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G&T’s on ice for this gorgeous autumnal wedding in Cornwall!

In October we saw the beautiful autumnal wedding of John and Carly who we first met last year, before the new Reception Barn was yet to see any of it’s foundations laid. Carly grew up on a farm herself and wanted that countryside feel for their wedding. Luckily, being used to rural life meant they could see past all the mud as renovations got underway!

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John is a master distiller and recreated the original recipe of Trevethan Cornish Gin from the 1920’s, bringing it back to life and giving it the iconic art deco look you see today!

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John & Carly’s close friends and family helped them set up the day before their wedding, so on the morning of their wedding, Carly and John only had worry about getting ready and enjoying their big day!

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The ceremony was held in the Mill Barn and was decorated simply with lanterns lining the aisle and small bud vases filled with flowers on the registrar table, gorgeous for an October wedding and the duskier light.

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Once Craig Chapman had put the finishing touches to Carly’s hair and make up, it was then time for the bridal party to make their way to the ceremony! Carly’s Bridesmaids and all the Groomsmen were in navy and burgundy, which was just perfect for their autumnal wedding and brought Carly’s stunning beaded blush gown out beautifully!

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The sun was just popping it’s head out after the ceremony, so guests were able to go outside into the courtyard and garden to enjoy their welcome drinks reception, and what else would you expect the newlyweds to offer their guests other than a G&T made with their own amazing gin!

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The newlyweds even snuck off for some time to themselves!

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It was then time to ask their guests to make their way to the reception barn for their meal! John & Carly kept everything really simple with fairy lights draped across the beams and Bleujen popped in on the morning of their wedding and styled the tables with church candles and foliage, with subtle navy touches.

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Rocs Catering rustled up a beautiful BBQ style wedding breakfast for everyone, with geusts being able to help themselves from the sharing platters.

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After speeches- where tears of laughter rolled down my eyes from the Father of the Brides speech! Everyone mingled in the bar while their band Riviera dogs set up for the evening! Everyone was up on the dance floor singing and dancing the night away, to all the classics!

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A few words from the happy couple John and I both grew up within an hour of Bude and we wanted a venue that epitomised both my rural upbringing and Johns love of the countryside. Launcells Barton did just that. The amazing view from the front of the house across fields and fields of Cornish countryside was the first thing that struck us as we pulled up for our first viewing. The Farm House and the surrounding Barns were also beautifully renovated but still in keeping with its farming history. On the day Lara and Matt were the perfect hosts, allowing us enough space to conduct our Wedding just how we had imagined it; but never be too far away if we needed help and assistance. The planning and timing on the day was perfect and it made such a difference having Lara on hand to make sure we didn’t miss a thing. We wouldn’t have changed one single thing about the entire weekend.

Congratulations to John and Carly, we wish you every happiness in your married
life together!

These gorgeous images were all snapped by Rachel Amos Photography.

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Planning your wedding at Launcells Barton


Your wedding venue is going to be an incredibly important part of your big day and will also play a huge role in many of the decisions you go on to make; from where the entertainment can be situated and set up, right through to the potential colour schemes you choose and the photographs that will capture each and every moment from the day.

It’s a decision you’ll spend plenty of time thinking about as a couple and one you’ll want to make sure you get right. We aim to make each wedding as special as possible and to help you plan and deliver the day you always wanted, so if you’re currently considering potential venues let us explain how we can make it happen for you…

Contacting us and making your initial visit

The search for a wedding venue often starts with a website, but how do you really know how things will work and what they’ll look like in real life? Once we’ve answered any initial questions you may have and sent you all of the information you’ll need to help you make your choice, many of our couples will come and view our venue to get a feel for the place, to understand how it will work for them and to ensure it’s the perfect fit.

Every wedding is different and unique; we know this and we understand this, so as we walk around our venue we’ll try to give you as many ideas for the day as we can, using our experience of what has worked particularly well for some of our previous brides and grooms.

