Wedding Venues in DORSET

Dorset is a county in southwest England. It’s known for the Jurassic Coast, a long stretch on the English Channel where the cliffs contain many... fossils, and rock formations show millions of years of geological history. There’s a large variety of choice when it comes to finding your perfect wedding venue in Dorset. From rural barns, waiting to be decorated for your special day, to historic castles, there’s something here for everyone!

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The Kings Arms Hotel

A restored, character-filled Georgian boutique hotel in a postcard-perfect setting,... including lawn bowling green, the River Avon, Norman-era castle ruins, and an 18th Century priory. It’s an idyllic Dorset wedding venue for ceremonies and breakfasts up to 96 guests, and receptions up to 120 guests. read more

The Tank Museum

For couples seeking something inimitable, The Tank Museum is among the latest and more... unique wedding venues in the South.

A stone’s throw from Dorset’s stunning Jurassic Coast, The Tank Museum holds the world’s finest and most historically significant collection of tanks. As a registered charity, all revenue is reinvested back into the Museum, to develop our exhibitions and maintain this unique collection for future generations to enjoy.

Our unique surroundings have already attracted couples with a special connection to The Tank Museum, who want to celebrate their marriage with us. Some have links to the military, a keen interest in our subject and others have ties to the local area.

Whether you want a 1940s rustic wedding with an intimate guestlist, or a classic contemporary white wedding design with up to 1000 guests, The Tank Museum’s experienced Events team can help to create a unique day for you. You can even tie the knot in front of your favourite tank!

At The Tank Museum, we believe that every wedding is unique and we therefore have no set packages. Instead, we offer suggestions of how you can use each space and also provide a list of trusted suppliers to assist in designing the day that you desire.
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Hope Farm

Hope Farm wedding venue is a unique rural wedding venue set in a secluded green valley on... a family-run farm in deepest West Dorset. Hope Barn and the surrounding space offer the perfect blank canvas to create your perfect individual day. read more

Kingston Maurward

Set in the Heart of the Dorset countryside Kingston Maurward's 18th Century and Gardens... are an idyllic location for the perfect wedding.

Our tranquil, peaceful and intimate setting, beautiful situated with a scenic lake, extensive lawns and formal gardens provides the perfect Dorset wedding venue. With its parkland approach and sweeping drive, the Georgian mansion house and ornate rooms set the scene for a civil ceremony, wedding breakfast and evening reception.

The picturesque setting is the ultimate backdrop for those treasured photographs capturing the essence of an English Country House Wedding, whilst friendly, professional staff will ensure that the entire day is tailored to individual requirements. with its stunning countryside setting, traditional menu and unrivalled facilities, Kingston Maurward will provide a wedding day to remember forever.
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Knighton House

Wedding Venue Hire
At Knighton House Weddings we offer you the flexibility to create your... dream occasion within our beautiful Dorset wedding venue. No two events are ever the same and we celebrate the uniqueness of each event held at Knighton House. From a marquee wedding extravaganza on the lawns to an intimate civil ceremony and drinks reception within the house, we offer you exclusivity for your private event and flexible use of our beautiful indoor and outdoor spaces.
We offer three different venue hire options, House Only, House & Gardens and Ceremony Only

House Only
This venue hire option is suitable for drinks receptions up to 120 guests and formal seated dining parties of up to 90 guests. Capri tents, gazebos and Chinese hats can be pitched in the garden the day before should you require them. House Only hire includes:
Exclusive use of spacious entrance hall and The Portman Suite, two interconnecting reception rooms accommodating up to a maximum of 90 seated guests, use of cloakroom and three indoor toilets
Exclusive access to the grounds, gardens, lawns, orchard and play area for drinks and photographs
Onsite parking
Chiavari limewash chairs and a choice of tables for up to a maximum of 90 guests
Prior access to the house for venue dressing
In-house Venue Co-ordination service

