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Supplier Directory

As a venue, we offer you a wide variety of choice in order to ensure your day is tailor-made by you

Sopley Mill Suppliers

We have put together a list of suppliers to help you create your perfect wedding day.  They all know the Mill, what works (and what doesn’t), what we have here and what we don’t.  These suppliers will have the answers to all your questions about creating your wedding at Sopley Mill.  You don’t have to use them – Granny may be a dab hand with icing cakes and your mother may have a gift for floristry.  But if you need professional help they know their stuff.

If you would like any further information, please contact the Office on 01425 672586 or email weddings@sopleymill.co.uk

 

Bands

Festival Sons

Another fantastic band that is professionally managed by the experienced team of Nick Leigh at Tailored Entertainment and Iain Martin at Stiff Promotions and one that we highly recommend for your wedding at Sopley Mill. Festival Sons is a festival style wedding band bringing to life some of your favourite bands right to your wedding reception! From the likes of Mumford & Sons, to the Killers and Ed Sheeran, Festival Sons is bound to delight and thrill guests and there is no doubt that the dance floor will be packed!

Contact: Tailored Entertainment
Telephone: 07920 855911

OJ's Soul Band

Based in Surrey, OJ's Soul Band are the UK's leading Soul & Motown Band and were brought together by leading music management company Performing some of the most incredible arrangements of the biggest Soul & Motown hits - this band and their style of music are sure to get you and your guests hitting that dance floor to the glorious sweet sounds of Kool & The Gang, Lionel Richie, The Jackson 5, Whitney Houston to the more modern artists such as Bruno Mars, Olly Murs and Gnarls Barkley- it's time for uptown funk!

Contact: OJ's Soul Band or Tailored Entertainment
Telephone: 07920855911

The Benedicts

The Benedicts are Hampshire's most popular 4-piece wedding band who perform anything from Rock 'n' Roll to Rhythm 'n' Blues; from Pop to Rock and Funk to Soul - anything that will get you and your guests dancing well into the night. The Benedicts are a friendly and professional bunch of guys who will work with you to tailor-make the best live music line up that suits you as well as your budget. The Benedicts have performed successfully at Sopley Mill before and we highly recommend them.

Contact: The Benedicts
Telephone: 07841825841

Tailored Entertainment

A word from Tailored Entertainment: "Tailored Entertainment specialise in exclusive representation of the UK's finest live bands for your wedding at Sopley Mill. Our select roster features bands in a huge range of styles from Soul & Motown to Indie Rock and Jazz to Vintage/Festival style, as well as soloists and duo's - such as pianists, guitarists, singers and live lounge style acoustic acts. We pride ourselves on providing only the best, professional musicians for all aspects of your day - from the ceremony to the drinks reception, to the evening party we would absolutely love to help make your day even more special! We are always available for a friendly chat and will ensure the booking process is simple and efficient from the start to finish. The attentive booking service and very high standard of our live acts has secured Tailored Entertainment's place as a leading entertainment agency for weddings and events in the UK, so please do contact us about we can do for your wedding at Sopley Mill".

Contact: Nick
Telephone: 0845 0941911

Bar Service

Tom's Bars

We are very proud to be able to provide our premium bar service at this magnificent venue! We are a passionate team of highly trained bartenders and specialist cocktail makers. We have supplied hundreds of bars for weddings and events over the last few years and we love working alongside our clients to create the best bar service for their special event. When you book Sopley Mill for your event, we will be your bar supplier. Please get in touch and we will send you our full information pack on our services and packages. “We are friendly, reliable and we really care about you, your guests and your event" Tom Owen, Head Bartender.ars

Contact: The Team
Telephone: 07572 857768

Barista Coffee

Barista Bike

Why not try something quirky and different and have delicious coffee, tea, hot chocolate and milkshakes from Southbourne based Barista Bike. We use specialty coffee beans from Winchester Coffee Roasters which are ground for each shot of espresso to ensure the freshest taste and aroma.  Tea is provided by Dorset Tea with a full selection of traditional, fruit and herbal blends available.  Our hot chocolate is made using ground Belgium chocolate (52% cocoa solids) combined with freshly steamed milk. If you want to provide coffee for your wedding or event at Sopley Mill, provide coffee that your guests will remember.

