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Whether you hold your wedding reception in a stately home, hotel, village hall or your favourite pub, it’s going to be the best party of your life, so to avoid any misunderstanding, always confirm every detail in writing.Wherever you choose, make sure there’s enough space for your guests in the room itself and enough parking spaces outside for their cars.
Try to opt for a reception venue which is reasonably close to where you are holding the ceremony – no problem if you’re marrying at a licensed venue and holding wedding and reception under one roof.
If you’re planning a hotel reception, have a meal there before you make the booking, so you can check on the food and the service, as well as the atmosphere and the facilities.Many hotels will offer a host of additional services, included in the cost of the reception – from a red carpet welcome to fresh flowers on the tables, from the services of a toastmaster to the hire of a cake stand and knife, from complementary wedding night accommodation for the bride and groom to special rates for wedding guests who want to stay overnight. Some will even invite you back for a complementary celebration dinner on your first wedding anniversary.Check exactly what is offered and make sure you get a written list. Wherever you choose to hold your reception, find out during what times the rooms – and bar facilities – will be available. If you’re using a village hall and your own caterers, for instance, you will need access early in the day to set up decorations, flowers and your cake and you may need a drinks licence for your bar, which the committee will have to apply for on your behalf. Check also whether you have to hire crockery, cutlery, glasses, tables and chairs.If you’re having small children at your wedding, find out whether there’s a separate room where they can be entertained and think of providing a mobile creche so both you and their parents can relax and enjoy the day without having to worry about them.
Situated within its own spacious grounds at the heart of Tavistock, the Bedford Hotel has four beautiful rooms licensed for civil ceremonies, whether you are looking for an intimate civil ceremony for 10 or a formal ceremony for 110 wedding guests. The Bedford is directly opposite St. Eustachius Church which, like the hotel, used to be part of the abbey. Alternatively, on the outskirts of town is the famous St Michael’s Church.
Gallery 26 is the Bedford’s stunning new function room, recently awarded best Vernacular Award for architectural design. It is a unique, contemporary room yet the architect has managed to draw in the beauty and history of the hotel. Outside is a private car park and ornate bridge leading to a walled garden, perfect for your wedding photographs and drinks.
Award-winning food and 31 ensuite bedrooms complete the picture.
Set in a superb waterside position enjoying spectacular views of the English Riviera and surrounded by six acres of grounds in the seclusion of the Berry Head Country Park, the elegant 3 star hotel is licensed for civil ceremonies. It’s a stunning location in which to celebrate your special day and it caters for from for two to 200 guests, with every wedding tailored individually to suit your unique requirements.
There’s ample parking and guests staying overnight will appreciate the indoor swimming pool in the morning!
The Bickley Mill Inn is a unique, intimate wedding venue. Set in the quiet valley of Stoneycombe, away from the hustle and bustle of daily life, this beautiful 13th century former flour mill has a tranquil and contemporary atmosphere. The family-owned business has an experienced and friendly team, who will attend to every detail, advising you on arrangements and will tailor services to you personal requirements, to ensure that your day is a perfect one.
Bickley Mill Inn offers both weekend and weekday weddings, with a choice of rooms. Up to 86 guests may be seated on round tables in the Millers’ Room, which is entirely private but does open out on to the decking area, ideal for larger numbers. For smaller numbers, the Panel Room has a wonderfully intimate atmosphere, ideal for up to 24 guests – and, at the end of the celebrations, there are 12 individually designed en suite bedrooms.
This spectacular four star Elizabethan manor hotel on the edge of Dartmoor is just 10 minutes’ drive from Plymouth. With landscaped grounds and parkland, the hotel is licensed for civil ceremonies both indoors and out and it’s available for exclusive use..
Marry indoors in the light and intimate Parker Suite with its high, arched ceiling, beautiful windows and exposed wooden beams or, outdoors, under the vintage gazebo. For your wedding breakfast there’s a range of settings, including a marquee and traditional ballroom and Boringdon chefs always deliver the best, from elegant canapés to sumptuous banquets or something a little different.
