Your Kent Wedding - January/February 2024 (Issue 112)

WIN A honeymoon in Jamaica worth £4,500! THE SUITE SPOT Top hotels for nuptials It’s the finishing touches that matter MATERIAL Be inspired by local couples TO TOP IT OFF JAN/FEB 2024 £3.55 Marriage KENTWEDDING

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REGULARS 7 EDITOR’S LETTER A ‘Hello!’ from your new editor Danielle Harvey 9 NEARLYWED NEWS Catch up on news from around the county 13 FREEBIES & OFFERS Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs 81 HOT TOPIC Local experts offer stellar advice on 2024 trends 96 COMPETITION Win a honeymoon in Jamaica worth £4,500 CONTENTS JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2024 On the cover This issue’s stunning cover has been sponsored by renowned Kent wedding venue Chapel House Estate ( It was captured by This Modern Revelry ( at the wedding of Sophie and Sam, and you can see more from their day over on page 45. 51 FEATURES 51 PLANNING SOS Our local experts are here to help bust those wedding myths and problems 57 THE FINISHING TOUCH How to add those final elements to your big day 27 VENUES 21 GOING LOCAL Folkestone, Dover and Hythe offer the perfect locations for nuptials 27 THE SUITE SPOT Top hotels for big-day celebrations 3

REAL WEDDINGS 33 ONE LOVE Jessica and James’ big day had a music theme and lots of personal touches 38 IT’S A FAMILY AFFAIR Amy and Dan’s day gave them memories to last a lifetime 45 DISCO FEVER Sophie and Sam’s nuptials were awash with funky details and an autumnal colour palette GROOMS 85 GROOMS’ NEWS The latest best buys and product launches 86 SKIN DEEP Strictly Come Dancing star and Shakeup ambassador, Neil Jones reveals his skincare tips for grooms-to-be 88 RUSTIC CHIC We’ve rounded up some of the latest on-trend products for the groom-to-be 90 RING-A-DING-DING How to choose the perfect wedding ring HONEYMOONS 92 HONEYMOON NEWS Our travel editor reveals the newest openings and honeymoon essentials 94 A SONG OF SUN AND SEA We reveal why Dubrovnik is the perfect honeymoon destination FASHION & BEAUTY 61 FASHION FOCUS The latest bridal fashion news, buys and launches 62 DAINTY DETAILS Say ‘I do’ in these model looks 69 SUPERMODEL STYLE Dare to bare in a plunging, off-the-shoulder or sweetheart-shaped neckline 72 LITTLE GEMS Wedding guests will love the bright jewel colours that are trending this season 75 BEAUTY Q&A Our local professionals solve your problems 76 BEAUTY BUZZ Get the look with the latest must-haves 78 WEDDING WELLNESS Wedding planning can be a stressful business, so we’ve gathered together our top wellness picks to help you start 2024 on the right foot 38 33 92 45 76 85 4

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It’s all about the little details on page 57. Winter weddings are really coming in to their own; couples are embracing the autumnal hues, the cosy atmosphere and the delish hearty food options on offer at this time of year! The best thing about a winter wedding for me, is that you know what you’re letting yourself in for when it comes to the weather. I tied the knot in February (a few years ago now!), and although I kept an eye on the weather apps, I couldn’t be disheartened when the heavens opened and it rained most of the day. It didn’t change the day at all, we dashed outside with brollies for some pictures, and we celebrated the whole day in a gorgeous venue without a care what happening in the world outside. We were in wedded bliss whatever the weather, so don’t worry if you too have a wedding in the coming months – I hear rain on the wedding day is lucky anyway! Here’s what you have to look forward to this issue: we have hotel wedding venues on page 27 (perfect for winter nuptials), and a feature looking at finishing touches to complete your day– be inspired on page 57. If you’re embarking on your wedding dress (or jumpsuit!) search, then check out our bridal fashion features from page 61 to 72 where we help you with this daunting task. What’s more, our Wedding Planning article starting on page 51 will answer all your planning woes. Our real wedding couples this issue all talk about their dream days, so from pages 31 to 46 there could be some ideas you want to pinch and apply to your own virtual moodboard. If you fancy gracing the pages of Your Kent Wedding like this edition’s couples, then submit your details here: 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. MEDIA PUBLISHING VENTS UBLISHING EVENTS & PUBLISHING cwe COUNTY WEDDING EVENTS Sophie and Sam had the disco fever over on page 45. Jess and James’ day was an intimate affair on page 33. 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 Whatever the weather EDITORIAL Managing editor Danielle Harvey | 01376 535 611 Danielle x Danielle Harvey, Managing editor Check out these top hotels on from page 27. Local pros answer your questions on page 51. Where to wed in Folkestone, Dover and Hythe from page 21. EDITOR’S LETTER 7