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The perfect place and the perfect date is what every bride hopes for, so if you’ve decided that Launcells Barton hits the mark for both of those, we’ll hold your date for seven days in order to allow you to sign all of the paperwork and make a deposit, after which your date is then secured.

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Once all of those formalities are done and dusted it really is full steam ahead with planning!

Re-visiting Launcells Barton

We know there’s a lot to think about on your first visit and you may want to show off the venue to some of your close family in advance, or re-visit us in order to work out the practicalities of some of the elements of your day with us or other suppliers. We can welcome couples back to our venue twice before their big day, which is usually enough to ensure that your day is perfectly planned and your mind is at rest.

Planning your big day

Communication is key when planning such a special occasion, so we’ve honed and tweaked our processes to ensure we help you as much as possible. The first element of this is our wedding coordination form, which we’ll send out as soon as you’ve confirmed your date.

For some couples this has proven to be a real god-send, as it lays out everything you need to be thinking about and organising throughout the day – the timings, who’s doing what, the suppliers you need to get in contact with; it really does give a real focus and a tick list of things that need to be completed.

A handy info guide!

Sometimes when you’re planning a wedding it’s when it gets to bedtime that you start to think about a million and one things you should or need to be doing. To make sure you’re never caught short we’ve created a handy info guide for our brides, so that all of your questions – whether it be the size of the tables or anything else at our venue – are answered with the information you need no matter what time of the day.

Support when you need it

From the moment you visit to the end of your wedding day, we really are here to do as much as we can to make it the day you’d always hoped for, and to hopefully take the stress off of your shoulders so you can enjoy the occasion from start to finish.

Here’s some feedback from just a few of our happy couples for you to have a read through: http://launcellsbarton.co.uk/testimonials/

If you’d like more information on holding your wedding at Launcells Barton then please do give us a call on 01288 352352 and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have.

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Friends and Family travel from across the pond, for a stunning September wedding In Cornwall

Back in September we saw Allison and James become man and wife, but it certainly wasn’t an easy ride for them to get there! Allison is originally from Florida in America and met James while exploring London with a view to stay and work in London for a bit and then return home. The couple fell in love and it wasn’t soon until James popped the question!

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With James having family with a home in Bude and the couple holidaying in Bude often, they decided to visit Launcells Barton, but with a view to rule out Cornwall as being too far away for their international guests to travel, unfortunately James and Allison were able to see past all the building works going on at the time and decided they didn’t want it anywhere else!

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Soon after deciding on their wedding venue and their wedding plans starting to take shape, Allison received a letter to say that her new job had ticked the wrong box on her work visa and was ordered to leave the country within 14 days!! Allison now not only had the task of trying to get back into the UK, but also planning a wedding – that she hoped would still go ahead- from afar! James and his sister Sophia visited after the new Reception Barn was completed and we sent video tours and images back to Allison so that she could see everything and not feel a million miles away! After getting lawyers involved and a lot of stress, Allison was finally able to fly back to the UK and continue organising everything for the wedding. With the couple choosing to marry in St Swithin’s Church and not living in the parish, they had to complete a 10 day residency within the Parish in order to be allowed to get married at the Church. Not being able to find any accommodation at short notice, they decided to camp one night ended up barricading themselves in from the 100’s of slugs that had decided to descend on them!  They say the first year of marriage is the hardest, but I think after what these two have been through in the first six months of their engagement, it will be a walk in the park!

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Allison is actually an event planner herself and I have to say she was a dream to work with! All the T’s were crossed and I’s dotted and not a single detail was missed! James is a surgeon in London and, although the profession is not normally known for excel skills, he had all 20 spreadsheets that Allison had asked him to organise down perfectly!

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Alison got ready in the house with all her friends and family surrounding her.  Meanwhile, James organised a surf in Bude before getting ready with his family and groomsmen. They even took a stroll along the beach to settle their nerves!

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Every thought and detail had gone into making sure their 172 guests had a fantastic day from the moment they arrived – they even put out flat shoes for the ladies for the walk down to the Church!

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It was soon time for guests to take their seats and the Bridal party to make their way to the Church!

