Your Kent Wedding - January/February 2022 (Issue 100)

JAN/FEB 2022 £3.55 HONEYMOONS, BEAUTY, FASHION, GROOMS, EXPERT ADVICE, FREEBIES AND MORE WIN! PLANNING SOS £1,500 worth of diamonds Secret to our success Our previous real wedding couples share their tips for a happy marriage 100 GORGEOUS GOWNS Your road to W-day starts here 100 issue th Happy birthday to us! Say “yes” to the dress

REGULARS 7 EDITOR’S LETTER A very warm welcome to our 100th issue! 9 NEARLYWED NEWS Catch up on news from around the county 14 FREEBIES & OFFERS Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs 109 COMPETITION Win £1,500 worth of diamonds CONTENTS JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2022 VENUES 21 SPOTLIGHT ON... Dover, Folkestone and Hythe 29 WED AND BREAKFAST Our roundup of Kent’s hotel venues FEATURES 13 HAPPY 100TH ISSUE The county’s incredible wedding suppliers have very kindly sent us their warmest wishes for our 100th-issue celebration 65 PLANNING SOS Local suppliers from all specialisms share words of wisdom to get your planning off on the right foot 71 SWEET ROMANCE If you’ve got a sweet tooth, you’ll love this bright, bold and colourful shoot 75 ONCE UPON A DREAM Allow your inner princess to break free and enjoy this stunning showcase of Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings collection 81 JEWEL IN THE CROWN Memorable big-day finishing touches On the cover The vibrant cover of our celebratory issue was captured by You can find the full showstopping shoot over on page 71 – don’t miss it! 75 65 3

REAL WEDDINGS 38 THINK PINK Leanne and David’s venue styling centred around the bride’s favourite colour 45 YOU SHALL GO TO THE BALL Alex and Mike styled their big day with an industrial chic edge 51 A BARNSTORMING DAY Francais and Joe tied the knot at Odo’s Barn in August, 2021 57 WILDLY IN LOVE Port Lympne Hotel & Reserve provided the idyllic backdrop to Stephanie and Andrew’s big day 63 SECRET TO OUR SUCCESS In honour of our anniversary issue, past real wedding couples share their tips for a happy marriage GROOMS 103 GROOMS’ NEWS All the latest best buys and product launches FASHION & BEAUTY 86 WHAT DREAMS ARE MADE OF To celebrate Your Kent Wedding’s 100th issue here’s 100 wonderful wedding dresses to swoon over – you’re welcome! 104 BIG-DAY BEST Q&A Our local professionals solve your problems 106 BEAUTY BUZZ Beauty editor Kelly Andrews reveals all the latest must-haves for the bride-to-be 86 49 81 51 106 4

