Civil Ceremonies

A civil marriage ceremony may be held at the Garden Pavilion on the Croquet Lawn or in the Sawmill. It is helpful if guests arrive up to 30 minutes before the start of the ceremony.

Dorset County Council is responsible for providing marriage ceremonies in the county of Dorset. All arrangements are made directly by the couple with the Registrar. The telephone number is 01305 225153.

The Registrar has a legal requirement to meet the bride and groom separately, for approximately 10 minutes each, before the ceremony. Two witnesses must be provided to sign the marriage register.

There is a single 13 amp electricity source in the Pavilion. Flower decorations, PA Systems or audio equipment in the Garden Pavilion or the Sawmill are to be organised by the couple at their expense.

We regret that we are not able to accommodate ‘rehearsals’ prior to the civil ceremony and that there are no changing room facilities available.


Rose petals or natural substances are permitted. Please ensure that your guests are informed.

Wedding reception on the Croquet Lawn

A marquee of your design on the Croquet Lawn can accommodate up to 400 guests for a wedding breakfast & evening party. Marquees are normally erected on the preceding Thursday and decorated by the wedding party on the Friday. After the wedding any personal belongings or beverages are collected by the wedding party on the Sunday and the marquee is dismantled on the Monday.

A recycling skip and toilets are required for any marquee event.


We are happy for couples to provide their own wines and champagne. There is NO corkage fee at Mapperton.

Non-approved suppliers

Non- approved suppliers may incur an additional management fee of £500.

For all events

Access to the lower garden will be restricted at dusk, when the floodlights will be turned on. Music ceases at 11.50pm, with guests leaving by midnight. Please ensure taxis are booked in advance, as there is often high demand.


There is ample parking for guests. Please note that any cars left overnight are parked at the owner’s risk and must be removed by 10.30am the following day.