A total of 40 rooms means friends and family can stay overnight – and there’s a luscious four-poster room for the happy couple.
The Gaia Spa offers staying guests access to the luxury spa and wellness facilities plus an extra 10% off spa treatments. Featuring an infinity pool, hydrotherapy pool with outdoor swim through, heat experiences, including Finnish sauna, crystal salt steam room, aromatherapy steam room, laconic, herbal sauna and shower experiences, the spa also features a state-of-the-art gym by Pulse Fitness, 12 dedicated treatment rooms, including two double rooms, a deep relaxation room and a beauty salon with champagne services. There’s also Spatisserie restaurant and outdoor areas for relaxation, yoga and meditation.
Set in 200 acres of delightful countryside and with panoramic views over the Plymouth Sound and Dartmoor, Boringdon Park is licensed for civil ceremonies and offers bright, modern and contemporary wedding rooms.
Superb bespoke wedding packages are available, a dedicated wedding planner will help you plan every detail – and there’s extensive free parking.
With the charm of a countryside manor house and its city location, Buckerell Lodge is a fabulous wedding venue. Add in a team of experienced, professional and personal wedding planners, plus their inspirational wedding services and your special day will be a dream come true. Creating the perfect wedding, but keeping to a sensible budget can be difficult, which is why they offer a range of all-inclusive wedding packages to suit all means.
If you are looking for a more tailored wedding day, they will happily design a bespoke wedding to your requirements. From civil ceremonies to wedding parties, there is a choice of function rooms catering for up to 80 guests. See Buckerell Lodge Hotel in all its wedding glory at one of its regular open evenings – visit the website for details.
Castle Hill provides a wonderful setting, with large beautifully adorned rooms and immaculately maintained gardens which are ideal for photographs. It is licensed for civil ceremonies in the Library, Red Room and West Wing, while receptions can take place in the Red Room (50 people), or the West Wing (100 people). With the addition of a marquee on the West Lawn adjoining the West Wing, up to 300 people can be accommodated for a reception. For something completely different, you can have a woodland wedding at the Holwell Temple.
Beautiful gardens and lawns offer the perfect backdrop for memorable pictures and a casual setting for a pre-dinner wedding reception. Churston Manor is next door to Churston Parish Church, so it’s perfect for church weddings, but if you prefer a civil ceremony, they have two magnificent rooms licensed for just that purpose.
Ask about wedding packages, which can all be tailored to your style and budget – and ask about special last-minute prices as well. And, for the ultimate treat, of course there’s a beautiful four-poster suite for the happy couple.
Imagine being married and celebrating with family and friends at this beautiful Georgian manor house, set in spectacular Dartmoor countryside. Colehayes is available to hire for a long weekend – or even a week – and sleeps up to 70.
Licensed for civil ceremonies, it is yours exclusively – your opportunity to do something completely different. While help is at hand, it’s your responsibility to organise the occasion.
A perfect wedding venue on the edge of Dartmoor, the hotel is licensed for civil ceremonies inside and out and will tailor a wedding package individually for each couple. Expereinced, friendly staff will help you every step of the way, whether you plan an intimate celebration or a grand, formal occasion.
You can have exclusive use of this outstanding Georgian manor house for just £450. Set in glorious landscaped gardens, it is licensed for civil ceremonies for up to 95 guests and can host evening receptions for up to 120.
At the Edgemoor they offer a luxury, relaxed venue for your wedding day.Our indoor and outdoor facilities can accommodate any number of guests up to 100 during the day and up to 150 for an evening reception. The grounds around the hotel and Haytor (only a mile away) on Dartmoor are especially lovely for wedding day photographs.
