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On since 2022

Last update: May 2024

The Connaught Hotel and Spa is a boutique wedding venue situated in Bournemouth, Dorset, in the South West of England. This luxurious destination is just minutes from Dorset's famous beaches, providing a coastal backdrop to your special celebrations. You can hold a micro wedding or large gathering in a selection of elegantly-appointed event spaces with the help of a dedicated wedding team.

Facilities and Capacity
The Connaught Hotel and Spa is licensed for indoor and outdoor ceremonies, allowing you to spend the whole day in one location.

You can choose from two beautiful suites for an indoor ceremony alongside 120 guests. During milder months, say "I do" in the scenic gardens that overlook palm trees and a baby blue beach hut.

Choose from two unique suites to mark your wedding breakfast in style, surrounded by 100 loved ones. The Brasseriee is the largest reception space at this hotel, with a capacity for 120 friends and family members. Located in The Connaught Lodge the Franklyn Suite which holds 120 evening guests. This separate building allows complete privacy for your big day. It features a private entrance, a bar and lounge area, floor-to-ceiling windows, a spacious dance floor, and lavish chandeliers.

Outside, you will find beautiful terraced gardens for photo ops and mingling after your ceremony. The Connaught Lodge is available for exclusive hire, which comes with access to the main hotel facilities as well as 28 plush bedrooms.

Services Offered
Your wedding breakfast will be created by a talented team of award-winning 2 AA Rosette chefs, using locally-sourced, fresh ingredients where possible and with each dish tailored to suit all dietary requirements.

You can choose the all-inclusive Wedding Bliss package or design a bespoke package with the help of their experienced wedding team. From your first visit to your wedding day, you'll be in the safe hands of their wedding team, who have hosted hundreds of weddings. From a red-carpet arrival to a menu-tasting session, these experts have thought of every detail to ensure your day is unique and effortless.

Newlyweds can look forward to a complimentary stay on their wedding night. There are 81 stylishly designed bedrooms, so guests travelling from afar can enjoy a relaxing stay for a discounted rate. You can visit the spa and swimming pool before and after your big day.

Get in touch for more information and to book your personal tour.

Frequently asked questions

Venue type:

Small hotel
Coastal weddings
Unusual weddings
Large hotel
Outdoor license
Unique weddings

Ceremony options:

Civil ceremony licence

Dining options:

Seated meal facilities
Alcohol licence
Buffet meal facilities
In-house catering

Evening entertainment:

Dance floor
Entertainment licence
Live band facilities
Evening reception facilities
DJ facilities

Overnight accommodation:

Overnight accommodation for wedding couple
Overnight accommodation for guests

Venue staff assistance:

Master of ceremonies/toastmaster
Wedding coordinator

Venue leisure facilities:

Swimming pool
Health suite
Fitness centre

Other features:

Exclusive use
Accessible facilities
Car parking
Confetti permitted
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Reviews for Best Western Plus The Connaught Hotel

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Hitched Wedding Awards 2024 Winner
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45 reviews
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Julie S. Sent on 30/04/2024
5 out of 5 rating

Couldn't have asked for better

After nearly two years of planning we got married at the Connaught in March. We cannot describe how wonderful this place has been. The venue is utterly beautiful, well kept and perfectly located. The staff are absolutely incredible from start to finish. Nothing was too much trouble! It shows in everything they do that they truly are passionate about what they do. We cannot recommend this place enough to any couple looking for somewhere to have their special day, there really is nowhere better.
Neeley C. Sent on 29/04/2024
5 out of 5 rating

Flawless - we wouldn’t change a thing

Maria and the Connaught team made our day an absolute dream. We are so glad that we made the decision to have our wedding at the Connaught. It is a stunning venue, from the ceremony room to the function suite and hotel rooms. The staff are absolute experts in weddings and ensured that our day was perfect through every detail. I would recommend this venue to anyone looking for somewhere to get married. I can’t thank the Connaught enough. We will be back ❤️
Tom G. Sent on 08/04/2024
5 out of 5 rating

Perfect Wedding Day

If you want a wedding with a brilliant package, events manager and service that runs with absolute efficiency, dedication and professionalism, look no further than the Connaught.

From the initial visit and tour of the hotel before booking the wedding, through the complimentary meal tasting session and catch up meetings to the big day itself, Maria (our events manager at the Connaught) and her team have been phenomenal, on hand to answer any questions we have and take on much of the logistics, leaving us only to sort out external things such as the registrar, suits and clothes, a photographer and a cake.

The wedding package gave us a beautiful outdoor wedding and drinks reception with music of our choice, prosecco for us as the bride and groom, the BEST three course meal, a master of ceremonies for the speeches, and an outstanding evening buffet. Not to mention the DJ and disco!

Maria was amazing on the day, making sure pre-ceremony that people were where they needed to be and when, that the bride didn't come in before everyone was ready, and that everything ran like clockwork throughout the day.

We upgraded our room to a suite for the night and were treated to heart shaped confetti on the bed around a folded towel display, to show two swans forming a heart, and had an amazing breakfast the next day too.

