Essex Room Wedding Venue Reviews & Testimonials

Why couples choose us over other Massachusetts wedding venues…

When couples considering Massachusetts wedding venues and other hosts looking at Massachusetts reception halls ask us why The Essex Room is the right choice, we always suggest they read our testimonials and wedding venue reviews. While we truly believe we have the best wedding and event venue on the North Shore, the words of gratitude given to us by couples and other people who have trusted us to host their special events are the best references we have to offer you. Please read through the following sample of our testimonials and wedding venue reviews to understand how events at The Essex Room make people feel, then contact us by phone or email today, to book your special event.

“Thank you for all your help planning our wedding reception. Your knowledge and experience were invaluable. I received many compliments on the seating arrangement that you suggested to accommodate my divorced family. The meal was exactly what I had requested, and the food was delicious. . .”

- K. C. California

Donna, I wanted to thank you for all you did Saturday! The Woodman Family truly act together to provide a perfect occasion. I appreciate that all of you did everything you could to make it Michelle's dream wedding. You were all so flexible yet honest enough to not let us make a mistake. You are true professionals!

- Carol

“Thank you so much for the wonderful experience we have had with The Essex Room. You are so awesome in making our vision happen & putting up with all my emails. I knew from walking into this place that this was the one and you have helped reassure that many times!”

- A. S. Haverhill, MA

"The food was exquisitely presented and delicious, the service superb. You have the best chef ever!!! Loved the light show outside as we were leaving. On a scale of 1 to 10, our experience with Woodman's Essex Room and its staff was a definite 11."

- Andrea Stackpole

The Essex Room was such a wonderful place to get married and we cannot say enough good things about the beautiful venue, delicious food, and amazing staff!! Our coordinator, Donna, was there with us every step of the way and truly cared about making our day perfect. She was always there to answer our many questions and was constantly going above and beyond (she even helped us make our own chuppah for our outdoor ceremony!). She and the rest of the staff thought of every detail, and on the wedding day, we were really able to enjoy ourselves knowing that everything was in such great hands. We received so many compliments on the food (Chef Ned is amazing -- people are still talking about the cheese spread!), and the staff really made the room look beautiful, with so many unique touches. We highly recommend this incredible wedding venue to any couple!

- Shayna

“Thank you for making our wedding reception at the Essex Room one for the record books. Our guests loved the (4) signiture cocktails, meals prepared by Chef Ned, the huge dance floor, ice cream bar, and of course, the finger food at the after party in ‘The Trap.’ Thank you!”

- E. S. Lynn, MA

Nine months before our wedding, we decided to switch venues and couldn't have found a better one. Our wedding was wonderful and it wouldn't have happened without the help of the staff at the Essex Room. Right from the start, Maureen and the crew were accommodating of our budget, our food ideas, and our vision. Our wedding planner ended up needing to switch 2 months before our wedding and Donna jumped right in without missing a beat. Donna is quick to respond to emails, answer questions, and give suggestions. Donna and Lauren were extremely helpful during the rehearsal and day of the wedding. My level of stress was low knowing that I had them to keep everything in check. The team had a great sense of humor while waiting for the ceremony, after the ceremony, and during the reception.

- Anonymous

"Good Afternoon Donna! I just want to send a very special 'thank you' to you and your staff at The Essex House for such a wonderful event on Sunday for Jessica's shower! The professionalism and attention to detail made the event everything I had wanted for this day! From my first conversation with you back in May I had a comfortable feeling that I had chosen the perfect spot for this event and final day could not have been improved upon! Many thanks again to you and your staff and Faye for her expertise on Sunday for keeping everything moving along beautifully! I also wanted to note that I had many comments on how delicious the food was and one guest was a chef!!!"

- Nancy Murphy

"We had a wonderful experience with the Essex Room for our daughter's wedding. From the food tastings up to the main event we were treated as if ours was the only event that mattered! Having Donna take care of every last detail was like having our own wedding planner. The wedding day staff was great; the wedding party was well taken care of; and we received many many compliments on the food starting with the appetizers to the salad, the main courses and the delicious desert bar. Thank you Essex Room for adding to our perfect wedding day."

- Gail Hughes

"Dear Donna,
George and I can’t thank you enough for everything that you did for our Sept 26th wedding. You spent countless hours working with us, sent millions of emails, had several in-person meetings – we probably drove you crazy! But the end result was more than we ever could have imagined! Thank you for orchestrating such a complex event and making sure that every little detail was through-out and flawless! You really made it so easy and stress free to work with several vendors – I am so grateful! I will never forget walking into the ballroom of the Essex Room and seeing our vision executed so perfectly! You and your team put so much work into setting up for our reception and it showed! It was like magic! Please also send our thanks to Chef Ned – out friends and family raved about how delicious the food was! We are both honored to meet such a sweet and talented man! Thank you again!"

