Your Hampshire and Dorset Wedding - January/February 2024 (Issue 102)

GROUNDLINGS THEATRE 02392 737 370 | Celebrate love stories at Groundlings Theatre, which was established in 1784 as the Beneficial School. The Grade II listed Georgian building, with a renovated interior, is an exquisite blend of period and contemporary features. The main auditorium with a stunning fire place makes Groundlings Theatre an unforgettable wedding setting with plenty of charm and warmth. The venue provides a perfect backdrop to create unforgettable weddings from beginning to end. Take the stress out of travelling from one venue to another, as the property offers settings for ceremonies and receptions. There are two stunning rooms licensed for ceremonies for up to 120 guests, with additional capacity for evening guests to join for receptions. Alternatively, rates are available for either receptions or ceremonies only. The experienced team will be with couples every step of the way to help guide them through wedding planning and make the most of the amazing venue. Don’t worry about other couples being in the background. At Groundlings, there’s only one wedding at a time, giving lovebirds 100 per cent of the team’s attention and facilities. At Groundlings Theatre, there are no on-site catering facilities and pairs are not tied to using any specific caterers, so they’ll have complete control over what’s served. From homemade buffets, fish and chips, barbecues and hog roasts to sit-down three-course meals, the team will work with newlyweds and their caterers to ensure everything runs seamlessly. With years of experience working with industry professionals, the staff are happy to recommend fantastic local suppliers for food, flowers, entertainment and more. THE ROYAL MARITIME HOTEL 02392 982 182 | Tie the knot at this one-of-a-kind venue and immerse in the atmosphere of the maritime city. Situated in Old Portsmouth, close to the historic dockyard and Gunwharf Quays, The Royal Maritime Hotel is steeped in history and provides an original setting for weddings with a difference. With naval artefacts and memorabilia around every corner, each function room is individually decorated to reflect the club’s history. Ceremonies and receptions can occur at this venue, and with 90 comfy en suite bedrooms for the wedding party, why not make a weekend of it and explore the city the next day? Fully licensed for weddings, pairs can exchange vows in the Trafalgar Ballroom, the property’s largest function space, and celebrate in style afterwards. Complete with full banqueting facilities, a galleried balcony, a dancefloor and a stage, it can accommodate up to 300 people. The smaller Nelson Lounge offers a more intimate and traditional setting, while the contemporary Below Decks is the perfect place to party in the evenings with 100 loved ones. For those interested in booking the venue, contact for all enquiries. 20