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Last update: October 2023

Now you’re planning your big day, the magnificent Mercure Blackburn Dunkenhalgh Hotel & Spa is the perfect setting for your wedding.

Set in idyllic Lancashire countryside, this romantic venue provides a unique backdrop to make your photographs stunning and your day unforgettable. Arriving via the tree-lined drive, loved ones can explore the picturesque grounds and courtyard before enjoying an evening banquet inside.

The beautiful 12th century manor house with its turrets and porticos, makes for a spectacular first impression, setting the tone for your celebrations.

Facilities and Capacity

The Dunkenhalgh is part of the Mercure Hotel group and so is synonymous with elegance and excellent customer care. With lofty ceilings, stylish furnishings and a sweeping 18th century staircase, this impressive venue is ideal for all types of weddings, from religious weddings to civil ceremonies, same sex ceremonies to the renewal of vows.

Whether you’re planning an intimate reception for 20 of your closest family and friends, or a lavish multi-day celebration with 370 guests, we’re here to ensure you get hitched without a hitch.

The hotel is licensed for civil ceremonies, so you can exchange vows on the grounds or choose from one of our luxurious event suites. Couples may host a cocktail reception in the courtyard, or have scenic photographs in the gardens. A choice of rooms are available for your wedding breakfast and evening reception including The Towneley Suite or The Pendle. Both of these venues offer natural daylight, luxuriant decor, and chandelier lighting.

Before or after your special day, family and friends can relax at the hotel spa, complete with gym and leisure facilities and beauty treatment rooms.

Services Offered

Our in-house wedding co-ordinators are on hand to plan every detail of your special day from start to finish. We relish in bringing couples’ wishes to life.

You can select an external caterer of your choice or opt for in-house catering. From buffets and canapés to formal dining, the choice is yours when it comes to curating the perfect party.

Wedding planning can be stressful, but the Mercure Blackburn Dunkenhalgh Hotel & Spa team has years of experience and an immeasurable passion for creating stress-free dream weddings.

Accommodation

Newlyweds are treated to a night in one of our lavish Executive bedrooms. Guests can avail of discounted room rates for the night of the wedding.

The rooms are a combination of traditional sophistication and modern comfort. Complete with ensuite facilities and contemporary amenities, the overnight accommodation has everything guests need for a restful stay.

Frequently asked questions

Venue type:

Asian wedding
Castle
Historic
Large hotel

Ceremony options:

Civil ceremony licence

Dining options:

Seated meal facilities
Corkage option
Private catering allowed
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
Beautician
Fitness centre

Other features:

Exclusive use
Accessible facilities
Car parking
Confetti permitted
Changing room for wedding guests
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4.8 out of 5 rating
38 reviews
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38 reviews
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Matilda Sent on 03/11/2023
5 out of 5 rating

A blessing

If you are looking for a romantic venue, with the best assistance from a hotel . Look no further than Mercure Blackburn . Special thanks to Danielle in the events team and everyone who helped made our wedding successful . It was truly amazing . Customer service was impeccable .
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Lee S. Sent on 18/10/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Amazing Beautiful Venue

From planning our big day to our big day on 25/09/23 everything was above and beyond what we’d both Imagined
Edwena was a Fantastic Master of Ceremonies and Danielle Pollitt also helped us Achieve the Wedding of our Dreams
Highly Recommend
Mr & Mr Sellers
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Uzma S. Sent on 20/06/2023
2.8 out of 5 rating

Was a learning curve

On my wedding day which was last year, I encountered a lot of problems, which made the day less enjoyable and caused disappointment for the event.
To begin with on entrance to the venue, the first thing I saw on the board was my name as bride getting married to my mum. Not my husbands name.
That had to be amended.

Once in the room, no phone connection.
No window would open.

it was hot.

I had to go downstairs to reception to order my lunch , whilst getting ready.

In the hall when my mother got there, we had no named person to help on hand.

We couldn't find anyone to help with air conditioning system.
The sound system or to help with kitchen needs.

My mother was all over looking for someone and the front desk was not fully staffed to get anyone to help, as a result the decor on tables, the candles were not lit.

It was quite an experience really, for all the reasons we didn't want it to be. I did make recommendations for further events, so that this would not happen to another couples wedding again.
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Rachel M. Sent on 08/08/2020
4.8 out of 5 rating

Loved the Dunkenhalgh

Loved the hotel. Looked great on our pics as lovely exterior and sweeping staircase. We hired the Pendle Suite which is a very spacious large room. We had our ceremony and then our wedding breakfast / party in this room. We needed to self cater as we wanted Kosher food and we were able to use our own caterer.
Joanne the wedding co-ordinator was great, very friendly and helpful. Alex the banqueting manager was available on the day to oversee everything which was a great help.
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Zaakirah N. Sent on 27/09/2021
1.6 out of 5 rating

Extremely disappointing

Due to covid we had to rebook but finally when it went ahead, emails were not repled to, calls were not returned. On the day no welcome sign, on the hottest day aircon not on, duty manager was hardly there, she took cake to cut & disappeared for so long we had to go & find her. After event my email with feedback did not get replied to, Karen is events manager, was very stressful dealing with her, felt ignored & she didn’t even apologise.
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Susan Sent on 15/10/2019
5 out of 5 rating

