If you are wanting a country wedding in Dorset, you can't go wrong with a boutique country house hotel or an elegant mansion house wedding venue.
Country houses and stately homes have stunning spaces for both wedding ceremonies and receptions. If it has always been a dream of yours to get married in a picture gallery or orangery before retiring to the grounds for cocktails and an evening reception in the ballroom, then a country house in Dorset could be the perfect wedding venue for you.
As mansions and country manors are houses first and foremost, they can feel like an elegant home-from-home. Some venues will have accommodation on site, usually with beautiful decor such as roll-top baths and four-poster beds, while others may have cottages or converted barns in the ground. This means that you’ll have the bonus of a stunning bridal suite and accommodation for immediately family or the bridal party on site.
The surroundings of many mansions and country houses in Dorset create fabulous photo opportunities. Many mansions have rolling grounds and manicured gardens, each with distinctive features that can include lakes, beautiful floral gardens and traditional fountains and mazes. There are plenty of opportunities for beautiful wedding photos both inside and out - your wedding photographer will be spoiled for choice! Make sure to take in the gardens on your venue viewing, even if you’re marrying in the winter.
Having your wedding in the countryside not only means that you’ll have stunning wedding photos, but also privacy for your wedding day. The countryside views and tranquil setting make your wedding in Dorset a romantic getaway from the hustle and bustle of city life.
Country house hotels and mansion house wedding venues are perfect for you if:
- You've always wanted a fairytale wedding day
- You want an outdoor element to your reception
- Light and airy spaces appeal to you
- You want a variety of locations for your photos
- You need a small amount of luxury accommodation
Country House and Mansion Wedding Venues in Dorset - FAQ
How much do mansion venues charge for wedding hire?
As with all wedding venues, costs for stately home and country house weddings vary, but you may be surprised at how affordable some of the options can be! You don’t always need to have an A-list budget to get your own mansion in Dorset for your wedding. If you’re looking to cut costs, then consider a midweek wedding or marrying in the low season, such as early spring or late autumn. A wedding in winter is the perfect fit for a mansion, as they often have large fireplaces and cozy wood-panelled rooms.
Will I be able to hire a country house in Dorset for the whole wedding weekend?
You will find that there are plenty of country house wedding venues and mansions that will provide you with exclusive use of the venue on your wedding day. This means that the venue is yours alone for the duration of your wedding. Sometimes this will be for your wedding day alone, and in other cases, you can hire your wedding venue for an entire weekend for you and your guests. This may incur an extra charge, but if you want a luxurious weekend of exclusivity for guests with catering staff on hand, then this could be the ideal weekend for your wedding celebrations. You will be able to find exclusive use country houses in Dorset using our venue filters.
What style of wedding dress is fitting for a mansion house wedding?
Mansion houses in Dorset come with plenty of original features, such as grand stairways, impressive statues and glittering chandeliers. Play up the drama of your surroundings with an equally glamorous wedding dress! Long trains, cathedral-length veils and ballgown skirts look right at home in the ballrooms and art galleries of a manor. Satin or lace fabrics with vintage details are well suited, as they're reminiscent of English socialites. Whatever dress you decide to wear on your wedding day, you will be able to find your dream mansion in Dorset on Guides for Brides.