£9160 - £19190 for a package
Up to 130
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The Gardens is a romantic garden wedding venue in Kent. Twelve acres of unique English country gardens, beautiful barn, and rustic Nordic tipis. Awarded Best of Bridebook 2022.
Pricing & Costs

Packages
(total price)

Prices Start At
£9,160
Maximum Price
£19,190
Number of Guests Included
50
Contact us for a wedding package price that's tailored to your dream day.
What is included in this pricing:
Exclusive use
Furniture included
Private room(s) included (non-exclusive use)
Wine / soft drinks allowance per guest
Multiple course wedding breakfast
Wedding coordinator available on the day
Non consumables (e.g. linen, lights etc.)
Features & Capacity

Overview

Venue Type
Garden
Outdoor
Dining Capacity
130
Reception Capacity
240
Usual Access Time
9:00AM
Usual Finish Time
12:00AM
Late night availability
Yes

Ceremony & Reception

Dancefloor Available
Confetti Permitted
Sound System Available
Outdoor Ceremony Available
Wedding Licence

Venue

Exclusive Use
Outdoor Reception Space
Disabled Access
Landscaped Gardens
Bridal Changing Facilities
In-House Wedding Coordinator
On-Site Parking
Pet-Friendly

Food and Drink

In-house Catering
Alcohol Licence
Asian Catering
Halal Catering
Kosher Catering
In-House Wine List
Full Description
If you are dreaming about a romantic countryside wedding, The Gardens is the venue you’ve been searching for. Awarded Bridebook County Champion and Best of Bridebook in 2022. The Gardens is a horticultural masterpiece, with 16 individual gardens surrounding the licensed ceremony gazebo. Each garden is styled in a different planting style, designed for the most spectacular wedding photos. It was admired and visited by King Charles in the 1990s, who donated the breathtaking Victorian greenhouse. Located in the quaint village of Yalding, the venue is only 6 miles from Maidstone Town Centre, and offers plenty of local transport and accommodation options. Suitable for weddings of up to 130 ceremony guests and 240 reception guests. For 2023 weddings, packages start from £9,160 based on 50-day guests and up to 200 evening guests. Packages include exclusive venue hire, a dedicated wedding coordinator, reception drinks, your wedding meal, wine for the guests, an evening buffet, a professional DJ, access to our exclusive online wedding planning tool, and much more. We also offer an unbeatable Winter wedding package that includes the above plus rustic garden-inspired styling, with prices starting from £8,610 for 50-day guests & up to 100 evening guests. You will have a choice of indoor and outdoor ceremony areas. These include the romantic gazebo in the gardens and the beautiful barn with views across the gardens. After the ceremony, enjoy your reception drinks on the garden lawn, before feasting on an unforgettable wedding breakfast in the Nordic tipis adorned with twinkles. The in-house chefs pride themselves on providing a first-class dining experience, using only the freshest ingredients. They will collaborate with you to create a menu that will delight your guests, catering to all styles and culinary preferences. Enjoy a three-course feast, hog roast, or BBQ across a range of cuisines. We can’t wait to meet you and show you around our beautiful venue.

Personal Message from the Manager

Name of Wedding Contact: Jenny & Lilly
Thank you for considering The Gardens for your wedding day. We have years of experience, and will be by your side throughout your wedding planning journey to ensure you have the day of your dreams. We can't wait to meet you and show you around our beautiful countryside garden wedding venue.

