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On since 2022

Last update: May 2024

Hidden away in the Dorset countryside just outside Wareham, Smedmore House is a timeless and elegant wedding venue with breath-taking views of the Jurassic Coast. One of Dorset's finest Georgian Manor Houses, this coastal landmark offers an unparalleled level of tranquillity and intimacy for your wedding day. Distinguished for its friendly atmosphere, it's an ideal place for you to start the next chapter of your life with the person you love.

Facilities and Capacity

Smedmore House is licensed for weddings and civil ceremonies in a variety of different locations. You can choose to say 'I do' in one of the elegant rooms, or, if the British weather holds good, you can hold your ceremony outdoors on the avenue with its views of the sea. The secluded venue also boasts a stunning walled garden where many couples choose to exchange vows or hold drinks before heading to the marquee for dinner. For your reception, Smedmore's pristine lawns make the ideal location for a large marquee site. With the beautiful house as the backdrop and exotic blooms throughout, there could be no more gorgeous a setting for you to celebrate surrounded by your loved ones. Those free to embrace a weekend wedding can enjoy at least two nights' accommodation in the historic house, which sleeps 16.

Services Offered

The small and dedicated team at Smedmore House will be on hand to assist with any part of the planning. They seek to be more than accommodating in allowing your wedding dreams to flower into reality, supporting you in every instance. The venue comes with a list of recommended marquee suppliers and excellent caterers who can offer you a very wide range of options. For more information on how this charming historic home could play host to your perfect wedding, please do not hesitate to contact them.

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Frequently asked questions

Venue type:

In the country
Coastal weddings
Unusual weddings
Stately home
Marquees and tents
Outdoor license
Unique weddings

Ceremony options:

Civil ceremony licence

Dining options:

Corkage option
Private catering allowed

Evening entertainment:

Marquee available
Live band facilities
Evening reception facilities
DJ facilities

Overnight accommodation:

Overnight accommodation for wedding couple
Overnight accommodation for guests

Venue staff assistance:

Wedding coordinator

Venue leisure facilities:


Other features:

Exclusive use
Accessible facilities
Car parking
Changing room for wedding guests
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Reviews for Smedmore House

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Gillian Sent on 04/06/2019
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We had the most amazing weekend with our family and friends. It was our daughter’s wedding weekend and Smedmore House was the perfect place to celebrate. The staff were so accommodating and helpful. Everyone so fantastic. Thank you so much and hope to see you again one day.
Vivian Sent on 04/06/2019
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Excellent Event

We very much enjoyed our stay at Smedmore last weekend and the wedding went extremely well, helped by the unexpectedly good weather we had on the day! I have to say, Julie and her team at the house were superb and could not have been more helpful. They definitely contributed to the overall success of the event. And I must also mention the good work of Glyn in the garden, which looked wonderful.
Hannah Sent on 22/10/2018
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What a marvellous place to get married. We couldn’t have imagined a more perfect place to celebrate our wedding. Smedmore House will be forever in our hearts.
Anonymous Sent on 22/10/2018
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Truly Magical

A truly magical experience! The wedding was half-Norwegian and half English so for them it was so lovely to see and experience such a slice of English history. All our thanks
Sebastian Sent on 22/10/2018
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Could not have hoped for anything more

We could not have hoped for a more perfect setting for our wedding weekend. The weather was absolutely glorious and we enjoyed the beautiful garden and view immensely. Our family and friends loved being able to stay in the house and we felt very much at home here. We would love to return again to enjoy everything that Smedmore has to offer.A special thanks to Julie, Charlotte, Sue and Gary for all their help in making our wedding weekend so memorable
Bob Sent on 22/10/2018
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Truly perfect in every way

One perfect week, a beautiful and very personal wedding and we don’t want to leave!! This now feels like our home! We have promised to come here and celebrate each and every wedding anniversary as this place holds such wonderful, happy and precious memories. Our family and friends have been overwhelmed with this glorious place, the location, the gardens, the history and yet its homeliness. The association with the Suffragette movement was particularly impressive. Thank you once again and see you next year Julie!!
Katy Sent on 22/10/2018
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Thank you from the very bottom of our hearts!

A huge thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all the love, support, help and kindness that you have shown us both. From the first visit to Smedmore Julie has been unbelievably welcoming and it is fair to say that she, as well as the house, were the reasons we chose to have our special day here. Everyone has commented on the breath-taking views, the beautiful house and gardens. The house is absolutely exceptional with a vibrancy and character that is so unique. Keep doing what you are doing; its just fantastic here! We will never forget this weekend; the best day of our lives! Thank you so much
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