Frequently asked questions.

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General

Should you have a legal ceremony of marriage with the Kent County Council we will book this for you, so you do not have to worry about a thing. All legal and registrar fees are payable directly to the Kent County Council. You are most welcome to marry off site and head to the venue after your ceremony.

Ceremonies with the Kent County Council take approximately 30 minutes.

We suggest inviting your guests to arrive 1 hour prior to your ceremony; the bar will be open upon their arrival.

You are welcome to provide hospitality for your guests on your special day. This can be paid for in the lead up to your wedding or on the day, by cash or card, prior to the hospitality commencing.

We have three highchairs on-site for your guests to use.

We allow natural petal confetti in the outside areas only.

We have a low-level heater in the marquee to ensure this space is kept to a comfortable temperature. The windows open fully down one side to let air in on those summer days!

For safety reasons, we allow the use of LED candles only. Also, due to the Thatched House and animals at the venue, we are unable to allow the release of lanterns.

In addition to the Wedding Suite, we have a guest carriage on site that sleeps two persons. There are ample hotels in close proximity to the venue, a list of which can be found in our Information Pack.

We recommend that all guests pre-book their taxis for the night of your wedding to ensure favourable pricing and availability. Please refer to our Information Pack for a list of suitable taxi companies.

Our nearest train station is Minster and is on the mainline to London terminals. We are just a short drive from Canterbury East and West stations.

We highly recommend that you take out wedding insurance for your own piece of mind.

Coordination

We are excited to share your day with you and be there to support you!  We will coordinate the day to ensure all runs to time and will be on hand if you need anything at all.

Should you wish to have a legal ceremony of marriage with the Kent County Council at Marleybrook House, we will book this for you, so you do not have to worry about a thing. All legal and registrar fees are payable directly to the Kent County Council. 

There are three wedding coordinators at Marleybrook House who will all work very closely to organise your day.

Whoever you reach in the office will be clued up on your day and will be happy to help with any questions you may have! One of the coordinators will then be there on your day to support you both and make sure everything runs smoothly.

Our in-house catering team, Scott Anderson Limited, are required for a minimum of two offerings throughout your day; either canapes and wedding breakfast or wedding breakfast and evening food. However, should you wish to hire an external catering unit such as an ice cream van or pizza van, we ask that the company clearly displays their branding. All outside catering units will need to be approved by the venue and will be subject to a site fee, we will require the company’s Public Liability Insurance and Health & Hygiene Certificate.

Suppliers can set up the Marquee and your chosen ceremony area from 9 am, however, we kindly ask that all other outside decorations are set up from 11 am. We ask that suppliers collect all their belongings after last orders on the night of your wedding; should this not be possible all items are left at the owner’s own risk.

We recommend providing drinks at three points in the day; your daytime reception, wedding breakfast and for toasting the happy couple.

Your evening guests can arrive from 7 pm, however, there may be an option to invite your evening guests earlier to enjoy the funfair!

You are most welcome to hire a coach for your guests; we have a dedicated coach parking area that can hold up to a 72-seater coach.

Yes; we have overnight parking on the left-hand side of the lane as you drive towards the venue. We kindly ask all guests to collect their cars by 10.30 am on the morning after your wedding.

We allow all our couples the flexibility to source their own suppliers to suit their requirements. Our friendly team will be delighted to provide you with a list of suppliers who have previously worked at / are familiar with the venue.

Your venue hire will start at 11 am.

Venue hire

When you have chosen your ideal date and checked availability with one of our team, to secure a date we will require a bank payment of £1,500.

After you have secured your date we will invite you to the venue for a booking meeting to discuss your special day. This meeting will take approximately 1 hour.

We can comfortably seat up to 150 guests for your ceremony and wedding breakfast. For your evening reception we can accommodate up to 300 guests. Should your guest numbers exceed these, please do not hesitate to discuss further with a member of our team.

The venue is on one level, therefore, is fully accessible for everyone. There is also a disabled toilet on site.

No, every wedding we host at Marleybrook House is unique. You can create your special day to suit your requirements, whether you choose to have the fair or not is up to you!

Yes, however, due to the venue surroundings of the venue, we have a limited allowance for firework displays per year. Please contact the team prior to booking a professional company to perform fireworks on your wedding day.

Yes, we allow live music at the venue. We have a sound limiter of 95 dB and require all performers to send their public liability insurance to the venue prior to your wedding day.

The bar closes and music finishes at 11.30 pm with carriages at midnight.

We allow a 30-minute extension; this would allow last orders and music to finish at midnight and carriages at 12.30 am. An additional cost will apply for this service. Please ask one of the team for more details.

You can arrange a private viewing via our website. Take a look here for details!

Pricing & payments

Our venue hire prices start at £6,250 and are based around the day and year you wish to marry.

Should you wish to secure your date a non-refundable deposit of £1,500 is required.

Need more help? Call us on 01227 668661 or send us a quick message.

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