Romantic Wedding Planning: Exchange your marriage vows on your parents wedding anniversary
Exchanging wedding vows in front of their family and friends was a key part of Laura and Rob's 2020 Valentine's weekend wedding day at Sunninghill.
This super romantic couple chose to wed on the same date as Laura's parents, 15th February 2020 and within one week of Rob's parents anniversary; both sets of parents celebrating over 40 years of marriage each.
Love and support was the golden thread that ran through Laura and Rob's wedding day. Many of Rob's family braved Storm Dennis to travel from Yorkshire to Dorset, some making a six hour journey on the actual day; a true commitment to the couple.
Bride Laura, her Mum and sister in law and Maid of Honour were joined by five bridesmaids in the Sunninghill Weddings Bridal Changing Suite. Laura chose locally based Hair and Make Up Artist Hannah Lloyd for her bridal prep.
Bridal House employee Laura chose a couture wedding dress designed by Mori Lee
Laura looked stunning in her couture wedding dress designed by Mori Lee from the AF Couture collection.
Style code Raphaella 1736, the dress had all over diamante and crystal beading on net over chantilly lace in Ivory/nude.
The dress was supplied by Butterfly Brides in Poundbury, Dorset.
Young Daughter Walks Mum Down the Aisle at Sunninghill Weddings
Live Music Played During the Wedding Ceremony from Over The Threshold
The Wedding Breakfast and Evening Entertainment
Hot mulled cider was a welcome and warming post ceremony drink before guests sat down to a tasty meal of Beef Bourguignon with Herby Dumplings followed by Sticky Toffee Pudding and Cream, a perfect combination for a winter wedding.
Wedding party band Over The Threshold rocked the wedding party in the evening.
Status Changed to Married
Laura and Rob's chosen photographer was James Bramble Photographer. The professional images the couple chose to accompany their updated status to 'Married' are included below. Apologies James for the pictures above which were all taken informally by the Sunninghill Event Team.
Indoor confetti shower and ribbon arch exit at Sunninghill Weddings
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Tickets to the Sunninghill Weddings Fair 17th May 2020 are FREE
Have you put the Sunninghill annual Wedding Fair date in your diary yet?
Sunday 17th May 2020, 11am to 3pm we will be exhibiting the venue alongside some of Dorset's finest wedding suppliers. This is a very special event in our marketing calendar; it is treated as a 'not for-profit making venture' which means that all of the exhibitor stand fees are allocated towards marketing and one absolutely amazing prize which will be won by one lucky wedding couple visiting the show.
The visitor prize will be announced shortly - watch this space!
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We enter 2020 with a new magazine-style wedding brochure.
It is 44 pages packed full of possibilities at the venue and contains lots of helpful tips for wedding couples. Our aim is to inspire you and to help showcase how you really can turn Pinterest into a viable possibility at Sunninghill.
Keep in touch with us by following our social media posts:
Facebook Page @sunninghillweddings
Instagram feed #sunninghillweddings
Your feedback on the new style magazine is welcome
Tell Us What You Think About Our New Magazine Style Brochure
The Sunninghill Event Team wish all our our clients; past, present and future a very happy 2020: may it be filled with much love, fun and wedding excitement!
2020 is set be be a very exciting year for weddings at Sunninghill!
The latest wedding trends show that couples are being much more discerning about where they choose to get married and they are also paying much closer attention to the ecological footprint their actions have. There is a greater emphasis on recycling, reusing and repurposing wedding items and not only is this good for the planet it is also pretty friendly on the wedding budget too.
Sunninghill Weddings adopted a mindful approach to our wedding venue dressing several years ago and we are committed to continual research in this area which we will share through our social media posts.
Meet Donna and Michael, the winners of the 2019 Sunninghill Wedding Fair Visitor Competition to win their very own personalised wedding magazine
Donna and Michael are getting married in March 2020 at our neighbouring wedding venue Kingston Maurward. Over the last year it has been a privilege to learn more about their wedding journey from the proposal to their special plans for their wedding day. Don't want to give to much away!
We wish Donna and Michael much future happiness; will you or a wedding couple you know be the face behind this Instaboard as winners of the 2020 Sunninghill Wedding Fair Visitor Competition?
Entry to the wedding fair is free but you must download a ticket via Eventbrite as this is your unique entry to the competition. If you plan to do your wedding shopping with family or friends, no problem; their ticket can be assigned to your wedding!
Entry to the Sunninghill Wedding Fair 2020 is free and tickets are now available
You can download your ticket from Eventbrite below (maximum 2 tickets per person)
Tying the Knot: The Handfasting Ritual
Have you ever wondered where the saying 'tying the knot' meaning to get married originates?
The answer can be found in the ancient Celtic tradition of handfasting; a ritual ceremony which physically joins two people through the symbolism of binding their hands. Ellie Brooks, an independent Celebrant at Wildflower Ceremonies seen here in the picture explains the ritual.
