Tonight, I thought I’d feature some wonderful wedding venues in Devon & Cornwall. I live in Looe, and work in Plymouth so a lot of the content on the blog will have a focus in these counties. It’s arguably the most beautiful part of the UK and has some truly spectacular venues on offer. I’d also like to show you venues that are either vintage in style, steeped in history, or could be turned into the perfect vintage wedding location.
The first venue is a restored barn with a breathtaking 45ft vaulted oak ceiling situated in Higher Ashton near Exeter in Devon. Known as the ‘thatched cathedral’, The Great Barn is licensed for civil ceremonies and offers a blank canvas for you to personalise to your liking. This 15th century building could be utilised for a chic, vintage wedding; the gardens are particularly quaint. Images sourced on the venue website.
Next on the list, budget dependent of course, is the venue I would honestly like to get married at one day. It’s an exclusive use venue nestled near the Rame Head Peninsula in South East Cornwall, conveniently close to where I live too! Polhawn Fort is a Napoleonic Grade 11 Listed building, which has been lovingly converted into a wedding venue. Never the location for battle itself, the grounds radiate a peaceful ambience and have views that will honestly take your breath away. You can either hold your ceremony in the Fort itself, or out in the Summer House. I think this venue has a rustic vibe and would be great either in the summer, for a country-style shabby chic wedding, or in the winter, for a more intimate cosy celebration. Images sourced on venue website.
Cornish Tipi Weddings began as a tipi campsite back in 1996, but soon blossomed into a thriving business as it became apparent that people wanted to reconnect with nature during their weddings. A far cry from a ‘chintzy’ hotel or stuffy old house, Cornish Tipi Weddings offer a stunning woodland setting with a purpose built wedding pavilion for your ceremony, and a range of options for the reception, including marquees, smaller tents and of course, tipis. With 16 acres of private land to explore, this would be an idyllic setting to hold your special day. I love the idea of an Alice in Wonderland wedding here, with a vintage tea party in the woods. Images sourced on venue website.
The final venue is perhaps somewhat of a curveball, in comparison to my other more rural venues. This one is situated in the city of Plymouth, Devon. Now, I must admit at this point, I’m somewhat biased at this just happens to be the venue that I work at, but I couldn’t exclude it from the list. Devonport Guildhall is a Grade 1 Listed Building, dating back to 1824. It was restored from ruins in 2007 and is now a vibrant cultural venue. Still retaining gorgeous original features, such as stained glass windows, historic cells (with a fascinating back story) and the sister Column next door, Devonport Guildhall is full of heritage and interest. It would make the perfect location for a more urban, quirky wedding and would definitely act as a talking point and somewhere to truly remember.
There are dozens and dozens of wedding venues throughout Devon & Cornwall, some are licensed, some are just for receptions. Some are unique and some are run of the mill. Picking your venue is one the most important tasks, so make sure you take your time. Consider not only aesthetics and the ‘Wow’ factor, but also think about logistics, access and the price. But if you’re looking to get married in this part of the UK, you won’t be disappointed.