Your Kent Wedding - November/December 2023 (Issue 111)

WIN! A mini-moon in Rhodes SPOTLIGHT ON... Canterbury and Thanet Meet the county’s bridal beauty experts 2024 bridalwear trends Picture PERFECT What to expect from your photographer MIRROR, MIRROR NOV/DEC 2023 £3.55 In vogue KENTWEDDING

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REGULARS 7 EDITOR’S LETTER A warm welcome from Kelly 11 NEARLYWED NEWS Catch up on news from around the county 15 FREEBIES & OFFERS Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs 79 HOT TOPIC: WINTER VIBES Local experts offer stellar advice on creating your winter wonderland wedding 105 COMPETITION Win a mini-moon in Rhodes worth £1,300 CONTENTS NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2023 On the cover This issue’s cover is sponsored by Bradbourne House (, a luxury, exclusive-use venue located in the heart of the Kent countryside. It features real couple Kate and Mitch on their winter wedding day. The image was captured by Scott Kendall Photography ( 71 FEATURES 55 STYLE THAT TRANSCENDS TIME Steeped in timeless romance, this local shoot oozes elegance 59 WILDLY IN LOVE This talented team went into the woods to celebrate nature and diversity 63 PICTURE PERFECT What to expect from your photographer every step of the way 71 SAFARI, SO GOOD Autumn hues and animal print textures came together to create this chic shoot 75 BE BOLD Vibrant magenta and teal are set to be hottest palette trend in 2024 95 MIRROR, MIRROR Meet the county’s bridal beauty experts 43 VENUES 23 SPOTLIGHT ON... Canterbury and Thanet 29 AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT! We round up the county’s more unique and unusual venues 3

REAL WEDDINGS 36 OUR BEST SHOT Hannah and Steve said “I do” at Inn On The Lake and opted for timelessly elegant style 43 LESSONS IN LOVE Clare and Mitchell’s wedding was steeped in Christmas vibes 49 SUCH A PERFECT DAY Beth and Rob tied the knot at The Old Kent Barn on 7th July, 2023 GROOMS 91 GROOMS’ NEWS The latest best buys and product launches HONEYMOONS 102 AN ICONIC ISLAND A honeymooners’ paradise, Grand Palladium Hotels & Resorts in Montego Bay have it all FASHION & BEAUTY 83 FASHION Q&A Our local professionals solve your problems 84 IN VOGUE These model looks showcase the hottest bridal trends for 2024, with delicate details, texture takeovers and playful shorter styles 92 BEAUTY BUZZ Get the look with the latest must-haves 75 59 36 95 49 79 4 01732 897436 Bradbourne House, New Road, East Malling, Kent, ME19 6DZ Luxury estate in the heart of the Kent countryside, providing an exceptional place for your unforgettable moment, all year-round

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 B an New We din Package an muc mor ... Report carpet entry ● Private exclusive use of one of our elegant sutes ● Arrival champagne reception Set menu wedding breakfast ● Carefully selected drinks package ● Evening entertainment ● Chair covers & sashes White table cloths and linen ● Service from our experienced wedding coordinator ● Newly appointecd bridal suite Dover Waterfront, Dover, Kent CT17 9BP | 01304 203633 | DOVER MARINA HOTEL & SPA

105 WIN! A honeymoon in Rhodes 43 CHRISTMAS SPARKLE Claire and Mitchell’s big day is sure to give you all the winter wedding feels! Well, here we are at the end of the another year. Is it me, or did 2023 fly by faster than usual? Mind you, with the pandemic growing more and more distant in our rear view mirrors as weddings embrace a sense of back-to-normality, it’s no wonder really. The highlights for me were the Coronation and Carlos Alcaraz’s brilliant win at Wimbledon, as well as getting to see some more of Europe and, of course, celebrating Your Kent Wedding’s shiny new website! When you’ve read this issue, why not have a look around? There’s plenty on offer to keep you ahead of the curve with your wedding planning. Autumn has been unseasonably warm, so I have everything crossed for some chilly weather as we head into winter; especially for those of you with cosy December nuptials in store. Summer’s all well and good, but the time comes when it’s great to just snuggle up in your favourite jumper and curl up with your spouse-to-be in front of your favourite Netflix show, or better still, with your tablet and favourite wedding magazine! This issue we’ve gone all out for you on the inspiration front with four incredible styled shoots offering an insight into 2024 trends and seasonal style. You can also read up on wedding photography, with everything you need to know about finding your perfect match to capture your big day. What’s more, we know you’ll want to look your absolute best as you face your beloved at the altar, so don’t miss our roundup of the county’s hair and make-up experts who have some indispensable words of wisdom for you. So as ever, enjoy and keeeep planning! Kelly x ISSN 1746-9384 Your Kent Wedding is solely owned, published and designed by KD Events & Publishing Ltd. 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. Kelly Andrews, editor MEDIA PUBLISHING VENTS UBLISHING EVENTS & PUBLISHING cwe COUNTY WEDDING EVENTS 55 YOU’RE TIMELESS TO ME This shoot transcends time and its style is equally at home in the winter as it would be in the summer. 59 ON THE WINGS OF LOVE This little chap has to be one of the stars of this issue! ADVERTISING Account Manager Julia Owen | 01376 538 495 @CountyWeddingMagazines @CountyWeddings @countyweddingmagazines Visit us online at and DESIGN 01376 535 616 ACCOUNTS 01376 535 616 MANAGING DIRECTOR Sarah Ellis | 01376 535 602 EDITORIAL Deputy Managing Editor Kelly Andrews | 01376 535 611 Winter warmers EDITOR’S LETTER 7

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!