- Tricia & George Bruff

This is a very belated THANK YOU for your help with the GMC Symposium on the 17th. You and your team do an AWESOME job – you are so on top of it! Thank you for the last minute extras – like adjusting the timing and adding the remote microphone. Having you there is like having a safety net!

Thanks again for helping our event to be a success!

- Dorothy Antczak

Our wedding date is soon approaching and we couldn't feel more at ease than with the Essex Room team. They have been simply great all along the way. The food options at our tasting confirm we will have the best food at any wedding. The entire team has been super friendly, accommodating, flexible, helpful with reception and ceremony ideas and overall welcoming. We truly feel that we and our wedding day matter to each of them and we aren't just another couple getting married at their venue. I read a review on Wedding Wire when we were deciding on venues and someone mentioned that the people of Essex Room is what made it so great, and I couldn't agree more! I can't wait to see how the entire day unfolds!!!

- Katie

“Thank you for everything you did to make me princess for a day. I’ve never felt more special. Everyone is still talking about the wedding; I had so much fun! From the bottom of my heart . . . thank you.”

- S & S Gloucester, MA

"The Essex Room was the perfect venue to host our wedding! Everything went so smoothly and the staff went out of their way to make sure the venue, food, and atmosphere was exactly how we envisioned it. Maureen, Norm, Faye, and Chef Ned were all so helpful and we can't thank them enough!"

- Steven Afrow

Donna and her staff were amazing! The room looked absolutely beautiful. You could tell she put a lot of thought and time into the event to personalize it and make it perfect. My guests were very complimentary of the service that was provided.

The chef was extremely friendly and took pride in his work! The seafood was fresh off the boat, and the homemade cookies were to die for! He was kind enough to give my uncle his recipe for the cookies, and invited us to stop by anytime for a snack.

Thank you for making this event seamless and stress was perfect!

- Ashley McNelly (Christening Event)

“Starting with the actual site visit in the fall, Faye made us feel like your your number one clients. We were the only ones there for the appointment, and you didn’t make us feel rushed or unwelcome. You took the time to answer all of our questions, give us a thorough tour, and provided us with lots of refreshments and goodies to take home. It was like trying on my wedding gown – this place was the one! From that day forward, we felt like part of the Woodman’s family.

There was not a call left un-returned, nor an email left unanswered. I felt like I could reach out at any time, and I was immediately acknowledged and responded to. The expertise and experience that you and your staff have is top notch, and I was at ease throughout the entire planning process, but the Essex Room made it simple and stress free. You always listened to all of our ideas, made suggestions when necessary, and helped us to come up with a setup and menu that was going to really impress all of our guests!

The menu tasting was also amazing! Even though I had basically already selected my options, I was so honored to be invited and included.

As for the rehearsal, I must have changed my mind about the time over and over, and you remained patient and flexible, per usual. It was really efficient, and we felt like we knew exactly what we were going to be doing the next day.

Then of course, on my wedding day – I am speechless!!! You ladies were everywhere and nowhere (meaning, never in the way or intrusive). I did not want for anything! Our families, along with us, were fed and watered and taken care of during prep, pictures, etc., and during the reception, Scott & I didn’t even have time to open our mouths to ask for a thing! We were so pampered and catered to and taken care of. Everyone had a blast!”

- Lauren

“We cannot thank Faye, Norman & the rest of the team enough for making our wedding the absolute BEST day we have ever had!! Everything was perfect from ceremony to reception & the entire staff made sure that nothing was overlooked & everyone was having a great time. The grounds were immaculate for our outdoor ceremony & all of the pictures came out beautiful. We even got to climb onto the roof for an unforgettable photo session!

We also rented The Lobster Trap for the after party which was a great way to keep the fun going without having to travel. Our guests are still raving about how wonderful it was – and we couldn’t agree more! We highly recommend this venue for your wedding!”

- Ariel

“The staff at the Essex Room was amazing! They made the whole planning process so easy, and made me feel like I was special. I had such a warm feeling throughout the process, I felt like I was part of their family.

Faye did an amazing job coordinating and everything went so smoothly. The food was absolutely delicious! I can’t say enough good things about the Essex Room and the staff. I would recommend them 100%!!”

- Rebecca

“We absolutely loved how our wedding turned out! All of our guests had a blast, and many of them say it’s the best wedding they have ever attended!”

