WEDDING VENUE FAQ
Can we get married at Coombe Farm/Tenterden Trout Waters?
We have been approved by Kent County Council for Civil Marriages and Civil Partnerships from Summer 2023 onwards upon the application of a licence. This means that couples can be legally married by the Marquee/Tipi or in our covered Lodge which is very exciting news. You can also hold a Civil Ceremony in 3 local Churches, Tenterden, St Michaels or Smallhythe and Tenterden Town Hall. If you have been legally married somewhere else then you can have a Celebrant led ceremony and host your wedding reception with us. Our venue is 10 mins away from all these places of marriage. Plenty of choice.
Can we bring in our own marquee, caterers, florist, entertainment, photographer?
We would prefer you to use our list of professional suppliers for the Marquee/Tipi and Catering – these Companies have been hand-picked to provide you with the very best and reliable service on your Wedding Day and they are well known to us and based in the South East but we are always open to your suggestions, your wedding your unique way. We are very happy for you to pick your own entertainment, florist, photographer.
Can we use candles at our Reception?
Due to Health & Safety reasons, we are unable to allow naked flames at the venue. However, we will allow candles/tea lights that are in holders and covered as table decorations ie a deep glass hurricane light.
Can we have Chinese Lanterns at our Reception?
We do not allow these due to our livestock on the farm
Do we have accommodation at the Farm?
We do not offer accommodation for guests but we have an abundance of nice places to stay from hotels, pubs B&B’s, holiday lets that we can recommend. We do not permit camping due to the Health & Safety risks of deep water at our venue. We do have our Shepherds Hut for our wedding couple to stay in.
Can you recommend any local taxi companies?
We can provide you with a list of companies. As we are a rural location, we do recommend booking in advance to avoid disappointment.
Is there car parking at Coombe Farm?
There is ample car parking in a field adjacent to the Marquee field (See image below). We do not allow buses into the venue because we live down a country lane. However, a medium mini bus can be accommodated. Cars can be left overnight, at owners risk, but they must be collected by 11am the following day. The car parking in the field must be marshalled properly on your wedding day by designated people (appointed by the wedding party, not the Owners) to avoid parking mishaps with enough space between cars to allow early leavers to depart safely.
We are very happy for you to choose your photographer/videographer. For Health & Safety reasons we will only permit Lakeside photos for the immediate wedding party. The Lakes comprise very deep water. There will be plenty of opportunity to take the group wedding guest photos in the field itself with the Lakes as your backdrop.
Can we throw Confetti at Coombe Farm?
We welcome all types of biodegradable confetti, ie rice, petals and dried flowers. No metallic, paper or crystal confetti – we have livestock grazing and this would harm them.
Can we use table crystals?
Due to Health & Safety reasons we do not allow these at the venue.
Can we have balloons at the reception?
We do not allow latex balloons due to our location and livestock, however, we welcome weighted helium balloons in the marquee area.
Is the venue wheelchair friendly?
There are no steps at the venue but guests will be in the fields so the ground will be uneven, so please bear this in mind.
Can we leave belongings at the venue over night?
We recommend that you take everything home with you. You can leave items overnight ready to collect the following morning but they are left at your own risk.
Can we smoke at Coombe Farm?
You can smoke outside of the Marquee but please remember that we are a working farm and the fields are used for grazing livestock. Please ask your guests not to smoke in the parking field and to make sure that cigarettes are put out in the ashtrays provided, we do not want your wedding to end in disaster and your safety is our priority, especially when Summer is so hot now with our climate changing.
Can we bring our pets?
We do not permit pets due to our grazing livestock. Guide & Medical Assistance Dogs are welcomed.
Can we have glass at the venue?
You may have glass at the venue but if any glass gets broken please ensure that it is cleared away quickly to avoid any danger to guests and the livestock. Please request that your guests do not take drinks onto the dance floor - this is very dangerous for everyone because the floor becomes likes an ice skating rink and can lead to trips to A&E, your safety is our priority.
What time does the event finish?
All amplified music must be turned off at 11.30pm and all guests must leave by 12pm – we are respectful to our neighbours.
Can we have fireworks at the reception?
We do not allow fireworks due to our livestock on the farm but Sparklers are welcomed.
Can suppliers visit the venue in advance?
Once your booking has been confirmed, your suppliers may visit the site but this must be pre-booked with us and we do not accommodate pop-ins.
How long do we have access to the site?
This example would be for a weekend wedding but it can work for a mid week wedding too. (4 days)
From 9am on Thursday
All day Friday, Saturday & Sunday till 6pm. Dates are flexible.
Exclusive use. This makes for a stress free set up/take down.
These days include Marquee set up, all the preparations that are required for catering, floristry, lighting etc, your Wedding Day, and Marquee take down, clearance of site. The site must be cleared of all rubbish and left in good order.
Only the immediate wedding party/suppliers will be allowed on site preceding the event.
Can we make a provisional booking?
We do not take provisional bookings.
Will the owners of Coombe Farm/Tenterden Trout Waters be present on the day?
Owners will be present on the day.