Month: April 2018

Gorgeous words from our happy couples

Bride and groom's outdoor ceremony at Bude wedding venue
 
We absolutely love receiving wonderful testimonials from our newlyweds as the most important thing to us is making sure we create weddings to remember, and memories to last a lifetime. We always strive to pull out all of the stops in an effort to make you look back at yours and fondly think ‘that was the most incredible day our lives!’

Launcells Barton is our pride and joy and we know that should you choose to be married at our exclusive hire venue, you won’t regret it! You can read more about our unique qualities in this recent blog post. But don’t just take our word for it, have a read of these testimonials from some of our recent couples who have felt compelled to share their stories and kind words…

“Dan and I first visited Launcells Barton on a rainy January afternoon and were immediately taken with Lara and Matt’s enthusiasm and the sheer beauty of the venue. We knew it was the perfect venue for the relaxed feel we wanted but also enough of a blank canvas that we could make it our own. Lara, Matt and Alannah coordinated and supported us through the day perfectly! One thing that was really important to me was that the evening had a good ‘flow’, I really wanted to avoid a venue where guests were segregated into different rooms depending on whether they were at the bar, relaxing or dancing and the main barn was perfect for this. I honestly couldn’t fault the entire weekend and would do it all again in a heartbeat – rain included! Thank you so much to Lara, Matt, Alannah and the rest of the Launcells team for helping us create the wedding of our dreams!”
– Charlotte and Dan

“We fell in love with Launcells Barton at our first viewing. The owners, Matthew and Lara, have put so much love and effort into creating the most perfect of wedding venues. Relaxed, yet efficient, they put you at ease with their willingness to please and friendly can-do attitude. Nothing is too much trouble and they are on hand to help and advice from the day you book, right up to your wedding day. Throughout the actual day, Matthew and Lara made sure that all aspects ran smoothly with no disruption to ourselves or our guests. Lara even got soaked helping me into the car whilst it was raining so that my dress and I stayed dry. It’s been almost a month now since our wedding and we’re still receiving comments from our friends and family complimenting Launcells Barton on their fabulous service and striking setting. We really did have the best weekend, above and beyond all our expectations.”
– Kate and Geoff

“Thank you again for such a magical wedding, the day went perfectly thanks to you, Matt and all involved. Still can’t get over it!! We knew how hard you were working and everything turned out perfectly, more than perfect, completely better than any expectations.”
– Lizzie and Tom

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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Earthy, Bohemian inspiration for our Cornish Styled Shoot!

Last November we worked with Cathy from Boelle Events on a vision she had, to bring in rich and earthy tones to a bohemian theme! She wanted to go back to her Cornish roots and make the most of what this beautiful part of the country has to offer!

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CATHY FROM BOELLE EVENTS TELLS US MORE ABOUT THE SHOOT

For this look, I wanted to go back to my Cornish roots and explore an organic, earthy and wintery theme. When I came across Launcells Barton in Bude, I was instantly drawn to it’s raw and rustic features and knew I had to style there! The barns, beams and exposed brickwork were perfect for my rich and bohemian vision. Not forgetting the beautiful house and gardens!

For the styling, I wanted to work with a deep pallet of burgundy’s, navys and golds lifted by a hint of blush and oodles of greenery. I believe in working with the seasons, from colours and accessories to seasonal fresh flowers. The colour pallet came from inspiration of autumnal colours mixed with wintery and seasonal golds to add a hint of festivities. Because each of my styles is unique, I hand dye all my fabrics so I can achieve seasonal colours. For the ‘Cornish Winter’ runner I dyed organic, unbleached cheesecloth with beetroot and red cabbage inspired chemical free dye to create the rich burgundy colour. The perfect base for golds and greens to sit elegantly on a rustic and upcycled oak trestle table. To add a bohemian flair, I incorporated macrame and a wicker peacock chair.

