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With its ancient, graceful buildings set among 250 acres of landscaped grounds in the beautiful county of Dorset, Canford offers a stunning venue for your entire wedding.

Tracing its origins to the Domesday Book, the Grade 1 listed Manor House offers a unique setting for your civil ceremony while the 14th century Norman church provides the option of a religious service. 

Emily and Sam’s wedding ceremony

For your reception, choose the baronial Great Hall, with its sweeping staircase and minstrels’ gallery where the Prince of Wales once danced after a shooting party, or perhaps the more intimate splendour of the Long Gallery. 

With exclusive use of the grounds for your wedding day, there is the option of an outdoor reception by the fountain on the Sunken Lawn with views to the arboretum and parkland beyond.  

Jules and Anne-Marie with Emily and Sam

At Canford School every aspect of your wedding will be tailored to you. Our catering is in-house and our Michelin-trained chefs will work with you to create your bespoke menu. Allow the team to guide you or choose your favourite dishes along with a delectable drinks menu to complement your choices.

Key Features

  • Grade 1 Listed Manor House with origins tracing back to the Domesday book
  • A choice of two ceremony and receptions rooms with original features
  • Our Michelin-trained in house chefs will create a bespoke menu just for you
  • Extensive knowledge of local suppliers and wedding professionals
  • Beautiful Dorset village location
  • Magnificent grounds ideal for drinks receptions and wedding photographs
Canford School
Weddings at Canford School

Venue Details

Canford School
BH21 3AD

Tel: 01202 841254


After a short holiday, we had back to back weddings for a few days which started in the delightful Dorset countryside for Emily and Sam.

The Wedding

Emily and Sam
Thursday 14 April 2022
Canford School, Dorset

Emily and Sams Wedding
Emily and Sam’s Day

Arriving around 1pm we soon found our way to the location for Emily and Sam’s ceremony. Fortunately we were able to bring the car almost to the door for the purpose of unloading. Even without our piano shell, it is considerably easier, and indeed quicker, if we can unload from right outside the venue.

Musicians for Daytime Music

Our brief today was to provide music for the wedding ceremony followed by an outdoor drinks reception.

Ceremony Room
Ceremony Room at Canford School

Prior to the wedding day, we had various discussions with Emily and it was agreed the best place for us in the ceremony would be in the bay window to the right of the picture above.

Music for the Ceremony

We always play for around 15-20 minutes before the start of the wedding ceremony as the guests start to arrive and take their seats. Right on time Emily arrived and we played Canon in D for her entrance.

Emily and Sam’s wedding ceremony

As the ceremony proceeded, we then played ‘You are the Reason‘ by Callum Scott during the signing of the register. The newly weds walked out the ceremony to ‘You are the Best Thing‘.

Drinks Reception

For the drinks reception we moved outside. The weather was ideal – certainly for us – neither too hot nor too cold and no blazing sunshine to contend with! When it came to music for the drinks reception, Emily had simply asked for a ‘mixture’ of songs.

Moving our instruments outside and making use of our trusty portable power pack for the piano, we were set up to start playing again within 10 minutes.

Acoustic or Electric Cello?

As a ‘rule’ Anne-Marie will generally play the acoustic cello for the wedding ceremony. If we are playing outside, she tends to switch to the electric cello with just a little amplification. This ensures we can be heard but without being intrusive. Even for an outdoor drinks reception we are only really there to provide ambient music in the background.

JAM Duo at your Wedding

JAM Duo play for weddings all over the UK. Our most popular package is for daytime music playing for your Ceremony, Drinks Reception and Wedding Breakfast. You can find more details of our wedding options here.

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