By Mr & Mrs Scamp, on 04 Sep 2017Date of Wedding - 11 Aug 2017
We first enquired about having our wedding reception at The Cathedral Lodge a good 2 years before our planned wedding date via email, and from the first email we were impressed with the quick and efficient reply that we received.
Our wedding co-ordinator was Catherine, and she was amazing throughout the whole process. Catherine was very professional and organised and although you know she has lots of other weddings to organise, whenever we met or had communication via email, I always felt like our wedding was the only wedding she was planning - she gave a real personal touch to everything!
The actual venue is a brilliant space to have, as although you are in the Cathedral grounds with stunning views, the auditorium is like blank slate, which you can decorate in anyway, but it would still compliment the location.
Being both first timers to getting married, both my husband and I had no idea what happens regarding timings etc, but Danielle (our toast master) kept us in the loop the whole day and handed over to another member of staff who kept us informed once again.
Our wedding journey was a slightly bumpy road, but the Cathedral Lodge and Catherine accommodated our every need and it was a perfect day!
If you are reading this review and are still not sure about whether the Cathedral Lodge is the right venue for you, I would defiantly give them a call and go and have a look - I am sure that you won't be disappointed!
Every Detail Perfect
By Mr & Mrs McVeigh, on 08 Sep 2017Date of Wedding - 05 Aug 2017
Our wedding reception at Canterbury Cathedral Lodge on the 5th of August 2017 was stunning!
From start to finish Catherine and her team were absolutely amazing. The lodge was the first venue we looked at and we fell in love with the setting straight away. The lodge and the gardens were so well presented, it truly felt like we were the only ones who had ever celebrated there, as everything from the drinks on offer, to the decor was unique to us. We spent a long time organising our wedding so we really got to know the team, the hotel was a lovely clean, welcoming and fresh place to spend your wedding weekend!
The day itself was amazing, we couldn't believe how beautiful it all looked, we unfortunately drove back to the lodge from the church in the biggest thunderstorm we'd seen in a while, the team were there at the door offering towels and umbrellas to our guests along with a much needed drink!
The wedding breakfast was absolutely delicious … our guests are still talking about how much they enjoyed it! Catherine and Danielle (who acted as our master of ceremonies) were so helpful and professional, all of the staff had big smiles on their faces. We all took our drinks to the bar whilst the team cleared the area for the evening, it looked so lovely with the DJ filling the dance floor straight away and the Buffet (which was huge!) went down a treat. Some of our older guests who preferred to sit and chat used the tables on the balcony looking out onto the dance floor. That's what we loved about it. It was so perfectly thought out, every detail. The day went so smoothly without one problem. Amazing!
By Mr & Mrs Raggio, on 04 Aug 2017Date of Wedding - 15 Jul 2017
“Me and my husband had our wedding reception at the Lodge on the 15th July 2017 and it was perfect.
Catherine was our wedding coordinator and she went above and beyond to make our day extra special - 2 years we were emailing, and she was in touch with us all the way up to the big event - on our wedding she was there to greet us. We are so thankful that everything went smoothly due to our time line, and the amazing staff at the Lodge. It is the most beautiful place to have your wedding and such a stunning place - even our room was amazing. Definitely couldn't ask for a better day, thank you so much.
Lots of the love, the new Mr & Mrs Raggio”
Thanks a Million
By Zara and Kevin Clark, on 26 Jul 2017Date of Wedding - 24 Jun 2017
We needed a reception venue which had the wow factor. We can honestly say that Canterbury Cathedral Lodge ticked every one of our boxes.
The Lodge speaks for itself, when asked where we had picked for our reception venue, it was more often than not responded with an 'oh wow!'
Fast forward to our special day. The organisation that went into our day was second to none, with Catherine organising our suppliers to ensure everything ran smoothly. On arrival at the Lodge as Mr and Mrs we were greeted by Catherine shown the Clagett Auditorium. Seeing everything pulled together was wonderful, and a moment that we will cherish forever. It was stunning.
Joining our guests in the garden and enjoying a welcome drink was beautiful. The view of the Cathedral, the sounds of the city and the laughter of our family and friends all made for a perfect atmosphere.
Seeing our guests’ faces as they took in the auditorium was priceless, no one could get over the space we had and that it could even exist amongst its famous surroundings.
The wedding breakfast was served, and the empty plates spoke for themselves.
In the evening I was too busy dancing to the awesome DJ to think about food. From what I heard, the bacon and cheese turnovers and mini Yorkshire puddings were incredible!
We could say thanks a million times over and it still wouldn't come close to how grateful we are for everything. We've been on such a wonderful journey, that we are sad that it's all over.
For future Brides, please don't hesitate booking Canterbury Cathedral Lodge for your special day, it really is everything you could want and more. Go see for yourself and fall in love with it the way we did!
Local Menu, Magical Location
By Mr & Mrs Grant, on 04 May 2017Date of Wedding - 25 Mar 2017
From our first enquiry we knew the Lodge was the right place for our wedding. The function space was large and the choice in how we wanted to use the rooms, along with the fact we would be the only wedding on that day made us feel special and like we could really put our own stamp on the day. Catherine was a huge support throughout the entire planning process, she was patient with all our questions, incredibly thorough and made all our ideas possible. All the staff at the Lodge were fantastic as always. They went above and beyond to make sure everything ran smoothly. We were thoroughly impressed with the quality of the food; we loved the locally sourced menu that the chef designed for us. The accommodation is always faultless and the location is magical. There is no other place quite like it.
