A happy couple at the RNLI College.

Weddings and Civil Ceremonies

Apologies, we no longer offer bookings for Weddings or Civil Ceremonies. Contact our team if you request further information.

Contact us

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.
  • 200 capacity
  • 11.30pm curfew
  • 30 dedicated team

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.

RNLI Wedding Favours

View some ideas for wedding favours and gifts 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.

  • RNLI College Harbour View
    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).

Have your civil ceremony at the College

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.

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: [email protected]

The registrar fees are handled separately by the Register Office.

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.

Have your wedding breakfast at the RNLI College


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

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