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On Hitched.co.uk since 2022

Last update: May 2024

The Cumberland Hotel is an elegant wedding venue located in Bournemouth, Dorset. Here, you can make the most of England's beautiful South Coast and celebrate in luxury. The hotel is located on the prestigious East Cliff, overlooking miles of beautiful golden sandy beaches. It offers clean white lines, green palms, an interior of class and opulence, and a Miami-inspired lido deck.

Facilities and Capacity

The Cumberland Hotel can cater for weddings with between 10 and 200 guests. Bespoke celebrations can also be accommodated. To-be-weds can spend their day in the main venue and accompanying cocktail reception room, offering plenty of space for mingling with loved ones. A private bar can be provided for drinks in the evening. Once the celebrations have drawn to a close, the newlyweds can retire to a honeymoon suite with a sea view.

Services Offered

Weddings at The Cumberland Hotel will be planned by couples and the venue's dedicated in-house team. The dynamic operations team, who are all fully trained in customer service, will then bring it to life. They specialise in customising each big day to make it bespoke. Wedding packages here include the support of a coordinator, a three-course wedding breakfast, and coffee and mints. Other features on offer include a cake table, knife and stand, alongside white linen napkins, chair covers, and black table cloths. A free disco and DJ can also be organised.

Cuisine

Wedding packages at this hotel have been designed to offer you the opportunity to design your own food and drink package. Menus and food are chosen to reflect both traditional dishes and new contemporary favourites. You're invited to attend a menu tasting with the culinary team to decide which dishes you want to choose. The team takes great care to select the freshest produce available. The wines on offer are also selected to offer old world classics, new world favourites, and fair trade options. The Silver Drinks Package includes a drink on arrival, two glasses of wine with the meal, and a toasting drink.

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Frequently asked questions

Venue type:

Coastal weddings
In the city
Large hotel

Ceremony options:

Civil ceremony licence

Dining options:

Seated meal facilities
Corkage option
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:

Car parking
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Reviews for The Cumberland Hotel

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21 reviews
100% recommend it
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Carol
Carol L. Sent on 06/02/2024
5 out of 5 rating

Wonderful Wedding Venue

With only 9 weeks until our wedding, we learnt that our venue was closing. Slight panic set in. A few phone calls later we had an appointment, for the next day, to meet Edward, as they had our weekend free and could accommodate our special day from start to finish. Following that meeting, we signed the paperwork, paid the deposit and breathed a huge sigh of relief, in the realisation that we had been very lucky.
Several meetings to sort out all the little details and arrange room bookings for the weekend followed. We were left feeling, that actually, our day, in some repects, could tun out to be even better than at the previous venue.
Next came a menu tasting. Due to time scales, we had chosen our menu and issued it to our guests for selection. Wow, we were not disappointed. There was nothing to fault, which for us is no mean feat. It was a wonderful evening. The staff were very attentive and polite, not just to us, but the whole ethos in the restaurant was as it should be. We left feeling full and secure in the knowledge that it was all going to be great.
To cut, what could be a very long story short, the day was a massive success. The ceremony was commented on by several guests. The day flowed as planned, the food was wonderful. Our planner Edward, who was overseeing his first solo wedding, was in the wings the whole time, making sure all went accordning to plan. Anything that was needed was arranged. We didn't have to worry about a thing and we had an absolutley amazing weekend.
We would like to thank Edward, Zack, Inacio and the their teams for everything.
Marti_and_Joe
Marti B. Sent on 20/07/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Amazing day

Chloe and the venue made the whole experience very smooth and really helped make the experience a lot less stressful. The room looked beautiful and the food was great. Our friends and family really enjoyed the day. Thank you!
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Daniel Sent on 17/02/2024
5 out of 5 rating

Everything went perfect

The whole day was perfect from start to finish Chloe is always easy to contact and the staff was so friendly and helpful all day long. The food was brilliant and portions was bigger than any other wedding Iv been to highly recommend
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Charleen Sent on 01/02/2024
5 out of 5 rating

Wedding June 2023

I honestly cannot recommend the Cumberland and the staff enough!
Our wedding was in June 2023 and from our first visit we were made to feel amazing! No request was too big and Chloe went above and beyond to make sure our day went as perfectly as possible
She was in contact regularly to go over lighting, music, and any other special requests. The day before we were able to take all our decorations to the venue and all were carefully stored for us. The next day I literally didn’t have to worry about a thing the staff arranged the room to our specifications perfectly and everything went so smoothly there was absolutely no stress for any of us which was amazing! Room changes were flawless there was no hassle or idle waiting around, the Dj the hotel provided as well was brilliant 🤩

All the staff are super friendly and helpful, the food and drink selection were perfect and all our guests commented on how nice the buffet selection was on the day it suited everyone from children to adults alike .

