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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.
Bournemouth’s hidden wedding gem is a tranquil venue tucked away in three acres of landscaped gardens. Situated right on the evergreen clifftop, it has views through the trees and out to sea. The gardens meander down towards the beachside and feature a hidden waterfall and pond – perfect for captivating wedding photos.
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.
A group of four beautiful hotels, with venues to suit every style. The elegant Harbour Heights has a panoramic harbour backdrop and two AA Rosettes for its cuisine, as has the Haven Hotel, a secluded lovers’ hotel right on the water’s edge. At the Sandbanks Hotel, you can take your vows overlooking the ocean, while the Chine Hotel is a hidden gem set n three acres of romantic gardens. Each hotel offers quality service and staff dedicated to making your special day as individual as you are.
Family-run hotel, nestled in the Dorset countryside and an ideal venue for civl weddings, partnerships and wedding receptions.
Three wonderful four star venues, all absolutely ideal for civil ceremonies and receptions and all offering all-inclusive packages. A selection of function suites cater for all sizes of wedding from just a dozen guests to 180 and a garden gazebo is available for beautiful outdoor weddings.
Superb food, excellent service, a dedicated wedding co-ordinator and easy access to the beach for those wedding photographs complete the perfect picture.
This beautifully boutique venue sits elevated over the renowned Sandbanks Peninsula, providing a stunning backdrop for photographs and memories that last a lifetime.
Raise a glass on the private terrace while you take in the panoramic view of Poole Harbour, Brownsea Island and the Jurassic Coast. Your dedicated and friendly wedding planner will guide you from initial meeting until when you leave us on your honeymoon.
Fully licensed for both civil ceremonies and partnerships, you can either get married indoors or alfresco. The Hytes Suite and private terrace both provide stunning settings. Floor-to-ceiling windows make your indoor ceremony both light and bright. Or, if you’re having a summer wedding, there’s nothing like a floating veil in the wind on the teak-decked terrace.
The hotel accommodates 100 guests comfortably for the wedding breakfast and 150 for the evening reception.
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.
A stunning 18th century manor house in the heart of beautiful gardens on the outskirts of Poole, this is not your average wedding venue. You can create your own unique event, with four completely different, versatile licensed areas to suit your special style. Choose the Gallery Room (for up to 120 people) of the chamber Room (for up to 50) inside the house or go outdoors in the walled Secret Garden (for up to 120 guests) or under the archway overlooking the Garden Terrace. (up to 400). The lawn at the front of the house is perfect for a marquee too.
There’s in-house catering and a dedicated wedding planner. not to mention parking for 250 cars!
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.
Whether your dream is a small beach wedding or a spectacular formal banquet, the dedicated wedding team at the Bouyrnemouth Highcliff Marriott Hotel will make sure your day is the perfect expression of who you are. You can exchange your vows by the sea or in the beautiful outdoor gazebo on the cliff’s edge. The elegant Dorchester Suite can accommodate up to 120 guests for a spectacular wedding breakfast (250 for an evening buffet) and there are suites of all shapes and sizes for more intimate celebrations from just 20 guests.
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..
A stunning 18th century Georgian manor house offering exclusivity for you and your guests an a friendly personal service tailored to your needs. Classic entrance hall and dramatic staircase; four state rooms on the ground floor each individually decorated with period features, enchanting ceilings and impressive fireplaces. On the first floor is the bridal suite and no fewer than three balconies.
Packages to suit every budget and discounts for weekday and winter weddings.
Licensed for civil ceremonies and set in stunning grounds landscaped by Capability Brown, the spectacular mansion house, together with its magnificent church, provides a prestigious and beautiful setting for your wedding day. Ceremonies for between 80 and 120 guests take place in either the 10th century Abbey or the State Rooms, followed by a reception in the wonderful Abbot’s Hall, which dates back to the 15th century. In the evening, the King’ Room can be transformed into the perfect dance venue, with the Prince’s Room and the Library providing a bar area and quiet space.
Exclusive use is offered and a dedicated wedding co-ordinator will offer help and advice. Call for a show round or see the venue for yourself at their Spring and Autumn wedding fairs.
Situated in the heart of Bournemouth, the four star Norfolk Royale has been fully restored to reflect its original Edwardian grandeur. It’s the perfect choice for weddings and receptions of all styles and sizes. Conveniently close to no fewer than nine churches, it also has a civil ceremony licence, so you can hold your entire wedding celebration under one roof if you choose. The Norfolk Royale can offer a selection of reception venues from small intimate dining rooms to period reception rooms, banqueting suites and multi- purpose function rooms and welcomes weddings from 10 to 250 guests.
There’s a tented Secret Garden and it’s an easy walk to Bournemouth beach for those all-important photographs.
With years of experience in creating the ideal wedding day, Oceana’s four 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.
Exclusively positioned in the beautifully wooded area of Alum Chine, with romantic views across the sparkling sea and a short walk to the beach, this is the perfect venue for your wedding. Their naturally lit ceremony rooms are licensed for civil weddings, civil partnerships and blessings for party sizes up to 180. Ask about their special all-inclusive wedding packages from £59 per person.
Make it a wedding with a difference with their AfternoonTea Wedding Package from £1500 for 50 guests or their Twilight Package, which includes a glass of Prosecco and nibbles, either a finger buffet, build-a-burger or fish and chips, complete with a DJ and disco: just £1,500 for 70 people and perfect for an evening celebration. Their Classic Wedding Package is available at a specail midweek rate of £2,017 for 40 people.
The gallery is one of the most stunning venues for ceremonies in the city. Paintings and sculptures provide a beautiful backdrop for couples seeking somewhere unique, with ample space for guests to enjoy this harmonious setting.
Located in Southampton’s Old Town, Tudor House offers couples a unique and beautiful setting. From the 16th century Banqueting Hall, to the lovely Georgian Room overlooking the Tudor knot garden, the house and gardens provide the perfect backdrop for your special day.
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 the heart of Southampton’s Old Town, this 15th century timber-framed building provides a wonderful setting for ceremonies and receptions. With its vaulted ceilings and exposed beams, the hall has been restored to create a venue with outstanding character.