Wilderness Wedding Venue

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£7000 - £10000 for Venue Hire
Up to 120
10 Bedrooms
Exclusive Use
Wedding Licence
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Stylish and Sustainable - think relaxed & boho in essence, in the setting of a protected nature reserve. There is so much; Boat house on a lake,woodlands,giant tipi tents,fire pit,luxury glamping.
Pricing & Costs

Venue Hire Only

Prices Start At
£7,000
Maximum Price
£10,000
This price includes exclusive hire of the entire venue; - Choice of two different lakeside ceremony locations; The magnificent Boat House or the Boat-Zebo. - All the furniture for the wedding ceremony. - 2 dedicated Wedding Coordinators to run the day. - Up to 3 planning meetings are included. - Hire of the wonderful giant tepee tents, along with all of the flooring, festoon lighting, bespoke wooden tables and wooden benches. - Raised stage area for DJ/ Band. - Cake Table. - Drinks table. - Hire of the Champagne Shack Bar with swing seat. - Hire of the luxury Tin Chapel Bathrooms, with Cowshed products. Disabled access and Brides Powder room. - Use of giant outdoor fire pit, with oversize log sofas. - Use of Shepherds Hut for the day time. - Hire of the catering tent for the caterers. - Power & water - Heating - Easel for table plan.
What is included in this pricing:
Exclusive use
Non consumables (e.g. linen, lights etc.)
Day before set up available
Furniture included
Choice of preferred caterers
Wedding coordinator available on the day

In-house catering
(price per head)

Prices Start At
£30
Maximum Price
£60
We work with some incredible local professional caterers - their food it really exceptional.
What is included in this pricing:
Bespoke menu available
Menu tasting included
Cutlery included
Multiple course wedding breakfast

Packages
(total price)

Prices Start At
£7,000
Maximum Price
£12,000
Number of Guests Included
120
The choice of 2 different ceremony locations, 3 giant kata tepees, flooring, lighting, The Champagne Shack Bar, All indoor and outdoor furniture, props, lighting, decorations, easel for table plan, giant log sofas, large outdoor fire pit, cake table, stage, staffing, AMAZING bathrooms, Vintage Shepherds hut, Catering area, Wedding Coordinator, planning meetings, specialist advise on suppliers. Accommodation is also available on site.
What is included in this pricing:
Exclusive use
Furniture included
Wedding coordinator available on the day
Features & Capacity

Overview

Venue Type
Garden
Outdoor
Dining Capacity
120
Reception Capacity
160
No. of Bedrooms
10
Sleeps No. of People
31
Bridal Suite
Honeymoon Suite
Usual Access Time
9:00AM
Usual Finish Time
12:00PM
Yes

Venue

Water View
Exclusive Use
Marquee Permitted
Bridal Changing Facilities
Pet-Friendly
On-Site Parking
Outdoor Reception Space
Open Flame Permitted
Disabled Access
In-House Wedding Coordinator

Ceremony & Reception

Church Within Walking Distance
Wedding Licence
Outdoor Ceremony Available
Confetti Permitted
Dancefloor Available
We have a large Fire Pit with seating, glamping accommodation even a quirky 1968 mini MOKE!

Food and Drink

External Catering Permitted
In-House Wine List
Alcohol Licence
Asian Catering
Halal Catering
Corkage Charge for Own Alcohol

Cultural Specialists

Other
Full Description
One fo the most stylish, boho & eco wedding venues in the UK. Every last detail has been designed and carefully created...even the bathrooms are incredible. The 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 Boat House with Chapel Tent, and a beautiful naked tipi by the waters edge. You can choose to legally marry on in either the enchanting rustic Boat House, or in the naked tipi, 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 set on a nature reserve full of wild birds, butterflies, foxgloves, 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. Re-Wilding and Sustainability of The Water Meadows: The Wilderness is, at its heart, a family run farm with a long-term vision to restore nature and a commitment to the sustainability of the landscape and land. We are an ecologically minded team. We also have our own purpose built, up-cycled 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, which is one of the most stylish venues in the UK. Think, boho, rustic and festival. Even the bathrooms are incredible! Re-Wilding and Sustainability of The Water Meadows: The Wilderness is, at its heart, a family run farm with a long-term vision to restore nature and a commitment to the sustainability of the landscape and land. Parts of the venue are off - grid & In the winter and early spring nesting birds come to The Wilderness to breed.

