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.

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 and interconnects with The Saloon for further dining. Options for marquees are available for the more extensive guest list.

Retire with a glass of your favourite tipple to a quiet space in The Library or the Morning Room; dance the night away in the glass Domed Conservatory and fall into bed in our stunning Bridal Suite. Family and friends can stay in the main House and The Garden House just next door from Friday to Sunday and if you would like to extend your time at Came for a further night with a Sunday brunch or BBQ and a third night stay we would be delighted to accommodate you.

Prices

Venue Hire for 2021 / 2022

£14,950 (2021) £15,500 (2022)

 

(Including accommodation for 20 guests for two nights with breakfast on each morning and VAT)

Civil Ceremony at Came House £1,500 in addition

(including your choice of chairs for your ceremony and VAT)

Enquiries for Christmas and New Year

Prices on request

 

What's Included

  • Exclusive use of all dining spaces / reception rooms and extensive grounds including The Domed Conservatory for your evening party, The Morning Room, The Saloon, The Library, and The Drawing Room
  • Accommodation for 2 nights for 20 guests
  • Full guest kitchen facilities in The Garden House if required for relaxed self sufficient Friday eats or your own BBQ in The Garden House courtyard
  • Dog friendly venue
  • 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
  • Delicious Continental breakfast on both mornings for all House guests and guests in The Garden House
  • Housekeeper on site throughout your weekend stay
  • Car parking for 30 vehicles with Came House 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 for your evening party with stock of wood
  • 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
  • Fires lit in the House for late evening to retire
  • Guest kitchen facilities for the weekend with tea, coffee, ice machine and wine fridge
  • New hi speed WiFi
  • Venue Management services from Bellissimo Weddings from first contact up to and including the wedding day itself

Catering & Drinks

Catering

At Came House, we have five 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 respectfully 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.


  • Rabbit & Rose

    We are a full service events company with a multi skilled collective of chefs, florists, stylists and planners. We have a unique set up that means we can take care of so many elements of your wedding in house, making the whole journey so much easier for you. From producing your perfect menu, to designing flowers and styling spaces with furniture, installations and lighting. We take pride in working alongside the team at Came House to transform it from a family home into a fully immersive experience that exists just for you, ensuring your day has exactly the atmosphere you want to create, all to match your taste and style.  We always like to support the excellent suppliers that surround us and work as seasonally, locally and as sustainably as possible.

    • Guide Price for Catering:
      (Based on a minimum of x 90 guests)
      Canapes and 3 courses (including staff, linen, equipment)
      From £73.50 per person plus VAT(drinks service until end of dinner including glassware £5.50 pp plus VAT in addition)
    • Rabbit & Rose Website

  • Simply Gourmet Catering

    Simply Gourmet offer simple, delicious food, cooked beautifully using the finest ingredients which Dorset, Hampshire and Wiltshire have to offer. We believe in local, seasonal and sustainable produce. We are highly experienced wedding and event caterers and have a small team of incredible Chefs who cook classic dishes with modern twists. All our menus are bespoke for our clients. As well as our skilled Chefs working away back of house, we have an amazing front of house team to ensure your wedding is incredible both in terms of food and service.

    • Guide Price for Catering:
      (Based on a minimum of x 80 guests)
      Canapes, breads on the table, 3 courses,  and tea and coffee bar
      From £65 per person plus VAT (including staff for food service and daytime drinks service, standard white crockery, cutlery and equipment – linen and glassware charged in addition)
    • Simply Gourmet 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

  • Eat In Style

    Gordie has been a Chef, caterer and restauranteur in Dorset for 20 years, providing a bespoke service for events, large and small, from stylish country weddings and charity balls to beach barbeques 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
  • 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 person plus VAT (includes equipment, crockery, cutlery, linen and staff for canapes and three courses and tea and coffee)
    • Rebecca Green Catering 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 cash or cards. 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