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5 unique and quirky Dorset wedding venues

PUBLISHED: 15:46 26 March 2018

Love among the vines at English Oak Vineyard - photo by Joe Weil

Love among the vines at English Oak Vineyard - photo by Joe Weil


From a vineyard to a beach hut Dorset has some delightfully unusual venues for your special day



English Oak Vineyard

How would you like to say your vows beneath a spectacular 300 year old oak tree set amongst 23 acres of vineyard? English Oak Vineyard near Poole offers couples the opportunity to have their wedding blessing, wedding breakfast and evening reception in one of the most tranquil and romantic venues imaginable. Toast your big day with award-winning sparkling wine produced from the surrounding vines and enjoy local organic produce at your wedding breakfast. Marquees with panoramic window walls make the most of the stunning vistas and guests are welcome to “glamp”. Managed by the award-winning Bellissimo, you will have a dedicated planner throughout your wedding preparations.

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Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum

If you’re an art fan then the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum offers Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s masterpiece ‘Venus Verticordia’ as a back drop to your wedding. This grand Victorian villa on a cliff top has magnificent views of Bournemouth bay, an exquisite Japanese-inspired garden for wedding photos and more than 1,000 artefacts and artworks for you and your guests to enjoy, including superb high Victorian and Pre-Raphaelite works of international-standing. There are a number of  licensed rooms for ceremonies – including the Main Hall with its magnificent staircase for the bride to make an entrance and a stunning stained-glass skylight. A canapés and drinks reception or afternoon tea can be served in the Morning Room after or sit down to a three course meal for up to 20 people. This is the perfect venue for those seeking ‘wow factor’ for a smaller more intimate wedding.


Sopley Mill

Sopley Mill, near Christchurch, is a beautiful 18th century watermill offering superb views over the Avon water meadows. Its riverside location means it offers a privacy that is often hard to find at many wedding venues and you can make it your own by using the caterers, florist, and wedding planners you want. The top floor is ideal for a wedding breakfast and can seat 100 people. The second floor can also accommodate 100 people and turns into a dance floor for the evening. The ground floor, with its bar, is perfect for a drinks reception. For more relaxed weddings you can have a barbecue style wedding breakfast outside.

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Electric Palace

If you dream of a movie star wedding look no further than the Electric Palace. Cameras will be ready to roll as you walk down the red carpet at this beautifully restored 1920’s picture house in Bridport. Greet your guests in the retro foyer bar, with its stylish red velvet chairs and sofas. Then dine in the main auditorium, beneath huge murals and then dance the night away with your favourite movie as a backdrop. From small intimate wedding parties through to a 300 person guest lists, The Electric Palace is ideal for those who love old fashioned movie glamour.

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Beach Wedding, Bournemouth

Since its first wedding, shown live on ITV back in April 2011, Beach Weddings Bournemouth has held a huge number of weddings at its Wedding Beach Hut. The owner Melanie Kiani’s ethos is to create relaxed, informal weddings with stunning views, white sandy beaches and a friendly and efficient team serving delicious, rustic, local food, all cooked on site. You can have a ceremony for up to 400 guests or your ceremony followed by your wedding breakfast for up to 200 guests.


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