Our price covered everything including night before the wedding room for the bride, night of the wedding for bride and groom with breakfast, reception (minus the registra fee) drinks reception (1 glass of Prosecco for each guest) buffet for all guests (10 children - 100 adults) and a glass of Prosecco for each adult guest and the evening reception with Dj and pulled pork baps

I highly recommend if you’re looking for the perfect hotel wedding venue you will not be disappointed here the price point was the best we looked at and absolutely amazing value for the 5* service we were provided with
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Kerry M. Sent on 24/05/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Couldn’t of asked for a better wedding day.

From booking our wedding in 2019 for our big day to be in 2020 until COVID hit, Lisa our wedding organiser was amazing!!! She kept us in the loop and postponed/rearranged twice with no quibble. She had so much attention to detail and wanted to make our day special. She took endless phone calls and replied to the annoying emails, trying to make our day perfect. She noted everything we wanted and everything was placed exactly where we asked on the day. Lisa contacted the different suppliers of the photographer, cake, light up letters and the photo booth so that everything ran smoothly.

The layout of the room was great and tables placed strategically, the turn around for transforming the room at each point was super efficient.

I cannot thank her enough for how amazing our day turned out, we absolutely loved it and the staff at the Cumberland, they where all fantastic and I would highly recommend having your special day with them. All the guests commented on how amazing it was and how they hadn’t been to a wedding that just flowed like it did there before.

Thank you so much Lisa, the staff and of course the kitchen for the amazing food choices ordered and cooked to perfection, which was served throughout the day, amazing.
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Emma P. Sent on 18/05/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Amazing Wedding

Right from our first meeting with Lisa Dowdall-Sousa, she and The Cumberland did not disappoint. Throughout our wedding reception the staff were courteous and attentive, the whole team couldn't do enough to help. Ourselves and all our guests had a wonderful time, we highly recommend Lisa and her team.
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Michelle Sent on 17/02/2020
5 out of 5 rating

Wedding

I recently got married at The Cumberland Hotel and highly recommend the venue. All the way through the process the staff were exceptionally helpful and friendly and Lisa who looked after our wedding from the initial booking was just fantastic. Everything ran smoothly on the day and our families were extremely impressed by the food, staff and venue itself. If your looking for a wedding venue with the personal touch then The Cumberland would be a great option.

Thank you everyone for making my day so special.

Michelle & Mark’
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Lizzie Sent on 17/02/2020
5 out of 5 rating

Wedding Ceremony in the Oceana Suite

Absolutely beautiful, such a lovely place to get married. Staff were all polite and the wedding planner carried out such an amazing well timed job. Food was delicious and served piping hot.to a beautifully laid table. Well done to the chef and kitchen staff/waiters/waitresses. Would certainly recommend this as a venue for couples looking for an alternative to getting married abroad, no need when England offers this wedding package. - A great big thank you to all staff who ensured my daughter had the best day of her life.
Also got to see inside of the brooklyn suite which was spotlessly clean just like the rest of the hotel, the room had a brilliant view of the ocean.’
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Caroline Sent on 17/02/2020
5 out of 5 rating

Weddign Reception and Party

We booked our wedding reception and eve party here on 16 Nov 19. From start to finish Lisa and Zack were amazing, so friendly, helpful and supportive. We used the ocean ballroom which was suitably decorated with a few xmas decs and really suited our theme. The food, set up, service, music and venue were perfect. I did not have to worry about anything. They helped with the preparation of the room in the day too which took a big weight off me!
Callum the DJ was great and played all the music we requested. All in all a great night had, feedback has been so positive, everyone loved it. Highly recommend.’
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Adam Sent on 17/02/2020
5 out of 5 rating