AND THE NOMINEES ARE... Cave Hotel and Golf Resort has been selected as a finalist in no fewer than two prestigious categories of The Kent Wedding Awards 2023/24: Wedding Venue of the Year – Golf Course, and Wedding Venue of the Year – Something Different. The Kent Wedding Awards, which have been celebrating excellence in the local wedding industry for years, has recognised Cave Hotel for its exceptional commitment to providing unforgettable wedding experiences in both traditional and more unusual settings. The venue’s team take pride in providing diverse weddings that cater to its clients’ unique visions. “Being recognised as a finalist in these two categories is a tremendous honour, and we’re dedicated to maintaining our commitments to excellence in the future,” a representative told us. Find out more about the venue at COME ON IN Earlier in the autumn Your Kent Wedding editor Kelly paid a visit to Penshurst Place & Gardens near Tonbridge and was given a tour of the impressive historical venue’s wedding spaces by charming hospitality manager George. Click play or scan the QR code to take the tour with her and find discover the options that lie in wait, ready to host your big day. 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, Penshurst Place has been described as the perfect combination of an inspiring castle mixed with an intimate country manor house. From the Baron’s Hall built in 1341 to Kelly’s favourite space, The Sunderland Room, and the star of the venue’s al fresco show, The Nut Garden where Kent’s famous cobnuts grow, you’re spoilt for choice and flexibility. As well as the showstopping highlights you’ll see in the video venue tour, also available for your “I dos” is Lancup Well (200 ceremony guests). A gorgeous lakeside location it’s a short distance from the manor house and offers views of the surrounding parkland estate. Here, you can enjoy a blessing amongst fine topiary as the sun dapples the surface of the lake. And for celebrations, there’s also the Garden Room (93 ceremony, 74 dining, and 100 for dancing), just a few steps from the main house. AFFORDABLE LUXURY Fraser Hart is redefining affordable luxury with the launch of its Born Lab Grown Diamonds Collection in 10 new stores nationwide, which includes those in Bluewater and Bromley. Optically, physically and chemically identical to an earth-grown diamond, these timeless jewels are the result of the cuttingedge technology used to create them in a laboratory setting. Blending craftsmanship and innovation Born Lab Grown Diamonds are breathtaking in their clarity, delivering the same sparkling wow-factor as traditionally-mined gems, but with a more accessible price tag. The Collection features exquisite diamond rings from just £799, diamond and white gold stud earrings from £799, classic diamond encrusted tennis bracelets from £5,250, and diamond pendant necklaces from £850. These pieces offer something for everyone with a wide choice of cuts, carat sizes and settings, giving you the ultimate freedom to find the perfect jewellery for your big day. Find out more at VENUE TOUR Scan to view video LOVE IS LOVE Rainbow Weddings is an exciting new independent celebrant service for weddings and other ceremonies in Kent and the wider South East region. The service was founded by its lead celebrant, Paul Barnett, who has 12 years’ experience as a registrar and believes that everyone deserves to be happy. Paul says, “I feel that many couples, especially those from the LGBTQ+ community, aren’t necessarily getting the best deal from legal civil ceremonies, which can be very restrictive in content and location.” So, he decided to do something about it and now offers his couples a ceremony that’s unique to them. Rainbow Weddings is pricing its celebrant services competitively to cater for any budget, which is good news indeed given how the current financial climate is affecting couples planning their big day. Paul is also working on a very exciting developement that will see a future collaboration with a wedding photographer and hair stylist, creating inclusive discounted packages, so watch this space! Find out more at NEWS Nearlywed Catch up on the latest from around the county LOCAL NEWS 11

