TO HAVE AND TO HOLD: KENT’S BEST WEDDING VENUES
The wedding venue is often the first thing that couples decide on when organising their wedding. Everything else falls into place around it, so snagging the perfect space for your wedding to take place is essential. But with so many gorgeous wedding venues in Kent, where should you choose? What are your must haves, and what can you live without (if you really had to)? With such an array of choice in Kent, we’ve put together a selection of some of the most idyllic, beautiful, and charming wedding venues in the county.
Magnificent, secluded Eastwell Manor is simply the best, providing the perfect backdrop for the ultimate bespoke wedding. Renowned for its beautiful gardens and outstanding banqueting facilities, Eastwell Manor offers a fairytale experience. Hold the ceremony in a striking, oak-panelled room overlooking the gardens or in the secret, walled garden with its stunning gazebo. The award-winning kitchen brigade will be delighted to devise a special wedding breakfast using the finest quality, locally sourced produce. Eastwell Manor has two rosettes for fine cuisine, four red stars for the hotel rooms, a Champneys Spa and a golf course.
Baypoint Sports Club
Weddings at Baypoint Sports Club give you a choice of two impressive function rooms, both absolutely beautiful and decorated to your bespoke designs including a spacious ballroom with a full lighting system. Baypoint is licensed for civil ceremonies in the pretty gazebo on the dedicated terrace overlooking the grounds. Fully enclosed 17 acres of grounds – perfect for photographs, whatever the season. There is also a children’s play area and plenty of room for outdoor games or a bouncy castle. Along with all of this, you will have a dedicated wedding coordinator and the catering is all done in-house.
Overlooking the Wye Downs and offering beautiful views of Kent and Sussex, Crown Lodge is a peaceful, rural location near Ashford. Inside and out Crown Lodge is the perfect place to hold a truly spectacular wedding, civil ceremony or event.
The Secret Garden
Big gatherings or small intimate events can all be held at the Secret Garden. There are two outdoor and two indoor locations to be married in, and the experienced wedding guide will be able to help you choose the one that is ideal for your big day. All the food is prepared by The Secret Garden’s fantastic team of chefs, and they will happily discuss your requirements with you – you can choose whatever you want to have. Ideas include Champagne high tea, luxury picnics, a ‘posh’ barbecue and à la carte meals.
The BarnYard can offer the perfect setting for your luxury wedding, either in the beautiful permanent marquee or later in the day ‘twilight’ wedding ceremonies held in the rustic oak beamed barn. Whatever the occasion let The BarnYard’s experienced and dedicated team help to ensure organising your celebration is stress-free and enjoyable. Their attention to detail will guarantee you can relax and celebrate in style while the chefs can prepare for you exquisite food to tempt all taste buds.
Celebrate your wedding at a truly picturesque venue that retains all the magic and romance of a bygone era. With its elegant Grade II listed Victorian mansion, 36 acres of beautiful gardens, woods, parkland and a tranquil lake, a picture-perfect setting is provided for your special day, which is sure to impress your guests. There are three fabulous function rooms to choose from which can cater for both intimate and larger wedding parties. All of the spaces maintain the stunning, romantic, and characteristic features of Salomons Estate and allow you to enjoy the breathtaking views of the estate. Getting married at Salomons Estate in Kent ensures a wonderful and unforgettable occasion.
The team at Venue 28 will be with you all the way from the initial ideas for your wedding to the big day itself. Whether you want a modern extravaganza, a fairytale love story, or something understated, the choice is entirely yours. Discuss your thoughts with the wedding planners and you can create your own bespoke wedding in the most stunning of surroundings.
Bradbourne House is a breathtakingly beautiful venue, available for weddings, receptions and civil partnerships. A venue with charm and elegance, exquisite cuisine, true quality of service and attention to detail. This stunning wedding venue in Kent is set in 20 acres of beautiful parkland complete with a lake, waterfalls and ancient trees – a perfect backdrop for photographs. Booking your wedding at Bradbourne House will mean you can enjoy exclusive use of the truly stunning country manor and its surrounding grounds, exquisite culinary delights and a wedding partner to guide and assist you right through to your wedding day.
Once the childhood home of Anne Boleyn, Hever Castle offers a wedding venue of distinction. Be it the stately grandeur of the castle itself, the country house atmosphere of The Astor Wing, or the stunning lakeside location of The Guthrie Pavilion, Hever Castle offers a dream-come-true location for your special day. Intimate gatherings, exuberant parties, outdoor weddings, all catered for. Five-star luxury accommodation available to book as part of your wedding.
