We are so lucky down in the South East to have to many quirky wedding venues, right on our doorstep. I thought a little round up of them was in order. This is for those of you who are still looking or at the very beginning of your wedding plans. I hope this blog post is helpful? These are in no particular order and by no means have I covered them all. If you think I have missed a real gem, I would love to hear about it. Please leave your suggestion in the comments section at the bottom of this blog post.
Port Lympne Wild Animal Park,
Port Lympne Mansion and Gardens is a truly unique wedding venue. It is nestled in the heart of the world famous wild animal park. Located in Kent, the garden of England, the grade II listed mansion and beautiful terraced gardens offer breath taking panoramic views across the Romney Marsh to the English Channel. Port Lympne is such a gorgeous venue on the outside, but the real surprise is the inside. The art deco interior mixed with the amazing murals painted on the walls in the main rooms is such a unique setting. If you are looking for something a little different, then Port Lymne Mansion could be the wedding venue for you? I am very proud to say I’m one of Port Lymnpe’s recommended wedding suppliers. Please do go and take a look for your selves.
Website : www.prestoncourt.co.uk
Preston Court with it’s old Kent barn, is a special one. It is a truly quirky wedding venue. The Kent barn is a large, traditional wooden framed agricultural building, originally used for storing threshing and other farm equipment. The dramatic space inside is complimented by pretty fairground organs, there’s a dance floor and a raised stage area for bands and DJ’s to perform from. With the two antique fairground organs decorate the main barn and a beautiful carousel in the court yard Preston Court has rightly earned this Kent wedding venue a place as one of the ” top ten barn wedding venues”.
Carters Corner Farm,
Cowbeech, East Sussex,
Website : www.featherbed-barn.co.uk
This is a really relaxed wedding venue. Set in beautiful East Sussex complete with ponds and Blue the pony. Featherbed Barn urges you to create your own distinctive marquee wedding in the beautiful grounds. Featherbed Barn is set in 32 acres of stunning Sussex landscape. This is the perfect marquee venue for couples who want the freedom to design your own country wedding. Formal gardens, a lake, a wood and lots of open fields to spread out in!
Great Higham Barn,
Website : www.mulberrycottages.com
Perfect if you are looking to have a relaxed wedding, with the added bonus of having accommodation for all of your friends. In the grounds of Great Higham Barn there is also a swimming pool, tennis court and a hot tub! Great Higham Barn is a holiday let and is managed by Mulberry Cottages in Canterbury.
The Pines Calyx,
St Margaret’s Bay,
Website : www.pinescalyx.co.uk
The Pines Calyx comes with the winning green credential. It is the first sustainable events venue in Europe, with the lowest carbon footprint of any venue in the UK. The gardens are so beautiful and situated in the heart of St Margaret’s Bay over looking the sea, it is pretty special.
The Lobster Shack,
Website : www.eqvenue.com
Everyone loves the popular little seaside town of Whitstable. The Lobster Shack is situated on the harbours edge and really is at the heart of the town. You couldn’t get closer to the sea, if you tried!
Website : www.marleybrookhouse.co.uk
Marleybrook House is an immaculately presented seventeen century “chocolate box”thatched farmhouse full of unique character, history and old world charm. Former home to the legendary international singer, actress and cabaret star Eartha Kitt, Marleybrook House is in a secluded location, offering total privacy and exclusivity, yet just seven miles form the city of Canterbury. The five acres of landscaped gardens, paddocks and woodland provide the perfect setting for a quintessential English Country Wedding.
Marriage ceremonies are licensed on the premises. Marleybrook house offer a choice of four areas; the formal walled garden, the open Gladed Lawn, the Oak framed Barn and the Grand Marquee. There is even a newly renovated showman’s carriage that is based on the pullman styled carriages currently used on the Orient Express!
The Old Light House,
How about an old light house for a quirky wedding venue! The old light house at Dungeness is a grade II listed building, opened in 1904 by the then Prince of Wales after a 3 year build. It survived two world wars before being decommissioned in 1960. With panoramic views over the English channel and the surrounding countryside, the old lighthouse would make a wedding venue with a difference!