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COOL KEEPSAKES Kent-based Stackers has launched The Wedding Collection offering something for everyone in the wedding party; from jewellery boxes and cosmetic bags to suit bags, cufflink boxes and more. Its new additions are the Pebble White Cosmetic Organiser, the White Shoe Glass Display Frame and White Jewellery Glass Display Frame. Each offer the perfect way to display your special items post-wedding, you can also use them as a lovely photo opportunity on your big day as you get ready. The jewellery display frame is fitted with a stand so that you can display it on a surface or alternatively you can hang it on a wall, while the shoe display frame is fitted with a glass top to protect the contents from dust and dirt. Finally, the cosmetic organiser provides sleek storage for your skincare, make-up and perfume – you can create sections to suit your collection with removable dividers! Check out CHEERS! If you’re looking for a unique location for a pre- or post-wedding get-together then head to Balfour Winery, based just outside Staplehurst in Kent. It’s been recognised as one of the country’s top visitor attractions, and the only vineyard to receive a Gold Medal accreditation by VisitEngland according to the organisation’s Accolade Awards! Balfour are now eyeing attracting visitors from further afield, laying down a challenge to be one of the most visited wineries not just in the country − but around the world. It hopes to welcome a new generation of consumers with a focus on sustainability at its 400-acre estate, alongside plans to open a restaurant. Cofounders Richard and Leslie Balfour-Lynn planted their first vineyards in 2002 on the beautiful Hush Heath Estate, and five years later, Balfour Brut Rosé 2004 became the first English wine to win a gold medal and the trophy at the International Wine Challenge. Now one of the country’s most innovative and highly regarded English Wine producers, the state-of-the-art winery welcomes thousands of visitors every year; it comprises 400-acres of manicured vineyards, apple orchards, wildflower meadows and ancient oak woodland, rich in flora and fauna. Visit CURVE APPEAL Canterbury’s Beautiful in Curves is pleased to add Sydney’s Closet, and its sister label Michelle’s Bridal, to its boutique. Sydney’s Closet share the brand’s ethos by using curvy models in its images showing how brides will look in their dream dress on their special day. “Our shared belief is you shouldn’t have to imagine how a dress may look or fit,” says Beautiful in Curves owner Zoe. “We believe that you should experience that special moment of seeing and feeling your dress during your appointment.” With sizes 16 to 34 available in the boutique to try on, Zoe selects gowns to provide the support you’re looking for in a dress. “We will then spoil you with choice!” adds Zoe. “Sydney’s Closet offers glamorous satin gowns, mermaid styles, boho dresses and, not forgetting, the sparkling princess gowns which are still as popular as ever!” Visit NEWS Nearlywed Catch up on the latest from around the county LOCAL NEWS 9

LET’S CELEBRATE Nicky’s Photography is a Kent-based wedding, event, and family photographer capturing the wonderful milestones of life. This year is particularly special, January 2004 is where it all began, so Nicky celebrates 20 years of capturing so many beautiful occasions and events. To mark this special anniversary, Nicky is offering £100 off any full-day package and entrance in to a Valentine’s draw to win a free engagement shoot (and all images to download) worth £250! An engagement shoot is not only a wonderful way to celebrate your recent engagement news, but it’s also a special time to capture images of you both to keep. Additionally, it’s a great way of getting to know Nicky, see how a photographer works and get used to being in front of the camera! To enter email Nicky at or text on 07810 827 125 and quote: VALENTINESDRAW2024/100OFF with your name and contact number/email. The name of the winner will be drawn and announced on the 14th Feb 2024 and your engagement shoot will be arranged. Terms and conditions apply. Check out NEW LUXURY LAKESIDE LODGES Leeds Castle, near Maidstone, has four new luxury Lakeside Lodges. Nestled within more than 500 acres of historic and seasonal parkland, a haven of tranquillity, the lodges offer an exclusive escape for guests seeking a serene getaway. Accessed via a private walkway that meanders through the captivating Lady Baillie Mediterranean Garden Terraces, guests enjoy direct entry to the historic Grade I listed Leeds Castle, steeped in more than 900 years of history. The highlight of the lodges is the magnificent view they offer over the Great Water from the private deck, as well as extraordinary nighttime views through the stargazing rooflight directly above guests’ beds. Designed by Koto in its signature style, the lodges feature sculptural forms that maximise natural light, connecting guests with the outside world. They allow guests to fully immerse themselves in nature, fostering a sense of calm and tranquillity. The lodges will also have private spaces where guests can relax and enjoy the stunning scenery while enjoying a soak in the luxurious Lusso stone bathroom, featuring a sleek black external bathtub. They also benefit from large opening sliding doors that promote natural ventilation, and a motorised blind system. “Our new Lakeside Lodges will add another exciting opportunity for guests to enjoy a luxury stay within the grounds of Leeds Castle,”said Helen Bonser-Wilton, chief executive of the Leeds Castle Foundation. The Lakeside Lodges are priced from £325 per night on a bed and breakfast basis for two adults. Visit PRICE FREEZE FOR 2024 Bradbourne House, Kent’s luxury, exclusive-use venue located in the heart of the countryside has had a pricing restructure for 2024/2025 weddings. “Weddings are at the heart of everything we do,” says Natalie Skingley, sales and marketing manager. “Because of this, we want to ensure everybody gets their dream day and will not be charged an increased price for popular days and seasons. Therefore, for the 2024 and 2025 wedding season, Bradbourne House has frozen its prices and has ensured that you can have a wedding any day of the week, at any time of the year for a competitive and budget-friendly price: no price increases for Saturday or summer weddings!” Visit the website for more details 10