Heart Felt Thanks

I would never book or buy anything from a first look however I was so impressed with the staff and how they first looked after us right down to the detailed explanation of how everything would work we just booked and I can’t tell you how happy we are that I did. I was kept up to date with everything from day one and all we asked for was not only executed but to excess, all your staff from the wonderful people serving breakfast to the ladies at reception could not have been more kind. I use that word “kind” as it’s a long way from just nice that really made us feel that they cared and we mattered and that’s a big difference.
I also need to mention two ladies above all as without them not only would the day have been much less enjoyable for all our guests my now wife would have had a melt down but they kept every worry away from her and myself.

I would like to shower the highest praise on Joanne Pilling who organised everything with me up to a Week before the wedding and the wonderful lady who looked after me the whole week before and was on the ground during the two days we spent at the hotel Edwena, I truly can’t tell you how much of an asset these two ladies are to you they are more than lovely and I would like to pass on our most heartfelt thanks and we will make sure our paths cross again soon.
Thank you all so much our entire lives from now on will be enhanced by the memories of our wedding day and that is all down to your staff so they will be with us forever.
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Mrs Sent on 16/09/2019
5 out of 5 rating

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts

Hi Joanne

I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for all your hard work and organising the day for me. Everything went really well for Usaid and Ayesha, I had such good feedback from the guests it truly made my day. From booking the venue to the actual wedding day, I couldn’t have wanted it any better, thank you for all your efforts and hard work and putting up with my continuous demands. I will check with the photographer and share pictures of the actual day. Thank you once again on behalf of all the Saleh family.
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Sonia Sent on 16/09/2019
5 out of 5 rating

Thank you

Hello Joanne
I would like to thank you on behalf of myself, Zaki and the rest of the family for making Zaks wedding a fantastic event at Mercure. Dunkenhalgh Hotel. Your service and advice was much appreciated throughout. Alex managed the eve of the wedding function so well so please do pass on our regards and thanks, he made sure that all our requests were made. Any problems were resolved very quickly.
I will be recommending Mercure Dunkenhalgh to my friends and family for sure.
Thank you Joanne and Alex
Best wishes for the future
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Brendan Sent on 29/08/2019
5 out of 5 rating

Perfect Day

Just like to say that we had a fantastic time. Everything was perfect and the staff were great. It went very smoothly and our families had a great time too. Thanks for all your help Joanne. Edwina was amazing she really knows her stuff and made the day run smoothly too.

Big thank you to you all for making our day so special.
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Wendy Sent on 06/06/2019
5 out of 5 rating

Perfect, thank you.

Hi Joanne,

Yes we are enjoying our week off and settling into married life now.

We were both really pleased with everything you and the team did for us. The day was perfect and couldn't have gone any better. I'd be grateful if you could also pass on our thanks to Edwina as she was fantastic on the day. We were really impressed with the room, it was beautiful. The DJ was great, he played everything we asked for and the karaoke was fantastic.
All our guests really enjoyed the day and said the food was lovely.

Thanks,
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Sharon Sent on 06/06/2019
5 out of 5 rating

A massive thank you

Hello Joanne
We would both like to say a big thank you to you all who helped us and for making the day we wanted. It couldn't have gone better . It was a really good day for us . All I can say is a massive THANK YOU
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Imran Sent on 24/01/2019
5 out of 5 rating

Perfect in every way

Hi Joanne,

Many thanks for your email.
The wedding was perfect in every way and we’re on our way back to the airport now after a wonderful honeymoon.

Thank you to all the team at Dunkenhalgh hotel for making our day run smoothly. Really appreciated you coming to see if everything was ok. A special thanks also to Meghan, she was fantastic.

The feedback from the family and relatives was very positive.

Keep up the good work and god bless you all in making dreams come true. Thanks again!

Kind regards,
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Anonymous Sent on 11/10/2018
5 out of 5 rating

The best day of our lives

The wedding was honestly the best day of our lives. It was above and beyond our expectations and we had a ball.
Edwena was absolutely fantastic and I can’t thank her enough for what she did for us. You were amazing too!!!

The wedding was outstanding and flowed amazingly. Everyone was so helpful and friendly and a lot of guests said it was the best wedding they had ever been to. The food was exceptional aswell, honestly we are so so pleased. Thank you so much
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Mrs Sent on 11/10/2018
5 out of 5 rating

Thank you

Hi Joanne,

I just wanted to drop a quick email to thank you for all your support with my wedding event on the 12th August.

Mark Braysford was extremely supportive and handled everything really well, from announcements and ensuring everything ran smoothly!
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Anonymous Sent on 18/07/2018
5 out of 5 rating

Thank you

We had an amazing day and everything ran wonderfully.

Thank you very much for all your help running up to the wedding and to Peter who did an amazing job on the day.
He worked so hard to ensure it ran smoothly and hopefully he enjoyed the entertainment as well
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