We’re all trying to be more considerate to the environment and do our bit in the fight against climate change, and one increasingly popular way to do this is to incorporate these ideals into your wedding. Using recycled materials for your stationery and avoiding single-use plastics are a great start, but the biggest way you can have a ‘greener’ wedding is to hire an eco-friendly wedding venue. I have researched the best eco-friendly wedding venues we have in Kent, and they are so diverse in style and what they offer, that there is something to suit all wedding sizes and budgets. Which venue would you choose for your ‘green’ wedding?
Capacity - 50-100 people
Bore Place is gorgeous Jacobean house set deep in the heart of the Kent countryside, in Chiddingstone. The site covers 500 acres of land, which also includes an organic dairy farm, as well as a conference/events centre and accommodation. It has been a centre of sustainability for nearly 50 years; they generate their own sustainable energy using wind turbines and solar panels, and the whole site is managed organically. They actively promote recycling and composting all waste, and will do this for your wedding. They offer a variety of options for your wedding, including a stunning outside ceremony area for 100 in The Hide, The Large Barn with seating for up to 100, The Drawing Room for up to 70 or The Studio for up to 50. There are beautiful gardens to explore, and a terrace overlooking the walled garden and ornamental pond. Accommodation is also available onsite.
Capacity - 150 people
Elmley Nature Reserve is a 3200 acre estate, with a family-run farm at it’s centre and wildlife conservation being their main focus. The farm is powered by a solar array and generator batteries, whilst the huts were constructed using natural materials and eco-friendly insulation. There are two options for your ceremony; it can either take place in the The Barn or The Linhay (a small, open barn), both of which are next to the open courtyard, whilst the reception takes place in The Barn. This venue is offered with weekend hire, and accommodation available for over 100 guests.
Capacity - 120 people
Based near Hythe, Hayne House has a variety of options to make your day special, including indoor and outdoor ceremony options, set in beautiful countryside. In 2018, they launched their Orangery, using sustainable materials; it has floor-to-ceiling doors and automated roof vents, which means it does not need air conditioning and can maintain a comfortable temperature at all times; and it has three roof lanterns, so the venue is full of light all year round. They also focus on recycling, growing their own herbs and fruit for the bar, collecting rain water and using paper straws. They plan to introduce solar panels to the estate as well. The Oak Barn
Capacity - 150 people
Tucked away near Benenden is this beautiful hidden gem. The Oak Barn is a Grade II listed barn that has been incredibly well renovated, with a focus on energy efficiency throughout. A biomass boiler was installed, as well as low energy lighting and appliances and solar panels which produce a surplus of energy. Recycled and reused materials were used in the building work, including old horse troughs for the sinks in The Oak Barn toilets, and a dead oak tree on the site was used for the timber for the restoration, the bar, benches and table. Over 500 trees and plants have been planted in the last few years, which will be added to in due course. Ceremonies can be held in The Oak Barn or in The Byre, and there is accommodation available onsite. Want to make your wedding a bit different? Check out these modern alternatives to wedding traditions.