Dreamy castles, wooded wonderlands and outdoor beach domes; Cornwall has a venue to suit every couple’s dream, writes ALEXANDRA HURLEY…
A finalist in the South West Wedding Awards 2016 for Best Wedding Venue, The Headland offers heady sights from its perch on top of a private cliff-top. Arrive through vintage gates and soak up the English ambience, underpinned by four-star hospitality and gorgeous seascapes.
With well-groomed private grounds and easy access to the sandy shores of Fistral Beach, your guests – whether that’s a handful of loved ones of a grand ceremony of 250 people – will be mesmerised by the surroundings.
The 125 acre estate consists of award-winning sub tropical gardens with access to Carbis Bay’s Blue Flag beach. From the classic to the quirky, Carbis Bay can organise a wedding inclusive of an outdoor beach dome, spectacular firework finales or intimate cocktail parties and barbeques. The hotel received three awards in the Cornwall Tourism Awards 2016/17: the Gold award for Spa and Wellbeing Experience and two Silver awards for Venue and Business Tourism and Self-Catering Provider.
The Eden Project
Imagine getting married in the Rainforest Biome – the largest indoor jungle in the world, or amongst the bright blooms and fragrant aromas of the Mediterranean Biome. After dark, receptions can be held in the Biomes with low lights on the paths reflecting on the arching ceiling to create the illusion of a thousand stars. Each of your wedding guests will received a voucher to return to Eden the following day to explore the venue.
The Carnmarth Hotel
The Hatfield family succeed in offering a personal touch, putting their heart into creating a memorable experience for every single one of their guests. The vibe is relaxed, with a beautiful C-Side Suite licensed for civil ceremonies with room for up to 120 guests. Say your vows in front of a large bay window, framing a stunning vista of the Atlantic Ocean.
Secluded, intimate and designed for a romantic elopement, Lower Barns’ unique approach to design ensures your day will be one filled with colour and beauty. The Wed Shed is a beautifully adorned structure hidden in the trees. Enjoy champagne and canapés on the lawn, followed by a sit down candlelit dinner or a BBQ in the Party Shed. Bring your own booze and get cosy in front of the roaring log fires.
Isles of Scilly
White sandy beaches, crystal-clear waters, exotic plants and star-filled skies; the Isles of Scilly has it all. Whether you desire a grand affair in an Elizabethan Castle or an intimate gathering in the Isles of Scilly Register Office, there is a venue to suit everyone’s tastes. The excitement begins on the journey there; arrive by Scillonian III ferry or the Skybus.
A real Napoleonic Fort, complete with canon, drawbridge, granite staircases and huge vaulted ceilings. Set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on the Rame Peninsula overlooking the sea at Whitsand Bay, this venue certainly has the wow factor. There are two rooms within the Fort where you can say your vows: the Grand Napoleonic Hall, which seats up to 120 guests, or The Emperors Room, perfect for more intimate affairs.
A fairytale wedding of your dreams in a real life castle! This magical location consists of extensive mature gardens, over 300 years of history and unbeatable views across the River Tamar. Say ‘I do’ in the romantic Victorian Bathing Hut on the banks of the river, the Loggia on the South terrace, or in the wisteria-covered Pavilion on the Old Tennis Lawn.
A former 19th century engine house turned exclusive wedding venue, The Stack can sleep up to six guests and features huge opulent gold mirrors, a cosy snug cinema room, hot tub and enough parking for 20 guests. Overlooking the Fal Valley, the venue is yours to dress up with fairy lights, organise garden games, host an al-fresco feast or hire a live band to play under the stars.
Cornish Tipi Weddings
Dreaming of a woodland wedding, a wedding by the water or perhaps a camping wedding? Cornish Tipi Weddings have got you covered. The wood, willow and canvas Pavillion is nestled by a clear brook and under a canopy of oak and ash. Get lost in the magic and organise a Mad Hatter Tea Party, an Enid Blyton-style adventure or a magical woodland picnic. If your guests are looking to stay, there are plenty of tipis to hire.