About Abbotsbury Weddings

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Ceremonies at the Pavilion can host up to 300 guests. Photograph by One Thousand Words.
Ceremonies at the Pavilion can host up to 300 guests. Photograph by One Thousand Words.
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Let us help to make your wedding the most memorable and special day ever. 

We have an amazing setting for you to celebrate with family and friends.  The “gardens” offer amazing backgrounds for gorgeous photographs and videos. 

Hold your ceremony in an exclusive area accessed via a private gateway. As your guests look on, take your vows in our charming gazebo, licensed for civil ceremonies. 

 Our new purpose-built weddings and events Pavilion nestles amid exotic planting . Seating up to 120 people, this light and airy space with clear panelled walls and wide entrances allows guests to feel they are truly a part of the gardens.

You can be assured that our team of attentive staff will deliver on our promise, to make your day perfect.  




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Lush surroundings of Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens make the perfect location for wedding photographs
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The gardens offer a unique and stunning setting for your special day with a spectacular backdrop for photographs.

Our Subtropical Gardens was established in 1765 by the first countess of Ilchester as a kitchen garden for her nearby castle. The gardens cover 30 acres and are filled with exotic and spectacular plants from all over the world. 

The garden has achieved many accolades. Alan Titchmarsh said we are “one of the finest gardens I have ever visited” and HAA/Christie’s voted us garden of the year in 2012. 

In 2015 we celebrated our 250th anniversary.  

From a small and intimate service and reception to a large event – all can be arranged to the highest standard. 

If you wish to stay in the area for longer, Luxury Dorset Cottages have five beautiful 5 star cottages, four within a stone’s throw of the Subtropical Gardens. 

Situated on the south coast approximately 8 miles from the coastal towns of Weymouth and Bridport, our Subtropical Gardens is situated in the quaint historic village of Abbotsbury. With its charming homes to guest houses and village shops it also boasts the Swannery for a wildlife adventure with over 600 swans and a Children’s Farm for the under 8’s.  

“Lovely day, really well organised! Staff were great. Best day ever.”
Lee & Sally,


We can accommodate civil ceremonies from an intimate number of 20 to as many as 120 with wedding receptions catered for in our stunning weddings and events Pavilion.


Civil ceremony & Partnership ceremony applications 

Once you have arranged to have your ceremony at Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens, you will need to apply to the registrar as follows: 

Superintendent Registrar
Dorset Registration Service
Dorset History Centre
Bridport Road
DT1 1RP 

01305 225153 



After your ceremony why not enjoy a glass of champagne or sparkling wine on West Lawn accompanied by hand made canapes of your choice. 

Your guests can then wander the extensive grounds enjoying the varied sections of the garden whilst you are whisked off to have your magical photographs and memories captured on film.

A reception in your wonderful wedding Pavilion is a perfect way to follow on from your ceremony.  

We work in partnership with Nick Holt of Dorset Fine Dining using local ingredients and suppliers serving delicious food, from simple but elegant menu options, to lavish affairs. 

They can cater for just a welcome reception with canapes to a multiple choice menu, or why not be more relaxed with a BBQ theme or go the full “hog” with a roast. 

Our wedding Pavilion can be furnished to your specification for up to 150 people.


We work closely with award winning caterer Nick Holt to provide you with the highest quality of food and service possible.  

Please contact direct 

Nick Holt
Dorset Fine Dining



“Amazing day, venue, photographer and wedding staff, FAB. Day was perfect, thank you.”
Lee & Natalie,