Stress Free Wedding Day
By Mr & Mrs Drury, on 04 May 2017Date of Wedding - 18 Mar 2017
My husband & I would like to say a massive thank you to all the staff for helping us make our Wedding Day run smoothly. From the initial start (with us both not having a clue where to start) Sandra made the great suggestion of using yourselves along with Tower House for the ceremony.
Catherine was excellent with all the planning and on the day everything looked better than we could ever imagine. My mother-in-law was very impressed with Juri who took her everywhere in her wheel chair. I'm sure if she could she would have taken him home. Poppy and her staff were very attentive to all our guests needs, even when some were cutting it fine for breakfast.
I have also had nothing but praise for wedding breakfast food and buffet. Some saying it was as special and impressive as the Cathedral itself. Overall it was a wonderful day with wonderful surroundings, people and staff. This helped us have a 'Stress Free' wedding day which is what we wanted. Thank you all x
A real Jewel in the Canterbury Crown.
By Mrs and Mrs Copley, on 31 Mar 2016
Any bride and groom has the potential to feel overwhelmed at the prospect of the task of booking their wedding, whether you’re aiming for the society pages or small and intimate. After feeling somewhat terrified following visits to countless venues and being bombarded with prices that would require remortgaging of our home we found Cathedral lodge – a real Jewel in the Canterbury Crown.
The venue speaks for itself and is stunning, combining the elegance of the Cathedral with the modern facilities of the hotel itself – no designer portaloos required here. We were somewhat concerned that this venue was going to be too good to be true but the initial meeting with Catherine and her team put pay to these worries. The team supported us with planning, finding suppliers and thought of every detail to make our day so special. No request was too much and they managed the bridezilla moments without batting an eyelid.
Due to their superb planning skills and consummate professionalism there was nothing to do on the day except enjoy it, which we did enormously.
We would like to say a huge thank you. As cliche as it sounds it really was the best day of our lives and we couldn’t recommend this venue more highly.
Perfect Wedding Day
By Gari & Faye, on 31 Mar 2016
We can’t thank all the staff at Canterbury Cathedral Lodge enough who made our wedding reception what it was. Celebrating getting married in the shadow of the Cathedral was truly a unique and special way to become husband and wife. The service and venue were excellent, the garden drinks reception was especially amazing and the staff made our day run smoothly; they were all a real credit to the Cathedral Lodge in making our wedding day perfect. We definitely made the right choice and only wish we could do it all again.
HUGE thank you to the wonderful staff
By Claire and Pete, on 31 Mar 2016
My husband and I would like to say a HUGE thank you to the wonderful staff at Canterbury Cathedral Lodge. Everyone at The Lodge did us proud on our special day and we really can’t thank you all enough!!
All our guests loved the venue and the main comments were: “What a stunning venue”, “OMG it’s so clean”, “Wow everyone is so welcoming and cheerful”.
Thanks again from the bottom of our hearts. We feel truly blessed to have had our wedding in Canterbury and at The Lodge – we always wanted to get married and celebrate somewhere that felt special and that we could return to in years to come. You’ve helped us fulfil that dream – we love Canterbury, we love the Lodge and will be back.
The most amazing day!
By Gemma & Geoff Beale, on 02 Sep 2015
“Geoff and I just recently got back from our honeymoon and we just wanted to say a huge, huge thank you to you and all the staff that helped leading up to and on our wedding day. It was the most amazing day and all we could have hoped for.
The service we received from the Lodge was outstanding and we couldn’t fault a single thing, we would highly recommend your venue and also you Catherine, you helped make the planning of our wedding reception easy, fun, and stress free, you’re a lovely, friendly person and so easy to get on with, we couldn’t have wished for a better wedding planner. The food was amazing and everyone said how yummy it was.
Pete was fantastic in looking after us on the day/evening and so were the other staff. The night porter Friday night was lovely, chatting to us and offering us refreshments, which was very nice. I could go on all day singing your praises; I’m so, so pleased we chose you as a venue.”
Gemma & Geoff Beale
Staff were amazing, nothing was too much trouble!
By Holly and Dean, on 02 Sep 2015
“Have just got back yesterday from honeymoon, had an incredible time. I just wanted to email to say thank you to Tania and all of the staff for the amazing time we had. Or wedding day was the most amazing day of our lives made even more perfect by your amazing team!! They all worked so hard and nothing was too much trouble. The food was amazing!! And I’m told the buffet was yummy too, although I’d had too much to drink to remember it! i am 100% going to recommend you to anybody looking for a wedding venue or even just a party venue. Thank you again so so much!!
Holly and Dean – 8th August
Perfect wedding, will definitely be recommending!
By Julie and Nick, on 02 Sep 2015
“My husband and I, (sorry, couldn’t resist!), would like to thank you very much for the care and attention to detail both Tania and all of the staff at Cathedral Lodge put into making our day so special. We had the perfect wedding and felt that everyone worked extremely hard to make sure that our experience was unforgettable.
From the wonderful girls on reception who made arrival so stress free to the night manager who made sure that we had everything we needed, we felt really pampered. David and Joe surpassed themselves with the food. How they can produce such wonderful food on such a large scale and have it all served hot is beyond me, it was totally perfect. Juri obviously runs a smooth operation as it all went like clockwork and Peter made the whole experience really personal, he really put himself out to go the extra mile and ensure that we had everything we needed.
Then there was Tania, keeping me together when things got stressful and sending us the champagne and a personal card just all so so wonderful. We will definitely be recommending Cathedral Lodge to everyone we speak to, as will our guests”.
Thanks again and best wishes.
Julie and Nick, 18th July 2015