Deans Court is an elegant historic house set in ancient gardens, a stone’s throw from the centre of Wimborne Minster in Dorset. Weddings at Deans Court are all about a stunning venue where they take away the stress.
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Price includes: Venue hire.
For a personal quote please contact the venue and mention Coco
Need To Know
Ceremony Capacity : 80 - 120
Reception Capacity : 190
Standing Capacity : 200
Licensed for Marriage : Yes
Catering : Couple's choice
Bar : In-house
Accommodation : Sleeps 26
Child Friendly : Yes
Pets Welcome : Yes
Late License : On request
Exclusivity : Yes
Disabled Facilities : No
Contact venue for late availability and exclusive offers
Deans Court is an elegant historic house set in ancient gardens, a stone’s throw from the centre of Wimborne Minster in Dorset.
Run by William and Ali Hanham, Deans Court has been in William’s family for nearly 500 years. Today the estate hosts a venue for weddings and events, a vintage lifestyle shop, health-food café and holiday cottages & houses. Pop-up social suppers, open-air theatres, courses and workshops, tours, beekeeping, fly-fishing, rearing sheep and growing organic vegetables in a walled kitchen garden – are just some of the other activities taking place here – all of them under the ethos of living sustainably within a heritage environment in the 21st century.
Weddings at Deans Court are all about a stunning venue where they take away the stress. They want you to relax, have fun and enjoy this memorable day celebrating your new lives together.
The marquee is set alongside the lake in the beautiful grounds of Deans Court. It offers one of the most stunning, private wedding venues in the South West of England.
A simple venue hire fee includes everything you need for a wedding; exclusive use of the grounds and marquee through to festoon lighting and an evening fire pits.
Their Events Team will take care of the details, and work with your suppliers, so by the time your big day arrives, everything will run smoothly.
They have two charming estate cottages a minute’s walk from the marquee, with their own garden and stunning views across the stour valley. Sleeping up to 12 people including 2 in a rustic Shepherd’s Hut in the garden. Just outside the Deans Court Lane entrance (again, a minute’s walk from the marquee) is their Gate House, a convenient, self-catering house well set up for an entertaining weekend – with great dining facilities, large garden, media room and an outdoor hot tub.
My friend held her wedding at Deans Court and what an amazing day – from the start the team were amazing, Jonathan put everyone’s mind at ease and alongside Georgia they made the day magical. A stunning venue giving a wonderful backdrop for photos and the setting by the lake was perfect. The venue looked like something out of a fairytale and it was hosted with such care and thoughtfulness making the bride and groom feel like a Prince and Princess. The kindness and amazingness of the team at Deans Court will forever stay in my memory, a truly truly wonderful team of people that made magic come alive. Thank you all so much for making this day so special for my friends.
Deans Court is the most idyllic setting for a romantic, personal wedding. All day our guests commented about the hidden gem of Deans Court. The marquee by the lake is the perfect size in a beautiful setting. The large grounds means people can play games and relax at their leisure or be inside partying, eating and drinking. There’s options for everyone. The food was divine and all staff were extremely attentive and happy throughout the day; no job was ever too big or small. Jonathan, the events manager, was extremely happy to help at all times in the lead up for the day, answering all queries promptly and ensuring we had just what we wanted for an amazing day. Steven and Katherine, who ran the big day for us, were fabulous. Their attention to detail when setting up and their willingness to please was much appreciated. We had the best wedding ever and I’m sure all bride and grooms say this but many of our guests said just the same so thank you to everyone at Deans Court!
Rebecca & Jason
Deans Court is an absolutely fantastic venue. Not only is it stunning the staff are so accommodating. Jonathan is meticulous in his planning, making sure you stay on track and on the help/setting up Steve and Katherine are incredible. We are so thankful we choose Deans Court for our special day.
Harriet & Daniel
From the moment we met Jonathan we knew we were in safe hands; he and his team are so professional, so patient and so efficient. Dealing with Jonathan is a dream; he responded to all our questions immediately and was extraordinarily flexible to accommodate all our pecadillos. He also suggested some wonderful ideas during the planning, and on the day, that made our wedding even more magical. The venue is quite stunning; our guests couldn’t believe what awaited them as they walked through the gate at the end of Deans Court Lane through to a view of the house. I could go on. It really was everything we could have hoped for and more. I would love to say that it was my husband who made my day but actually I think it was Jonathan!
Deans Court was the perfect venue for us. All our guests commented on the stunning surroundings which was shown at its best by the lovely weather. Jonathan and his team made everything run like clockwork. I particularly loved that at the end of the night all our family could walk up the small path to the cottages on site. The venue is made for weddings and I would highly recommend.
