Breathtakingly beautiful, the Dairy at Waddesdon Manor in Buckinghamshire offers a wonderfully romantic backdrop for the perfect wedding at any time of year.
Nestling in a tranquil waterside setting amidst glorious gardens, the Dairy is an enchanting private building on the Waddesdon Estate situated close to Bicester, created for Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild in the 19th Century and for over 100 years the country retreat of the Rothschild family. You and your guests can enjoy a taste of that privileged lifestyle: superlative food, excellent wines, professional service with absolute exclusivity guaranteed.
Need to know
Indoor ceremony licence ✓ Indoor civil ceremony capacity 160 Indoor Hindu or Jewish ceremony capacity 200 Outdoor ceremony license ✓ Indoor banquet capacity 130 Evening capacity 160
Marquee banquet capacity 200 Marquee evening capacity 200 Exclusive use ✓ Personal wedding coordinator ✓ In-house catering ✓ External kosher caterer permitted ✓
Wheelchair access ✓ Child friendly ✓ Live music permitted ✓ Onsite parking ✓ Finishing time 12am Extension available ✓
Food & drink
Our Executive Chef meets all wedding clients to create a bespoke menu of your favourite foods, using only the best of British produce and seasonal ingredients. He can also advise on appropriate accompanying wines, chosen from a banqueting wine list reflecting Waddesdon’s links with Rothschild vineyards around the world. Selected outside catering companies can be recommended for special requirements.
Our Pâtisserie Chef can also create all types of wedding cakes. Please ask us for a quotation.
See a selection of sample menus, designed to help inspire you below:
Ceremonies & receptions
The Dairy is the perfect place to host your dream civil wedding ceremony or partnership. With a variety of beautiful and flexible licensed spaces, both inside and out. Choose from the immaculate Inner Courtyard framed with vines, the impressive vaulted West Hall, the classical glass Wintergarden, the stunning Lakeside Pavilions or the magical Secret Garden.
We know how to throw a fantastic party, and the first one you attend as a married couple should definitely be a great one! Whether you want to dance the night away in our West Hall or Wintergarden, or simply relax with a glass of champagne on the stunning Lakeside Pavilions, then the choice is yours.
May, June, July, August & September
Saturdays and bank holiday £7,950
Friday – Sunday £6,950
Monday – Thursday £3,950
April, October & December*
Saturdays and bank holiday £5,950
Friday – Sunday £4,950
Monday – Thursday £3,450
January, February, March & November
Monday – Sunday £2,950
Wedding ceremony set up charge 10am-5pm £500
NB Bank holidays are charged at the same rate as Saturdays. *Excludes 24-31 December inclusive – prices available on application.
Exclusive use of The Dairy from 8.00am to midnight.
Three course bespoke wedding breakfast from £74.50 per head
Canapés from £12.50 per head
Evening buffet from £15.50 per head
Drinks package from £29.50 per head (based on a Prosecco reception, house wine with the meal and a Prosecco toast)
Plus 5% service charge on all pre-ordered food and drink
Speak to our team today to find out about our fantastic offers. Including a free Prosecco toast or free overnight stay at the Five Arrows hotel (subject to availability).
Venue Only ‘Dry Hire’
The Dairy is available for venue hire only on a ‘dry hire’ basis for £12,500. The perfect choice for celebrations that require specialist catering such as Halal or Kosher menus. Terms and conditions apply. Speak to our wedding coordinators to find out more.
At the end of the 19th century, Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild commissioned a local firm of architects to create a dairy to house his prize-winning herd of cattle. The design was influenced by Marie Antoinette’s farm at Versailles. In 1989 Lord Rothschild initiated an extensive restoration programme to transform the Dairy into a stylish venue for weddings. The project also included the restoration of The Dairy’s Victorian water gardens which were created by James Pulham in the 1880s.
We understand the importance of using professional wedding suppliers you can trust. We can recommend an extensive portfolio of suppliers, all of whom have been tried and tested, having previously worked with us.
Decoration & prop hire
Entertainment & kids
Marquees & Tents
Music & Dance
Photographers, photo booths & videographers
Wedding bouquet illustration