House & Garden
This venue hire option is suitable for parties of more than 90 guests or for clients who wish to utilise more of the site by using the gardens to pitch a marquee or tipi. We allow 5 days for the tent to be pitched and dismantled. House & Garden hire includes:
Exclusive use of grounds comprising the terrace, a choice of two lawns on which to pitch a marquee or tipis, courtyard, children’s play area, orchard and parking field
Outdoor power source to both lawns
Exclusive use of spacious entrance hall and staircase, The Portman Suite two interconnecting reception rooms opening onto the terrace, cloakroom and three indoor toilets
Prior access to the house and grounds for venue dressing
In-house Venue Co-ordination service

Ceremony Only
If you already have your wedding reception venue booked and would like a beautiful setting for your ceremony, you have the option of hiring the house and gardens for your ceremony only. Please see Civil Ceremonies for further information on this option.
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Lulworth Castle

Mapperton House Gardens

Nestled in the rolling hills near Beaminster stands Mapperton House & Gardens, Dorset’s... finest country wedding venue. Undiscovered, exclusive and wildly romantic, Mapperton was voted the UK’s finest manor house by Country Life magazine.
Mapperton is an unsurpassable location for your country wedding, with a variety of venues and spaces to suit your day:
The luxury three bedroom Garden Cottage, with two nights included as standard
The breathtaking Gardens, set on three levels, from the croquet lawn to the fountain courtyard and the arboretum beyond
The Garden Pavilion for your ceremony, with the impressive backdrop of Mapperton House
The secret Grotto, an alternative space for your ceremony
Outside the Orangery for your ceremony or your drinks reception, overlooking the pools, statuary and magnificent topiary
The medieval All Saints Church for blessings with up to 90 guests
The converted 17th century Coach House for your wedding breakfast and evening party, with its exposed beams, original stonework and full height ceilings
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Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre

Catering for both large and small groups, Civil Ceremonies, Civil Partnerships and Renewal... of Vows. We take care of everything for you – our dedicated wedding team will guide you through all the preparations, and be on hand throughout the day to ensure that you can relax and enjoy this special occasion.

The ceremony will take place alongside Cindy’s chimpanzee enclosure, and you can be sure that the chimpanzees in this group will all be very interested in everything that’s going on! After the service, buffet and toasts, you will be free to enjoy our beautiful 65-acre park – a photographer’s dream – before making your way to your evening reception.

At the end of your unique and memorable day, you can feel safe in the knowledge that you have contributed to a good cause as the funds generated will enable us to continue with our rescue and rehabilitation work.

Our Wedding Package is exclusive and individually tailored to suit each couple. We can also offer a ‘service only’ option. Available dates are limited so book early to avoid disappointment.
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Pennsylvania Castle

From a twilight ceremony by candlelight to wedding photos on a secluded beach, The Penn is... a truly unique location for your dream wedding. Our Estate team will work with you to create your perfect day, providing a genuinely personalised experience with a seamless level of attention to detail. Your wedding at the Castle can be as individual as you are, relaxed or extravagant, traditional or extraordinary. During July and August, the Orangery is in place to host weddings for up to 100 guests. read more

Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens Abbotsbury

We have an amazing setting for you to celebrate with family and friends. The... “gardens” offer amazing backgrounds for gorgeous photographs and videos.
Hold your ceremony in an exclusive area accessed via a private gateway. As your guests look on, take your vows in our charming gazebo, licensed for civil ceremonies.
Our new purpose-built weddings and events Pavilion nestles amid exotic planting . Seating up to 120 people, this light and airy space with clear panelled walls and wide entrances allows guests to feel they are truly a part of the gardens.
You can be assured that our team of attentive staff will deliver on our promise, to make your day perfect.
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Smedmore House


medmore... House is a very special, exclusive Dorset manor house for Weddings and Civil Ceremonies.

Hidden away in the Dorset countryside, among rollinghills with sweeping views to the sea, the timeless beauty and friendly atmosphere of Smedmore House helps create an unbelievably romantic, magical and memorable occasion.

Smedmore is licensed for Civil Ceremonies. These can take place either in one of 5 elegant rooms inside the house – the Front Hall, Dining Room, Drawing Room, Cedar Room and Inner Hall -or outside in the grounds. The Summer House in the Walled Garden has a licence but many couples prefer to make their vows in the avenue with its views to the sea – and then to do the formalities inside the house.