Charlotte & Thomas
Just wanted to say thanks again, it was perfect day for us and you were very helpful, professional and organised in advance and followed it through on the day. The whole experience was smooth, and it felt like we were being looked after by people who genuinely cared and wanted to help make the day special for us. Jonathan really helped make it for us, and was really impressed by how on point everything was from him in advance. Steve and Kathy were amazing too (they run it for us in the evening). They couldn’t do enough to help us, always having a laugh, working tirelessly but always getting involved in the fun. They really helped make the evening enjoyable for us and helped us along the way and reminded us to cut the cake etc! Had so many compliments about the venue, location, food and everything so couldn’t be happier really. You guys do a fantastic job with a smile and you care which helps make the experience more special for people like us! We had Kelly from Deans Court do the flowers, and Flaming Peaches do the food, and had so many compliments about both. Both were recommended by the venue, and work there quite a bit so we’d definately say if you are doing a wedding here, speak with them. The food was sooooo good! The location / space is amazing, and perfect for a natural setting / out doors sort of feel. I would listen to Jonathan’s advice on what weddings have done in the past, and go and see the space so you can see how you can put your personal touch on it. They have an amazing set up down there which can be customised to your own tastes.
What an amazing venue! A secret gem hidden in plain-sight! We’ve both visited Wimborne on many occasions and only discovered Deans Court when we started looking for wedding venues. The grounds themselves are beautiful – a placid lake surrounded by immaculately groomed lawns with a marquee for eating and dancing and a brand-new pagoda on the patio for the actual ceremony! If the weather is poor they will open up the grand stately home for the ceremony, but as it happened for our wedding, the weather was perfect. The staff are all friendly, professional and full of advice and treated our wedding like it was special – even though we all know the truth – to them, it’s just another wedding! The main wedding planner Jonathan had his work cut-out with us, as we bickered with parents and in-laws and changed our minds a number of times leading up to the day, but he always dealt with us with patience and a knowing smile to deliver an amazing wedding! We stayed in one of the small cottages onsite for the wedding and it was both peaceful and cozy, with sunset views from the back patio. We couldn’t recommend Deans Court highly enough!
Tom & Claire
We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect venue. The sun was shining and we realised a dream, taking our vows in a stunning outdoor setting, no glass was left empty and we enjoyed the perfect relaxed atmosphere as we partied until the night. The house and gardens are stunning. They team were helpful, kind and communication was always on point. They were flexible to our requests enabling us to personalise the venue exactly as we wanted it. The location is so peaceful yet so close to town it made the logistics really easy for all our guests who travelled, with plenty of accommodation within a walking distance. We stayed at Deans Court in the Gatehouse which was fantastic a stunning property which added to the magic of the day. I just wish we could do it all again!
Axel & Jasmine
We had an outdoor ceremony on 10th August 2019, and it was just the best day ever! From the moment we contacted Jonathan, we knew we were in safe hands, Jonathan was so helpful and always gave quick responses as we were planning it all from Dubai. We also wanted to make sure our guests travelling from all over the world had the opportunity to stay in the Cottages and Gate House, which are all beautifully designed. The bridal party got ready in Plum Cottage, with plenty of space in the living room for makeup chairs and lots of people(!), and a beautiful view over the fields to take the stress away. It was also very easy to walk over to the ceremony area through the gorgeous gardens. We were so lucky with the weather, with gale-force winds in the morning we thought we might have to have it inside, in the end though the sun was shining the rest of the day and only drizzled just as we were signing our certificates – with all our of guests joining us under the pagoda!! The ceremony space, marquee and outdoor areas were all meticulously detailed and Jonathan et al. really made us at-ease on the day, we really didn’t need to worry about anything. Drinks flowed, everyone was taken care of, entertained with garden games, delicious food from a food truck (Flaming Peaches), space to dance the night away, the lighting was warm and cosy, and the firepit really made the evening magical! The grounds full of huge trees, flowers and a beautiful lake plus the house itself all made for stunning photos, and a place where guests could explore and relax. There is nothing negative at all to say because it really was organised to perfection. Thank you so much most of all to Jonathan, but also Katherine and Steven and the rest of the team working behind the scenes to make it such a special and memorable day. Deans Court will always have a special place in our heart, and we always come to visit the squash court café and continue to do so every time we are in town!
Roxy & Sean
We could not recommend Deans Court enough. The marquee and the grounds are beautiful, you couldn’t ask for a better location. From start to finish Jonathan and his team went above and beyond to make our wedding day spectacular. Throughout the planning process Jonathan helped answer all our questions (I had many!), planned a day that was personal and unique to us and made us feel at complete ease that our special day was safe in his team’s hands. On the day the team were absolutely faultless, we had countless comments on how chilled, friendly and professional the staff were. The staff had the organisation of the day down to a T but at the same time were incredibly flexible and gracious if we needed to change things last minute. We literally had the perfect day, we would not change a thing and that is all because of Deans Court.
George & Lois
Frequently Asked Questions
Can we supply our own drinks?
Yes, we charge no corkage up until the end of the speeches.
Is there accommodation onsite?
Yes - we have three self catering holiday properties.
Can we choose our own caterer?
Yes, we have our favourites, but you are welcome to go 'off-list'.