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Frequently asked questions

Mapperton has a choice of two caterers: Oxbridge Farm and Hungry Mule.  Between these excellent suppliers we can provide a wide variety of outstanding menu choices to suit every palette.

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 with no corkage charge. All bar drinks must be supplied by Mapperton.

We only allow natural petals to be used for confetti.

You have exclusive use of the venue from 11am on the day before for set up and from 8am on your special day. The gardens will be closed from dusk due to health and safety reasons but you and your guests can still enjoy the Coach House for your evening reception. If you are holding a marquee wedding, then the gardens will close at dusk and we will ask if all guests can move close to the marquee. Guests must depart by 12pm with music off at 11:45pm.

There is parking for over 80 cars at Mapperton.

The Garden Pavilion, the Coach House, the Grotto and the Orangery are all 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 have exclusive use of the grounds, Gardens and Coach House the day before from 11am for set up and from 8am on the day of your wedding.

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 our luxurious three bedroom Garden Cottage with a beautiful bridal suite, sleeping up to 6 guests along with our newly renovated two bedroom Keepers Cottage which sleeps up to 6 guests. Both with stunning views over the gardens and countryside. You can find out more here.

We allow one family dog at your wedding, and dogs are allowed in the Garden Cottage and Keepers Cottage.

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