Weddings

Came House invites you to make a weekend of your wedding and share its timeless charm with family and friends, as if it were your own. Came is a hugely versatile venue and offers you a great deal of flexibility to enjoy your wedding weekend as you wish.  Our dedicated Wedding Team is on hand to help and guide you throughout your booking and wedding at Came House – whatever the season.

A House Built for Parties

All of the formal rooms are licensed for civil ceremonies, the largest being the unique Domed Conservatory, for up to 120 guests (with the adjoining Morning Room licensed for a further 45 and opening onto The Domed Conservatory we can offer space to seat 165 guests in total for larger weddings for a civil marriage) which was designed by the Architect Charles Fowler whose other impressive designs include Covent Garden Market and Syon House no less.

There are several outdoor options too, within the gardens and the woods or at the front of the House beneath the Entrance Vestibule. Our beautiful stone Folly at the top of the rear gardens is a beautiful outdoor option with full view of the back of the House

The 15th Century Chapel, just a short stroll away, is available for blessings and there is a plethora of local churches for religious ceremonies.

The extensive formal gardens provide a wonderful location for summer drinks receptions and the Saloon, Morning Room and Conservatory interconnect with the garden terrace to bring the outside in

The Drawing Room, with its white and gold plasterwork, makes an elegant setting for a Wedding Breakfast for up to x 70 guests (long top table of x 6 in front of the windows and 7 x round tables for guests – 4 of 10 and 3 of 8) .  If you prefer long tables then the Drawing Room can beautifully host x 52 – 56 guests on long tables.

For the more extensive guests list you will have use of our stunning new luxury sailcloth marquee from spring 2022 which is a semi- permanent feature from Spring to Autumn each year hosting up to x 180 guests seated for the wedding breakfast (round or long tables) and your evening party.

Fall into bed in our stunning Master / Bridal  Suite. Family and friends can stay in the main House, The Garden House and The Courtyard House just next door from Friday to Sunday.  Depart on Sunday after a leisurely breakfast.

Prices

2022

Sorry – we are now fully booked for 2022

2023 – Please get in touch to discuss detailed pricing

Exclusive use venue hire Friday arrival to Sunday departure (includes the use of x 6 beautifully appointed bedrooms in the main House sleeping 12 guests for 2 nights inclusive of a luxury continental breakfast on both mornings) and includes use of our beautiful new Sailcloth Secret Garden Marquee for larger weddings for the wedding breakfast and evening reception) 

Civil ceremony in the House in our glass domed Conservatory or any of our other licensed rooms and spaces (fee includes Came arranging your choice of chairs which we will hire in for you) 

Additional accommodation in The Garden House (sleeping 9) and The Courtyard House (sleeping 10) (for a two night stay for all rooms inclusive of breakfast served in the main House for all guests on both mornings)

 

 

What's Included

  • Exclusive use of all reception rooms and extensive grounds including The Domed Conservatory for your evening party, The Morning Room, The Saloon, and The Drawing Room (for smaller House weddings up to x 70 during the day and x 100 in the evening)
  • Accommodation for 2 nights for 12 guests in the Principal bedrooms in the main House
  • Use of our stunning new sailcloth marquee located in our “Secret Garden” (12m x 24m and large enough to host for x 180 guests seated) including dance floor, stage, bespoke bar, catering kitchen, luxury garden loos, power, lighting
  • Full guest kitchen facilities in The Garden House and / or The Courtyard House if required for relaxed self sufficient Friday eats or your own BBQ in The Garden House courtyard (where rented)
  • Dog friendly venue (your well behaved four legged friend is welcome to be with you for your wedding weekend and is welcome to sleep in the Garden House)
  • White robes and slippers in the Bridal Suite and Four Poster Room
  • Croquet on the lawn for your wedding day
  • Fizz on arrival for all your House guests on your arrival day
  • Option to hire accommodation in adjoining Houses – The Garden House and The Courtyard House – in total sleeping a further 18 guests (31 in total can be accommodated on site) – additional costs apply please get in touch.
  • Luxury Continental breakfast on both mornings for all House guests
  • Housekeeper on site throughout your weekend stay
  • Car parking for vehicles with Came House staff welcoming guests on arrival and valet parking where required
  • Tables of your choice for your wedding breakfast
  • Use of BOSE sound system for ceremony / drinks reception
  • Fire bowl outside The Conservatory or Sailcloth Marquee for your evening party with stock of wood which we light and control for you
  • Full evening bar service supplied (which can either be a pre-paid or cash bar)
  • Bottle disposal services on site for your daytime glass
  • No corkage charge for you to supply your own daytime drinks
  • Our beautiful open fires lit in the House for late evening to retire in the colder months
  • Guest kitchenette facilities for the weekend with tea, coffee, ice machine and wine fridge
  • New hi speed WiFi
  • Venue Management / wedding co-ordination services from Bellissimo Weddings from first contact up to and including the wedding day itself

