Hampshire & Dorset Wedding Magazine – Ask the Expert

Posted on December 28, 2011

As a wedding planner, I have built up a comprehensive database of recommended venues across Dorset, Hampshire, West Sussex, Surrey, Berkshire, Wiltshire, Somerset and Devon. When I received a call from the Features Editor at Your Hampshire and Dorset Wedding Magazine asking me to recommend venues suitable for a reader’s Broadway/West End Musical themed wedding, I was more than happy to help. Read on to find out which venues made my shortlist.

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We’d like to theme our wedding around Broadway and West End musicals, so there will be a big band and lots of dancing. What type of venues do you think would suit our celebrations? Can you recommend a few in the region?

Big bands are generally made up of between 10 and 25 musicians typically playing instruments such as trombones, trumpets and saxophones along with a rhythm section of guitar, bass and drums.  Consequently, you will need to make sure your venue can accommodate a band of this size and that they do not have any restrictions on sound levels.

Considering that the big band became popular in the 1930s, you may wish to choose a venue synonymous with this era.  The Cumberland Hotel in Bournemouth is a purpose-built Art Deco hotel dating back to the1930s. With its stunning free-span dome, staging, dance floor and dedicated sound system, it would be an ideal choice for a big band wedding.  The open-air Singing Theatre at the Larmer Tree Gardens (situated on the Wiltshire/Dorset border) would also make a spectacular backdrop for this type of wedding.  Home to the Larmer Tree Festival, it is perfect for a musical extravaganza.


You can read this and other questions on page 67 in the November/December issue (out now). If there is anything you would like to ask me, email it to suzanne@rsvpwedding.co.uk and I will post your questions with answers here on our blog.

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