Dear Tania and Team,
Mark and I had the most perfect day on Saturday – thank you all so much for the parts you played.
From our first visit to the Lodge last year, the team were incredibly professional and could not have done more to help us. Having never visited the venue prior to enquiring about our wedding reception, we were blown away with its style and uniqueness.
On the day itself, Peter and team were amazing. We all felt completely relaxed and knew that we were in excellent hands. We received many comments from guests and suppliers about how helpful, efficient and accommodating the team was, and we are very grateful for how the team ensured that the day ran so smoothly. The food and beverage were of an exceptional quality – I think that everyone cleared their plates! We have also received great feedback from guests who had dietary requirements and children about how fantastic your staff were in ensuring they had the correct meals with no fuss.
I know that my parents were very grateful for how helpful and accommodating Peter, Tom and the team were the day before the wedding – I expect that they will share their own feedback, but I know that they were very impressed.
Everyone had a fantastic day and evening celebration. Some of us even extended our celebrations late into the night and we are grateful to Tom for being so accommodating!
Louisa (August 2016)
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I just want to say a huge thank you to you and your team for making our day so special. The whole family have commented on how good the venue and staff were. Everyone was so accommodating and friendly throughout the day.
The whole enquiry process was excellent from when mum first started looking at the venue until the day. All our questions were answered and I know you helped us achieve everything we wanted.
The food was amazing. The lamb for main course was spectacular. You wouldn’t have know it was mass catering at all as each dish was cooked as if ordered individually. The guests couldn’t stop talking about how delicious the food was. Drinks were all great as well.
Customer service was fantastic. Poppy was brilliant, she greeted me when I arrived and looked after Richard and I all day. She brought us drinks when she could see we were too busy to get our own and was always around whenever I needed anything. Her service was above and beyond so please say a huge thank you to her for everything she did. All the staff were friendly and couldn’t do enough to help. They took down all our garden decorations once we had moved inside which was a lovely touch as well.
I have to say what made the Cathedral Lodge very special compared to other venues I have been to was the level of service and all the little things that you did without extra cost or fuss. I would definitely recommend anyone to have their wedding here as it surpassed all my expectations. It was a day I will cherish forever- THANK YOU!
Lisa and Richard (July 2016)
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Thank you is too small a word. We would just like to say the Biggest thank you to you first and then the team who made our wedding day the most wonderful day ever. We and our guests had an amazing time and loved the wedding breakfast.
The Refectory room also looked so very perfect! We really could not have dreamt of a better day. It could not have been better!
Katy and Craig (July 2016)
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I just wanted to thank you so much and all the Lodge team too for the most amazing wedding day. Everything was absolutely perfect and we enjoyed every second. The food was absolutely exquisite! All our guests had the most amazing time and everyone commented on the beautiful venue and wonderful service. It feels really strange not to be planning a wedding – we would love to go back and redo the whole day again. I cannot praise every part of the process and day enough! It was all exactly how we imagined and better. Thank you so much again! Love from, the new Mr and Mrs Strevens,
Sophie and Elliott (December 2015)
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My husband and I would like to say a HUGE thank you to you, Peter, Yuri and their teams; with a special shout to Mel behind the bar and the guy who managed the Midnight feast. Please also thank the girls at reception and the cleaning team. In fact everyone at The Lodge has done us proud and we really can’t thank you all enough!!
All our guests loved the venue and the main comments are: “What a stunning venue”, “OMG it’s so clean”, “Wow everyone is so welcoming and cheerful”. Please do share this with the team.
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.
Claire and Pete (3rd October 2015)
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We can’t thank you and all the staff at CCL 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 CCL in making our wedding day perfect. We definitely made the right choice and only wish we could do it all again.
Gari & Faye (September 2015)
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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.
Mrs and Mrs Copley (12th September 2015)
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“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 2015)
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We were delighted with the reception at the Cathedral Lodge. We had a very small wedding but the Lodge was brilliant at meeting our particular needs.
The service was highly professional from start to finish and the hospitality on the day exquisite. The wedding breakfast was faultless, the room perfectly presented and the Campanile garden, with the Cathedral at the background, was unbeatable as a setting!
We have already recommended the Cathedral Lodge to our friends looking for venues for their own wedding party and would do it again.
Tim and Liis (August 2015)
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We had our wedding reception at the Cathedral Lodge during the August bank holiday weekend, and it couldn’t have been a better venue. Catherine, who was our wedding planner, was amazing at making sure everything was covered and keeping us on track, as we were particularly disorganised ourselves so there probably wouldn’t have been a wedding without her! She definitely took a lot of the stress out of the planning.
