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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.
here’s ample parking and guests staying overnight will appreciate the indoor swimming pool in the morning!
A landmark wedding venue hotel for over 130 years, the Grand has beautifully appointed ceremony rooms, including the Chatsworth for small intimate gatherings, the Cavendish Suite for up to 50 guests and the Devonshire for large sparkling events. The Grand has 132 individually styled bedrooms, the Grand Spa, and an AA rosette fine dining restaurant. Over the years it has welcomed many famous guests from Agatha Christie to the Rolling Stones.
From your first wedding meeting to the big day, they provide a professional experience with a personal touch tailored to each individual couple’s dream, making memories that will last a lifetime. Wedding packages from £4,495.
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.
With spectacular views of the Jurassic Coast, outstanding service and fine dining this three star hotel really is Exmouth’s finest. Steeped in history and located at the highest point of a fine Regency Terrace, the 52 bedroom hotel offers the most stunning views of the specular south Devon coastline and the mouth of the River Exe.
The hotel is licensed for civil ceremonies and is available for your exclusive use and its elegant and air-conditioned Grand Ballroom, complete with ornate high ceilings and crystal chandeliers is a truly romantic setting for your reception. All wedding packages draw on the staff’s extensive experience of how to make everyone’s wedding day unique and special and they’re happy to add any additional requirements you may have.
From your first meeting to the big day, the Royal Beacon’s team will provide a professional experience with a personal touch tailored to each individual couple’s dream.
Torre Abbey provides a stunning setting for your wedding celebrations. With both a licence for civil marriages and its own chapel for religious ceremonies, this historic building on Torquay seafront is surrounded by 18 acres of parkland.
Whether you are looking for a formal wedding venue or something a bit more casual, the beautiful house and gardens can accommodate a wide range of bespoke celebrations. The 800-year-old tithe Spanish Barn, the atmospheric mediaeval undercroft, the elegant ballroom and the intimate Palm House can be hired separately or together.
Your wedding will be supported by a friendly and professional team, all keen to ensure you and your guests have a celebration that you will remember forever. Whether you decide to hold just your ceremony there or your entire celebration, you can be confident that the team will ensure your day is the best it can be.
Historic surroundings, elegant function rooms, delicious Devon cuisine, and a friendly and experienced team combine at the Two Bridges Hotel to ensure your wedding day is perfect. The hotel’s location, on a leafy riverbank in the heart of Dartmoor National Park, creates a memorable backdrop. Enjoy the romantic gardens, and take a stroll down to the riverbank or across the bridge for some captivating photos.
The hotel is licensed for civil ceremonies, and is also within easy reach of Dartmoor’s and Tavistock’s parish churches. The range of beautiful function rooms and spaces offers a place for every kind of wedding – from an intimate gathering to a grand celebration – and the Riverside Pagoda is truly magical.
Talented chefs will prepare a delicious wedding breakfast and the hotel’s 32 comfortable, historic and individually designed rooms, including the Bridal Suite, are inviting and relaxing at the end of he celebrations.
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.