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3 of our favourite Dorset venues

Thinking about getting married in Dorset? It’s a gorgous county offering couples distinctive and outstanding natural beauty, with an abundance of idyllic settings for so many stunning venues where you can choose to say “I do”…Dorset has everything you might want from a wedding destination: the luscious New Forest with wild ponies, Jurassic coastline and immense historical fascination, rolling hillsides dotted with quintissentially English villages, but also some cool urban vibes in Bournemouth! It’s easily accessible from London, and there are masses of places for your guests to stay. We’ve picked three of our faves to give you some Dorset wedding venue inspiration, and we hope you see something you love!

Stockbridge Farm Barn

Stockbridge Farm Barn
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Stockbridge Farm Barn is set in the glorious Dorset countryside famous for Thomas Hardy, on a small working farm, four miles south of Sherborne.  The Barn has a lovely ambience and still maintains the echoes of its past. If you need a bit more space for your guests, you can add a marquee to the Barn for extra capacity. The venue is a lovely carte blanche for your wedding, giving you the creative lead in how to style your special day.

The wedding team at Stockbridge Farm Barn are renowned for their patience and willingness to help and support couples throught the planning process. They don’t have in house caterers, but can advise you, and this is a bonus because you can choose a caterer you love and not just make do! This wedding venue never fails to impress with the barn’s beauty – particularly when lit up at night.

Stockbridge Farm Barn
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It’s a unique and friendly venue, and the ideal location for your big day. To find out more about this spectacular venue, and order your free brochure, visit the Stockbridge Farm Barn page.

Mapperton

Mapperton
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Mapperton is a captivating manor house built in the 1540s and set in the beautiful Dorset countryside near Beaminster. You’ll have exclusive use of the grounds on your special day, and can relax, floating from ceremony to celebration; From your civil ceremony in the Garden Pavilion to an intimate blessing at the candle-lit church, to your wedding breakfast on the immaculate Croquet Lawn and speeches in the Orangery, the allure of Mapperton will frame your big day beautifully.

There’s ample space to tailor the wedding of your dreams to Mapperton – pop up a marquee for your meals, have a hog roast or serve cocktails and canapés with an excellent view of the rolling hills above. The manor is surrounded by romantic picturesque gardens, which you’ll have seen featured in “Far from the Madding Crowd” (2015).

Mapperton
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Mapperton
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And you’ll find charming paths leading to secluded archways and ponds, angular trees lining your route – all idyllic spots for wedding photography.  This venue that is definitely worth a visit, so grab your free brochure here!

The Kings Arms Hotel

The Kings Arms Hotel
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The Kings Arms Hotel is a gorgeous boutique Dorset wedding venue, lying below the picturesque ruins of Christchurch Castle, in between the River Avon and the Christchurch Priory and is licenced for ceremonies of up to 100 guests. The venue’s intimate setting oozes fairy-tale romance and their exclusive Kings Pavilion and Priory venues are the perfect place for your big day. The historic bowling pavilion has been transformed recently into a beautiful “New England” style venue.

The Kings Arms Hotel
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The Upper Priory level offers awe-inspiring views over the bowling green, the Kings Pavilion and towards the Priory, the perfect setting for the wedding breakfast and to entertain your guests. Meanwhile, the Lower Priory décor is stylish, with a hardwood dance floor for you to celebrate until the clock strikes 12! Christchurch Quay offers breathtaking panoramic views of the beautiful natural harbour, just a short stroll away, and The Kings Arms Hotel is the ideal backdrop for your wedding album. Get your free brochure and book a visit here.

The Kings Arms Hotel
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If you’re looking for a venue in Dorset, but these don’t meet your needs – don’t worry! We’ve plenty more for you to choose from on WeddingVenues.com, just search the town and style of venue you’ve imagined into the search box!

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Siobhan Strode
Siobhan Strode

As a regular wedding attendee Siobhan is our lady on the inside! Married for 10 years to her childhood sweetheart, she's an editor and brings her knowledge and skills to all things wedding related.