Wedding Weekend

When we started looking for wedding venues last year we viewed nearly everything in Dorset. We walked into the Oceana suite at the Cumberland hotel and instantly fell in love and knew this was the place we wanted to get married.
From our initial meeting with Lisa we felt completely safe in her hands. She is so lovely but a complete professional. Being someone who normally likes to take control I was more than happy to let Lisa take the lead. She listens to what you want makes suggestions you may not have thought about and makes your dreams a reality.
We decided to stay the night before we had a beautiful room with a sea view the room was immaculate.
The wedding day itself ran like clockwork. We didn’t even notice the staff around us as they went about their business making our day so enjoyable. I would like to mention the duty manager that day Jenny, she was so warm nothing was too much trouble and just made our day feel even more perfect so thank you Jenny. The room looked perfect, my guests were blown away with how delicious the food was. We really did have the greatest day. Our DJ was provided by the hotel listened to what we wanted and nailed it, the dance floor never empty.
We hired Garry Foley (elvis tribute act) for our entertainment who has worked with the Cumberland for many years and so I felt completely relaxed in the knowledge he could set up without any issue.
So if anybody out there is looking for a venue and a stress free day the Cumberland and their staff are amazing. Ask for Lisa she won’t let you down!’
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Anonymous Sent on 17/02/2020
5 out of 5 rating

Wedding

We had our wedding here on 2.11.19. We had the absolute pleasure of having Brian as our wedding coordinator. From the very first time we spoke until the wedding was over, Brian has gone above and beyond to make our day perfect. Nothing was too much trouble, and he kept in constant contact, answering even the smallest questions wasn't an issue. His organisational skills are second to none, and he really made us both feel at ease.
The breakfast selection is lovely! Rooms are clean, and very welcoming. The staff were lovely too.
Thank you, especially Brian. He is a credit to the company.’
M
Mrs Sent on 09/07/2019
5 out of 5 rating

Womderful Wedding

Hi Brian

We had a wonderful Wedding. I can't thank you and the staff of the hotel enough. the food was amazing and the head guy in the restaurant (sorry I don't know his name) and the other waiting staff were amazing.

Everything ran very smoothly and I (we) didn't have to worry about anything. I only have one teenie tiny thing and that is it would have been helpful if there had been cards by the Indian food so everyone new which curry was which.

I will miss meeting up with you and chatting, could've talked to you for hours about gardening and the Theatre. You are a very warm and engaging person and i'm so glad we picked you and the hotel to celebrate our Wedding.
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Susie Sent on 04/05/2019
5 out of 5 rating

wedding of Mr & Mrs Mark & Sonia Storrie

Nice hotel and friendly staff
We stayed overnight as my cousin was renewing her wedding vows there.
The Oceana function room was beautiful. The food was very yummy.
The staff were friendly and helpful.
We stayed in a comfort double which was lovely, clean and tidy. We were very impressed with breakfast and the amount of choice.
We would happy to visit again.
G
Grant Sent on 04/05/2019
5 out of 5 rating

Wedding 21st April 2018

We had our wedding at The Cumberland Hotel and from start to finish the service has been excellent. Lisa Dowdall-Sousa looked after us and was professional but also friendly through the whole process. Nothing was too much trouble.
We had a taster evening before the wedding to decide what food to choose and on the day though the hotel was busy with other guests the standard and quality of the food was excellent. All our guests were extremely complimentary on the delicious food served and the polite professional staff serving.
Lisa helped us through every part of the day and couldn’t do enough for us. Every aspect of the wedding went faultlessly onto the next part with all the staff attending to the guests needs.
I would recommend The Cumberland Hotel as an amazing venue for a wedding. Thank you Lisa for making our day so memorable and happy for everyone.
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Louise Sent on 04/05/2019
5 out of 5 rating

Wedding Venue

I hired this venue for my wedding reception, Lauren the wedding planner was amazing, she went above and beyond her job discription and I can’t imagine anyone doing a better job for us, the food was lovely and constantly topped up, everyone was friendly, we had to remind the hotel to clean the bridal room after we had emptied the bridesmaids bit but other than that amazing service
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