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Allison was walked down the aisle by her younger brother and looked beautiful in a low backed, all over lace fitted dress, finished with a cathedral length veil.

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With personal readings and musical performances by friends, the ceremony was full of love and laughter.

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After their ceremony guests lined the path from the Church to Launcells Barton, ready for the newlyweds to walk through a cascade of confetti, while we gave guests who couldn’t quite manage the walk up to the venue, a lift back on our tractor!

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A Jazz band welcomed guests as they arrived for welcome drinks and games in the courtyard and garden. With half the guests being from America and half being from the UK, team games were laid out for guests to get competitive over while the couple snuck off for some photos!

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The couple then joined all their friends and family for the rest of the welcome drinks reception, before everyone took their seats for the wedding breakfast.

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The couple and all their friends and family had decorated the Reception Barn the day before and had not missed a single detail! The barn was filled with stunning autumnal deep reds and foliage, with gold vases and candles lining the trestle tables. Bleujen provided amazing flower installations that hung from the beams. Allison and James even gave each guest a personalised conversation starter, by putting a question on each place card that they could ask the person opposite!

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My favourite part of any wedding day is announcing the Bride and Groom into their wedding breakfast and this was certainly no different! The room erupted with cheers from all their friends and family as the newlyweds made their way to their seats!

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Bringing both sides of the Atlantic together, the couple decided to mix UK & American traditions and have speeches between courses. Beautiful and The Feast catered the whole day, with guests helping themselves to sharing platters on each table.

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Allison and James were then whisked off on the back of the tractor to catch the sunset!

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Blue Lion Band got the evening started as the Bride and Groom had their first dance, which went into ” I would walk 500 miles” by The Proclaimers which I thought was very appropriate, after everything they had been through!

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A Few Words From Alison- “Every bride dreams up the perfect wedding day and looking back, that is just what we had! There isn’t one thing I would change about our special day, and so much of that comes down to the venue and incredible atmosphere set by Matt, Lara, and the team at Launcells. Despite living in London and organising guests from all over the world, the planning was made easy and fun as we partnered with Matt and Lara, who became instant friends. Launcells has all the amenities of a high-end wedding site, and yet maintains the relaxed, family-feel of Cornwall that we so desired. I loved being able to put our own touches on the wedding, bringing to life all of those Pinterest-worthy ideas I had gathered! Above all, the day was made perfect by having all our friends and family in one place to celebrate with us. As James and I rushed off to snag that dreamy sunset photo (made possible by Lara’s expert timing!), we looked back and saw our  guests laughing, chatting, and making forever memories on a gloriously sunny Cornish day. Kids ran alongside the tractor cheering us on and we took in the beauty of our favourite day, just before dancing the night away with all of our favourite people. To put it simply, it was the best day ever”

Lisa Webb traveled from Shropshire to capture Allison and James’ special day. I think we can all agree that she caught the day perfectly with these stunning images of not only the couple, but all their friends and family that enjoyed the day with them too!

James and Alison’s day was as an absolute pleasure to be a part of, it was like witnessing 2 friends getting married and all their friends and family were just so welcoming! We may or may not have been up, until the early hours having a few drinks with the Brides American family! We could not wish you both enough love and happiness for the future and we’re sure that we will see you soon, when you escape for a break to the coast!

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Five common regrets couples have about their big day

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Your wedding day will be one of the biggest, most memorable of your life, so it goes without saying, you want it to pass as perfectly as possible. When you look back on your day you’ll do so with much fondness, but despite the months and months of meticulous planning, will there be anything that makes you think, ‘with hindsight I’d do that a little differently!’

As an exclusive venue, we’ve worked with many couples to make the things they’ve been planning for months a reality, so let’s take a look at some of the most commonly reported wedding day regrets from couples across the country, and make sure you avoid them and become as happy the bride and grooms that share their most special day with us…

1. “I regret not having a videographer.”

I picture paints a thousand words, so it’s not surprising that videographers are becoming increasingly popular at weddings up and down the country. Whilst a great photographer will capture moments from the day that will live with you forever, a video of those enjoying and sharing it with you can add another dimension to your memories.

