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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 stunning setting for ceremonies and receptions from the grandest to the mist intimate of gatherings, this beautiful stately home in magnificent parkland offers exclusive use to make your day truly memorable.
Whether your big day is a small, private affair or a large, lavish party with a marquee in the garden, the Bell Inn is the most versatile of venues. Celebrate your love among roaming ponies, pigs and picture-perfect thatched cottages; the authentic 18th century coaching inn mixes rustic charm with countrified chic so you can create your own special day – right in the heart of the New Forest National Park.
The Bell Inn has two rooms licensed for civil ceremonies, both of them ideal for a more intimate wedding and you can even choose complete privacy for your big day with their ‘exclusively yours’ package. There are 28 en suite bedrooms and a bridal suite for the newlyweds.
The Crown Hotel, situated in the picturesque market town of Blandford Forum and easily accessible from Bournemouth, Poole, Shaftesbury, Salisbury and Dorchester, has been a haven for couples celebrating one of the most important days of their lives, for centuries – and it boasts an experienced and award winning team, all are ready to make your dream wedding a reality.
There’s a separate function suite with its own walled garden available to hire for weddings (including ceremonies) and comprehensive packages can be tailored to suit every wedding. The hotel has 27 well appointed bedrooms which are available at a discounted rate for wedding guests.
See the venue for yourself at their wedding fair on Sunday, October 20th 2019 from 11am to 3pm.
Wedding packages at The Cumberland Hotel are different. They have been designed to offer couples the opportunity to design their own food and drink package. Menus and food have been chosen to reflect classics and new contemporary favourites. Great care is taken to select fresh produce and wines are also chosen to offer old world classics, new world favourites and even fair trade wines.
Once your event is planned by you and the dedicated, experienced wedding team, it will then be executed to the highest standards by the dynamic operational team, all fully trained in customer service. The Cumberland specialises in customising your big day to make it truly uniqueand caters for weddings from 40 to 200 guests, with smaller tailor-made weddings also available.
The award-winning four star Holiday Inn Winchester, stunningly located on the edge of the South Downs National Park, is one of the most stylish wedding venues in the area. Fresh from a £2.5 million refurbishment, the hotel has been completely transformed with luxurious contemporary decor and the addition of a stunning spa – perfect for brides- to-be for girlie parties with friends, to tone and trim, to relax before the ceremony and of course for that important pre-wedding make-up.
Licensed for civil ceremonies, the hotel offers individually tailored wedding packages starting at just £2,659. Receptions from 50 to 200 people can be accommodated in the Hampshire Suite, a large, bright room with direct access onto the beautiful terrace – the perfect place for photographs, arrival drinks or even a barbecue.
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 the perfect wedding venue in Bournemouth, you’ll love the elegant Hotel Royale. Whatever you want on the big day or whatever the size of your party, they’ll make it happen. There’s a modern, airy function room with a dance floor and private bar, which can accommodate up to 180 guests for your ceremony and wedding breakfast. For medium-sized or more intimste parties, there are two further suites and the beautiful gardens provide a perfect backdrop for your pictures. Incredible food, unrivalled service and every occasion made to measure, just contact the wedding co-ordinator for more details.
Located in the quaint town of Christchurch, overlooking the River Avon and nestled between beautiful castle ruins, the King’s Arms is charismatic and cosy Georgian boutique hotel, seamlessly blending tradition with exquisite contemporary style.
Licensed for civil ceremonies, it can host wedding breakfasts for up to 96 guests, and receptions for up to 120 guests.
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.
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..
Celebrate the most memorable day of your life at this beautiful hotel, set in over 300 acres of grounds. Whether you’re planning a small and intimate ceremony for close friends and family or need space for 100 guests, there’s the choice of six elegant rooms, licensed for civil ceremoniess.
For larger weddings, the permanent marquee can hold up to 300 guests and during the warm summer months it can be opened up to provide even more space on the terrace and lawns.
Exclusive use is available.
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.
The Best Western Royal Beach Hotel is one of only a few Portsmouth wedding venues offering panoramic views over the Solent. It has five superb suites with facilities for 30 to 300 guests and three suites are licensed for civil ceremonies.
You can either choose from the hotel’s popular all- inclusive packages or tailor make your special day exactly as you want it. And with special rates available for your guests in the hotel’s 124 well appointed bedrooms, you can be sure everyone will have a day to remember.
From intimate gatherings to larger celebrations for up to 200 guests, the Thistle Hotel’s flexible and licensed event spaces offer the perfect backdrop for your day.
A professional and dedicated team are with you every step of the way to create a truly remarkable experience.