Faversham has all the ingredients for a wedding to remember
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With the recent announcement that Faversham’s historic Guildhall is now licenced to hold civil marriages, civil partnerships, renewal of vows and welcoming ceremonies (baby naming), Visit Faversham has decided to take a look at everything Faversham has to offer those planning on getting married.
Whether you’re looking for a special venue for your wedding reception; delicious local food and drink; experienced, creative photographers or fun and quirky entertainment…Faversham has it all.
In addition, as there’s a great selection of wonderful holiday accommodation and plenty of things to do and see in the area – a Faversham wedding is great for guests and visitors too.
Hold your ceremony somewhere with a difference
Faversham Guildhall, in the Market Place, has been at the centre of local life for over 500 years and is a very special place for couples to get married. The Council Chamber is licenced for civil marriages and partnerships and can accommodate 50 people. It is available seven days a week. The beautiful building has fine views across the Kent-tiled rooftops of Faversham and the chamber walls are hung with paintings and old photographs of Faversham’s mayors throughout the centuries. With its wealth of character and interest, new couples can become a part of this important building’s history.
Why not get married on a Market Day (Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays) and take part in the hustle and bustle of a busy market?
Anyone interested in finding out more should visit www.favershamtowncouncil.gov.uk
Putting on a show
Entertainment, food and drink for the ultimate Faversham wedding
In the middle of the Garden of England and with its wealth of farms, orchards and food producers, Faversham is renowned for its wonderful local food and drink. This is reflected by the calibre of its local caterers and below is a selection of local businesses who specialise in wedding cakes or catering for weddings and events:
- Annabel Tullberg Cordon Bleu Catering firstname.lastname@example.org
- Blackbird Caterers www.blackbirdcaterers.co.uk
- Essence Caterers www.essencecaterers.co.uk
- Scott Anderson Caterers www.andersoncaterers.co.uk
- Macknade Fine Foods provides bespoke catering packages www.macknade.com
- Creekside Cake Company www.creeksidecakes.com(or 07884435972)
- The Cake Witch www.thecakewitch.co.uk
- Sugar Coated Baker www.thesugarcoatedbaker.co.uk
For an unusual alternative to traditional wedding cakes, Macknade Fine Food’s delicatessen can create show-stopping multi-tiered cakes made of cheese.
Local produce can also be celebrated in your wedding tipples. Mighty Fine Things of Faversham specialises in delicious and creative cocktails and mocktails using local ingredients and can set up a pop-up bar at your wedding reception. They can also provide finger buffets using fresh local food.
If you’re looking for entertainment for your wedding guests, then two local music websites might be able to help: www.playinginfaversham.comand www.candyrockrecords.com. Or why not try something different? Joe’s Bows Country Sports can provide hands-on fun with birds of prey, archery and axe-throwing. They can even provide a trained-owl to deliver the bride and grooms’ wedding rings!
Light of my Life is another very popular Faversham business which can supply wedding props and decorations for your big day – in particular, they specialise in large lit-up letters and symbols. Another local firm, The Little Wedding Warehouse provides furniture and props for weddings from large velvet sofas, tables and chairs to rugs and lanterns.
Look like a million dollars
Faversham is very lucky to have not one, but two award-winning bridalwear shops. Both Country Brides of Faversham and Victoria Grace Bridal offer a wide range of designer wedding and bridesmaid dresses. In addition, Top Hat & Tales is a town-centre shop which sells wedding hats, jewellery, bags and accessories.
Charlotte’s Wedding Flowers is a local, independent florist specialising in high-quality, beautiful bouquets and flower arrangements. Flowerart is a design-led florist based at Brogdale with extensive experience of providing flowers and bouquets for weddings and celebrations. Elli Cawse Floral Designs is another established, experienced florist who specialises in bespoke wedding bouquets to suit very bride.
The Floral Madam, based at Macknade Fine Foods, likes to support local flower growers and uses British stems where possible. They provide wedding floral arrangements and bridal bouquets.
If you need a car that looks the part, try Wedding Cars Faversham (of Wedding Cars Kent Medway) which has a wide selection of cars for your big day, from Rolls Royces to London Taxis!
Faversham’s great selection of reception venues
Strangely, the meal the wedding couple share with their guests is called a ‘wedding breakfast’ – regardless of the time of day the meal takes place. This is because in the past, the bride and groom would have fasted from midnight before the wedding and once they were married, the priest would bless their first meal.
Faversham has more than its fair share of very special places to host wedding breakfasts and receptions after your ceremony at the Guildhall.
