The Cave Hotel, outside Canterbury, spends £ 200,000 to turn outdoor space into wedding venue
The owners of a luxury hotel on the outskirts of Canterbury have spent £ 200,000 to turn their outdoor space into a wedding venue.
Come summer, The Cave, located in the grounds of Boughton Golf Club, will boast a chic marquee with plenty of space for more than 100 guests to enjoy the day.
While there is no government limit on the size of weddings when restrictions are lifted on June 21, early indications suggest that most couples are reluctant to risk the health of their family and friends in spaces. cramped interiors.
The owner of the hotel, Johnathan Callister, therefore chose to push the plans for a new setting forward.
He says conversations with the bride and groom made it clear that there was a desire for outdoor ceremonies.
“We have noticed a surge in demand from couples wanting to accommodate more than 100 guests, but insisting that the whole ceremony takes place outside – the service, the wedding breakfast and the reception. “, did he declare.
“From what couples tell us, they’re excited to have the big day they’ve always dreamed of, but they don’t want to deter people from coming by hosting the day’s events indoors.
“The restrictions are expected to disappear in June, but people are clearly still nervous about coming into close contact with a large crowd at an event like a wedding.”
Starting Monday, 30 guests will be admitted to wedding receptions, before restrictions are completely lifted on June 21.
Statistics show that most couples aren’t afraid of the unpredictable UK weather and will enjoy the fresh air even if they are bothered by the drizzle.
Johnathan added: “What obviously discourages many couples is the fear that it will rain and that the big day and their event will be ruined.
“But this year it seems clear that this is a risk most people are willing to take if it ensures that their marriages can and will continue.”
The Cave Hotel opened in 2019 after a £ 12million redevelopment. There are 41 rooms on the site.
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