A happy couple at the RNLI College.

Weddings and Civil Ceremonies

We’re fully licensed to hold your marriage ceremony or civil partnership
We appreciate that each couple will want different things for their special day. So whether you want a small and intimate ceremony or a larger event, we’re here to help you organise your perfect day.

Your dedicated Wedding Coordinator will ensure we can cater for all your needs so you don’t need to worry about a thing.

Don’t forget to book the registrar!

Although we are licensed by the Register Office in Poole, Dorset, you will still need to contact them to confirm your details and book the registrar. 

Call: 01202 633744 

Email: registrars@poole.gov.uk

The registrar fees are handled separately by the Register Office.

The happiest day of your life, could save someone else’s

When you hold your wedding or civil ceremony at the RNLI College, you won’t just be choosing a fantastic venue for your special day. Every £1 you spend will go towards crew training at the college, money that will help save lives at sea.

  • The Waterfront Suite at the RNLI College
    Waterfront Suite

    A delightful suite on the ground floor ideal for larger wedding parties.

    The Waterfront Suite has direct access onto the Waterfront Terrace, a perfect area for photos and drinks with the backdrop of Holes Bay in Poole Harbour.

    • Up to 200 guests for the ceremony
    • 150 for the wedding breakfast
    • maximum of 200 for the evening reception (depending upon seating arrangement requirements).

    It can also be specially tailored for smaller parties to provide a more intimate setting.

  • Harbour View Suite

    A beautiful, light and airy room located on the second floor, the Harbour View Suite is a very special room with grand sweeping views of Holes Bay in Poole Harbour.

    Doors open onto your own private balcony where you can enjoy some fresh sea air and watch the boats go sailing past.

    This suite can accommodate up to 60 guests for your ceremony, wedding breakfast, or evening reception.

    (Due to its proximity to guest rooms, bands and discos are not permitted, making it perfect for smaller intimate weddings).

200 capacity

11:30 curfew

30 dedicated team

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A massive thank you from us to you for everything you organised for us, no request ever seemed too big or too small. Our wedding was more wonderful than we could ever have dreamt.

I would also like you to know that guests were blown away by the beautiful venue, the delicious food, the decor and the wonderful vibe that you get from the staff and the RNLI.

Mr and Mrs O'Brien

Recognised by Trip Advisor

  • Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence 2017
  • Dorset Tourism Award Gold 2016

Civil Ceremonies

Find out more about the range of options, features and perks that makes the RNLI College the perfect choice for your civil ceremony.

Evening reception at RNLI College

Photo: RNLI

Evening reception

Celebrate your wedding in style when you have an evening reception at the RNLI College. Find out about the options available to you.

Wedding breakfast

Celebrate your special day with a delicious wedding breakfast for you and your guests.

Find out how we can make your special day even better by calling us on 01202 663489 or online below

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