Kent’s Top Wedding Venues
We’re going to the Chapel, Barn, Mansion House, Golf Club, Castle, Hotel, Animal Park?… and we’re going to get married!
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, 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.
The Cave Hotel
Experience the luxury of Kent’s newest resort on your wedding day. Enjoy the full and exclusive use of the Cave Hotel near Canterbury. With its 40 stylish rooms, breathtaking bridal and penthouse suites and menu options designed by the hotel’s renowned Firepit team, the Cave has everything ready to make your dream day a reality.
The bespoke and all-inclusive packages start from just £4,000 and The Cave’s dedicated team is ready to serve your every need. Visit www.cavehotels.com or call 01227 752277 to speak to the wedding team.
Hever Castle, once the childhood home of Anne Boleyn, is an award-winning wedding venue in Kent. Whether it is 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 can deliver beyond all expectations. Whether you are planning an intimate gathering or a larger event, whether you want an outdoor wedding or roaring log fires, it’s all waiting to be discovered at Hever Castle. Also offering 28 beautiful five star bedrooms, offering traditional features and antique furnishing sympathetically combined with modern day luxuries. firstname.lastname@example.org
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 licenses for civil partnerships and vow renewals too, and of course the views across the largest wild animal park in Kent are unparalleled.
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 fairy tale outdoor setting, you can be married in the private walled garden of the Maiden’s Tower.
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.
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 themselves 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. Reception drinks and canapes can be served on the terrace which offers breath-taking views over two championship golf courses. Here heavenly sunsets present a stunning backdrop for your wedding photographs. The Banqueting Room can accommodate up to 150 guests for a sit down wedding breakfast and up to 250 for an evening buffet.
Your wedding is a unique occasion and London Golf would be delighted to help you celebrate.
Chilston Park Hotel
Chilston Park Hotel is a stunning period property perfectly suited for hosting wedding celebrations and particularly exclusive use events. There is an array of intimate suites and large private event rooms with a price that is more competitive than you think. Chilston Park’s packages are merely suggestions to guide you, but the team are adept at personalising your special day just as you had always wished for. With the outdoor gazebo and 22 acres of beautiful parkland please, contact the team for details of special rates for a few dates over 2020 and 2021. They look forward to being of service to you.
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. The Grade I listed house was originally built in Tudor times, a historic venue for a day of elegance and splendor. 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.
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 fairy-tale 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. A spacious car park at the front of the hotel offers hassle-free parking for wedding guests.
The Spa Hotel
Weddings at The Spa Hotel in Tunbridge Wells are always going to be beautiful and remembered for all the right reasons; why wouldn’t they be when you can enjoy your special day in 14 acres of gorgeous grounds and within a stunning building that has its own spa and pool too? Thanks to a recent refurbishment, the Spa Hotel is now even more wonderful than ever with plenty of options for your wedding so that it is exactly how you want it to be. The wedding team at The Spa Hotel believes that every wedding should be absolutely unique, so there are no ‘off the shelf’ celebrations – you can discuss everything you want to create your own personal perfect day.
There are three superb areas to set your wedding at High Rocks, a beautiful venue down a pretty little lane and right out in the countryside. These are The Great Hall Barn, The Halt and the Presidents Suite. No matter what your budget or the size of your wedding party, or even what you like in terms of décor, High Rocks can offer you the perfect solution. They have a lovely garden and terrace with a steam train stop plus the Rocks themselves are an ancient national monument so if you want your photographs to look amazing, they certainly will do at High Rocks.
The Orangery provides one of the best wedding venues in Kent as well as the ultimate setting for your special day. Set in the heart of the garden of England, in Kent’s county town, Maidstone, The Orangery represents the true and natural beauty of Kent itself. From the moment you step into the grounds the sheer magic will encapsulate your dreams for that perfect day. Nestled within nine acres of beautifully landscaped gardens, with a tranquil lake and tumbling waterfall, it is an exclusive-use wedding venue with endless photographic opportunities. The Orangery’s commitment to ensuring the smooth running of your day will be evident from the start and the staff will exceed your expectations with their meticulous attention to detail.
Duke of Wellington
The Duke of Wellington isn’t just a lovely pub nestled deep in the Kent countryside; it’s also a fabulous wedding venue where you can be sure your big day is catered for from beginning to end. Speak to the expert wedding team to work out just what it is you want on your wedding day and it can be arranged. The team prides itself on its professional ability to make your special day a smooth and enjoyable occasion for both you and your guests.
Having your wedding in an old Victorian malthouse that has been turned into a theatre may not be your first thought when you start looking at wedding venues, but The Malthouse in Canterbury is exactly that, and it is certainly somewhere you should consider when you want somewhere not only beautiful but also different for your special day.
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.
The team at the Cathedral Lodge are dedicated to offering wedding couples quality and choice. 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.
