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Frequently asked questions

Mapperton has a choice of three caterers: Joanna Fowler, Hungry Mule or our own Mapperton catering team for smaller weddings (up to 60 guests). We can provide a wide variety of outstanding menu choices to suit every palette. We do not normally allow other caterers at Mapperton, but have occasionally agreed to this for a £500 fee. This fee covers the costs and risks associated with a new caterer who doesn’t know our kitchens and processes.

The Coach House offers a licensed fully-stocked cash or paid bar, and this is included in your venue fee.

Mapperton supplies wine, alcohol and other drinks at very reasonable prices.  We have a carefully selected wine list, and are able to source other items on request.  You can see our wine list here.  However Mapperton will allow couples to supply their own wine and/or champagne for a £5 per person service charge.   All bar drinks must be supplied by Mapperton.

We only allow natural petals to be used for confetti.

The venue can be accessed from 10am on the day of the wedding, and sometimes earlier or the day before by arrangement.  The wedding ceremony will normally start at 2.30pm.  The gardens will close at 4.30pm by which time the wedding party will have moved to the Coach House.  Guest must depart the Coach House by 12pm, with music off by 11.45pm.

There is parking for over 80 cars at Mapperton.

The Garden Pavilion and the Coach House are both licensed for civil ceremonies.  If the weather looks uncertain, couples can choose to hold their ceremony in the Coach House.  The ceremony is conducted by a registrar from Dorset County Council.

Yes, couples will have exclusive use of the grounds, gardens, Orangery and Coach House for their wedding day.

The Coach House will accommodate weddings of up to 120 guests seated for the wedding breakfast.  Couples may however erect a marquee on the lawn which could accommodate up to 400 guests.  This venue hire price however will remain the same.

We have a wonderfully luxurious three bedroom cottage available for booking with stunning views over the gardens and countryside.  You can find out more about it here.

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