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23 December, 2020

This blog gives an insight into weddings at The Lost Village of Dode, and has important information to think about with your wedding. We hope you enjoy reading, and remember we are here to help you, please contact us with any questions or to arrange a personal viewing. 

Ceremony

The Lost Village of Dode a licensed wedding venue, enabling you to get married in a quaint, lovingly preserved, medieval former church but, and importantly, it enables you to book a non-religious civil ceremony or partnership followed by your wedding reception and drinks in a church.

The interior is atmospherically illuminated with flickering torches. Flanking the central walkway to the nave there are carved oak wooden benches, covered with warming rugs, on which your guests sit during the ceremony that then become the seating during your ‘medieval’ wedding breakfast after which you can end the evening with dancing and much merriment.

A rehearsal of your ceremony either within the Norman Church, or amongst the Ancient Stones is part of your wedding. We believe this is a really important aspect of our wedding package, special to the Lost Village of Dode, and ensures your day goes to plan.

After booking your Civil ceremony we at The Lost Village of Dode will organise your paperwork with the registration department once your booking is formally complete, therefore removing any unnecessary hassle from the planning of your big day.

For a civil ceremony you will need to think about your music, we have an in-house sound system available for you to use.  We suggest music for when the guests take their seats, 1 track for your entrance, 3 for signing the registrar and 1 for your exit as a married couple!

Car parking 

We are very fortunate to have free parking for up to 10 bridal party cars available for you to use. 

Beverages

After your ceremony guests can spend time enjoying the stunning grounds, enabling you to have your group photos and enjoy a glass of bubbly along with a selection of canapés.

For your drinks reception we ask you to work directly with our Friends of Dode; Double Bubble Van, who can provide either a converted bike or camper van to serve your drinks. They have a wide selection of drinks available to suit all tastes.

Wedding Breakfast

During your drinks reception we set up for your medieval style banquet wedding breakfast reception with all the trimmings. Your wedding breakfast could include a hog roast, or a roast lamb, we just ask that you work directly with our caterers Flying Pig Kitchen. Another option is an afternoon tea from The Pretty Little Tea Company. 

Accommodation 

And to Bed at the Lost Village of Dode! By choosing to hold your wedding or event at the Lost Village of Dode, you can add a final chapter to your story. You can book one of our superb on-site cottages to stay, our accommodation blog has lots of information on our accommodation to help you. 

Our Friends

You are welcome to choose your own wedding suppliers that we have not worked with us before. However, at The Lost Village of Dode we have our ‘Friends’ who we work closely with.  We highly recommend them all and they are very familiar with the venue.  

Double Bubble Prosecco Van

The Double Bubble Prosecco Van is a mini VW replica campervan, that has been lovingly converted into a mobile prosecco bar. They are brothers that have always wanted to own and run a bar and have completed this in their own unique way. Double Bubble really will be the talking point of any event.

Flying Pig Kitchen 

The Flying Pig Kitchen has been established for over 25 years and is based in the South East of England. They are a family run business with a highly experienced team and offer a vast range of menus and services.

Locate to Create

Locate to Create is a family run business, with a passion for locating and styling unique and quirky items to help create bespoke events and experiences. They specialise in, and are truly obsessed with, all things vintage, rustic and boho. They supply items from vintage seating areas to centrepiece packages. 

Matt James Wedding & Portrait Photographer

Matt James Photography are pleased to be part of the team at Dode, Matt is not just a wedding photographer but shoots everything from portraits to boudoir from events to products, Photography is Matt’s full-time occupation and he feels that a wedding includes many of the disciplines required for portraits, landscape, low light, reportage, fun and natural is the key. In addition, Matt can offer video services and also has a unique photo kiosk for continued fun at the after-party.

Moody Blooms Florist 

Moody Blooms offers a highly personal, friendly & attentive service specialising in beautiful and inspirational bespoke flowers. Whatever your floral requirement, Moody Blooms would love to hear from you.

Ramona the Harpist

Ramona is an accomplished, professional harpist and has been performing for over twenty years.  Her repertoire includes Irish, English, classical and modern music.

She plays a beautiful Clarsach Celtic harp which has a full, sweet tone. The harp is portable and can be moved inside or outside – a perfect musical accompaniment to a romantic wedding in the lost village!

The Artful Doodler 

Rich Nairn, The Artful Doodler provides fun caricatures of your guests, providing laughs and entertainment on the day and a unique memento to take away with them.

Treats On A Tricycle 

Available for weddings, corporate events, birthdays, children’s parties, sporting events, fetes and so much more, they can bring a touch of nostalgia and class to your event. The team provide a variety of services including; traditional ice cream tricycles, a designated ‘PIMMS’ tricycle and a rare and unique Vintage ice cream van ‘LittleEsther’.

Vintage Carnival Games 

Vintage Carnival Games is a family run business that specialises in bespoke handcrafted wooden outdoor carnival-themed games, designed to make your special occasion a unique, fun-filled experience.

We hope you have enjoyed a little insight into weddings at The Lost Village of Dode. To learn more about our 900 year old history please visit our website.  To arrange a viewing of Dode, or for any questions please call 01622-734205 or email enquiries@dodevillage.com

Wishing you all the best with your planning, 

The Lost Village of Dode Team 🙂

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