Having lived in the Bournemouth area over twenty years, and worked in the local wedding industry, I have come to know quite a few of the local wedding venues. There are some beautiful places to get married and celebrate your wedding in and around Bournemouth, and these are some of my favourite venues.
The Greenhouse Hotel
This hotel is gorgeous both outside and in. The Greenhouse is a luxury boutique eco-hotel. It’s fairly small, so more suited to intimate weddings, but the rooms and garden are picture perfect for your special day. You can hire out the entire venue for yourself and your guests with their Green with Envy wedding package, or go for something a little more casual with their Afternoon Tea option.
The Orchid Hotel
I couldn’t write this post and not include The Orchid Hotel. It is the venue Ed and I chose to celebrate our UK reception, following our wedding in Santorini, and it is a beautiful, intimate hotel, recently refurbished and decorated with a modern, chic colour palette. You can choose to book the whole hotel to yourself, or pick and choose from the wedding menus and drinks packages to create your own, tailor-made wedding, with the help of the venue’s dedicated coordinator.
Christchurch Harbour Hotel & Spa
Ok, I cheated. This venue is technically just outside of Bournemouth, in neighbouring Christchurch, however it is totally worth the extra distance, and is one of my favourite places to visit. The hotel is located next to Christchurch Harbour, and the views from the hotel gardens are stunning. Larger than The Greenhouse and The Orchid, the Christchurch Harbour Hotel can cater for wedding receptions for up to 120 guests, but they also have intimate areas for smaller weddings.
I attended a wedding at Hotel Miramar a few years ago, and totally fell in love with the venue. It is so different to the other hotels along Bournemouth seafront, with it’s grand, country manor style and beautifully manicured gardens, overlooking the sea. The venue is able to cater for weddings of up to 160, and they offer an array of wedding packages to choose from.
Best Western Plus, The Connaught Hotel
The Connaught Hotel is set a little further back from the coast. Choose from their Lily, Tulip or Orchid wedding packages, and enjoy exquisitely prepared menus in this stylish four star hotel. Their kids package is really well thought out, catering for younger guests, and they can add extras to their packages to make them unique to you.
There are also lots of incredible venues situated just outside of Bournemouth, which I will cover in another post.