Whether you’re looking for a fabulous hotel wedding fit for a princess, or a rustic, intimate wedding full of sparkle, you’re spoilt for choice in the glorious county of Kent.
Covering the south east corner of England, Kent is home to some of the most majestic landmarks in the UK – from Dover Castle to Canterbury Cathedral. Alongside these iconic places, there are also tonnes of bustling towns, rolling hills and miles of breathtaking coastline.
If you’re overwhelmed by choice in the ‘oldest county in England’, never fear as we’ve come up with some of the most beautiful and versatile venues in Kent.
Preston Court, Canterbury
Preston Court has not one, but three different venues in which to tie the knot.
There’s the rustic ‘Kentish Barn’, a simple but beautiful timber framed building which is versatile enough to suit any theme, and can seat up to 120 people for ceremonies and receptions.
If you want to be at one with nature whilst saying ‘I do’, consider Juliana’s Island. This fairytale space is an island in the front lake of Preston Court. A perfect place for intimate ceremonies, set in the stunning backdrop of an ancient yew tree.
If you’d prefer a religious ceremony, Preston Court has that too. The quaint St Mildred’s Church sits less than 100 meters from the Kentish Barn – and Church of England weddings are available including to those who are not members of the parish.
The Gardens Yalding, Maidstone
The Gardens Yalding is a perfect venue no matter the season. For the summer months there’s the beautiful gazebo in the heart of the stunning gardens, or if you’re looking for a winter wedding venue try the beautiful barn.
Wedding packages at The Gardens include your own personal wedding coordinator and first class catering. Food and wine tasting appointments are available to make sure your menu is perfect!
Fort Amherst, Medway
If you’d like a venue steeped in history then look no further than the glorious Fort Amherst.
Constructed in 1756 to defend the River Medway against French invasion, take a look around the atmospheric tunnels and take in the unique Grand Magazine room. Set amongst breathtaking parkland with stunning 360 views, this would be an event your guests would never forget.
Just 40 minutes from London and 45 minutes from the Channel Tunnel, the team can cater for your ceremony, reception, or both!
Broome Park Hotel, Canterbury
Get married in style at the stunning Broome Park Hotel and Golf Club – an amazing 17th century mansion house that looks over glorious manicured gardens.
Broome Park even has a specially designed marquee perfect for spring or summer weddings, able to seat 150 guests for a wedding breakfast and up to 200 for an evening reception.
The staff at Broome Park can cater perfectly to your tastes, with a whole host of delicious menus and bespoke wedding packages on offer. Each month they hold wedding fairs and open events, so check out the website for more information.
Hever Castle, Hever
Pull out all the stops and have a wedding fit for a princess at Hever Castle.
One of the most iconic landmarks in the county, Hever Castle has an award winning selection of spaces to choose from.
The grand Astor Wing is a gorgeous group of Tudor style buildings boasting features such as oak panelling and ornate fireplaces. The adjacent Tudor Suite lawns are perfect for the drinks reception, against the impressive backdrop of the castle.
If you’re planning a spring or summer wedding, consider the Italian Gardens. This wonderful location, right by the lake comes complete with a Trevi style fountain – you can almost imagine you’re in Rome! Ceremonies at the Italian Garden take place within the beautiful stone Loggia, and you can then carry on the celebrations with a classy reception on the stone piazza.
Thinking even bigger? Go all out and have your ceremony inside the Castle’s Inner Hall with the full castle wedding package. You’ll also be able to have a deluxe wedding breakfast in the Castle Dining Room, as well as use of the Music Room and the Billiards Room to relax in.
Cooling Castle Barn, Rochester
Fancy something a little on the rustic side? Cooling Castle Barn is an intimate yet beautiful venue situated right next to Cooling Castle.
Featuring three beautiful barns of different shapes and sizes, this venue will definitely have what you’re looking for. If you’re looking for a more religious setting, there are two charming churches just a stone’s throw away.
There’s even a brand new feature of the Moat House – an elegant space where you can get ready for your big day in style. It’s open from 8am and you can bring everyone from your manicurist to your makeup artist.
Greenhill Farm, Maidstone
If you’ve got country blood running through your veins and want to be at one with nature at your wedding, consider Greenhill Farm.
Nestled deep in a valley with views of the North Downs, this venue has a capacity for up to 200 guests and is fantastic value for money. Depending on the package you choose, you can have use of the farm itself, up to three tipis, rustic dining tables and chairs and even a dance floor!
We hope this has given you a little food for thought for where to host your wedding in Kent. Remember, it’s your wedding and your chance to have the day exactly how you want it. Make sure you pick a venue which feels right for you, your partner and your theme.