Experience

Year Business Was Established
2016
No. of Weddings Hosted
More than 50
No. of People In Team
135
Reviews
(72)
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Laura and Phil
Happy couple married in November
November 2022
Incredible from start to finish
We cannot fault the venue or all the staff one bit. Nothing was too much of an ask and the day was beyond perfect. When booking with them you get a log in to a portal so you’re completely aware of how everything will go on the day. Their communication is fantastic. Everything was so stress free. The venue is so beautiful it takes barely any dressing up. They truly gave us the best day of our lives.
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Lacy & Tom
Happy couple married in November
November 2022
Phenomenally Perfect!
I could sit here and write about every small detail of my wedding planning and the day but honestly every single moment of each was perfect. The venue. The grounds. The food. The staff. The drink. The supplier suggestions. The open events. The provided DJ. The tipi decor for our package. Our coordinator Lilly… thank you to each and every one of you, we truly had the best day ever and all of my wishes came true! Except my child actually walking down the aisle and not falling asleep through the ceremony haha but even then, the day was perfect!! I’ve only got a few preview shots back but obsessed already!
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Ryan & Nicole
Happy couple married in November
December 2022
Perfection in every way
We decided to bring our planned wedding date forward to allow family members who are extremely poorly to be there and share our special day. We'd already fallen in love with what we'd seen of the Gardens online and got straight on the phone to go down and have a chat with the team. The venue is honestly breathtaking. Once we'd confirmed this was the venue for us, Lilly and the team helped us plan and carry out a wedding in 8 weeks! They were even able to arrange it to be a fully registered ceremony in that space of time which we didn't initially think was going to be possible in that time fram. The team helped me through all of the planning if I had any questions they answered and guided me in the right direction. On the day, everything was seamless. The staff are like a well oiled machine and the breakfast was amazing. I'd recommend the venue and the team to anyone and everyone. Thank you so much the Gardens for making our dreams come true
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Tom and Brett
Happy couple married in November
November 2022
The day couldn’t have been better
What a day. We had a bit of a wet day but that didn’t bother the gardens at all, they made sure I didn’t have to worry one bit and the wedding was already being set up before we got there. We planned the wedding on bonfire night and as their off season restaurant was opening soon they let us have all the restaurant decorations for free. It saved us so much money and made the day look incredible. Couldn’t recommend the venue or the staff anymore. They are truly one of a kind. Also… as an LGBT couple we felt very loved and we trusted the team. They made us feel special and didn’t make us feel like we were the odd ones out. That meant more than anything.
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Sonya H
Happy couple married in October
October 2022
Friendly, helpful and made the day easy
Me and my now husband had many questions prior to our wedding about the DJ, food, drinks, guests - pretty much everything wedding related! they always responded promptly. When we had a concern, they offered to find an alternative way to put our mind at ease - and they did! On the day of the wedding, everyone was friendly and on hand to help out. Along with the wedding party, they made our day run as smooth as possible. The venue itself is georgous. We got married this Oct and we was blessed with sunny weather thankfully. The autumn red and orange colours really shined and guests complimented the venue many times. Overall we're very happy with the venue and service and I'd recommend them to anyone!
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Matt and Sophie
Happy couple married in October
October 2022
Couldn’t have done the day without them ❤️
Where do I even start?! The Gardens were absolutely amazing from start to finish, they made our wedding everything we imagined and more! Firstly the venue itself is absolutely stunning, we were able to get married outside and it was perfect, the whole set up surrounding us and our guests was so beautiful and really something different to what you get at most weddings. The tipis and inside area were equally stunning and the team did an amazing job setting it up exactly how we wanted… in fact even better. The team had everything under control - I felt incredibly relaxed the whole morning of the wedding as Lilly and Jamie had everything under control and and made getting ready so enjoyable with my bridesmaids. I honestly can’t thank Lilly and Jamie in particular enough for everything they did for me throughout the wedding they - they both are so incredible at their jobs and even nicer people!! They allowed us to do our crazy ideas we wanted throughout the day and helped us to make them perfect including champagne tower, smoke bombs and sparklers. The food was out of this world and the guests have not stopped letting us know how much they enjoyed the food and drink. I honestly can’t recommend The Gardens enough to anyone looking to book a wedding here… if your thinking about it, do it!! And a huge huge thank you to Lilly and Jamie again you girls are absolutely amazing and you made mine and Matts experience better then we ever imagined ❤️ Xxx
Location & Contact Details

Address

Benover Road, Maidstone, Kent, ME18 6EX, England

Travel Notes

The Gardens is situated in the village of Yalding between Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells in Kent. It is 6 miles from Maidstone, 11 miles from Tunbridge Wells and 35 miles from London. There is plenty of local accommodation for guests. Sat nav postcode for The Gardens is ME18 6EX.

Nearest Town

Paddock Wood

Nearest Motorway & Junction

Nearest Train Station

Yalding

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Press & Awards
(8)

Industry Awards (3)

Kent Wedding Awards, 2020 (Finalist)
Best of Bridebook, 2022
Bridebook County Champion, 2022

Bridebook Awards (2)

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FAQ
(10)

Describe the best wedding that happened at your venue?

One of the most memorable weddings at The Gardens involved a groom who worked with horses. He wanted this passion reflected in his wedding, so we worked with him to arrange the most magical ceremony entrance we've ever seen from a groom. He arrived on horseback, like a knight in shining armour, riding his way down the aisle towards the gazebo (much to the delight of his guests). During the outdoor ceremony, his horse happily grazed on the grass as the pair said their vows. It was so romantic and a true reflection of a lovely couple, we've no doubt their guests are still talking about it now.

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

Throw away the rulebook, forget what's in fashion, and focus on what matters to both of you. This is a celebration of you and your relationship, so we always recommend couples think about ways they can incorporate little touches of their personalities throughout their day.

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

It's always so lovely to see couples incorporating a nod to those who are no longer with them, it's such a special and personal touch.

Describe your venue in 5 adjectives.

Breathtaking, rustic, magical, earthy & unforgettable.

Where’s the best photo spot at your venue?

There's too many to count - your photographer will be in paradise! We have 12 acres of grounds with 16 individual, beautifully designed garden ‘rooms’ each with their own characteristics, mood and colour. A very popular photo spot is our stunning victorian greenhouse, which was donated to The Gardens by King Charles in the 1990s. And for Spring weddings, our famous tumbling display of lilac wisteria gets a LOT of attention.

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

One of our lovely brides went on to become a Finalist in The Great British Bake Off.

What’s your favourite canapé?

It's hard to choose, but we love our Beef Sirloin Steak, Pomme Frite & Bearnaise Sauce. It's indulgent and truly delicious.

What’s your favourite midnight treat?

Cheese!

What is your venue's most unique feature?

Our stunning, Nordic hat style Tipis add the wow factor to every wedding breakfast. Romantic fairy lights cascade from the wooden beams, while the fire pits exude light and warmth, creating a really magical atmosphere. They're spacious - seating up to 130 guests for a sit down meal and 240 for a buffet - while feeling really intimate and special.

What part of your business are you most proud of?

We're really proud of our commitment to making wedding planning fun and stress-free for couples. When you get married at The Gardens, you'll be looked after by Glow Events, a team which includes experienced wedding coordinators, exceptional chefs, and professional waiting staff who are committed to ensuring you have the day of your dreams. You’ll also benefit from access to our exclusive online planning tool, Sonas, which makes organising your wedding simple.

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