Wedding FAQs


Please find below a list of answers to questions we are often asked about having a wedding at The Orangery Suite and Gardens:

Do you offer exclusive use of The Orangery Suite and Gardens?

Yes. The Orangery and walled garden are not open to the public so you will have exclusive use of the venue for your wedding.

Is The Orangery Suite licensed for wedding ceremonies?

Yes, The Orangery has a licence from BCP Council for marriages and civil partnerships. A fee for the Registrar is payable directly to BCP Council.

Can we get married outside?

Yes, we are licensed for outdoor ceremonies. Our wooden gazebo within the walled garden is licensed, with white chairs set up on the lawn in front of it. Most of the ceremony will be conducted in front of the gazebo, but you will step inside the structure with the Registrar and witnesses for the 'legal' bits - the vows and signing the Register.

How many people can The Orangery accommodate for ceremonies?

The room can seat up to 75 people including the bride and groom, plus the two Registrars. This number can be increased to around 80, with a few standing at the back of the room or young children on parent's laps. Outdoor ceremonies can seat the same number as above.

If we choose to have the ceremony outside, what if it rains?

If the weather forecast is not good enough for an outdoor ceremony (ie, rain, high winds, etc), we would make a decision the day before the wedding, and the ceremony would take place inside The Orangery Suite.

Is there a minimum number for weddings?

There is no minimum number of guests for ceremonies and receptions.

Can we get married on any day of the week?

Yes, The Orangery Suite is available for hire on any day of the week.

Do you have a red carpet?

Yes, we can supply a red carpet for the indoor ceremony.

Can we have chair covers?

Chair covers and sashes for The Orangery and marquee furniture can be hired in.

Can we have the reception meal at The Orangery Suite?

Yes, our marquee, which is included in the venue hire price, can seat up to 85 people, depending on the set up. It is possible to increase the capacity in the marquee to 96 if the service tent is not required for catering purposes.

Is furniture in the marquee included?

White limewash Chivari chairs with ivory seat pads, round and rectangular tables, a cake table and white linen tablecloths are included in the venue hire price. We can also provide children's high chairs.

Is heating provided in the marquee?

Heating and lighting can be hired for an additional fee.

Are discos allowed?

Unfortunately not. Discos and live bands are not permitted - many of our wedding couples move on to our neighbouring venue, Merley House, for their evening celebrations, which is a very short walk from The Orangery. There are other nearby venues within a few minutes drive; you could consider hiring a vintage bus to transport your guests to your evening venue. Please see our Suppliers page for some suggestions. Having a different venue for your evening function gives you a change of scene after a long day, and means that your evening guests may not feel so 'excluded' from the daytime celebrations.

Is background music ok?

Yes, we have a music system and speakers in The Orangery for the ceremony music, or a portable speaker for outdoor ceremonies. We can also provide a bluetooth speaker for background music in the marquee whilst you have the meal. There are also speakers on The Orangery terrace for background music. Harps, string quartets and other live performers are also welcome as background music.

What type of catering can we have?

We have some excellent recommended local caterers that can provide whatever type of catering you require - traditional wedding breakfast, buffet, barbecue, hog roast or cream tea. Please see our Suppliers page for further details.

Can we supply our own catering or caterer?

Yes - we do make a supplementary fee if a caterer other than one of our recommended ones is used. They would have access to our kitchen.

Can we provide our own drinks?

You may supply post ceremony/arrival drinks, wine and toast drinks. They can be chilled in our fridge before the meal. We don't charge corkage, but a service charge may apply, depending on your preferred caterer.

Is there a bar?

Yes, we can provide a staffed bar for guests to purchase wine, beers, spirits and soft drinks.

Do you offer all-inclusive packages?

No - we offer an exclusive venue that can be tailored to your individual requirements.

Do you offer discounts for weekday weddings?

Yes - the venue hire is cheaper on Fridays and Sundays and cheaper still on Mondays to Thursdays.

How much is the deposit?

We ask for a £695 non-refundable deposit to confirm the booking; the balance is due a month before the wedding date.

Do you supply equipment for all the games and activities?

The grounds include croquet, crazy golf, beach volleyball, badminton, giant chess, petanque, basketball and table tennis - we supply all the equipment for these games; we also provide outdoor table football, giant connect four and a giant tumble tower.

Can we hire other things?

Ice cream bicycles, sweet carts, bouncy castles, photo booths, casinos and vintage crockery can all be arranged. Please see our Suppliers page for ideas.

Can you recommend a photographer?

There is a list of photographers and other suppliers that have worked at The Orangery Suite on the Suppliers page.

Do you have an easel we can use?

Yes, we can provide an easel for the table plan

Is confetti allowed?

Sorry, no, we don't allow confetti, fireworks, hay bales or Chinese lanterns. Bubbles make a good alternative to confetti.

Is there somewhere we can change and store items?

You and your bridal party will have use of The Dorset Room for the day.

Can we decorate the marquee?

The marquee has an ivory roof lining, valances and swags - you are welcome to add your own decoration such as bunting, flowers and table decorations.

When can we set up prior to the wedding?

You will have access to The Orangery and marquee from 8am on the wedding day.

Is there accommodation at The Orangery?

Sorry, no - please see our Suppliers page for local accommodation.

Is there car parking at The Orangery Suite?

There is ample free car parking. Buses and coaches are fine.

Can we arrange a viewing?

Please contact us to book a date and time to have a look at The Orangery Suite and Gardens.