- Stephanie

“Faye and Maureen were so fantastic to work with. The location is stunning, great photo ops and awesome for outdoor wedding. The food was fantastic, 130 people and not one complaint, in fact people went out their way to rave about the food all the following week. Def. worth checking out, I’m 100% satisfied that my wedding was here.”

- Christina

“Even though we aren’t actually related, Maureen and the entire staff at the Essex Room treated us like a part of the Woodman’s family. Throughout our search for the perfect venue, the actual planning, and then of course, on the big day itself, there was not a call left un-returned, nor an email left unanswered. I felt like I could reach out at any time, and I was immediately acknowledged and responded to. Maureen would also reach out to me to just check in, and make sure that everything was going smoothly for me in general.

The expertise and experience that the Essex Room staff possesses is bar none. Maureen promised – and delivered – that everything would be simple and stress free. She always listened to all of our ideas, made suggestions when necessary, and helped us to come up with a setup and menu that was going to really impress all of our guests! We could not have asked for a better wedding planner or venue!”

- L.L. New York

“The Essex Room staff did a great job at making sure our wedding went off without a hitch. They were all very responsive, helpful and professional throughout our entire time working with them. There was always someone right there during the day/night keeping us informed about what event was next (cake cutting, bouquet toss etc.), how much time we had for certain things and making sure we had sufficient time to eat! The food was delicious as always.

I would recommend The Essex Room to anyone looking for a wedding venue. It truly is the perfect combination of casual and elegant and the staff was very well versed in what their roles were.”

- Noelle

“We recently had our wedding reception at The Essex Room and have nothing but great things to say! Throughout the whole process Faye, Maureen, and others at The Essex Room made the process go smoothly. On our wedding day we worked closely with Faye and Norman. They made sure that we were fed, had some drinks, and got all of our photos done in a timely manner. The food was delicious, and the size of the venue was great for our large wedding. Everyone had an absolute blast, and all of our photos outside came out spectacular. Would definitely recommend.”

- Katrina Danvers, MA

“Once again, thank you! . . . All of my guests, including my family, were delighted. I can’t wait for our next excuse to celebrate with you!”

- M. R. Wenham, MA

“I don’t know where to start. Faye and the whole team were brilliant. From beginning to end they were so willing to accomodate and also stay within my budget. Always very personal. It was the first place we looked at and never looked anywhere else. The food was fantastic and Chef Ned is a talented Chef. I have to say what a wonderful feeling when I walked in on my wedding day to find so many people working on making our day so special. It was beautiful!”

- Jean

“I wanted to share with you the nice compliments I’m hearing following the party at The Essex Room: ‘The food was delicious!’, ‘The tables looked lovely,’ ‘The waitstaff and kitchen were so discreet and quiet during the presentations,’ ‘It was a wonderful party!’ Thanks for making it so easy and for making me look so good. As usual, we had a great time at The Essex Room!”

- K. P. Essex, MA

My guests raved how wonderful the food, staff, and scenery were at The Essex Room. Donna and Faye were extremely helpful during the whole process, they responded to emails in a timely fashion and answered all my questions. The wait staff was also great! I would definitely recommend them to other brides. I also want to point out that 3 weeks before my wedding I found out that I couldn't have a sparkler send off like i had planned.But Donna and Faye spent an entire night searching the internet for a substitution for me! They managed to give me something very cute that made my pictures awesome!

- Jasmine

"My husband and I just hosted a wedding reception in Charlestown (Pier 4, Navy Yard) and used [the Essex Room and Woodman's teams] as caterer, event planner, on-site guest managers, etc. - you name it, they took care of EVERYTHING! I don't even have the right words to express how amazing they are - the food was fabulous, the service was phenomenal - they made our perfect day that much more memorable! I would recommend Woodman's to anyone and everyone who wants to host an awesome party. Donna, Kristi, Maureen and their team are absolutely WONDERFUL!!!! I would give you 10 stars if I could!"

- Erica Monroe

“We had a great experience having our wedding at the Essex Room! Most important to us, was their ability to be flexible and relaxed about letting us have the party the way we wanted it. The location is spectacular, but non-pretentious. Guests had a great time staying in the B&B’s nearby. Good value when compared to other venues.”

- Phil

“Our wedding was beyond what we could ever expect. Faye Broderick was beyond exceptional throughout the entire planning and execution of our event. We want to thank Faye and the rest of the Essex Room staff for providing us with the most memorable wedding that anyone could ever ask for. The service, food, and responsiveness exceeded our expectations and I would recommend anyone to have an event at The Essex Room.”