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The team behind this beautiful shoot

Styling, Props & Trestle Table: Boelle Events
Photography: Olivia Bossert Photography
Venue: Launcells Barton
Florals: Twigs & Greens 
Dresses: The Bridal Room St Ives
Stationary: Laura Likes
Cake: Hannah’s Cornish Cakes
Hair: Kylee Marie Hair
MUA: Lizzy Couch Make Up Artist

 
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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All you need to know about our one-of-a-kind wedding venue

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If you’re currently searching for an idyllic countryside setting to host your wedding, then look no further than our lovingly restored exclusive-use venue which sits in a secluded spot on the Devon & Cornwall border and is perfectly placed for couples based in the region or wanting to escape to the South West for their dream day.

We have all of the ingredients you’ll need to have the wedding you’ve always wanted; whether it’s luxurious accommodation for the bridal party, a reception for up to 200 of your closest friends and family or simply being spoilt with gorgeous Westcountry surroundings and scenery, we’re here to make your day the one of your dreams.

Let’s tell you about a few of the reasons you’ll want to spend your special day with us…

Our beautiful buildings

As a venue we’re very flexible as we have a number of buildings, each with their own qualities; no two wedding days are ever the same here!

Charm and history in our Manor House

The Manor House is made up of two halves; the older half dates back to the 14th century and retains a number of charming, historical features throughout, whilst the newer half is classically Georgian. The Bridal Suite is nestled on the far side of the house, an elegant space perfect for preparing for your wedding day and then spending your first night together as a married couple! You may also have your nearest and dearest stay with you in the house thanks to its further five bedrooms and large communal kitchen.

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Original stonework features and exposed beams in Mill Barn

The Mill Barn is a converted 19th century stone building and retains a number of original stone work features. Along with exposed beams and large French doors, it is a popular ceremony spot for our couples. It’s the perfect blank canvas for you to decorate as you wish and bring your ideas to life.

A purpose-built reception barn

Our purpose-built Reception Barn has been designed to complement the house and is a state-of-the-art space for your wedding. It has capacity for 160 guests on round tables or up to 200 on trestles. You’ll be pleased to hear there’s also a spacious bar and lounge area, and large lawn for mingling and playing games in the warmer months!

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A special setting

We are set within 200 acres of peaceful wooded countryside, situated under an hour’s drive from Exeter and very close to the picturesque seaside town of Bude. Everywhere you look there are breathtaking, countryside views, and if you walk up to the very top of the site you can even see the sea! If you would like to have a band outside or other entertainment our grounds are very spacious so nearly anything is possible; we’re flexible and open to your creative ideas.

A romantic Church

Close to our site you will find the Parish Church of St Swithian’s which dates back to the late 15th Century. If getting married in a Church is something important to you both, we promise this will not disappoint as it’s been famously described as the ‘least spoilt Church in Cornwall’.

Why would you want to be married here?

It would probably be easier to tell you why not! The benefits of spending your wedding day at Launcells Barton really are endless. Of course the most obvious is being an exclusive-use venue; you can personalise everything as much as you would like, you won’t be joined by anyone but your loved ones and you’ll always be top priority. When you come for a visit, we’re sure like many couples before you you will feel the romance and get butterflies!

Have a read through our testimonials to find out more reasons why there have been countless, wonderful weddings here and then please do get in touch if you have any queries or questions.

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The ultimate wedding planning checklist

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Whether you’ve got 10 weeks or 10 years to plan your big day, there’s no getting away from the fact that at times, it can be stressful! Juggling the day job, running a family and keeping up with your social life, all whilst trying to plan a wonderful wedding, can get on top of you. Oh, and not forgetting the engagement party should you choose to have one!

When we welcome couples here to show them around our exclusive hire venue they’re usually just starting their planning process and the biggest piece of advice we like to pass on is to be organised!

