Stunning wedding venues in and around Dorset

10 Apr 2018

Discover your perfect wedding venue in or around Dorset with one of these stunning settings

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The Garden Room at Cranborne

The Garden Room at Cranborne is the perfect setting for an English country garden wedding. Nestled in the former walled kitchen garden of Cranborne Manor, The Garden Room is a light and airy, contemporary building set in a stunning private garden which has a large lawn surrounded by beautifully planted borders. Both wedding ceremonies and receptions can be held in The Garden Room and either bespoke options or packages are offered. The venue fee includes the services of the in-house wedding co-ordinator, who provides a friendly and professional service, with the emphasis on creating a truly unique day for each couple.


Christchurch Harbour Hotel

There is nowhere more romantic to tie the knot than Christchurch Harbour Hotel & Spa. Take your vows against a backdrop of breathtaking harbour views, overlooking Mudeford Quay and out towards Hengistbury Head. The stunning waterfront location is the perfect setting for your wedding celebration. From the private outdoor wedding terrace, complete with champagne beach hut bar, to the exclusive wedding suite overlooking the water and dancing under a twinkling ceiling in the lower deck - the team will create the most memorable day.


The Italian Villa, Poole

The Italian Villa is Dorset’s most celebrated wedding venue. Set upon 10 acres of stunning historic gardens at Compton Acres, The Italian Villa is the only venue of its kind anywhere in the UK. Able to accommodate weddings from 65 guests to 180, and even more in the evening, you can be assured of inimitable quality, especially when it comes to dining. The Italian Villa is a winner of the Best Venue category at the National Wedding Awards, based on the direct voting and feedback from previous customers. Make your wedding wow and discover why hundreds of couples have had the wedding of their dreams at The Italian Villa. All-inclusive prices from just £4,123 for 65 guests.

The Kings Arms, Christchurch

Nestled amongst ancient castle ruins in the quaint town of Christchurch and overlooking the River Avon, The Kings, voted Best Wedding Venue in the 2016 Dorset Wedding Supplier Awards, offers a truly unique setting for your wedding. The enchanting bowling Pavilion has been beautifully restored, retaining its charming romance and complete with its picture perfect green as well as fully licensed for civil ceremonies of up to 96 guests. The Kings Priory provides elegant simplicity for your wedding breakfast, seating up to 96 guests with a private function room for your evening celebrations – complete with private entrance and bar tenders. 


The Green House, Bournemouth

Stylish eco boutique, The Green House in Bournemouth, has added an eco-garden with a trendy terrace and an outdoor wood fired pizza oven for 2018. Weddings at the beautiful 32-bedroom hotel with its chic bar and two-rosette award winning Arbor restaurant are the perfect choice. Voted Best Green Hotel by Condé Nast last year, the hotel is just a stone’s throw from Bournemouth’s seafront and a great choice for a beach themed wedding without costing the earth. The dedicated team of personal wedding planners at The Green House are on hand to assist with everything from wedding stationery, dresses and flowers to chauffeurs, photographers and entertainment. The team are absolutely committed to making wedding dreams come true and delivering the party of your life.


Kingston Country Courtyard, Wareham

Kingston Country Courtyard specialises in weddings designed to meet personal specific needs, formal or informal. Everything is bespoke and couples have the freedom to decorate the 16th century purbeck stone barn and grounds, plus choose who they would like to arrange the flowers, cake, photography, disco or live band. The Barn seats up to 130 and holds a civil ceremony licence. It also offers a fully stocked bar, music licence until midnight and accommodation is available including a bridal suite. With more than 30 years’ catering experience, the team of chefs use local produce to support local suppliers. Two leading wedding co-ordinators will be available throughout the planning process, as well as an experienced team to oversee the day and provide advice and guidance.


Athelhampton House, Dorchester

Athelhampton House is one of Dorset’s finest wedding venues. The historic Tudor 15th century manor house is ideal for a civil wedding ceremony and the stunning formal gardens make the perfect backdrop for your photographs, drinks and canapés. The House provides a selection of intimate dining rooms for the smaller wedding or for the larger wedding reception, a choice of elegant dining rooms and entertaining spaces can be found in the thatched Coach House. Athelhampton has dedicated wedding co-ordinators who will assist with planning your day and an in-house catering team to create stunning menus, using fresh local and seasonal ingredients. Athelhampton is availble for private use throughout the year.


Larmer Tree, Salisbury, Wiltshire

The Larmer Tree is the perfect setting for a relaxed and informal wedding. There is a choice of quirky licensed buildings for your civil ceremony and depending on guest numbers, from just 2 to 150, the venue has total flexibility to host your celebration all year round. Celebrate in the company of your family and friends with Pimm's, deckchairs and garden games in high summer; or with mulled cider, hot canapés and roast venison in deepest winter. Whatever the weather or season, you can dine in the elegant Pavilion and dance the night away in the historic Jubilee Hall.


Hotel Miramar, Bournemouth

When it comes to planning your wedding celebrations, sometimes you can have it all – a country house hotel and just steps away from the seaside too. If you’re looking for a sensational venue for your big day, Hotel Miramar in Bournemouth is hard to beat. This classy, stylish Edwardian manor house is perched high on Bournemouth’s East Cliff offering panoramic sea views, quality menus designed by the hotel’s kitchen brigade with a leaning towards locally sourced and seasonal produce, and a personal service that is second to none. A wedding at Miramar may be more affordable than you think, with packages starting at around £5,000 for 50 guests.


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