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Nestled in rolling countryside, just off the M25, Chiddingstone Castle is one of Kent’s finest historic houses and a much sought-after wedding venue. Chiddingstone Castle offers exclusive use, giving you control of timings and an opportunity to prepare in the bride’s suite. Lead your guests through the village gates to the Tudor High Street and a visit to St Mary’s church, or stay on site for a ceremony at the Orangery, or inside the castle. The caterers will design a menu for you and will serve your drinks throughout the day, corkage free. Flexibility is key; Chiddingstone Castle tailors your wedding, large or small, formal or relaxed and help to plan your budget, formalise your ideas and create your unique celebration.
Tudor Park Marriott Hotel & Country Club
Tudor Park Marriott Hotel & Country Club is an idyllic venue with its light, airy foyer, versatile function suites, a fairytale wedding marquee, and picturesque views across the 18-hole championship golf course on what was once a medieval deer park. Outdoors, the gazebo, licenced for weddings, can seat 90 guests and overlooks a wildlife pond complete with wooden bridge. Indoors, The Thurnham Suite is a spacious setting for up to 180 guests, or for a more intimate gathering for up to 90, there is The Bearsted Room and marquee which leads out to the terrace. Both suites have a private bar, air conditioning, wooden dance floor and adjustable lighting.
Canterbury Cathedral Lodge
Situated within a wonderful and unique location in the beautiful grounds of Canterbury Cathedral, sits an often-unknown wedding gem. For those seeking a truly exceptional venue, Canterbury Cathedral Lodge is a modern and contemporary venue that can accommodate up to 120 guests for a sit-down wedding breakfast. Using its own in-house catering team to offer fine food and fine wine and in keeping with the ethos of the Cathedral, the highly skilled chef’s source high-quality, fair-trade and local produce whenever possible. A hidden treasure is the beautiful Campanile Garden, which sits in an elevated position overlooking the Cathedral to provide a stunning backdrop. In the summer months, a Champagne drinks reception in the garden is a must, with superb photograph opportunities available.
Hythe Imperial Hotel
Situated right on the gorgeous Kent coast, the Hythe Imperial Hotel is in an enviable location, and is one of the largest venues in the county. Romantic enough for the most wonderful wedding, and beautiful enough for some stunning photographs, you and your guests can enjoy your big day in style and elegance here – whether you’re celebrating in the Imperial Ballroom with its views over the English Channel, or enjoying a recently refurbished luxury room.
The Old Kent Barn
The Old Kent Barn is a multi-award winning wedding venue that is not only a delightfully beautiful place to be, but a place where you can have all your dreams come true when it comes to creating the ideal wedding day. The Old Kent Barn is a family-run wedding venue and the love and passion of the team is clear to see; they will make sure that your wedding will be one to remember.
Leeds Castle, often called ‘the loveliest castle in the world’, is the ideal romantic setting for your dream wedding day. You can celebrate inside the castle itself – the state rooms with impressive views across the moat, or the stunning 1920’s drawing room are available, or you can choose to hire (exclusively) the 16th-century Maiden’s Tower. Both are beautiful, and both will give you memories to treasure. If you prefer the idea of a fairytale outdoor setting, you can be married in the private walled garden of the Maiden’s Tower.
Bromley Court Hotel
The Bromley Court Hotel has room for large weddings of up to 180 people, but it is just as ideal for smaller weddings too. With everything on hand, including overnight accommodation, you can do everything all in one place, including your wedding breakfast. There are a number of different packages to choose from which will suit any budget and appeal to all tastes, so there is no need to worry about anything when it comes to your wedding day. Let Bromley Court Hotel’s expert wedding organisers arrange the ultimate wedding day for you.
London Golf Club
London Golf Club is one of the few Kent wedding venues located on the beautiful North Downs. Providing a picturesque and private venue for your wedding ceremony and reception all under one roof, London Golf prides itself on outstanding catering and attention to detail. Set in the heart of 700 acres, a Clubhouse for all seasons awaits you from the impressive one mile driveway – a real wow factor from the start. The venue has three beautiful room options licensed to host your wedding ceremony – the Banqueting Room can accommodate up to 150 guests for a sit down wedding breakfast and up to 250 for an evening buffet.
Royal Wells Hotel
Whether you are planning an intimate ceremony with close family and friends, or a lavish celebration, the Royal Wells can provide the tailor-made wedding day of your dreams. As a licensed wedding venue, the hotel can offer couples a complete package for the big day, with a choice of three function suites – two with a private bar (the largest accommodating up to 100 guests). The hotel also offers a variety of accommodation, including a luxurious Honeymoon Suite and a selection of menus created using some of the finest ingredients the Garden of England has to offer.