- Daneille

“Maureen – Thank you for your part in making Andrea’s day such a dream come true for her. She never would have been able to do it and she is so happy! Since she was a little girl she has talked about her wedding and how it would be. The arch was perfect, the hall beautiful, the food great, and the staff friendly and so accommodating. Faye was fantastic and really looked great. We are grateful for Wayne coming back in the winter to marry them. The snow on the ground was also perfect…”

- R.W. Essex, MA

Everything was absolute WONDERFUL! The venue was just gorgeous! Our family/bridal pictures from outside are just perfect. The food was so delicious and spot on. The staff was very friendly and Donna was amazing. She was able to meet with us whenever was convenient for us and was extremely helpful/supportive with all our decisions. I would HIGHLY recommend this venue and Donna to any couple looking to get married.

“We recently had our wedding here and we could not have been any happier from day one.The minute we walked through the door we knew that this was where we wanted our wedding to be – everyone here is great, they are all friendly and professional. Faye and the whole Event Planning team was wonderful, they took all my phone calls and e-mails without any hiccups, they answered all of my questions accurately and in timely fashion. The day really was a dream, the room looked beautiful, and everything was flawless.

The food was exceptional, still getting rave reviews about how delicious it was. We added “Dave the Expresso Guy” to our package and we were very happy with that choice, such a great add on. We really are very satisfied with how our day turned out, Thank you to everyone at the Essex Room for such a wonderful job and the perfect day!”

- Melanie Essex, MA

“The Essex Room was without doubt the most perfect venue for our wedding celebration. Every bride needs a Faye in her life! She kept me so at ease and accommodated every single request. The food was sooo good! They even made mini chicken empanadas! The staff was a lot fun also. Overall Doug and I are so glad to had celebrated our first dance and first meal as husband and wife at the Essex Room! Note: this is like the 6th family wedding at the Essex Room, several generations later and they are still making dreams come true.”

- Jennifer

Dear Donna, Kristi, Maureen, Wendy and the entire Woodman’s Team,
We cannot thank you enough for all that you did for us on the day or our wedding reception this summer. We could not have pulled it off without you! Our guest have been talking about how fabulous our party was for months now…..From how amazing the raw bar was to how many lobsters they ate…We are so grateful to all of you who helped make our big day one for the books. Thank you for everything. We will always refer you to anyone looking for an amazing party!

- Erica & Steve Yates

“We want to thank you and your staff for making Janis and Jim’s wedding day a very memorable event. Everything went perfectly, and you and your staff couldn’t have been more helpful. The food was great, and you’ve had many compliments from our guests. We want you to know that we will recommend you to anyone we know who is planning an event, since your service was the best.”

- D. J. Hamilton, MA

“Absolutely not one complaint! Its newly renovated and beautiful inside. Everyone was super helpful especially Faye Broderick. She is amazing. I could literally call her to vent and she would just listen. The food was amazing, the decorations, the seating the lighting, it all was perfect!! My ceremony was supposed to be outside but it rained so I was a little worried when they had to move it inside but they blew me away again! Highly recommend!”

- Christen

“We want to thank you and your staff for making Heidi and Keith’s wedding reception a perfect evening we will never forget. The food and service were outstanding, and the room was beautiful. We are still receiving compliments from our guests, and you will be highly recommended by all.”

- M. W. Beverly, MA

Holding our wedding reception at the Essex Room was one of the very best decisions we made - besides marrying each other! The quality of the whole experience was remarkable, and our guests loved every morsel of food, and every moment of the evening. We were thrilled with the quality of service and attention to detail. I will never get married again, but hope that others have the opportunity to be as amazed and impressed as we were.

- Kristin Nelson

“I don’t know where to begin on praising the amazing job that Faye, and the Essex Room did for our wedding. From our first sit down meeting, until the day of the wedding, everyone was so helpful and accommodating with all questions and requests that we had. A month after the wedding, we were still receiving compliments on how amazing the food was.

We were very lucky that weather cooperated and was able to have our ceremony on the front lawn, and was able to get some great pictures with the landscape around the hall. The room was very spacious, and well decorated. I am glad that we added the extra bartender to have both bars open so our guests did have to walk all around to get a beverage. We are so happy that we went with The Essex Room to host our wedding!”

- Erin

“My husband and I had an amazing wedding at the Essex Room this year! The service we received from start to finish was exemplary, and I would not hesitate to recommend them to friends, family, perfect strangers, etc. Faye, Donna, and Norm were a dream team; they covered every detail of our wedding planning process, and the day of, with incredible ease. They were personable, friendly, funny, and genuinely cared about us.

