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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.
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. Their 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. Exclusive use of the hotel, its 17 bedrooms and grounds is available – and the Edgemoor is a specialist in midweek weddings at attractive rates.
Set amid spectacular South Hams countryside, yet just minutes away from Plymouth, the Elfordleigh Hotel offers the perfect location. The hotel is licensed for civil ceremonies and boasts three ceremony locations.
For your reception, the Reynolds Suite is south facing and peacefully located, with its own sun terrace will comfortable seat up to 70 guests. The spacious Elite Suite is one of the largest function rooms in the south west and seats up to 200 guests. Combine its ideal setting, with friendly, courteous service and excellent cuisine and you’ll find the Elfordleigh has all the ingredients to ensure a memorable day for you and your guests. There’s a host of extras included in the price – there’s even a golf buggy to transport you to the lake on the golf course for photographs (weather dependant!).
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.
Nestled in the Bishopsteignton hillside, Humber Barn offers an idyllic and tranquil setting for your wedding. Originally the farm’s lambing shed, the barn has been beautifully restored, keeping all of its original character. Fully glass fronted, the barn’s sliding doors allow you and your guests to take advantage of the private patio and lawn area; ideal for reception drinks and garden games, with the rolling Devonshire fields as a backdrop.
Licensed for civil ceremonies, the barn can accommodate 150 guests for a seated wedding reception, with capacity for up to 250 in the evening. There’s an in-house chef and catering options flexible to suit every taste as well as a fully licensed bar.
Exclusive use from 12noon the day before your wedding to 12noon the day after.
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 is offering a special package for up to 50 guests, to include welcome drinks, three course wedding breakfast, glass of wine with your meal, sparkling wine toast and evening buffet for only £3,795 Monday to Thursday, £4,295 on Fridays and £4,995 on Saturdays.
Licensed for civil ceremonies in a choice of settings, this beautiful country house hotel nestles on a plateau on the edge of Dartmoor National Park. It boasts 11 acres of landscaped grounds, paddocks and woodland and wild ponies are often found grazing nearby. Steeped in history, Agatha Christie wrote her very first novel here and Hollywood stars including Ava Gardner, Robert Taylor and Mel Ferrer have also been guests.
The Moorland Hotel is now fully open follow its first refurbishment since 1960. With 36 luxurious bedrooms available for bookings. The hotel is aiming for a 4* rating and 2 rosettes for its restaurants.
Licensed for civil ceremonies and catering for weddings from 60 to 600 guests, the historic Guildhall has a choice of stunning rooms for your wedding. Conveniently set in the heart of the city, it is competitively priced and the friendly and professional staff offer tailormade packages to suit every style and size of 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.
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.
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This stunning venue nestles amid beautiful Devon countryside within walking distance of the historic market town of Cullompton, and within easy reach of both Exeter and Taunton. An exciting redevelopment has brought new life into the beautiful, traditional old buildings and walled garden, and Upton is now a fabulous venue, set in an idyllic rural location and registered for both indoor and outdoor civil ceremonies and partnerships.
It’s a totally private location for your wedding, where you can enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the surrounding unspoilt countryside – there’s even a marquee plot, should you require one. The venue is privately owned and available on an exclusive basis only.
Their ‘blank canvas’ approach means it’s entirely your choice what suppliers you use, giving you the flexibility to create the perfect wedding day in your own personal style – although the owners can provide you with a list of excellent local suppliers and help you plan your wedding, if you wish.You are also welcome to supply your own drinks for both your drinks reception and your wedding breakfast and there is no corkage or service charge applied.
Book your wedding at Watermouth Cove and you’ll get 27 acres of the stunning Jurassic North Devon coastline, complete with a private cove, caves, heated swimming pools, and as much accommodation as you could possibly need. The best part is – it’s all yours.
Watermouth Cove Weddings is a brand-new licensed venue with five different indoor and outdoor venues licensed for civil weddings.
There’s the breathtaking Viewpoint, with its new beautiful wedding pergola and views directly overlooking the bay;
The Cave, where Enid Blyton drew inspiration for her Famous Five and Secret Seven stories; a unique and magical woodland setting; the rustic-themed Atlantis Room; and the Beach House – originally an old Victorian greenhouse – which has been transformed to a beautiful reception venue with a huge fairy-lit outdoor area.
As for accommodation, the self-catering units range from cottages, apartments, static caravans, and lodges. You will easily have enough room in these for 57 guests to stay overnight.
Watermouth Cove Weddings offers two different slots: Monday to Thursday or Thursday to Monday. If you wish to use one of their fields as a bring-your-own-caravan, motorhome, campervan or tent, this is perfectly fine. There’s a huge,modern, shower and toilet block on site, available at no extra cost.
Also included in the price is exclusive access to the Bridal Retreat, where bride and bridesmaids, can get ready on the big day. Its relaxed, calm atmosphere is perfect for hair, make-up and all those early preparations.
Watermouth Cove is a three generation-run venue which has been in the family for 14 years. Originally a holiday resort, it has seen children – and families – grow year after year, making precious memories. It truly is magical here and the family can’t wait to introduce you to the magic.
We know that your big day is a celebration for all. We want your guests to enjoy every moment alongside you.
After the Wedding Ceremony, you will have full and exclusive access to the ‘Beach House’ where you and your guests can enjoy your Wedding Breakfast and evening celebrations.
We work very closely with H&A Catering, a reliable and reputable catering company who have many years of experience within the wedding sector, they have use of the main kitchen to supply your food and the bar will be open from 6pm until 12pm to serve all of your favourite drinks. If you wanted the bar opened earlier this can be arranged.
Position your favourite band where you would like or hook up to the aux and enjoy your favourite music with all of your family and friends.