Nestled in the centre of large, sprawling grounds, St Giles House sports wonderful Georgian architecture and exquisite décor throughout. Having sat at the heart of politics, philosophy and social thought for many years, this is a venue rich in cultural identity. It has served as an inspiration to many for generations and has been the sought-after choice for country house weddings in Dorset for many happy couples.
However you wish for your ceremony to unfold, you can be certain that our team will go the extra distance to ensure that it happens. As the finest luxury wedding venue in Dorset, we will take care of everything for you to ensure an unforgettable experience. We mentioned above that you’d be spoilt for choice; allow us to elaborate on this. Continue reading below to find out what we can offer for your big day.
OUR WONDERFUL LOCATIONS
At St Giles House, we are fully licensed to hold all civil ceremonies. There is a range of locations to choose from, with options to suit any taste.
The House represents the centrepiece of what is on offer at our luxury wedding venue Dorset. Grand and inspiring, the House could never be described as subtle with its huge fireplaces and old master paintings. It is a truly wonderful place to exchange vows, and you’ll be contributing to a very small part of the buildings wonderful heritage.
There is enough space in the House for up to 120 guests, and we can personalise your ceremony to your needs.
There is no limit on the number of guests that our park can accommodate which makes it the perfect location to hold your reception. If your plan is to tie the knot in the spring or summer, we highly recommend the Park for a timeless, natural setting. Our luxury wedding venue in Dorset boasts gorgeous surroundings that will serve as the perfect backdrop for your wedding photographs.
Please note, that you must sign the register indoors.
Constructed in the 18th century using shells brought back from the Caribbean, the Grotto forms an integral part of our ‘Pleasure Grounds’. The Grotto is a truly magical place that breaks with tradition while offering something both unique and special. No other country house weddings in Dorset hosted at any other venue can experience something as marvellous as this.
With a maximum capacity for up to 20 guests, the Grotto assures you of a ceremony that is intimate and romantic.
Renowned gothic revival architect, Sir Ninian Comper, oversaw the careful restoration of St Giles House. The Church is open to any who seek a wedding that is both spiritual and traditional. If tying the knot in dignified grace is something that you desire, be sure to let St Giles House know today. This particular luxury wedding venue in Dorset can support up to 120 guests.
RECEPTION AND AFTER HOURS
For the reception, you have the choice of dining in the House or by candlelight outside in our gorgeous marquee. Our team of exceptionally talented caterers will carefully prepare a wedding feast selected by you in advance. To accompany your meal and the celebrations that follow, St Giles House also provides a wide selection of drinks to choose from. Please note, that there is a maximum guest capacity of 120 for the House.
After hours can be spent either relaxing with a Brandy and excellent company in the Tapestry Room, dancing the night away in the basement Nightclub or outside under the stars. When you choose our luxury wedding venue in Dorset, we can provide access to the House for up to 200 guests or our outside marquee which has no guest limit.
WHY CHOOSE ST GILES HOUSE?
Here at St Giles House, it is our belief in sharing the magic of this esteemed venue that sets us firmly apart from other country house weddings in Dorset. St Giles House is a place to be inspired, to share ideas and celebrate life through art and music, it is a place to reflect and to gain a new perspective. For starting the next chapter of your lives, it is the perfect choice of venue.
But there was once a time where St Giles House’s future was uncertain. It fell into disrepair following the Second World War and was listed on the English Heritage “Buildings at Risk” register. Fortunately, an extensive renovation project was carried out, and St Giles House was restored to what it is today – the finest luxury wedding venue Dorset has experienced.
The renovation itself won many awards including:
- 2014 Georgian Group Awards for the Restoration of a Georgian Country House
- 2015 Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Award for Building Conservation
- 2015 Historic Houses Association/Sotheby’s Restoration Award
- The Historic England Angel Award – Best Rescue of a Historic Building or Site
So, for a luxury wedding venue in Dorset like no other, look no further than St Giles House.