Wedding Venue in Dorset
Have you been searching for the perfect wedding venue in Dorset? Surrounded by acres of land, serene lakes and perfectly manicured gardens, the beautifully restored Georgian country estate, St Giles House, is the ideal Dorset wedding venue. The award-winning wedding venue in Dorset is famed for its beauty and intimate decadence and is accredited as the most prestigious wedding venue Dorset has to offer. Speak to our team today on 01725 517214 to start planning your dream day.
The ultimate Dorset wedding venue
We understand that finding the perfect wedding venue can be an overwhelming and daunting process. We know that choosing the right site can be an incredibly difficult decision, as you’ll want your wedding to be the best day of your life, a day to treasure forever.
Located in the heart of the Wimborne countryside, just south of the Cranborne Chase with the River Allen nearby, you just will not find a more picturesque wedding venue in Dorset for your special day. This prestigious 16th-century renaissance stately home is bursting with charm and appeal and will make a stunning backdrop for any bride and groom.
Here at St Giles House, we specialise in providing an unforgettable, bespoke wedding experiences, in a truly magical setting. We go above and beyond to ensure that your day is everything you dreamed of and more, and we warmly welcome you to celebrate your love here with us.
From the ceremony to the after party and everything in-between, our expert team are on hand to assist you with every aspect of your big day. As a company we are passionate about helping you to have a day that fulfils your wildest dreams when you choose St Giles House for your wedding venue in Dorset, you won’t be let down.
We know that not everybody will want the same style of wedding at our wedding venue in Dorset, with some opting for the glamour and extravagance, while others may favour a more intimate garden affair. Our luxurious property is one of the most versatile choices for a wedding venue Dorset has ever seen, with a variety of areas and rooms at your disposal. We have listed some of the available venue options below, these include:
- The Library
- The Park and 5,500 acres of landscaped gardens
- The Stone Hall
- The Main Dining Hall
- The Drawing Room
- The Riding House
For more information about the best wedding venue in Dorset, contact our team who will be more than happy to help you with any questions or enquiries you may have. To learn more about St Giles House continue reading below.
Choosing your ideal wedding venue in Dorset
Due to the enormous size of the building, St Giles House is one of the most diverse wedding venues in Dorset. We are licensed to hold civil ceremonies in a variety of locations, in the lavish renaissance property or within the country home’s striking 5,500-acre gardens. We can provide you with an area to suit a variety of wedding styles, our Dorset team of experts will help you decide what is right for you.
The inspiring main house
If you are after a traditional English ceremony, our team of experts recommend our grand main house. Surrounded by stately fireplaces and magnificent old master paintings, you can be married in any of the principal rooms in the house. An unforgettable day in an extraordinary setting, amongst the history and glamour. We can tailor your ceremony to your exacting taste. We allow a maximum of 120 guests for this service.
The intimate grotto
Built in the early 18th century using shells brought back from the Caribbean, this delicate shell grotto forms part of our ‘Pleasure Grounds’. It is perfect for couples looking to tie the knot in a unique and magical setting. We can tailor your ceremony to your exacting taste. We allow a maximum of 20 guests for this service.
The traditional church
If you are seeking a traditional ceremony, Wimborne St Giles Church is located next door to our country home and have been restored by the incredibly talented, gothic revival architect Sir Comper. The beautiful church is a perfect location for those who wish to get married in a quintessentially English ceremony. We can tailor your service to your exacting taste. We allow a maximum of 120 guests for this celebration.
The gorgeous gardens and Park
Perfect for a spring and summer wedding where you can share your vows in an idyllic, sun-drenched setting at St Giles, creating timeless photographs. Providing that you sign the register indoors, you can choose to spend the rest of your ceremony outdoors surrounded by nature’s beauty. We can tailor your service to your exacting taste. There is no limit to the amount of guests allowed for this ceremony.
The reception and after hours
Once you have decided upon where to enjoy your scrumptious dinner, in either the main house or in our tranquil gardens, you can party the night away in the Stone Hall. Our dedicated team can arrange for you and your loved one to boogie on the dancefloor with up to 200 guests in the Stone Hall. Or for those who wish to pursue a quieter evening, you can enjoy a tipple of your choice made by our expert bartenders sitting in front of the fire.
Hire and booking of your dream wedding venue in Dorset
Available from 10 am to midnight, the St Giles House hire includes exclusive use of the 18th-century renaissance stately home at the location around the grounds that you have hand selected. For guests who have chosen to use the Library and Drawing Rooms, they are available until the end of the wedding meal. From here you will move onto either the Stone Hall, Tapestry Room or Great Dining Room where the after hour’s aspect of your wedding takes full force.
For more information about venue hire and pricing, please don’t hesitate to get in contact with our team on 01725 517214. They will happily answer any questions you may have.
Why you should choose us for your Dorset wedding venue
Steeped in a history of love and devotion, as the ancestral, family home of the Earl of Shaftesbury, there just is no other wedding venue in Dorset that is as unique and awe-inspiring as St Giles House. Our versatile, breathtaking location surrounded by the perfectly manicured gardens and lakes, is an idyllic sanctuary that captures the hearts of all those who visit it. It is a genuinely fitting place to get married.
Our versatile wedding packages can be tailored to your exacting requirements, and you will be supported by our dedicated team to make sure your special day goes off without a hitch, fulfilling all your dreams. We pride ourselves on delivering a first class service for every single bride and groom to be, as we sincerely care about making your day everything you could ever hope for and more.
If you would like to find out more about our superb wedding venue in Dorset, and the wedding packages we provide, you can view our brochure here.
We are honoured to be a part of people’s special day, and we are sure that you will fall in love with this delightful, gorgeous Georgian country house, just as we did.
The history of St Giles
As an ancestral home of the Earls of Shaftesbury, St Giles House has an extensive amount of history dating back to 1651, a fascinating and charismatic stately home in the heart of East Dorset.
As a place to unwind and escape from the hustle and bustle of our modern day lives, St Giles House once used to be in state of disrepair, following the Second World War. However, in 2010 the charming country house was given a revival, and four years later it is an award-winning restoration project.
The restoration has won several awards, including:
- 2014 Georgian Group Awards for restoration of a Georgian Country House
- The 2015 Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Award for Building Conservation
- 2015 Historic Houses Association/ Sotheby’s Restoration Award
- Historic England Angel Award
- Best Rescue of a Historic Building or Site.
To find out more about the history of St Giles House, please be sure to read our story.