There are great heritage gardens in Kent available as venues for outdoor garden weddings. Often the ceremony will be in a converted barn and the garden is available for drinks and for superb photography. The events tend to be more reasonably priced than hotels and, of course, they have much better gardens. Gardenvisit.com recommends the following garden wedding venues in Kent:
Cobham Hall is a great Elizabethan house set in a deer park for which Humphry Repton produced a Red Book. The Gilt Hall is great for smaller weddings and in summer the marquee can hold up to 500 guests, with ceremonies in Lady Darnley’s Walled Garden.
‘Gunston’ is a Palladian house with parkland, a terrace, a walled garden and a woodland garden. Jane Austen was a frequent visitor here, to see her brother. Weddings are held in the garden, church and house. The Dining Room takes up to 150 and and evening party can be in the marquee or covered Courtyard.
Groombridge Place is a seventeenth century moated house with a series of enclosed gardens. The Golden Key Maze was used to film The Draughtsman's Contract and the 2005 film adaptation of Pride and Prejudice was also filmed here. Wedding ceremonies are held in the Baronial Hall (up to 100 people). The Orchard Hall seats 70 –100 guests and marquees 200-400 guests can be placed in the grounds
Hever Castle is a moated Tudor castle with a large twentieth century garden designed for William Waldorf Astor and made with the help of 1,000 men. It offers weddings in the Castle wedding (25-40 people), the Astor Wing (25-60 people) and the Italian Garden (70-180 people).
Hole Park has an Edwardian garden with terraces, yew hedges, lawns, trees, herbaceous borders, statuary and a woodland garden. Weddings for up to 200 guests are accommodated in Rolveden Great Barn, 2km east of the garden.
Leeds Castle and Culpeper Gardens is a lovely moated castle that was once a medieval palace. Weddings can be held in the Castle, the Maiden's Tower, Battel Hall with receptions for up to 200 guests in the Fairfax Hall.
Mount Ephraim is a thirteenth century manor house with a fine Edwardian garden. Weddings for up to 100 people can be held in the main house or Edwardian garden, with evening parties up to 175 people (or up to 250 in a marquee).
Penshurst Place is a castellated medieval house surrounded by extensive garden compartments. Weddings can be indoors or outdoors with up to 136 guests.
Port Lympne is a great Edwardian house and garden now set in a wildlife park. It offers 8 different wedding venues with different sizes and characters
The Quex estate dates back to the 15th century and has a fine Victorian garden. Weddings are held in the Grand Hall (70 people) and the gazebo garden (120 people).
Riverhill House is an early eighteenth century house with a nineteenth century garden terraces, big trees, rhododendrons and azaleas. Weddings can be for up to 120 guests and receptions for up to 250 guests.