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WIN! £1,500 worth of diamonds! Your big days: It’s what we live for. Don’t miss our centenary gathering of real weddings from page 38. Diversity AND Disney – yep, that’s my shoot bucket list ticked off! Your Kent Wedding is 100 and doesn’t it look great for it’s age? That’s right, about to enter our 18th year of publishing, we’re celebrating our 100th issue! I’ve been the editor of this wonderful title since issue 80 and feel incredibly proud to have been part of its history. The first issue hit the shelves in 2005 with the iconic Kentish landmark, Leeds Castle on the cover and boy have things changed since then! I managed to find a copy in the archives and dusted it off to find that fashions had more in common with the 1990s than they do the 2020s. Designs were all about taffeta, boned bodices and bags of embellishment. Words I hardly hear these days in relation to wedding dresses. What’s more, it was rare indeed to see a groom not sporting a cravat. However, some things don’t change. Editor Demelza, was explaining to couples that it’s a good idea to select wedding blooms in season at the time of your big day. She said, “In their natural season, flowers are physically stronger (and therefore longer-lasting), their scent is more potent, and their abundance will ensure they don’t cost the earth.” Sound advice and true as it ever was. Themed weddings were as big 17 years ago too. On the news pages, we reported that a couple who tied the knot at The Hop Farm were keen ghost hunters and pulled up to the venue in a dray decorated in witches and ghosts, accompanied by two skeletons and a driver dressed as the grim reaper. So, although personality-filled weddings are huge today, they certainly weren’t something the early noughties couple was afraid of. Plus, Allington Castle featured in our venues focus in issue one, and it makes an appearance here again in issue 100 as the location for our fantastic Disney Fairy Tale Collection shoot. Your Kent Wedding has been bringing local wedding content to lovely nearlyweds for the best part of two decades, becoming a much valued go-to source of inspiration and advice for many tying the knot in this gorgeous county. We exist to champion the local and very much hope that we can continue to do so for many moons to come. We’d never have reached this ripe old age (still looking so good) without our lovely readers and the county’s amazing suppliers who’ve supported us all these years. A huge thank you to you all. Here’s to the next 100 issues! And as ever, keeeep planning! Kelly x ISSN 1746-9384 EDITORIAL 01376 535 611 Kelly Andrews | Senior Editor and Beauty Editor Danielle Harvey | Managing Editor, Grooms Editor and Travel Editor Claire Ridley | Fashion Editor DESIGN 01376 535 616 Graphic Designers | Sarah Hill Stephanie Hodder | Vicky O’Connor Production Assistant | Lorna Butcher Digital Marketing Coordinator Katie Laley Web Development Manager Stuart Weatherley ADVERTISING Sales & Events Director Sarah Ellis | 01376 538 490 Account Manager Julia Owen | 01376 538 495 Subscriptions 01376 514 000 ACCOUNTS 01376 535 616 Accounting Manager | Derrick James Your Kent Wedding is solely owned, published and designed by KD Media Publishing. Whilst every effort was made to ensure the information in this magazine was correct at the time of going to press, the publishers cannot accept legal responsibility for any errors or omissions, nor can they accept responsibility for advert content, or of the standing of advertisers or by the editorial contributions. The views expressed do not necessarily reflect those of the publisher. Your Kent Wedding is published six times a year. Subscription rates are £18.20 per annum (incl. p+p). Cheques should be made out to KD Media Publishing and sent to Your Kent Wedding, c/o KD Media Publishing, Pantile House, Newlands Drive, Witham, Essex CM8 2AP. @CountyWeddingMagazines @CountyWeddings @cwm_wedding Visit us online at and Kelly Andrews, senior editor Issue 80 to 100... and beyond! Happy birthday to us! MEDIA PUBLISHING VENTS UBLISHING EVENTS & PUBLISHING cwe COUNTY WEDDING EVENTS 71 51 109 Issue one – if it were human it’d nearly be old enough to drink and I’d be saving to send it to university! EDITOR’S LETTER 7

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NEWS Nearlywed Catch up on the latest from around the county A SCENE-STEALING SETTING There’s super-exciting news from Port Lympne Hotel & Reserve, which has announced two incredible new wedding spaces for 2022. Already offering an impressive array of show-stopping locations in which to say “I do” the venue has now introduced The Pergola and The Orangery. The Pergola will be able to accommodate 120 of your loved ones for a seated ceremony. Set among 14 acres of perfectly manicured gardens, it offers a breathtaking backdrop to your vows. The stunning new glass Orangery and terrace, which has been designed as a creative salute to the theatrical entertainment style of the Gatsby era can host 160 for a seated ceremony or wedding breakfast. A truly private area, it’s available for exclusive use only and includes a dancefloor, cloakroom and luxury washrooms. It also features a fully-incorporated kitchen to suit all dining requirements and there’s the option to add a marquee or food station on the adjoining lawn. Find out more at A RINGING SUCCESS As a bespoke jeweller, Natalie Towell of Ashford-based Navette Jewellery specialises in creating the perfect designs for her clients, incorporating their wishes and ideas, and takes great pleasure in witnessing their joy and excitement as she brings the pieces to life. Continuing this passion for creating individual jewellery and personalised, sentimental pieces recently saw Navette claim the accolade of Wedding Jeweller of the Year in the prestigious Kent Wedding Awards 2021/2022. Winning this award highlighted the care and variety of service Natalie and her team give to their couples, ranging from custom created engagement and wedding rings that hold sentiment and legacy, to the joy of creating their own wedding rings as couples are guided through the process in the Make Your Own Wedding Ring Workshop, bringing their love to the fore. Navette Jewellery Studio continues to focus on its designer wedding range, and in spring 2022 will incorporate necklaces within its growing collection of rings and earrings. To find out more check out FOREVER FLOWERS Award-winning local wedding florist Emily&Me specialises in creating floral designs for weddings and has decorated most of the major wedding venues across the county. And now to add to its achievements this year will see the launch of its sister company, Timeless Flower Preservation. Originally a service offered exclusively for Emily&Me’s couples, it’s now striking out as a business all on its own. The new venture will preserve flowers in crystal clear resin no matter who the original florist was. The big-day blooms will be handled with love and care by the team of floristry professionals before being handed over to the in-house resin artist. Timeless Flower Preservation makes high quality pieces that are a beautiful way to remember your wedding day and make perfect presents too. Find out more at YOUR ESSENTIALS 9