A dedicated events team offers expert help and advice in assisting couples with their individual requirements, ensuring the highest level of hospitality at all times. Offering peace and privacy within the heart of the city, those attending weddings have the option to stay overnight in stylish guest accommodation – with each room in the Lodge benefiting from an amazing view.
West Heath has created different packages keeping in mind a couples’ budget. They want you to have the best service and environment for your special day so they go the extra mile to ensure that you have the best possible experience planning your wedding and they are always on hand to offer advice. At West Heath, what you see is what you get. There are no hidden costs, no extras. The team will take care of the stress and hassle for you! And last but not least, all profits are donated to West Heath’s bursary fund, which supports vulnerable children, allowing them to rebuild their lives through education.
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 to100 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.
The Marine Hotel was one of the very first licensed wedding venues in Whitstable, so you can rest assured that not only is the building beautiful but that the team know exactly what they are doing as well. The Marine Hotel offers couples a complete package for the big day including wedding breakfasts, evening receptions and, of course, accommodation for guests. But it’s the views that really make this place extra special; the hotel looks out over the stunning Kent coast, and as a backdrop for your precious wedding photos there isn’t much that can beat it.
Botany Bay Hotel
Botany Bay Hotel is a truly remarkable wedding venue. It’s modern and stylish, and will suit any wedding couple perfectly. The Kingsgate Suite can accommodate 100 guests and it also has a panoramic sea views – what more could you ask for to make your wedding day as special and unique as you are?
The Bell Hotel provides a romantic and luxurious setting for your special day, renowned as one of the finest wedding venues in Sandwich. The Bell can host both ceremonies and receptions. Ceremonies can be held for up to 75 guests in the beautiful Old Dining Room, while the historic St Clement’s Church is also only a short walk away. For wedding receptions, the elegant double-height Regency Room, with towering original Georgian sash windows and Minstrels’ Gallery, is a perfect setting for up to 100 guests. There are also 37 stylish and comfortable bedrooms here, providing a relaxing and enjoyable stay for family and friends who want to make the most of their time together.
If you want somewhere special for your wedding to take place and the coast is calling you, then The Minnis could be exactly what you want. Its purpose-built first floor function room offers breathtaking panoramic views over the Kentish coast and the bonus of a private bar and wheelchair access means your day can be complete. The event coordinators can tailor the menus and guest packages to suit your individual needs and help you to plan the perfect event.
Broome Park Hotel
For those looking for a great location for a spring or summer wedding, the marquee at Broome Park Hotel will tick many boxes. The views go on for what seems like miles, across the landscaped Italian gardens and beyond. Or if you prefer something different, don’t hesitate to ask; the team at Broome Park will have many ideas and can create your bespoke wedding package to suit your taste, budget, party size, and anything else that might be important to you.
The team at Kent Life understand that organising a wedding can sometimes be overwhelming – that’s why they have a dedicated wedding coordinator who can help you with every aspect of your wedding plan and design.
There are many reasons to get married at Kent Life including the most gorgeous Kentish setting, a variety of function rooms to choose from, free entrance and use of the attractions for your guests for the day (including exclusive use of the grounds after 6pm), high quality catering, two hotels within a two-minute walk, easy access, a fully licensed bar, and much more.
Nestled deep in 100 acres of its very own National Trust estate, Sprivers Mansion offers a tranquil and secluded setting for your wedding celebrations. With only 12 exclusive-use weekend wedding dates offered per year, this truly bespoke and unique venue is licensed for both outdoor and indoor civil ceremonies. The elegant Georgian house boasts both a generous 3 room Bridal Suite and separate guest accommodation, where up to 10 guests can be accommodated. Wedding breakfasts and evening receptions take place in the luxury ‘canvas pole’ marquee supplied by LPM Bohemia Tent Company, situated on the rear lawn and surrounded by nature.
Kent has many different and varied wedding venues, but perhaps the most unusual has to be The Friars in Aylesford. Set in 40 gorgeous acres of grounds, the in-house catering team will be ready to help organise the perfect wedding meal, whether you want a sit down feast or a simple buffet. There are also recommended florists and photographers, so you can be sure that your entire day will go smoothly and that everything will look and feel just perfect. The Pilgrims’ Hall is also available for hire, so you can have your wedding ceremony at The Friars as well as the reception.
Mercure Great Danes
Mercure Great Danes Hotel has an astonishing 26 acres to its name, making it one of the most lovely wedding venues around. For a truly impressive and unforgettable arrival, it even boasts a helipad! There is room for 600 guests here, ensuring that no one is left out, plus the beautiful rooms and in particular the wonderful winding staircase make wedding photos a dream. There are wedding packages to suit every budget, and the in-house wedding planner will help coordinate every aspect of your special day.