TIED WITH A BOW Mercure Tunbridge Wells has announced the launch of four fabulous new theme-based wedding packages. With space for up to 150 guests in its largest events room, a beautiful courtyard and pond for picture-perfect wedding photos, parking for 200 cars, and 84 comfortable bedrooms, the venue has everything you need to ensure your wedding day goes off without a hitch. The Classic Wedding package holds a high standard of excellence and tradition. With this option, you’ll be able to enjoy your fairytale wedding in timeless fashion. The Winter Wonderland Wedding package offers you a fabulous white wedding with the added detail of romantic fairylights, cosy candles and seasonal florals. If something more intimate is your thing, check out the Little Big Wedding package allowing you to raise a glass with the people you hold most dear. Finally, a Twilight Wedding is ideal if you’re looking to tie the knot in autumn or winter. Evenings get darker quicker so this package ensures you have the most beautiful backdrop for your special day. To find out about each option in detail, head over to SAVE BIG ON YOUR VENUE HIRE AT THE HISTORIC DOCKYARD CHATHAM It’s all hands on deck to ensure you have the perfect wedding day at The Historic Dockyard Chatham! After all, where else can you say your wedding vows under sails that have cruised the world’s oceans and witnessed timeless stories of love and loyalty; or celebrate in rooms where illustrious heroes have rejoiced in their greatest victories? Set among 400 years of maritime history, this venue provides an iconic backdrop to your day. Say your vows in Commissioner’s House, Britain’s oldest naval building, or aboard the magnificent sloop HMS Gannet. Meanwhile, Commissioner’s Garden provides the perfect setting for drinks receptions and photographs. We’re delighted to partner with The Historic Dockyard Chatham to bring Your Kent Wedding readers a fabulous offer. Get 20% off your 2024 wedding here when you book before 31st December 2023 for any date before 1st November 2024. To claim, simply get in touch with the venue team on 01634 823 846 and quote Your Kent Wedding at time of booking. Find out more about this iconic venue at GO WILD An enchanting and unique setting draped in history, Port Lympne Hotel & Reserve is Kent’s largest wildlife reserve, set in 600 acres of magnificent private parkland and home to 900 endangered wild animals. So, needless to say, a wedding party safari is a must when you host your big day here! The good news then, is that when you book an intimate package for your 2024 wedding in the historical mansion before 1st December 2023, the venue will include a complimentary private safari for you and your wedding guests as part of your special day’s celebrations. The Reserve’s centrepiece, the Grade II listed Port Lympne Mansion, surrounded by 14 acres of landscaped gardens, has entertained royalty, aristocracy, prominent politicians, and playwrights for more than a century, welcoming notable guests such as Charlie Chaplin, the Prince of Wales, Lord Mountbatten, Sir Winston Churchill and T.E. Lawrence. Weddings at Port Lympne are totally bespoke, and with a personal, elegant touch, the team takes great pride in its attention to the finer details, handling its couples’ all-important big days with the utmost care. Find out more at READER OFFER EDITOR LOVES We love sharing a top trend tip and this issue Luisa from Wild Daisy Florist ( in Herne Bay has the inside track for us: “Dried flowers have become increasingly popular over the last few years with couples choosing to combine them with fresh flowers or simply going for a dried bouquet. Pampas grasses are a great dried flower for large arrangements and add a wow factor on wedding arches, entrances, tall table arrangements and more. I love them! Top tip: spray them with hairspray to control the shedding. “With wedding locations now being so varied, a wonderful way to create focus in your ceremony space is to have an arch dressed with a bespoke arrangement. There are so many different styles, shapes and designs of these now, so have a think about what might suit you.” 12

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Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs COULD IT BE MAGIC? “The great thing about hiring me to perform magic at your wedding is that I connect with anyone, whether they’re a company director or a student. Everyone loves magic!” Magician Richard Harrington says. The magic Richard performs involves his spectators and happens right in front of their eyes. “I meet so many people who say they’ve never seen a close-up magician in person, and the reactions of astonishment are amazing,” he continues. Booking Richard to perform at your wedding brings people together. Magic is a wonderful ice breaker for guests who haven’t met before and it provides them with a topic of conversation. Richard has been practising and performing magic for more than 23 years and is a very proud member of the world-famous Magic Circle, where only the best magicians are accepted. So, we’re delighted to partner with him to offer readers a 10% discount on his services, when you book before 31st December, 2023. To claim, simply get in touch via 07581 670 552,, or at and quote Your Kent Wedding. WIN TWO STRIKING ACCURIST WATCHES WORTH UP TO £538! County Wedding Magazines has teamed up with British heritage watch brand Accurist to offer readers the chance to win this ultimate prize package for nearlyweds. Brides-to-be have the choice of a stunning set from Accurist and Sarah Alexander collaboration ( Priced from £209 to £289. This curation of nine unique giftsets, combines Sarah Alexander jewellery with Accurists best-selling, vintage-inspired Rectangle and Jewellery collections. All gift sets have been hand curated to showcase a coordinated look, featuring bangles, bracelets, earrings and necklaces with a wide variety of unique gemstones such as Rose Quartz, Mother of Pearl and Blue Kyanite − winners will be hard-pressed to choose! Grooms-to-be have the tough choice of selecting a dashing watch from one of Accurists men’s collection ( Priced from £119 to £249. Whether you go for a 1950s-inspired ‘Classic’ collection or the bold design of its ‘70s bestseller ‘Origin’ collection, all of Accurists’ collections have taken inspiration from 77 years of British watchmaking. Each watch comes with quick-release interchangeable straps, a five-year extended warranty and unique features in each collection. What’s more, whether you require the above two sets, or two brides or grooms, both come presented in Accurists watch roll gift packaging and can be personalised with engraving on the case back − perfect for the happy day. Check out Enter online via the website by 31st January, 2024. Terms and conditions apply. PROP-ERLY STYLED! Nestled on the High Street in Herne Bay, Wild Daisy Florist is where the beauty of nature is delicately crafted into artistic floral designs. The team here take great pride in their craftsmanship and creativity. Friendly, and experienced they’re ready to create bespoke floral designs that are uniquely yours for your big day. After all, to them flowers are a way to express feelings and make connections. Along with showstopping venue flowers, bouquets and buttonholes, the florist also offers prop hire from vases to drapes, pedestals to arches. We’ve partnered with Wild Daisy Florist to offer readers free prop hire for weddings spending more than £600. Choose from a large rustic wooden LOVE sign, large free-standing photo frame, white metal wedding arch, or a large wooden wedding arch (flowers not included). For more information and images of all options, check our, and to claim simply quote Your Kent Wedding when booking your wedding flowers with Wild Daisy Florist. Offer closes 31st December, 2023. Freebies & OFFERS FREEBIES & OFFERS 15