LIGHT ‘EM UP! Based in Tunbridge Wells, Loriest & Co is embracing the seasonality of winter with three captivating aromatic scented candles − perfect for wedding day ambience or big-day gifting. Each candle connects the beauty of the outdoors with the cosy comforts of home. The Notes of December scented candle captures the richness of an evergreen forest with a chorus of pine and spruce bathed in winter sunshine. A joyful woody scent to uplift any room, any desk, any coffee table, and every entrance hall this season. The Notes of January candle harnesses the ritual of a fresh start with the cleansing herbaceous aromas of rosemary and thyme to invigorate the home and invites a delightful start to the day when lit at breakfast on dark January mornings. A welcome and sensorial addition to any table. The Notes of February candle brings the romanticism of the first snowdrops with a light floral amber scent that elegantly fills a room with the gentle reassurance that spring is near, and the season is once more beginning to shift into growth, light, and colour. Find more products at SOMEWHERE TO LAY YOUR HEAD The Beacon Restaurant in Tunbridge Wells, has announced it’s added seven rooms to the venue encompassing six uniquely styled bedrooms and a summer house cabin. The Kent countryside retreat combines a restaurant headed by executive chef Scott Goss, creating a unique destination for food enthusiasts and those seeking the perfect escape. Champion of Kent produce and alumni of the late great Gary Rhodes, chef Scott Goss says, “I’m thrilled that we are able to offer guests a culinary experience through our restaurant, events and weddings, plus the addition of offering a luxe home from home. This takes us to the next level of providing more to our local and regional guests.” The rooms are an extension of the Garden Kitchen, main restaurant and wedding venue, so the design reflects these other areas creating a cohesive visitor experience. The Beacon has gone through many different iterations in its time, from a public bath house to a private house, a hostel for refugees twice and a pub for the local community; now it’s the restaurant with rooms and wedding venue it is today! Check out AWARD WIN FOR PHOTOGRAPHER Ashford-based, Photography by Lisa, has won best newcomer at the Kent Wedding Awards! Lisa adds, “My ethos is all about being personal, I don’t view myself as a company but as a storyteller for people’s life moments. As a friendly female photographer, my mission is to always be there for my clients, providing a supportive and comforting presence on their special day. I’m dedicated to capturing the beauty of each wedding and preserving the emotions of the day through my images. Every wedding is a unique and special occasion, and I pride myself on my ability to adapt to each event. Whether it’s a traditional ceremony or a more unconventional celebration, I have the experience and expertise to capture the essence of the day in a way that reflects its distinctive character. With a keen eye for detail, I can capture the grand and intricate moments that make each wedding special. From the smallest decorations to the most heartfelt glances, I ensure that every aspect of their special day is documented for them to cherish for years to come.” Check out LOCAL NEWS 11 4 FEBRUARY 2024 | 12PM – 3PM Feel Inspired at Our Wedding Showcase One award winning venue offering three wedding spaces in rural Kent. PRE-REGISTER FOR FREE ENTRY -

Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs DREAM DÉCOR If you’re looking for an eco-friendly and sustainable wedding, then 4YaParty Weddings & Events is here for the ecoconscious! They can provide you with beautiful wedding styling and unique décor. Based in Bexley, on the South London and Kent border, the company covers South London and most of Kent. They specialise in eco-friendly and sustainable wedding and event décor including upcycled wedding décor, prop hire and sweet treats. 4YaParty Weddings & Events will transform your space into a beautiful place without costing the Earth! Owner Mercedes says, “Many of our hire items are handmade using recycled materials, reclaimed wood, and hand-decorated, bringing your unique vision to life, while doing our bit for the environment. We say no to balloons and no to single use plastic, as we believe weddings and events can be beautiful and waste free! We also plant a tree for every booking we get! We pride ourselves on having amazing customer service and great attention to detail when dressing any venue whether it be a barn, house, marquee, hall, garden, hotel, tipi or a grand wedding venue.” With £10 million PLI insurance, all electrical items PAT tested and a five-star hygiene rating from the Food Standards Agency, it’s a professional wedding and events business you can truly trust. What’s more, Your Kent Wedding has teamed up with 4YaParty Weddings & Events to provide readers with a 10% off bookings discount − just mention the magazine when hiring Mercedes for your wedding day. For more information email or visit the website Offer ends 29th Feb, 2024. JEWELLERY MUST-HAVES Independent British brand Scream Pretty is giving readers the chance to win £150 to spend online at Say ‘I do’ to wedding season and RSVP to any summer soiree in style with Scream Pretty’s stunning treasure trove of jewellery. From lustrous opulent pearls, playful floral motifs, colourful touches and statement sparkle, Scream Pretty’s collection of consciously crafted recycled-sterling silver and gold-plated recycled-sterling silver designs have something for every wedding party. Its Modern Pearl collection features classically chic Baroque pearl necklaces and charm hoops, or for a touch more glam, why not opt for the Pearl and Tennis Chain earrings? Elsewhere, its Simple Sparkle and Audrey ranges bring sparkling crystals across a host of earring designs from dazzling huggies, beautiful bows, signature drop studs and delicate threaders; all designed to mix, match, layer, and stack, sitting as intricate accents that can be worn in piercings across the ear for a dainty curated look. For bridesmaids’ gifts, Scream Pretty’s Zodiac Coin Pendants make thoughtful personalised gifts, whilst its collection of heart, oval and precious hand carabiner charm collectors make the perfect keepsake. Designed with the ethos ‘Be seen. Be heard. Scream Pretty.’, this jewellery brand has you covered for every occasion. F eebie & OFFERS FREEBIES & OFFERS 13

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 wedding venue. Secluded, Silent, Sacred Get in touch today to book in your personal viewing. Weald of Kent Golf Course & Hotel - Maidstone Rd, Headcorn, Kent TN27 9PT The Weald of Kent Golf Course & Hotel is a country hotel venue set in Kent, England. Located in a picturesque rural setting, this clubhouse offers elegant function rooms, vast fairways, and stunning photographic opportunities for your big day. It is situated just a short journey away from the towns of Maidstone and Ashford, providing easy access for guests coming far and wide. If you’re looking for a spectacular countryside venue with all-inclusive services and amenities, look no further than The Weald of Kent.

SUN, 25 FEB 2024 CAVE HOTEL Brickfield Lane, Boughton, ME13 9AJ ALL EVENTS 11AM - 3PM unless otherwise stated 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. 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 HERTFORDSHIRE SUN, 25 FEB 2024 AUDLEYS WOOD HOTEL Alton Road, Basingstoke, RG25 2JT HAMPSHIRE 12PM-4PM SUN, 3 MAR 2024 WARE PRIORY High Street, Ware, SG12 9AL 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

ESSEX 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, 19 MAY 2024 ST OSYTH PRIORY West Field Lane, St Osyth, CO16 8GW 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, 25 FEB 2024 FYNN VALLEY Witnesham, Ipswich, IP6 9JA SUN, 21 APR 2024 RAVENWOOD HALL HOTEL Rougham, Bury St Edmunds, IP30 9JA CAMBRIDGESHIRE SUN, 17 MAR 2024 SWYNFORD MANOR London Road, Six Mile Bottom, CB8 0UE 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, 18 FEB 2024 RUSHTON HALL Desborough Road, Rushton, NN14 1RR LEICESTERSHIRE SUN, 28 JAN 2024 STAPLEFORD PARK Stapleford, LE14 2EF NORTHAMPTONSHIRE /CountyWeddingEvents @CountyWedEvent @countyweddingevents

• 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 Brooklands Drive, Weybridge, KT13 0SL SUNDAY 28TH APRIL 2024 | 11AM - 3:00PM MERCEDES-BENZ WORLD High Street, Berkshire, SL5 7JX SUNDAY 7TH APRIL 2024 | 11AM - 3.30PM ASCOT RACECOURSE

