Located on Dorset’s Jurassic Coast, Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens is a stunning botanical wedding venue situated in the historic village of Abbotsbury. Spread across 30 acres, these gardens were originally established as a kitchen garden by the first Countess of Ilchester in 1756. Now, they serve as a serene setting for special events; where friends and loved ones can gather together for your unforgettable wedding occasion.
Facilities and Capacity
You and your guests may enter the private wedding garden at Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens through an exclusive wrought-iron gateway which leads to this botanic paradise. Surrounded by exotic trees, spectacular shrubs, and fragrant florals, you and your beloved can say ‘I do’ in the wooden gazebo. This charming structure is fully licenced to host civil ceremonies and offers an idyllic outdoor location for your vow exchange. Afterwards, guests have exclusive evening access to all that the grounds here have to offer. Attendees can roam the winding paths and admire the ample vegetation while sipping champagne during a relaxed drinks reception. While guests mingle, you can take advantage of the abundance of unique wedding photo opportunities available here. For your wedding breakfast, the permanent wedding pavilion provides the perfect spot. Here, up to 150 people can be comfortably accommodated for a seated occasion. This purpose-built structure keeps events connected to the natural surroundings with its glass-panelled walls and natural wood flooring. Here, guests are welcome to drink, dine, and dance the night away surrounded by the stunning landscape that this property provides.
The friendly and professional staff at Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens aim to accommodate all of your wedding event needs. For out-of-town guests or those wishing to host a wedding weekend, they can facilitate the rental of luxury cottages nearby. Dorset Fine Dining are the exclusive caterer at this venue and they offer a wide array of menu options for your special day. They are happy to provide canapés, buffet options, afternoon tea service, serving stations, and much more. Weekend rental of this venue includes free parking, use of the pavilion and ceremony site, a season ticket to the garden for the couple-of-honour, and much more.