NEW VENUE ALERT Chapel House Estate in Thanet, East Kent, once a private family home, has been redesigned as an exclusive-use luxury wedding venue due to open in the spring. The Estate blends seamlessly into the surrounding Kentish farmland, less than a mile from the picturesque coast. The reinstated north drive will provide the main access via a private, gated entrance and the team will greet guests at reception where they’ll be able to check in to their accommodation before heading off to explore. Offering a limited number of exclusive, destination weekend and intimate weekday weddings, Chapel House will provide a memorable experience for couples and guests alike. Just picture it: as part of the private stay on the eve of the wedding, you and your immediate guests will be served drinks in the courtyard before enjoying supper together from one of the seasonally designed menus, showcasing the very best of Kentish produce for an inclusive vegan, vegetarian dining experience at the chef’s table. The Estate offers varied opportunities for the wedding ceremony itself, including the Wild Apple Orchard and the Walled Courtyard, which can seat up to 60 guests, while the former is large enough for 120. The Old Malt Granary is licensed for indoor weddings. A banqueting barn is being built next to it, a few steps from the ceremony to the drinks reception and wedding breakfast. For those wishing to take advantage of more intimate “I dos,” Chapel House’s vaulted receiving room is licensed for 15 people. Chapel House itself is a Grade II listed building dating back to 1290, and is the centrepiece of the Estate. It now provides a beautifully styled master bedroom with en-suite bathroom, complemented by a dressing room with bathroom and two attic bedrooms also with en suites. A large modern kitchen and two lounge areas offer the perfect spaces for entertaining. In addition, the south west paddock will house 10 private lodgings and a 24-hour on site concierge service will ensure guest needs are catered for, no matter the hour. Discover more at BIGGER AND BETTER Canterbury-based independent jewellers, Fitzgerald Jewellers has opened new premises more than four times larger than their current shop. Designed to expand on its award-winning formula the new site combines an on-site workshop with a host of curated jewellery and watch brands in a new department-style store offering the perfect place to shop for your big-day bling or all-important wedding rings. The move comes as Fitzgerald Jewellers celebrates its 20th anniversary The four-month refit has been designed in house and completed by a team of local, independent tradespeople. Manager Olivia StewartStead says, “Shopping needs to be so much more of an experience now. People need a reason to leave their houses after months of shopping online. With our new and improved in-store offering, we’re giving customers a reason to visit us.” For further information head over to DATES FOR THE DIARY Lordswood Wedding Fayre Sunday 30th January 2022, 10.30am-3pm Check out County Wedding Events Signature Show at Wembley Stadium Sunday 20th February 2022, 11am-4pm Register at Hythe Imperial Hotel Wedding Show Sunday 6th March 2022, 11am-3pm Register at West Heath Wedding Show Sunday 13th March 2022, 11am-3pm Register at 10

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Located within an amazing setting in the heart of the Kent countryside, The Lost Village of Dode is available for exclusive intimate and private smaller weddings & blessings…the perfect micro wedding venue. Kent’s best kept secret. Secluded, Silent, Sacred Call 01843 830150 or email, today to book your viewing 125 Canterbury Road, Westgate-on-Sea, Kent CT8 8NL | | A WEDDING AS UNIQUE AS YOU ARE... Your wedding is one of the most exciting and important days of your life – one that you will cherish and remember forever. If you are looking for a dream wedding venue in Kent, St Augustine’s is where dreams come true. At St Augustine’s we believe that every wedding is different. With a wide variety of rooms and spaces from which to choose, St Augustine’s is a truly unique venue and can offer: Weddings perfectly tailored to your needs whether an intimate gathering or 200+ guests • Huge flexibility with many function rooms to choose from for your big day • Elegant outdoor ceremonies in our beautiful gazebo • Deconsecrated chapel for religious, civil ceremonies, wedding breakfasts or reception • Spacious banqueting hall with capacity for 215 guests • Late licence until 1.00 am • Stylish bridal dressing room • Fabulous wedding cuisine, sumptuous banquets and deluxe buffets • A dedicated wedding co-ordinator • It’s your day and we promise it will be perfect, right down to the last tiny, exquisite detail. *Registrar fees are not included. FULL OR TWILIGHT WEDDING PACKAGES STARTING FROM AS LITTLE AS £3,250!

