Got a marriage to organise? Not sure where to celebrate it? How about trying the beautiful county of Kent in south east England. This scenic part of England has much to recommended it and if you are looking for somewhere to get married, there are many reasons for getting hitched there…
Kent is historically known as the garden of England as the mild climate and kind conditions have always been perfect for growing fruit and hops for the brewing industry. The rural landscape is still dotted with the iconic shapely oast houses linked to the traditional ale making that used to take place in the area. If getting married in a rural idyll, surrounded by green and pleasant land is how you envisage your special day, then Kent should be top of the list for places to check out.
Easy to Find
Kent is tucked away in the south east of England in its own little corner. However, reaching the area is made simple by a great transport network connecting it to the outside world. Many Londoners decamp to Kent when they get tired of city life and it is only a short commute on the train. Whether you choose to arrive by rail, car or air, getting here couldn’t be easier. If you are inviting wedding guests from abroad the easy connections with airports, rail, ferry and Eurotunnel Le Shuttle and Eurostar services will make their journey to you a breeze. The close proximity of Kent to the UK’s capital also makes it a convenient option for a wedding for city dwellers who fancy taking some fresh country air.
Spoiled for Choice
The variety of landscapes on offer in Kent mean you may have a tough choice selecting a wedding location. Choose from rolling orchards, pebbly or sandy coastline with chalky white cliffs, marshes, downs and woods. Kent is a land of history and places such as Hever, Leeds and Dover castles all have interesting tales to tell. If taking over a castle or stately home is not practical there is the option of hiring wedding marquees in Kent. The joy of a marquee is that it suddenly gives you so much flexibility. With the correct permissions, a marquee can be placed where you want. If you have a large lawn at your home or a friendly farmer says you can pitch a marquee on his river-meadow, then you suddenly have yourself a wonderful wedding venue. When hiring wedding marquees in Kent you can choose from a selection of styles and floor plans that best suit your special day. Many specialist bricks and mortar wedding venues have rules and restrictions that limit your choices on the big day, but with a marquee you have a blank canvas to work with. If the guest list begins to grow, you hire a larger capacity marquee. Many event hire companies will be able to deliver a complete package of marquee plus interior décor, tableware and furnishings, lighting, catering, refreshment amenities and entertainment – leaving you to work on the finer details of writing your wedding vows and having fittings for the bridal gown.
Something for Everyone
Another great reason for tying the knot in Kent is that there is a huge range of accommodation available locally for your guests. From family run bed and breakfasts to chic boutique hotels, there is something for everyone.
Kent attracts visitors from all over the globe and there’s no surprises why. Jam packed with history, heritage, culture and old world charm, the villages and towns of the county deliver a quintessentially English experience. Whilst in the area your guests will be able to enjoy the delights of Canterbury and Rochester cathedrals, the Tate Gallery at Margate, historic seaside Whitstable, the iconic white cliffs of Dover and the historic dockyards in Chatham. One fabulous way of appreciating the gentle countryside is to take a trip on the Kent and East Sussex Railway between Tenterden in Kent and Bodiam in East Sussex. You will probably be in a celebratory mood so why not sample a tipple from the vineyards at Tenterden and Lamberhurst? Or if beer is more to your taste, sink a pint of Shepherd Neame from the country’s oldest brewery based in Kent.
A wedding is something that creates memories lasting a lifetime, so it is important to get the setting for those precious memories just right. Why not take a trip to the garden of England and see for yourselves what a fabulous backdrop to your wedding Kent could provide….