They helped us stay within our budget, and were never pushy about any details of the wedding. The venue itself is gorgeous in the spring. We loved that the room overlooked the marsh and river, and loved the little details inside the room too. The service on the day of the wedding was fantastic. Our guests loved the food and drinks: lemonade and cookies before the ceremony, AWESOME appetizers during cocktail hour, delicious entrees, and really amazing desserts from Topsfield Bakeshop. We could not have asked for a better experience.”

- Samantha

"Everyone told me that
something always goes wrong at weddings, but my daughter's wedding was
flawless. Everyone had a great time, and it was definitely a day we'll never

- Laura Schiffman

"My husband, Derrick, and I had our wedding at the Essex room on October 18th, it was one of the greatest decisions we made when it came to planning. From the moment we sat down with Maureen at our initial meeting we knew this was the place for us! They were able to stay within our budget while also keeping our wedding personal. We wanted a sundae bar, they made it happen. We wanted a candy bar, they made that happen too! AMAZING! Faye was also a life saver and Ned is an amazing chef. I completely recommend this venue to any couple!"

- Ashley, Peabody, MA

“Absolutely not one complaint! Its newly renovated and beautiful inside. Everyone was super helpful especially Faye Broderick. She is amazing. I could literally call her to vent and she would just listen. The food was amazing, the decorations, the seating the lighting, it all was perfect!! My ceremony was supposed to be outside but it rained so I was a little worried when they had to move it inside but they blew me away again! Highly recommend!”

- Miriam Boston, MA

"Every question I asked was answered by Faye or Maureen with patience and a generous spirit. I had to sort out many details and they listened and responded with attentiveness. Throughout set up and the night of the event Faye was always there providing support. Again, many thanks."

- Carol Amore

“The Essex Room at Woodman’s of Essex was by far a dream come true for us! My husband and I (I love saying that!) could not have dreamed of a more perfect day for our wedding, and thanks to the Essex Room, that is what we got! A perfect day. The ceremony was held outside, decided the morning of with the rise of the sun after rainy weather the day before. We had rehearsed indoors, so I was nervous about the change, but the staff at the Essex Room made the transition seamlessly and the ceremony went off without a stitch!! THe cocktail hour was sensational, the appetizers phenomenal. The vegetable crudites table, beautifully displayed amongst wheat grass, had a great selection of vegetables, and all the guests were wowed by the display!

The receptions was incredible. All of the food was great – we had stuffed haddock and filet mignon. We each got one, so we could share, and it was awesome! The first course was an asparagus dish with egg and cheese – delicious!

Our hostess, as bride and groom we got our own, was fantastic and was there to help keep us on time and help us with anything we needed. The entire day worked so smoothly, we were completely able to just relax and have a great time. By the time the last dance came around, I don’t think I stressed about a single thing.

The little things really made the day special. Those details, like a “signature drink” at the bar and sweet and special candy bar for the favors, personalized our wedding and showed just how much thought the staff put into our event, and how well they listened when asking us questions about what we wanted and what we “saw” on our day.

Every staff member, from the kitchen to the bar to the hostesses, was friendly and welcoming – more than willing to help with anything that was needed. Everyone seemed to work really well together, and they were all happy, accommodating, and really nice.
From start to finish, I can honestly say I couldn’t have asked for a better venue to hold my wedding.
Thanks to The Essex Room – for making our day the best we could have hoped for!!”

- Lisa

Faye, Ned and the rest of The Essex Room team went above and beyond to make our wedding day exactly what we hoped for. Over the course of almost a year, Faye worked with us to capture our vision for the decor, set up and schedule for our wedding reception. She was incredibly professional, considerate, and extremely flexible with my ever changing decisions. Not only did she help make the planning process enjoyable, but ensured the entire reception flowed exactly how it should have. We were also so grateful for Ned and his culinary expertise. Because my husband is Korean, we hoped to incorporate the cuisine into our cocktail hour appetizers. Ned delivered an amazing bulgogi slider and our guests continue to rave about them three months later! The rest of the appetizers and meal options made for the perfect fall menu. The venue itself is absolutely beautiful - we barely needed to decorate! We couldn't be happier we chose The Essex Room and we highly recommend it to anyone looking for a Northshore venue.

- Hannah

Donna, everything was perfect yesterday. I cannot thank you and your wonderful staff enough. Brandon and I are so happy we chose the Essex Room. We left a review on your Facebook page. We had so much fun and our guests kept saying how beautiful and romantic it all was and how wonderful the food was. You and your staff went above and beyond to make our day so special -- we will remember that day forever and are so happy. Thank you.

- Bethany and Brandon Bell

The Essex Room, one of Massachusetts’ most beautiful reception halls, is located on Boston’s North Shore in the coastal village of Essex. Call or email for an event consultation and a tour of our Massachusetts wedding venue.

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