Experience

Year Business Was Established
2015
No. of Weddings Hosted
Between 10 and 30
Public Liability Insurance
Yes
No. of People In Team
6
Reviews
(32)
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Jennifer & James
Happy couple married in November
November 2022
The Wildernes is definitely where you want to book
We had our Wedding here in July. The venue is absolutely stunning. If you are looking for an outdoor, rustic wedding where you are immersed in nature then the Wilderness is definitely where you want to book. Throughout the process we had a point of contact and a live online planner (shared with the venue organizers) where we could update all the details of our day. On the day we had Ali & Colin as our event planners, they were absolutely amazing in ensuring our day went as smoothly as possible. The were both so helpful and friendly.
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Heather & Sam
Happy couple married in October
October 2022
Everyone at the venue went above and beyond from o
We got married here at the end of august and I keep wishing we could rewind time and do it all over again. Everyone at the venue went above and beyond from our first visit to the wedding day. We had a detailed plan pack from the venue which made everything so easy for us and made sure we didn’t forget a single detail. Everyone was on hand at all times to answer any questions we had. On the day everything was better than we could have imagined, Colin and Aaliyah were on hand making sure everything was perfect for us and we didn’t have to worry about a thing, everything was coordinated to perfection. Jess and Elizabeth were amazing in arranging everything for us and answering all the questions I had leading up to the day. Izzy from glamping was incredible in organising everything we wanted. Honestly could not fault this venue. They created our dream wedding and we could not have asked for more. Thank you Wilderness!!! Heather & Sam x
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Marie Wooton Photography
Wedding: October
October 2022
I was blown away by how gorgeous the venue is
What sets it apart from other venues is the staff.
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Matilda Delves
Wedding: August
October 2022
Ten stars to Anna and her team.
The most beautiful venue, a truly stunning setting for a wedding. Have been lucky enough to photograph a few weddings at Wilderness and it delivers every time. This is the venue for the most epic golden hour shots.
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Lucy & Dan
Happy couple married in July
October 2022
They say your wedding day is the best day of your
Thank you so much. They say your wedding day is the best day of your life and we couldn’t agree more. We knew the venue would be stunning but we just didn’t know how much our guests would be wowed. The whole day there was such a love and happiness vibe, not sure if that was the baby news or just because the venue was so perfect for Dan and I. We absolutely cannot thank you enough. Everyone keeps saying what a wonderful wedding it was and for us it was perfect. Katy from Minno Kitchen was superb. The food was such a big part of our day and there was a point where I said to Dan look, all our guests were passing food and laughing, it was really special. Our music, Riptide band and Thomas Abrahams were both spectacular, I know Thomas said he loved just jamming in the woods. The pizza went down a storm, and saved some sore heads in the morning. My dress was from the Bridal Boutique of Jules and she was amazing. The bridesmaid dresses were Asos. The photographer Jackson and Co is the loveliest human, we’ve seen some previews and my goodness we are in love. Please thank Colin and Ali for us, they were amazing as well and so kind.
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Amy & Craig
Happy couple married in June
June 2022
We now incredibly desperate to come back to The Wi
Thanks so much, I just want to say on behalf of Amy and I a HUGE thank you. We had the best day of our lives - everything went so smoothly and we’re wishing we could do it all over again. It’s a big credit to you and your team at The Wilderness.
Location & Contact Details

Address

Preston Canterbury, Kent, England

Travel Notes

We are just just 56 mins from London on the train from London St Pancras to Canterbury West, then 15 mins in a taxi from Canterbury. Or use google maps to find us and we are about 1 hour 20 mins drive from Gatwick airport - please come and see us! The luxurious Pig Hotel is near to us where you can have delicious food, spa treatments and sleep in the amazing house or beautiful Hop Pickers Huts. Or go surfing or paddle boarding in Broadstairs or kite surfing in Margate.

Nearest Town

Canterbury

Nearest Motorway & Junction

M2

Nearest Train Station

Canterbury West

Nearest Airport

Gatwick

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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, Sustainable, Boho, Dreamy & Festival.

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. Jesse Ware, Mumford & Sons.

What’s your favourite canapé?

Mini scotch eggs or arancini balls.

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 and views are truely breath taking. The Wilderness is just dreamy - think relaxed & boho in style but with real substance too. There is so much here:Boat house for lakeside ceremonies, woodlands,giant tipi tents,fire pit,luxury glamping. We also have designed our own digital planning tool specific to Preston Court. When you book you will be given your own personalised planning documents which will act as a guide to planning every aspect of your day. As they are online they can be accessed from anywhere and it means that all of your 'wed-min' is in one safe place.

What part of your business are you most proud of?

The venue and the staff and the sustainability. The Wilderness is, at its heart, a family run farm with a long-term vision to restore nature and a commitment to the sustainability of the landscape and land.

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