Our Wedding Venue
Hallmark Hotel Bournemouth Carlton offers a venue for weddings, wedding parties, receptions and civil ceremonies.Read more
We enjoy a unique affinity with weddings at the Hallmark Hotel Bournemouth Carlton. We really do. It stretches back 70 years. After WW2 the hotel housed GI brides: the women waiting to rejoin the American servicemen they’d met and married while the soldiers were stationed in the UK (many preparing to join the 1944 D Day invasion). In 1946, 213 of these wives and 224 children left the Carlton for Southampton and a Queen Mary crossing to a new life in the States.
As they left, the departing brides would have glimpsed back towards our majestic Victorian property in its spectacular setting – a dreamy beauty that now captivates so many 21st century brides (and delights the photographers immortalizing their big day).
Yes, the Hallmark Hotel Bournemouth Carlton is still a hotspot for weddings. Its architecture and beauty, above a dazzling sea, are a potent combination. But that’s just part of our appeal. We have no less than eight stunningly refurbished event rooms, capable of hosting everything from an intimate celebration to a full-throttle banquet and dance for 200 guests.
Five of them are licensed for civil ceremonies, allowing you to hold you marriage with us, as well as your reception. And all are light and bright, offering fabulously elegant décor from romantic pastels and creams to stunning 19th century wood panelling. Indeed if weather plays ball – and you have a greater chance of that here than in most of the UK – you could hold an al fresco ceremony in our Mediterranean style gardens next to palms, outlined against a deep blue quilt of sea and sky.
But it’s not all about our architecture and location. Our relaxed yet highly professional staff include a team of experienced, meticulous wedding coordinators who’ll lead you through the organization from ideas and planning to the big day itself, ensuring everything is taken care of, right down to the tiniest details that make it your unique celebration. They have contact books overflowing with trusted local suppliers for everything from florists to photographers to cake makers, and, naturally, they work hand-in-hand with our talented kitchen to ensure you get the perfect banquet, buffet and brilliant canapés.
If your guests are traveling to the wedding and wish to stay over to drain every last drop of enjoyment from the day, they can take advantage of our preferential group rates. Our 76 ensuite rooms include a sea-view room especially for the newly married couple – if you can’t join hands and stare at a moonlit ocean on your wedding night, when can you? We’ve also got self-catering apartments that might better suit any families at your celebration.
Our superb leisure facilities are there for before and after the celebration (perhaps to work off a little over-indulgence?), while Michelle’s Beauty Salon is the perfect place for the bride and her party to get some professional hair and make up on the day.
The Hallmark Hotel Bournemouth Carlton appreciates every wedding is different, paying great attention to those crucial individual details that make it your unique celebration, but to cut hassle and increase value, we offer a series of packages including beautiful decorative flourishes for the banqueting suites. There are special savings for January to March, April, October and December weddings, as well as for Fridays and Sundays. Come and talk to us to see how our experts can help with your big day – and check out the last beautiful view seen by those GI brides heading for America.
Come and meet us at the Hotel
If you’re looking for a wedding venue in Bournemouth, why not come and meet us? We can show you all we have to make your big day special. We’re confident you’ll fall in love with the beautiful views and picture-perfect backdrops here on the East Cliff.