Cornwall Living 2018

Wedding reception ideas

Wild & wonderful

Wild Tipis

Looking for a wedding with a difference? Wild Tipi provides alternative spaces for couples looking for unique and once in a lifetime weddings in beautiful locations across Cornwall and the south west. From clifftops to woodland Sam and Tim bring together a wonderful team of suppliers, to help make your dreams a reality. Giant tipis are both versatile and visually stunning, from single hire to multiple set ups. The Wild Tipi ethos is simple… it’s about immersing yourself in nature, with the clear message that getting outside is good for us all.

A backdrop like no other


An exquisite 18th Century country manor house set in its own peaceful gardens and woodlands, Tredudwell is ideally situated to enjoy the breathtaking views over Cornwall’s coastline below. Having been completely renovated in 2014, the team is delighted to open its doors and offer you a completely unique stay with luxurious bed and breakfast accommodation. It’s the perfect spot for making your wedding day truly special and this coming spring, you can tie the knot in the new outdoor ceremony space, where your guests will be seated in a magnificent natural amphitheatre!

Vibrant and festive

Port Eliot House and Gardens

Magnificent and Grade I listed, Port Eliot House and Gardens in St Germans is one of the jewels of Cornwall’s south coast, with a fascinating history stretching back over 1000 years. Port Eliot offers magical weddings with a vibrant, festive feel. Have your ceremony in the drawing room, dining room, conservatory or Georgian orangery, before wowing your guests with a Champagne reception beneath your own marquee on the boat house lawn with views over the Lynher estuary. Truly enchanting!

A venue with atmosphere

The Smugglers Den Inn

Historically, this beautiful 16th Century building was a hideout – a hub of smuggling activities. Today, The Smugglers Den Inn, tucked away in the picturesque hamlet of Trebellan near Cubert, is a destination dining pub, as well as a function and wedding venue that’s well worth seeking out. The private function room is licensed for civil ceremonies, opening onto extensive decking that overlooks beautiful countryside and the sand dunes at Holywell Bay. Complete with bar and facilities, it’s ideal for celebrating your big day, with packages that can be tailored to suit your individual requirements.

Great food, great times

The Good Food Catering Company

Your wedding will never be forgotten and the team loves to share their passion for food and service to create the prefect catering solution for each unique wedding. Planning weddings can be a daunting prospect and the team have 15 years’ experience to ensure you’ll be stress free so you can relax and enjoy the anticipation of a sumptuous catering experience, whatever your taste and requirements. So, why not contact them to discuss your ideas, tastes, needs and let them exceed your expectations.

Raising the bar

Birdies Bar

Is your wedding venue missing a bar? All your problems are solved with this fabulous horsebox converted into a fully functioning bar, available for private hire at any event across Cornwall – perfect if your function is in a remote location in the stunning Cornish countryside. Birdies Bar stocks an impressive range of drinks including Cornish gin, St Ives Cider, Cornish ale, draught lager, Pimm’s, Mermaid lemonade, prosseco, wine, barista coffee, and tipsy hot chocolate. What’s more, if everyone’s feeling peckish, Birdies Bar can also supply Philps Pasties at your wedding, upon request.

Set the right tone

Elastic lounge

Here to help you create your perfect day, the team at Elastic Lounge knows that you need to set the right tone at the right time. They work with top UK acts, providing you with a dedicated entertainment co-ordinator to create the perfect soundtrack for your big day. Book stand-alone acts, or a fully tailored entertainment package; choose from pianists and DJs, jazz duos and string quartets; rock, pop, disco, soul bands – whatever your taste, Elastic Lounge has it covered. Don’t you want your wedding to be remembered like no other?

Have your cake and eat it 

The Cake Hole

The Cake-Hole is a multi-award-winning cake designer, specialising in bespoke wedding cakes. The Cake-Hole can produce cakes ranging from simple yet stunning naked cakes to extraordinary floral cascades. “We pride ourselves in attention to detail,” explains Manda Palmer, “creating unique wedding cakes tailored to the couple’s requirements. Our cakes and cupcakes are always fresh and delicious with a wide range of flavours, from rich fruit cake to moist chocolate orange.” The Cake-Hole offers a free design and tasting consultation, by appointment only.

A hearty banquet

Kernow Hog Roasters

Every wedding is capped off with the ultimate feast to seal the celebration and this Cornish company provides the perfect catering for your special day anywhere in Cornwall, whether a large or intimate event. “Our aim is to provide a high-quality, memorable hog roasting service,” explains chef Ross Withers, “ensuring that all your family and friends talk about how excellent your party was.”
A choice of the finest, mouth-watering lamb, beef and pork is available, to create a hearty banquet that everyone will remember for years to come.

An enchanted setting

Caerhays Estate

Caerhays is one of the great jewels of Cornwall’s picturesque south coast. The estate offers two distinct but equally spectacular licensed venues – the intimate clifftop Coastguard’s Lookout or The Vean, a five-star country retreat, as well as the option of a large, sea-view marquee reception in the castle grounds or on the breath-taking Beach Meadow perched above Porthluney Beach. The secluded Caerhays Estate makes for a unique and magical venue for your wedding, providing the perfect backdrop for those all-important photos.

Unspoilt tranquility

Enys Gardens

Tucked away in the countryside between Falmouth and Truro, Enys Gardens – considered to be some of the oldest in the Duchy – makes a unique wedding reception venue that’s perfect for a creative couple. The derelict yet enchanting manor house, located within the gardens, has capacity for 150 guests and is available to hire for wedding receptions and blessings throughout the year. Hire of the house includes access to the largely wild, tranquil Enys Gardens, with plenty to entertain the guests. There’s even space for a marquee on the old tennis court!

Understated, highly rated

Take a stroll through the vineyards and woodland… 

Trevibban Mill’s private lake is a stunning, peaceful location for an idyllic ceremony; the perfect backdrop for your photos. Designed to complement the setting, Trevibban Mill’s brand new celebration space is modern, luxurious and spacious; high-end but understated, with a large balcony. The Upper Deck can even accommodate 120 guests for a sit down reception. Outstanding dining is at the heart of Trevibban Mill, so your wedding feast will be one to remember, and certainly a highlight of your special day.

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