Came is an enchanting Palladian Country House and private estate in the heart of Thomas Hardy’s Dorset, ten minutes from the Jurassic coast. It is just two miles from the market town of Dorchester, with mainline rail links to Southampton International Airport and London Waterloo.
Came loves a party and was built to entertain. The House has been a home to friendship, love and laughter for countless guests over the centuries. Came House invites you to make a weekend of your wedding and share its timeless charm with family and friends as if it were your own. It is as versatile a venue as you could hope for, and its dedicated team is on hand to help create your wedding with all the special touches you would love. Every wedding at Came looks and feels different.
Dine on the Friday in Drawing Room. With its sparkling chandeliers and Rococo plasterwork, it’s the perfect space for an elegant pre-wedding rehearsal dinner with your close family and friends – setting the scene for the weekend ahead.
All of the formal rooms are licensed for civil ceremonies, the largest being the stunning Domed Conservatory for 120 (with the adjoining Morning Room licensed for a further 65 and opening onto the Domed Conservatory, they can offer space to seat 165 guests in total for larger weddings for a civil marriage). For an outdoor ceremony, the rear Terrace overlooking the back of the elevation of the House is stunning. The 15th century Chapel set within the grounds (St Peters) is available for blessings, and there are many local churches for religious ceremonies in the locality.
The extensive formal gardens provide an excellent location for the post-ceremony drinks reception, complete with croquet on the lawn and many backdrops for photographs. The Saloon, Morning Room and Conservatory interconnect with the garden terrace to take the outside in.
Your wedding breakfast and evening party will be in their stunning traditional marquee – designed and manufactured for Came. This beautiful tent is set in the “Secret Garden”, which is slightly offset to the side of the House, allowing the marquee to not interrupt those beautiful photographs with the House as a backdrop. Your guests will be invited to take a magical short stroll through the Italian Gardens before taking their seats. Fully landscaped all around, with clear sides on three walls, it truly is an elegant and beautiful space. A reveal curtain divides the main dining section from the party space – saving this as another surprise for your guests later. Complete with a large service tent for your caterers, a walk-in chiller for all your chosen weekend drinks (no corkage at Came) and luxury WC facilities adjoining the marquee – your guests will be blown away.
Party the night away at Came! Their large oak dance floor is supplied with a large stage (big enough to stage even a show band!) and all the power you need, complete with a beautifully designed interior and exterior lighting system and outdoor seating and firepit. Whilst you fall into bed in their stunning Bridal Suite, family and friends can stay in the main House and two neighbouring guest cottages with a luxury House breakfast on both mornings. This is truly a wonderful weekend wedding.
Whilst they are a very doggie-friendly family and know how much some of their couples love having their pooch as part of their wedding day, they have found in the past that this can sometimes cause upset for the dog and difficulties for the couple during the wedding day. They have, therefore, decided that they can no longer permit dogs to be part of weddings. However, it may be something that they might be able to consider under a strict set of circumstances to cover both the welfare of the dog and to help their couples.