Sunninghill Weddings Venue Dorchester

(15)
£2500 - £6500 for Venue Hire
Up to 80
Bedrooms
Exclusive Use
Wedding Licence
booked
Licensed wedding ceremony venue, several locations available including outdoor wedding ceremony options. Also available for wedding reception hire. Town centre, large grounds, free onsite parking.
Pricing & Costs

Venue Hire Only

Prices Start At
£2,500
Maximum Price
£6,500
Ceremony Only Hire (3 hours exclusive use) for your wedding ceremony and photographs in the house and grounds from £2500 in 2023. Full Day Exclusive use hire: 2022 £5000; 2023 £5750; 2024 £6000; 2025 £6000
What is included in this pricing:
Furniture included
Exclusive use
Wedding coordinator available on the day
Non consumables (e.g. linen, lights etc.)

In-house catering
(price per head)

Prices Start At
£14
Maximum Price
£93
We have no fixed catering fees; couples can be as informal as serving a hog roast or finger buffet from £14pp We offer an All Inclusive Food & Drinks Package from £83 in 2023 which includes: Post Ceremony Drinks Reception, 2 Course Wedding Breakfast, 2 glasses of Wine per guest, Tea & Coffee Service, Prosecco Wedding toast and Evening Buffet.
What is included in this pricing:
Table linen included
Multiple course wedding breakfast
Cutlery included
Wine allowance per guest
Bespoke menu available
Features & Capacity

Overview

Venue Type
Country House
Manor House
Dining Capacity
80
Reception Capacity
200
Usual Access Time
09:00 AM
Usual Finish Time
12:00 PM

Venue

Open Flame Permitted
Grade I/II Listed Building
Landscaped Gardens
Exclusive Use
Bridal Changing Facilities
Pet-Friendly
Disabled Access
On-Site Parking
Outdoor Reception Space
In-House Wedding Coordinator

Food and Drink

External Catering Permitted
In-House Wine List
In-house Catering
Alcohol Licence

Ceremony & Reception

Church Within Walking Distance
Wedding Licence
Outdoor Ceremony Available
Confetti Permitted
Full Description
Grade II Victorian gothic house with Grand Staircase, a mix of warm oak panelling and a large stone conservatory. The house is hired exclusively for your wedding celebrations which has a private house party feel. The house is decorated for you as part of the venue hire fee. This includes ivory drapes, living trees and plants to form your wedding ceremony and wedding breakfast backdrop. The hire also includes locally grown seasonal British flowers to adorn the register table, aisle chairs and later wedding breakfast table centres. Catering is flexible; we also offer an All Inclusive food and drinks package from £75pp (post ceremony drinks reception, two courses plus wine, wedding toast glass of bubbles, tea/coffee service and evening buffet) We specialise in small to medium wedding parties. Our average day guests is 50 and 90 evening guests. We provide an onsite bar service for guests to purchase drinks (card payments accepted) at no extra cost.

Personal Message from the Manager

Name of Wedding Contact: Jacky Walker
Hi, Congratulations and thank you for considering Sunninghill Weddings venue in Dorchester for your special day! Sunninghill is a beautiful venue set in lovely grounds in the heart of the town centre; it would be our absolute pleasure to show you around the house and for us to hear all about your wedding plans. I look forward to meeting you, Jacky

