Weddings & Civil Ceremonies at Merley House Function & Wedding Venue in Dorset

Unlike many wedding and civil ceremony venues, Merley House can be booked exclusively for you and your guests to enjoy. As such it offers elegance, refinement and seclusion for your special occasion.

A bride wearing a white flowing wedding dress holding a bouquet of flowers climbing a grand staircase decorated with ribbons
the entrance to Merley House. A stone staircase leading to large wooden doors with two small trees on either side
A small circular garden with a stone fountain in the middle

Licensed for Marriages & Civil Partnerships

Merley House has 3 state rooms licensed for ceremonies, making it a perfect wedding venue or affordable alternative to a registry office, thanks to our ceremony license. You can book Merley House exclusively for you and your guests to enjoy, allowing you to host the entire day from one location.

At Merley House we are more than happy to tailor our packages to your individual requirements. We believe everyone is unique and so is every event and celebration, so let your imagination take over and enjoy the freedom to create your perfect day.

We are proud to work with a fantastic selection of local caterers who can provide high quality food and professional service for your event. You can download our list of recommended caterers here.

A large, elegant room set up for a wedding with multiple tables and chairs decorated with flowers and chaircovers

Rooms for Weddings & Civil Ceremonies

multiple elaborately decorated tables laid out with flowers and silverware. Bunting hangs from the ceiling

The Old Library

This is the largest of the rooms for hire. It is decorated in green and features plasterwork clouds and sunbursts within an arabesque and garlanded border. It can accommodate a wedding breakfast, dancing and live music.

neatly placed rows of chairs in front of a large fireplace

The Drawing Room

Decorated predominantly in green with white cornicing and detailed in gold, this room boasts an impressive chimney piece in white and green marble. The ceiling has a large central oval depicting ‘The Judgement of Paris’. The Drawing Room is perfect for smaller ceremonies, drinks receptions or buffets. Capacity: 40 People.

a large room set up with round tables and chairs

The Dining Parlour

Situated in the north-west corner of the building, this room is decorated in blue tones. Features an impressive fireplace and a captivating ceiling that incorporates a depiction of Bacchus receiving a cup of wine from Ceres. The Dining Parlour is perfect for smaller ceremonies, drinks receptions or buffets. Capacity: 40 People.

the bridal suite laid out with comfortable chairs in front of a fireplace

The Old Nursery

Located on the first floor of Merley House (stair only access) this room is perfect for the bridal party, a creche or for the safe storage of personal items. It features three full-length windows, providing panoramic views of the nearby town of Wimborne Minster.

The Grand Entrance Hall, decorated with an ornate plasterwork ceiling, a large fireplace and a chandelier
The Grand Entrance Hall, decorated with ornate plasterwork ceiling, a large fireplace and a chandelier

The Grand Entrance Hall

Merley House boasts a classical entrance hall that provides a great first impression for your guests. The hall features a grand fireplace and a beautiful plasterwork ceiling. This area leads to The Old Library and to our magnificent staircase which is a perfect setting for photographs.

A room with a large bar and a grand piano in one corner

The Morning Room

Accessed by double doors from The Old Library, this room features a fully-stocked bar and an impressive Bösendorfer grand piano. The French doors lead to the south east corner of the house and a delightful enclosed patio area for you and your guests to enjoy.

Helping To Plan Your Special Day

Pre-planning is essential and to ensure your special ocassion goes like a dream we are happy to spend time with you, tailoring the day to your individual requirements. We understand the importance of your day and we will do all we can to ensure everything is perfect for you and your guests.

We have wedding packages available to suit every budget, including flowers, decorations and catering. We can also recommend other professional services such as photographers, car hire, entertainment and local accommodation. To view our recommended suppliers, click here

With excellent facilities and a wealth of experienced and friendly staff, Merley House offers elegance, refinement and seclusion for your special occasion.

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A large room set up for a wedding ceremony, Rows of covered chairs with red bows form an aisle leading to a decorated table laid out with flowers
A beautiful room decorated with small trees and flowers featuring multiple covered tables and chairs laid out for a wedding breakfast
a decorative bouquet of flowers
wooden railings of a staircase leading up to the first floor

Planning a Wedding?

To speak to us about hosting your wedding or civil ceremony at Merley House please call us on 01202 885024.
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