Pre-register for all of our events at ASCOT RACECOURSE, 7TH APRIL 2024 MERCEDES-BENZ WORLD, 28TH APRIL 2024 X Sarah Here at County Wedding Magazines and Events HQ we’re looking forward to kickstarting our Spring 2024 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

HAVENFIELD HALL 01634 669 758 | Havenfield Hall is hidden away from the public roads, as you pass through the front gates and approach the house via the front drive its grand scale becomes apparent. The rear of the house opens onto the gardens where guests have seating so they can make use of the space provided. The exclusive-use venue is fully surrounded on all sides by acres of beautiful well-kept gardens, fields and woodlands. The interior has recently been fully refurbished to a high standard, although modern touches have been added, the various rooms have been sympathetically decorated in a way that helps keep their unique character and charm. When tying the knot here, ceremonies take place in the Old School House. Featuring a high, well-lit ceiling with exposed timber beams, large windows and french doors, the school house can be arranged and dressed to suit your style, comfortably seating 80 guests. Alternatively, the Cart Shed & Outdoor Courtyard are spaces to use for vows for up to 100 loved ones. A traditional, oak-framed, two-bay cart shed with a slate-tiled roof, this open-faced shed is situated on a paved courtyard providing a lovely outdoor option. The beautiful oak-framed bandstand, situated in the heart of the exquisite, landscaped gardens, also allows an al fresco option for up to 120 friends and family to enjoy an open-air ceremony. Post-vows, the welcome drinks can be served in the courtyard or lawned area making use of the gardens and grounds. The three buildings and surrounding spaces all accommodate the evening reception, with the Old School House, Cart Shed and Bar all surrounding a central courtyard − great for live bands, DJs or evening entertainment! As you walk past the house you will find the external games room which has a full-sized snooker and billiards table. The bedrooms all have their own unique décor, each with a double bed, en suite or private bath or shower room. When booking this venue, it offers a free night’s stay for the couple, which can be taken on their wedding night or the night before and a 50 per cent reduced price on its honeymoon properties located in France. FOLKESTONE, DOVER AND HYTHE Where to wed in… Tie the knot in a local hotspot 21 LOCAL VENUES

THE CASTLE WESTENHANGER 01303 261 068 | The Castle Westenhanger is situated just outside the historic market town of Hythe. The scheduled ancient monument is surrounded by 14 acres of magnificent countryside, where couples can find countless photo opportunities. This fortified, quadrangular manor house, dating back to 1343, is a hidden gem and has been sympathetically restored in recent years; beautiful sash windows symmetrically line the front of the manor house and ancient ruins surround the venue. The venue’s interior is quirky and full of character, with surprises to be found at every turn: flagstone flooring, exposed brick walls, beautiful wooden beams − all tell the story of this historic venue. There’s also a unique and romantic dovecote with 400 nesting boxes, glowing candles, and twinkling lights cascading from the ceiling. The quirky room is perfect for intimate wedding photos and holds a special place in the hearts of many couples who have tied the knot at The Castle Westenhanger. For ceremonies the venue’s outdoor ceremony area, The Gazebo, seats up to 120 guests. Its enchanting, thatched roof and oak-frame is positioned on the castle lawn and enjoys spectacular views of the castle and Medieval ruins, including the intriguing Rosamund’s Tower. Inside, The Banqueting Hall seats up to 120 guests, with exposed wooden beams, beautiful brickwork, and Medieval windows, the former banqueting hall promises an unforgettable indoor ceremony option. For larger ceremonies the marquee, positioned on the castle lawn, has views of the ruins and provides a perfect location for up to 300 guests. Alongside the indoor ceremony area, there are two spacious getting ready rooms for the couple to use with traditional features including, a cosy open fire and luxurious roll-top bath. All wedding receptions take place in the Medieval-style marquee, seating up to 300 guests, the marquee has sweeping drapes, magnificent chandeliers, large bar and a starlit ceiling above the spacious dancefloor. For couples that have booked this venue, The Castle Westenhanger hosts a number of VIP events throughout the year to provide an opportunity to meet the team and recommended suppliers, taste the culinary delights provided by its in-house chefs, and gather ideas for their own special day. PORT LYMPNE HOTEL & RESERVE 01303 234 111 | An enchanting and unique setting draped in history, Port Lympne Hotel & Reserve is Kent’s largest wildlife reserve, set within 600 acres of magnificent private parkland and home to 900 wild endangered animals. With picture-perfect panoramic views of the English Channel and Romney Marsh, the reserve’s centrepiece, the Grade II* listed Port Lympne Mansion, surrounded by 14 acres of landscaped gardens, is regarded as one of England’s finest country houses, which has entertained royalty, aristocracy, prominent politicians, and playwrights for over a century. The historic gardens are a fascinating mix of formal, fruiteries and architectural elements that complement the elegant 1920s mansion. Port Lympne Hotel & Reserve is fully licensed for ceremonies; the stunning pergola (110 guests), tucked away within the ancient whispering walled garden, is a whimsically romantic setting to exchange vows. The second outdoor option is the exclusive-use Moroccan Courtyard (25); located in the mansion itself featuring marble columns, antique brass lanterns, water fountains and dramatic, pink, floral-adorned walls. For vows inside, the mansion boasts delightful mural-painted rooms by famous English artists such as Rex Whistler, Spencer Roberts and Martin Jordan. The Spencer Roberts room seats 50 for the ceremony, and 30 for the wedding breakfast. The Long room can be used for wedding ceremonies of up to 100 guests (wedding breakfasts 50) and has wonderful views over the reserve. The venue’s strikingly spectacular glass Orangery and terrace is available for exclusive-use to dine and dance the night away. It has a built-in bar, dancefloor, cloakroom and luxury washrooms, with a capacity of 120 for a banquet, 90 with dinner dance-style seating, or 72 cabaret-style. For more intimate gatherings of up to 50 guests, the elegant mansion drawing rooms and terraces are perfect − the strikingly original décor is enhanced by stunning sea views. When tying the knot here, couples benefit from a menu tasting included in the package for the couple, as well as a one-night stay in the bridal suite in the mansion on the wedding night. A private guided safari can be arranged for couples and their guests, creating perfect wedding album moments. These unique tours are like nothing else in the UK, offering a journey through the park’s vast Kentish savannah, seeing such iconic animals as giraffe, rhino, wildebeest, and zebra against a breathtaking coastline backdrop. 22

