Call-out for couples married at Penshurst Place

One of Kent’s top wedding venues is reaching out to couples who have been married there over the past 25 years to help them mark a quarter of a century of nuptials at the impressive 14th Century country house.

In April 2020, it will be 25 years since new regulations came into force that allowed marriages to take place in venues other than a church or registry office, including hotels, stately homes and civic halls. Penshurst Place became licensed in July that year and continues to be a popular choice today, being crowned Wedding Venue of the Year for the third time in the Kent Wedding Awards 2019.

To celebrate 25 years of weddings at Penshurst Place, the venue will be hosting a very special ‘silver anniversary’ Champagne afternoon tea in the summer and wishes to invite some of the many couples who have been married there to join in the festivities. They are particularly keen to find and hear from couples whose wedding took place in 1995, during their first year as a licensed wedding venue.

Penshurst Place & Gardens 15.08.10 © Simon Stewart

An online photo gallery of Penshurst weddings throughout the past 25 years will be created, providing an opportunity to see how wedding fashions and approaches have changed over the past two and a half decades. Couples who married at the venue are being invited to share one of their favourite photos from their wedding day for an online gallery, with all those who do being in with a chance of winning a pair of tickets to the exclusive Champagne afternoon tea celebration.

Ben Thomas, General Manager at Penshurst Place and Gardens,says, “We wanted to do something special to mark 25 years as a licensed wedding venue and it seems only right that we involve those couples who have chosen to spend their special day here. Their stories are part of our story as a wedding venue, so we’d love to hear from any couples who have exchanged their vows at Penshurst Place, and especially anyone who got married here in 1995.”

“Whilst Penshurst Place was one of the first to receive a licence, it has continued to evolve as a wedding venue. Back then, only the Baron’s Hall was licensed for weddings, providing an impressive but very traditional place for couples of exchange their marriage vows. Nowadays we have three different banqueting rooms and a private open-air courtyard where couples can get married, each with a different ambience.  This year we have introduced humanist wedding ceremonies, which can be held anywhere within our 11 acres of walled gardens and surrounding parkland.”

Penshurst Place & Gardens 20.09.12 (c) Barry Paffey

Couples who married at Penshurst Place should contact Lucy McLeod on to find out more about how they can get involved.

As part of Penshurst’s 25th anniversary celebrations, a 25% discount is being offered on summer season venue hire fees for new wedding bookings made before the end of October 2020, valid for summer weddings hosted by October 2022.

Couples looking for the perfect setting for their special day are invited to have a look around the historic house and gardens at the annual Wedding Showcase on Saturday 8th February 2020. To register to attend the Wedding Open Day, please visit: or contact the Weddings & Banqueting team on Tel 01892 870307 or

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