe and take care.


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Houchins, our sister venue, just 30 minutes from Dove Barn.


Houchins is situated just outside Coggeshall in Essex. Slightly bigger than Dove Barn, Houchins is licenesed for civil ceremonies both inside and outside for up to 120 people. Its dining area, in the old grainstore seats 150 in comfort. In addition to the venue, tastefully converted from an old barn, Houchins offers luxurious accommodation for up to 14 guests in the historic listed grade 2* farmhouse and additional accommodation for the bridal couple in the adjacent, newly converted Honeymoon Lodge .


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If a long engagement is not for you, why not consider our special 'quickie' discount. Subject to availability, we offer a 20% discount off the venue hire (only) when you book and marry in 4 months or less! 

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“Dove Barn was the perfect venue for us- beautiful, peaceful and completely relaxed. It was great that we had the venue for the whole weekend to decorate just how we wanted. We loved the flexibility, hard work and helpfulness of both Jayson and the team at Dove for allowing us to create our own special day, in our own style. Thank you! We had the best time ever and wish we could do it all over again! x”

- Hannah -