Picturesque and intimate, the family-run Edgemoor country house has two rooms, as well as an outdoor pavilion, licensed for civil ceremonies and can accommodate up to 100 for a sit-down wedding breakfast or 150 for an evening reception.Exclusive use of the hotel, its 17 bedrooms and grounds is available – and the Edgemoor is a specialist in midweek weddings.
Set in a small village in the heart of the Devonshire countryside, The Exeter Court Hotel is the perfect place for your special day. With a civil wedding licence, 63 bedrooms and a dedicated wedding team who are on hand at all times to make sure your day goes off without a hitch.
From small, intimate ceremonies to a big exclusive weddings, Exeter Court offers a variety of rooms to choose from and a dedicated wedding co-ordinator will be on hand to help and advise you. Licensed to hold civil ceremonies, the hotel is easy to get to and can accommodate up to 100 guests for a wedding breakfast and 150 for an evening reception.
A unique venue steeped in history, Exeter Guildhall has been the centrepiece of the city’s civic life for more than 800 years and has now opened its large oak doors for weddings and civil partnerships. Why not get married in the Great Hall with portraits of Princess Henrietta Anne and other historic figures looking over you while you say ‘I do’? With its high stained glass windows, dark wooden panels and a fine brass chandelier, what more could you ask for a mediaeval Gothic venue?
The Great Hall, which costs £600 to hire, can accommodate up to 75 guests and a small drinks reception can be held after the ceremony at no extra cost (you will need to supply the alcohol and take it to the Guildhall but they will supply the Champagne flutes and serve your drinks for you). Photo by Sigma Studios
With eight rooms licensed for civil ceremonies and a dedicated wedding co-ordinator, Future Inns in Plymouth can cater for small intimate weddings as well as large formal occasions. All are on the ground floor with easy access and have temperature control. The restaurant prides itself on its use of the finest locally sourced ingredients and, with 143 spacious, air-conditioned en-suite bedrooms at special accommodation rates, there’s plenty of room for guests who want to stay overnight.
Ask about their flexible wedding packages.
As you coast gently downhill from the granite-speckled heights and wild, sweeping contours of Bodmin Moor, the open expanses give way to a dense wooded valley. In a wonderfully secluded spot, where lush hills tumble into the idyllic river valley below and a picture-perfect patchwork of orchards and meadows cloaks the horizon, you’ll find The Green. A ready-made wedding village, The Green is a wholly private and endlessly pretty place to get married. Whether it’s a large-scale traditional affair, a cosy DIY country celebration or a laid-back festival-style party, the ethos is one of flexibility.
A series of options are available depending on the scale of your celebration: share your wedding day with up to 140 guests, with adaptable function space for smaller groups and offer up to three days of five star luxury accommodation to 32 of your closest friends and family. Surrounded by breathtaking views, the picturesque 20-acre private estate has its own lovely orchard, wild meadows, enchanting woods and a tranquil lake. So there are endless idyllic settings for beautiful photographs of your special day.
They have many locations where you can exchange your vows. Their Oak Arbour is outdoors, set on the hillside, and framed by two majestic English oaks; it looks down onto a canopy of trees in the lush green valley below. Lake Arbour is set by the river nestled among the trees.
If the weather isn’t kind there are some gorgeous indoor options for you too. The Wedding Barn is just adorable with tons of character and original beams and oak floors. If you are looking for something a bit more DIY then the Really Rustic Barn has lots of scope for styling to your own taste. Or with its dramatic wall of glass, and flooded with natural light, the Green Room is a stunning, contemporary space for an indoor ceremony.
For your reception try the stunning Red Brick Barn. It’s hard to believe that this was once a cowshed. The red brick walls and original beams have been lovingly retained but the rest is pure sparkle and glamour. The front of the barn has floor to ceiling doors that open fully to views over Kitt Hill and distant Dartmoor. The outside is clad in oak and there is oak flooring.
