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Venues

IWhether 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.

 

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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.

PENNSYLVANIA CASTLE

Isle of Portland
01305 820659

HOTEL MIRAMAR

East Overcliff Drive, Bournemouth BH1 3AL
01202 556581

BOURNEMOUTH HIGHCLIFF MARRIOTT HOTEL

St Michael's Road, Bournemouth BH2 5DU
01202 557724

MERLEY HOUSE

Wimborne
01202 912374

SCAPLEN'S COURT

4 High Street, Poole
01202 262610

THE RIVIERA HOTEL

Alum Chine, Bournemouth BH4 8JF
01202 763653

LULWORTH CASTLE & COURTYARD

East Lulworth, Wareham
0845 4501054

TRENDERWAY FARM

.Pelynt, Polperro, Cornwall PL13 2LY
01503 272214

THE KINGS ARMS

18 Castle Street, Christchurch BH23 1DT
01202 588933

KINGSTON MAURWARD

near Dorchester DT2 8PY
01305 215050

HOOKE COURT

near Beaminster, West Dorset DT8 3NX
01308 862260

THE SILENT WOMAN INN

Coldharbour, Wareham
01929 552909

HONEYBROOK FARM

Wimborne
01202 881120

HALLMARK HOTEL

7 Dudley Chine Road, Bournemouth
01202 751000

OCEANA HOTELS

East Over Cliff Drive, Bournemouth
01202 298350

MACDONALD ELMERS COURT HOTEL

South Baddelsey Road, Hampshire SO41 5ZB
0844 879 9060

BOURNEMOUTH HIGHCLIFF MARRIOTT HOTEL

St Michael's Road, Bournemouth BH2 5DU
01202 557724

HIGHCLIFFE CASTLE

Rothesay Drive, Highcliffe, Dorset, BH23 4LE
01425 278807

CHRISTCHURCH HARBOUR HOTEL & SPA

95 Mudeford, Christchurch BH23 3NT
01202 400964

LORD BUTE

179-185 Lymington Road, Highcliffe BH23 4JS
01425 278884

THE CUSTOM HOUSE

Poole Quayside
01202 676767