St Edmund’s School
St Edmund’s School in Canterbury is the perfect choice for a quintessentially English wedding ceremony. Set within 62 acres, the venue offers an unrivalled view over the historic city and boasts two wonderful ceremony rooms: the intimate Drawing Room and the oak-panelled Dining Hall. After the ceremony, the spectacular location provides a perfect backdrop for your cherished wedding photos, as well as canapé and drinks receptions, before heading to your chosen reception venue.
Port Lympne has been voted the ‘something different’ Kent wedding venue of the year in 2016, 2017 and 2018, so if you’re looking for a wedding that is something out of the ordinary (and yet still beautifully romantic and utterly memorable), Port Lympne should be your first choice. Port Lympne’s Grade II listed mansion and perfectly landscaped grounds are licensed for civil partnerships and vow renewals too, and of course the views across the largest wild animal park in Kent are unparalleled.
Chilston Park Hotel
With its historic surroundings, stunning parkland setting and a warm, welcoming atmosphere, it is hard to imagine a more perfect wedding venue than Chilston Park Hotel. Dating back to the 17th century, Chilston Park encourages you to be totally self-indulgent. Today, with its lake surrounded by 23 acres of private grounds, luxurious furnishings, open fires and candlelight, it remains a stunning backdrop for your very important occasion. The professional wedding and events team will listen to your every wish from the moment you first enquire, helping you along the way to achieve the wedding you have always dreamed of.
The Bull in Wrotham is a charming place to hold your wedding (either the whole thing, or the reception alone), with a dedicated space away from the main pub. The 600-year-old Buttery can be decorated to match your wedding theme and colours, and it is ideal for a buffet, sit down meal, or both.
One Warwick Park Hotel
One Warwick Park Hotel, voted as Kent Brides Boutique Venue of The Year 2017, is nestled in the heart of Royal Tunbridge Wells. The former school house at One Warwick Park Hotel makes the perfect blank canvas to host your special day. Whether you are considering an extravagant celebration or an intimate reception for your nearest and dearest, One Warwick Park Hotel promises to offer a unique and versatile space. Just a stone’s throw from the famous Pantiles and on the doorstep of the scenic and rustic Cumberland Walk, there are plenty of unique photo opportunities, alongside the impressive glass atrium, underground gallery and twilight trees inside.
The rustic woodland and stunning reservoir provide the perfect backdrop for your special day, which is why Bewl Water makes the ideal wedding location. This picturesque wedding venue sits perched on the water’s edge as you and your guests take in the stunning panoramic views which surround you as you watch from the romantic setting of the Boat House Bistro. With the option to hold your drinks reception on the water in the Bewl Belle, Bewl Water promises a stunning and unique experience for your wedding.
The Historic Dockyard Chatham
The Historic Dockyard Chatham not only offers two unique ceremony and memorable reception venues, but the stunning backdrop of the world’s most complete Dockyard from the age of sail. The Commissioner’s House (1704) – Britain’s oldest naval building – complete with stunning Georgian architecture, offers gorgeous, exclusive spaces for your ceremony and reception. Included in the price is the Commissioner’s House garden, the perfect setting for after ceremony drinks and photographs. HMS Gannet (1878) – This beautiful Victorian Sloop creates a unique setting for your ceremony. Combine this with drinks on board before your party making its way to Commissioner’s House to enjoy the rest of your big day.
For centuries, Nettlestead Place has staged lavish celebrations, and is now available for weddings. The 14th-century gatehouse stands to the west of the manor at the start of the private drive and is an impressive entrance for the bridal party. Nettlestead Place offers an exclusive unique English country setting with award-winning gardens and striking medieval manor. The 13th-century undercroft is a unique historic location for indoor wedding ceremonies. The stunning Rose Garden, with its beautiful hexagonal cedar wood Gazebo sitting at the base of a 300 year old Lime tree and surrounded by rose trees, is available for outside ceremonies. The wedding marquee offers amazing views over the valley and gardens and can accommodate up to 150 day guests and 200 evening guests.
Pedham Place Golf Club
For a modern yet romantic and intimate venue to be married in, Pedham Place Golf Centre ticks all the boxes. Nestled in stunning surroundings with views that stretch out across Kent’s gorgeous Darenth Valley, this spacious and attractive venue is one in which you and your guests can really enjoy the day and evening in one complete package.
West Heath School
West Heath is situated in the heart of the idyllic Kent countryside. An 18th century building steeped in history with lots of original features, it is the perfect venue for a dreamy wedding. Alongside a beautiful setting for your special day, there is a friendly team who are dedicated to ensuring the planning process is as easy as possible and that the day is one to remember for all the right reasons.