The Green Room is perfect for a meal for a smaller group. Natural light pours through its spectacular glass front and there are stunning views towards Caradon Hill and the mysterious tors of Bodmin Moor. Simply decorated with white walls and solid oak floors, the Green Room is a blank canvas waiting for you to make it your own.
If you are looking for something smaller the house and cottages also offer beautiful options for intimate ceremonies and wedding celebrations.
One of the most unique and special wedding venues in Devon – The Haldon Belvedere (Lawrence Castle) is an exclusive wedding venue for romantic, intimate weddings, civil partnerships and functions. The Haldon Belvedere was built in 1788, at the height of the Romantic Period of the Georgian age.
The castle is a much loved Devon landmark and sits on top of the ridge near Haldon Forest, just six miles west of Exeter with breath taking panoramic views over the Devon countryside. A superb self-catering penthouse apartment is available for honeymoons and short breaks.
Overlooking Looe Bay and with spectacular views along the unspoiled Cornish coast, the Hannafore Point Hotel is licensed for civil ceremonies and caters for receptions for up to 180 guests in its elegant function suites.
Menus using local produce are tailored to your specific requirements, there’s a honeymoon suite with a heart-shaped bath for the happy couple and attention to detail and personal service are second to none.
An idyllic setting nestled on the southern slopes of Dartmoor National Park, set within the 90 acres of grounds and gardens of the River Dart Country Park, the House is an idyllic venue for your dream Devon wedding. All five wedding reception rooms are licensed for civil wedding ceremonies, for those wishing to make the most of the stunning surroundings, the large level-lawn area to the front of the house has an outside wedding pavilion that is licensed for civil ceremonies. The attractive tea garden can be illuminated and is frequently used for alfresco dining in the evening.
Licensed for civil ceremonies and catering for weddings from 40 to 200 guests, the Hotel California is set in four acres of grounds with stunning views.
They are now offering an all-inclusive wedding package for just £65 per person – and it includes fresh flowers, place cards and menus, a reception drink, three-course candlelit wedding breakfast, sparkling wine for the toasts, an evening buffet, evening entertainment and the honeymoon suite for the happy couple, with champagne, chocolate,m fruit and flowers.
Exceptional Edwardian coaching inn set within four acres of beautifully landscaped grounds on the edge of the magnificent Exmoor countryside. Menus to suit all budgets. Live music licence & dance floor.
Choose between the licensed Heddon Room accommodating 100 guests or the more intimate Morning Room for 40 guests. Bright, spacious en suite rooms with stunning views along the Heddon Valley. Short walk to breathtaking coastline. Perfect for marquee reception in the stunning rear gardens. Photo opportunities that cannot be matched.
Set in the heart of the south Devon countryside and licensed for civil ceremonies, Kitley House is the perfect wedding venue. The luxury country house sits in 600 acres of unspoilt pastures and woodland and is available for exclusive use.
Packages start at £5,000 (based on 50 guests).
Lakeview Manor is renowned for weddings, receptions and other celebrations. With a permanent marquee available to seat up to 150 people, this privately owned old style country manor house hotel is set in 45 acres of pristine gardens and beautiful parkland with two ornamental ponds, and two fully stocked fishing lakes.
Licensed for civil ceremonies, the secluded 17-bedroom hotel offers unsurpassed peace and tranquillity and currently has complete wedding packages available from £2,825.
From its picturesque gardens to the moorland surrounds, the Moorland Garden Hotel offers the perfect setting to celebrate your special day in style. Nestled in nine acres of gardens on the edge of Dartmoor National Park, this luxury hotel caters for wedding parties from two to 160. Choose to say ‘I do’ in the elegant Crystal Room or outside beneath the ornate Rose Arbour.
The glittering Crystal Room, complete with 12 chandeliers and one of the south west’s largest sprung wooden dance floors, is a dazzling space, further enhanced with large ornate gold and silver mirrors which reflect the light. And the Forget-Me-Not suite is an ideal bridal boudoir with its four poster bed. Complementing this are three other, stylish bedroom suites and 40 bedrooms.