"There are many different ways the chords can be tied to symbolise different aspects of the couples relationship. The colour of the chords can also have meaning for the couple and in some ceremonies the chords can come from each family; weaving them together being the ultimate joining of the two families."
Usually linked to alternative Pagan ceremonies, this visually symbolic ritual is beginning to find its way into more traditional ceremonies as couples seek to personalise their wedding ceremony.
Is the hand fasting ritual suitable for a mansion house wedding venue such as Sunninghill Weddings venue in Dorchester?
"At Sunninghill Weddings venue in Dorchester we believe our wedding couples should celebrate their marriage vows in the way most personal and meaningful to them. The hand fasting ceremony is equally as meaningful and memorable in a mansion house as any other wedding ceremony setting.
The Sunninghill Event Manager Jacky Walker explains how this handfasting photoshoot ceremony at the venue arose.
"At Sunninghill Weddings we believe part of our role is to keep a finger on the pulse of new and emerging wedding trends, especially those linked to helping couples to create a truly bespoke marriage ceremony. This can be in the words spoken, the rituals undertaken and the venue layout and styling.
A great way to share our findings is in a photoshoot."
We have been following Ellie at Wildflower Ceremonies on social media for quite some time; impressed by the quality of her posts
This is a wedding song to walk down the aisle to: Musician Harry North's new single 'I Will'
As an experienced wedding performer Harry North is perfectly placed to write a heart stopping romantic ballard that is ideal to be played when walking down the aisle before the wedding ceremony.
The lyrics to 'I Will' are catchy with three verses and a chorus which means that the song can be played for both long walks down the aisle and also shorter distances as there are natural break points to fade once the couple meet face to face.
Listen to the track here
Introducing the 3 Hour Sunday Wedding Ceremony Hire Option at Sunninghill Weddings venue in Dorchester
At the beginng of 2019 we gave couples the option to hire the venue for a 3 hour period for their wedding ceremony; this service went down a storm with demand from couples far exceeding our expectations and slots available.
The Sunninghill Weddings Event Team sat down together to work out how best to help those couples who, for many reasons, want to use the venue just for their wedding ceremony. So far this has included a couple who wanted to marry and leave immediately for their honeymoon; several couples have celebrated their wedding at a reception at home in their family garden, whilst another had a venue in mind as part of their wedding vision but it wasn't licensed.
Our solution: The Sunday Ceremony Option!
Sunninghill Weddings Launch 3 hour Sunday Ceremony Hire 2pm to 5pm £1200
Couples looking to hold just their wedding ceremony with us will have exclusive access to the main house and its grounds on any Sunday throughout the year, including the popular summer season.
There is a choice of where to hold the wedding ceremony which includes both indoor and outdoor ceremony locations.
Typically guests arrive 30 minutes before the wedding ceremony; no need to panic about getting there early as the venue has lots of free onsite parking. After the wedding ceremony the wedding couple and guests have full access to the house and its many photo opportunities.
The venue provides a bar for guests to purchase drinks and can also arrange to serve a post ceremony drinks reception on behalf of the couple.
What is included in the Sunninghill Weddings Sunday Ceremony Option?
Included in the £1200 venue hire fee is three hours exclusive use of the house and its grounds.
The wedding ceremony venue decor including ivory drapes, floral hoops, register table flowers and seating for 40 guests. Additional guests can be accommodated at £10pp.
The wedding couple must arrange their wedding ceremony with the Dorset Registration Team for the date and time agreed with the venue, The wedding couple are responsible for all costs payable to the local authority.
British Flowers Week is taking place on 10-16 June; this is a national campaign to encourage everyone to buy more seasonal, locally grown cut flowers.
From January 2019 Sunninghill Weddings venue in Dorchester will only use seasonal British flowers in their wedding venue decor
This year the Sunninghill Event Management team took the decision to use only British seasonal flowers in the venue decoration; we are proud to promote and support local growers and to be able to offer our clients a more environmentally-friendly and sustainable venue decor option.
Season British Flowers included as standard in the Sunninghill Weddings venue hire fee
However our couples choose to hire Sunninghill for their wedding; a three hour ceremony-only hire or a full day and evening packed with celebrations, the flowers provided by the venue will be locally sourced, seasonal British flowers. This includes the register table arrangement, the wall mounted floral hoops, the chair back corsages and the table centre arrangements.
Get to know seasonal British flowers
Why are we running a competition at the Sunninghill Wedding Fair on 26th May 2019 that can be won by a couple who may not be marrying at the venue?
One lucky wedding couple visiting the Sunninghill Wedding Fair in the 26th May WILL WIN this super prize on the day!
Sunninghill Weddings: Spreading the word about our fabulous family friendly wedding venue in Dorchester, Dorset's historic county town
The house and grounds at Sunninghill Prep School in Dorchester, managed for weddings and events by Sunninghill Weddings, are fabulous. We promote the venue as 'Dorchester's Hidden Gem' because it truly is a venue yet to be discovered.
