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Whether you hold your wedding reception in a stately home, hotel, village hall or your favourite pub, it’s going to be the best party of your life, so to avoid any misunderstanding, always confirm every detail in writing.
Wherever you choose, make sure there’s enough space for your guests in the room itself and enough parking spaces outside for their cars.
Try to opt for a reception venue which is reasonably close to where you are holding the ceremony – no problem if you’re marrying at a licensed venue and holding wedding and reception under one roof.
If you’re planning a hotel reception, have a meal there before you make the booking, so you can check on the food and the service, as well as the atmosphere and the facilities.
Many hotels will offer a host of additional services, included in the cost of the reception – from a red carpet welcome to fresh flowers on the tables, from the services of a toastmaster to the hire of a cake stand and knife, from complementary wedding night accommodation for the bride and groom to special rates for wedding guests who want to stay overnight. Some will even invite you back for a complementary celebration dinner on your first wedding anniversary.
Check exactly what is offered and make sure you get a written list. Wherever you choose to hold your reception, find out during what times the rooms – and bar facilities – will be available. If you’re using a village hall and your own caterers, for instance, you will need access early in the day to set up decorations, flowers and your cake and you may need a drinks licence for your bar, which the committee will have to apply for on your behalf. Check also whether you have to hire crockery, cutlery, glasses, tables and chairs.
If you’re having small children at your wedding, find out whether there’s a separate room where they can be entertained and think of providing a mobile creche so both you and their parents can relax and enjoy the day without having to worry about them.
A historic location set in stunning gardens, licensed for civil ceremonies and with a choice of reception rooms. Enjoy tranquillity with private use, have the day planned specifically for you and enjoy bespoke catering by the experienced in-house team. Photo by Jake Moore Photography.
A stunning setting for ceremonies and receptions from the grandest to the mist intimte of gatherings, this beautiful stately home in magnificent parkland offers exclusive use to make your day truly memorable.
Fully licensed for civil ceremonies and handily located just minutes from Bournemouth International Airport, railway stations and close to major road links, Dudsbury is easily accessible for all your guests no matter where they are coming from.
You have the choice of exclusive use of either the 120-cover, award-winning restaurant with dance floor, bar and panoramic views or the Brabant function suite and bar. Services also include bespoke menus to suit, 160 acres of stunning landscaped grounds, a boutique hotel and spa, extensive car park and championship golf course.
Family-run hotel, nestled in the Dorset countryside and an ideal venue for civl weddings, partnerships and wedding receptions.
Set in picturesque Hampshire countryside, the Holiday Inn Winchester has everything on hand to make your special day truly memorable. Seven different rooms are available catering for a variety of different group sizes. For the larger groups, the Hampshire Suite, a large, bright room with direct access onto the terrace seats 180 for a wedding breakfast, while more intimate celebrations may use the Emperor and Monarch Suites which accommodate up to 30 guests. Contact them for details of their great wedding packages, including the 2018 wedding package for £2,018.
A choice of five venues for your marriage ceremony from an intimate occasion for 20 guests in front of a roaring log fire to a candlelit ceremony with a mediaeval feel or a glamorous occasion for 200 friends and family. Choose from a list of recommended suppliers or ask Hooke Court to organise the event for you.
For romance, style and elegance, Bournemouth’s Hotel Miramar offers you the perfect wedding venue for your perfect day. Enjoying an enviable reputation and licensed for civil ceremonies, it is one of Dorset’s premier wedding venues, located in an a beautiful cliff top location in Bournemouth. You can even get married outside on the lawn, overlooking the bay.
Whether you are planning an intimate occasion for just 25 friends and family or a lavish wedding for 130 guests, Hotel Miramar is a wedding venue with a unique style, charm and elegance to make your day extra special.
Runner-Up in the International Wedding Expert Awards (making it the second most popular all-inclusive wedding venue in the world), the Italian Villa offers three floors of unrivalled elegance set in 10 acres of manicured gardens. Yours exclusively for your day, it is licensed for civil ceremonies and accommodates intimate receptions for up to 60 or more relaxed gathering of up to 180. Catering is by award-winning Beales Gourmet.
Licensed for civil ceremonies and catering for wedding breakfasts for up to 130 people and evening parties for up to 175, Kingston Country Courtyard is available for exclusive use. This is your opportunity to get away from the ‘package’ approach and design your own day, however formal or informal.
The 18th century Purbeck stone barn has been beautifully restored and the catering team has over 20 years’ experience. Two wedding co-ordinators will work closely with you and there are 25 bedrooms for your guests.
A 17th century house and gardens, beautifully situated with a scenic lake, extensive lawns and formal gardens providing the ideal backdrop to a wonderful day. With its parkland approach and sweeping drive, the Georgian mansion house and ornate rooms set the scene for a civil ceremony, wedding breakfast and evening reception.
See the venue for yourself at their regular wedding fairs in February and October.
