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A hidden gem in Dorset

In the bustling town of Dorchester in deepest loveliest Dorset is an exciting new wedding venue we know you are going to adore. Discover Sunninghill Prep School.

The atmospheric school building with its wood panelling and twinkling chandeliers sits within its own private walled garden just minutes walk from the high street in Dorchester. One of the top independednt prep schools in the UK, few people realise you can now marry here.

Sunninghill Prep School wedding venue in Dorset

Once inside the grounds of the venue you feel like you are in a secret garden, this really is a hidden gem of a wedding venue in one of the South West’s loveliest historic towns.

Sunninghill Prep School wedding venue in Dorset

A  special place to host your wedding, you can’t help but be charmed by the architecture and period features. Dressed for a wedding day with bunting, blooms and bubbly flowing, Sunninghill Prep School becomes the perfect venue for a quintessentially British big day.

We love the choice of locations for wedding ceremonies in the school building and gardens. Those looking for a venue with options for an outdoor ceremony will not be disappointed here. Say your vows on ‘The Verandah’ or in the ‘Outdoor Classroom’. Inside choose from the ‘The Hall & Lobby’ which is a great relaxed location where your guests can congregate on the staircase as you exchange vows. Or how about marrying in the ‘Head’s Study’?! Now that is something you probably never thought you’d do when you were back at school! This is a perfect spot for an intimate ceremony with a few close friends and family. For more traditional and larger ceremonies there is the ‘Drawing Room’ as well as the ‘Garden Room’ and ‘School Hall’. We told you there was lots of choice here!

Wedding ceremonies for 12 up to 150 guests are accommodated for and with ample free parking on-site plus easy access by foot from the town centre, this venue gets extra house points!

Sunninghill Prep School wedding venue in Dorset

The team at this Dorset wedding venue have cleverly put together a range of packages for couples to choose from depending on the style of ceremony and/or reception they want and even more helpfully they have suggested timings for your day so you can see at a glance the type of wedding you could hold for your budget.

Sunninghill Prep School wedding venue in Dorset

Have a morning ceremony, drinks and canapé reception for 40 guests.  A wonderful option for anyone wanting a low key intimate wedding before heading off on honeymoon that afternoon perhaps?

Or perhaps a more classic afternoon ceremony followed by a drinks reception then wedding breakfast and evening reception is what you are looking for? Have exclusive use of Sunninghill Prep School and its grounds between 9am and 11pm so you can relax into your wedding day. The venue are happy to recommend marquee hire companies, florists, hog roast companies and other suppliers so you can create a very bespoke big day.

Sunninghill Prep School in Dorset

Find out more about wedding days at Sunningill Prep School here. You can contact the venue and request a wedding brochure by clicking here.




Anna Vandersteen
Anna Vandersteen

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