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Wedding on a budget


Hi everyone,

As we all know, weddings can get very expensive. There are a lot of things to consider and remember about but there certainly are ways on reducing the overall cost. Kat, our Wedding Coordinator, is an expert at organising weddings for all budgets so she would like to give the happy couple some advice on how to save:

1. Wedding and Bridesmaid Dresses
In case you didn’t know, there are some stores that re-sell pre-loved dresses at a reduced cost (have a look here or here). There are also some dress stores that sell both wedding/bridesmaid dresses for under £600! Finally, take a peek at the popular online stores… you can find amazing dresses at affordable prices in ASOS or Missguided.

2. Grooms/Groomsmen Suits
Instead of buying the suits out right, remember that you can hire the them for a day and save on the costs! Not sure where to look? Moss Bros are very popular for hiring suits!

3. Wedding Cake
There must be an amazing aunty or cousin who is a fabulous baker in the family! Additionally, homemade wedding cakes are becoming more common. Now it’s the time for a top tip from me: “Not everyone eats the wedding cake!” Don’t focus on having the biggest 5-tier cake if there are only 50 guests coming. Some cake stores can make a polystyrene bases to save a bit of money too.

4. Sweet favours
What is the best time to buy any sweets or chocolate favours for the big day? After Christmas sales! Once we had a Charlie & Chocolate Factory themed wedding at the Marsham Court Hotel and they hit the supermarkets after Christmas to get all the selection box chocolates in the sales, which saved them a lot of money.

5. Flowers
If you aren’t fussed by flowers, I think the best thing you can do is to purchase some fake flowers. Some of them look just as good as the real thing. As flowers are extremely pricey for weddings, we include a few arrangements in our wedding packages which you can read about here.

6. Low Season/ Late availability weddings
If you are on a budget, sometimes the best time to save money is to look at low seasons for weddings (October- March – excluding December). Some venues offer late availability dates at a reduced cost or they add in something for free such as canapes during a drinks’ reception. Getting married between Sunday-Tursday will also be cheaper.

7. Find a venue that has everything
Here, at the Marsham Court Hotel, we supply the ceremony, wedding breakfast & evening reception venue, as well as drinks, food & accommodation. Hiring all suppliers externally can add up! We have many packages to suit the requirements of every couple. The smallest wedding we organised had only 12 guests and our biggest one had 200 guests. So, whatever it is you are looking for we can definitely cater for it!


Until next time,


Congratulations to Mr & Mrs Dancer!


We would like to say a massive congratulations to Mr & Mrs Dancer who celebrated their special day with us on 8th June 2019!

Emma and Craig came into the hotel over a year ago to book their wedding. This is when the Terrace Ballroom had not yet been refurbished. They were both very impressed with the outcome, especially that they could change the mood lighting to suit their blue themed wedding. They got married at their local church and then joined us for a buck’s fizz and nibbles reception. They luckily missed the rain, so they were able to have a few photos outside of the hotel.

Afterwards, the guests were called into the Terrace Ballroom to enjoy the 3 course wedding breakfast menu the couple had chosen. They complimented the exquisite lamb shank the chefs had made, as it just slipped off of the bone. Later on, the staff flipped the room around for their evening reception where guests enjoyed a finger buffet, photos in the photo booth and lots of classic dance tunes from the DJ.

We hope that everyone had an amazing time, and we wish Emma & Craig all the very best in their new married lives together!

Our day was brilliant from start to finish! All the staff at the marsham court could not have been more helpful and we really appreciate the hard work they put in. Special mention to kat and Andy who went out of there way to make this the best day! We would also like to mention my mum lost her ring on the day at the marsham court( not valuable but sentimental) we told this to the staff the next day not holding much hope of it being found, but was sent back to our house a few days later which we really appreciate. If you want a prefect wedding we cannot recommend this hotel enough! Thank you Craig and Emma

A Lovely Little Wedding


Congratulations to Steve & Veronica who we have known for quite some years! The lovely couple visit the hotel at least once a year with a regular group, so it was lovely to hear that they wanted to spend their special day with us at the hotel. The couple got married outside, by the Wedding Pagoda, and had a drinks reception afterwards. As a hotel, we also specialise in small and intimate weddings. There were only 15 guests present so it was lovely to get to speak to each one of them.

After some drinks and photos, the married couple, together with their guests, gathered in the Bay Suite for their wedding breakfast. Everyone really enjoyed their meal and the atmosphere felt very relaxed. Just before retiring up to their bedrooms for the night, they also shared a delicious buffet. The day turned out perfectly for Steve & Veronica because right from the beginning the wanted a very nice and relaxed day with their nearest and dearest. We were very pleased we helped them to plan and organise this special day.

