With all the recent hot weather we at WeddingVenues.com have been fantasising about getting married on a sandy beach in the tropics, barefoot, boho and beautiful… it might seem a little out of reach, but with a little planning (and the weather gods on your side) you can achieve that wonderful beach luxe vibe in good old Blighty, too. Check out these venues that will let you get the sand between your toes.
Firstly, in Ilfracombe, Devon, sits an extraordinary wedding venue that has led one bride to call it the “Perfect wedding venue…who needs Barbados?!!” Tunnels Beaches is a private, secluded garden overlooking the rugged north Devon coastline, which you access via handcarved tunnels in the cliffs. Once there you can choose to marry under a thatched gazebo, inside the stylish and contemporary venue building or even in the tunnels themselves.
The private beach and beautifully landscaped front are yours to use for the whole wedding period, and there is even accommodation for up to 18 people in the Bath House at the main entrance. With gourmet barbecue catering done by in-house chefs and whole range of extras, including ice-cream tricycles, giant deckchairs, and illuminated letters, you too can have a Pinterest-worthy celebration with all your family and friends looking on. Find out more here.
Right the way round the coast at Worthing in West Sussex sits the historic The Dome, a superb Edwardian seafront edifice, that offers a flexible and impressive space to cater for all budgets and tastes. Your photographs are bound to be gorgeous, as the venue is just 50 metres from the long pebbly beach. Inside, the beautiful whispering gallery at the top of the building is perfect for ceremonies and has panoramic views of the coastline.
Following the wedding ceremony, your guests can enjoy cocktails and canapes in the Atrium Bar, and the main lounge provides plenty of room for up to 140 guests to enjoy a sit-down meal. The wide-ranging menus (which can be adapted to suit your taste) makes the most of local produce including Sussex cheese, cream and sausages. There are lots of extras on offer at the Dome too, such as a rehearsal dinner the night before, brunch or afternoon tea the day after, and on-the-day specials too such as a photo booth or ice-cream bar. You can check out everything that’s on offer here.
Finally, we go right back round the coast to The Vean, Caerhays Castle & Estate in Cornwall, a Georgian country house setting overlooking Caerhays Castle gardens on one side and Porthluney Cove. Here you and your guests will find a home-from-home atmosphere, with accommodation (up to 16 in the house and more on the estate), three reception areas and two ceremony areas all in one romantic location.
Marquees can be erected to allow weddings of up to 250 guests, and wandering on the beach is a must for those lovely barefoot photoshoots. The house is yours exclusively for the duration of the wedding – and you can extend it into a weekend affair with a barbecue or lunch party the following day. Sound good? Click here.