weddingsWest Compton Manor is the ideal wedding venue for a romantic country wedding and only one of a handful of venues able to offer the use of a private church.

The glorious house and grounds provide a secluded setting and stunning back drop for your special day.  There are extensive photography opportunities and plenty of space to accommodate over 300 guests.

Church Service

You may choose to have a service in St Michael’s Church or alternatively decide to be married elsewhere and arrive at West Compton Manor for the wedding reception in the Courtyard or Orangery.  The front lawn will accommodate a large marquee for dinner and dancing for an event where several hundred guests will be attending.


The blessing would be taken by our local vicar Rev Graham Perryman who is a member of the Melbury Team, or a vicar of your choice.  The blessing service can be made to look like a full wedding service with hymns, exchanging of rings, readings and the bride and groom taking centre stage.  It is up to you to design your service, choose the readings, hymns and what you wish to say to each other, the vicar will be more than happy to assist and guide you with this.

Prior to a wedding blessing you will have to both give notice in person to the superintendent registrar at your local registry office, this can be done up to a year in advance of your intended marriage date.

Marriages and Civil Partnerships

A marriage or civil partnership ceremony can take place at any registry office in England or Wales.  The closest registry offices to West Compton are Bridport and Dorchester and if you wish to get married at the one of our local offices, you will need to contact them to ensure that officials will be available on the day you wish to marry.  To make your marriage legal you both make a declaration and sign the register and you will need two people to accompany you to act as witnesses.  More information can be found on the Dorset County Councils website, Dorset For You.

Wedding Receptions

We would be delighted to recommend any caterers, marquee companies, florists etc that you may require.  We do not charge corkage and are happy for you to use whichever suppliers you wish, giving you the flexibility to keep within your chosen budget.

We will be on hand on the day to make sure everything goes smoothly.

Please contact us to discuss your requirements.