At Launcells Barton we’ve worked with a number of photographers and videographers; we’re always happy to talk through ideas and guide them to the most magic of places from which to get their shots so you get the best possible end results.

2. “I regret not planning for all weathers.”

No matter what time of year you tie the knot, there’s nothing as fickle as the great British weather, which can quickly melt the best laid of plans if you’re not prepared. Make sure if you’re having a country wedding that you have alternative footwear to avoid any muddy mishaps and think of creative ways you could potentially combat the inclement weather – coloured umbrellas can be a real eye catcher for wedding photos!

As a venue we’ve seen our fair share of sun, but naturally there have been some weddings which have been slightly wetter; we’ll always keep an eye on the forecast and work with our couples to prepare them for every eventuality.

3. “I regret not hiring the whole venue.”

As an exclusive venue we’re not surprised to hear that this is one of the most commonly cited regrets for brides. When you book a venue you want to know it’s yours for your big day, that you won’t be sharing it with strangers, they won’t form the backdrop to your photos and you’ll not need to compromise on space and timings.

When you hire an exclusive venue such as ours, we make every effort for the day to be all about you, your family and your loved-ones; exactly as it should be!

4. “I regret going on honeymoon the day after.”

Don’t underestimate how tired you may feel the day after your wedding – especially if it doesn’t end until the early hours! The idea of being whisked off on honeymoon the next day may seem romantic but it could also end up being a little overwhelming and exhausting. Some brides wish they had taken a day or two to recoup, and if you’re wanting to then what better place than the open countryside and sandy beaches of Cornwall!

5. “I regret not having my makeup done professionally.”

As a bride this may be a day you’ve been thinking about for much of your life, so it’s only right that you have the perfect hair, the perfect dress and the perfect makeup to accompany you down the aisle. Whilst having a makeup artist would be a tad decedent in everyday life, this isn’t your average day, so don’t be one of those brides who wish they had their hair and makeup professionally done on the day but decided against it.

At Launcells we’ll have all of the facilities to make you look truly beautiful on your big day.

If you’re currently looking for a wedding venue in Cornwall, please do give us a call on 01288 352 352 – we’d be happy to discuss how we can make sure your day is the one you’ve always wanted.

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Tips for planning a successful child-friendly wedding

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A key part of any wedding will be for you to spend and share it with the people you love and those closest to you. For many it’s also about family, and those family members can sometimes be of all ages – whether it’s elderly grandparents or that adorable pageboy that steals the show.

We’ve had plenty of experience in welcoming wedding parties of all sizes, and ages, to Launcells Barton, so here are our tips on how to have a brilliant day where the kids can play and enjoy it with you.

Involve them in the ceremony

People love to be involved and children are no different, so if you tell them they have a very important task, whether it’s to be a flower girl or a ring bearer during the ceremony, it’s likely they will not only treasure the responsibility, but also be on their best behavior when all eyes are on them!

They’ll also make for some very cute photos you can cherish and pull out at family get-togethers for many years to come, much to their dismay!

Check if you can have a child’s menu

It’s a good idea to ask your caterers if they’re able to offer any child specific options. Younger family members will understandably have different tastes, so if you are opting for a sit down meal try to provide the parents with a couple of options to choose from. If you’re having a buffet, make sure there are a good mix of dishes, with some suitable for children which aren’t too rich or spicy.

Also consider those times outside of the set meal and canapes – are you going to provide kids with snacks to ensure they don’t get too low on energy, whilst of course not plying them with too much sugar? Some caterers will provide little lunch packs for the kids to have during the welcome drinks so they don’t get too hungry, meaning the adult can eat without worrying about them during the meal.

Be mindful when drawing up your seating plan

Seating plans take careful consideration and can be tricky to get right, so if you’re bringing the kids you’re likely to have a few extra things to think about. Depending on their age, you could let them have their own table; this can reduce boredom and increase the fun they have – you just need to make sure they’re of an age to be trusted with this responsibility. If the children are younger and need to be with their parents make sure you check with the venue that they will be able to provide highchairs and it won’t feel cramped.