HAPPY 100TH The county’s incredible wedding suppliers have very kindly sent us their warmest wishes for Your Kent Wedding’s 100th-issue celebration Natalie Towell, Navette Jewellery Studio, “One can only imagine the multitude of brides-to-be that have poured over the pages of Your Kent Wedding seeking inspiration and advice. This is an amazing milestone of success and continued inspiration – the wish lists and colour-infused moodboards created, suppliers’ creativity highlighted and real life snapshots of true love captured. Wishing Your Kent Wedding a wonderful 100th celebratory issue.” Jeff and Sarah Oliver, Jeff Oliver Photography, Sam Reynolds, Emily&Me, “Happy 100th birthday to Your Kent Wedding magazine from the multi-award-winning Emily&Me floristry team. A great magazine deserves a great birthday! So, we raise our glasses to your future and look forward to celebrating many more years together.” Kate Press, Dress Dreams, Will Wheedon, The Old Kent Barn, Philip and Petrina, Photography by Petrina, “Happy Birthday Your Kent Wedding from Photography by Petrina! I love your work and look forward to another year of working with you.” Jane and the team, Country Brides of Faversham, “We just want to wish you huge congratulations on your 100th issue of Your Kent Wedding magazine. We have loved being a part of many of these issues and look forward to working with you lots more in the future!” Karina, Robin, Trisha & Yvonne, Simply Ceremonies Independent Celebrants, “Happy 100th-issue birthday to Your Kent Wedding magazine and team. We love seeing all the stories, showing how your couples celebrate their weddings and the team here at Simply Ceremonies would also love to take this opportunity to thank you for supporting independent celebrants like ourselves. Happy birthday from us all.” Becky Bosman, The Lost Village of Dode, “Happy 100th Birthday to Your Kent Wedding magazine. Blessings and light to your future. We’re looking forward to celebrating many more years together.” HAPPY 100TH ISSUE! 13

ENTER ONLINE AT WWW.YOURKENT.WEDDING Closing date 8th April, unless otherwise stated. Terms & conditions apply. FINDING THE ONE In honour of Your Kent Wedding’s 100th issue, we’ve partnered with the beautiful Sevenoaks-based boutique Dress Dreams to offer you £100 off of your wedding gown. The team at Dress Dreams understand that choosing the right gown for your big day is an incredibly exciting time, so the experience should be a memory to treasure forever. Owner Kate says, “I wanted to create a deeply personal bridal experience and provide above-and-beyond customer service where each bride and her loved ones feel welcomed, spoiled and looked after by a team who really care.” The recently-refurbished boutique, complete with velvet sofas, has been designed to feel luxe and glamorous, but with a relaxing and friendly atmosphere. Whatever style of dress you’re looking for the team will help make your dreams come true. To claim this exclusive £100 discount on new dress orders made throughout January and February 2022, simply quote “Your Kent Wedding 100” at time of purchase. For further information on Dress Dreams and to book an appointment, visit the website at Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs Freebies &OFFERS £100 OFF Coppa Club’s Sonning-On-Thames location plays host to The Great House at Sonning – a boutique hotel featuring 49 bedrooms and nestled in the Berkshire countryside. Roughly an hour from London, the property is situated along the River Thames and boasts a large terrace, sweeping lawns and ample riverside space. An ideal location for couples that need a break from the wedding planning, a family getaway or trip with friends, the beautifully designed hotel is dog friendly and provides meeting, event and party spaces (you can also tie the knot here!). You can book a cosy Double Room from £85 per night, or a Deluxe Double from £115 per night. Check out County Wedding Magazines has teamed up with Coppa Club, The Great House at Sonning to give readers the chance to win an overnight stay for two people with breakfast, as well as a three-course meal with a bottle of fizz! WIN AN OVERNIGHT STAY 14

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Dover, Folkestone & Hythe SPOTLIGHT ON... Tie the knot in a local hotspot HAYNE HOUSE 01303 262 555 | Set near the historical village of Saltwood and the Hythe Coast, Hayne House is an elegant wedding venue nestled within the serene and tranquil setting of an immaculately landscaped private family estate. The combination of traditional countyhouse charm paired with the modern sophistication of the Orangery make this venue a one-of-a-kind. Surrounded by a beautiful landscaped English country gardens and fronted by uninterrupted floor-to-ceiling French doors, The Orangery also boasts stunning overhead roof lanterns flooding it with natural light. It provides a natural link to the gardens and every angle of the building is wonderfully photogenic. Built from sustainable materials you can host a wedding here any time of the year in a setting that’s simultaneously flexible, contemporary, stylish and eco-chic. Say “I do” al fresco under cover of the Garden Pavilion or elsewhere in the gardens, with up to 120 loved ones. Alternatively, during the cooler months, you can opt to exchange vows inside The Orangery, which also has space for 120. Later on, you can dine in style with a seated wedding breakfast in The Orangery accompanied by your 120 nearest and dearest, and invite an additional 30 to join you for the evening revelries bringing the total guest list up to 150. There are hand-crafted bi-folding doors to separate the dining and ceremony areas if required. The venue works with Kent-based caterers Scott Anderson, and every booking includes a complimentary food and wine tasting. While a range of inspiring menus is provided, the team will work with you to build the menu around your preferences. A range of fun and different drinks packages are also on offer, such as the gin bar or Kentish drinks selection. Next to The Orangery is Hayne House, the former hunting lodge once the pavilion of Edward VIII, which has been lovingly restored. Within the lodge there are five ensuite bedrooms, plus the sumptuous honeymoon suite. There’s also another bed and breakfast on site with five further bedrooms, which can accommodate up to 22 guests. WE LOVE... Hayne House is a wedding venue with an environmental conscience. It’s innovativelygreen, sustainable and gives modern-thinking couples the opportunity to celebrate their love for the planet as well as each other. LOCAL VENUES 21