Stylish and intimate boutique hotel offering five-star luxury accommodation, award-winning food and impeccable service. With 20 years’ experience in making fairytale weddings come true, packages are available from under £4,000 and exclusive use from £5,000. A stone’s throw from Dorset beaches, the hotel has 13 beautiful individual rooms and suites.
One of the finest four-star hotels on Southampton, set in a beautiful location and offering superbfacilities. The hotel is licensed for civil ceremonies and is currently offering an exceptional wedding package, including floral centrepieces, a luxury three-tier cake, drinks package, three course meal, evening buffet and disco for just £3,995 for 60 guests.
Set in 23 acres of landscaped grounds, this 19th century manor house combines modern day luxury with original character and features. Licensed for civil ceremonies both indoors and out, it provides spectacular photograph opportunities all year round.
There are magnificent views over the Solent and guests can enjoy Champagne and canapes on the Queeen Mary Lawn in the summer of the cosy Tudor-style Music Bar in winter, retiring to the grand Ballroom for a sumptuous wedding breakfast.
Ask about their special winter wedding offer: £3,000 for 50 day and evening guests, including a drinks package, three course wedding breakfast and evening buffet.
A cliff-top, Edwardian hotel just steps away from Bournemouth’s award-winning sands, where couples can pledge their love to each other beside a stunning garden pagoda, overlooking the bay.
A full service hotel with a strong family history, the hotel has recently undergone extensive refurbishment of its 87 en-suite bedrooms, conferencing suites, foyer and bar area. Bright, contemporary and offering a warm welcome to all its guests, the hotel offers experienced event co-ordinators and fully trained staff to plan your special day.
The elegant ceremony spaces include the Bay Suite – a south-facing room with stunning views across Bournemouth Bay. Decorated in a modern, contemporary style, the suite has direct access to the flower-filled terrace, which leads to the front garden. All food requirements are catered for and the talented culinary team will create specialised menus to satisfy your taste, theme and budget.
A glorious 225 acres in the quaint Hampshire countryside creates an ideal setting for your wedding. Licensed for civil ceremonies the Meon Valley Marriott can cater for both intimate and large events – and you can get married in 2018 for just £2018!
Marriott approved wedding event managers are on hand to co-ordinate events from start to finish and their innovative catering team will enhance your special day.
This modern and stylish hotel provides a perfect wedding venue in Dorset for this important day in your life. Located in tree-lined Bath Road in the exclusive East Cliff area of Bournemouth, The Mayfair is licensed for civil ceremonies. These can be held in the tranquil surroundings of the Garden Room or outside under the leafy canopy of the secluded Greek themed courtyard garden (weather permitting).
THE GARDEN ROOM
This elegant Banqueting Room is full of light from the picture windows overlooking the private courtyard garden. It is licensed for civil ceremonies and is also suitable for wedding receptions for up to 70 guests. In the evening the room is transformed, creating an intimate atmosphere away from other hotel guests, with its own private bar and dance floor.
For a truly special ceremony say ‘I do’ in the hotel’s Garden of the Greek Gods – weather permitting. The Wedding Pavilion sits under the trees on the terrace and your guests can be seated in the sheltered courtyard surrounded by flowering plants and trees.
THE LEMON TREE RESTAURANT
This stylish room, tastefully decorated throughout with sparkling chandeliers and large picture windows, is the perfect choice for the larger wedding reception. It can comfortably seat 90 guests with space for a large top table..
With years of experience in creating the ideal wedding day, Oceana’s five individual hotels each have rooms licensed for civil ceremonies and cater for every size and style of wedding, with inclusive prices from just £1,999 right up to sky’s-the-limit. Dedicated chefs will prepare award-winning food for your big day, made with fresh produce from the best suppliers and with recipes from around the world. You can decide what goes on the menu, and our chefs can create meals that are traditional or modern, all guaranteed to be delicious and innovative.
Wedding co-ordinators are on hand to help you each step of the way during both the planning stage and the big day itself.Call for a complimentary show round.
Built in 1761, the historic Guildhall in the heart of Poole’s old town provides a charming venue for weddings and other civic ceremonies. Its main features comprise a large ceremony room with beautiful chandeliers and enough space to accommodate up to 120 guests. Outside, the eye-catching cast iron and stone staircase provide a grand backdrop for photographs.
Village Hotels love a good wedding: a white wedding, pink wedding, shotgun wedding or even a Trekkie wedding – they have your every need covered. Licensed for civil ceremonies, Village Hotel bournemouth also specialises in wedding breakfasts and evening receptions. And it’s a great place for your hen or stag party too!
Set in an acre of beautiful award-winning gardens, the Yenton is situated on Bournemouth’s East Cliff and offers the perfect venue for civil wedding ceremonies and wedding receptions. Complementing the picturesque country setting, the Yenton’s conservatory restaurant overlooks the gardens and is suitable for intimate family gatherings or large formal receptions.
They pride themselves on their friendly and professional hospitality and excellent food, their aim always being to make your special day evwrything you ever dreamed it would be.