Pre-register for all of our events at MERCEDES-BENZ WORLD, TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON ASCOT RACECOURSE, 7TH APRIL 2024 WEMBLEY STADIUM, 28TH APRIL 2024 X Sarah Here at County Wedding Magazines and Events HQ we’re looking forward to kickstarting our Autumn 2023 wedding show season – perfect for all those couples that got engaged over the Summer period. From must-visit local fairs in some of the region’s best wedding venues to our larger Signature Wedding Shows, we can’t wait to welcome nearlyweds to our events and help plan their wedding day. Each event will boast a huge range of specialists who will be on hand to talk through your planning ideas and requirements; venues, bridal boutiques, photographers, florists, cake makers and more, there’s everything you could need to plan your wedding under one roof. On the day refreshments will be available to purchase from each of the venue’s on-site restaurants, bars and cafés. Couples will need to pre-register in advance for an allocated arrival time, although on the day visitors are always welcome, and attending our shows are free! For more information, visit County Wedding Events’ website. We look forward to seeing you at one of our events. Sarah Ellis, Sales and Events Director County Wedding Events. Psst! Our pre-registered Signature Wedding Show visitors will have the chance to win a £250 gift voucher courtesy of A date for your diary... GREAT EXPECTATIONS

SUN, 25 FEB 2024 CAVE HOTEL Brickfield Lane, Boughton, ME13 9AJ ALL EVENTS 11AM - 3PM unless otherwise stated /CountyWeddingEvents @CountyWedEvent @countyweddingevents At County Wedding Events each show is professionally and meticulously run to ensure a variety of suppliers are on hand to help you plan your big day and are hosted by some of the loveliest premier venues in your area. All our shows offer you free entry and parking, a goody bag each containing gifts, and useful local information to plan your wedding. You will also have the opportunity to enter prize draw competitions and take advantage of exclusive offers and discounts on the day. As part of KD Events and Publishing Ltd, County Wedding Events (CWE) is ideally placed to offer you a wealth of experience organising events in the wedding industry. If you would like more information about either holding a wedding show at your venue or exhibiting at any of our shows, please contact us at, call 01376 514000 or visit WORK WITH US WEDDING SHOWS SPRING 2024 KENT SUN, 4 FEB 2024 PENHURST PLACE Penshurst, TN11 8DG SUN, 3 MAR 2024 BRADBOURNE HOUSE New Rd, East Malling, ME19 6DZ SUN, 12 MAY 2024 FRASERS ColdHarbour Farm, Barhams Mill Road, Egerton, TN27 9DD

SUN, 14 JAN 2024 ORSETT HALL Prince Charles Avenue, Orsett, RM16 3HS ESSEX SUN, 7 JAN 2024 HEDINGHAM CASTLE Bayley Street, Castle Hedingham, CO9 3DJ SUN, 21 JAN 2024 PRESTED HALL Feering, Colchester, CO5 9EE SUN, 28 JAN 2024 BRAXTED PARK Braxted Park Estate, Great Braxted, CM8 3EN SUN, 17 MAR 2024 LAYER MARNEY Layer Marney, Colchester, CO5 9US SUN, 11 FEB 2024 CRONDON PARK Stock Road, Stock, CM4 9DP SUN, 24 MAR 2024 VAULTY MANOR Osea Leisure, Goldhanger Road, Heybridge, CM9 4SA SUN, 14 APR 2024 THAT AMAZING PLACE Hubbards Hall Farm, Harlow, CM17 0NH SUN, 21 APR 2024 CHANNELS ESTATE Belsteads Farm Lane, Little Waltham, CM3 3PT SUN, 14 APR 2024 HOUCHINS Houchins Lane, Coggeshall, CO6 1RT SUN, 28 APR 2024 OLD ESSEX BARN Cranes Lane, Kelvedon, Colchester, CO5 9AX SUN, 12 MAY 2024 BRAXTED PARK Braxted Park Estate, Great Braxted, CM8 3EN 12pm-4pm Fashion Show

SUN, 18 FEB 2024 MORDEN HALL Morden Hall Road, SM4 5JD ESSEX SUN, 19 MAY 2024 ST OSYTH PRIORY West Field Lane, St Osyth, CO16 8GW LONDON SUN, 12 MAY 2024 NUTFIELD PRIORY Nutfield Road, Nutfield, Redhill, RH1 4EL SURREY SUN, 18 FEB 2024 DENBIES WINE ESTATE London Road, Dorking, RH5 6AA SUN, 24 MAR 2024 KIMBERLEY HALL Estate Office, Wymondham, NR18 0RT NORFOLK SUN, 3 MAR 2024 SPROWSTON MANOR Wroxham Road, Norwich, NR7 8RP SUN, 4 FEB 2024 THE MILSOMS Hall Road, Ipswich, IP5 2PU SUFFOLK SUN, 7 JAN 2024 HINTLESHAM HALL Hintlesham, Ipswich, IP8 3NS SUN, 25 FEB 2024 FYNN VALLEY Witnesham, Ipswich, IP6 9JA SUN, 21 APR 2024 RAVENWOOD HALL HOTEL Rougham, Bury St Edmunds, IP30 9JA 12pm-4pm