PORT LYMPNE HOTEL & RESERVE 01303 234 111 | Port Lympne Hotel is a multi-award-winning wedding venue set within Kent’s largest wild animal park, home to more than 900 endangered animals. It provides an idyllic setting with sensational views from a variety of beautiful locations around the estate. Once the opulent country estate of Sir Philip Sassoon, Port Lympne Hotel & Reserve boasts 600 acres of private parkland. Built in the early 20th century, the mansion is resplendent with delightful mural-painted rooms by famous English artists such as Rex Whistler, Spencer Roberts and Martin Jordan. With a number of opulent spaces at your disposal, the mansion can adapt to meet your requirements. The venue offers a wide variety of indoor and outdoor locations for your ceremony. The newly-appointed garden pergola is set among 14 acres of manicured gardens and can seat 120. Also, new and exciting is the orangery and terrace, a creative salute to the theatrical entertainment style of the Gatsby era. Turn to our Nearlywed News pages to learn more about these new venues. It can seat 160 for the “I dos” and reception. There’s also the intimate Moroccan courtyard with a capacity of 25 for ceremony and wedding breakfast. It includes details from its origin in the 1920s and has been decorated with items from Marrakesh. Finally for the al fresco spaces is the Iceberg Terrace, which can host 100 loved ones allowing them to enjoy views of the Lime Tree Avenue and Trojan Steps. Moving inside the mansion, the Spencer Roberts Room can host 50 for the ceremony and 30 for a wedding breakfast. This stunning space boasts hand-painted murals of animals, some of which can be found in the park. The Long Room can accommodate 100 for the vows and 50 for a seated meal and offers wonderful views over the Southern Terrace and 600-acre reserve. WE LOVE... If you’re looking for something inspiring or totally different for your big day, being located within a wild animal reserve allows the team to build a VIP bespoke safari or include an animal experience. HOLIDAY INN DOVER 01304 821 230 | Set amongst four acres of beautifully landscaped gardens, the Holiday Inn Dover makes a fabulous location for some stunning wedding photos. The venue’s Grand Marquee is an impressive space indeed and is one of the largest in Kent. It’s fully heated and air-conditioned ensuring you and your loved ones are comfortable whatever the weather. What’s more it’s pillar free making for an unobstructed view for guests witnessing your “I dos.” The Grand Marquee can hold 400 for the vows of 350 for the reception. If al fresco vows are more your thing, the Gazebo (120 guests) is a beautiful spot with guests looking on surrounded by the lovely gardens. Finally for more intimate ceremonies (50 guests), the Octagon Suite is a quiet spot with six of its eight sides being large windows. It also boasts an atrium ceiling. This suite can play host to your wedding breakfast for 50 too and creates a cosy ambience. WE LOVE... The hotel’s chefs are experienced in catering for large receptions and a menu can be designed to meet your requirements. 22

· Catering for up to 400 wedding guests · Civil ceremonies available in Garden Gazebo or hotel · Landscaped garden for wedding photos · Free parking for guests · Wedding packages available 01304 872 843 / 01304 821 230 | Singledge Lane, Whitfield, Dover CT16 3EL & THE COMPLETE VENUE FOR SMALL & LARGE WEDDINGS · Catering for up to 400 wedding guests · Civil ceremonies available in Garden Gazebo or hotel · Landscaped garden for wedding photos · Free parking for guests · Wedding packages available 01304 872 843 / 01304 821 230 | events Singledge Lane, hitfield, Dover CT16 3EL & I L O U I S E RO O T S . C OM | L O U I S E @ L O U I S E RO O T S . C OM | 0 7 7 1 1 1 4 5 1 7 0 |