Congratulations again to you both! We look forward to seeing you both again next year.

We had a wonderful wedding day at Marsham court. Kat was a great help from the early planning stage right through leading up to the day itself. She ran everything with professionalism down to the last detail which really put our minds at ease. Both Kat and Andy organised the reception and banquet perfectly, nothing was too much trouble for either of them. All our guests were very impressed by the attention to detail given by both of them. The food for the banquet was of excellent quality, all dietary needs were catered for with no problem. We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Marsham court for anyone considering getting married or having their reception there.

The sun was shining for Mr & Mrs Doyle!


Congratulations to Alan & Eva who got married at the Town Hall on 1st June then joined us for their wedding breakfast and evening reception!

At the beginning, the wedding guests were treated with a red carpet arrival followed by a bucks fizz and nibbles reception. The weather was marvellous and many of them made the most of the weather by sitting out on the terrace soaking up the sun. Later on, everyone was called through for the wedding breakfast. All plates came back empty, so we were very pleased everyone enjoyed their food. After the breakfast, there was time for a few speeches before the evening reception.

To make their wedding even more unique, the lovely couple hired a photo booth and a magician to keep everyone entertained. Later on in the day, they also had a disco party. It was great to see everyone enjoying themselves, and we hope to see Mr & Mrs Doyle again soon!

Marsham Court Hotel was the perfect venue for our wedding. Their staff was brilliant, especially Kat – our wedding coordinator and Andy Thompson (I hope I got the name right 🙂 ) – cheeky chap in charge :). Everything was well organised and there was clear communication throughout the planning process as well as the wedding day. Food was lush and DJ recommended by Kat was great as well. We all felt relaxed and really enjoyed our day. No stress, no issues, everything went super smoothly. We couldn’t have picked a better venue 🙂 Thank you.

Stunning day for Mr & Mrs Graca!


Congratulations to Fred & Marj who got married with us on Friday 10th May 2019. The couple got very lucky with the weather for their wedding. Both Marj & Kat, the wedding coordinator, were keeping an eye on the weather forecast in the days upcoming to the wedding, and it was not looking that great. However, in the day it was stunning! Very warm and bright just for their big day. Thankfully they were able to get married outside in the Wedding Pagoda.

As it was such a beautiful day the happy couple went down to the beach for some photos whilst their guests enjoyed a bucks fizz reception with canapes on the terrace outside. Marj & Fred booked their wedding before the refurbishment of the Terrace Ballroom and they were thrilled with the finished look. Guests also thought the Terrace Ballroom looked great all dressed up for the wedding breakfast. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the menu chosen by the couple including a wonderful Lamb Shank cooked to perfection by the chef.

Later on in the evening, guests enjoyed dancing the night away and taking funny photos with some props. Such a great day for a lovely couple! Congratulations once again, we hope to see you both soon again!

See what the Bride and Groom had to say about their special day:

We had our wedding in May. Marsham Court Hotel staff were all lovely and very accommodating with our needs. We booked our wedding over a year ago and Kat who was our coordinator has helped us sort everything out from the registrations in the beginning up until the day of the wedding. She has been very responsive with our emails and this has helped us a lot to sort out every inch of details we needed to make our wedding a perfect one. Kat made sure all the things we need for the wedding are sorted and she has been very helpful especially with the small but important details that I don’t even think of. The food they have served were really delicious! All our guests have loved it and they accommodated all the special dietary needs of our guests even during the wedding. All the staff were lovely. Andy – the duty manager was fantastic and has made sure that we were taken care of during our wedding day. Graeme also has been very helpful making sure we have everything we need. The hotel was in front of the beach and it was our dream to have a beach/outdoor wedding and it was fulfilled! Can’t thank the staff enough! It was the perfect wedding!!

Magical day for Mr & Mrs Hacker!


Congratulations to Anne & Stephen on their wedding here on Saturday 6th April 2019!

The happy couple got married in the Bay Suite with close friends and family. The function room was nicely decorated and had lovely views of the beach. Guests enjoyed a drinks reception afterwards, and joined the couple down by the Wedding Pagoda for some group photos.

A bit later on in the day, guests enjoyed a fabulous 3 course wedding breakfast served in the Dorset Suite. The room looked stunning with help from ST-Events. They used the twinkle back drop, chair covers with silver sashes, and beautiful candelabras as centre pieces. After the wedding breakfast, some speeches were said with everyone in fits of laughter and some with happy tears!

In the evening, everyone could kick their shoes off and dance the night away whilst munching on the finger buffet provided.