SUN, 21 JAN 2024 SANDON MANOR Sandon Bury Farm, Buntingford, SG9 0QY HERTFORDSHIRE SUN, 14 JAN 2024 MICKLEFIELD HALL Sarratt Road, Sarratt, WD3 6AQ SUN, 25 FEB 2024 AUDLEYS WOOD HOTEL Alton Road, Basingstoke, RG25 2JT CAMBRIDGESHIRE SUN, 17 MAR 2024 SWYNFORD MANOR London Road, Six Mile Bottom, CB8 0UE HAMPSHIRE 12PM-4PM SUN, 14 APR 2024 RACKLEYS Marlow Road, Cadmore End, HP14 3PP BEDFORDSHIRE SUN, 17 MAR 2024 LUTON HOO Estate Office, Luton Hoo Estate, Luton, LU1 4LF BUCKINGHAMSHIRE SUN, 3 MAR 2024 WARE PRIORY High Street, Ware, SG12 9AL SUN, 18 FEB 2024 RUSHTON HALL Desborough Road, Rushton, NN14 1RR LEICESTERSHIRE SUN, 28 JAN 2024 STAPLEFORD PARK Stapleford, LE14 2EF NORTHAMPTONSHIRE

• Free entry • Goody bag for each couple • Up to 200 stands • Huge number of wedding specialists including venues • Demonstration areas • Competitions • Entertainment • Refreshments • And more... Pre-register and attend the show to have a chance to win a fabulous spa break worth £250 courtesy of Pre-register at London, HA9 0WS SUNDAY 28TH APRIL 2024 | 11AM - 4PM WEMBLEY STADIUM Brooklands Drive, Weybridge, KT13 0SL DATE TO BE CONFIRMED | 11AM - 3:00PM MERCEDES-BENZ WORLD High Street, Berkshire, SL5 7JX SUNDAY 7TH APRIL 2024 | 11AM - 3.30PM ASCOT RACECOURSE

All inclusive wedding packages for up to 150 guests Scenic spaces for your wedding photography Comfortable hotel rooms and onsite parking YOUR WEDDING YOUR WAY Celebrate your special day at our stunning 4 star hotel in the idyllic Kent countryside! Hold your perfect wedding with us and enjoy: Contact us To start planning your dream wedding, contact our wedding planners: 01892 628 298

CHAPEL HOUSE ESTATE 01843 881 290 | Nestled in the heart of South East England, Chapel House Estate invites you to step into a world of timeless elegance and natural beauty. The 35-acre estate, steeped in history, offers the ideal canvas for your dream wedding, whether you’re envisioning an intimate gathering or a grand celebration. Chapel House Estate is already becoming one of Kent’s most popular outdoor wedding venues. This former private residence has been built from the ground up to create something very special. With its lush outdoor spaces the venue offers an idyllic backdrop for al fresco celebrations, with an all-important indoor contingency. The Wild Apple Tree Orchard (150 guests), allows you to exchange vows sheltered by the purpose-built oak gazebo amidst a heritage orchard, where nature paints a breathtaking backdrop each season. The Old Malt Granary (150 guests), boasts rustic charm and is ideal for yearround indoor ceremonies. Photographers and videographers can capture unforgettable moments from the mezzanine and you can enhance your ceremony with live music. The Walled Courtyard (50 guests) is perfect for smaller, intimate gatherings. This secluded Italian-vibe courtyard boasts a glasshouse available for striking photo opportunities, a Lounge Bar, and No.9 Restaurant for a relaxed and informal wedding breakfast. Finally for the “I dos,” The Vaulted Room (10 guests) provides space for the most intimate of affairs. The Grade II listed Medieval chapel offers a unique setting complete with professional elopement services. The Thorne Barn (up to 150 guests) offers you the opportunity to host a grand wedding breakfast and after party, complete with air-conditioning and large bar. Bands are welcome. Meanwhile, the adjacent North Paddock offers additional options for your evening celebrations. The No.9 Restaurant (50 guests) is perfect for small, informal wedding breakfasts and exudes Italian style for your intimate gathering. The venue combines quality, fresh, locally-sourced ingredients, some inspired by the abundance of fruit from the stunning gardens on the Estate, to create classic and new sought-after flavours and textures. A foodtasting evening is included in the bespoke quote for all couples choosing a three-course meal in No.9 Restaurant. There are nine modern lodges all on site, located in the West Paddock and an additional two bedroom cottage. There is also a beauty treatment lodge and massage room (treatments not included). The private Green Room Bar can be used for pre-wedding drinks and a helicopter pad is available for that all-important grand entrance. CANTERBURY AND THANET Spotlight on... Tie the knot in a local hotspot 23 LOCAL VENUES

