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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.
Licensed for civil ceremonies, this affordable venue can accommodate up to 50 seated guests for an intimate and personal celebration. It is booked on a room-only basis to host weddings, receptions or both and allows you the flexibility to dress the venue as simply or as lavishly as you like in your own style or theme. After the ceremony, guests can make their way onto the patio area to celebrate with drinks and canapés while you have direct access to the beach to have your special photos taken.
If you’re staying on to host your reception here too, the patio is an deal location to set up a bar, hog roast or BBQ. A marquee can also be erected in front of the building to accommodate additional evening guests.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A beautifully unique Grade I listed ancient building, providing a romantic and inspiring setting, Scaplen’s Court features exposed stone walls, medieval doorways, a charming courtyard and a delightful walled garden. Licensed for civil ceremonies, Scaplen’s Court offers you exclusive use and the variety of period rooms and pretty outdoor spaces ensure this historic venue is the ideal blank canvas for you to create your own individual and perfect day.
Choose your own suppliers, including free choice of caterers, so you really can create the type of occasion you want, be it a vintage afternoon tea, rustic-style buffet, elegant dinner or alfresco barbeque.
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.
Grand Grade II* listed Georgian mansion house, licensed for civil ceremonies and offering beautiful state rooms to accommodate any size of reception. Whether you hold your ceremony here or not, Upton House can be hired exclusively for your reception and fantastic in-house cateres will be delighted to discuss your tastes and budget to come up with the perfect menu.
Stunning wedding shots are taken in the grand entrance hall and beautiful parkland – or choose the walled garden or even Poole Harbour.
Licensed for civil ceremonies, the Victorian Barn offers a civil ceremony in the stunning Osborne Hall for up to 120 guests or the Garden Room for up to 200 guests. The Osborne Hall can seat up to 120 for a formal meal and up to 200 for a buffet and specialises in bespoke weddings designed to meet your exclusive requirements.
Working closely with a group of hand-picked local suppliers, The Victorian Barn can offer excellent food, discreet service, wonderful facilities and an impressive backdrop for your photographs. The Victorian Barn offers onsite luxury accommodation for up to 66 guests.
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.