SOLTON MANOR 01304 448 844 | Solton Manor offers the perfect blend of a historical luxury manor house and a stunning contemporary converted barn, all nestled amongst 10 acres of glorious gardens and grounds. The history of the Manor can be traced back to the Domesday, book compiled in 1086, and boasts Grade II listed status. The beautiful summerhouse nestled in Godric’s Garden, overlooking the Kent countryside is a wonderful spot to say “I do” al fresco accompanied by 150 guests. Alternatively, inside for receptions as well as vows, you can choose from the Tudor Room (60 guests), the Barn (150 guests), or the more intimate Bell Tower Room (40 ceremony guests and 24 dining). Plus, there’ll be an experienced wedding planner on hand to answer any questions you may have and guide you along the way. WE LOVE... Complimentary use of the two-bedroomed bridal suite in the Dovecote Cottage is offered for your on-the-day bridal preparations. Beautifully appointed it overlooks a pond and offers a kitchen and living room too. There’s also accommodation on site for you and your guests – somewhere to rest your weary heads at the end of a wonderful, albeit tiring, day. HYTHE IMPERIAL HOTEL 01303 267 441 | A classically-styled four-star hotel, Hythe Imperial sits right on the town’s beautiful seafront boasting uninterrupted panoramic views across the English Channel. Having undergone a multi-million-pound renovation, all 92 bedrooms have been refurbished to the very highest standard. The rooms and suites range from spacious and decadent to intimate and cosy. The Belcourt Suite is at the top of the hotel and offers spectacular sea views. It’s a popular choice of bridal suite amongst the venue’s newlyweds. For open-air “I dos” the ornate Victorian gazebo set in a secret garden is just perfect. Inside, the Imperial Ballroom is fronted by sundecks from which you can see France on a clear day. The Coast Restaurant transforms into the ideal ceremony room and offers you a majestic, carpeted entrance or exit through the reception lobby. The Elizabeth Room is a light blank canvas that you can decorate to suit any theme or palette. This and the aforementioned ceremony spaces can all play host to 130 of our nearest and dearest. The Garden Room is a more intimate space for your vows, which can be witnessed by 70 loved ones, and overlooks the hotel gardens. The Afternoon Tea Parlour, also looking out across the gardens, offers that little something different with a touch of the traditional. It can seat 50. Finally, The Moet and Chandon Champagne Bar is the pièce de résistance and jewel in the hotel’s crown – think glitz and glamour charm with a laid-back attitude overlooking the sea; this space sits 40 for the “I dos.” Receptions are held in the impressive Imperial Ballroom where the walls are lined with mirrors and full-length windows offering views over the lawns and across to the sea. It can seat 130 and is as stunning in the daylight as it is twinkling with candlelight in the evening. It boasts a function bar and the Champagne Bar is just next door. WE LOVE... The hotel boasts the tallest chandelier in Europe, created by royal warrant holders Wilkinson and Co. It’s a stunning confection of 25,000 individual crystals. LOCAL VENUES 25

HAVENFIELD HALL 01634 699 758 | Hidden away from public roads, Havenfield Hall sits at the end of a long drive that opens up to reveal building’s grand scale. As you walk past the front of the house and around to the back where it opens onto the gardens, you’ll find the external games room, complete with full-sized snooker table and bar billiards table. Further on, there’s the Old School House, Cart Shed and bar, which hug a central courtyard, providing the perfect space for live bands, DJs and entertainment. The Old School House is your indoor ceremony option (80 guests), it features high ceilings and exposed timber beams, large windows and French doors, allowing natural light to flood in. For al fresco vows the Cart Shed and Courtyard (100 guests) are available, this open-faced oak-framed structure opens out onto the paved courtyard providing a lovely option that can be dressed according to your theme. Finally, for the ceremony, The Bandstand also offers a charming outdoor location for 120 loved ones. Welcome drinks can be served in the courtyard or on the lawned area, making use of the gardens and grounds. The three buildings that surround the central courtyard can all be utilised for the reception. WE LOVE... Havenfield Hall’s interiors have been restored to bring them into keeping with the original building’s character and charm, with just a few modern touches added for comfort. Each of the seven bedrooms has its own unique decorative style. BEST WESTERN CLIFTON HOTEL, FOLKESTONE 01303 851 231 | Bringing together elements of modern style and traditional charm, The Clifton Hotel offers a versatile space for celebrating your big day whether it’s a low-key affair or a large-scale bash surrounded by your nearest and dearest. Beautifully located on The Leas in Folkestone, next to the Clifton Gardens the venue offers some picturesque backdrops for those all-important photos. The hotel’s suites are all licensed to hold wedding ceremonies and can double up for your afternoon and evening celebrations too. The Playdell Suite has a capacity of 50 – it’s an intimate space but does have room for a dancefloor. The Romney Suite and The Garden Suite can both host 30 guests and the latter overlooks the beautiful gardens. WE LOVE... Here, you can enjoy a culinary experience to remember at the Marco Pierre White Steakhouse and Ocean Bleu Bar & Lounge. There are also traditional afternoon teas with homemade cakes and pastries on offer. 26