GOODNESTONE PARK 01304 695 097 | Goodnestone Park is a vast, privately-owned estate located in the heart of the stunning Kent countryside. The 1704 Queen Anne-style mansion boasts a rich history, including frequent visits from the famous novelist Jane Austen. The magnificent grounds here, complete with impressive views of the historical estate parkland, make Goodnestone a dream setting for any wedding day. What’s more, there’s accommodation onsite inside the Grade II listed house itself in the form of 12 beautiful double rooms. The intricately decorated Round Room can accommodate up to 24 loved ones for an intimate ceremony. Alternatively, for larger numbers, the Coach House offers a light and airy space with theatre-style seating for 100 guests. For al fresco vows, the Portico at the front of the house provides an impressive setting as your guests look on from the forecourt. The Church of the Holy Cross is just a short walk from the estate and is available by separate arrangement with the vicar. Your wedding party can stroll through the picturesque Holly Walk and Goodnestone Park’s Walled Gardens to return to the estate, with the beautifully maintained gardens providing many a photo opportunity along the way. The Orangery, available from 1st March until 31st October can host up to 120 reception guests. Although, orangeries were popular in the 17th century, originating from the Renaissance gardens of Italy, there are no records that one ever existed at Goodnestone Park. So, the new luxury timber-framed Orangery Marquee, custom made by LPM Bohemia, is its first. The venue provides a fully-staffed bar for the evening and you can pre-select from an extensive drinks menu and choose a spending limit or operate as a paid bar. You can bring your own drinks during the day, with no corkage. THE QUAIVES 01227 200 529 | Just beyond the picture-perfect village of Wickhambreaux, you’ll find The Quaives. Here, you have 19 acres of open space available to you for your wedding day, half of which is dedicated to beautifully manicured gardens featuring an array of beautiful flowers, plants and trees. The 17thcentury house has an interesting history, having previously been owned by Christine McVie of Fleetwood Mac, and is where the current owners now live. For an al-fresco ceremony, the Secret Garden with its mature trees and flowering plants will provide a beautiful background for your “I dos.” Alternatively, the meadow is the perfect spot for a marquee for larger weddings of 100 guests or more, while the Converted Barn Studio can accommodate up to 80 loved ones. Its light-filled high vaulted ceilings with underfloor heating and sliding glass double doors open onto a small terrace and set the perfect scene for your service. Traditional church ceremonies are also available in the beautiful village church, St Andrews, just a short walk through Wickhambreaux from the estate. The attractive flint and stone church was built during the 13th century and was restored in 1868. The stunning Art Nouveau stainedglass east window sets the perfect scene for a romantic church wedding. Holmstead Events can provide three hat tipi hire complete with lighting, flooring, a catering tent, tables and benches, an indoor fireplace and dancefloor. You can have live music, a DJ or both, the choice is yours. Alternatively, you can decide to party in the Converted Barn Studio. There’s plenty of on-site accommodation for guests to stay the night including two luxury two-person cottages, a stylish four-person cottage, an eight-person dormitory and 10 luxury bell tents. There is also further accommodation in the village just a few minutes away, which can be booked separately. 24

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At Balfour Hospitality we’ll take care of every detail to ensure that your wedding day is as perfect as you always imagined. Get in touch with us today to learn more about hosting your dream wedding with by emailing or calling 07436 955103 Choose from one of our beautiful countryside pubs, The Goudhurst inn Cranbrook, The Ship Inn in Rye, The Tickled Trout in Maidstone, or The Woolpack in Tenterden, as the perfect setting for your big day. Each of our pubs are located within a stone’s throw of stunning churches or halls to have your ceremony, with The Tickled Trout also having its own license to perform ceremonies on site. With our experienced team and stunning locations, we guarantee an unforgettable celebration that you and your guests will cherish forever. With expert staff and stunning locations, you’re guaranteed an unforgettable celebration for all shapes and sizes, up to 120 people. t.JC packages start from jus 90 per perso t.JC packages start from jus 90 per perso £79 per person FOLKESTONE’S CHARMING WEDDING VENUE Civil Ceremonies Wedding Breakfasts Great location for photos opposite The Leas and next to Clifton Gardens

THE PEGWELL BAY HOTEL 01843 599 590 | The team at The Pegwell Bay Hotel understand what a daunting task selecting a wedding reception venue can be, so armed with dedication and experience, they’re on hand to guide you through the arrangements, ensuring you have a reception tailored to your dreams. Idyllically located on the Kent coast, Pegwell Bay boasts many beautiful spots perfect for memorable photo opportunities. Aside from the obvious stunning sea views there’s also the West Cliff Promenade and Gardens, and the Pegwell Bay Country Park. The venue is licensed to hold ceremonies for civil marriages and partnerships inside in its two suites and al fresco in the gazebo, where you’re able to exchange vows just feet from the water’s edge. The Ravenscliffe Suite has been fully refurbished with a contemporary feel. It boasts a fully-equipped bar, a solid wooden dancefloor, air conditioning and a fantastic veranda overlooking the sea. The veranda area also offers casual seating, allowing your guests to relax while taking in the breathtaking scenery. Seating up to 100 loved ones, it offers a relaxed yet formal wedding breakfast along with an evening reception and dancing. The venue is licensed for DJs and live bands, and you can ask the team to make a booking or they’ll be happy to give you contact details of recommended artists. The Clifton Suite is the smaller of the two and is located one floor above sea level. With access to a private balcony area, your guests are sure to be overwhelmed by the stunning sea views. The room has been lovingly restored with its original features remaining intact. With high ceilings, six ornate chandeliers, your own private bar and floor-to-ceiling windows, this suite really is the picture of Victorian elegance. You can comfortably seat 55 guests here and have the option of a sit-down meal or informal buffet with entertainment and dancing. WINTERS BARNS 01227 472 581 | Located in the Kent countryside, just outside of Canterbury, Winters Barns offers the ideal romantic setting for any couple looking for exclusive-use of a beautiful wedding venue with the perfect blend of historical features and modern amenities. Indeed, everything you could possibly need is here. The barns date from 1660 and their surrounding buildings have been lovingly restored. After you’ve gotten ready in the venue’s salons everything will flow seamlessly with the help of its award-winning team, and once you’ve partied the night away you can rest your heads in one of nine on-site bedrooms before meeting up with loved ones the next morning over breakfast. Nestled by Kentish fields with many a magical photo opportunity to hand, from original oak barn doors lit by streetlight at night, to the white bridge spanning the lily pond, beauty is around every corner. Your ceremony can be held in the Outdoor Cart Barn (150 guests). Enter through the oak arch to walk down the aisle and marry beneath the historial cart barn. Alternatively, the Indoor Ceremony Barn (150 guests) boasts a tall beamed ceiling with a fairylight canopy. It’s a magical spot in which to say “I do.” After your vows you’ll move through to the Wedding Breakfast Barn (150 guests) for a sit-down meal. This 16th-century barn is bursting with character, bordered with hops and coated in fairylights. Evening receptions are hosted in the Dancefloor Barn (220 guests), this large, spacious barn is perfect for a party! Scan to view video 27 LOCAL VENUES

