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We'll take your vision and bring it to life

... creating the day of your dreams

For couples who are looking to tie the knot in Kent, The Historic Dockyard Chatham makes a unique wedding venue.

We offer a choice of 4 exclusive ceremony venues and a spectacular reception setting.

The Commissioner’s House, Britain’s oldest naval building, is an elegant Georgian-style house with a choice of stylish rooms to suit all party themes and sizes. The surrounding Commissioner’s Garden provides the perfect setting for drinks receptions and photographs.

Not many people can boast they were married on a ship! If you’re looking for a venue with a difference, at The Historic Dockyard Chatham you can say your vows aboard the magnificent and romantic Victorian sloop, HMS Gannet. Choose from the Commander’s Cabin, the Quarterdeck or the main deck for you and your guests.

Planning starts here
your day at a glance

  • Unique historic maritime estate
  • Exclusive venue use for every wedding
  • Personalised service
  • Incredible backdrops for your wedding photos
  • Dedicated wedding coordinator
  • Wedding Suite (for the bridal party to get ready on the day)
  • Accommodate from 15 – 250 guests

Sealed with a kiss

... your ceremony

We have four stunning historic venues, for you to say ‘I do’. A selection of both indoor and outdoor spaces to suit all party sizes means we have your perfect spot to tie the knot.

“One of Kent’s Top 10 stunning venues”– Kent Life

There are a range of local churches in the area, for those wishing to have a church ceremony. 

The Sunne Room

With breath-taking views over the landscaped Commissioner’s Garden and a balcony perfect for your bouquet toss, this beautiful Georgian room is a wonderful inside ceremony space. The Sunne Room is suitable for ceremonies seating around 70 guests.

The Ballroom

Located on the ground floor of the Commissioner’s House, the Ballroom is wonderfully light and airy and has doors leading out onto the patio, ideal for a warm day. The Ballroom is perfect for ceremonies seating around 70 guests.

HMS Gannet

This beautiful Victorian sloop is the most unique ceremony venue in Kent. The Captain’s Cabin, seating up to 40 guests for intimate ceremonies or the main deck, perfect for up to 100 guests.

Combine with drinks on board before your party makes its way to Commissioner’s House to enjoy the rest of your big day. Need we say more?

The Patio

If you want that idyllic summer setting, this may be the space for you. The patio soaks up the sunshine and boasts two options for your all important walk down the aisle. The Patio can seat around 80 guests for your ceremony.

Once you're wed, it's time to be fed

... your reception

Mentioned by Wedding Ideas Magazine, in the top ’16 Britain’s Best Wedding Venues’ 

With two fantastic caterers to choose from, you have plenty of options to consider for your wedding breakfast – from a traditional three course sit down meal to grazing tables and nibbles, the choices are endless.

Why not try a BBQ or Hog Roast? A perfect choice for the patio.

Guests take a glance, it's your first dance

... your evening reception

“The UK is home to some seriously unique wedding venues”– Guides for Brides

And so, the party begins, it’s time for evening guests to arrive and party with you until Midnight! From bands to DJ’s, your evening entertainment can be anything you like.

Memories that last a lifetime

... the backdrop to your perfect shot

If you’re able to leave your guests for a short time, the 400 year history of the Historic Dockyard makes for some unique and spectacular backdrops for your wedding photos. What will be your ‘perfect shot’ …

Don't just take it from us

... what our happy couples say

We will be on hand every step of the way, from the moment you enquire until you leave at the end of your wedding night. Your wedding co-coordinator will work with you during the planning process, to make sure it is stress-free and fun. On the day of the wedding, you will be in the safe hands of our Event Manager, who will be on hand to assist with anything you may need, including calming nerves.

Mr & Mrs Crane 2021

Hi Chloe, Thank you so much it was the most amazing day. Absolutely perfect! The team and especially Lisa were absolutely fantastic please pass on our thanks to her, she was amazing. I can’t believe we did it and looks like in the nick of time. We really can’t thank you and the dockyard enough, it really was just the most perfect day. Stay safe and keep well, And hopefully next year maybe around our anniversary we can book our big party! All the best Mr & Mrs Crane

Mr and Mrs Gardiner 2021

Just writing to say a massive thank you for everything you did before the wedding and to the amazing staff that were working on Saturday. From booking to the wedding it’s self the service we have received has been exceptional. The venue is outstanding and absolutely beautiful. The photos that our photographer took look like something from a magazine. The amount of comments we have had and people cannot believe it was in the dockyard. I especially love the photos in the hanger they come out absolutely beautiful. Once again we would both like to thank you all so much for everything you did to make our day as special as it was. Many thanks

Mr & Mrs Richardson 2022

From the beginning of our journey of choosing a wedding venue Chloe was excellent. She showed us the venue of both Commissioners House and the HMS Gannett with excellent knowledge of the venue and examples of what previous couples had done with the space available. 

In the lead up to the wedding we had a few meeting at the venue with suppliers and Chloe arranged everything so we had smooth running of these meetings and got to see the venue again to pre plan everything.

We were able to set up the venue the day before to ensure a smooth running of the day. From the day before the venue we had Lisa look after us who could not do enough. 

The day of the wedding was smooth running and Lisa kept popping up to check in on myself and the bridal party to ensure everything was running smoothly and was excellent at helping out with small running of the day.

Overall we had the best wedding day we could of hoped for. It was stress free and we were able to enjoy every moment of the day. I would highly recommend the venue to anyone else as it’s such a beautiful venue but also you could decorate it with it reason with whatever we wanted and were continually told it was our day we do with it what we want.

I would also like to say a massive thank you to both Chloe and Lisa who in the run up to and the actual wedding day were incredible. They were so professional but also so friendly and welcoming and could not do enough for us. Nothing was too much for them and they both contributed to making sure our day was perfect for us and for that we will be forever grateful to them.

Weddings at the Dockyard

Thank you to Mr & Mrs Hollingsbee and Mr & Mrs Bean-Coupe for sharing your special Kent wedding day with us.



Credit: Edward Groves (Tel: 07988 815557)

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