Set amidst acres of private secluded grounds surrounded by delightful countryside views, Haven eld Hall is the perfect venue for bespoke ceremonies or receptions. e grounds and buildings are exclusively yours for the day. With 3 separate approved locations for ceremonies including an outdoor gazebo, vaulted barn and cart shed. With extensive lawns able to accommodate marquees if required. We pride ourselves on working with you to provide a truly bespoke and unique package like no other. haven • 01634 669758 www.haven Located in the Alkham Valley, Folkestone Havenfield Hall Hire the Alexander Centre’s versatile space, elegant rooms and charming garden for your ceremony, reception or both. Our packages provide excellent value for money, a personal touch and the flexibility to customise your special day. | Your perfect wedding at a price you can afford

Celebrate your special day at our stunning 4-star hotel in the idyllic Kent countryside! Hold your perfect wedding with us and enjoy: – All-inclusive wedding packages for up to 150 guests, including BBQ or afternoon tea options – Scenic outdoor spaces for your wedding photography – Comfortable hotel rooms and on-site parking At Mercure Tunbridge Wells +44 (0)1892 628 298 Contact us To start planning your dream wedding, contact our friendly team! Your happy ever af ter is waiting… 0 1 7 9 5 5 9 1 8 1 8 | r e s e r v a t i o n s@ j u d d s f o l l y h o t e l . c o . u k | www. j u d d s f o l l y h o t e l . c o . u k Celebrate your Special Day B E S T K E P T S E C R E T I N FAV E R S H A M WE DD I N G PAC K AG E S F R OM £ 4 5 . 0 0 Judd’s Folly is situated overlooking Syndale Valley with the beautiful backdrop of the parkland. The licensed patio gazebo is a romantic setting for your ceremony and photographs. Our function rooms create an intimate setting for either your ceremony or reception and they can be transformed for your evening party. The 4 acres of parkland provides the space for your imagination in creating Your Special Day. With 30 stylish en-suite bedrooms, Judd’s Folly is a great place for you and your guests to relax after your day of celebration. A unique venue, which prides itself on offering facilities which are very flexible, and can cater for a wide range of events and budgets. A lovely welcoming venue combined with great food and great service to create your perfect day to remember. 6 to 130 Seated and 250 for an evening party.

WED & breakfast Our roundup of Kent’s hotel wedding venues INN ON THE LAKE 01474 823 333 | The Inn on the Lake sits on the edge of 12 acres of woodland, and its gorgeous gardens are planted around three natural lakes. The best news is you and your photographer will have access to all of it on the big day, allowing you to capture some truly memorable photographs to treasure forever. You might even get the opportunity to pose with the friendly resident ducks! As the venue’s name implies, the lakes are a real focus of weddings here. From saying “I do” at the water’s edge and beautiful photo opps on the jetty, to a barbecue on the terrace. You can even wake up in the morning and enjoy a coffee (or glass of pre-wedding bubbly) on your bedroom’s lakeside terrace. THE “I DOS” You have the choice of three wonderful locations for your “I dos.” The Lakeside Gazebo, set on the edge of the largest lake is a beautiful outdoor setting seating up to 200 guests, or 250 standing. Alternatively, if you’d rather be indoors or the weather isn’t lending itself to al fresco vows, The Fountain Suite is an option. This is an intimate room with soft drapes, chandeliers and a natural wood floor. It can seat 100 or allow for 130 standing. Finally, The Lakeside Suite is the largest space. It boasts floor-toceiling and wall-to-wall windows, which flood the room with natural light, creating stunning panoramic views of the lakes and gardens. It’s decorated with soft white drapes and ornate chandeliers, making a romantic canvas for a wedding. It can seat up to 250 guests. THE CELEBRATIONS Receptions take place in the aforementioned Lakeside Suite. With this space you also get exclusive access to the Lakeside Terrace allowing you to enjoy the best of the gorgeous outdoor space all day (and night) long. The suite can host 250 for the wedding breakfast and 300 for the evening bash. THERE’S MORE! As the couple-of-the-moment, you’ll receive two complimentary tickets to a tribute event to sample the food and DJ. You can also enjoy a stay in the spa suite on the house, and the bride will be treated to a wedding-eve stay with her bridesmaids. HOTEL VENUES 29