Luxury eco-estate located in the heart of the idyllic Kent countryside FOOD – Home grown, locally sourced, seasonal ingredients lovingly prepared and served exactly how you like it. DRINKS – The nest selection of Kentish beers, wines, ciders and spirits for your special day. Why not include a cocktail hour to wow your guests. STYLING – Frasers o ers a bespoke floral and event styling service using home grown and locally sourced blooms and greenery. ACCOMMODATION – 10 luxury on-site bedrooms for you and your guests to enjoy – Why not stay the night before? Frasers, Kentish to the core – The perfect sustainable, stress-free venue choice 01233 756122 Mini and Me Photography

AND NOW FOR SOMETHING completely different! We round up the county’s more unique and unusual venues FRASERS OF EGERTON 01233 756 122 | Set in the heart of the idyllic Kent countryside just 20 minutes from junction 8 of the M20, Frasers is a wedding venue with a very special difference. Located on a 300 acre eco-estate, food for its couples’ wedding days is foraged, gleaned from or grown on the estate or from a carefully selected group of local artisan suppliers and growers. What’s more, the estate operates with 60 per cent renewable energy, while its lowintensity, wildlife-rich grasslands off-set any carbon footprint, resulting in it being net carbon neutral. The ethos is to create bespoke, stylish, country weddings, that literally don’t cost the earth! Oozing luxury and charm, Frasers is available for exclusive hire for weddings of all sizes. The venue never hosts weddings on two consecutive days, so you have the facility to stay the night before your big day. In fact, the venue as a whole can accommodate 20 guests on site, plus a further 10 on a nearby farm. Your ceremony can take place either in the traditionally built Kentish oak-framed barn, the newly converted grain store – The Snug, or on the Outside Barn Terrace. Following the “I dos,” while you pose for photographs, your nearest and dearest can enjoy drinks and canapés in any of the above spaces, the Stag’s Barn, or Garden Terrace and bar area. The latter in particular is a great space for a post-ceremony gathering with its covered tables and upcycled bar with cocktails on tap – why not have a cocktail hour? Frasers can host receptions with up to 200 guests in its own marquee, located on the lawn surrounded by the picturesque rose garden; or smaller, boutique weddings in the Oak-Framed Frasers Barn with outside terrace facing the lawn. The latest addition, The Snug, a romantic circular space in the converted Grain Store, can offer an intimate first dance space or private dining for up to 20 nearest and dearest. The venue also offers a complete floristry and event planning service, along with flexible dining options from informal grazing plates to fine dining and everything in between. Go green 29 UNUSUAL VENUES

THE ROCHESTER CORN EXCHANGE 01634 338 112 | This luxurious and imposing Grade I listed building was constructed in 1706 by the rather splendidly named Admiral Sir Cloudsley Shovel, whose coat of arms can be found above the High Street entrance. It has enjoyed a varied history as a butchers market, a courtroom, a concert hall and a cinema. For the past 100 years it has functioned as Rochester’s premier venue for parties, events and weddings offering you the flexibility to enjoy the day of your dreams in a historical setting. Located just off the beautifully preserved Victorian High Street, famous for its connections with Charles Dickens, the venue is close to the cobbled Boley Hill that links the High Street through an ancient gateway to the moat of Rochester Castle and Gardens on your right, and to the left Rochester Cathedral. The Queens Hall is the largest space here for ceremonies and receptions hosting up to 300 loved ones (or 275 with a dancefloor). A luxurious space with wow factor, its stunning architectural features include high ceilings, sparkling chandeliers and impressive windows. This room can be configured to suit weddings of all sizes and can host wedding breakfasts, sit-down meals and evening celebrations. The Princes Hall is suitable for more intimately sized events and can host up to 80 nearest and dearest for ceremonies. It can also act as a welcome area for drinks and canapés when used in conjunction with The Queens Hall linked together by the grand sweep of the staircase. Rochester Corn Exchange uses a number of specially selected caterers to suit all budgets, tastes and types of wedding including Asian and AfroCaribbean. The three existing packages, The Cathedral, The Castle and The Courtyard all give exclusive access to the venue. BETTESHANGER COUNTRY PARK 01304 619 227 | This stunning venue, set among 250 acres of picturesque grounds is the ideal location to capture your timeless, unforgettable experience. The land has been developed since becoming a country park in the 1990s and continues to flourish in its natural offerings complete with green pastures, woodlands and sea views. There are even hidden spots where you can capture memorable and private moments, or open green space where you can accommodate group shots or images with real impact. What’s more, the beautiful open interior spaces here, with their high ceilings and cascades of natural light, offer idyllic settings for your special day. The venue brings the outside in, incorporating stunning florals, live olive tress, and rustic textures to create the essential backdrop for a romantic countryside wedding. From the creative in-house events team, to the bespoke styling, delicious full-service catering and rustic bar, the team crafts event packages to suit all budgets. The Glass Room offers views across Kent’s finest offerings. It offers space for up to 120 loved ones to join you for your wedding breakfast and up to 200 standing for an evening bash. The Lamp Room is also available for evening receptions and parties. It’s an intimate and stylish venue catering for up to 80 standing or 40 banqueting. Although the venue doesn’t currently hold a ceremony license, the application is in the works and the team are hoping to have this in place by 2024. The aim is to offer both indoor and outdoor ceremonies with the option of two locations for you to exchange your vows. So, watch this space as we’ll definitely be shouting about it as soon as we get word! Garden of England Anillustrious history 30