Jacky Walker, Event Manager often jokes "if we had a £1 for each visitor who says they have lived or worked in Dorchester and had no idea what was behind the tall victorian brick wall that surrounds the house and grounds, we would be millionaires." This is a figure of speech that isn't quite accurate but gets the point across - the challenge for the venue is to be 'discovered.'
You are invited to the Sunninghill Wedding Fair on Bank Holiday Sunday 26th May 2019: Wedding Shopping with a chilled out vibe!
Sunninghill Weddings want you to discover their lovely venue. Each year the Event Team plan an exciting competition aimed at wedding couples.
In 2018 Sunninghill Weddings partnered with local radio Wessex FM to run the station's first Half Price Wedding Voucher - this met with tremendous success.
In 2019 the Event Team have partnered with award winning London based Its My Magazine Ltd to offer one lucky visitor to the Sunninghill Wedding Fair five printed copies of their very own A4, full colour, 24 page Love Story magazine; a significant prize designed to attract visitors to the venue.
2020 plans are currently being researched.
The Event Team are confident that everyone who visits the venue will be amazed by its size, especially the grounds which offer fabulous photo opportunities plus ample onsite paring for guests. This includes wedding couples who may already have chosen their wedding venue who of course have a network of family and friends who will be looking for a wedding and event venue at some point in the future. For this reason the competition to win the Love Story magazine is open to all visitors.
Good luck in the competition; one lucky wedding couple visiting the show WILL WIN this super prize worth many hundreds of pounds!
Introducing the Outdoor Spiral Wedding Ceremony Layout at Sunninghill Weddings venue in Dorchester
Social media is a wonderful source of inspiration and information. A short while back a different style of outdoor ceremony layout caught our eye ‘The Spiral’.
Sunninghill Weddings venue in Dorchester set out to recreate the spiral wedding ceremony layout on the main lawn of the house. Each chair was positioned to create an aisle for the wedding couple to walk through on their way to the wedding ceremony held in the centre of the spiral. First the Groom, followed a short while later by the Bride.
Each guest attending this most celebratory of services will have a close up view of the wedding couple who in turn are ale to acknowledge their guests with time to exchange a few words of congratulations before the wedding ceremony commences. Once married, the couple return together back through the spiral aisle, again in full view of each person attending the ceremony.
'Warming of the Wedding Rings' Ritual and the Spiral Wedding Ceremony layout at Sunninghill Weddings venue in Dorchester
‘Warming of the rings’ is an incredibly moving and emotive ritual leading up to the exchange of the wedding vows. How does this work?
Each guest, starting at the outer most chair in the spiral, touches the wedding ring (s) as it passes along the chairs until it reaches the wedding couple, in the inner circle, for placement on the ring finger. The ring or rings are warmed by the heartfelt love of the guests as part of the ceremony ritual. We fell in love with this idea and couldn’t wait to bring this to Sunninghill Weddings venue in Dorchester.
Is the Outdoor Spiral Wedding Ceremony Layout right for Your Wedding?
The Spiral Wedding Ceremony Layout suits wedding parties of between 50 and 70 guests; this is an ideal number of day guests for the outdoor ceremony at Sunninghill Weddings venue in Dorchester, followed by a Wedding Breakfast in the Garden Room conservatory, or an outside wedding breakfast on the lawn.
“What about the English weather?” you may ask: at Sunninghill Weddings venue we have this covered. Hired on an exclusive-use basis you have full access to all of the wedding rooms which means the wedding ceremony can easily be moved indoors and there is plenty of space for your guests to enjoy your special day.
Learn more about the Outdoor Spiral Wedding Ceremony Layout at The Sunninghill Wedding Fair on 26th May 2019 between 11am and 3pm
You can view the spiral wedding ceremony layout at the Sunninghill Wedding Fair on Bank Holiday Sunday, 26thMay between 11am and 3pm. Tickets available HERE.
Researching the Outdoor Spiral Wedding Ceremony Layout and Design set up at Sunninghill Weddings venue in Dorchester
The background of the spiral wedding ceremony layout was researched by the Sunninghill Event Team. We found an article written by Australian Celebrant Josie Arnold from Ceremonies With Style to be really helpful. Josie’s article documents in the the most frank and honest way the appropriateness of the Spiral Ceremony Layout fo your wedding ceremony. You can read the full article HERE.
The Awesome Team of Dorset Wedding Suppliers involved in the Sunninghill Weddings venue in Dorchester Outdoor Spiral Wedding Ceremony Layout
A special thank you to all the Dorset wedding suppliers who helped Sunninghill Weddings to create these stunning pictures.
Photographer Jim Johnson
Chairs supplied by Marquee Elegance
Chair Sashes from 5 Star Celebrations
Harp on loan from Wedding Harpist Natalia Rogers
Venue: Sunninghill Weddings venue in Dorchester
The Sunninghill Weddings Team