The lawn at the front of the house makes an excellent marquee site with the backdrop of the Georgian house and with sea views to the side. The walled garden to the side of the house offers a delightfully sheltered spot for your drinks reception among the many exotic plants.

There are many different options available when planning your special day at Smedmore House.

Civil Ceremony in Smedmore House(up to 60 guests)
Civil Ceremony in Summer House: (unlimited)
Ceremony elsewhere in the grounds
Drinks Reception in Walled Garden
Drinks Reception in front of the house.
Marquee Reception on front lawn
Accommodation for up to 16 people in the house
And where to take your photographs? On the beach, in the house, on the stairs, in the garden. The possibilities are endless.
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The Boat That Rocks

The Boat that Rocks Wedding Venue is a fun & unique wedding venue. Stunning panaromic... views of the Jurassic Coastline & sun-soaked terrace create a the perfect backdrop! read more

The Grange At Oborne

The Grange at Oborne will provide you with the perfect venue for your whole day: an... intimate hotel in a quiet rural setting. Your guests arrive at The Grange eagerly anticipating the day ahead. The Bride walks up the aisle, the ceremony begins, you take your vows in front of your closest friends and family. As a newly married couple, you wander into the beautiful gardens for photographs, while your guests enjoy a glass of chilled champagne and a selection of delicious canapés. After the drinks reception, you move inside to the elegant Regent Room for a sumptuous three-course wedding breakfast. With the cake cut and the toasts finished, why not take coffee in the floodlit gardens whilst the room is transformed for your evening function. The band playing under the starlight ceiling, the flicker of candles, your first dance... a truly memorable experience. read more

The Royal Chase Hotel

The Royal Chase Hotel has been hosting weddings and events for over 25 years. Situated in... the heart of Thomas Hardy country, the beautiful hotel is a former 17th century monastery and boasts a most intriguing history, a perfect location for your special occasion.

Their friendly, long tenured team has an abundance of experience in planning and preparing all aspects of your special day; ranging from the choice of suite and package selection through to table layout and décor. Their team is on hand to ensure every member of the party has an excellent experience. They are available to do as much or as little as required from the first stages of booking up to the big event ensuring the day is memorable
for everyone involved.

They have two main suites, the Dorset Suite, renowned for its beloved civil ceremonies and the Wessex Suite, their largest, accommodating up to 120 people.
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Hethfelton House

The Exclusive Hethfelton House wedding venue offers a truly magnificent setting for your... very special day, nestled in 150 acres of stunning gardens, woodland and parkland it offers the perfect escape from the pressure of modern life.

Exclusive use of Hethfelton House ensures that you can relax before your big day and your guests will feel at home from the moment they arrive until the last guest leaves. The formal gardens and grounds provide the perfect backdrop for photographs and with accommodation available, you will truly be able to relax and unwind before your special day in the company of your family and friends.

Each wedding at Hethfelton House is tailor made to suit your individual requirements and budget. Personal service is guaranteed and our experienced and friendly staff will be on hand every step of the way to ensure your special day is perfect from beginning to end.

We are happy to recommend those all-important caterers, florists, wedding cars etc from our preferred supplier list if required, but we believe that your wedding should be as individual as you are, and at Hethfelton, you have the freedom to choose your own suppliers. Exclusive use of the venue also ensures that you can be as involved as you want to be with the set-up of your special day, providing you with the freedom to add those important finishing touches to your table decorations before relaxing in the gardens with a glass of champagne surrounded by family and friends.
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The Silent Woman Inn

Every Wedding is different and special with every couple's ideas of their perfect day... being equally diverse. We design your Wedding around you, the important people of the day. We will happily help you as much as you need us but we will ensure the day remains YOURS. read more

The Springhead Trust

Set in stunning lakeside gardens, in one of North Dorset’s most picturesque locations,... Springhead is truly a magical place for a civil marriage ceremony. With accommodation for up to around 50 guests, the centre makes an excellent venue for a weekend country wedding. read more

