Type of Ceremony
Civil ceremony licensed
Humanist / Celebrant weddings
Marquee Site / Rent my Field
1 to 9 guests
Outside Caterers Permitted
One wedding per day
Live music permitted
Onsite car parking
What Our Couples Love
- Outdoor Space for a Marquee Reception
- Gorgeous & romantic Walled Garden Ceremony location
- Elegant and classic converted barn indoor Ceremony location
- Only 8 Weddings per year, ensuring a bespoke & special experience
- Beautiful backdrop with the option to customise and personalise your day
- Wonderful views
- Relaxed environment, perfect for either a boho wedding or classic country wedding
- No corkage!
- Perfect for DIY Weddings for creative couples
- Recommended suppliers list of only trusted suppliers who have worked here previously.
- Music until midnight!
Frequently asked questions
Can we have exclusive use of the venue?
You will have exclusive use of certain areas of our Gardens; the marquee lawn and the ceremony space you chose will be closed off just for you & your guests. The rest of our Gardens do remain open to the public until 5pm, so after that the entire Gardens will be just for your use.
Are you licenced for civil ceremonies?
Yes we are, we have three Ceremony spaces to choose from: our lovely, romantic Walled Garden with sculptured lawn terraces and fountain centrepiece or our intimate Summerhouse or you can choose our indoor option - the very elegant Garden Room. We are licenced for 120 guests for the ceremony.
Can we have the wedding ceremony outdoors?
Yes. Both our Walled Garden and Summer House are outdoors with gorgeous views. When you hire Riverhill for your ceremony you also have use of our Garden Room as an indoor alternative incase the weather is not too good on the day. We try to be as flexible as possible on this to try to ensure you get the day you really want.
Do you charge corkage if we supply our own wine?
No. Please feel free to source your alcohol from wherever you like we will not take any corkage.
Can we use our own caterers?
Yes. We are a dry hire venue so you need to choose your marquee and caterer from our 'Recommended Suppliers' list. These are all people who we have worked with previously and are confident to recommend. We find this gives everyone greater peace of mind. If you would like to use someone else we ask that we get to meet with them first and we do charge an 'off list fee'.
From what time can we get access to decorate the venue?
You hire Riverhill for a four day period. So from 8am on Thursday (for a Saturday Wedding) the marquee lawn is yours, until 5pm on the Sunday. We give you the gate code and you and your family and suppliers can come and go as you please and really enjoy the set up period. If you are using the Garden Room for your ceremony you can also start decorating from the Thursday. Our Walled Garden and Summer House are both natural beauties so don't really need anything adding, but your florist can deliver to those areas on the morning of the ceremony. We try to be as flexible as possible so if there are things you would like to do please just ask.
What time does the reception need to finish?
We ask for music off at midnight. Guests to have left by 12:30, all suppliers etc by 1:00. Riverhill is a family home so we need to have a curfew!
Are there noise restrictions if we have a live band?
No. Live music is great, just needs to wrap up by Midnight please.
Are fireworks allowed?
I'm afraid not, we have cattle in the neighbouring fields.
Is confetti allowed?
Absolutely, please make it petals or biodegradable.
Are candles allowed?
Yes, in jars and disposed of carefully please.
Is there a honeymoon or bridal suite?
No. We have no on site accomodation here.
Is there accommodation on site?
Is there additional accommodation nearby?
There are B&B's and hotels in the area. We can give you suggestions if you need.
About Riverhill Himalayan Gardens
01.10.20: WE HAVE TAKEN THE DIFFICULT DECISION TO STOP TAKING NEW BOOKINGS FOR THE TIME BEING UNTIL THE WAY FORWARD FOR WEDDINGS IS CLEARER. WE FEEL WE NEED TO PUT OUR EXISTING COUPLES FIRST.
Riverhill Gardens is a beautiful historic Gardens, dating back to the 1800's. We have the most amazing views across the Weald of Kent as well as over 12 acres of Gardens for your guests to enjoy.
At Riverhill we offer ground hire only so you get the perfect backdrop for your day whilst being able to build and create a very personal and unique set up. Every couple we have here puts their own unique stamp on Riverhill & we love to see what people do. This year we have had a Village Fete and a mini golf course!
We are licensed for Ceremonies of up to 120 guests and have 3 venues to choose from: the Himalayan Hut in our Walled Garden is the most popular option, with its romantic open sided hut, made of kentish hop poles and covered in vines & climbing roses. It is situated on the top level of our terraced lawns, leading down to the central water feature with spectacular views over the Weald. Our classic Garden Room is a simple & elegant indoor option & we also have our super sweet Summer House for intimate ceremonies.
After your ceremony enjoy drinks on the terraces of our beautiful Walled Garden, before heading to The Old Tennis Court Lawn, where your marquee goes up. With far reaching views & perfect lawn it is large enough to fit a marquee for up to 400 guests on it.
We only take a small number of weddings each year at Riverhill to ensure that it remains a bit of a hidden gem and that our lawn remains pristine.
Pricing info shown in the listing summary:
You can either hire Riverhill for your Ceremony & Reception (plus £500, plus VAT) or just your reception. We are a dry hire wedding venue so we provide the backdrop and you choose the rest!