Join us at Deal’s newest wedding venue for your special day. With two stunning venues, 250 acres of gorgeous grounds and a creative in-house events team, we can create your perfect wedding day. We create your package to suit your wedding Wedding Coordinator to help with planning Creative Head Chef to help with bespoke menus and tastes Woodlands, sea views and wild landscapes for special moments Outdoor ceremony option (unlicensed) Welcoming arrival packages Adaptable catering packages AVAILABLE FOR 2024 & BEYOND

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MARLEYBROOK HOUSE 01227 668 661 | Marleybrook House is a one-of-a-kind wedding venue set in the quaint village of Preston, Canterbury. Centred around a stunning 17th-century thatched farmhouse the venue, once home to legendary star Eartha Kitt, is the perfect backdrop for photo opportunities. Along with its 10 acres of surrounding countryside it will leave any photographer feeling spoilt for choice. With three stunning ceremony areas, Marleybrook House can suit any style. The Walled Garden of the thatched house makes for a fairytale ceremony (150 guests). Set against a backdrop of rambling roses, hydrangeas and topiary are wonderful stone features epitomising a quintessential English country setting. Located on the wide lawn area, the gleaming white American Colonial-style raised gazebo (150 guests) is set against the backdrop of sweeping Kent countryside running down to a small river. Finally, for the “I dos,” The Kent pegged Oak Barn (150 guests), fully dressed and adorned with ivy and fairylights provides an indoor option for your ceremony, conveniently positioned next to the Event Suite. Following your ceremony, your guests will be ushered around to the Star Enclosure located on the Glade where reception drinks will be served, beautifully presented on a vintage baby grand piano. Receptions are hosted in the Event Suite (150 day, 250 evening guests). With three large crystal chandeliers and draped garlands entwined with ivy and wild flowers, this is the perfect space for large and intimate gatherings alike. At the far end is a stage and dancefloor for evening entertainment. What’s more, the venue is home to the UK’s largest private fairground, and offers this to you for exclusive use for your big day (250 evening guests). Exhilarating rides such as the waltzer, roller coaster, big wheel, twist, 50ft octopus, dodgems, helter-skelter and adult-sized Victorian swing boats together with plenty of children’s rides, traditional side stalls and props to set the authentic ambience. Paying close attention to detail with a quirky twist, there are many hidden surprises and finishing touches to be found throughout the venue. Instagrammable is the word! Also on site is The Dressing Room offering a private and comfortable space for your morning preparations, plus the romantic Hideaway, yours for the night of your wedding. THE NIGHT YARD 01227 832 116 | Nestled in woodland and surrounded by fruit orchards, The Night Yard is located in the heart of Kent just 10 minutes from Canterbury. Originally built to house cattle in 1898, the historical venue retains its original charm with the new addition of a stunning glasshouse and offers everything you need for a relaxed and rural Kentish wedding. Perfectly lit for long summer nights or cosy winter afternoons, your wedding will have that special Night Yard charm. Ideal if you’re looking for something totally unique to the two of you, the venue’s team will be on board whether you’re dreaming of your dog as the ring bearer or would like lawn games to entertain your guests. The Night Yard offers exclusive hire to make your vision a reality including the Glasshouse, the Courtyard, the Gallery and the grounds. The venue boasts two ceremony locations one indoor and one outdoor, so there’s always a back up should the weather decide to be unkind. Here, you can host up to 140 nearest and dearest to witness your “I dos,” and for the big bash, the venue can accommodate 240 loved ones. The Night Yard’s prop hire options offer a convenient way to add those all-important extra touches to your special day. Everything is on site, so the team will make sure it’s in place and ready for your day. Best of all they’ll pack it all up at the end of the night! What’s more the Night Yard takes the drinks offering on your big day very seriously, so there’s a fullystocked bar, staffed by experienced bartenders to ensure the drinks keep flowing. Uniquelyyou Fairground attraction 33 UNUSUAL VENUES