With the Castle and grounds closed to the public for weddings, we are able to offer exclusive use throughout the day. We have three separate areas licensed for the ceremony. During summer months most couples opt for a ceremony at the Orangery in the grounds, followed by drinks on the formal raised lawn, before coming inside to the Great Hall and the drawing room for the wedding breakfast and evening reception.
During the winter months, or in wet weather, the ceremony is by no means compromised by coming inside to the majestic Great Hall, a grand, formal room of Tudor heritage reflected in its oak panelling. The bridal couple sign the register at our 17th Century oak refectory table beneath the stained glass window. An aisle is created from the Print Room behind and, following the ceremony, drinks and canapés can be served in the White Rose Drawing Room adjacent, a light and elegant room with breathtaking views of the Weald and walls hung with paintings of the Stuart monarchs.
We are able to accommodate a range of guest numbers, from smaller parties under 50 up to 80 for a wedding breakfast in the Great Hall, followed by an evening reception of up to 120. We regularly erect our marquee in the grounds which gives you freedom to invite up to 120 guests for the full day from ceremony through to evening reception.
The castle is situated on the edge of the idyllic Tudor village of Chiddingstone, with the ancient parish church of St Mary's often used by couples for a traditional marriage service. The bride and groom can lead a picturesque procession through the impressive village gate and across the footbridge over the lake to the castle.
At Chiddingstone Castle every wedding is unique; attention to detail is very evident, flexibility is key and the whole team is here to make everyone feel calm, relaxed and at home. We work with the bride’s choice of florist, photographer and stylist, and our team of experienced, knowledgeable, friendly staff work professionally behind the scenes to make every occasion run seamlessly.
Photography by Robin Bradshaw at Bullit Photography
Dee Koppang and Dermot O’Leary get married at Chiddingstone Castle 2012