Venue inspiration from Your Kent Wedding

Deciding on your ideal Kent wedding venue is an key part of your wedding planning.

There is a huge choice of different venue types in Kent including hotels, barns, country manor houses, romantic castles as well as chic city and town centre locations.

Check out these Kent wedding venues and those further afield in our listings below.

Wedding Venue Inspiration: Brandshatch Place Hotel & Spa, Fawkham

Brandshatch Place Hotel & Spa, Fawkham

Built for the Duke of Norfolk in 1806, this Georgian mansion has a charming red brick facade and romantic front porch, positioned at the end of a long tree-lined drive, perfect for that special arrival and plenty of idyllic wedding photographs. This charming hotel gives way to elegant painted oak panelling and decorative cornicing, nodding to its past as a famous country house where entertainment was king. The function suites are enriched with contemporary touches such as modern spotlighting and decorative mirrors, creating a glamorous backdrop. Steps down from the traditional covered porch lead you on to a perfectly manicured lawn to the front of the hotel, with the smaller lawn to the rear accessed from the Terrace Suite.


Wedding Venue Inspiration: Tonbridge School, Tonbridge

Tonbridge School, Tonbridge

Tonbridge School's main buildings feature original architecture from 1553 to the present day, which is all immaculately kept. Set in 150 acres, the site has a selection of beautiful gardens, sculptures, and tranquil spots. It's also conveniently located close to town with ample parking for your guests. There are six stunning locations to choose from for your vows from the headmaster's library, to the quirky cricket pavilion. For post-ceremony celebrations you have the option of The Lowry Room, with its vaulted ceiling, minstrel's gallery and large feature windows. It can accommodate 80 of your nearest and dearest for the wedding breakfast, with 120 joining you for the evening bash. Next the OBC Art Gallery is a modern space, boasting leaded windows, which provide a light and airy location for 120 diners and 150 reception guests. The Big School on the other hand is a traditional wood-panelled hall complete with stage and stained-glass windows. The space is ideal for seated buffet menus for 150 nearest and dearest, or evening celebrations for 300. Finally, there's the Orchard Centre. A fully air-conditioned, modern dining room, it overlooks the central school grounds, and can host 150 seated or 300 for the evening.


Wedding Venue Inspiration: Inn on the Lake, Gravesend

Inn on the Lake, Gravesend

The Inn on the Lake sits on the edge of 12 acres of woodland. Its glorious gardens are built around three natural lakes, providing stunning backdrops for your all-important photos. The floor-to-ceiling and wall-to-wall windows flood the hotel's large wedding room with natural light and offer stunning panoramic views over the lakes and gardens. The lakes are the focal point for weddings here, from nuptials at the water's edge and beautiful photo opportunities on the jetty through to barbecues on the lakeside terrace. You could even wake up to coffee on your bedroom terrace looking out at this gorgeous scenery. The ultimate romantic spot, the Lakeside Gazebo is set on the edge of the largest lake and permits 200 loved ones (with an additional 50 standing) to witness your vows.


Wedding Venue Inspiration: The Minnis Bay Bar & Brasserie, Birchington

The Minnis Bay Bar & Brasserie, Birchington

The Minnis Bay Bar & Brasserie is a relaxed, stylish venue, designed with a cool coastal vibe and offers outstanding views accompanied by incredible sunsets. A modern, recently-refurbished space, it boasts a sun terrace and picnic area overlooking one of the finest sandy beaches on the North Kent Coast. There's even a children's play area and ice cream hut, open in the summer, within a minute's walk. Receptions take place on the first floor in the Bay View Suite, complete with private bar, dancefloor and breathtaking vistas. It's capable of accommodating 70 for a wedding breakfast. The venue offers a range of all-inclusive wedding packages, as well as free wedding breakfast tastings for the happy couple.


Wedding Venue Inspiration: Knowlton Court, Canterbury

Knowlton Court, Canterbury

This quintessentially English house oozes calm and serenity in a relaxed, informal atmosphere. The house is beautiful, and the rooms are elegant, complete with fine artwork, huge stone fireplaces and fabulous features. Sitting in 20,000 acres of private land, Knowlton Court is approached by an avenue of lime trees culminating in the circular lawn and walled garden. The house is surrounded by formal gardens and you feel a sense of calm and tranquility wandering through them. The amusing topiary hedges are always a talking point and the masses of climbing roses add fantastic colour and an unbelievable scent. There are a number of properties within the estate, which can accommodate up to 64 overnight guests, including the ten-bedroom Dower House.


