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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.
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.
If you’re looking for a distinctive wedding venue with views to the beach, canal and harbour while set in its own grounds, nestling on sand, The Castle, Bude, is the place for your perfect day. Grade II listed, steeped in history and heritage, The Castle exudes the elegance of the Victorian age.
Behind its imposing façade, The Castle is a relaxed and friendly venue. Its tranquil light and spacious rooms provide the perfect setting for your wedding while being equally suited for all civil ceremonies, from renewing your vows to naming your new arrival.
A dedicated wedding coordinator will help you make your special day, the most perfect day.
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.
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.
The Oak Room at Dainton Park is the perfect venue for a wedding reception. Beautiful exposed oak beams and hand fashioned ironmongery create a unique setting, while a huge gable end window offers glorious views over the golf course.
There is ample parking (even for a helicopter on the 18th fairway, if you really want to arrive in style!) and easy access from all areas of Torbay and the south west. More importantly though, friendly staff, excellent service and attention to detail are guaranteed to make your day unforgettable.
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.
Licensed for civil ceremonies and offering both restaurant and marquee receptions, Dartmoor Zoo is an unusual and beautiful setting which brings together the perfect concepts for your dream wedding day in a venue that is more interesting than the rest.
What could be a more magical backdrop for your wedding than a collection of exotic and amazing animals resident in 33 acres of glorious woodland? Your guests will be entertained all day as they wander throughout the wonderful (and photogenic!) park, meeting the friendly zoo team and hearing about their work in conservation and research.
From your first consultation right through to your big day, your own dedicated Wedding Co-ordinator will ensure your hopes and dreams come true. Ask about exclusive hire and animal experiences.
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
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.
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!
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.
A unique location for a very special day, Lupton House is licensed for civil ceremonies, both indoors and out. This beautiful Grade II listed mansion, tucked away in beautiful parkland on the outskirts of Brixham, is community run and maintained primarily by an extensive group of volunteers, its faded grandeur making it a perfect choice for celebrations large and small.
Its suite of rooms and enchanting gardens can be yours exclusively for your special day and your wedding can be tailor-made for you, from a vintage afternoon tea and a hog roast to a traditional sit-down wedding breakfast. Helpful, caring and experienced staff will help you create the day you always dreamed of.
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.
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.
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 a unique situation on the seafront and panoramic views across South Devon and out to sea, The Ocean Suite in Exmouth provides a spectacular setting for weddings.
Licensed for civil ceremonies both indoors and outside, it has two function suites, the elegant and stylish Ocean Suite, with two large terraces and the more intimate Estuary Suite, with its lovely Ocean Deck and single terrace.
There’s a wide variety of different catering options, from the traditional three-course wedding breakfast to sharing dishes, delicious buffets to wood-fired pizzas. The experienced catering department will be happy to create a bespoke menu for you, sourcing their ingredients locally from Devon farms and their fresh fish directly from Exmouth pier when available. The dedicated wedding team are on hand to help with every detail and, with state-of-the-art sound and lighting, your guests will make good use of the large dance floor.
There’s plenty of parking and accommodation within easy walking distance for everyone too, so a weekend could be an option.
Westward Ho!’s only seafront bar and restaurant is perched majestically on the cliff edge with breathtaking views overlooking Bideford Bay and Lundy Island – and it’s a perfect venue for your special day. Licensed for civil ceremonies, it boasts a friendly and welcoming atmosphere, great menus and a modern design, so whether you are looking to get married at The Pier House or looking for a venue to cater for your wedding reception, they will be sure to create the day of your dreams.
The decked sun terrace offers outside seating and there’s ample free onsite parking.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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..
Yurtcamp offers the perfect venue for couples to get married in a uniquely beautiful place. Set in 40 acres of stunning Devon woodland, Yurtcamp is fully licensed to hold wedding ceremonies, enabling them to offer a full wedding package for up to 140 people. Their Wedding Barn offers a gorgeous setting for your wedding breakfast, and their Giant Tipi is an enchanting site for both live bands and DJs.
Yurtcamp offers a full catering service from cream teas to banquets with all of the trimmings. Their fully licensed Woodland Café offers your choice of local ales and cider on tap.
Yurtcamp offers you a blank canvas for your themes and ideas – you can decorate with fairy lights and bunting to your heart’s content!
Furthermore, you have site exclusivity for two days, with your friends and family staying in Yurtcamp’s 22 luxury yurts with log burners, beds just like you have at home, and fire pits outside, on a bed and breakfast basis, to give you a fabulous weekend get together.