Ceremony Rooms and Locations Sunninghill Weddings venue in Dorchester offer you a choice of wedding locations within the main house and grounds. Outdoor ceremonies can be held on 'The Verandah,' in the 'Outdoor Classroom' or under the walnut tree in the middle of the man lawn. The 'Hall and Lobby' offer an unusual location where guests congregate on the spiral staircase to watch the ceremony. Alternatively, the 'Head's Study' offers space for a small and intimate wedding. For a more traditional ceremony we can offer a choice of the 'Drawing Room', the conservatory 'Garden Room' or the 'School Hall'.
Flexibility Couples can choose to hold their ceremony, wedding breakfast and evening reception at Sunninghill or any combination of the three. Whatever the decision, we are committed to providing cherished memories and will work hard to deliver a special day to remember. If you want something different; please ask!
Sunninghill Weddings Venue Hire Fee (Includes Dressing of the Ceremony Room)
When you book Sunninghill for your wedding you have exclusive use of the house and its grounds. The full day hire includes the following venue dressing:
simple and elegant ivory window drapes in the conservatory
fresh flower chair back corsages (6) for the aisle seats which also act as your table centre pieces together with a register table floral arrangement which are commissioned from our venue florist to colour-match your wedding scheme
Living greenery venue styling which includes a Star Jasmine Wedding Arch flaked by three olive and bay trees either side along with potted ferns to line your wedding aisle
Full Day Hire Fee 2020 £4000 2021 £4500 2022 £4950
NEW FOR 2019: Sunninghill Weddings venue 'Ceremony-Only' venue hire from £1200 (limited availability)
New for 2019, wedding couples looking for a special venue for their wedding ceremony to exchange their marriage vows will have the option to book our Wedding Ceremony-Only service. This offers exclusive use of the house and grounds for the wedding ceremony and photographs. A post ceremony drinks reception can also be served if required. Availability is limited to specific dates and time, Prices start from £1200 which is based on 40 guests; additional guests are possible up to a maximum of 100 people in the main house and the hire is for three hours. The venue will be decorated with simple ivory drapes in the conservatory, three floral hoops wall decoration and a floral arrangement for the register table. Please enquire if you have a date in mind: Ceremony Only Venue Enquiry
Catering Options at Sunninghill Weddings Venue
We work with a small but exclusive group of outside caterers to offer you a choice of catering options from a traditional sit down meal to an informal sharing platter dining experience and also outdoor BBQ, Picnic or Hog Roast. We also offer an 'All Inclusive' package featuring post ceremony welcome drink, two/three courses served at the table, two glasses of of wine per person, a tea and coffee service, a glass of sparkling wine for your wedding toast and a lite bite supper; prices for 2019 start from £75 per guest (£25 for children) inclusive of table linen, table and glassware and staffing.
Self-Catering You are welcome to cater you own wedding, please enquire about the facilities available. A charge of £250 is levied for this option.
Corkage You are welcome to supply your own drinks for your post ceremony drinks reception and your wedding breakfast: a corkage charge of £7 per guest is applied and the quantity of alcohol provided is to be agreed with the venue in advance. Couples choosing this option will be responsible for all aspects of the drinks service including provision of glassware, chilling facilities, garnishes, serving the drinks and overseeing sensible consumption of the drinks provided.
Sunninghill Weddings venue in Dorchester will provide you with personalised catering options following a discussion to learn more about your exact requirements.
Hire The Bridal Changing Suite at Sunninghill Weddings Venue
The Sunninghill Weddings Bridal Changing Suite is an ideal place for groups of up to 8 people to share their experience of bridal hair and make up preparation. This is perfect for brides marrying at Sunninghill and if available, the room can be booked by brides to be marrying at another venue who would value the space offered, especially if they don't have sufficient space at home for this key ritual in the wedding day.
Hire is available from 9am until 12 noon and includes complimentary soft drinks, fruit and pastries: hire fee £350.