Catering & Drinks

Catering

At Came House, we have carefully selected caterers who are well established and regarded in the area and know the House well. Our choice of caterers represent a good range of price points and styles of food for our couples.  We request that you make your choice of caterer from this selection.  Please enquire directly with the caterers for menus and quotations or let us know your brief requirements and we can happily make contact for you to check availability and to request that the caterer contacts you to discuss further.


  • Eat In Style

    Gordie has been a Chef, caterer and restaurateur in Dorset for 20 years, providing a bespoke service for events, large and small, from stylish country weddings and charity balls to beach BBQs and intimate dinner parties. Any menu showcases Gordie’s passion for sourcing local produce which has always featured greatly in his cooking; celebrating Dorset’s bountiful larder is key.

    • Guide Price for Catering:
      From £65 per person plus VAT (including staff for food service and daytime drinks service, crockery, cutlery and equipment – linen and glassware charged in addition)
    • Eat In Style Website

  • Victoria Blashford-Snell

    Victoria’s Food is known for working with it’s clients to produce their ideal menu from the finest, freshest, locally sourced produce.  Victoria and her team of cooks and waiting staff have a deserved reputation for making sure that every party or wedding of whatever size works in exactly the way her clients want it – true bespoke catering!

    • Guide Price for Catering:
      (Based on a minimum of x 80 guests)
      Canapes and 3 course meal (including waiting staff, linen and hire equipment – hire list to be discussed)
      From £70 per person plus VAT
    • Victoria Blashford-Snell Website
  • Rebecca Green Catering
    At Rebecca Green bespoke events we can provide everything you will need to make your day truly memorable. We offer a bespoke service in menu design, tailoring your tastes and ideas into a beautiful menu, offering the very best of our local ingredients from our local artisan suppliers.

    • Guide Price for Catering:
      From £70 per head plus VAT(includes equipment, crockery, cutlery, linen and staff for canapes and three courses and tea and coffee)
    • Rebecca Green Catering Website

  • Fossil Food Catering

    Here at Fossil Food Catering we endeavour to portray how each and every couple is unique. Your wedding day is entirely focused on you as a couple, so we believe the wedding catering experience from planning right through until the very last minute should express your own personal tastes, adventures shared and truly reflect you both. We offer this experience using a celebration of local produce and where possible grow and hand rear a lot of our own produce on the land on the outskirts of Lyme Regis.

    • Guide Price for Catering:
      Pricing for 3 courses 2023 is from £60.00 per person + VAT. This includes staff, coordinator, serveware (if sharing), drinks service, taster with the only exceptions of cutlery/crockery and oven(s)
    • Fossil Food Catering Website

  • Ginger Catering Company Ltd

    Created from a passion for local produce, excellent food and attentive service. Our menus are written simply to showcase the ingredients. Our dishes are presented to spark excitement visually, and most importantly on the palette. We will work with you to plan your ideal menu and style of service to ensure your big day is as you imagined.

    • Guide Price for Catering:
      (Based on 100 guests)
      Canapes, bread, 3 courses, tea & coffee station from £90 per person plus VAT(Including, set up, staff for welcome drinks, canapes & food service. silver cutlery, white china, white linen & clear crystal glassware)

      Excluding kitchen equipment, Evening food and staff for evening food service will be charged in addition.