We honestly couldn't have been happier elsewhere and the Connaught made our special day perfect.
Clare F. Sent on 15/10/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Utterly perfect in every way

We could not be more grateful to Maria and the team for giving us the most incredible wedding day. I am so glad we booked the Connaught and our guests haven't stopped commenting on what a wonderful wedding it was. From the amazing food, the seamless running of the day, the emotional support from Maria in the weeks running up to it - EVERYTHING. I truly felt like a guest at my own wedding. We were so relaxed, so much love and happiness and everyone there made us feel like we were the only wedding they were going to do this year. We were in such safe hands and felt so truly well looked after. If you are considering getting married here, book it, you won't regret it. Thank you Maria and the team, you've given us the best memories and we will cherish them forever.
Diane C. Sent on 03/10/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Megan and Lauren wedding 30/09/23

Cannot express enough how amazing Maria and the whole team and hotel were for our daughters wedding. Even though we supplied our own decor the staff executed it perfectly and really understood the girls vision. All the staff were amazing. The service was fantastic and the food was just incredible. Everyone commented on how lovely the food was and how beautiful the day was. The girls had an amazing day. Thank you so so much.
Diane and Paul Crocker
Vicky Sent on 18/08/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Truly amazing - thank you so much ❤️

Truly amazing, not only was our wedding day incredible but every time we have visited the Connaught everyone has been so wonderful , we will never forget how special they made us feel x Maria and her team are the most amazing people x thanks so much x
Jayne M. Sent on 29/07/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Fantastic, perfect in every way, pure perfection.

We had the most amazing wedding day, there was not one problem at all, it was perfect in every way. The staff were all amazing all of them, , especially Simon, Maria and Roberto. The food was so tasty and everybody’s food was hot, not easy to do for so many guests. A lot of our guests said it was the best wedding they had been to.. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
Esther D. Sent on 04/04/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Wonderful Venue!

We had a great time planning our wedding. Maria, the wedding coordinator, made it very easy and helped us with a few extra things we wanted to add to our package. Everything was extrenely well organised on the day and several of our guests complemented us on the venue and the friendliness of their staff.
Mark T. Sent on 29/03/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Care and attention from start to finish

We got married in March 2022 and I have to say from the moment we decided upon the Connaught Hotel for our wedding venue we were confident we were in safe hands.
Maria, was excellent. Nothing was too much trouble and her response to any query we had was swift and helpful.
The day itself was amazing. We booked the Brasserie as we felt it was such a warm and light room, nice decor/pictures and 'feel'.
The food was incredible and our guests loved it.
All the staff were incredibly kind and attentive.
Quite simply, it was a perfect venue for our Wedding. Add to that it was amazing value.
If you want to get married and have your Wedding Breakfast and Evening Reception all in one place, close to the sea, do take a look at The Connaught.
Rachel R. Sent on 29/03/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Perfect day from start to finish ❤️

We cannot recommend The Connaught Hotel enough! They were amazing from beginning to the end, there’s not a single thing we would change 🥰 Maria and all the staff were so helpful nothing was too much. If you’re reading this book a viewing you will not be disappointed I promise 😊
Agnes W. Sent on 29/03/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Excellent service and organisation

We were so glad to choose The Connaught Hotel. They’re made our day truly so special from the start to the end. Management was so helpful with everything. Hotel room was so comfortable. The food was absolutely amazing and the service was brilliant. We felt ourselves like celebrities. I only can highly recommend The Connaught Hotel. Special thank you to Maria who made my dream wedding became true.
Emily A. Sent on 12/06/2024
4.6 out of 5 rating

Such a magical day.

We got married on the 31st May 2024.There were a few issues with communication at the beginning, We were then assigned Maria. She was Incredible, nothing was ever to much trouble, we then had a meeting with Maria in person to go through the whole day and she put my mind at ease I could then start to enjoy the wedding planning, the whole day was exactly what I hoped for and more, lovely staff, beautiful venue, we had a lot of comments about how amazing all the food was. Overall the most magical day.
Taryn S. Sent on 28/05/2024
5 out of 5 rating

10/10 would highly recommend ❤️

I would highly recommend the Connaught hotel for a wedding venue. We got married here back in December and the day couldn’t have gone anymore perfect ffrom start to finish. The planning was stress free and communication was top, Maria made the whole process enjoyable and we couldn’t recommend her enough! The staff go above and beyond, i wish we could do it all over again.
Shannon Sent on 12/05/2024
5 out of 5 rating

Amazing day, amazing team

We recently got married at the connaught and the day was flawless. The staff were amazing, nothing was too much hassle, they really made the effort with all of our guests creating such a warm welcoming space. Everyone commented on how lovely the food was and the venue itself. We are so happy we chose this venue, they delivered us the perfect day and we will always be so grateful. ❤️
Sam H. Sent on 30/04/2024
5 out of 5 rating

A big thanks for our special day

The team at The Connaught helped to make our day better than we had ever imagined and I cannot thank them enough.

Maria helped guide us every step of the way throughout the planning and made sure we had every aspect covered which took a lot of the stress away for us.

On the day and throughout the actual set up I need to give special thanks to Christina, Kevin and Piotr all of whom helped to bring our vision to life and helped things keep running smoothly so we didn't have to worry and could just enjoy the day.

You not only get great value for money and a wonderful venue but a team that deserve all the praise possible.
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