Instead of surrounding yourselves with scribblings on post-its, invest in a notebook or journal. Rather than trying to remember appointments, set reminders on your phone. And to ensure you don’t have that moment of blind panic on the day when you’ve forgotten something, follow some sort of plan, checklist or timeline.

Not sure what this should include? Based on 12 months of planning, we’ve created this handy checklist detailing some of the things we think you should complete and when. Take a look and we hope it helps with planning your big day.

First thing’s first

It’s a good idea for the two of you to set some time aside to discuss and agree on a few details before you start researching. You will need to decide on a budget as well as make sure you’re both on the same page as to what sort of day you’re wanting.

Then we would strongly advise before you start any of the steps below that you book your dream venue! Once this is finalised, everything will fall in to place and the process will be so much easier for you. There are so many steps you can’t do until you have your venue, such as send the invites, work out seating plans, discuss ideas with suppliers, and so on. Plus, once your venue is chosen you can really start visualising how your wedding is going to look which is one of the most exciting parts!

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12 months before

  • Research which style of venue you both want and any ideas you have on how you would like to dress it. It’s no good seeing something you’ve fallen in love with on Instagram or Pinterest and then finding out the venue can’t accommodate your style or you don’t have enough time to get in and set it up!
  • Start researching your suppliers such as florists, cake designers, prop hire
  • Book a photographer (and videographer if you would like one)
  • If you think you need some extra support, research and book a wedding planner
  • Choose your wedding party (best man, maid of honour and so on…)
  • Think about your guest list and send out save the date cards
  • Start researching the dress! Did you know you need to order your dress at least 8 months before?
  • Book your registrar at time of booking your venue, this is the most important part of your day, as without it you’re not legally married!

10 months before

  • Decide on the entertainment you would like and book
  • Get some style ideas – Pinterest is very inspirational, but some things aren’t always practical, so have a chat with your suppliers about if that stairway of candles you have seen is really practical with children running around
  • Go dress shopping and find the one! Also buy shoes and accessories
  • Order some invitations
  • Reserve a block of hotel rooms / book self-catering house etc for guests should you need
  • Meet with suppliers to see examples, try out sample menus, cakes etc and decide on your favourites
  • Book hair and makeup artists- the good ones get booked up well in advance!

The bride having her hair done at a wedding venue in Cornwall

8 months before

  • Buy/ hire the grooms suit and have the first fitting
  • Book your honeymoon!
  • Meet with your celebrant to plan your ceremony and discuss details
  • Book your chosen suppliers (cake, caterers, props)
  • Book wedding taxis
  • Start working on the seating plan and running order for the day

6 months before

  • Purchase the wedding party outfits (bridesmaids, groomsmen etc)
  • Send out your invitations
  • Finalise the menu
  • Order your wedding favours
  • Buy the rings
  • Send running order to your venue and suppliers if needed, so any tweaks can be made.

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4 months before

  • Write your vows if you’re writing your own – check out this blog post to help you!
  • Check in with your photographer and entertainment so you are happy with the plans
  • Purchase thank you cards and gifts for wedding party
  • Hold your hen and stag do’s!
  • Get your marriage license

1 – 2 months before

  • Touch base with all suppliers in case you have any final questions
  • Confirm final numbers by checking your RSVP’s
  • Confirm menus/ drinks numbers etc with suppliers
  • Have a practice run of your makeup and hair
  • Have your last dress and suit fitting
  • Finalise payments to all suppliers
  • Finalise the seating plan
  • Get your hair cut and coloured
  • Get your engagement ring cleaned

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Wedding week!

  • Pamper yourself with a manicure and massage – essential of course
  • Send the final guest count to your caterer
  • Pick up your dress and suit
  • Send the running order to the wedding party
  • Confirm arrival and set up times with all suppliers
  • Pack your suitcase – don’t forget your honeymoon items!
  • Delegate small on the day tasks

Naturally your day might have some variations to this list, after all each wedding is beautifully unique! But we hope this gives you a good outline to ensure every detail is accounted for! 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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