    • Ginger Catering Website

  • Doggart & Squash

    In 2017 Clare merged her events company with Sarah’s catering company to form Doggart & Squash. The pair are passionate about events. Over the years they have built up fantastic relationships with high quality British suppliers to be able to create beautiful, exciting, seasonal menus using sustainable produce. Their friendly team provide a relaxed and professional service and are always on hand to answer any questions. Together with their incredible florist they can help style any event. From sharing style mains to open fire cooking Sunday lunches they are happy to do it all!

    • Guide Price for Catering:
      Starting from £120.00 plus VAT (price per head)
      (Canapés, starter, main, pudding, staffing, travel and equipment hire) (Equipment hire may be more depending on what is required)
    • Doggart & Squash Website
CATERING INFORMATION IS INTENDED TO GIVE A GUIDE ONLY AND GUIDE PRICES SHOULD NOT BE TAKEN AS A FINAL QUOTATION.  PLEASE CONTACT THE RELEVANT CATERERS CONCERNED FOR FORMAL QUOTATIONS.  FINAL COSTS WILL DEPEND ON YOUR MENU CHOICES, NUMBER OF GUESTS, YOUR DESIRED EQUIPMENT/ DATE ETC.  PLEASE CALL THE CAME HOUSE WEDDING TEAM TO DISCUSS ANY ASPECT OF CATERING YOU ARE UNSURE OF

Drinks

One of the great benefits at Came House is that you are able to provide your own drinks for the drinks reception after your ceremony and during the wedding breakfast (wine and toast drinks) with absolutely no corkage charges. Your caterers will be required to serve these drinks and should be able to arrange for glass hire for you. Bottle disposal is supplied for you at the House.

For the evening reception, a full evening bar service (fully licensed) is provided by Came House which is to be set up and used after 7:00pm or at the end of the wedding breakfast (whichever is the earlier). This is with glass service, fully staffed and a wide selection of drinks.

The bar takes card payments only. This can be operated in three ways.  Firstly as a cash bar (where your guests buy their drinks) or an open bar (free to your guests with the tab met by the couple at the end – restrictions and limits can be put in place if desired) or a pre-paid unlimited option based on guest numbers and hours of service.  Please enquire for further details.

You can talk with us directly about all the bar options – we have something to suit everyone. You can add in second bars for mixologists, flair bar tenders etc as per your requirements.

Local Churches

Blessings at St Peter’s Came

If you live too far afield, or are too time pressed to establish a ‘qualifying connection’ with a local church, then a Blessing at St Peter’s makes the perfect alternative. Whether you prefer to have your legal ceremony at Came House, or elsewhere, what could be more dreamy than a church ceremony followed by a short stroll to your reception?

St Peter’s, Came is the quintessential country squire’s church, dating from the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. The Revd William Barnes (1801-86), esteemed Dorset dialect poet and friend to Thomas Hardy, was rector here and is buried in the churchyard.

The use of St Peters Church is not included in the rates quoted above. A fee of £500 payable to the Church Conservation Trust (CCT) is kindly requested to hold your ceremony in the Chapel to help preserve and maintain this beautiful building.

Please enquire for details

Other Local Churches

For couples wishing to legally marry in church, please be aware that you will need to establish a ‘qualifying connection’ with the church of your choice. This usually involves interviews with the vicar and regular worship during the six month lead to your wedding. Below is a selection of Churches local to Came:

St Thomas a Beckett
Compton Valence (Approx. 22-minute drive)
01305 889992

St George
Dorchester (Approx. 6-minute drive)
01305 262394

St Mary the Virgin
Dorchester (Approx. 10-minute drive)
01305 267944

St Andrew
West Stafford (Approx. 6-minute drive)
01305 264360

St Simon & St Jude
Winterborne Monkton (Approx. 7-minute drive)
01305 267944

St Mary
Winterbourne Abbas (Approx. 17- minute drive)
01305 889992

St Martin
Martinstown (Approx. 14-minute drive)
01305 889992

St Michael
Winterbourne Steepleton (Approx. 15-minute drive)
01305 889992