WEDDING VENUE IN BOURNEMOUTH

Discover our intimate wedding package for 15 guests

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The Connaught Hotel and Spa is located on Bournemouth’s West Cliff, just a few minutes’ walk from the beach – a beautiful backdrop for your newlywed photographs. We’re also just five minutes from the town centre, with great road and rail access to the wider south coast, as well as London.

Our luxury hotel offers 81 stylishly appointed hotel rooms – perfect for visiting friends and family travelling in for your big day. If you’d like to treat yourself and your guests to a hotel with a spa, swimming pool, sauna and steam room, we could be the wedding venue in Dorset that you’re looking for.

At The Connaught Hotel and Spa, your wedding is just that – yours. But we don’t expect you to go it alone. Our team works tirelessly to ensure that every detail is carried out to perfection.

We understand that weddings are about feelings, not words, so we would highly recommend booking an appointment for a viewing. We’ll share our top wedding tips with you and answer any questions that you may have, whether you just want to poke your head through the door for an informal chat or have a full tour of our boutique hotel.

If you’re getting married in 2020 or early 2021, you may be interested in our special small wedding packages for 15 guests, for just £40 per person.

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WEDDING NOW….PARTY LATER! 5% OFF!

Have you thought about holding your intimate wedding with 15 guests now, then having a big wedding party to celebrate when Covid-19 restrictions have relaxed? A wedding party would be a lovely way to celebrate your first wedding anniversary with everyone from your original guest list.

If you hold your intimate ‘wedding for 15 guests’ at The Connaught Hotel and Spa, we’ll give you 5% off your big wedding celebration party. Your wedding party must be held within 18 months of your wedding date with a minimum of 50 guests. Wedding party can include wedding breakfast and/or evening reception.

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Wedding reception venue

We have two dedicated  suites for your wedding reception, both located in The Connaught Lodge, which is a separate building away from holidaying guests in the main hotel.

The Boardroom is perfect if you’re looking for small wedding venues in Bournemouth, you may also be interested in our intimate wedding package for 15 guests, held in Blakes.

For larger weddings, our Franklyn Suite can accommodate weddings of 60-100 guests for the wedding breakfast and 60-130 guests for your evening reception.

The Franklyn Suite is the perfect party room for a Bournemouth wedding. With a private entrance, private bar & lounge, natural daylight, beautiful chandeliers and a large dance floor for you and your guests to dance the night away.

Plus, direct access to our beautiful tropical gardens, ideal for your guests to grab some fresh air and enjoy a quiet drink outside.

A late night snack is always needed towards the end of a busy wedding day. Our evening options not only taste amazing but look fantastic too! Choose from Street Bowl food to Picnic Baskets and keep the party going until the small hours.

To make your day truly unique, why not add a few little extras. If you’re thinking about a disco, photo booth, canapes, casino or sweet table, we’re here if you need our help arranging them for you.

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The Ceremony

Say “I do” at The Connaught Hotel and Spa Bournemouth with a choice of three stunning suites or our private gardens.

Blakes is perfect room for your ceremony if you’re looking for an intimate wedding venue. With its beautiful high ceilings and crystal chandeliers it seats up to 60 guests.

For larger numbers, The Connaught Suite and The Franklyn Suite are both flooded with natural daylight and are neutral rooms that you can put your own stamp on for your wedding day. Ideal for up to 130 guests.

We’re one of the few hotels licensed for both indoor and outdoor weddings in Bournemouth. You could say your vows outdoors in our Courtyard Garden in front of our baby blue beach hut, nestled between two palm trees in the privacy of our Connaught Hotel and Spa garden.

With the beach just a few minutes away, getting married outside in this beautiful setting feels like the right thing to do! Our Courtyard Garden can accommodate up to 70 guests. We’ll also reserve Blakes as wet weather option for you.

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Wedding Breakfast

What’s a wedding without food and drink? At The Connaught Hotel and Spa Bournemouth we know how much your wedding breakfast matters, which is why our talented team of AA Rosette chefs have created a menu full of flavoursome options.

Wedding breakfasts are held in your choice of three suites, with the largest being able to accommodate up to 100 guests.