With over 500 years of history, this beautiful venue stands in 865 acres of stunning landscape overlooking Plymouth Sound. There are seven acres of formal gardens, 10 miles of coastline and more historic buildings and follies than you could want as a backdrop for your photographs.
Three rooms are licensed for civil ceremonies, accommodating from two to 120 guests, plus the outdoor option of the elegant Summer House overlooking the Earl’s Garden. For your reception, there’s the historic Orangery overlooking the Italian Garden, which seats up to 120 guests or combine the new with the old by choosing the new, state-of-the-art reinforced glass marquee nestling in the exclusive Earl’s Garden.
Mount Edgcumbe is now offering venue hire for up to 120 guests for a civil ceremony and up to 150 guests in the luxury marquee for £4,000.
A boutique chic hotel in Exeter City Centre which oozes style and panache, this is a beautifully converted Grade II Listed townhouse combining Georgian charm with glamorous boutique chic. The Queen’s Court has helped hundreds of couples plan and prepare for their special day, and can do as much or as little as you like, including having the civil ceremony held in the hotel itself. There’s a wedding planner to make sure you can relax in the run-up and get the most out of your special day and an award-winning restaurant.
For a stylish Devon wedding venue Salcombe Harbour Hotel is truly magical. Devon weddings don’t get better than this. With a wedding suite for up to 80 guests (up to 120 for evening functions) and offering unique estuary water views, the hotel is one of the most sought after wedding venues in the UK. Couples can take their vows against the stunning backdrop and enjoy a Champagne reception on the private outdoor terrace, along with photos on the water’s edge.
Bespoke food and beverage packages are designed by an award-winning chef. Ask about special packages for midweek and winter weddings.
In a superb setting with spectacular views over Plymouth Sound, Staddon Heights can cater for up to 90 guests for a sit-down wedding reception or up to 150 for a buffet or evening reception. There’s a choice of suites to accommodate every sizeof reception and menus to suit every budget.
Add professional, friendly staff, who will tailor make your day to suit your individual style, and you have the perfect venue for your perfect celebration.
Set in 450 acres of a stunning, private Cornish estate, St Mellion is fully licensed for civil ceremonies and offers exceptional flexibility, perfect for small, informal occasions as well as grand celebrations. It boasts no fewer than 10 suites, as well as extensive health and leisure facilities and a variety of rooms, some with private balconies and all with their own distinct personalities.
A team of dedicated, professional wedding co-ordinators use their wealth of experiehnce and originality to ensure that your special day is as wonderfully memorable as you have always dreamed it would be.
Licensed for civil ceremonies, this is a beautiful retreat with far stretching views, so you can enjoy your special day in the perfect countryside setting. The venue is completely flexible and the exceptional catering team, led by professional caterer Pamela Sweetland herself, will provide fabulous food tailored to your style and your budget, from a luxurious banquet to a Devon cream tea.
Set in 45 acres of rolling Cornish Countryside, Ta Mill provides the perfect venue for a secluded, hideaway wedding and the site can be yours exclusively for a two- or three-day celebration, tailored to suit your own unique style.
Say ‘I Do’ in front of your nearest and dearest in the beautifully decorated Courtyard Suite or choose an outdoor venue in the luscious green gardens with far-reaching views far reaching. Enjoy your bespoke wedding breakfast in the Courtyard Suite or in a personalised marquee in the gardens. Be it a formal three course wedding breakfast or nostalgic nibbles, they can help you choose an unforgettable menu. And after you have danced the night away under the stars spend your wedding night in your own luxury honeymoon cottage.
The Town Hall, a gracious and elegant Grade II listed building, is licensed for civil ceremonies and accommodates up to 190 reception guests, with exclusive hire at competitive rates.
The oak-beamed, wood-panelled hall features wrought-iron chandeliers, a minstrels’ gallery and a pale polished wood floor – perfect for dancing.
