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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.
Priced from just £3,595 (based on 50 daytime and 100 evening guests), the Barnstaple Hotel promises you a stunning wedding celebration, with your own personal wedding planner to make sure everything runs smoothly. The hotel is licensed for civil weddings and also included in their wedding packages are a red carpet arrival, house flowers, cake knife and stand, three course wedding breakfast, a drinks package, evening buffet, house disco and the bridal suite for your wedding night.
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A relaxed beachside venue for your dream coastal wedding, this is a superb location for a chilled wedding party. The contemporary venue offers the best of both indoor and outdoor entertainment areas with the soft sandy stretch of beach literally a stone’s throw away – perfect for those all-important photographs.
The best possible surced ingredients set the standard for fresh and creative menus designed specifically for you and you can party the night away with a spectacular beach sunset as your backdrop. You’ll definitely wake up with a little sand between your toes!
With Braunton Burrows, the colourful beach huts, dramatic cliffs of Saunton and long rolling surf, the views are stunning at all times of the day. The venue has that chilled out beach vibe, yet maintains impeccable standards of service and a selection of fabulous food choices.
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.
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.
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!).
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
A spectacular venue overlooking one of the most picturesque bays on the south Devon coastline, the four star Grand Hotel offers a unique location combined with old world grandeur, tradition and charm. Wedding packages from £3,495.
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.
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.
Beautiful Grade II* listed Regency mansion situated in romantic, attractive grounds in the heart of Sidmouth. Kennaway House has a choice of elegant rooms licensed for civil ceremonies and can accommodate up to 100 guests for the wedding breakfast.
Luxury wedding venue with over 500 years of history, set in the 600 acres of glorious Devon countryside, this Grade I listed, four star hotel is licensed for civil ceremonies both indoors and outside _ and they are currently offering weddings from just £5,500 to celebrate the exciting changes which have been made over the past months. The package, based on 50 adults, includes arrival drink, seasonal canapes, a three-course wedding breakfast with red and white wine, chilled prosecco for the toasts, an evening finger buffet, chair covers and sashes, candelabra centrepieces, a disco and overnight accommodation for the newlyweds.
Book a viewing and enjoy a cream tea for two on the house – but hurry, the offer is limited!
Whether you want a civil ceremony, wedding breakfast or evening reception – or all three – Lanhydrock will provide all the support and services you need for your perfect day.
Luxurious seating, beautiful views over the Cornish countryside and a red carpet welcome will greet you and your guests on arrival, while a team of professional chefs prepare a wonderful meal to serve in the St Hydroc Suite, which seats up to 100.
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.
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.
An award-winning venue offering a unique wedding experience… and exactly what you want for your ‘something blue’! The National Marine Aquarium offers blessings, full receptions and has a variety of packages from which you can mix and match to find your perfect individual combination. And the icing on the cake? You will be helping to support marine conservation.
With its sleek look, contemporary feel and leafy parkside setting, The Park brings a touch of class to the heart of your dream wedding. Luxury wedding packages include virtually every extra you could think of, from house flowers, cake knife and stand to the house disco and complementary use of the bridal suite for the newlyweds on their wedding night.
The Park Suite is a spectacular room for up to 150 people, with French Doors opening on to a stunning glass fronted balcony. Just a few steps away there is leafy Rock Park, which makes a superb backdrop for all your wedding photos, with views across to the River Taw. Inside, you will findfirst-class catering and sensational service.
Prices start at just £4,500 (based on 50 day and evening guests).
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.
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.
With breathtaking views directly over Porthminster beach, you can enjoy a picture perfect setting of golden sands, open skies and clear blue waters. Sip Champagne on the hotel’s private wedding terrace and celebrate your special day in a truly unforgettable venue.
Licensed for civil ceremonies and able to accommodate all sizes of wedding from the most intimate to 200 guests.
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.
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 size of 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 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.
Immerse yourself in the magic of Tawstock Court where you can have a grand wedding or an intimate ceremony. Licensed for civil ceremonies, this stunning mansion has a variety of elegant period spaces available to say your vows – from Georgian panelled halls and drawing rooms to the unique Tudor Gatehouse. There are original features at every turn and your wedding ceremony will form part of the unique history of Tawstock Court.
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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Have your ceremony in the beautifully converted chapel with stained glass windows or the Du Maurier Suite, with its wraparound windows overlooking the sun terrace across ancient woodland to St Austell Bay. Trenython caters for wedding and reception from 30 to 130 guests and the imposing oak-panelled restaurant makes a peerfect setting for a wedding breakfast before you dance the night away in the self-contained Strand.
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.
Celebrate your special day in a beautiful and tranquil setting, surrounded by friends and family. The professional team and Waterside will do everything to ensure that you relax and joyously treasure every moment of your unforgettable day.
Licensed for civil ceremonies in both the Great Hall and the Conservatory, they can cater for up to 20 guests in the Country House, 30 in the Conservatory and 140 in the Great Hall..
In a breathtaking setting high above a four-mile sweep of glorious Cornish beaches, Whitsand Bay Fort provides a unique setting for your wedding day. There’s a choice of three locations for your ceremony: the Fort Folly, or Wedding Arbour, on one of the highest points of the Rame Peninsula, provides the perfect outdoor venue. Indoors are cosy, warm bricked rooms for an intimate ceremony: choose the historic Vaulted Chambers or the Library, complete with the original 19th century architecture and Cornish pews.
Both indoor and outdoor ceremony spaces are licensed for up to 150 guests and the fort can comfortably sit 130 for your wedding breakfast and up to 200 for a more informal meal. Set in 23 acres of land and with over 80 luxury lodges, a 1930s converted cottage, hotel-inspired bedroom suites, and tenting and touring facilities, there’s plenty of room for your guests to stay over and enjoy the festivities to the full.