Dovecote Dreams Do Come True

Updated: May 4

© Fleur Challis Photography | Bride and groom celebrating elopement at The Castle Westenhanger, Kent wedding venue

How exciting is this?! You can how get married in a dovecote! Yes, you read that right; you can have your wedding ceremony in a beautiful, historic building that was once used to house doves and pigeons. How quirky and unique is that? Not to mention romantic, especially once you've seen the beautiful dovecote in question.

The dovecote is at The Castle Westenhanger, which is run by GLOW Events, and they have collaborated with micro-wedding specialists, E-Lope, to offer exclusive, intimate and truly unique wedding ceremonies here from September 2021.

You can find out full details in the Official Press Release below.

The Castle Westenhanger becomes the only wedding venue in Kent to offer intimate ceremonies in a Dovecote from September 2021

The Castle Westenhanger has recognised that whilst most of their clients want large and elaborate weddings, some couples want to choose tiny weddings, with less than ten guests and some want to elope.

Emma Clark, Head of Marketing at GLOW Events, said, "To host intimate weddings, we've teamed up with E-Lope, who launched in October 2020, to create specialist mini weddings at The Castle Westenhanger. Excitingly, from September 2021, to help ensure elopements are even more intimate and magical, we have agreed to extend our licence to marry into a previously unused area of the Castle. The Dovecote is stunning!"

Sam Lloyd, Founder of E-Lope, said, "We are delighted to be working with GLOW and thrilled that couples wanting to scale back their guest list, who are looking for an out-of-the-box location for the legal aspects of their wedding, will now be able to say, 'I do' in the hidden Dovecote".

Sam continued, "The Dovecote is one of the most private, romantic and beautiful areas of the Castle, loving restored by the previous owner. It enables couples to start their special day in a unique space better suited for smaller celebrations, offering them a blank canvas to create the perfect atmosphere."

This unique Dovecote will be available for intimate weddings from September 2021.

Notes for the editor

What is a Dovecote?

A dovecote is a beautiful ornate tower structure commissioned by the wealthiest people across the United Kingdom and France as ‘apartment blocks’ to keep hundreds of pigeons and doves to be eaten by the nobility only. The doves were easy to ‘look after’ as they foraged freely during the day, coming home to roost at night. They may be free-standing structures in various shapes or built into the end of a house or barn. The Dovecote at The Castle Westenhanger is situated next to what would have been the grand medieval kitchens. The earliest known examples of dove-keeping occur in Norman castles of the 12th century.

The Castle Westenhanger

Available for weddings, The Castle Westenhanger is a Scheduled Ancient Monument with a Grade 1 listed manor house. It belongs to a group of early quadrangular castles and manor houses strengthened in response to threats of attack from France during the 14th.

Weddings at The Castle Westenhanger

Weddings, large or small, are offered at The Castle Westenhanger exclusively. If couples are real romantics at heart, with a secret obsession for ruins, charmed by English history, the Castle is one of Kent’s most stunning wedding venues. Brimming with atmosphere, it offers you the ultimate private backdrop for your regal style celebrations. The Castle is available to hire all year round, licenced for weddings, it enables couples to hold their ceremony, civil partnership, or blessing either outdoors in the purpose-built thatched gazebo, indoors and now for intimate weddings in the Dovecote.

Elope weddings from 2-10 people Monday to Thursday, and Glow after parties 15 up to 200 guests in the evening any day of the week.

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Contact details for The Castle Westenhanger

The Castle Westenhanger, Stone Street, Westenhanger, Hythe, CT21 4HX

01303 261068

Contact details for E-lope

Sam Lloyd, The Wedding Owl 07957218340


Photographer - Fleur Challis Photography

Venue - The Castle, Westenhanger

Wedding Dress - Poppy Perspective

Models - Matt Elliott & McKenzie Forder

Cake - Cobi and Coco Cakes

Flowers - Mimi Fleur Wedding Florist

Jewellery - Iconic Jewellery Store

Hair & MU - Amber's Artistry

Stationery - Inki Pinki Weddings

Videographer - James David Films & Jessica Maynard

Suit & Shirt - Bows Suit Hire & ASOS

Stylist - E-Lope & The Wedding Owl

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