Friendly and experienced staff are on hand to make your special day memorable and are more than happy to pass their experience on to you to make the organisation of your day as stress-free as possible – and all at no extra cost to you!
With a number of rooms licensed for civil marriages and special links with Torre Abbey, which can provide a truly unique setting for your ceremony, the three star Toorak Hotel has a long-standing reputation for hosting memorable weddings.
It has a range of venues suitable for small to large occasions: The Arlington Room with its adjoining cocktail bar leading onto a private terrace area is a popular choice and the Chatsworth Ballroom is ideal for your evening reception and a disco, while the south facing gardens provide a lovely spot for photographs.
Planning a Summer wedding in Torquay? Take a look at their great value packages.
With three flexible indoor locations for your civil ceremony and an outdoor option as well, Trenderway offers relaxed weddings as individual as you are. Their unique, lovingly restored historic Cornish barn, with solid oak floors, traditional workmanship and whitewashed walls provides the perfect setting in which to express yourselves, whether your style is festive boho or formal wedding breakfast.
Trenderway can accommodate up to 120 guests and has an exclusive hire option, so close family and friends can stay in their award-wining five star accommodation.
Just 45 minutes from both Exeter and Plymouth, Trethorne is set in the beautiful rolling countryside of Cornwall and is licensed for civil ceremonies, so you can have your whole wedding day under one roof if you choose.
Sit-down receptions for up to 84 guests can be accommodated, while your evening party can number up to 150. All will enjoy and tailor-made menu – and you’ll have an experienced, dedicated wedding co-ordinator to help you with all those difficult decisions.
Marry at Trevenna and have exclusive use of their luxurious barns, set in 142 acres of beautiful secluded Cornish countryside, right on the edge of the moors. Trevenna has been in the same family for five generations and the six barns have been lovingly restored, featuring natural stone walls and lofted ceilings, slate floors with underfloor heating and log burners, king-sized beds with luxury throws, deep baths with cascade taps and walk-in drench showers. It’s your own ready-made wedding hamlet.
Trevenna is licensed for civil weddings both indoors and out and its flexible and friendly approach means that, whether your style is formal wedding breakfast, picnic on the lawns, relaxed hog roast, barbecue or cream tea, the team will make sure yours is the wedding of your dreams.
Licensed for civil weddings and civil partnerships – and with a riverside pagoda available for outdoor ceremonies – the Two Bridges Hotel is in a picturesque location in Dartmoor National Park. It can cater for sit-down wedding receptions for between 20 and 130 guests and evening receptions for up to 200.
Bespoke wedding packages can be tailored to meet every need and the unique location provides a stunning year-round backdrop, whether you’re planning a romantic winter wonderland wedding or glorious summer celebration.
Experienced wedding coordinators will help you to plan every detail of your wedding, from your initial booking right through to the big day. And, at the end of a memorable day, there’s a superb bridal suite for you and 32 further bedrooms for you and your guests.
Voted Best Devon Venue at the 2015 South West Wedding Awards, Woodbury Park is licensed for civil ceremonies and accommodates receptions for up to 150 people. Surrounded by stunning scenery and beautiful countryside, Woodbury Park is by the far one of the best backdrops and perfect settings for romantic Devon weddings.
Choose to hold a wedding here and you can expect the red carpet treatment, top class service and cuisine made with the best local produce that Devon can offer. Ideal for intimate ceremonies and extravagant wedding receptions, you’ll find a wide selection of function rooms, private dining rooms and menus to cater for every taste.
A beautiful location with stunning views for your marquee, tent or tepee wedding, this venue site is a blank canvas on which to paint a magical day. There are glorious views, lots of parking, mains water and camping – though those who want a little more comfort can be accommodated in the farmhouse and converted barn.
Wurzell Weddings will be delighted to help you with their list of recommended suppliers – and by 2018 hope to have their own camping pods available. Call to make an appointment to visit the site.