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Civil Ceremonies

Wedding Venue in Dorset at Forde Abbey

Forde Abbey offers a truly spectacular location in Dorset for celebrating your wedding. It affords a unique wedding experience by combining a beautiful and historic country house venue with award-winning gardens. Due to the monastic history of the building, and the sympathetic manner in which it has been converted into a family home, the features of the rooms on offer to bridal parties are not found in any other building in England. They combine to provide a wedding venue in Dorset that offers romance, elegance, grandeur and beauty not available anywhere else. To add to that special feeling, Forde Abbey never books more than one wedding at a weekend, giving you exclusive use of this special house.

Forde Abbey has two rooms available for civil ceremonies:

wedding venue dorsetThe magnificent Great Hall will seat up to 200 people and offers an event of sheer grandeur. The Great Hall opens onto the front lawn through the archway of Chard’s Tower, allowing your guests to spill out into the beautiful gardens after the ceremony. For a winter ceremony, the fire and chandelier are lit, creating a warm and romantic atmosphere for you and your guests.

For a cosier ceremony, the Monks’ Refectory will accommodate up to 80 people. This room, which is not usually open to the public, allows a more intimate and informal setting. It has its own entry from the gardens.

Despite its Somerset address, Forde Abbey is in Dorset and so couples looking for a civil ceremony should contact Dorset County Council to book a registrar.

Following the ceremony, Forde Abbey is available for either an afternoon or an evening reception.

To request a copy of our wedding pack please click here, or to download a pdf of our wedding pack please click here.