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Unique venues

Tie the knot

Your wedding

Making memories

A Fantastic Wedding Venue Hire to Tie the Knot

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

This Sunday (12th August) we are delighted to open the doors to our beautiful wedding venue Commissioner’s House. This opportunity is for couples who are looking for their dream wedding venue, and how we can help future brides and grooms on planning their special day here.

On this day, each couple will have a private 30 minute appointment with a member of our team to be shown around this stunning Georgian building.

Included within your visit:

  • Pre-booked appointment for the opportunity to be shown round Commissioner’s House by our dedicated sales team
  • Access to our ceremony only venue HMS GANNET.
  • Discounted prices for both 2019 & 2020 – only available to couples who visit on showcase dates
  • Glass of fizz and access to the gardens of Commissioner’s House
  • Wedding Brochure and complimentary hand made Ropery wedding favour
  • Car parking on site opposite the venue
  • A complimentary annual pass to The Historic Dockyard Chatham

Please register your attendance in advance by booking a time slot with our wedding planners – One couple per 30 minutes. Please scroll for registration button 

The Historic Dockyard Chatham not only offers two unique wedding venues but also a memorable reception venue.

For more information on holding your special day with us please fill in the form at the bottom of this page or contact Chloe on 01634 823846 | 


View our variety of packages that we have created to make your day special…

These packages include both of our venues: HMS Gannet & Commissioners House.

Evening Food Options

Take a look at our delicious options for evening food.

Commissioners House

Venue details

Britain’s oldest naval building, complete with stunning Georgian architecture, offers gorgeous exclusive space for your ceremony and reception.

  • Exclusive bridal suite complete with balcony and views of the Garden
  • Fully licensed bar
  • Exclusive garden for photographs and reception drinks
  • Onsite parking close to the venue
  • Choice of three ceremony spaces within the house.
  • Evening reception space for up to 120
  • Two fabulous caterers to choose from



Ceremony Theatre – 60


Reception Rounds – 120


  • Ceremony Theatre – 60
  • Reception Rounds – 40
  • Long – 30

Sunne Room

  • Ceremony Theatre – 60
  • Reception Rounds – 48
  • Long – 30

HMS Gannet

Venue Details

The beautiful Victorian Sloop creates a unique setting for your ceremony. Combine this with drinks on board before your party makes their way to Commissioner’s House to enjoy the rest of your big day.

  • Exclusive use of the ship
  • Can include reception drinks on board
  • Fantastic photo opportunities


Main Deck

Ceremony Theatre – 80

Captains Cabin

Ceremony Theatre – 40

We had our wedding onboard HMS Gannet and our reception at the Commissioners House! Was a fantastic day, all the staff were so nice and very helpful. All our guests has an amazing time and we would definitely recommend for a venue. We also spent our 5th wedding anniversary there and was a lovely day out - the improvements since we got married there are amazing!

Mr & Mrs Clack

Our experience of booking our wedding reception at the Dockyard was positive and straightforward from start to finish. The information pack was full of relevant information, and during a planning meeting every detail was covered. During the build up to the wedding it was so nice to be in safe and experienced hands. On the day we couldn’t have asked for a better level of support, just the right balance of being there for us but not intrusive. All of our guests had a great time, and having the garden so close to the marquee gave children a safe place to play. Being able to use Commissioners House and other areas of the Dockyard for photographs allowed some wonderful photos.

Mr & Mrs England
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Please see our  variety of recommended suppliers below:

Lardercraft - Catering

Run by Kevin and Nina, Lardercraft Catering is an event caterer with over 20 years’ experience in organising and running events all over the South East.

Pomegranate - Catering

Pomegranate provides professional catering services for Kent and the South East, with a team of top professionals dedicated to meeting your needs and exceeding your expectations.

Whether you want a top quality wedding catering team to help ensure getting hitched goes without a hitch or are simply seeking professional dinner party caterers to cook for an intimate affair at home, Pomegranate can help.


Based in a studio in Medway, Sweet Pea & Olive have been providing the people of Medway with beautiful fresh flowers for all occasions for many years. Each order is designed specifically for the individual customer and only the freshest flowers are used. Same day delivery is also available here.

Sue Davies Flowers

Sue has worked free lance in the flower industry for many years in Kent and East Sussex and is able to provide all types of flowers, from Wild Flowers in a woodland style to more formal pieces for any occasion. Sue also offers no obligation consultations with clients prior to making a booking.

Iain Baker Wedding DJ

As a professional Wedding DJ covering most of Kent, Iain has a huge number of events behind him and has a wealth of knowledge and experience. Iain prides himself on his work and making sure that the client gets exactly what they are looking for. As well as providing the music, Iain can also provide other options, such as being a master of ceremonies or providing mood lighting.

Song n Dance

Song N Dance are based in Rochester, Kent, providing mobile entertainment throughout Kent, London and the surrounding counties. They cover anything from private functions i.e. weddings and parties through to specialised events and corporate functions. Song N Dance has been built on experience, professionalism, recommendation and understanding of its clients with over 25 years of experience. Their clients parties and events are all tailored to produce the best possible party atmosphere along with our very competitive prices.

Perfect Touches -  Venue Dressing 

As a family business, Perfect Touches can guarantee you a personal service to meet your specific requirements for that special day.


Be it your Wedding Day, Birthday or a Business Conference, they offer services that provides that perfect touch to enhance your special occasion.


Perfect Touches believes that every client deserved the very best and will cover all of the South East.

Nicky Thomas - Photography

Nicky Thomas can add a sparkle to any event he photographs, be that a wedding, family party or sporting event.


Nicky’s passion for photography shows in all his work and he does his best to make his clients feel at ease in front of the camera.


Based in Medway, Nicky has been a photographer for events at The Historic Dockyard before and knows the venue well!

Ivitamay Photography

Stacey Cooper is the owner and creator of IVITAMAY photography. 


Ivitamay is a friendly bespoke photography service created specifically to capture the most natural moments.


Ivitamay’s style is based on organic serendipity and aims to work with you every step of the way to capture those special moments that words just cannot describe, and that last a lifetime.

Classic Flowers and Events Maidstone

Classic Flowers and Events are Multi Award Winning Family Run Florist priding themselves on Quality of Flower, value for Money and Great Customer Service.


They are able to work with any budget and offer a range of venue styling services, including chair covers and sashes and table centre pieces!

Bonne Bouche Cakes

Bonne Bouche understand that your cake will be a very important element of your celebration and take great pride at being asked to be a part of it.

Whether it be a sumptuous wedding or a small gathering for a birthday, they will work closely with you to ensure that the cake they create is perfect for you.

Debbie offers a consultation service prior to booking, so you can meet with her and get a feel for her work inside her cake studio!

David DiCara Toastmaster

As an experienced toastmaster, David’s foremost desire is to understand how you would like your event to run and then to work with everyone involved to make it happen.

As your Toastmaster, David can be formal in his approach or more relaxed, bringing a lighter touch to proceedings – the choice is of course yours!

Based in Kent, he regularly attends over events in Kent, London, Essex, Surrey and Sussex as Toastmaster and Master of Ceremonies.

Designed By Brownings

Designed by Brownings have a range of collections to inspire you, from a classic timeless design to something a bit more glitzy and glam and all the wedding stationery collections can be completely personalised and adapted to meet your own specific requirements.

They offer several services including ‘Match Your Colour Scheme’, a ‘Design Management Service’ and tracked delivery.

Wedding Enquiries

For more information on holding your special day with us please fill in the form below or contact our Hospitality Sales team on 01634 823846.

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