Contact: Ian Redman
Telephone: 07500 962412

Bridal Hair & Make-Up

Fiona Lucy Clark Hair & Make Up

At Fiona Lucy Clark Hair and Makeup we offer a mobile bridal hair and makeup service allowing you and your bridal party to get ready in the comfort of your chosen location. Bridal is where Fiona’s passion lies. Flawless faces, precision brows, beautiful hues, stunning lips and picture-perfect hair are the key aspects that she loves to design and create for her brides. Fiona believes in creating a bridal look to enhance your natural beauty and allow the personality and sparkle that your fiancé, family and friends love, to take centre stage. Fiona offers no obligation consultations, trials for any bridal party members, complimentary lashes for all bridal party members and complimentary lipstick for the beautiful bride. Alongside amazing discounts with some of Bournemouth’s best beauty salons. We are a proud finalist at The Dorset Wedding Supplier Awards 2015. www.fionalucyclark.co.uk

Contact: Fiona
Telephone: 07453280488

Cakes

CAKE LUXE

I offer all styles and sizes of cake from rustic naked/semi naked cakes to more traditional iced cakes and cupcake towers too. This enables me to offer cake options that can work with a couples vision and importantly their budget!

Contact: Clare
Telephone: 07807059848

Casinos

Viva Las Vegas

Contact:
Telephone: 01202 762339

Absolute Fun Casino

More information coming soon.

Contact:
Telephone: 01202 600699

Caterers

Beales Gourmet Catering

A word from Beales: "Voted as Dorset's Best Wedding Caterers, Beales Gourmet deliver nothing but the highest quality. With a chef team focussed on delivering only the most spectacular canapes and wedding breakfasts, we strive to completely exceed the highest of expectations using the very best local, seasonal ingredients. With inventive and experimental cooking styles and presentation, the cuisine prepared is modern and stylish, as our chefs continually deliver heavenly food for bridal couples and their guests. NOTHING is more important to Beales Gourmet than the lasting memories we help create for brides, grooms and their families. After all, this should be the most memorable day of your lives - and that is why the service delivered is always as impressive as the food served. Beales Gourmet will make your day truly unforgettable! Beales Gourmet have a wide variety of seasonal menus to suit your special event. You will have a team of some of the best trained chefs in the region laying on sumptuous cuisine for you and your guests. No matter whether you prefer a gourmet wedding breakfast or deluxe garden barbeque, all of our menus are created bespoke just for you." "The service delivered is as outstanding as the cuisine served!"

Contact: Laura Bragg
Telephone: 01202 700992

Vanilla Catering & Events

A few words from Vanilla Catering: "Vanilla Catering and Events Ltd operates from premises in Swanwick Marina on the River Hamble. Vanilla's key ethics are attention to customer service and the use of top quality local ingredients. These result in bright, modern, food styles, utilising the freshest of local ingredients, and presented with attention to detail in an unfussy yet friendly manner. On booking with Vanilla each couple is assigned a wedding planner who advises on everything from menus to table plans to timings - this is all part of the Vanilla service. Our menus are bespoke and they are designed in consultation with each couple and our team of professional chefs so you get to choose exactly what you want, no menus A,B or C with Vanilla - every dish is handcrafted for you the client."

Contact: Sally
Telephone: 01489 589275

Sausage & Pear Catering

A few words from Sausage & Pear:  "We are an award-winning catering company based in Dorset. We are proud to have recently won "Best Wedding Caterers in the South West" at the Wedding Industry Awards and "Best wedding caterers in Dorset" at The Dorset Wedding Supplier Awards. Combining rustic-chic with fabulous hearty grub, Sausage & Pear are at the forefront of rustic wedding catering in the UK. Menus on offer range from sharing feasts to fine dining dinners and from big pan paella to Posh BBQ's!.. If you are wondering what a Posh BBQ is, drop us a line and ask to see our amazing brochure. Customer service for us is as important as the food and service, so please ask us any questions you wish and we will be happy to help."

