Whether it's a castle, stately country manor house or seafront hotel, this county is spoilt for choice! We thought we'd make your life easier by selecting The Best Wedding Venues in Kent.
Choosing your venue is usually one of the first decisions you need to make when organising a wedding. Finding somewhere that fits your needs and truly represents you can often be bewildering and with so many locations in Kent you are spoilt for choice! Here at The Kent Wedding Centre we have decided to ease your pressure and shortlist the best wedding venues for you!
Best Wedding Venues in Kent
Canterbury Cathedral Lodge is a very special wedding reception venue, sitting as it does within the beautiful grounds of world-famous Canterbury Cathedral. Able to accommodate small or large wedding receptions for up to 200 guests, the Lodge's own in-house catering team adhere to the ethos of the cathedral, sourcing high-quality, fair-trade and local produce wherever possible. A hidden treasure is the beautiful Campanile Garden overlooking the cathedral, which provides a stunning backdrop for photographs and summer drinks receptions. Offering peace and privacy right in the heart of the city, those attending a wedding have the option to stay overnight in stylish guest accommodation - with every bedroom enjoying an amazing view of the cathedral.
Mount Ephraim is a privately owned family home offering a classically romantic venue for wedding ceremonies and receptions. Enjoying spectacular views of the gardens and estate and with an elegant sweeping staircase leading into the main hall that's just made for photos, Mount Ephraim can accommodate ceremonies of up to 110 people in the house or garden. For a reception in the house there is space for 110 for a sit-down wedding breakfast with room for a total of 175 evening guests. For a marquee reception in the beautiful gardens, there is space for more than 250 guests. The wedding suite has four additional en-suite guest B&B rooms and the new Garden Wing, which opened in April 2019, sleeps 12 and features its own kitchen/diner, sitting room, snug, games room and private terrace overlooking the gardens. There are never weddings on consecutive days, so couples can relax, take their time and enjoy their moment.
At the ripe old age of nearly 500 years old, The Guildhall in the heart of Faversham is now licensed to hold civil marriages and partnerships. Originally built in 1574, the Town Council-owned medieval building in the Market Place offers a very unusual venue for small wedding ceremonies. These take place in the Council Chamber, where the walls are hung with paintings and old photographs of Faversham's mayors throughout the centuries. The venue can accommodate 50 people and is available seven days a week.
Surrounded by 150 acres of rolling hills, woodland and orchards, The BarnYard is licensed for ceremonies and home to a handsome barn conversion as well as a permanent grand marquee for receptions of up to 300 guests. It's dog friendly too. The barn is popular for twilight wedding ceremonies followed by a party. Recent improvements include landscaping upgrades around the marquee with a new bridal/guest entranceway and two new gazebos, giving a choice of three outside ceremony areas. The front of the marquee now has glass bi-folding doors which, in the spring and summer can be slid open to allow the outside in. Along the length of the marquee front is a wooden pergola bursting with white roses, wisteria, honeysuckle and evergreen trailing plants, creating a fairytale wedding aisle for the bridal party. If you want to see for yourself, check out the open days.
Moated and set within 500 acres of parkland and formal gardens, Leeds Castle is celebrating its 900th anniversary this year and now renowned for being one of the best wedding venues in Kent. Boasting a roll call of previous royal owners, in the early 20th century, however, it was the last private owner, Lady Baillie, who transformed it into a grand setting for glamorous parties with high-society guests. Today couples can take over the entire Castle Island and its luxurious bedrooms, with flexible use of the Castle, Maiden's Tower and walled garden as well as the croquet lawn in front of the Castle. Say 'I do' in the Ceremony Room adjoining the Library, before enjoying a wedding breakfast in the Henry VIII Banqueting Hall, with views across the moat. Other charming venues within the grounds include newly restored Battel Hall, a 14th-century country house on the edge of the estate that's been named 'Best New Venue' at this year's UK Wedding Awards. Here wedding packages include a three-night stay for up to 14 people, with exclusive use of the manor and en-suite bedrooms. Couples can even be married under a romantic old English bower and celebrate with up to 100 guests on the marquee terrace. Alternatively, for larger wedding celebrations of up to 200 there is the timber-framed Fairfax Barn, overlooking the Castle moat. For a more secluded setting with all the romance of the Castle Island, there's the Maiden's Tower, a 16th-century self-contained venue with a private garden.
We couldn’t resist adding our neighbour into our list of the best wedding venues in Kent! Set deep in the heart of the Kent Countryside, amongst the largest collection of Victorian oast Houses in the world, The Hop Farm in Paddock Wood is a unique and very beautiful venue for your wedding and/or reception. Offering a flexible range of facilities for all sizes and types of wedding. The main wedding and reception suite ‘Whites Banqueting Suite’ is oak beamed and hop garlanded with fabulous views over the wedding lawn and Garden Gazebo. The Garden Gazebo holds a licence for ceremonies giving you the opportunity to marry outside, weather permitting! Find more details on their website & via our own page!
Penshurst Place and Gardens has been named Wedding Venue of the Year 2019 by the Kent Wedding Awards, scooping the prestigious award for the third time and in addition introducing the option of personalised menus designed by Michelin-star chefs Daniel Clifford and Tim Allen. For this alone it had to be included in our list of The Best Wedding Venues in Kent! The lovely 14th-century country house surrounded by 11 acres of historic gardens offers a choice of three banqueting rooms and outside ceremony space, with couples being given exclusive use of the venue for their celebration, choosing how they wish to use each of the spaces on offer. A licensed venue for ceremonies since 1995, it has banqueting facilities of varying sizes including the medieval Baron's Hall, the part-panelled and sandstone Sunderland Room and ancient bottle store The Buttery, along with the pretty outside space of the private Inner Courtyard, all of which can be used for ceremonies or receptions. An Open Day is being held on 19 May, 11am to 3pm, for couples wishing to have a look around the house and gardens; to register, call 01892 870307 or email email@example.com.
We could write forever about locations in Kent to tie the knot, but we need to get back to our brides! We hope this shortlist of The Best Wedding Venues in Kent has helped you in your search for your dream country house, mansion or cathedral and once you have make sure you check out our many wedding services that will be ready and waiting to deliver your dream wedding!