MERCURE TUNBRIDGE WELLS HOTEL 01892 628 298 | Built around the original Georgian Dower House, this charming four-star hotel offers the ideal combination of the traditional and modern. The oast house provides a grand entrance for you and your guests, while the original Georgian house and terrace offer a warm, welcoming and relaxing atmosphere. THE “I DOS” The Parkside Suite is the largest function room available for the vows. Situated on the ground floor, it’s fully accessible and its neutral décor will work with any palette or theme. It can host 150 of your nearest and dearest. The Park Avenue Suite can be found in the original Georgian dower house. It boasts Georgian arched windows creating a grand and romantic ambience for wedding ceremonies. So, it’s easy to see why this is where most of the venue’s couples choose to say “I do.” Finally, the Park View Suite can accommodate 40 loved ones, so it’s ideal for intimate occasions. It overlooks the courtyard and has direct access to it. THE CELEBRATIONS Receptions take place either in the Parkside Suite or the Park Avenue Suite depending on the size of your guest list. The former has its own private function bar and garden. It’s also licensed for entertainment until midnight. The latter can accommodate 50 loved ones for an intimate wedding breakfast. THERE’S MORE The venue hosts only one wedding per day and offers a complimentary bedroom for you for the night. You’ll also be treated to a menu tasting and a one-year anniversary meal. Plus, your guests can benefit from discounted accommodation on the 84 available bedrooms. It’s also the winner of Wedding Venue of the Year – Kent, at the Global Wedding Awards 2021 and a finalist for Wedding Venue of the Year at the Kent Wedding Awards 2021. BROMLEY COURT HOTEL 020 8461 8600 | Bromley Court is a hotel steeped in history with an atmosphere of an intimate country house. The stunning gardens are bursting with beauty and 200 years of history. The Italianate Gardens in particular are a treasure boasting urns, terracing and multicoloured flowers all year round. THE “I DOS” There’s a range of choice when it comes to exchanging your vows. You have the Wellington Suite, where there’s space to invite 150 to your ceremony; the Garden Restaurant, which can host 180; the more intimate Darwin Room, with room for 60; and Amelia’s Room and Leona’s Room, the smallest ceremony rooms which can host 40 and 20 respectively. THE CELEBRATIONS The Wellington Suite is the hotel’s most popular wedding suite. Situated on the ground floor to the rear of the hotel, just off the reception area, it consists of two rooms with connecting doors and its own bar. Both rooms are bright and airy with large windows offering fabulous views of the gardens. There’s access to a patio and the gardens themselves. It can accommodate 90 for a sit-down meal or 150 for a buffet. The Garden Restaurant is an elegant suite offering views of the landscaped garden with direct access to it. It benefits from an adjoining barn and lounge area with ornate fireplace and chandeliers. It also has its own dancefloor with fitted disco lighting. It can play host to 180 seated or 250 for a standing buffet. The Darwin Room is perfect for a smaller celebration. It’s tastefully decorated, including its own stylish bar and offers access to the gardens via the reception Lounge Bar. It can cater for 60 for a wedding breakfast and 65 for an evening buffect. Finally, Leona’s Room with its garden view can host 20 for a wedding breakfast and 30 for a buffet, and Amelia’s Room with beautiful bay windows can seat 40 for the wedding breakfast and 50 for a buffet. THERE’S MORE! The main staircase is a noteworthy spot at this venue, it offers a grand entrance to brides and grooms arriving for their ceremony and makes for a great photo opportunity in bad weather. Some of the wedding packages include a menu tasting and some include an anniversary meal. 30

WWW. FARRAR - TANNER .CO. UK Personalised Wedding Gifts Memo rab l e presen t s fo r br i de and groom A stunning venue with a real WOW factor, any couple would feel really special in this impressive setting steeped in history. Bilsington Priory is a beautiful space to marry in, with a dedicated team to look a er you. Unlike other venues, we do not charge corkage, so you are welcome to bring your own post ceremony drinks and table wines - we will chill and serve it to your guests free of charge. BILSINGTON PRIORY Please call us on 01233 720992 or email to make an appointment to view our stunning venue. Bilsington Priory, Priory Road, Bilsington, Nr Ashford Kent TN25 7AU