With speciality dishes for dietary requirements and dedicated choices catering for younger members of your party. Ensuring no guest goes home hungry when it comes to your big day.

If there’s something that you would like for your wedding breakfast or evening reception we’re very flexible, our menus are just a starting point. And our experienced chefs can cater for any special dietary requirements.

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Rooms

We know that when you’re looking for places to get married in Bournemouth, it’s important to consider where your guests can stay. As a 4 star hotel we’re ideally placed to host your wedding and your guests too.

Our boutique hotel offers 81 stylishly appointed bedrooms for your family and friends travelling in for the day, all at a discounted room rate. And anyone staying over will enjoy FREE use of our luxury spa and swimming pool during their visit.

If you’re looking for an “exclusively yours” Bournemouth wedding, why not book all 28 rooms in The Connaught Lodge for your wedding guests!

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Watch video tour of our wedding venue


During lockdown, visiting wedding venues for a show-around wasn’t possible, but we still wanted to show you what it’s like to hold your wedding at The Connaught Hotel and Spa. So we put our creative hats on and filmed a short video tour for you!

Although the hotel is now back open for show-arounds, we thought you might still find the video interesting to watch.

We hope that this video, along with all the photographs of the venue fully dressed for a wedding, are enough to give you a taste of what to expect from our stunning wedding venue.

Take the tour and then contact us with your dates. We’ll check availability and put the dates on hold for you until you can see the hotel in person.

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Wedding Packages

The Connaught Hotel wedding packages offer everything to make your day complete – from a custom wedding breakfast to a DJ who’ll fill the dance floor. So if you’re looking for a hotel wedding venue in Bournemouth, tie the knot with us and your wedding won’t just be unique, it’ll be the day you’ve always dreamed of.

All of our wedding packages include a red carpet arrival, welcome drinks for your guests, chair covers, sashes, coloured napkins, coloured uplighters, wine with dinner, something bubbly for the toasts, award-winning food and fantastic entertainment.

There are no hidden extras, but if you would like any help with your finishing touches we can help with your flowers, balloons and favours, whether it’s just ideas or arranging all the small details for you.

We offer small wedding packages, ideal with the current government restrictions in place. And we’re able to tailor all of our wedding packages to suit your individual needs, just get in touch and talk to us about your requirements.

Please get in touch if you’d like to find out about our wedding package prices, and we’ll happily answer any other questions that you may have.


INTIMATE WEDDING PACKAGE FOR 15 GUESTS – £40PP

The Connaught Hotel and Spa is the perfect small wedding venue in Bournemouth.

Your wedding reception and ceremony will both be held in Blakes, a beautiful, intimate wedding room with high ceilings and crystal chandeliers. Your wedding breakfast will be a set menu from our Classic wedding package, or a choice menu from The Connaught Brasserie.

Drinks Reception – Glass of bucks fizz or orange juice
Wedding Breakfast – Three course set menu
Wine – Half a bottle of wine per person
Toast Drink – A glass of sparkling wine


CLASSIC WEDDING PACKAGE

Drinks Reception – Glass of bucks fizz or orange juice
Wedding Breakfast – Three course set menu
Wine – A glass of wine per person with the meal
Toast Drink – A glass of sparkling wine


GRAND WEDDING PACKAGE

Drinks Reception – Glass of Pimm’s, bottled beer or orange juice
Wedding Breakfast – Three course choice menu
Wine – Half a bottle of wine per person
Toast Drink – A glass of sparkling wine
Little Extras – Printed place cards, table plans and menus


LUXURY WEDDING PACKAGE

Drinks Reception – Two glasses of Pimm’s, bottled beer or homemade lemonade
Canapes – Four canapes
Wedding Breakfast – Three course choice menu
Wine – Half a bottle of wine per person
Toast Drink – A glass of prosecco
Little Extras – Printed place cards, table plans and menus


INDULGENT WEDDING PACKAGE

Drinks Reception – Gin and tonic station, bottled beer, homemade lemonade
Canapes – Six canapes
Wedding Breakfast – Four course choice menu
Wine – Half a bottle of wine per person
Toast Drink – A glass of champagne
Little Extras – Printed place cards, table plans and menus


AFTERNOON TEA WEDDING PACKAGE

Our afternoon tea wedding package is ideal for a small wedding reception, or just for something a little different.