ONE OF THE UK’S MOST EXTRAORDINARY AND SPECTACULAR WEDDING VENUES | 01303 234111 Nr. Ashford, Kent, CT21 4PD A magical place to dine and dance the night away, our stunning, newly appointed glass Orangery and Pergola.

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 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

HYTHE IMPERIAL HOTEL 01303 267 441 | Nestled in impeccably manicured gardens, the award-winning Hythe Imperial Hotel’s enviable seafront location allows for panoramic seaside views. Its exterior is an architectural marvel that beautifully complements its picturesque surroundings. More than just a wedding venue, it’s a luxurious haven that exudes both elegance, charm and exhibits a neutral colour scheme, providing a perfect blank canvas for wedding themes. It also houses a magnificent chandelier, the tallest in Europe! This resplendent centrepiece reaches dizzyingly high into the elegant, vaulted ceiling of the hotel’s grand entrance hall. For vows, couples can wed al fresco in the hotel’s gazebo with up to 130 guests. Nestled in the heart of its landscaped grounds, this structural masterpiece commands a captivating view of the hotel’s exterior. Inside, experience the grandeur of the Imperial Ballroom with up to 130 guests, elegantly positioned with adjoining sundecks that offer an impeccable view. Or, the hotel’s Coast Restaurant (130) serves more than just fine cuisine, it transforms into an exquisite ceremony room. Additionally, The Elizabeth Room (130) is a blank canvas space, full of light and brimming with potential. The beauty of this room lies in its versatility, elegance and space. The Afternoon Tea Parlour provides a majestic view of the hotel gardens and is a distinguished spot for an intimate 50 guests. The luxurious hotel boasts Kent’s sole Moët and Chandon Champagne Bar; the epitome of elegance and sophistication, it’s often regarded as the pièce de résistance of this venue. The bar accommodates 40 guests and is ideal for hosting an intimate ceremony with a grand ambience. Post-vows, couples can celebrate in the Imperial Ballroom with the capacity to comfortably seat 130 guests. With spectacular floor-length windows offering stunning sea views and walls adorned with opulent mirrors, it’s an effortlessly impressive backdrop. It’s also adjacent to the aforementioned champagne bar! When tying the knot here, couples benefit from a free menu tasting and night’s accommodation for the wedding couple. Some packages include complimentary three-course meal on the first anniversary too! The Sunday package includes eight complimentary bedrooms, and, with the Seabrook, Small & Intimate, Twilight and Imperial packages, complimentary ceremony room is included with chiavari chairs, white carpet and lanterns. BETTESHANGER COUNTRY PARK 01304 619 227 | This stunning venue, set among 250 acres of picturesque grounds is the ideal location to capture an 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, with high ceilings and cascades of natural light, offer idyllic settings for your special day. The venue brings the outside in by incorporating stunning florals, live olive trees and rustic textures to create the essential backdrop for a romantic countryside wedding. From the 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 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 style. The venue doesn’t currently hold a ceremony licence, however, the application is in the works and the team are hoping to have this in place in 2024. The aim is to offer both indoor and outdoor ceremonies with an option of two locations for vows − watch this space! 25 LOCAL VENUES