Make it fun!

Keeping the kids entertained throughout the day can sometimes be a tricky task, especially when toddlers can easily start to get hungry, bored or sleepy. In the past we have had people set up little tipis with cushions and colouring books for the children, making it into their own little den!

If you’re holding your wedding during the warmer months, lawn games have become very popular and are fun for young and old, as well as being quick and easy to set up. There are also a huge range of wedding games and entertainment you could explore; we can point you in the direction of some of the best we’ve worked with previously. Before now we have had couples hire bouncy castles and even crazy golf –which always goes down well!

Make your DJ aware

It’s sensible to let your DJ know there will be children bopping about during the evening. He may remove some songs from his playlist which wouldn’t be suitable and will hopefully add in a few crowd pleasers which children will love getting up and dancing to!

Work together with your venue

Lastly, but perhaps most importantly, work together with your venue. Their aim is to make your day special and stress-free, and if you let them know there’ll be children attending in advance, it could be that they have a few tricks and ideas up their sleeve to make it as enjoyable for everyone, no matter what their age.

If you’re looking at wedding venues in Cornwall and would like to discuss your big day with us, give us a call on 01288 352352 or email hello@launcellsbarton.co.uk.

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Wonderfully unique, relaxed Wedding in Cornwall

Where do I start with Ben and Nicol’s wedding! It was fun filled and relaxed from start to finish and all of us at Launcells found it an absolute joy to be a part of!

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Ben & Nicol got engaged while on holiday in Bude last year and knew that they wanted to have their wedding at the place that held a special place in both their hearts! It wasn’t always plain sailing for the couple though, as Ben had to be quite persistent with his wooing of Nicol, until she finally agreed to “give it a try” and when Nicol got wind that Ben was going to propose a couple of weeks before the real thing, she said “oh no you’re not going to ask me to marry you are you?!” Luckily she said yes, when he officially popped the question!

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The couple arrived the day before to set up for their ceremony and wedding breakfast, but then snuck off with a few close friends and family to have their legal ceremony in the garden. Ben and Nicol wanted their close friend to conduct the ceremony that all their guests would come to, as they wanted it to be really relaxed and personal. Upon hearing their plans when first meeting them a year before, I have to say I was a bit intrigued as to how this was going to work!

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The next morning, although the mizzle of rain had set in, the joy and excitement felt from everyone, certainly was shining through! Nicol couldn’t have been more laid back as she got ready with her friends and family around her. Nicol had given her bridesmaids one simple instruction, find something in a grey tone that you like and feel comfortable in! They looked beautiful in all different dresses and complimented the laid back feel perfectly!

Bleujen popped in on the morning of the wedding with the bouquets and to put the finsihing touches to the tables, while Hannah Woodgates Hair Design gave Nicol her effortless look!

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Although the rain decided to drizzle at the exact moment Nicol stepped outside the house, it really didn’t matter at all! Scooping up her delicate dress and revealing her stunning blue shoes, everyone made their way to the Mill Barn

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The Bride met her Mum at the top of the Aisle, where her step dad handed her over to her Father, to walk her down the rest of the aisle to her waiting Groom.

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I shouldn’t have been concerned at all over their friend conducting their ceremony! Being part of the Magic Circle, Joe was in his element in front of a crowd and was hilariously funny, yet sentimental! I can honestly say I haven’t cried in a ceremony so much! Not only from the laughing, but also through seeing just how much love they have for one another! After giving Ben a sandwich mid ceremony -Nicol was aware he hadn’t eaten for at least half an hour!-  Nicol made her vows to Ben and when all the guests from Wales stood up on her queue to sing a Welsh tribute to the Groom, I have to admit I welled up! Nicol had expressly said no Welsh Choral songs, but wanted to show she loved him enough to give in!

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The traditional hymns were replaced with everyone singing “My girl” by the temptations! Traditional or not, no ceremony is complete without a kiss!

