Dorset’s best wedding venues

PUBLISHED: 11:10 19 February 2020

We've rounded up some of the best wedding venues in Dorset. Photo credit; JenAphotographer/Getty Images/iStockphoto

We've rounded up some of the best wedding venues in Dorset. Photo credit; JenAphotographer/Getty Images/iStockphoto


When you’re planning a wedding, there are so many things to consider, but the venue is perhaps the most important of all. However, in Dorset you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to finding the perfect one…

1.Sculpture by the Lakes

Sculpture by the Lakes is an oasis of outstanding beauty and tranquillity; a unique venue to celebrate your special day. We offer bespoke packages to suit your individual requirements, to ensure your day is simply the best occasion for you and your guests. We are licensed for weddings on the Island or Pavilion.

The reception can be held at The Retreat which has its own exclusive area with a lake and river frontage. It is a stunning double storey timber building with a roof terrace offering spectacular views over the park. The Retreat accommodates 60-70 people for a sit-down lunch or 100 for a drink's reception.

We provide a varied range of menu options sourced from our own garden and local suppliers, cooked on site by our team of chefs and supported by an experienced and professional team who will always be on hand to offer excellent hospitality and service.

Contact: / 07720637808

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2.Pennsylvania Castle Estate

Set on the cliffs of Dorset's dramatic coastline, Pennsylvania Castle is an exclusive wedding and events venue. The neo-gothic design effortlessly combines intimacy, elegance and grandeur on a stunning estate that has inspired writers and hosted royalty for more than two centuries. The Penn offers a unique experience showcasing the beauty of the Jurassic Coastline.

Your wedding at The Penn can be as individual as you are, with a team that provides a genuinely personalised experience with a seamless level of attention to detail. From the very first meeting until you leave as newlyweds, your personal Events Manager will support you every step of the way.

The Penn has developed successful relationships with high-end local suppliers, including caterers, florists and event professionals. You can choose anything from an indoor feast to an outdoor barbecue and, our experienced partners will deliver an unforgettable experience. Your Events Manager will guide you through all your options.

Contact: / +44 (0)1305 820918

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3.The Orangery Suite

The Orangery Suite is a wonderfully unique venue for the perfect English country garden wedding. With its intimate elegance and relaxed surroundings, The Orangery Suite is a stunning and affordable venue for outdoor wedding ceremonies, and receptions.

It is an historic venue with a contemporary twist. Set within a three acre walled garden, The Orangery Suite offers exclusive use of the beautifully landscaped grounds and extensive facilities, including croquet, crazy golf, beach volleyball and much more to keep your guests entertained.

Full of character and charm, the light and airy room can accommodate 75 people to witness you say 'I do' in romantic surroundings; alternatively, couples can now get married al fresco within the stunning grounds. Our pagoda-style marquee, seating up to 85 guests, is included for receptions on the lawn.

The historic setting and spacious grounds make The Orangery Suite the perfect venue for a relaxed and stylish day to remember.

Contact: / 01202 881368

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4.Knighton House Weddings & Events

This stunning Georgian manor house surrounded by woodland and meadows offers complete privacy and exclusivity for your special day. With a unique selection of indoor and outdoor civil ceremony areas, the elegant Portman Suite within the house and the option of a grand marquee on the lawn or an overnight stay in a stylish bell tent village pitched on the glamping lawn, Knighton House is able to cater for every style, budget and size of celebration. This beautiful, relaxed setting with its flexible approach hosting events provides the ideal location for you to enjoy a truly unique and personalised wedding celebration. Venue hire includes a dedicated Venue Coordinator service and exclusive use of the house and grounds including the spacious reception hall with sweeping wooden staircase and The Portman Suite, two beautiful interconnecting rooms at the front of the house with original fireplaces, overlooking the lawns and gardens.

Contact: / 07759 350407

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5.Kingston Maurward

Set In the heart of the Dorset countryside the Kingston Maurward Estate with its 18th century mansion house, lake and gardens are the idyllic location for the perfect wedding. With a parkland approach and elegant sweeping drive, the Georgian house and ornate rooms set the scene for a civil ceremony, wedding breakfast and evening reception. Kingston Maurward is also licensed to perform outside ceremonies in either the beautiful Red Gardens or at the Grecian temple, followed by a reception in the main house or a marquee on the terrace.