Just a short walk from the Guildhall in the town centre is the Alexander Centre which is an attractive period town house with a versatile space to accommodate different numbers of guests for either a buffet or sit-down meal. In addition, The Old Brewery Store has room for up to 400 guests with a stage for a band and large dancefloor. On the outskirts of Faversham, West Faversham Community Centre can accommodate 150 guests for a wedding breakfast and 250 for evening parties. Customers can provide their own catering.
If you’d prefer something small and intimate for your wedding meal, then a local restaurant could be just the ticket such as The Sun Inn; The Swan Quay Inn or the award-winning Carriage Restaurant at the Railway Hotel. All three of these venues offer overnight accommodation too.
If you love fine dining, Reads Restaurant with Rooms has a private dining room for parties of up to 20 people and the award-winning chef will create a special menu for your big day. It’s only a twenty-minute walk from the Guildhall and Faversham town centre.
If you want to head to the beautiful Faversham countryside for your reception, Mount Ephraim is a country house with gorgeous gardens which can host a reception for up to 250 people in marquee in its garden. Brenley Farm is a Georgian farmhouse and offers a beautiful setting for a wedding reception for up to 150 guests – taking place either inside or outside in the Farmhouse’s grounds. Both Boughton Golf Club and Faversham Golf Club offer rural locations which can accommodate large numbers for parties, banquets and buffets. Not forgetting the boutique hotel Judd’s Folly which has function rooms for wedding receptions and a wide range of accommodation too.
Capturing your big day
It won’t surprise anybody that given Faversham’s strong creative and artistic credentials, there are a number of top-class local wedding photographers.
Samantha Jones is a highly regarded wedding photographer with over ten years’ experience, specialising in weddings and family photography. Scott Kendal Photography specialises in the very popular ‘documentary’ wedding photography and Simon Hawkins (who was shortlisted for the 2016 Wedding Photographer of the Year in Kent Wedding Awards) offers wedding, engagement and portrait photography.
Wedding invitations with Faversham-finesse
If you would like a local illustrator to help design your unique wedding stationery, try Fawn and Thistle; Kirsten Nee Illustrations or Jemma Ann McCardle Illustrations.
Faversham – easy to reach and easy to stay!
Located close to the M2 and on the High Speed trainline from St Pancras, Faversham is extremely easy to get to. In addition, local firm Allport Cars specialises in distance travel and can transfer guests to your wedding from around the country.
The town boasts a wide selection of wonderful accommodation to suit everybody’s requirements, so your guests can stay and enjoy a Faversham short break!
Some out-of-town B&Bs, such as The Old Vicarage at Doddington, can accommodate larger parties with flexible bedroom arrangements and communal rooms for socialising and dining. Many, such as Sandhurst Farm Forge in Newnham, use locally-sourced produce for their delicious breakfasts. One thing is for sure, wherever they stay, your guests will be well looked after.
Accommodation providers include:
- Black Oast, Fostall
- Brenley Farm, Boughton
- Church End, Hernhill
- Church Oast, Hernhill
- Green Cottages, Rodmersham
- Judd’s Folly Hotel, Syndale, Faversham
- Mount Ephraim, Hernhill
- The Old Vicarage, Doddington
- Palace Farm, Doddington
- The Railway Hotel, Faversham
- Sandhurst Farm Forge, Newnham
- The Sun Inn, Faversham
- Swan Quay Hotel, Faversham
- Uplees Farm, Oare
Please note that this information is intended to help give you ideas and suggestions for your partnership or wedding celebrations. However, it is important you carry out your own research to be sure each business you hire meets your individual requirements.
Finally, to all those loved-up couples out there – many congratulations and Visit Faversham wishes you all the best with your wedding plans.
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The Alexander Centre
Boughton Golf Club
Charlotte’s Wedding Flowers
Country Brides of Faversham
Faversham Golf Club
The Floral Madam
Joe’s Bows Country Sports
Judd’s Folly Hotel
Light of my Life
The Little Wedding Warehouse
Mighty Fine Things
Macknade Fine Foods
The Old Brewery Store, Shepherd Neame
Old Vicarage Doddington
Railway Hotel & Carriage Restaurant
Reads Restaurant with Rooms
Sandhurst Farm Forge, Newnham
Samantha Jones Photography
Scott Kendall Photography
Simon Hawkins Photography
The Sun Inn, restaurant and rooms
Swan Quay Hotel and Restaurant
Top Hat and Tales
Victoria Grace Bridal
Wedding Cars Faversham
West Faversham Community Centre
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