Wilderness Wedding Venue

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£7000 - £10000 for Venue Hire
Up to 120
10 Bedrooms
Exclusive Use
Wedding Licence
shortlisted
Wilderness Wedding Venue is hidden away in a beautiful green rolling valley in Kent, 70 miles from London. The Woodsman's Cabin, Boat-Zebo, 3 Kata Tipi, Champagne Shack bar, Shepherds hut & Glamping.
Pricing & Costs

Venue Hire Only

Prices Start At
£7,000
Maximum Price
£10,000
This price includes exclusive hire of the entire venue, trasnport to and from the venue of private buses (or travel in style in Vintage charabangs), the meadow field, bluebell woods, 3 extra large kata tipis, lighting, flooring, stage, furniture and furnishings, catering tent, power, heating, glasswear, hire of the rustic Champagne shack bar, Woodsman's Cabin, Boat zebo, The Victorian shepherds hut and a fully coordinated wedding - we provide 2 Event Managers to run the day, as well as up to 14 bar staff. The only thing you need to choose is your caterer from our list of 6 accredited professional caterers - outdoor BQQ, grazing stations, sharing bowls, Host the Roast, feasting menus, and you can even make your crepe!

In-house catering
(price per head)

Prices Start At
£30
Maximum Price
£70

Packages
(price per head)

Prices Start At
£30
Minimum Number of Guests
40
So much is included so please ask for specific details.

Packages
(total price)

Prices Start At
£5,000
Maximum Price
£10,000
Number of Guests Included
120
Lots - please ask for further details.
Features & Capacity

Overview

Venue Type
Garden
Outdoor
Dining Capacity
120
Reception Capacity
160
No. of Bedrooms
10
Sleeps No. of People
30
Bridal Suite
Honeymoon Suite
Usual Access Time
09:00 AM
Usual Finish Time
12:00 AM

Food and Drink

External Catering Permitted
In-House Wine List
Alcohol Licence

Venue

Water View
Exclusive Use
Marquee Permitted
Bridal Changing Facilities
Pet-Friendly
On-Site Parking
Outdoor Reception Space

Ceremony & Reception

Church Within Walking Distance
Wedding Licence
Outdoor Ceremony Available
Full Description
Wilderness is a gorgeous green 600 acre valley with a boating lake, ancient woodland, water meadows with huge open skies, and incredible views over the farmland and beyond. We have two separate licensed areas on site for legally binding Civil Ceremonies and Partnerships on the lake, the architecturally designed Woodsman's Cabin with Chapel Tent and a beautiful upturned wooden clinker boat. You can choose to legally marry on in either the enchanting rustic Woodsman's Cabin, or outside in the open air, surrounded by nature and wild flowers. We even have the best bathrooms you will ever see at an events venue! The best crafts people have designed and built the quirky tin tabernacle chapel which is the coolest place to take a tinkle and and powder you nose! The Wilderness is a paradise full of wild birds, butterflies, foxgloves, swans, magical oak trees and meadow flowers. Receptions take place in THREE magnificent interconnected 'Kata' (big hat) tipis which are set up for the wedding breakfast and evening celebration. Guests are seated at hand crafted long wooden tables with benches, and can feast on all manner locally sourced and foraged 'feasting' menus. Our caterers are all highly creative and willing to take on any challenge. We also have our own purpose built, upcycled wooden Champagne shack bar, which serves some woodland inspired cocktails and even locally grown Kentish wines from our favourite suppliers Chapel Down, Simpsons Wine Estate and the new exclusive 'Chartham Vineyard.' Our staff are on hand to create the most magical day for you.

Personal Message from the Manager

Name of Wedding Contact: Anna
Hello and a very warm welcome to The Wilderness. We are currently offering virtual viewings by Facetime or Whatts App Video and other video platforms. We can walk you through the woodlands, which are currently full of bluebells and show you the Champagne shack and swing, across the footbridge to the watermeadow. We are walk you around the boating lake and show you the boat zebo and also The Woodsman's Cabin and Shepherds hut.

Experience

Year Business Was Established
2015
No. of Weddings Hosted
Between 10 and 30
Public Liability Insurance
true
No. of People In Team
5
Reviews
(1)
Clare and Rib
Married in August 2017
January 2018
We can't sing the praises of Wilderness and the team highly enough!
''Our wedding was so much more than we could ever have hoped for. In large part, this was down to the amazing location that was Wilderness Weddings, Kent. The team at Wilderness made this possible with their vision for a wedding in the rolling picturesque Kent countryside, complete with stunning woodlands, fields and a lake by which the ceremony was held (check out the pictures!) The team were so creative in turning this setting into an almost dreamlike venue. But at the same time, they were never overbearing and were very clear that it was our wedding and that they were happy to accommodate all our ideas and suggestions for doing things. You simply don't get this freedom at a conventional wedding venue, just one of the things that attracted us to Wilderness! With a woodland wedding like this, you are putting a lot of trust in the venue and organising team. But given their track record in running weddings at the stunning, nearby Preston Court, we were confident that the team's style would fit exactly the kind of look and relaxed, informal vibe we were going for. They did not disappoint. Organising a woodland wedding requires a lot of planning. Like all those small things you usually take for granted, like vehicle access and power! But the team thought of every last detail. Like the brilliant vintage buses provided to take all the guests there and back. And, whilst for our day, the weather was great, the team also put a lot of effort into developing some really great alternative options in case the rain came. You would never have known that this (and many of our guests were surprised) was the first wedding they had delivered at Wilderness. The result was a simply stunning wedding. We both are of course biased, but it was interesting to see how our guests were equally wowed by the location and experience. We are so pleased that we went for a different kind of wedding at Wilderness. As you will see from the pictures, it was a day that nobody there will ever forget. We can't sing the praises of Wilderness and the team highly enough!''
Location & Contact Details

Address

Preston Canterbury, Kent, England

Travel Notes

Nearest Town

Canterbury

Nearest Motorway & Junction

M2

Nearest Train Station

Canterbury West

Nearest Airport

Gatwick

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Accreditations / Associations (1)

Industry Awards (1)

Kent Wedding Awards
FAQ
(10)

Describe the best wedding that happened at your venue?

Every Wedding is truley unique and amazing - there are too many to choose one.

What is your No. 1 wedding planning tip for couples?

Look at at least 5 venues in person to work out what you really want as it might not be what you first imagine it is.

What’s your favourite personal touch you’ve seen at a wedding?

The Grooms surprised his new wife with a black and white cocker spaniel puppy.

Describe your venue in 5 adjectives.

Stylish, magnificent, personal, fun and romantic.

Where’s the best photo spot at your venue?

There are too many places to take photos but the sunsets here are incredible.

Have you had any celebrity guest or wedding at your venue?

Yes quite a few. Gary Barlow, Jesse Ware to name a few.

What’s your favourite canapé?

Mini Roast Beef, Horseradish and Yorkshire puddings

What’s your favourite midnight treat?

Crepes with chocolate or honey and lemon.

What is your venue's most unique feature?

The landscape and the setting is truley breath taking.

What part of your business are you most proud of?

The venue and the staff - we all love working here and take special care to ensure each wedding is perfect.