Experience

Year Business Was Established
2015
No. of Weddings Hosted
Between 30 and 50
Public Liability Insurance
Yes
No. of People In Team
2
Reviews
(15)
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Guy and Fiona
Happy couple Married on July
August 2022
We have often said how lucky we were to find you
Hi Jacky, Three years ago today! We've often said how lucky we were to find you you and Sunninghill. Your help both before and on the day was fantastic and the venue perfect. We've got very happy memories and great pictures. Hope you're all well and business is good :) All the best, Guy and Fiona x
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Kelly and Chris
Happy couple Married on June
September 2022
Our wedding day was perfect
My husband Chris and I were married at Sunninghill on 4th June this year. Sunninghill is a very picturesque venue with a rich local history, and we could not be happier with the service provided by Jacky and the staff. Jacky was extremely accommodating when we chose to postpone our wedding by a year, and she and the team worked hard to give us the beautiful outdoor ceremony we chose (and a backup plan, of course!) We had close to 70 guests during the day, who were all very well looked after and catered for. Even with more evening guests, there was plenty of room inside the venue and on the veranda and grounds for everyone to feel very comfortable. I also made use of the bridal changing suite, which was beautifully set up, and it was a real relief to be onsite and ready. It was also amazing to have Laura available to help with my dress! We never had any doubt during the planning or on the day, that anything would be less than well organised and run. Our wedding day was perfect, and we couldn’t have done it without the team at Sunninghill and their partner vendors. ♥️
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Kelly and Chris
Happy couple Married on June
August 2022
Our wedding day was perfect
My husband Chris and I were married at Sunninghill on 4th June this year. Sunninghill is a very picturesque venue with a rich local history, and we could not be happier with the service provided by Jacky and the staff. Jacky was extremely accommodating when we chose to postpone our wedding by a year, and she and the team worked hard to give us the beautiful outdoor ceremony we chose (and a backup plan, of course!) We had close to 70 guests during the day, who were all very well looked after and catered for. Even with more evening guests, there was plenty of room inside the venue and on the veranda and grounds for everyone to feel very comfortable. I also made use of the bridal changing suite, which was beautifully set up, and it was a real relief to be onsite and ready. It was also amazing to have Laura available to help with my dress! We never had any doubt during the planning or on the day, that anything would be less than well organised and run. Our wedding day was perfect, and we couldn’t have done it without the team at Sunninghill and their partner vendors. ♥️
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Nikki and Mike
Happy couple Married on May
September 2022
The day was absolutely perfect
We were delighted to have chosen Sunninghill for our wedding which finally took place on 28th May after 2 postponements due to covid. Jacky was brilliant from the start helping us to plan our special day, even with the disappointment of the postponements she made things so much easier and was always on hand to answer questions. The day was absolutely perfect, we were very lucky with the weather but had still chosen to have our ceremony in the garden room which was beautifully decorated and arranged by Jacky’s team. Everything ran like clockwork from the moment I arrived as I had chosen to get ready in the bridal room. Nothing was too much trouble and Laura was a great help getting me into my dress x The venue is such a lovely place everyone commented on it, and we had some lovely photographs within the house as well as outside, the grounds were beautiful for the outdoor photographs. We had the most wonderful day and we would thoroughly recommend Sunninghill as a wedding venue, with Jacky and her team behind the scenes organising from our plans, it really was perfect. Many thanks Nikki & Mike Morris 💗
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Phoebe and Rhys
Happy couple Married on April
September 2022
Thank you so much for making our day one to remember
We were lucky enough to get married here on 09/04/22 - we booked late January for a wedding the same year, 3 months later! Jacky was a dream to work with and took all the pressure and stress out of our hands. The building and surrounds were perfect for our intimate ceremony of 30 day guests and an extra 60 more for the evening party, added bonus having a playground for the children - no need to fork out on bouncy castle or other entertainment. The food was delicious and the evening buffet was greatly received. The way Jacky and her team transformed the rooms with such a quick turnaround was very impressive, the boho theme was enhanced with the stunning arch, Ivy trees and wreath wall decor. If you’re looking for a budget friendly location to get married, but without losing the grand wedding vibe, I promise you you need not look further. Just wish we could do it again. Thank you all so much for making our day one to remember. Mr & Mrs Jones
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Phoebe and Rhys
Happy couple Married on April
August 2022
Thank you for making our day one to remember
We were lucky enough to get married here on 09/04/22 - we booked late January for a wedding the same year, 3 months later! Jacky was a dream to work with and took all the pressure and stress out of our hands. The building and surrounds were perfect for our intimate ceremony of 30 day guests and an extra 60 more for the evening party, added bonus having a playground for the children - no need to fork out on bouncy castle or other entertainment. The food was delicious and the evening buffet was greatly received. The way Jacky and her team transformed the rooms with such a quick turnaround was very impressive, the boho theme was enhanced with the stunning arch, Ivy trees and wreath wall decor. If you’re looking for a budget friendly location to get married, but without losing the grand wedding vibe, I promise you you need not look further. Just wish we could do it again. Thank you all so much for making our day one to remember. Mr & Mrs Jones
Location & Contact Details

Address

Dorchester DT1 1EB, Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 1EB, England

Travel Notes

Our post code DT1 1EB takes you to the main gate off South Walks in Dorchester; thesis used for pedestrian access and also for the bridal cars. All other vehicles can access our large car parking facilities off Culliford Road North

Nearest Town

Dorchester

Nearest Motorway & Junction

M5 JUNCTION 25

Nearest Train Station

Dorchester South or Dorchester West

Nearest Airport

Bournemouth

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Press & Awards
(3)

Press & Awards (2)

Your Dorset Hampshire Wedding

Accreditations / Associations (1)

Member of the Wedding Business Circle
FAQ
(10)

Describe the best wedding that happened at your venue?

Every wedding is special to us

What is your No. 1 wedding planning tip for couples?

If you love it at first site - your guests will too!

What’s your favourite personal touch you’ve seen at a wedding?

A bride who put her new husband in our stocks (used during fetes to raise money)

Describe your venue in 5 adjectives.

Beautiful, Flexible, Welcoming, Convenient, Different

Where’s the best photo spot at your venue?

In front of our stained glass windows. Next to the Christmas tree at the bottom of the Grand Staircase. The walnut tree in the middle of the main lawn. Our gothic arch entrance hallway. The living greenery Jasmin Arch with fairy lights in the conservatory. Our Shepherds Hut. In the children’s wooden park area

Have you had any celebrity guest or wedding at your venue?

Every couple are a celebrity in our eyes!

What’s your favourite canapé?

Smoked salmon and cream cheese - always a winner

What’s your favourite midnight treat?

Mini burger and sweet potato fries

What is your venue's most unique feature?

Its history linked to beer and brewing; nursing and women suffrage. It is now an independent prep school so it has lots of character and stories that appeal to lots of different people. Guests always find the venue interesting and want to hear more - its been in Dorchester since 1893 yet few local residents have seen behind the private walls.

What part of your business are you most proud of?

Our commitment to every couple and delivering their wedding as they see it

Bridebook Benefits

Bridebook GiftFree Bottle of Champagne