On the day itself, the rest of the team at the Lodge were brilliant, making sure that everything went smoothly, and last minute changes were dealt with without any fuss. The food served was delicious, and we had many compliments from guests about the food provided – both for the main meal and the evening buffet. Everything was presented beautifully and the staff worked really hard to make sure all our guests were happy.
The venue was really beautiful – having drinks in the Campanile garden with the Cathedral backdrop was amazing. We stayed the night at the lodge in a lovely comfortable room with a stunning view of the Cathedral, which was the perfect end to our wedding day. We would definitely recommend the Cathedral Lodge to anyone who wants a memorable wedding day and a stress-free (as much as possible!) lead up to it!
Sinead and David Palmer (August 2015)
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The venue was prefect, the backdrop for the wedding photos a real coup! But there was far more to making the day a success than the venue. I cannot speak too highly of the planning, support and advice provided by a very patient team at the Cathedral Lodge prior to the ‘big day’ – absolutely nothing seemed too much trouble. On the day, the team discretely went about their business to ensure that everything ran smoothly and happily. To hold the reception at the Cathedral Lodge was one of the best joint decisions we have made; and hopefully throughout our married life, other joint decisions will be as successful . . . . !
Malcolm and Debbie – 25th July 2015
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“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
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Thank you very much – it was just the most perfect day, and we had an amazing honeymoon!
I have nothing but positive feedback. You, Poppy and Pete were fantastic all day – everything went very smoothly and everyone was so helpful and friendly, and nothing was too much. All the staff were extremely flexible, especially when we asked if we could take all the tea and coffee outside to enjoy the last of the summer evening, instead of being inside in the Kent Barn.
The food was all delicious; certainly our compliments go to the chef! All of the staff around the lodge, from the reception to the waiters and waitresses were always helpful and friendly and are a big credit.
Finally, a massive thank you to you! Thank you for all of your help, advice and support in organising everything. I don’t think there’s anything that I could have changed to make the day better.
Mr and Mrs Chamberlain – 11th July 2015
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“Wow! From the initial visit to see the venue, through the endless emails I sent asking many questions, to the wedding day itself and beyond, Catherine has been truly brilliant and she went above and beyond to make sure that our wedding day was the day of dreams.
Canterbury Cathedral Lodge enabled us to design our wedding day from scratch. We wanted our wedding day to reflect us and Catherine was so supportive in enabling this dream to come true! My parents even secretly met with Catherine in the week before the wedding to arrange some special surprises for us on our wedding day! Catherine ensured their surprises were carried out perfectly!
The day before the wedding, we met Peter and Poppy from the Banqueting team and they meticulously went through the plans for our Wedding day. On the day, they along with both Catherine Lucas and Catherine Baldwin from the Banqueting team, made our Wedding day run beyond our expectations. Poppy was so attentive to our needs, she checked if I needed a drink or if I had eaten any of the canapés or evening buffet to ensure I didn’t go without in the excitement of everything! Poppy was on hand all day and was an absolute delight to have working with us and she was so lovely to everyone. Peter also particularly made us feel special and took time to talk to us and make us feel very at ease and welcome at Canterbury Cathedral Lodge.
We also have to mention the staff on Reception, especially India and Rachel. You both helped us so much from booking of rooms to the kindness and support throughout our wedding weekend. Thank you so, so much!”
Claire & Pieter, 11th April 2015
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“We came across the Lodge by accident and what a wonderful accident to happen! From the very first time of having a look around the venue we simply fell in love with it. Every member of staff we ever had any dealings with were nothing more than helpful, polite and informative. Nothing was ever too much trouble. We had good contact from them throughout the year towards the wedding by telephone, email and meetings. We always felt in the loop and like we could ask anything at any time.
Then came the big day… Catherine was truly fantastic and I would have been lost without her. Even doing up my dress for me as my bridal party were preoccupied elsewhere!! Peter and his team laid a fantastic service and all we have heard since is compliments on what a truly magical venue it is.
Excellent food, excellent staff, excellent accommodation. I couldn’t have asked for a more wonderful venue. A real must see that I would very, very highly recommend.”
Gemma & James, 1st May 2015
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Just wanted to say a HUGE THANKYOU for making Andrew and Jozette’s wedding reception such a memorable occasion for us all.
Our son was living in Singapore with his wife and were planning to come back to Canterbury for a Church Blessing following their wedding in Singapore.We needed a venue for the reception and we chose The Cathedral Lodge in Canterbury.