We are so pleased for Anne & Stephen and we wish the nothing but happiness in their new married lives together!

We had our Wedding Ceremony and Reception at Marsham Court Hotel, on 6th April 2019, and the sun was shining! From the first meeting with Kat Tegg, Event Organiser, we were filled with confidence that all that was promised would be fulfilled. Nothing was too much trouble, everything we requested was catered for. Our Wedding guests have all said ‘Best Wedding Ever’. The food was excellent, faultless in quality and service, special diets all catered for without question. All the staff were polite and helpful (everyone remarked on that quality). On the day the organisation between Kat, Graham and Lawrence was second to none, making sure everyone and everything was in the right place at the right time. If you want a well organised, hassle free, first class, wedding and reception in a lovely setting then look no further than Marsham Court Hotel. Excellent value for money and superb quality, which no other venue could ever hope to match. Thank you so much for making our wishes come true.

Anne and Steve

Sunny day for the new Mr & Mrs Butler!


Congratulations to Shane & Katie on their marriage with us on Thursday 28th March 2019! The lovely couple booked their wedding a while back and was unsure on what the weather would be like in March 2019. Luckily, we had sunny views all day and the couple were able to get married outside in our Wedding Pagoda. The parachute gliders were also out on that day, so during the ceremony guests were waving to them as they passed.

After the ceremony, guests enjoyed a Bucks Fizz reception in our newly refurbished Lulworth Suite whilst relaxing in the sun on the terrace. The wedding breakfast was served in our brand new Terrace Ballroom. We were so happy that the couple liked the room as they had not seen it since the refurbishment. Katie, the bride, is Disney mad, so she daintily decorated the room with Disney character tables, and also had a superb wedding cake to suit the theme. Shane also did have his favourite things on the back of the cake.

In the evening, guests enjoyed dancing the night away and tucking into the finger buffet. We are so pleased everyone had a wonderful time, and we wish Mr & Mrs Butler all the very best!

Congratulations to MCH’s Managing Director!


Many congratulations to Rosie & Rob on their marriage! Everyone at the hotel was thrilled to hear that the two love birds were engaged. Rosie & Rob flew to Jamaica with Rob’s son George where they tied the knot. The photos looked amazing and they both had a wonderful time. Once they were back they hosted a wedding evening reception here at the hotel.

The Solent Suite was nicely dressed up with beach themed decorations, including centre pieces and their backdrop to the photo booth. Their cake was the main talking point of the night. Rosie’s favourite animal is a giraffe, so as the toppers for the cake they had ‘Rosie the giraffe’ and ‘Rob the hippo’! Chef out did himself with the sweet treat requests. Have a look at all those tuxedo strawberries!

Congratulations once again to you both, and we wish you many more years of love and happiness!

A lovely day for Mr&Mrs Cordery


Congratulations to Gemma & Chris who got married here on 25th October 2018! The lovely couple had their ceremony in the Bay Suite over-looking the beautiful views of Bournemouth Beach. Their colour scheme was a perfect choice for the hotel (we love a purple wedding).

The guests all enjoyed nibbles and bucks fizz after the ceremony before going into the Dorset Suite for a wonderful 3 course wedding breakfast. We got a few photos of the dessert in the kitchen, how good do they look!

Afterwards, guests all relaxed before the evening reception kicked in. The Bride and Groom had no idea what the maid of honour had in store. She performed a dance with others for the couple and everyone was clapping and cheering for them. What a great idea!

We are so pleased you all had an incredible day. We wish you all the best and hope to see you both again soon!

To the new Mr&Mrs McGuiness


Congratulations to Jackie & Alan who got married here on Saturday 13th October 2018! The bride and her friends all arrived the night before to put their chair covers on and also just to have a bit of fun before the wedding.

The day of the wedding was a mixture of rain and sun. Typical English weather, however,  the ceremony was held in the Bay Suite with wonderful views of Bournemouth Beach and their wedding breakfast and evening reception was held in the Terrace Ballroom.

Guests enjoyed a beautiful 3 course meal by our wonderful chefs, and just look at those desserts! There were no left overs, that’s for sure. Lots of wine and lots of food, what more could you ask for. Later on they enjoyed a band and DJ and danced the night away.

Congratulations to the happy couple!

Please see below what the Bride and Groom had to say about their special day:

We held our wedding here and it was excellent. Kat, our wedding coordinator, and all the managers gave an excellent service. The food was very nice and all guests had a lovely time. The room for the reception was fantastic and the bedrooms were superb. Thankyou to you all for making our day special.
Jackie and Alan