The earcandy guide to a Kent wedding
Since ancient times the land around the county of Kent has played a pivotal role in the history of the England. The people of Kent took the motto, invicta in the 11th century and the name, meaning “undefeated” has proved appropriate time and again throughout England’s long and tumultuous history.
They resisted the invading Normans so ferociously that they were granted semi-autonomous powers similar to those given to the lands bordering Wales and Scotland. In WWII, East Kent was known as Hell Fire Corner and has been England’s premier shipbuilding area for most of its history. Given its proximity to the Continent, Kent has served a front facing role in international affairs shaping it’s character and persona. Kent shares a nominal border with Pas-de-Calais, France via the English Channel and has served as a base for diplomatic missions for centuries. The county of Kent is where many of the UK’s iconic landmarks can be found. From the white chalk cliffs of Dover to Leeds Castle to the restored oast houses and scenic hop yards dotting the countryside. The historic city of Canterbury is just one of a series of special locales ready to make any wedding instantly memorable. So much agriculture takes place in modern Kent today that this home county is often called the Garden of England. The primary source for hazelnut production for the UK, their historical papermaking, and aircraft industries have given way to tourism and technology based companies making Kent a valuable county with countless assets both practical and luxurious.
Holding your Wedding in Kent
With many parts of Kent within the London commuter belt, travel by car is an option for your incoming guests. Large airports across the South East use Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, and Luton airports. As the site of the English side of the Channel Tunnel, high speed rail service with stations serving northern Kent. Three vintage railways are still in service today providing authentic British Train experiences.
Being home to some of the most recognizably British destinations, Kent provides a picture perfect backdrop to the wedding of your dreams. Rolling countryside and historical buildings make for a varied and characteristic selection of wedding venues. But, before you begin scouring the listings for wedding venues keep in mind there are over 220 venues to choose from so a little prep-work before starting is key to each stage of wedding planning.
Kentish Wedding Venues
Weddings in Kent have many characteristically British venues for your wedding and the categories of venues break down into several easy to understand groups.
The Kent Castle List
For the perfect Kent wedding, only a refined and regal estate can suffice. And, if the perfect venue for your perfect Kent wedding should also have ramparts, all the better.
Next to Medway River, this castle has 42 acres of grounds and comes complete with a moat.
Considered a Kent county secret, this wedding venue is heavy with water features and two lakes provide mirror like backdrops for your wedding photos.
Sometimes called, “the loveliest Castle in the world”, Leeds castle has served as the location for multiple international diplomatic summits.
With dedicated and licensed rooms for weddings and receptions, this venue offers a genuine Kent experience.
In 1837 Edward Hussey III commissioned Anthony Salvin to build an Elizabethan style country home next to the ruins of the medieval castle and moat which serves as the location for wedding ceremonies.
Relax in our picturesque garden with the glorious backdrop of our fairytale castle. Venture into the wonderful woodland and parkland with over 770 acres to explore. Discover the delights of our Victorian country mansion with its secrets and stories; you might meet our much loved cat in residence ‘Puss Puss’.
Another Elizabethan ruin, Sissinghurst Castle even served as a prison during the Seven Years War. Dense woodland and ancient trees combine with native wildlife setting the perfect scene for your wedding.
The garden at Sissinghurst Castle in the Weald of Kent, in England at Sissinghurst village, is owned and maintained by the National Trust. It is among the most famous gardens in England and is grade I listed.
With accommodations for up to 85 people this mansion features a medieval gatehouse.
Original oak paneling will transport your guests to a bygone era of refinement and grace.
Quite literally the castle by the sea. This 18th-Century castle offers unrivalled scenic views for ceremonies and receptions making it the perfect location for the perfect Kent wedding.
Actually a monument that harkens back to times long gone, Castle Westenhanger is also one of Kent’s more secluded wedding treasures.
Capable of serving guests of up to 300 guests with bespoke ceremonies and/or marquee receptions.
For a picturesque fairy tale wedding right out of the storybooks, Chiddingstone Castle is one of Kent’s premier wedding venues.
A marriage in the Great Hall or other elegant rooms will set the perfect stage for your wedding ceremony.
Hever Castle is located in the village of Hever, Kent, near Edenbridge, 30 miles south-east of London, England. It began as a country house, built in the 13th century. From 1462 to 1539 it was the seat of the Boleyn, originally ‘Bullen’, family.
This stately lakeside wedding venue brings the stateliness of the quintessentially British country wedding to life.
Since the 13th Century this castle on a hill has been the site of many a perfect Kent wedding. Stunning and breathtaking scenic views and uniquely British architecture make Lynpne a much sought after venue for weddings.
Classic Kent Wedding Venues
Castles aren’t the only option in scenic and historic Kent, weddings can take advantage of different types of venues throughout the county.
Rustic beauty defines the many restored barns and farmhouses of Kent county creating romantically Intimate spaces that are as elegant as they are cozy. Larger parties may benefit from the larger spaces of the wedding barn.
Immaculately kept gardens and fantastic service can be expected from any one of Kent’s many country houses. Country properties may be easier to accommodate the number of guests you are planning to bring.
Classic and chic, hotels in Kent rival other wedding destinations across the UK. Many historical and contemporary hotels provide sleek service combined with the level of quality and luxury expected of the Kent wedding.
Weddings by the sea and beach venues are some of the most popular. With the picturesque Kent coastline, beautifully kept Oceanside properties can provide just the flavor your wedding needs.
In Kent County, the historic places in our midst serve the wedding industry happily. 18th and 19th-Century town halls are fantastic venues for the classic Kent wedding.
Not to be left out, Golf Clubs provide some of the most readily available services for weddings. With ample room and clubhouse facilities designed for entertaining are already in place. Great service and experience hosting weddings of all sizes make Golf Clubs worth serious consideration.
Choosing your Kent Venue
Your chosen venue won’t come to you, only with careful planning and consultation should you retain a venue for your wedding. Considering your guest list size and overall budget, finding the right venue means looking at websites featuring listings of wedding venues. Reading reviews while also settling on the type and style of your wedding is key to making the right decision. You may think renting a Castle is just for the higher end crowd, but keep in mind the variability of prices and packages from venue to venue. Many top-notch properties will offer very reasonable prices to weddings that fit their venue size and scope. Still others are off the beaten path and less traveled making for additional price breaks for budget conscious shoppers. With Kent County, accessibility and first-class wedding venues are guaranteed. Picture perfect scenic locales and historically significant properties make a wedding in Kent a beautiful thing to celebrate the union of two people.
We hope this guide has helped you in planning your perfect Kent wedding. If you’re looking for the perfect outdoor entertainment then please don’t hesitate to get in touch with one of our team or you can read our guide on party planning entertainment here.
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