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The Launcells Barton team then turned the Mill Barn around for the drinks reception, while guests helped themselves to a welcome drink in the snug bar.

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Guests were then invited to take their seats for the wedding breakfast and speeches.

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It was then time for the donut wall to open and guests to help themselves! Beautiful and The Feast catered the whole wedding from canapés through to that amazing wall of joy!!

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Their incredible band the Zu Zu Men, then got everyone up dancing the night away!!

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A few words from the happy couple-   “We got engaged near Bude and had this romantic idea about having our wedding nearby, forcing our friends and family to trek from afar down to the Cornish coast. After looking at six or seven venues, none quite hitting the mark – all too ‘weddingy’ – we stumbled upon Launcell’s for our last appointment before giving up and resigning to a venue closer to home. We didn’t make it out the car before we made our minds up; it was perfect. Rustic but not too rustic, wedding appropriate but not just another ‘wedding barn’, secluded without being too remote. Then we met Lara and Matt and the deal was done. So helpful without being pushy, relaxed while meticulously organised. Our wedding day was such fun. We didn’t want anything too traditional or formal. We wanted something personal and unique to us; Launcell’s Barton was the perfect venue to do just that.” 

We wish you every happiness in the world Ben & Nicol! It was such a pleasure getting to know you both and we loved witnessing the 2 of you become husband and wife in your wonderfully unique way! It was such a fun day and you could feel how much you meant to everyone there! Congratulations again! 

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Important questions to ask your Wedding Photographer before you book


A picture captures a thousand words, so when it comes to your wedding day you’ll want to make sure the photos taken capture those moments that will live with you for a lifetime. This makes the selection of your photographer a pretty big one, so if you’re currently considering a long list of potential photography candidates, here are just a few questions you might want to ask them…

What sort of style do you want?

You may not know it, but there are lots of different styles of photography and it’s common for wedding photographers to use a mix of a few. They could primarily use a documentary approach which involves candid and spontaneous photographs, but then also incorporate some artistic and staged shots of just the bride and groom. It’s important you ask potential photographers what their strengths are and what styles they would use on the day. If you’re looking for your album to be very natural, featuring photographs you never even realised were being taken, don’t go for someone whose specialty is staged group shots!


What is included in your package, exactly?

You need to determine exactly what you’re paying for. The majority of photographers will offer a range of packages for you to choose from; if you’d like an album to be supplied featuring prints of the best photos, you need to ensure this is included within your chosen package to avoid incurring extra fees at a later date.

Most photographers will be completely helpful and genuine, eager to supply you with the best package to fulfil your desires, so just make sure you understand what’s included and what isn’t so you can keep an eye on your final costs.

Do you know our venue already?

Make sure you ask if they are familiar with the venue you’ve booked. The best case scenario is that they will know it, meaning they already have a good idea of the layout, lighting, and perhaps beautiful spots inside and out to make the most of. You’ll also be able to look at examples of weddings they’ve shot there before.
In the event your photographer hasn’t been to the venue, it’s best practice for them to visit before the big day in order to get a feel for it and to be able to come up with ideas. This might not always be possible, so if not, they could arrive a few hours early on the day – we’re always happy to help our couples’ photographers with the experience we have at Launcells Barton.

How long after the wedding do we get to see the photos?

Whilst an iPhone image is stored on our phones instantaneously, it’s going to take your photographer a little longer to get you your wedding shots, so be patient and make sure you ask about the time scales for the photos to be ready. If they’re a popular choice for couples it may be that you’ll need to wait a little longer to get them through, but remember these will be with you for a long time so you’ll want to make sure you have the right photographer for your needs, rather than the one who’ll have them on your desk by Monday morning.

At Launcells Barton we’re pleased to be able to recommend some amazing suppliers who we trust to provide a fantastic service:

McGivern Photography

Rebecca Roundhill

Travers & Brown

Peter Cox Photography


If you’re looking at wedding venues in Cornwall and would like to discuss your big day with us give us a call on 01288 352352 or email hello@launcellsbarton.co.uk

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Our advice on how to plan an unforgettable Cornish Mini-moon


If you’ve set your heart on a wedding day in Cornwall we can definitely understand why; peaceful, romantic, picturesque – there are a million reasons to have your special day in the Duchy, but could it be that you fall in love with our little part of the world so much that you’d like to see and experience more as part of your Mini-moon?