Drinks Reception – Glass of bucks fizz or orange juice
Wedding Breakfast – Traditional afternoon tea
Drinks – A pot of tea or coffee per person
Toast Drink – Either a glass of prosecco, G&T, an Apple Jack or Pimm’s

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Book Your Show Around & Check Availability

If you’re looking for beautiful wedding venues, Bournemouth certainly gives you plenty to choose from. But you can’t get much more beautiful than The Connaught Hotel and Spa.

Come and see for yourself why we’re one of the most popular hotel wedding venues in Bournemouth.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do we have to pay any room hire for our wedding?
If you are having a civil ceremony at The Connaught Hotel and Spa then a room hire charge will apply, starting from £150. Weddings of 60 or more on the Luxury or Indulgent package will have free room hire of their chosen room.

This will be the only room hire charge applicable on your wedding day so long as you are also having your wedding breakfast with the hotel. Room hire applies to evening only weddings.

Do you ever hold more than one wedding per day?
No. You are guaranteed to be our only wedding on the day and can expect our full attention on your special day.

Do you allow outside caterers?
The Connaught Hotel and Spa will only allow catering provided by our own chef and cannot allow any outside catering either from professional caterers or family members.

Can we bring our own wine and champagne to the wedding breakfast or reception?
We do not permit corkage; all alcohol must be supplied and sold through The Connaught Hotel and Spa, including favours.

What time does the wedding reception have to finish?
Our main function bar will close at 12am. However, any wedding guests staying in the hotel will be able to purchase drinks from our bar on presentation of a valid room service charge card after this time.

Can we provide our own entertainment?
Yes, you are welcome to provide your own wedding entertainment or we can arrange it for you. Please note – we do not allow bands in the Franklyn Suite. If you would like the hotel to arrange a disco for you we can do so, starting at £375.

Can wedding parties be on different board basis?
Yes

What happens if it rains on our wedding day?
If you’ve arranged for an outdoor wedding ceremony, we’ll always reserve an indoor space which can be used as an alternative if it’s raining.

Can we bring our own recorded music? if yes, which devices can be used?
Yes. We can accommodate any device to play your music.

When do you need to know final wedding guest numbers?
Please confirm this with us at least six weeks before your wedding day.

When does the deposit need to be paid?
The deposit for your wedding needs to be paid within two weeks of your booking being confirmed.

When does the full balance need to be paid?
Six months prior to your wedding day we will require 50% of your total price. Final details are required six weeks before your wedding day, with the final balance being paid four weeks prior.

What days can I get married at the hotel?
You can hold your wedding at The Connaught Hotel and Spa on any day of the week.

How many people can you sit in the marriage ceremony?
Our wedding ceremonies can accommodate up to 120 guests.

What time can you have the marriage ceremony?
Your wedding ceremony can take place at any time, subject to registrars.

I want to supply my own chair covers and table decorations, is this possible?
Yes

Am I allowed to bring in additional services such as sweet cart, photo booth, casino tables for the evening etc?
Yes, we can also help arrange this for you.

Can my photographer visit the venue prior to the wedding day?
Yes, this is a great idea so that they can become familiar with the hotel if they’ve not photographed here before. Please ask them to contact us in advance so that we can give them the time and attention they need for their visit.

Are there any discounts for my guests staying at the hotel?
Yes, we offer a preferential room rate for all your wedding guests. Please get in touch for more details.

When can my guests book their accommodation?
Your wedding guests can book as soon as your wedding day is booked.

Can we hire out the whole hotel exclusively?
You can hire every room in The Connaught Lodge but it’s not possible to exclusively hire the main hotel.

Is there plenty of parking for my guests?
Parking is only available for wedding guests who have booked a room. There are plenty of car parks within walking distance of the hotel, plus great public transport links as we’re just a five minute walk from the town centre.

Does the venue allow confetti to be thrown?
Yes, biodegradable confetti can be thrown outside.

Are lit candles allowed in the venue?
Yes

Do you have access for disabled guests?
Yes

Can we set up the day before?
If your wedding rooms aren’t being used for anything else then you can set up the day before.

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