Wedding Venue Inspiration: Leaf Hotel, Dover

Leaf Hotel, Dover

When looking for a venue to accommodate any style of wedding from the traditional right through to the quirky, you'd do well to check out Leaf Hotel Dover. Set in four acres of landscaped gardens, which serve as some impressive backdrops for your photographs, the hotel offers a relaxed environment from ceremony to celebrations. The Grand Marquee is an inspiring location, where you and your guests can dine in style and comfort. Packed with modern facilities, it has the capacity to cater for up to 300 guests, and is one of the largest marquees in Kent. Inside you'll find a luxurious space illuminated by natural daylight, a starlight ceiling, and walls draped in fairylights, there's also a private bar. It's a wonderful place to indulge, mingle and celebrate with your loved ones. For more intimate gatherings there's the Channel Suite (50 guests) and Olive Tree Restaurant (70 guests). All of the function suites at Leaf Hotel Dover are licensed for ceremonies, including the Grand Marquee, alternatively you can opt to say "I do" outside in the romantic garden gazebo.


Wedding Venue Inspiration: Eastwell Manor, Ashford

Eastwell Manor, Ashford

With its oak-panelled spaces, open stone fireplaces, quirky original features, grand staircase, ornate windows and doors, and stylish early Art Deco interior design, Eastwell Manor exudes charm. Built more than 450 years ago, the grey stone exterior of this Neo-Elizabethan manor house is covered in beautiful ivy, which changes colour with the seasons. Set in 3,000 acres of landscaped gardens, this idyllic spot provides a stunning backdrop for your nuptials. Situated at the end of a long tree-lined drive it boasts 72 elegantly styled bedrooms and suites. All wedding packages include a deluxe suite for the newlyweds and nine bedrooms, with bed and breakfast. The venue also offers exclusive hire of the manor house, which includes all 23 of its bedrooms.


Wedding Venue Inspiration: Hythe Imperial Hotel, Hythe

Hythe Imperial Hotel, Hythe

The stunning four-star Hythe Imperial is a beautiful classically styled hotel situated on Kent's seafront, with the beach a mere stone's throw away. It boasts uninterrupted panoramic vistas across the English Channel from the rear, whilst the front looks out over the hotel's perfectly manicured gardens. As a point of interest, it also boasts the tallest chandelier in Europe, created by Royal Warrant holders Wilkinson and Co. It's a stunning confection of 25,000 individual crystals. How's that for some impressive wedding-day opulence? When it comes to your vows, you've a whole host of options from the gorgeous gazebo (130 guests), located amongst the spectacular gardens, to the glamorous Imperial Ballroom, a spectacular space that can also host 130 guests for your reception. There are spaces too, ideal for more intimate "I dos," in the shape of the Coast Restaurant (30 guests), which offers a majestic carpeted entrance, and the Elizabeth Room (100 guests), offering a lovely light blank canvas.


Wedding Venue Inspiration: Nettlestead Place, Nettlestead

Nettlestead Place, Nettlestead

As you arrive at Nettlestead Place via the beautiful 14th-century gatehouse, the Grad I listed manor comes into view. It's still a private family home and has, over the centuries, hosted many a lavish event and celebration. This lovely historical building, along with its stunning surroundings, offers a quintessentially English setting for your big day. The venue has 10 acres of award-winning gardens with its own picture-perfect sunken pond and beautiful far-reaching views across the River Medway. With its stone walls, archways, secret gardens, and winding pathways, Nettlestead Place offers a wealth of incredible photo opportunities. What's more, you're offered a complimentary menu and wine-tasting experience when you book your wedding date here.


Wedding Venue Inspiration: Best Western Clifton Hotel, Folkestone

Best Western Clifton Hotel, Folkestone

Built in the 19th century, the Clifton Hotel is known for its scenic views and grand style. Bringing together elements of modern style and traditional charm, The Clifton Hotel is located on The Leas in Folkestone, next to the Clifton Gardens. Both offer glorious setting for your all-important wedding photos. The grand Georgian façade is painted in the traditional cream hue, common in buildings of the era, and there are terraces surrounding the front, which make it an inviting place to visit and spend time. In recent years this coastal hotel has introduced new facilities such as the Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar and Grill, along with the Ocean Bleu lounge bar, all while retaining the period charm of the architecture. The Pleydell Suite and The Romney Suite are both licensed for ceremonies, as well as offering ideal spaces for your afternoon and evening celebrations. They can accommodate 50 and 30 guests respectively.