The Tithe Barn

Our beautifully restored 14th century Tithe Barn, with its spacious heated flooring,... staffed bar, gallery area and exposed beams has natural light pouring into the barn through large windows. Overlooking Symondsbury Estate and beyond, the Tithe Barn is a truly wonderful place to celebrate your wedding. read more

The Walled Gardens

The Walled Gardens wedding venue would like to take this opportunity to congratulate you... on your engagement and the exciting news of a forthcoming wedding. Your wedding day is one of the most important day’s in your life and we would be honored for you to choose us to be part of this very special day. To support you in planning your day, we have a dedicated Wedding Coordinator who is happy to tailor our packages to meet any needs you desire.

The Walled Garden, Morton is set in a beautiful three acre landscaped garden with a variety of plant environments, stream-fed ponds, large lawn spaces, formal gardens, wetland features and natural enchanting woodlands. The perfect backdrop for photographs around our spectacular lake whilst enjoying canapés and drinks on our lawns. We are located discretely in the centre of the village, the gardens have easy access, ample parking and essential facilities for all your guests that include a play park and family area together with a camping area should your guests wish to sleep under the stars.
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True Lovers Knot

True Lovers Knot Wedding Venue is a quaint & beautiful traditional Inn wedding venue.... Situated in the stunning Dorset countryside, the True Lovers Knot is a gorgeous venue to hold your special occasion. We can cater for small and large parties in either our pub itself, or, a marquee in our garden.

We offer a bespoke wedding service that can provide you with everything you need to ensure your special day is perfect for you. We can arrange weddings for numbers between 50 to 150 people.
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Upwey House

Upwey House in Dorset is a large, luxurious Manor House available to rent for special... celebrations, weddings, corporate events or simply a relaxing break with family and friends.

Perched on top of a hill and hidden behind stone walls, the first view of Upwey House is both surprising and breath-taking.
With over 6,000 square feet of accommodation and 23 acres of beautiful grounds, Upwey House truly is a hidden gem, offering self-catered accommodation for up to 24 people across 9 bedrooms. Onsite catering can be arranged if you want to take the weight off.
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Axnoller Events

Axnoller is an exclusive hire venue set in the beautiful rolling hills of the Dorset... countryside. Our weddings are a weekend long experience where you can host 34 of your nearest and dearest in complete luxury.
All our weddings are fabulous and unique, with several beautiful locations to hold your ceremony and endless opportunities for those all important wedding day photos.
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Weymouth And Portland National Sailing Academy

If you like sailing, the water and something a little bit different, then the Weymouth &... Portland National Sailing Academy Wedding Venue is it!

From the moment you arrive our aim is to provide you with a day to remember. Whether you are planning to hold a wedding reception, wedding ceremony or both, we are the ideal wedding venue.

Our experienced and courteous staff are here to deliver a first class service to make it a celebration you will never forget. With a variety of catering options, from a finger buffet to a large celebration banquet, all of our produce is locally sourced, prepared and cooked by our top class catering team.
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Wimborne Minster Town Council

Built in the 19th Century, the Council Chamber situated within the Grade II listed Town... Hall is licensed for Civil Wedding Ceremonies. The Council Chamber has been licensed since 1996 and has grown in popularity over the years to become one of the most popular venues in East Dorset. read more

Sunset Bar & Restaurant

A stunning private section of beach along the Dorset coast with civil marriage and civil... partnership licence. read more

Shaftesbury Trinity Centre

Planning a Wedding?
Want somewhere really special?

Then check out the newly... re-furbished facilities at the Trinity Centre, right in the middle of Shaftesbury. With beautiful grounds for that very important photo opportunity and flexible accommodation using the whole of the first floor which would be for your sole use. We can accommodate up to 80 guests and the spaces can be adjusted to make your day really special. read more