Contact: Ross
Telephone: 07908 425341

Red Cherry Catering

More information coming soon.

Contact: Wayne
Telephone: 01202 476461

Signature Catering

A few words from Signature Catering: WE LOVE FOOD! Whether it's fresh baked bread, New Forest meat, poultry & game. Sustainable fish & seafood, or the best of British seasonal produce. At Signature Catering Co we understand organising your wedding day or function can be a stressful task for people. Furthermore we will give you and your guests our undivided attention. We want you to be able to relax and enjoy your day, safe in the knowledge that the food and service is taken care of to the very highest standard. We will strive to make your event run seamlessly and pride ourselves on our flexibility towards every event, with seamless professional service alongside our carefully tailored bespoke menus. Emphasis is put on the individuality of the every event, and our chefs can tailor a menu to suit your occasion. You will be in personal contact throughout the organisation and on the day of your event with our Events catering manager Anita. Based on the Dorset and Hampshire border on the edge of the New Forest, we have great access to all of the fantastic fresh local ingredients and delights that the two counties have to offer. Our wines have been carefully selected for you enjoyment from local producers; a full list is available upon request. We also run two very successful restaurants. We opened 'Seasons' fifteen years ago, set within a beautiful 18th century barn within Moors Valley Country Park. In 2011 we opened our second restaurant, 'Seventh Wave' in the beautiful renovated Durlston Castle, Swanage.

Contact: Anita
Telephone: 01425 477665

Merlins Catering

A few words from Merlins: "Why Merlins at Sopley? We never forget that it is your day and work in unison with the Sopley Mill team, the results are outstanding. Our reputation goes before us for quality cuisine and we are passionate about our food. It always has to be ethical and local, that is where our heart lies. It is service with a smile the whole way, with our expert wedding specialists helping you at every stage to create the wedding day of your dreams. Whether it's a fully serviced wedding breakfast or relaxed luxury barbecue, we have menus to suit. We pay particular attention to guests special dietary requirement and our vegetarian options are simply delicious. At Merlin we are all about the details, so whatever your question, do get in touch, we have years of experience to share with you. Our brochure is available to be emailed to you immediately and you can obtain an initial quotation from us, with pleasure."

Contact: The Team
Telephone: 01202 880446

Pieminister Catering - NEW TRIAL SECTION

More Information Coming Soon.

Contact: Faye Salt
Telephone: 0117 9111533

Idelica

A word from Idelica: "Lay on a fiesta feeling for your big day with Idelica's Rustic Spanish-styled catering adaptable for indoors or outdoors and for a formal or festival style wedding and party at Sopley Mill. With our giant paellas as the main event, all tastes and dietary requirements are easily catered for as you get to choose from meat, vegetarian, seafood or a mixture of paellas. Our paellas never fail to wow and to satisfy, whether we are serving them as part of your wedding breakfast or simply your evening food. We offer a range of delicious food options and front-of-house services to make your wedding feast perfect. Our Spanish-styled canapés, Tapas starters and buffets, Petit four desserts and wedding cheese cakes use a mix of excellent locally sourced fresh products and imported Spanish fine foods."  

Contact: Emma
Telephone: 01425 350350

Claret Catering

A few words from Claret Catering: "When you book with Claret Catering you know you are in safe hands. We provide a full catering and event planning service. Our team is dedicated to giving you great dining in a relaxed, professional manner, just as you would expect from one of the areas best catering companies. Our events planner is with you every step of the way, and will help you to create your perfect day. Having this contact from day one, means that you can be confident that your wishes are carried out without any fuss, taking the stress away from you on the day. We are able to supply your complete catering package to include all food, staffing, crockery and cutlery, linen and glasses. We pride ourselves on our flexibility. You can pick a menu from our delicious suggestions - but creating bespoke menus to fit any budget is where we excel. for us, it is not just another wedding that we are catering for - it's your wedding and we care about it just as much as you do."

