Dorset weddings


Many people choose to organise their own wedding in Dorset, in venues such as Sopley Mill, Branksome Dene Community Room, Harmans Cross Village Hall, Horton & Chalbury Village Hall, Charlton Down Village Hall, Longthorns, Canford Cliffs Village Hall, The Orangery Suite and many other lovely venues in and around Dorset that can be transformed to your colour scheme or theme.

It’s really nice to be able to involve family and friends with creating decorations for your wedding and also is a great way to save money if you’re on a budget. Lots of people are more than willing to help make a cake, bunting, place names and so on, and it can be a really fun activity, especially with a glass of wine or two!




After all your hard work to get everything ready, you may not have thought ahead to the day of the wedding. Lots of DIY venues only allow you to go in on the morning of the wedding, when you and all of your guests will be getting ready. The last thing you want to do is rush between your venue, the hairdressers, the make-up artist and home – you’ll be exhausted before the wedding has even started!

This is where a Dorset Wedding Planner can help by providing on the day coordination. What does this include? Well, every wedding is a little bit different, but it generally means that the wedding planner will contact all of your suppliers before the day and confirm their arrival times. They will also be the first person at your venue to ensure your Dorset wedding suppliers arrive and set up as planned (& if not, contact them!) and also set up any decorations, centrepieces, games and so on that you have provided/made yourself.

Wedding reception Dorset

The wedding planner will then be on hand all day to do whatever needs doing. This can include keeping things tidy, helping the photographer gather people for group shots, announcing the bride & groom’s arrival, serving the welcome drinks and everything in between, right down to clearing away your decorations and packing them up so that you can go home and not worry about a thing!

If you’re having a Dorset DIY wedding and would like peace of mind on the day, get in touch!

wedding planner Dorset

Wedding Planner Dorset


South Coast Events specialises in event management. We provide on the day coordination through to full planning services for weddings as well as private and corporate events. We host The Dorset Wedding Festival & The Hampshire Wedding Festival and other unique wedding fairs in Dorset and Hampshire  throughout the year to help you find the best suppliers for you, as well as organising The Dorset Wedding Supplier Awards for Dorset’s fabulous wedding businesses.