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Your perfect wedding reception venue in Southampton

Whether you’re planning a Civil Ceremony or Partnership, or a traditional Church Wedding, our hotel, situated in the heart of the city’s Old Town, will be the perfect setting for you. The Grade II Listed Mercure Southampton Centre Dolphin is the oldest hotel in the city, packed full of history, charm and character.

From your first visit to the hotel to the day of the wedding itself, our experienced Wedding Co-ordinator will be on hand at every step of the way to make your perfect day unforgettable.

Your personal wedding CO-ORDINATOR

We start organising your special day from the moment you contact us. Your wedding co-ordinator will be on hand to advise, co-ordinate and prepare even the smallest of details for you, making sure your day goes exactly as you want it to.

We understand that there are so many things to think about when you first start planning your wedding – we’re here to make the entire experience an enjoyable one from beginning to end.

We will help you organise your wedding day with the minimum of fuss and maximum enjoyment – from the early booking of photographers, musicians and florists, to organising menus, toasts and accommodation.


Grand affair | Intimate wedding package | Civil Marriages and Partnership Ceremonies |

The Mercure Southampton Dolphin Hotel is in the city centre of Southampton’s old town where it has stood for over 600 years, serving throughout this period as a welcome place to rest for weary travellers. Today the building is classed as a Grade II Listed Building.

This hotel was first established in 1550 and has a fascinating history. Shakespeare and company performed plays in the inn yard, Thomas Hardy refers to it in Trumpet Major and Jane Austen danced here at Assembly Balls at two stages in her life (arranged by Florence Nightingale’s mother). The hotel was rebuilt in 1775 to accommodate spa visitors and it supposedly has the biggest bay windows in England; Thackeray sat in one of them to write Pendennis.

The Mercure Southampton Centre Dolphin Hotel can host wedding ceremonies and wedding breakfasts for up to 100 guests, or 120 for an evening reception, and can tailor a wedding ceremony and reception to your individual requirements. Use of a red carpet on arrival; hire of a cake stand and cake knife; your table plan, place cards and menus; overnight accommodation for the bride and groom and special accommodation rates for your guests (subject to availability).

We now have a wedding licence for Signature Restaurant which is ideal for the more intimate ceremonies of 10 – 35 people

At a glance

  • Civil ceremony up to 100 guests
  • Wedding breakfast up to 100 guests
  • Evening reception up to 120 guests
  • Private breakfast the day after the wedding
  • Discounted rates available for bedrooms

What could be more sublime than our Jane Austen Suite as the perfect backdrop for your perfect day. With special select menus for your wedding reception The Dolphin Hotel is the right choice as your wedding Hampshire venue. Please click the button below and email us for more information.

We will be hosting 3 Wedding showcases in 2017. Wednesday 22nd February 6-9pm, Wednesday 28th June 6-9pm and Sunday 15th October 11am-2pm. click here for more details.

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