Highcliffe Castle

When it comes to planning your perfect romantic reception Highcliffe Castle can offer you... two unique choices. Both reflect the timeless style you would expect from a Grade 1 listed Castle but each are a little different.
Our Great Hall can seat up to 110 diners with the magnificent stained glass “Jesse” window creating a spectacular backdrop behind the head table.
The State Dining Room is more intimate and seats up to 80 guests. The multitude of candles and the exposed brickwork creates a very romantic atmosphere.
You are of course welcome to invite additional evening guests. The Castle can hold up to 200 guests in total.
The Castle Bar will open at 5pm to serve your guests throughout the evening. This will create a lively hub for your party as it links whichever dining area you have chosen to use with the Drawing Room. Dance the night away with a band or DJ of your choice. Anyone not choosing to dance can remain in the dining area which functions as a more relaxing lounge after the feasting is over.
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Plush Manor

Plush Manor is an unforgettable place to celebrate your wedding day with friends and... family. Both the drawing room and outdoor folly are licensed for civil ceremonies.

Weddings can be tailor-made from groups of 20 to 120, with multiple ceremony, marquee and reception options for a truly atmospheric day.

Key features:

Exclusive use of the house, sleeping up to 14
Exclusive use of the church for your reception
Three different registered locations for civil ceremonies: The Folly, The Drawing Room and the Rosemary Garden
Multiple reception options, for groups from 20 to 120 guests
The option to use St Johns church for dinner, bands and/or dancing until 1am
9 acres of gardens & grounds
Parking space for up to 45 cars in the arena and paddock
Recommended local marquee companies, caterers, florists and wedding planners
A bottle of champagne from us!
Ceremony Options

The Drawing Room is an elegant space for a ceremony with up to 20 guests. French doors open onto the kitchen courtyard, and the windows look out over the garden.

The Folly is a beautiful 17th century dove house, with a small pond in front and romantic borders on either side – the long sweeping lawn towards the folly creates the perfect entrance for the bride.

The Rosemary Garden at the front of the Manor is a beautiful garden walled with hedges, rosemary and lavender bushes. Now a private garden, the space includes the original front of the house – including the stone portico and door – beneath which couples can exchange their vows. The Rosemary Garden seats up to approx 80 people.

You may of course choose any part of the gardens and grounds for a wedding blessing, if you’re not having a civil ceremony.

Reception options

The landscaped gardens offer many options for your reception and party. From large marquees and bell tents on the main lawn, to intimate chill out areas – let your imagination run wild.

The main options for marquees and tents:

The main lawn (space for up to 120)
The kitchen courtyard (smaller tent for up to 40)
The rosemary garden (tent for up to 80)
The Church serves as a unique and spectacular setting for celebrations. Just a short walk across the gardens from the house, it is framed by yew trees and the sweeping hills of an untouched Dorset valley.

Converted into a flexible space that can host dinners, DJs, bands and dancing, it even has a pulpit you can use for wedding speeches! Outdoor fire pits, tents and bars can also be set up in front of the church for added festivities.
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Christchurch Harbour Hotel And Spa

The perfect Dorset and Hampshire wedding venue: set on the banks of postcard-perfect... Christchurch Harbour, this recently-renovated Grade II-listed Georgian building features vibrant interiors inside, manicured gardens and sweeping harbour views outside. It’s ideal for wedding ceremonies up to 100 guests, and breakfasts and receptions up to 120 guests. read more

Chaffeymoor Grange

A beautiful house in a stunning location, Chaffeymoor Grange offers a magical and... unforgettable venue for your wedding day. We are licensed for civil marriages and partnership ceremonies for up to 80 guests and with exclusive hire, you can extend the celebrations over a 3-night weekend.

We can recommend fantastic local caterers, photographers and florists and will offer help and advice every step of the way. But there is no rigid formula – it’s your day and you are free to do it your way. And what’s more, we don’t charge corkage!
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Bennetts Water Gardens

This romantic and unique venue, just two miles from Weymouth harbour, is available for... exclusive hire. Civil Marriage Ceremonies can take place outside in the Imperial Gazebo that stands within the heart of these beautiful gardens, with views over the water lily lakes and Monet style Japanese bridge. The bride can make the most stunning entrance, magically appearing from the bridge, her dress reflecting in the water, then walking through a six meter willow arch and into the gazebo for the ceremony. After the ceremony, reception drinks can be served on the terrace. read more

Gillingham Town Hall

The Civic Hall accommodates 60 people. There is wheelchair access, a small car park and a... walled garden suitable for photographs. read more

California Barn

A beautiful rustic barn and marquee wedding venue, the California Barn wedding venue based... on the California meadows is a most picturesque setting.