With its stunning countryside setting, traditional menu and unrivalled facilities, Kingston Maurward will provide a wedding day to remember forever.

Contact: For more information please call 01305 215 050 or email

Kingston Maurward, photo credit: Sadie OsborneKingston Maurward, photo credit: Sadie Osborne

6.The Eastbury Hotel

Make memories at The Eastbury. Romance, style and elegance. Your wedding venue should be just like you - unique and original. The Eastbury is a luxury Georgian country style hotel and unique boutique spa with lovely gardens and award-winning Seasons Two Rosette Restaurant, set in the lively historic town of Sherborne in the glorious countryside of Dorset.

For timeless style and elegant The Eastbury offers you the perfect place to celebrate with your loved ones. If you are making plans for you big day a visit to The Eastbury is a must. Meet the team, view the venue and chat about your plans over a glass of fizz.

Memories are made at The Eastbury.

Contact: / 01935 813 181

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7.10 Castle Street

10 Castle Street is a Grade II listed property with glorious formal gardens and ancient woodland, which has been remodelled to a high standard of luxury by Alexander and Gretchen Boon. This breath taking country house is rich in history combining traditional architecture with a modern twist. Located in the village of Cranborne and within easy reach of the main motorway networks, 10 Castle Street boasts 22 acres of exceptional spaces, both stylish and versatile, for your reception and wedding breakfast .

Contact: / 01725 551133

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8.Summer Lodge Hotel

Celebrating your wedding at Summer Lodge is one of the most idyllic and romantic experiences imaginable. This elegant and supremely comfortable country house, surrounded by lush gardens in the heart of the Dorset countryside, makes the perfect setting for a day you'll remember for a lifetime.

Summer Lodge is sufficiently large to rise effortlessly to the grand occasion, yet it has never lost the feel of a welcoming private home - whether you're planning an impressive event for up to 70 guests, or a more intimate affair for between two and twenty-four, we have a variety of rooms to accommodate everyone in supreme comfort. You can also choose a marquee in the garden for up to 200 guests for a grand occasion.

Equally important, there's a close knit team of experienced staff with all the skills, talent and enthusiasm required to make every moment utterly magical. Their attention to detail and passion for excellence are sure to exceed your every expectation.

Contact: / 01935 482000

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9.Beales Gourmet at The Italian Villa

The Italian Villa, Compton Acres Looking for that special venue to create the perfect wedding memories? Well look no further... Set amongst 10 acres of beautiful manicured gardens at the renowned Compton Acres next to the award winning Sandbanks beach, The Italian Villa is the only one of its kind anywhere in the UK. This unique venue gives couples exclusive use of all 3 floors of unrivalled elegance to host their dream wedding. Licensed to perform civil ceremonies & civil partnerships, this venue has all you need to create a sophisticated contemporary style wedding reception. With a breathtaking balcony view over the truly stunning Italian Gardens, you can be sure that your wedding photos will be sensational, creating memories that will last a lifetime!

Beales Gourmet, The Italian Villa, Compton Acres, 164 Canford Cliffs Road, Poole BH13 7ES 01202 816074

Contact: / 01202 816074 /

The Italian Villa (photo: Gary Day)The Italian Villa (photo: Gary Day)

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10. Dorset Cruises

Imagine walking up the gangway of a 1938 vintage motor yacht, decorated in beautiful, fresh flowers and being greeted with a glass of chilled Dorset Sparkling Wine. Dorset Queen is ideal for wedding parties of up to 95 guests There are options of getting married on Brownsea Island, Shell Bay Restaurant or The Priory in Wareham. Dorset queen also makes for a perfect evening reception venue, with onboard entertainment and catering. Faux ceremonies can even be held on board, anchored in Studland Bay or by the World Heritage Site, Jurassic Coast & Old Harrys Rock.

Amenities aboard Dorset Queen include:- Multi deck sound system Upper deck, offering panoramic views and its own Prosecco Bar Forward deck with retractable canopy Fully heated lower saloon with booth seating Main saloon bar stocked with over 25 Artisan Gins, Rums & Vodkas, Local Beers & Ciders, Dorset Wines, Spirits, Dorset Tea and coffee machine Ladies & Gentleman's Washrooms Enclosed back deck with onboard BBQ area, dance floor and disco lights

Dorset Queen, Poole Quay, Poole, Dorset, BH15 1HJ

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Contact: / 01202 844199 / @dorsetcruises

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