Offering: ◦ Gazebo Ceremony over the lake ◦ Exclusive wedding packages ◦ On site wedding planner ◦ Accomodation ◦ Amazing photo opportunities Set on an idyllic lake, surrounded by 3 acres of natural woodland, the Inn on the Lake makes for an unforgettable wedding venue Contact our events team today to begin planning your dream wedding Inn on the Lake, Watling Street, Shorne, Kent ,DA12 3HB 01474 823333

THE BROMLEY COURT HOTEL 020 8461 8600 | The Bromley Court Hotel is a 200-year-old building which was once a manor house and then extended in the 1970s. The landscape gardens provide plenty of photo opportunities including: a ceremony gazebo, an original 1800s urn and beautiful walkway with steel arches decorated with seasonal flowers. Years of hospitality experience has gone into fine-tuning the hotel’s bedrooms and event suites. Its wedding suites include features such as chandelier lighting, ornate fireplaces, large bay windows, floor-length drape curtains, stylish bars as well as some of the building’s original features especially the grand main staircase perfect for photos. When tying the knot here, couples have the following options: Leona’s Room is elegant and perfect for a small, intimate ceremony and sit-down meal with up to 20 loved ones – this room has some of the best views of the gardens! Amelia’s Room features lovely bay windows and floor-length draped curtains ideal for a ceremony, wedding breakfast and reception of 40 or 50 respectively. The Darwin Room is tastefully decorated, has its own stylish bar and dancefloor, and space for a sit-down meal and evening reception of 60 guests (70 max). Finally, the Garden Suite gives views over the landscaped garden and patio areas to which there is direct access. It benefits from an adjoining bar and lounge area, with ornate fireplace and chandeliers. There’s plenty of space for a DJ/band with dancefloor space. It can host ceremonies and a sit-down meal for 180 guests, and an evening reception for up to 250. When booking this big-day venue, wedding tastings are available, as are discounted stays for the couple the night of their wedding. THE SUITE SPOT These top hotels are perfect wedding venues for the big-day and beyond 27 HOTEL VENUES

THE SPA HOTEL 01892 520 331 | The Spa Hotel is nestled within 14 acres of picturesque grounds close to the centre of Royal Tunbridge Wells. Originally built in 1766 as a country mansion, it first opened its doors to guests in 1880, and the hotel is now a well-known Georgian landmark of the town. Following extensive refurbishments its original grandeur works in harmony with modern luxury, providing a sought-after, premium venue. Its glorious grounds and gardens contain the breathtaking Spa Temple where you can say your ‘I dos’ overlooking the rolling Kentish countryside and the picturesque, spring-fed lake. Ceremonies take place in the aforementioned Spa Temple with up to 250 loved ones − wet weather option always provided! Inside, The Royal Suite, the largest function suite, is a grand space situated at the back of the hotel, with large bay windows overlooking the lawns and a large bar. It can host up to 250-day guests and 300 evening attendees. The recently refurbished Chandelier Suite is a light and airy space at the front of the hotel, with contemporary and neutral décor and a private bar. It can host 140 guests for the ceremony, 90 for the wedding breakfast and 120 for the evening do. Finally, the Churchill Room is small but perfectly formed for intimate ceremony gatherings of 45 on the first floor, overlooking the beautiful gardens. It can seat 24 for the wedding breakfast and 30 evening guests. What’s more, the hotel offers award-winning catering with extensive menus for canapés, wedding breakfasts and receptions. There are also seven, individually designed bridal suites for the night of your wedding or to get ready in with your bridal party. Couples booking this big-day venue benefit from a free tasting, a room or suite for the night of the wedding and first anniversary stay, and some complimentary extras (dependent on package). MERCURE TUNBRIDGE WELLS 01892 628 298 | Built around the original Georgian Dower House, Mercure Tunbridge Wells is a charming four-star hotel showcasing the perfect combination of traditional and modern. The Oast House provides a grand entrance for you and your guests whilst the Original Georgian House and terrace provides a warm and welcoming atmosphere. All of its function rooms are neutral, providing the perfect backdrop for any theme. The Parkside Suite hosts up to 150 day and evening guests; located on the ground floor, it’s fully accessible and has its own private function bar, lavatories and direct access to its own private garden – your guests have everything they need all in one place! Park Avenue Suite, accommodating 70 day and 50 evening guests, is located on the first floor in the original part of the building. It boasts Georgian windows and is the perfect space for more intimate wedding breakfasts and gatherings. Finally, Park View Suite (40) is ideal for more intimate ceremonies and overlooks − and has direct access to − the courtyard. When choosing this venue for the big day, couples receive a complimentary menu tasting prior to the wedding, a complimentary stay in the bridal suite including breakfast, and also to celebrate their oneyear anniversary a complimentary dinner in the hotel restaurant! 28

