A big hello from us and Part 2 of our wedding worries countdown! At the beginning of the week we kicked off our countdown to the Wedding Fair at Bluewater with a series of special posts tackling the most common wedding worries. Today we’re concentrating on choosing your venue. Your venue choice is probably the biggest decision you’re going to make and it’s also where most of your budget will go. You’ve probably already got a good idea of the type of venue you want but the worry about whether you’ve chosen the right option can cause sleepless nights.


St Clere, Sevenoaks

The venue and guest numbers is a bit chicken and egg. You can’t really do one without the other so make sure you have a rough idea of how many people you want to attend. You’ll need to consider your budget (yes sorry boring voice of reason I know….) and that’s where the juggling begins.

If you’re not sure where to start take a look at these real weddings we’ve featured on the blog which give you an idea of just how different weddings can be depending on your venue. From little to large, intimate to loud and lively, green to grand you won’t find more (or better… but we’re biased…) options than in glorious Kent so take your time and do your wedding research carefully. All of these venues are completely different and all have varying elements that suited the couples and their guest numbers perfectly.

Peach and Chic Manor House Wedding

English Country Garden – A Wonderful Wedding at Home

Kent Castle Tea with all the trimmings

Elegant Asian Fusion Wedding at Nettlestead Place

nettlestead place

Nettlestead Place

If you’re looking for an intimate celebration then you’re in luck because Kent has an absolute abundance of unique places to hold your wedding with hidden gems such as The George in Rye who featured a gorgeous vintage wedding shoot on the blog, The Bell at Ticehurst where quirky and fun is the order of the day and finally The Marquis of Alkham where James and Marika shared their big day with us. And to show how you can adapt a small venue to suit any wedding style we co-ordinated and styled a shoot at The Swan, West Malling – you can find it on our portfolio page but it was featured on super blog Bloved so go take a look for very glamourous inspiration.

Keep an eye out for hot of the press venues where you can guarantee your friends won’t have got married such as St Clere, a stunning estate in Sevenoaks that have just started offering weddings. Take a look at A Kentish Ceremony for one of the best round up of new and well established venues in Kent.

Happy Planning!

Emma x



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Prince William and Kate spent their first New Year’s Eve as husband and wife, celebrating at a party held in a teepee, organised by party planner sister, Pippa Middleton.

News of this confirms our suspicions (or slight obsession) that teepee weddings are going to be big in 2012. And quite frankly if they are good enough for the royals they are good enough for us!  Also known as Kata Tents and Giant Hats you don’t have to be a festival goer, a lover of the outdoors or a reindeer herder to fall in love with the idea of having your wedding reception in a teepee, you just have to be brave enough to do something that little bit different.


The teepee isn’t a brand new concept, its been growing at a steady pace over the last couple of years with prices for hiring them gradually coming down to a more affordable cost. There are lots of suppliers out there that are happy to do a site visit to check you’ve got the room, but if you can’t do it at home like the Middleton’s, then there are plenty of venues here in Kent that have grounds for hire.

Here at Wedding Dolls HQ we have been meeting land owners who are happy to rent their land out specifically for wedding receptions and are very excited about working with our couples to create completely different wedding venues.

The best thing about the teepee is that you don’t just have to use them in the summer. Some are made from animal hinds and are great for cold weather, even in snow, with an opening at the top to let out smoke from a log burner, it will keep your guests warm and snug. Teepees can also be joined together creating different zones for eating, relaxing and dancing the night away.

If you have used a teepee for your wedding reception and would like to share your experience with us or if you are thinking about creating your own teepee wedding and need some help then give us a call.

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