From my first phone call to the delightful Catherine Lucas, to the actual day itself, we had a very smooth,stress-free experience.Catherine helped us to plan and book a wedding reception at relatively short notice and in the absence of the bride and groom. Despite the awful weather conditions on a wet February afternoon, our guests were greeted on arrival by friendly staff and made to feel welcome straight away. Andrew and Jozette were delighted with the choice of venue.
We were able to set up and decorate the Clagett Auditorium the evening before in our own time. We were not rushed at all and were even given complimentary tea whist we were busy decorating. Catherine and all the staff were very accommodating ,considering the exceptional circumstances we were organising this under.The bride and groom were thousands of miles away in Singapore! Our Singaporian daughter-in-law had wanted to get married in The Cathedral so this was the next best thing!
We could not fault it at all and Yuri worked tirelessly on the day to ensure everything went to plan and more importantly that everyone was enjoying themselves. One of Andrew and Jozettes highlights of the day was watching the video messages from their family and friends in Singapore, which we were able to project onto a huge screen for all the guests to see.
We would not hesitate to recommend The Cathedral Lodge venue to anyone planning a wedding or celebration, and we would certainly use it again for future celebrations
Claire and Adrian Pearce (Parents of the groom) Wedding reception February 2015
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“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, 4th October 2014
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“Just wanted to write you a little note offering you a BIG thank you for giving us the most perfect day we could have dreamed of. Throughout our 2 years of planning we were always assured that Catherine was with us every step of the way and was so attentive to every question we asked or thought we had – we couldn’t have wished for a better co-ordinator.
The day itself was perfectly planned to precision and we both felt we were able to completely relax because you guys did such an amazing job from setting up, to serving and then clearing up at the end 🙂 We had so many of our guests remark on what a beautiful setting the Lodge was and how great all the staff were so we couldn’t have asked for more!!”
Laura & Simon, 6th September 2014
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“Well a few weeks have now passed since our daughter Laura’s amazing wedding celebrations at Cathedral Lodge. I really don’t think that I can find the words to express my sincerest thanks to you for absolutely everything you did in making our daughter’s wedding such a special and memorable affair, a day which the memories we will hold in our hearts forever.
From the moment that Laura and I first met with you with knew that all the arrangements would be in safe hands as your friends and caring nature along with the professionalism and attention to detail was instantly apparent.
The subsequent organisation of meetings, dealing with emails and phone calls were I know dealt with extremely efficiently which eventually led to a day that was truly perfect in fact there is absolutely nothing that I could change and given the chance I would relive every second.
On the day all of the staff were amazing, they were attentive, polite, friendly and helpful in every way all of which attributed to make the occasion such an enjoyable and relaxed atmosphere.
Special compliments though to the chef and the catering team as the wedding breakfast and the evening buffet was delicious and the service was excellent which when catering for such a large number is no mean feat. As well the breakfast on the Sunday morning was also superb and certainly made a fabulous end to such a wonderful stay. The accommodation too was lovely, being able to stagger to our extremely comfortable rooms after such an amazing day was a real treat.
So please can you convey our heartfelt thanks to everyone for whatever part they played, big or small, in helping to make Laura & Simon’s wedding such a truly wonderful occasion and one that we will truly never forget. ”
Laura Langley’s parents (parents of the Bride) 6th September 2014
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“Thank you for making our wedding day so special. We cannot express how delighted we are that we chose Canterbury Cathedral Lodge as our Wedding venue. Catherine, you were an absolutely excellent wedding planner, keeping us involved, informed and in check (!) every step of the way. And the day itself was absolutely perfect, we couldn’t have enjoyed it more. Thank you or all your hard work, both prior to and on the day (and also for finding and returning my garter! A treasured gift from one of my bridesmaids). We have yet to enjoy our Jean Josselin Champagne – a lovely surprise when we finally made it back to our room at 2am after everyone else had left! Thank you so much.”
Alana & Robin, 23rd August 2014
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“I can’t even begin to express our gratitude for everything you have all done in helping us plan and execute our big day. I am absolutely over the moon with how everything went and how helpful and kind everyone at the Lodge has been towards me, Tom, our family and friends.
I could not have wished for a better venue or staff to help us celebrate our wedding and the Lodge made our experience truly incredible. Thank you especially to Catherine who kept us constantly updated with planning and bent over backwards to ensure our day was everything we wanted and more! Also thank you to Catherine Baldwin who kept everyone on track on the day! Everyone at the Lodge has been fantastic, special mentions to Tom (the night man) and Chloe who were particularly helpful.
