Frequently asked questions
We are happy for couples to bring their own wine and champagne. However we charge a small service fee of £5 per person to cover the additional costs of serving, clearing and disposing of the bottles.
Joanna Fowler, our Mapperton Caterer, can provide a wide variety of outstanding menu choices to suit every palette. We would urge every couple to meet with Joanna to discuss their requirements, as she has never failed to disappoint. We would normally not allow another caterer 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 will have a licensed fully-stocked bar when it launches in May 2018. Mapperton will run the bar supplying our own drinks. Couples can choose to have a paid or free bar for their guests.
We only allow natural petals to be used for confetti.
The venue can be accessed from 11.30am on the day of the wedding, and sometimes 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 60 vehicles 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 if they give at least two days’ notice. The ceremony is conducted by Dorset County Council
Couples will have exclusive use of the grounds, gardens 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 are in the process of renovating a three bedroom cottage close to the venue for wedding night accommodation for the bride and groom. Please ask for more details.