Dances & Dancing – Wedding Wednesday

March 10 2021 | Weddings

Wedding Dances and Dancing is the subject of this #WeddingWednesday with Historic Houses.

The first dance of a married couple is a popular element at many wedding receptions and post-wedding celebrations. Traditionally the newly married couple, as the guests of honour, open the dancing. This is often a slow dance but recent trends have seen the rise of high energy and even well-choreographed performances!

Hever Castle offers two spaces for dancing at a wedding, in the Guthrie Pavillion as part of an Italian Garden Wedding and in the Moat Restaurant as part of an Astor Wing Wedding.

Italian Garden Wedding Receptions:

An Italian Garden Wedding is hosted in the stunning surrounds of the beautiful gardens at Hever, utilising the lakeside Guthrie Pavilion for receptions.

Summer months see the Award Winning Italian Garden come to life. Afternoon wedding ceremonies take place under the beautiful arched columns of the Italian Loggia overlooking the 38 acre lake. This magical lakeside location can also include your drinks reception where guests can take in the views from the stone piazza, complete with our very own Trevi fountain.

Afterwards, guests take a short walk under the flower-clad terraces and through the rose gardens, on route to The Guthrie Pavilion for a wedding breakfast at 6.30pm. Extensively refurbished in Palladian style, The Guthrie Pavilion offers vaulted ceilings and floor to ceiling arched windows. This provides a light and airy atmosphere from day into night without losing the romantic backdrop. The Guthrie Pavilion accommodates up to 180 for a wedding breakfast and an additional 40 guests for the evening reception.

Minimum numbers for an Italian Garden Wedding are either 80 or 100, depending on when the wedding is held.


Astor Wing Wedding Receptions:

The Astor Wing is a charming Edwardian wing of Hever Castle, designed in Tudor style, commissioned by former owner William Waldorf Astor in 1903.

Craftsman used original Tudor tools in order to retain the authenticity of the Tudor era. The result is a series of beautiful Tudor style buildings joined to Hever Castle, offering magnificent oak panelling, ornate fireplaces, antique furnishings and an eclectic art collection.

Today, Receptions in the Astor Wing offers an ‘Exclusive Use’ venue in one of the most historic and beautiful settings in England.

Reception drinks are taken in the Music Room, or, weather permitting, on the Tudor Suite Terrace overlooking the croquet lawn and moat. The Tudor Suite Dining Room, shrouded with oak panelling and boasting a magnificent fireplace, can accommodate up to 60 guests for a wedding breakfast.

An evening reception for dancing and a licensed bar can be held in the Moat Restaurant, accommodating up to 120 guests until midnight. Wedding guests will be escorted from the castle to the Moat Restaurant via the Castle drawbridge and forecourt. En route guests will experience the beauty of the estate at a time when all the day visitors have departed. The flood lit castle therefore provides a stunning back drop to your evening reception as dusk falls.

Minimum numbers for an Astor Wing wedding are 25.


Whether it’s the classic, country house atmosphere of the Astor Wing or the stunning lakeside location of the Italian Garden, Hever Castle offers a Kent wedding venue to suit all your wedding day dreams.

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