If you’re considering spending time exploring everything Cornwall has to offer after your ceremony, here are just a few things you could get up to as a newly married couple!

Watch a play at an open air theatre


How many opportunities will you have to watch an open air theatre whilst perched atop a cliff high above the Atlantic Ocean, with panoramic views of the stunning Porthcurnow Bay? Chances like this don’t come often, so if you’re in Cornwall with your partner, the historic Minack Theatre should definitely be on the to-do list.

Pack a bottle of champagne, a blanket and enjoy the performance together.

Secluded sunsets


Whilst we’re fortunate to have amazing beaches near our wedding venue, you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to Cornwall. Widemouth Bay is less than 10 minutes from our door and a great beach to sit, walk your dogs or enjoy the the coast path.

If you’re headed further afield then consider Porthkidney Sands, a blissful and secluded beach nestled between Hayle and St Ives in West Cornwall. You should find that you only come across a couple of locals, if that, making it the perfect spot to get away from it all.

Treat yourselves to total relaxation

Wanting to relax, unwind and really get away from it all after those months of wedding planning? If you’re both in need of some pampering and wanting to head to a spa during your time in Cornwall then there are plenty of fantastic choices – from swimming pools with sea views, to hot tubs on coastal cliffs, you’ll be able to relax in inspirational style.

Enjoy an intimate meal by the ocean

An absolute must whilst Mini-mooning in this part of the world is making the most of being by the breathtaking coastline. Why not couple incredible views with enjoying some of Cornwall’s finest cuisine by booking yourselves into a restaurant by the sea? Be sure to mention when you book that you are just married, to guarantee a more private table where you can enjoy each other’s company.

A couples cycle ride 


The Camel Trail is a beautifully wooded cycle route which starts at the pretty fishing town of Padstow, famous for Rick Stein’s fish and chips. A popular path leads you to the famous Camel Valley Vineyard. Sitting on their terrace sipping Camel Valley bubbly on a summer’s afternoon is said to be magical. 

Visit an art gallery


Cornwall is awash with fantastic art galleries, boasting something to satisfy all tastes. If you are close to St Ives you’ll be spoilt for choice with The Tate, Porthminster Gallery and New Craftsman. There’s no dress code, so don’t be afraid to get dressed up for the occasion! Try to pick somewhere you’ve both never been before – it’s much more fun when the experience is new to both of you.

If you’re currently planning your wedding day in Cornwall and searching for the perfect venue, then please give us a call on 01288 352352.

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Getting the perfect guest list for your big day


If you’re currently planning your wedding day then deciding on who you’re gong to invite can be a tricky, and sometimes political task. You want to avoid upsetting anyone, yet it’s your big day so you’ll want to make sure you can share it with those people that mean a lot to you, whether it’s your friends, family or other loved-ones.

Here are a few helpful tips to ensure you get everyone you love to be there on your big day…

Decisions on Family

Whilst you’ll of course want to share your special day with immediate family, the question of where to draw the line can sometimes be a difficult one to answer. Do you extend it past your aunties or cousins to those family members you’ve not seen in several years, or do you keep it to those closest to you?

The best rule here is to be consistent so as to avoid any offence; if you’re going all out then include them all, and if you’re wanting a smaller and more intimate day, perhaps draw the line a little closer to home, but always have the same rules for everyone and bear in mind the idiosyncrasies that each of our families have!

Who’s partner will be coming?

The question of including partners has been thrust into the spotlight in recent times with Pippa Middleton coining the phrase ‘no ring, no bring’ at her recent wedding. So where are you going to stand on partners at your wedding?

