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Last update: November 2023
Sopley Mill is a charming wedding venue in Christchurch, Dorset. Much of its main building still has the original features of the vintage watermill with its rich oak beams. Here, you and yours can enjoy incredible views over the Avon water meadows, flanked on both sides by the Avon River. This fantastic location is completely private without a house in view– and it’s also conveniently minutes from central Bournemouth and Christchurch.
Facilities and Capacity
You and your party will have exclusive access to the venue’s get-ready facilities for a comfortable day-of preparation. There are three main floors to the building linked by a lift. The top floor has seating space for 100 individuals and a functional kitchen. You will find a dance floor and ceremony room on the second floor, while the ground floor is ideally suited for some rest and relaxation. Two rooms are licensed primarily for wedding ceremonies, and you also have the option to get married outside on the terrace. In the summer months, this expansive terrace is an ideal reception area; however, there is plenty of room on the ground floor in case of unforeseen weather changes. During the winter, you can enjoy the two log fires, many candlelit rooms, and twinkly lights that make the Mill warm, cosy, and romantic.
Whether your wedding is small and intimate or a larger gathering, Sopley Mill is versatile for either. The venue offers two different rental options for couples, including hiring the building on its own and designing every detail themselves. Alternatively, those who desire help and guidance can find all the assistance they need courtesy of the in-house event staff. A list of recommended vendors is available and provides you with contacts who can make planning your big day a breeze. Additional benefits included in your rental range from on-site parking for 80 cars, good local hotels for accommodation, and wheelchair access within the main building.
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Great Venue! Great staff!
Wonderful place, wonderful people
I can't even begin to explain how much hard work the team must have put in to make sure our wedding and the weddings of other couples were able to go ahead during this strange time. They were wonderful at replying to emails and questions and put together lots of information to help us plan our day and keep our guests safe.
The venue is utterly beautiful and well worth a visit. The gardens are gorgeous and flanked by rivers and open countryside. The mill building has been renovated to a high standard and is full of character and charm. My favourite part of the building is definitely the interior window over the river running under the mill.
Sopley Mill is a great venue because they have a list of recommended suppliers which are all high-quality and experienced professionals.
We chose to have an all day DJ service which was run by WePerform. The venue does have a decibel limit due to the proximity of the neighbours, however, this was definitely not an issue. The music was great and we were able to have a lovely evening.
The bar service was also run by the in-house bar team, Tom's Bar. Their service was equally excellent and the staff were clearly experienced in working at the venue and ensuring weddings run smoothly.
We chose the catering company Red Cherry which was fantastic. They have extensive food catering options and many meal choices which all sound delicious. The food was great and lots of our guests complimented the meals. Wayne is also very flexible and fun to work with.
I would highly recommend holding your wedding or other event at Sopley Mill. It's an idyllic venue run by lovely, kind, professional and hard-working staff. I'm just very sad that I won't get the chance to go back any time soon!
The perfect location with perfect support
A gorgeous venue in the heart of Dorset
The only thing to note was that Sopley had only allowed on-the-day access 9 am, which I know led to short turnarounds; we were glad we had a wedding coordinator to help with this fast turnaround.
A gorgeous venue for a cosy festive winter wedding
We loved getting married at Sopley and can't thank the team enough!
The best day of our Lives!
Spend your money elsewhere.
However, they were incredibly unfair and ruthless when we had to change our date due to Covid. Get insurance if you book with Sopley Mill otherwise they’ll force you out of pocket if you have to change when it’s not your fault.
Truly memorable day despite what was going on elsewhere with the pandemic.
Keep doing an amazing job
With such a beautiful setting and friendly staff it really makes the difference, as it did calm our nerves and we had the best day, better than we could have possibly hoped for.
I honestly hands down can not give anything negative to say because the service and quality top class. All I can say is keep doing an amazing job .
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