As a wedding photographer in Cornwall, one of the perks is getting to visit so many different wedding venues that are dotted all over the South West, and it’s easy to see why getting married in Cornwall is so popular. Not only does it have beautiful vast countryside that stretches for miles with stunning heritage coastlines, but hundreds of sandy beaches, picturesque harbour villages and secluded coves below rugged high cliff tops. The varying landscapes and atmosphere that Cornwall offers does make a stunning backdrop for your special day. There are hundreds of wedding venues in Cornwall (check out The Wedding Secret for a great list) and choosing the right one for you can be pretty tricky. If your dream has always been to exchange vows near a gorgeous sandy beach, you don’t necessarily need to go abroad; Cornwall is right on your doorstep. From the wedding venues I've been to so far, I've chosen five venues that make for a great beach wedding in Cornwall.
St Ives Harbour Hotel & Spa
As the third largest wedding venue in Cornwall and one of the most sought-after wedding venues in the whole of the UK, St Ives Harbour Hotel and Spa could not be missed off this particular list. Picture yourself exchanging your vows to one another, overlooking the famous golden sands and turquoise sea of Porthminster Beach and St Ives Bay. As a hotel venue, St Ives Harbour offers an all-inclusive package meaning your entire day can be spent in the same stunning location. Why not turn your wedding into a weekend affair? Bedrooms for you and your guests have breath-taking sea views, so the ocean scene is never lost throughout your entire stay at the Hotel.
When views are everything, this is a setting worth having on your wedding day.
Blue Beach Bar
So formal affairs just don’t cut if for you? For a more chilled out vibe for your wedding, the Blue Beach Bar in Porthtowan offers a lovely relaxed venue. Although it’s suited to more intimate weddings, it can still host up to 90 of your nearest and dearest.
This contemporary, self-contained wedding venue is situated next to the beach, making Blue Beach Bar a pretty special place. It gives you exclusive use of the building and all the privacy you need including its own bar, kitchen and private terrace, so this beach wedding can really be your own. The beach is literally a few steps away and there is even an option to have a blessing on the golden sand (although you would need to be legally married indoors).
An intimate venue on a clifftop in Bude, Trevigue is wonderfully secluded away from the crowds that flock to Cornwall especially in summer months. Here you can really enjoy a special day with the people closest to you in the most intimate way possible. This venue offers serious tranquillity and serene surroundings alongside a bespoke wedding based around your needs.
The venue’s converted barn is licensed to host ceremonies and its interior is both stunning and authentic with wooden ceiling beams that hold a rustic charm. Trevigue is unique as there are not many places that can offer a barn venue set so close to the coast in Cornwall.
Watergate Bay Hotel
There is something special about exchanging your vows on a balcony overlooking the beautiful north coast of Cornwall. The Watergate Bay Hotel is modern, elegant and perfectly positioned North of Newquay above Watergate Bay Beach. Hugely popular as a beachside resort, this venue holds weddings midweek and off season, ensuring your wedding is as special as you deserve. The specially designed wedding suite has floor to ceiling windows, so you can have outstanding views of the sea as a backdrop for your ceremony.
Overlooking Fistral Bay, one of the UK’s most well known beaches, this elegant hotel sits proudly on top of the Towan Head. Its unique location is one of the best features of this venue, as no matter what the weather may bring, the surrounding view will still be incredible. After saying your vows in a suite with a 180-degree sea and beach view, you can head down to the beach for a walk along the sand, or along the coastal path for some lovely natural photography opportunities.
Each of these wedding venues in Cornwall offers something unique and special and most importantly, are positioned in the perfect location for your dream beach wedding in Cornwall.