Whilst it’s going to be a no-brainer your family are going to bring their wives and girlfriends, it can become somewhat of a grey area when it comes to your friend and their brand-new boyfriend you’re yet to meet or speak to. Be sure to be clear and consistent on your approach, as well as on your invite, to avoid any confusion or upset.

Could geography be a hurdle?

Whether you decide to hold your wedding at your local church, or on the other side of the world, there is going to be some element of travel required for your guests. Before now, we have had a bride and groom fly all the way from Australia to hold their special day here at Launcells. They were slightly nervous in choosing native England as their wedding destination, in case certain friends or family wouldn’t make the trip.

In reality, those who really count will of course make the effort for you both. Whether you’re celebrating close to home or not, send out those save the dates and if a friend declines due to distance then they have freed up an invite which could go to someone who wouldn’t miss it for the world!

Are they a co-worker or a friend?

Many of us will have had this dilemma with our own wedding; you spend a lot of time with them, but do you invite your co-workers to your big day? It can sometimes feel as if it will be awkward if we don’t, or as if there’s an obligation to send an invite, when in reality that pressure often isn’t actually there.

If they’re not close to you in the office, the likelihood is that they’re not expecting an automatic invite and are also hopefully unlikely to take offence. Invite those that mean the most to you, and those with whom you share life outside of the office walls, or if you feel they’re just co-workers, then keep consistent and tell them all about it on your return from work!

Can you imagine your big day without them?

The final point is probably the most important one of them all; can you imagine your big day without them? Are they someone who you’ve shared some of your fondest memories with? Would it seem like someone is missing if you didn’t invite them? If the answer to those questions is yes, then you know that they need to be there on your special day.

If you’re currently looking for a unique and special wedding venue in Cornwall then please give us a call on 01288 352352 and we’d be happy to discuss how we can help.

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Checklist for choosing the perfect live music for your big day

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So you’ve decided your budget allows for live music at your wedding? Great news! It’s a fantastic way to create the type of atmosphere you desire and also make your day really memorable. Whether you’re looking for a string quarter or disco band, we at Launcells Barton have compiled a checklist to ensure it goes off without a hitch and ensure you get the perfect match!

1. The most important point is to be sure of your budget from the get go. You don’t want to find someone great and then come to realise that your budget doesn’t really allow. Ask yourselves, is it one of the most important aspects of your wedding or just a small addition? Also remember that quality music isn’t cheap. Hold off on the research until you know how much you are willing to spend!

2. You’ll need to sit down with your fiancé and discuss what type of music you would like. It’s helpful to think about both of your tastes and what type of atmosphere you’d like to create. Do you want it to be chilled and complimented by classical music or would you like something to get the party started and making everyone get up on their feet?

3. Its handy to have a rough run through of your day to see what times you would like live music to be played. Are you wanting to have music at the ceremony, during a reception or meal, or for an evening party? Maybe you’d like all of these, but do keep referring back to your budget!

4. Research is a very important part of the planning process. If there’s a band based at the opposite end of the country don’t be disheartened as they may be prepared to travel, but this will obviously be worked into the price. Obtain full quotes from your top choices with no hidden costs, and ask their availability to be certain they can make your date.

5. If you have managed to whittle it down and made your final choices, you now need to ask questions which are important to you. If there is a certain song you would like played, make sure that your band are happy to do this. You are paying for a service and therefore have the right to make certain requests, but make sure it’s nothing too outlandish! Also ensure that you obtain a full set list and check you are happy beforehand.

6. If at all possible, its beneficial to meet up with your band, rather than meeting them for the first time on the day. This of course might not be possible but if it is, do try to make the effort. It’s a good idea to put them in touch with your venue also, in case they have any technical or logistical questions.

7. Before the big day comes, do make sure you check with the band how long it will take them to set up and what this will involve, such as how much room they will need. It is common practice for set up to take place after the meal, when tables are being cleared and guests are at the bar getting drinks. Bear in mind some musicians could need an hour for this.

If you’re looking at wedding venues in Cornwall like to discuss your big day with us give us a call on 01288 352352 or email hello@launcellsbarton.co.uk

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