Find The Perfect Kent Wedding Venue
Finding the perfect wedding venue is a central part of planning your wedding. In Kent, we have some spectacular places to say your vows, celebrate with your guests and dance the night away. We have picked our favourites to get you started.
Bradbourne House, East Malling
This is a romantic grade I listed Tudor Building surrounded by 20 acres of parkland, a lake and even a waterfall. If you want to be the perfect English bride, surrounded by historical elegance, this is perfect wedding venue for you.
They offer a choice of two civil ceremony suites and the stunning Hatton fruit garden is available if you opt for an outdoor ceremony. They have capacity for 150 to 250 guests and offer a wedding consultant.
The Old Kent Barn, Swingfield
This award winning countryside wedding venue is perfect for a couple looking to get married in a rustic, intimate barn. It’s a family run business, all inspired by the wedding of their daughter and son-in-law in 2005. The ceremony, bar, dance floor and wedding breakfast all happen in the barn, so there is no hassle of travel logistics or worry about losing your granny en route!
The barn accommodates 150 people for a ceremony and wedding breakfast and up to 250 people for an evening reception.
Lympne Castle, Lympne
If you want to take your wedding to fairytale heights, you can hire your very own wedding castle in Lympne. The castle itself, parts of which date to the 13th century, has witnessed invasion by the Danes and the Normans, was formerly home to the Archdeacon of Canterbury and was once occupied by Thomas à Becket.
A wedding here feels like another historical event, with your wedding breakfast reminiscent of a medieval banquet in a high beamed and imposing hall and they can accommodate up to 120. The atmosphere and the views from this venue are second to none.
East Quay Venue, Whitstable Harbour
If getting married accompanied by the salty smell of the sea and the lapping of the water is your idea of heaven, this unique venue in the famous Whitstable harbour might be for you. From the romance of the sun setting on the horizon and photographs on the pebbles, to the spectacularly fresh seafood you can serve your guests (they also offer hog roast and BBQs), this place really makes an impression.
The East Quay Venue can accommodate up to 100 guests for the ceremony and drinks reception. They offer a variety of packages for the drinks reception, including champagne, cocktails, traditional ice cream, oysters and canapés, all of which can be served outside on the shingle beach.
Winters Barn, Canterbury
Winters Barn is not only beautiful, but also wonderfully flexible. You can have whatever wedding you might like, at any time of year, for a large or small number of guests, with all the personal touches you might want.
Built back in 1660, they create a special environment throughout the year: they’re heated, air-conditioned, and the rooms are linked together so the day flows seamlessly..
Outside there’s also a delightful courtyard complete with wedding arch. We particularly like that they show available wedding dates on their website, in case you want to snap it up quickly – which might be a good idea!
Crown Lodge, Ashford
Straddling the beauty of both Kent and Sussex, you can overlook the beautiful sussex downs as you sip on bubbles at your wedding reception at the Crown Lodge. This is a new venue and it’s really made its mark on the wedding scene in Kent already.
The packages they offer can cater to a large range of budgets and additional options you might want to add in. Whilst this is a superb venue all year round, this is a particularly stunning venue for April/May when you can join your guests to explore the woodlands (exclusively yours for the day) filled with seasonal bluebells. Magical.
Leeds castle, Maidstone
As wedding venues go, this one is pretty breathtaking! You can’t get much more fairytale than a castle with a moat!
They offer a range of options in terms of rooms, including some newly refurbished ones that offer some studding views, romantic settings for photo opportunities and a real wow-factor for your guests.
Get in touch with them for a private wedding viewing, to tour all of the ceremony and reception venues, including their drawing room and their library. You couldn’t fail to feel like a fairy-tale Princess throughout your day here.
The Orangery, Maidstone
The wedding packages at the Orangery cover everything you could want on your day – and many of the wedding parties who have chosen this venue for their special day say that the attention to detail here really made it perfect.
The Orangery, the garden room, the gazebo and the 9 acre garden are all stunning, but for a step into the magical, you might want to consider their ‘twilight package’. If the weather gods are looking out for you, you could get married at sunset in their thatched Lapa, with views of the lake and the boathouse. You can’t get much more romantic than that.
Cooling Castle Barn, Rochester
Outside in their garden or inside their barn, no two weddings are the same at Cooling Castle Barn. The beauty of getting married here (apart from the actual beauty) is that you can wake up, get ready, get married, eat, drink dance all in the same place. They even have a section on their website called ‘bedtime’.
They have a huge choice of wine in their well stocked cellar, food in their kitchen and they will provide all the people you need to make your day seamless.
If you do want to leave the venue, one good reason to do so could be to get married in the village church just down the road. For minimal stress, minimal travel time for you and your guests and a beautifully intimate (but not necessarily small) wedding, this is your place.
The Secret Garden, Ashford
The Secret Garden is situated on the beautiful Mersham Le Hatch Estate and although they have 3 separate areas that you can choose to have your wedding, they only ever have one wedding on any given day, so it really will be your secret garden.
Not surprisingly, this is a venue filled with light and greenery. The glasshouse is particularly unique, and you can use this space for a ceremony for up to 50 people, or for a sit down meal for 24. They love to host intimate, quirky, affordable and relaxed weddings here, and you will definitely find something to suit your needs.
One of our favourite little things about this venue is the evening menu which can include hand held BBQ food, posh hot held deli sandwiches, a farmhouse cheese table and Mexican style Fajitas. But there are so many things that make this a really special place, and they have lovely reviews from very happy couples to prove it.
The Night Yard, Canterbury
Not a barn, not a field but a cloistered yard, this is a really unique venue. The dairy farm has been in the family since 1928, and whilst there is no more milk, there are some beautiful apple trees, a wild flower meadow and some really amazing wedding experiences to be seen and had.
Set in a grass courtyard, there is vintage tractor, hay bales/feeders and lots of rustic charm for the perfect photos and the ideal countryside wedding. The Night Yard can hold up to 140 for a seated meal with space for a further 100 evening guests, but their ethos of being flexible stretches to their numbers and they can provide bespoke quotes for couples whose numbers extend beyond this. And if you have a special canine who you would like to be part of your day, your dogs are very welcome too. Relaxed, accommodating and personal – perfect.
Preston Court, Canterbury
If you have ever fancied owning your own estate, then you can play landed gentry for the day at Preston Court. One of the countries top barn wedding venues, it is absolutely enchanting.
Surrounded by ornamental lakes and gardens, it has many eclectic features including a 17th century barnyard, beautiful vintage mechanical organs, carousel rides and steam engines, as well as a unique, magical moated island.
If you really want to take it up a notch, you can opt for a completely themed wedding of any variety – their website shows some of the previous themes with coconut shies, lit up letters, kissing booths and vintage buses. This is already a spectacular place, but adding some of the more unusual extras could make your day go down in history as one of the greatest.