Located in southeast England and the oldest county in the country, Kent has inspired the works of both artists and writers. The landscape artist, J.M.W. Turner and writer Charles Dickens remembered the Kent countryside in their works. The county’s religious influence led to the telling of the Canterbury Tales as well. Today, Kent is the ideal place to hold a wedding ceremony.
Following are the top ten wedding venues kent to consider if you are currently trying to decide on a place to hold your nuptials.
- Canterbury Cathedral Lodge
Canterbury Cathedral Lodge is located on the grounds of the famous Canterbury Cathedral. The lodge can hold as many as 120 guests for a sit-down dinner or breakfast. Receptions are often held in the summer at the Lodge’s Campanile Garden.
- The Lodge at Prince’s
Adjacent to the Bay of Sandwich, the Lodge at Prince’s offers wedding couples and their guests English Channel views against a backdrop that features white cliffs and, on sunny days, a cerulean horizon. Grooms can play golf at the facility while brides can enjoy being pampered in one of the Lodge’s treatment rooms.
- Charlton Place
Tranquil and secluded, the mansion is located on 100+ acres of a park-like landscape. Events at Charlton Place are customized according to each customer’s preferences. For example, the “Drawing Room,” in the home can be used to host a small wedding ceremony or reception. You can get one of our beauticians to get you ready and then pop down to the venue for a stunning day.
Featuring a beautiful chapel as well as a garden marquee, St. Augustine’s is an ideal venue for a wedding. Whether you are choosing to get married indoors or in the garden, St. Augustine’s can accommodate your wishes. Banqueting rooms are also available for receptions.
- Chart Hills
This golf course facility features a main suite that can hold as many as 160 guests. The wide menu selection includes barbecue entrees as well as dishes featured for a casual buffet. For anyone who likes to play golf or wants a beautiful and lush green backdrop for their nuptials, Chart Hills is the ideal host for the event.
- Edmunds at Canterbury
The quintessential English site for a wedding, St. Edmunds overlooks the Canterbury Cathedral. Weddings are held in the building’s Drawing Room and Terrace with the Dining Hall playing host to wedding breakfasts.
- The Commissioner’s House at Dockyard Chatham
Historic and beautiful, the Commissioner’s House at Dockyard Chatham sits next to the HMS Gannet, a three-masted sloop built during the Victorian period. Both attractions are romantic sites for a wedding ceremony.
- The Rowhill Grange Hotel
Originally known as the Victoria Summerhouse, the hotel now offers four-star boutique accommodation. The hotel’s grand entrance and lush gardens make it the perfect place in which to hold a wedding.
- Bridges Restaurant and the Archbishop’s Palace
Located in Maidstone, the Bridges Restaurant is next to the Archbishop’s Palace, a fourteenth-century building that hosts wedding ceremonies. Couples arrive by carriage at the estate, which once was a home to the Archbishop of Canterbury. In turn, Bridge’s Restaurant offers the facilities to host a reception. Both large and small parties are accommodated with sit-down meals and banquets featured at the Maidstone restaurant.
- The Mansion and Gardens at Port Lympne
Located on the Kent coast, the Mansion and Gardens at Port Lympne is a 1920s estate that showcases green and terraced lawns and garden landscapes. The mansion is surrounded by the Port Lympne Wild Animal Park. Elaborately decorated mansion rooms are offered for ceremonies and receptions that hold up to 180 guests.
One Final Note
In addition to selecting a wedding venue, you will need to find the ideal dress too. Today, many brides are opting to wear vintage second-hand wedding dresses bought from places like Gumtree. You could try this wedding shop in Kent. Buying used can be a great way to save a few pounds to invest in the venue. No-one will know the difference.
Wedding expenses are always a juggling act; a process of prioritisation. With bridal fashion going in cycles, like most fashion, you don’t necessarily need to buy new. One of these dresses may be the perfect choice.