Thank you ALL from the bottom of our hearts for kicking off our marriage in the most spectacular way! I would recommend the Lodge to everyone!”
Tom & Theresa, 9th August 2014
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“Just wanted to say a huge thank-you for everything you have done. It was a perfect day – and you made the organising and lead-up to the wedding stress free and enjoyable! We really did have the best day of our lives, thank-you for being part of it! I’m sure we will be back to the Lodge at some point in our married life. We now have wonderful memories to look back on. Thank you so much.”
Emma & Kevin, 2nd August 2014
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“We had our wedding reception and evening do at Canterbury Cathedral lodge in October 2013. We booked it in the February before, which is when our experience began. We had Catherine Lucas as our event coordinator. Catherine was absolutely amazing, she happily helped us throughout the whole process even when changed the wedding date and changed the arrangements many times. She answered my endless emails and made the whole process completely stress free. I cannot thank her enough.
The actual day was even more perfect. It was everything we had wished for and more, it went without a hitch. The staff were extremely helpful and attentive and couldn’t do enough for us. The whole day was an absolute dream, and in such a perfect setting.
We stayed for 3 nights in total in the Burgate Flat which has 2 bedrooms, kitchen, living room and bathroom. The flat was much bigger than expected and very comfortable.
Our guests were all very happy with their rooms too and the breakfast was amazing!
Canterbury Cathedral lodge is simply perfect for a wedding. Perfect setting, lovely rooms and food, and extremely friendly and helpful staff. Overall we were extremely happy with our time there, we were overwhelmed with the service we received throughout and will definitely return!”
Louise & Gary, 26th October 2013
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“We cannot thank you and the team at Canterbury Cathedral Lodge enough for playing your part in making our day so special. The venue and location speaks for itself, however on top of this the attention to detail and the amount of effort that the whole team at the lodge put into making our day so memorable was really appreciated.
From the very first appointment to view the venue until the moment we left nothing was too much trouble – you and the team made everything such an easy process. The organisation, catering and the staff were fabulous.
So many of our guests complimented us on finding such an amazing venue, with many complimenting on the high quality of the catering provided. We had the most fantastic time and will remember if forever.”
Ian & Jen, 20th July 2013
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“Finding out that the Cathedral Lodge was available for our wedding reception was the best thing that could have happened to us. It is a stunning and beautiful setting with plenty of opportunities for amazing photographs and working with Catherine to co-ordinate the details of the day was a pleasure. We found the wedding packages were very reasonably priced and the Lodge staff always more than happy to try to accommodate our wishes…however strange! Being in the centre of Canterbury was really handy for our guests who needed somewhere close to stay. We honestly cannot fault the Lodge – we had the perfect day.”
Sears & Jones, 13th July 2013
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We can both safely say that thanks to everybody at the Cathedral Lodge we really did have our perfect wedding. From the moment that we went to look around the venue we knew that the venue was amazing, but as well as that, right from day one, we realised how friendly and brilliant the staff were. It wasn’t a difficult decision at all to know that we wanted our wedding reception at the Lodge! …In the run up to the wedding we had a few meetings at the Lodge, to look around again and also to make decisions about the wedding. Catherine made everything so easy for us. The whole planning stages were made stress free thanks to her organisation and the process was very easy and relaxed. Every time we went to visit the prospect of having our wedding at the Lodge got more and more exciting! We even sampled the wedding food and wine which was great fun (and the food was delicious!). All of our dietary requests were considered and taken on board without any difficulty at all!
On the morning of the wedding I did not feel any stress at all as I could see how well everything was being managed. I could just relax and enjoy the morning knowing that everybody at the lodge had everything under control! Even going down to breakfast in the morning was lovely because all of the staff were so friendly and it seemed like they were also excited about the wedding! …Everybody who stayed at the Lodge complimented the rooms and they loved the breakfast the next morning – again it was a great chance to catch up and chat about the wedding. Our room was absolutely perfect – it had a beautiful view and it felt so peaceful.
We could not have asked for a more perfect day in a more perfect location. Everybody at the Lodge was so friendly and welcoming throughout. Nothing was too difficult for the team at the Lodge and it really felt like they were part of our celebration. We really would recommend the Lodge to anybody who wants a relaxing stress free wedding in a beautiful location. We have since been back to stay for our first wedding anniversary and it was just as perfect as the wedding!”
Louise & Steve 25th May 2013
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