Contact: Dawn
Telephone: 07884 146376

Crockery & Cutlery

Crock a Dial Hire

More information coming soon.

Contact:
Telephone: 07859 077016

Wessex Cater Hire

More information coming soon. Sadly we do not have enough storage space for cutlery and tableware etc so we ask for all these items to be delivered on the morning of your wedding and collected by 09:30am the next day. We highly recommend Wessex Catering Hire who are able to do this even on weekends. Wessex can also provide water boilers etc.

Contact:
Telephone: 023 80675381

Dance Floors

Castle Marquees

Aside from marquees, Castle Marquees also provides dance floors at Sopley Mill for any couples wanting to branch out from the norm and go for a barn dance or a Scottish Reel or ceilidh for which you would need to hire in a dance floor to cover the area you require - please speak to Steve and the team as they know the exact sizes you would need. For more information please see our FAQ's. We only work with Castle Marquees due to the fact that they have worked with us at Sopley Mill on numerous occassions and they are fully aware of what is required in terms of sizes, timings of the fitting together and removal of the dance floors and how the Mill works. They are a family run business and a professional team.

Contact: Steve Vaughan
Telephone: 01425 40 41 42

DJ & Performers

We Perform - DJ

You are more than welcome to have a band at The Mill but if you would like a DJ then, to ensure we comply with NFDC sound regulations. we would ask you to use We Perform. They are extremly professional, keep all equipment on site and can offer specialist entertainment packages for your big day including additional lighting etc. A word from We Perform:  "We Perform are an experienced events team based in Bournemouth. We have performed at over 1000 weddings and now provide wedding discos exclusively at Sopley Mill. We passionately believe that a wedding disco should look good, sound good and leave a lasting impression with all your guests. We currently offer 3 packages for clients of Sopley Mill and these range from just evening discos, to All-Day entertainment packages that cover your daytime music inside and outside Sopley Mill. Please have a look at our website or speak to our friendly office team to find out more. We look forward to working with you soon." Contact: James Telephone: 07729276473  

Contact: James
Telephone: 07729276473

Evening Outside Catering

Moby Micks Fish & Chips

Fish & Chips have always been the nations favourite. MobyMicks, cooking amazing Fish & Chips, as well as other favourites outside your venue. We also provide you with knives, forks, and all condiments. Mushy peas, curry sauce, and other extras can of course be provided, according to your requirements. We take all the trouble out of organising the food, and clearing up, at very competitive prices. Having Fish & Chips as your evening reception food choice, will certainly please your guests.

Contact:
Telephone: 07967954067

Jalopy Pizza

More information coming soon. The Jalopy Pizza Van really is perfect for a lazy summer's evening, sitting outside the Mill watching the sun set.

Contact: Charlie Flavell
Telephone: 07967030312

Florists

Simply Flower

More information coming soon.

Contact: Maria
Telephone: 01202 269246

Yasmin Design

A few words from Yasmin Design: At Yasmin Design, we are passionate about gorgeous, naturally styled, seasonal flowers. Owner Alison and NAFAS qualified Katie, will work with you to help design Wedding Flowers and other arrangements for various functions that are very individual to you, for your very special day.

Contact: Alison
Telephone: 01590 610510

Arcade Flowers

More information coming soon.

Contact:
Telephone: 01425 471037

Flowers By Design

More information coming soon.

Contact:
Telephone: 01425 278811

Garden Furniture

Party Fun Hire

Hire outdoor tables and chairs for any further seating you may require.

