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On since 2022

Last update: November 2023

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.


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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100% Recommended by couples

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18 reviews
Marti B. Married on 17/07/2022
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!
Emma P. Married on 16/04/2022
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.
Kerry M. Married on 30/05/2020
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.
Lizzie Married on 28/11/2019
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 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.’
Caroline Married on 16/11/2019
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.’
Anonymous Married on 02/11/2019
5 out of 5 rating


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.’
Adam Married on 26/10/2019
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!’
Michelle Married on 05/10/2019
5 out of 5 rating


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’
Mrs Married on 14/06/2019
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.
Kariines Married on 08/03/2019
5 out of 5 rating

Wedding Reception

Lisa was very accommodating and helpful with us. Our booking was short notice but she made sure that all our requests were done. All the staff who served us were friendly. The venue was very clean and appropriate for the event. They can also the flower arrangements upon request. The food was really delicious although it took a while for the main course to be served but it was worth it anyway. Thank you for making our day extra special!
Mark Married on 08/09/2018
5 out of 5 rating

Wedding of the Year

The Cumberland hotel hosted our Art Deco style wedding on the 08th September 2018
We chose the venue because we had eaten here before in the Ventana Restaurant and had previously spent many evenings with friends and family.
We met with our wedding planner Brian Robbins a year and a half ago and we knew from that day we had chosen well. Brian was just amazing , nothing was too much trouble , he was always on hand when ever you needed to chat or meet
Brian made sure everything on the day ran to clockwork
We had over 100 guests stay with us for the whole weekend and everybody totally enjoyed themselves, the food was just amazing for the wedding breakfast and evening B-B-Q
We take our hats off to all the staff at the Cumberland Hotel you made our day even more special by making us totally able to enjoy ours with no worries

All our love

Mark and Del Kensley-Thompson
Anonymous Married on 07/09/2018
5 out of 5 rating


OMG, OMG what a brilliant, wonderful time we had getting married at the Cumberland Hotel, the best and our favourite hotel in Bournemouth. Huge thanks to all the staff involved especially Lauren Rabbets for her professionalism, diligence, support and organising the whole day/event it went without a single hitch. Also an enormous thanks to all the staff, to Zak who always goes above and beyond his role and kept us smiling all day. To Erica for keeping our room lovely, and to all the rest of the staff at the Cumberland who made our day. We cannot praise this hotel enough thanks guys see you soon. Lots love Eileen & John Farnham
Anonymous Married on 03/08/2018
5 out of 5 rating

Wedding Venue

We booked the Cumberland Hotel because is one of the best hotels in Bournemouth to celebrate ourwedding and we love the art deco.

A big thank you to Brian Robbins for being very helpful and professional. We really appreciated it. Brian was always providing useful piece of advice. He also liased with the decoration and cake suppliers which made our life much easier. Brian also offered to change the suite with balcony which was perfect to take photos with my parents and friends before the ceremony. Definetely he delivered a great and amazing customer service.

The organization was great. We had the ceremony and reception at the hotel and everything went smoothly. Everybody enjoyed breakfast and evening buffet which was very tasty.

We would highly recommend the Cumberland Hotel as a wedding venue.
Anonymous Married on 02/08/2018
5 out of 5 rating


Brian the wedding coordinator was amazing from start to end, he listened and made our ideas and wishes come true. The venue was incredible, a stunning location for a wedding overlooking the Dorset beaches. The organisation and attention to detail was outstanding. My husband and I couldn’t have wished for a more perfect day and this was down to Brian and his team at this wonderful hotel. Thank you so Much, Katie and Ian
Susie Married on 16/06/2018
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.
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