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 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

· 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 | Singledge Lane, Whitfield, Dover CT16 3EL

CAVE HOTEL AND GOLF RESORT 01227 752 277 | Nestled in a scenic haven, Cave Hotel and Golf Resort boasts lush grounds surrounded by a picturesque golf course and orchard garden. The expansive landscape boasts ample water features, including a tranquil pond, and scenic trails leading to secluded areas perfect for capturing intimate moments. A carefully curated venue offering diverse spaces, couples are spoilt for choice. Ceremonies can take place al fresco in the Pergola; nestled amidst the captivating greenery of the golf course it’s adorned with delicate decorations and seats up to 100 loved ones. The Korean Cowgirl room is a unique and unconventional setting with vibrant graffiti walls, wood panelling, and a dark moody ambience. Perfect for those seeking something different or a cave-like vibe, it hosts up to 100 guests. The wedding breakfast (100) and receptions (200), unfold in the transformed Marquee, featuring distinctive spaces designed for a magical experience. Boasting a stunning hit-and-miss-panelled interior against a backdrop of luxurious marble, its blue uplighters enhance the ambiance and the living walls add a touch of greenery. Stylish restroom facilities and a chic selfie area with gold mirrors enhance the guest experience. A cladded welcome drink wall and a private outside area with rattan seating provide additional allure. When tying the knot here, couples have an abundance of extras to indulge in. The Penthouse, the epitome of luxury, is 3,000 ft² enjoying spectacular views from the private wrap-around balcony, a super kingsize bed, cinema screen, rainfall shower, freestanding bathtub, fully equipped kitchen, separate dining area, four HD TVs, and complimentary refreshments. The Bridal Suite, elevating the standard features, has a private wrap-around balcony with panoramic countryside views and a freestanding UFO bath, in addition to a super king-size bed, adjustable scene selection lighting, 65-inch HD TVs, and more. Venue extras also include a chauffeur service, relaxation treatments and use of the pool and golf courses. Included in packages is the expertise and assistance of a dedicated wedding team who will guide you through the planning process. A menu tasting experience for two, use of the outdoor Pergola and all the finishing touches you could ask for: runners, linen, seating plan easel, cake stand and knife, toastmaster, and an anniversary tasting menu for two at the Firepit restaurant − allowing you to relive the culinary experience on your one-year anniversary (beverages excluded)! BRIDGEWOOD MANOR HOTEL & SPA 01634 201 333 | Bridgewood Manor Hotel & Spa is a charming hotel designed around a beautiful inner courtyard − a fantastic location for drinks receptions and wedding photographs! Nestled at the rear of the hotel, lies the wedding lawn and the newly licensed Gazebo. The Gazebo is the perfect setting for an outdoor ceremony providing a picturesque backdrop. Inside, couples have the choice of the Stratford Suite for an intimate wedding with 40 loved ones. It benefits from plenty of natural daylight, looking out onto a small patio area. The Maidstone (also 40) features lovely views over the hotel courtyard. The room is light, airy and the neutral décor makes the space a blank canvas for intimate ceremonies and wedding breakfasts. For both the ceremony, and/or receptions, the Hythe Suite hosts 200 day and evening guests and is a large, bright and airy space. The suite overlooks the courtyard and a partition wall separates the main function suite from the bar area, making it a flexible space that can easily transform from day to evening. Additionally, the Hogarth Suite (120) is a spacious function suite with high ceilings, plenty of natural daylight and a separate bar. All of the hotel’s wedding packages include a complimentary bedroom for the happy couple, and everything you’ll ever need for your wedding can be taken care of by specialist wedding coordinators who take pride in their unrivalled knowledge of local wedding suppliers. 31 HOTEL VENUES

Our beautiful oak beamed venue is situated in the countryside, less than 2 miles from Tunbridge Wells town centre. Outdoor Ceremonies can be held in the stunning surroundings of the High Rocks National Monument, or in one of our magnificent Function rooms. 2 am Licence for drinking and dancing. No venue hire charge. Off peak discounts available. Ample free parking. The High Rocks | Tunbridge Wells | Kent TN3 9JJ Call us now on 01892 515 532 or email to arrange a viewing | High Rocks We dings