Unique wedding venues to consider in Dorset

Dorset lies south-east of London and is bordered by the counties of Hampshire, Somerset and Wiltshire. It is close enough to London not to require a 6am start and an all-day drive to reach, is as delightfully rural as the Cotswolds, and features an ancient and enduring shoreline appropriately named the Jurassic Coast and grand old buildings such as the ever-impressive Lulworth Castle.

The Mill at Sopley

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What better place to consider for your wedding than Dorset? If you like the idea of being married in this most romantic of counties but are not sure where to start, we have compiled a list of three of the most unique, special and memorable places in Dorset.

Sopley Mill

Just outside Christchurch, this picture-perfect converted water mill has been newly renovated. It sits on the banks of the River Avon and affords glorious views across the water meadows. Sopley Mill invites you to choose your own caterers, florists and other wedding partners to truly make your wedding unique in every way.

The Italian Villa

For something a little different but no less exceptional, The Italian Villa has been named one of the most popular wedding locations in the world by voters in the International Wedding Expert Awards. Set in the enviably impressive gardens of Compton Acres, which was founded in 1920 by entrepreneur Thomas William Simpson, this is a special location unlike any other in the UK. Built in 1924 and infused with romantic 1920s glamour, The Italian Villa is the ideal location for a sophisticated exclusive-use wedding to rival anything the Amalfi Coast could offer.

Lulworth Castle

If you dream about being married in a fairytale castle, then Lulworth is the answer to your dreams. Ancient and awe inspiring, complete with medieval towers, large courtyards for outdoor entertaining and light and airy rooms that you would not necessarily expect in a castle, this location delivers on every level. Handily the venue can also supply a list of wedding suppliers for you to choose from, such as nickrutterphotography.co.uk or the Weld Arms in Lulworth for a pre-wedding drink to calm the nerves.

Dorset combines good transport links with beautiful countryside and gorgeous old buildings and can offer a diverse number of wedding locations, whether you are looking for a rural idyll or a seaside extravaganza.

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