California Meadows lies in beautiful Dorset countryside on the internationally recognised Jurassic Heritage coast near Swanage. Situated only a few minutes from dramatic cliffs and the south west coast path, there are stunning sea views across to the Needles on the Isle of Wight. The safe sandy beach at Swanage is only a mile away and rocky coves a short drive away.

California Barn, cottage garden and campsite, provide the ideal venue for a homely rustic wedding. The cottage garden with its sweeping views of the sea and Isle of Wight beyond, is a mass of colour in summer and colourful shrubs, decorative plants and pond add interest in the shoulder seasons. Civic ceremonies for up to 80 guests will be held in a choice of 3 locations on the farm . Marquees can be placed in a number of sites either in the barn garden or in meadows with views of the sea.

Combining accommodation, ceremony and party venue, California Barn is a highly adaptable and attractive choice for weddings.
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The Handmade Pie And Ale House

The Riviera Hotel

The Old Manor

The Manor Hotel West Bexington

The Manor Hotel

The Lord Bute

The Langton Arms

Cranborne Garden Centre

The Grosvenor Arms

The Guildhall

The Royal Oak

The Greenhill Room

Crepe Farmhouse

The English Garden

The Crown Hotel

The Coppleridge Inn

The Bull Hotel

The Brace Of Pheasants

Dorchester Municipal Buildings

Civic Offices

Grand Hotel Swanage

The Sandpiper

Warmwell House

Alexandra Hotel

Ashton Farm

Wolfeton Riding House

Athelhampton House

Weymouth Pavilion

West Court

Bridgehouse Hotel

Wellworthy Sports And Social Club

Wareham Town Council

The Seaside Boarding House

Bulbury Woods Golf Club

Tolpuddle Martyrs Museum

The Wessex Royale Hotel

Captains Club Hotel

The Victorian Barn

Charlton Down Village Hall

The Springhead Pub

Swallows Rest

Swanage Town Hall

Sunninghill Prepatory School

Harbour Lights

Kingston Country Courtyard

Marine Parade Shelters

Edmondsham House

Lytchett Minster School

Fernhill Hotel

Lower Stockbridge Farm

Longthorns Farm

Forde Abbey And Gardens

George Albert Hotel

Kings Arms Hotel ( Dorchester )

Milton Abbey School

King George V Pavilion

Hotel Rembrandt

Hooke Court

Holton Lee

Holme Nurseries

Hix Oyster And Fish House

Higher Melcombe Manor

Gorcombe Park

Gorwell Farm

Melplash Farmhouse

Minterne House

Summer Lodge Hotel

Rudds Of Lulworth

Sturminster Newton Town Council

St Leonards Hotel

St Giles House

Springfield Country Hotel

Dorchester Trinity Club

Shillingstone House

Sherborne Town Council Chamber

Sherborne Castle

Shaftesbury Town Council

Purbeck Valley Farmhouse

Eastbury Hotel

Purbeck House Hotel

Dudsbury Golf Club

Pig On The Beach

Durlston Castle

Oxbridge Farm

Nothe Fort


Mortons House Hotel

Moonfleet Manor Hotel

Abbey House

Dorset is a county in southwest England. It’s known for the Jurassic Coast, a long stretch on the English Channel where the cliffs contain many...fossils, and rock formations show millions of years of geological history. There’s a large variety of choice when it comes to finding your perfect wedding venue in Dorset. From rural barns, waiting to be decorated for your special day, to historic castles, there’s something here for everyone! WeddingBooker has all of the wedding venues in Dorset listed, its easy to search for and find the ideal wedding venue for you, and with one click of a button you can get prices sent to you via email. No matter what you are looking for, WeddingBooker has all the wedding venues Dorset can offer, plus more… if you want to extend your search for wedding venues in South West England, that’s easy too. Start your wedding venue search today. read more