Wedding Venue Inspiration: Cobham Hall, Cobham

Cobham Hall, Cobham

Nestled in 150 acres of Grade II listed parkland, Cobham Hall dates back to 1208 when the original manor was granted by the King to the De Cobham family. The Hall is home to a priceless collection of paintings and antiques as well as to the famous ashes of English cricket, which were gifted by the then English cricket captain and future 8th Earl of Darnley, Ivo Bligh, in 1883. Now operating as an independent day and boarding school for 200 girls, Cobham Hall is one of the country's finest historic country houses. Only 28 miles from central London and within easy reach of the A2, M2, M20 and M25 the venue is conveniently situated, while enjoying a picturesque and tranquil setting. Offering a maximum of 20 wedding dates per year, Cobham Hall is a hidden gem that will amazing your guests with its history, grandeur and elegance, and its dedicated wedding team will help you create a day designed exclusively for you. What's more on booking your wedding day at Cobham Hall, you'll be invited to a complimentary menu tasting and wine pairing. Plus, there a bridal dressing room and groom's lounge on site for use on the morning of your wedding.


Wedding Venue Inspiration: The Spa Hotel, Royal Tunbridge Wells

The Spa Hotel, Royal Tunbridge Wells

This hotel is a classic, elegant and grand venue with a rich history. Built in 1766 as a country mansion, The Spa Hotel has a grand Edwardian-style exterior that's truly breathtaking. It's recently been refurbished in a way that's sympathetic to the age and style of the building, creating a welcoming period feel with modern comforts. Nestled within 14 acres of glorious grounds and gardens, this is a stunning setting for your big day and a beautiful backdrop for those all-important photos. If al fresco vows are your preferred option, you can tie the knot in the gorgeous Spa Temple overlooking the gardens and lakes. It can accommodate 250, plus extra capacity for standing. The Kings Room is also able to welcome 250 ceremony guests and is the venue's largest space. It oozes grandeur and boasts a classic style with royal blue, gold features and stunning chandeliers. The Orangery was built in 2008 and is a more modern, bright room offering panoramic views of the grounds with its very own terrace, ideal for reception drinks.


Wedding Venue Inspiration: Bromley Court Hotel, Bromley

Bromley Court Hotel, Bromley

Bromley Court is a hotel steeped in history, with the atmosphere of a wonderful and intimate country house. Years of hospitality experience have gone into fine-tuning their beautiful rooms and event spaces, and things are kept wonderfully simple by ensuring all you need for your big day is included as standard in all packages. The stunning gardens are also rich in history with the Italianate gardens, which are bursting with vibrant flowers and complete with urns and terracing.


Wedding Venue Inspiration: The Hop Farm, Maidstone

The Hop Farm, Maidstone

The Hop Farm is one of Kent's quintessential, landmark weddings venues. With the famous backdrop of the county's traditional oast houses, and surrounded by beautifully manicured gardens, it's an idyllic location for your special day. The wedding gardens and terraces are exclusive to each wedding and provide a wealth of jaw-dropping backdrops for your photographer to utilise. You have the luxury of choice when it comes to your ceremony, with outdoor and indoor options available. In the gardens, the wedding gazebo can host 140 guests and indoors the Whites Wedding Suite can hold the same number. Receptions, on the other hand, can also be hosted in either of the above two places with capacity for 150 loved ones, or alternatively in the Shires Wedding Suite filled with beams and facing the outdoor terrace. It's a bright space and wonderful for hosting celebrations for 150 guests.


Wedding Venue Inspiration: Weddings at Brenley, Faversham

Weddings at Brenley, Faversham

Brenley Farm makes for a lovely rustic wedding venue in the Kent countryside.Outside on the lawn, in front of the beautiful Georgian Farmhouse, just by the duck pond and barn, you'll find a beautiful traditional gazebo, complete with Kent peg roof and timber posts. Here you can seat 100 of your nearest and dearest to witness your vows. If the weather doesn't suit, though, there's a marquee available, which can be set up in the event of rain. Inside the farmhouse, surrounded by apple and pear orchards, hop gardens and vineyards, is a Georgian dining room that can seat up to 30 of your loved ones for intimate celebrations. This offers a lovely formal option in the summer months or even shelter from the temperamental British weather the rest of the year. It's also licensed for ceremonies. You have the choice of several fields in which to host your celebrations, all set in the glorious Kent countryside on a working farm. Each can host up to 150 guests and comes complete with water and electricity, offering a blank canvas. There's also accommodation on site for 30 people, plus space for campers. The venue is fully booked for 2021, but has availability for 2022 and 2023 and is taking bookings now.