Contact: Rob
Telephone: 01202 523075

Garden Games & Lantern Hire

IncaBella Wedding Hire

Incabella Wedding Hire provide the beautiful extras that make your big day unique. Garden games are always fun and a great way to keep your guests entertained. IncaBella hires out the best UBER giant games. They also have a large selection of garden and indoor lanterns which really help to make the Mill come alive in the evening. All their lanterns, candles and tealight holders are approved for use at the Mill. IncaBella can also provide you with a variety of other beautiful hire items, ranging from hay bale and fire pit hire through to deck chair hire for the patio - a great addition for those summer weddings. A word from Lucy: 'Our inspiration for our candle lighting comes from african safari lodges which adorn themselves with hurricane and storm lights. The gentle soft flickering of candle light is so atmospheric giving out a warmth rarely found in electric lighting. Whether it is a tree lit up by masses of swaying tea light holders or silver lanterns lining your aisle we can help. We all long for an balmy English summer day – sadly that is no guarantee but Garden Games always add some lighthearted fun as much for the adults as well as the children. Garden Games get everyone outside and add some friendly competitive spirit. From the large striking Chess Set to the smaller throwing games we have a great range of excellent quality garden games. We provide an efficient, friendly service to help add to the excitement of planning your perfect day. If you can’t find what you are looking for then do also get in contact and let us know what it is you are after. If we don’t have it, it might be it is coming soon or we can source it for you and add it to our product list.'

Contact: Lucy
Telephone: 07946471707

Glass Hire

Tom's Bars

We are very proud to be able to provide our premium bar service at this magnificent venue! We are a passionate team of highly trained bartenders and specialist cocktail makers. We have supplied hundreds of bars for weddings and events over the last few years and we love working alongside our clients to create the best bar service for their special event. When you book Sopley Mill for your event, we will be the bar supplier. Please get in touch and we will send you our full information pack on our services and packages. “We are friendly, reliable and we really care about you, your guests and your event" Tom Owen, Head Bartender.

Contact: The Team
Telephone: 07572 857768

Wessex Cater Hire

More information coming soon. Sadly we do not have enough storage space for cutlery and tableware etc so we ask for all these items to be delivered on the morning of your wedding and collected by 09:30am the next day. We highly recommend Wessex Catering Hire who are able to do this even on weekends. Wessex can also provide water boilers etc.

Contact:
Telephone: 023 80675381

Humanist Weddings

David Hewitt Humanist Celebrant

Don't worry - we didn't know what one was either! They are non-religious, much like a civil wedding, but unlike a civil wedding these are designed around you. A Humanist ceremony is more of a blessing and includes your family and friends more than a standard civil wedding. You would need to get married, on paper, at the registry office a few days before but then you on the day you have a full ceremony including the music you want, the poetry you like, any rituals you may choose such as wrapping your holding hands in ribbon and writing your own vows. You can do this anywhere, including out on the grounds. David Hewitt will meet you a few months before the wedding to find out more about you and how you met etc, so that he can design a very personal ceremony around you and your commitment to each other.

Contact: David Hewitt
Telephone: 01425 674723 / 07767 230191

Ice Cream Carts

Brock Ice

Brock Ice: "Why not step out from the norm and hire a fun and traditional styled vintage ice cream bike! Brock Ice is a friendly family run business serving delicious New Forest Ice cream from traditional ice-cream bikes. With a range of yummy, delicious flavours such as Honeycomb Square, Mojito Sorbet, Millionaire's Shortcake and Champagne Sorbet (appropriate names for a celebration!) to name but a few, delight your guests with a scoop of their (or your favourite) and enjoy outside on the patio whilst watching the sun set across the beautiful water meadows."

Contact: Abbie
Telephone: 07950009544

Local Hotels

Chewton Glen

Chewton Glen is a 5* country house hotel and spa set in 130 acres of Hampshire countryside on the edge of the New Forest National Park, and just a few minutes' walk from the sea. The hotel is located 15 minutes drive from Sopley Mill

Contact: Reservations
Telephone: 01425 282212

The Premier Inn

The Christchurch Premier Inn is just 6 miles away.

Contact: Reservations
Telephone: 0871 527 8250
Email:

Captains Club Hotel

A lovely modern hotel on the river front by Christchurch Quay. 29 rooms including family apartments with kitchens - good families or a group of friends. We would highly recommend this hotel for anyone wanting to spend a bit of time exploring the New Forest and surrounding areas whilst they are here for the wedding.

