I am a huge fan of small, intimate weddings; there is something so special and romantic about them, and they can have an almost exclusive feel to them. Since the COVID-19 pandemic they have understandably grown in popularity, and I think it is safe to say they are definitely here to stay. With that in mind, I have compiled a list of some of the best small weddings venues in Kent to help you with planning your own intimate day.
If you think I’ve missed one out, just let me know, and I’ll have a look.
Battel Hall, Leeds Castle Capacity - 40 people
This venue, situated at historic Leeds Castle, can be your home (for up to 14 people) for the weekend, as well as your intimate wedding venue. You can say your vows in the beautifully panelled Ceremony Room, and then move to the traditional Library, Drawing Room or private gardens for your reception. Explore the beautiful grounds and gardens at Leeds Castle for some lovely wedding photos.
The Beach Hut, Herne Bay
Capacity - 20-40 people in the Hut
This is a truly unique seaside wedding venue set in one of the quaint beach huts on Herne Bay Pier, with the sea providing the perfect backdrop to your special day. After the ceremony you could have traditional seaside fish and chips, canapes, afternoon tea or perhaps oysters from nearby Whitstable. Relax on the beach, wander the pier and have a go on the vintage fairground rides and games with your loved ones. You can even hire the end of the pier if you did want more of a party celebration after the ceremony!
The Blue Pigeons, Worth Capacity - 50 people
Choose between the beautiful beamed Brasserie for an indoor ceremony, or the stunning gazebo in the secluded garden for an alfresco alternative. Canapes and refreshments can be served on the lawn, with the wedding breakfast and evening reception held in the Brasserie. On-site contemporary accommodation is also available.
The Bull Hotel, Wrotham Capacity - 30 people (Intimate Package)
Whilst this venue can hold weddings for larger numbers, they offer a specialised ‘intimate package’ for weddings of less than 30 people. You can have your ceremony and reception in their rustic ‘The Buttery’ barn, which lends itself beautifully to all themes.
E-Lope, Castle Westenhanger and Bishops Wood Capacity - 2-8 people
The ultimate micro-wedding team, E-Lope work closely with two venues to provide you with the perfect elopement or incredibly intimate wedding. Their packages include all planning, coordinating, photographer, cake, flowers, decor, reception set-up, champagne and sharing boards - what more could you want for your special day?
Fordwich Town Hall, Fordwich Capacity - 35 people
Fordwich Town Hall is a delightful 15th century building set in the smallest town in England. It has its own private garden which can be used for photos before and after the ceremony, and receptions can be held at The Fordwich Arms, a welcoming country pub opposite the Hall.
The George Vaults, Rochester Capacity - 30-70 people
This is an historic 14th century wedding venue nestled in amongst the cobbled streets of Rochester. Civil ceremonies and civil partnerships can take place in the Vault, followed by wedding breakfasts and evening receptions.
Goodnestone Park, Goodnestone Capacity - 25 people in the Round Room
This stunning Queen Anne venue, which was historically a favourite of Jane Austen’s, provides an incredible backdrop for your wedding. The Round Room offers an intimate space for your small wedding, with double doors that open on to the beautiful terrace and gardens. You can hold your reception in one of the house’s other elegant rooms. There is also accommodation available in the house.
The Inner Hall, Hever Castle Capacity - 40 people
If you’ve always dreamed of getting married in a castle, then the Inner Hall at Hever Castle is definitely a venue to consider. You can have your ceremony in the beautifully wood-panelled Inner Hall, and then go through to the Dining Hall for your wedding breakfast. The gardens and lake also make a stunning backdrop for your photographs. One important thing to note, is that the Inner Hall is only available for ceremonies during the winter months.
The Lost Village of Dode, Luddesdown Capacity - 40 people in the hall
The Lost Village of Dode is a former Norman church built over 900 years ago, where you can have a indoor civil ceremony or opt for an outdoor Blessing or Pagan Handfasting. You can then enjoy canapes with a glass of bubbles in the beautiful grounds, whilst the venue is ‘turned around’ indoors into a stunning set-up ready for your feast, be it a hog roast, BBQ or a sit-down meal. It is also the perfect venue to have some unique entertainment, such as falconry, archery or axe-throwing; or how about getting your rings delivered to you during the ceremony from your own owl ring bearer!
The Quill, Carpenters Barn Capacity - 30 people (Intimate Wedding Package)
The Quill are a new wedding planning operation that offer an all-in-one package, using the supplies they have hand-picked to work with. Their Intimate Wedding Package takes place at Carpenters Barn and includes a three course wedding breakfast, as well as the decor, photographer and cake.
Solton Manor, Dover Capacity - 60 people in the Bell Tower Barn
Solton Manor is a Grade II listed manor house with a stunning converted barn onsite. Whilst they can cater for larger weddings, they have a beautiful rustic space in the Bell Tower Barn which is perfect for an intimate ceremony. There are also 10 acres of picturesque gardens and grounds, with a gazebo and pond to form the ideal backdrop for your wedding photos.
St Martin’s Priory, Canterbury Capacity - 40 people in The Garden Room
Hidden away on the edge of Canterbury city centre is St Martin’s Priory, which is set within the World Heritage Site of St Martin’s Church. Ceremonies in The Garden Room overlook the beautiful gardens, with drinks held on the Tudor Lawn, and the the wedding breakfast in The Jacobean Suite. Couples are encouraged to put their own stamp on their day and make it truly unique, from hiring fun entertainment, to making their own decor and setting it up the day before.