Wedding Venue Inspiration: Hayne House, Hythe

Hayne House, Hythe

Located close to the beautiful and historical village of Saltwood, nestled in the serene and tranquil setting of its immaculately landscaped private family estate, is wedding venue Hayne House. It's a venue that offers a wonderful combination of traditional country house charms, coupled with the sophistication of the ultra-modern. Purpose built in 2018, the Orangery at Hayne House was conceived and constructed with the dreams of its couples in mind. Fronted by uninterrupted floor to ceiling French doors and stunning overhead lanterns, the space forms a natural link to the outdoors. Light and airy, it's like being seated in the beautiful gardens once the doors are flung open, offering a wonderfully flexible, contemporary, stylish and eco-friendly venue for any style of wedding. There are three stunning ceremony areas to choose from including the new outdoor pavilion, and the Orangery, also with the option for blessings anywhere the gardens. All spaces seat up to 120 loved ones.


Wedding Venue Inspiration: The BarnYard (Kent) Ltd, Sittingbourne

The BarnYard (Kent) Ltd, Sittingbourne

Surrounded by 150 acres of stunning landscape in the heart of the Kentish countryside, you'll find The BarnYard wedding venue. Home to a beautiful barn conversion and a luxurious permanent grand marquee with a capacity of 300, it's both tranquil and charming in equal measure. The beautiful lawn is a wonderful location for a glass of bubbly following the ceremony. There are also some terrific photo opportunities on the romantic wooden bridge, which is built over a cobble garden and set among some stunning landscaping, with a view of the orchards, woodland and rolling fields beyond. The venue offers a fine-dining experience, with a menu created from fresh and locally sourced ingredients for traditional three-course wedding breakfasts through to barbecues and hog roasts.


Wedding Venue Inspiration: Penshurst Place and Gardens, Tonbridge

Penshurst Place and Gardens, Tonbridge

This wedding venue is set in an estate of 2,500 acres, the 14th-century house and formal gardens are steeped in natural splendour and historical architecture. With sandstone walls and an impressive sweeping driveway on the private north-side entrance, it's been described as the perfect combination of an inspiring castle combined with an intimate country manor house. The 14th-century, Grade I listed, gardens are considered to be amongst the most beautiful in England. Originally laid out in 1346, their 11 acres have been kept true to their Elizabethan design. Colourfully surrounding the house with a breathtaking blend of roses, tulips, blossoms and herbaceous plants, they make Penshurst Place an enchanting photographic backdrop.


Wedding Venue Inspiration: The Alexander Centre, Faversham

The Alexander Centre, Faversham

Wedding venue The Alexander Centre is an attractive Victorian building in the heart of picturesque Medieval market town, Faversham. Its position in the town ensures there are plenty of amenities nearby including hotels and B&Bs for your guests, all within easy walking distance. Its impressive period façade makes a real statement amongst the town's architecture and features a grand portico, which makes a great backdrop for photographs. Plus, there's a private secluded garden located just off of the main hall for further snaps. There's space available for pre-ceremony preparations, and you'll also have access on the evening before to dress the space and make it your own. The venue's team takes great pride in offering you the flexibility to create the day you choose.


Wedding Venue Inspiration: Hall Place & Gardens, Bexley

Hall Place & Gardens, Bexley

Hall Place is a Grade I listed Tudor house wedding venue with a panelled Great Hall and beautiful Great Chamber with carved ceiling. Displaying the individual styles of its two historic periods, with the Tudor monastic stone walls and red Jacobean brick, you have the opportunity to experience the best of both worlds. Standing within award-winning registered landscaped gardens, the venue offers many a quaint space for your photos, and the perfect setting for reception drinks. With topiary shapes, rose gardens and magnolia walks – and the River Cray flowing through – the gardens exude a sense of serenity. In the wider parkland, you'll find herbaceous borders and wild flowers, encouraging a feel of wellbeing at every turn.


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