Contact: Reservations
Telephone: 01202 475111
Email:

The Harbour Hotel

A beautiful relaxing coastal spa retreat that is perfect for any guests coming from a far (or near) that are looking for a place to stay offering great local food, luxurious pampering and the opportunity to do as little or as much as they want.

If your guests want to extend their stay in this beautiful part of the country, it's well worth staying at The Harbour Hotel where exploring the stunning Dorset coastline is a definite must. The hotel offers two restaurants serving beautiful fresh and local cuisine as well as world of pure relaxation in the gorgeous spa.

Contact: Reservations
Telephone: 01202 483434

The Manor Hotel

A beautiful 10 bedroom hotel located just outside the historic town of Christchurch. The rooms are lovely and uniquely decorated adding to the charm of the hotels atmosphere. The hotel has an open-theatre style kitchen offering seasonal menu's including wood stone pizza's, daily specials and wonderful Sunday Carvery's.

Contact: Reservations
Telephone: 01202 477189

Marquees

Castle Marquees

If you are planning on getting married during the Summer months and would like to arrange for you and your guests to eat outside but with that peace of mind in case the weather turns, then a marquee could be the perfect option for you, or for couples who are getting married in the winter and would like to provide a cover over the terrace so your guests can still enjoy the beautiful surroundings of Sopley Mill, then Castle Marquees are definitely the guys to speak to. We only work with Castle Marquees due to the fact that they have worked with us at Sopley Mill on numerous occassions and they are fully aware of what is required in terms of sizes, timings of the erecting and removal of the marquees and how the Mill works. They are a family run business and a professional team and we cannot recommend Steve highly enough.

Contact: Steve Vaughan
Telephone: 01425 40 41 42

Photo Booth

Magic Photo Mirrors

Contact: Lesley-Ann Simmonds
Telephone: 07802865727

The Photo Booth Bournemouth

The Photo Booth Bournemouth: "Entertain your guests and have the ultimate wedding reception entertainment, The Photo Booth Bournemouth's premium studio Photo Booth is a huge hit with all ages, guaranteed to provide laughter and memories.. Open plan setup (meaning we can get large group shots), All-inclusive packages (unlimited photos), Guestbook, USB, Facebook Upload and more! Discounts available Monday – Thursday." The Photo Booth Bournemouth.

Contact: James Ferrett & John Humphreys
Telephone: 01202 287087

Photography

Lucy Lou Photography

More information coming soon.

Contact: Lucy
Telephone:

Neolimn Photography & Design

More information coming soon.

Contact: Cerrie Simpson
Telephone: 01202 622764 / 07814 416305

Lawes Photography - Preferred Photographer

More information coming soon.

Contact: Wayne or Liz
Telephone: 01202 896284
Email:

Stephen Duncan - Preferred Photographer

More information coming soon.

Contact: Stephen
Telephone: 07879 251301

Nick Rutter - Preferred Photographer

More information coming soon.

Contact: Nick Rutter
Telephone: 07968449930

Lewis & Schofield

More information coming soon.

Contact:
Telephone: 07967 834997

Taxis

Radio Cabs

For any of your guests needing a taxi to Sopley Mill or a safe journey home, Christchurch Radio Cabs are a reliable and professional taxi company located in Christchurch.

Contact: Bookings
Telephone: 01202 48 48 48
Email:

Christchurch Chritax

Chritax will give your guests a 10% discount if they pre-book a taxi with them.

Contact: Booking Office
Telephone: 01202 470000

Wedding Insurance

Event Insurance Services

Wedding insurance - for peace of mind! Please quote A0032 with reference to Sopley Mill.

Contact:
Telephone: 0800 551980

Wedding Planners / Co-ordination

RSVP Weddings

More information coming soon.

Contact: Suzanne
Telephone: 07727 683044

Bellissimo Wedding Planners

More information coming soon.

Contact: Bellissimo Team
Telephone: 01202 533014