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Invitations to make your guests swoon

Whilst you may have been planning every aspect of your wedding day for many months, the moment your invites touch down on the doorstep will be the first time you get to share your plans with friends, family and your nearest and dearest.

How do you make sure they’re all you want them to be? Perhaps you’re wondering what’s currently on trend or simply needing some inspiration and escape from all of the other decisions piling up on your plate?

We’ve put together a few helpful pointers to set you on your way…

Currently on trend:

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If you’re looking for the current trend in wedding design and invites then you’ll need look no further than handwritten fonts and calligraphy; elegant yet modern, these fonts are being used by a lot of designers in the industry and there’s no sign of them going away in 2018.

Popular colours and embellishments

Rose gold foil has been a particularly popular shade, but don’t be afraid to mix your colours for something really bold and striking. For added luxury and texture you could go for hot foil printing, available from many sites online. You many also choose to incorporate metallic colors into your design; if you do your details will literally pop off the page and be sure to provide your guests with a little dazzle.

A softer approach

Prefer a softer approach? Why not have a watercolour design, which uses delicate brush strokes to add colour and texture. If you’re creative and have the time you could give it a go yourself, but be sure to consider the amount of work that’s involved!

It may be more efficient to order some digital prints or work with a local provider.

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For those wanting to buck the trend…

Not wanting to follow the crowd and fancy something a little different? The great news is that the possibilities are endless, and with Pinterest and Instagram the inspiration should be too! When it comes to Devon and Cornwall we’re blessed with an eclectic mix of suppliers and designers – there really is something for everyone!

When should they be sent out?

Traditionally, invites or save the date cards have been sent out three or four months in advance, giving people plenty of time to request time off work, find accommodation and arrange child care. The most important thing here is to ensure you’re giving people enough time to respond and for you to know exact numbers well before the big day. Planning your wedding in the knowledge of how many people can make it, and who they are, will make decisions such as table plans all the more easier for you.

Making use of ‘wedsites’

As afore mentioned, being organised really does set you on the road to success when it comes to planning your wedding. Many couples are making using of ‘wedsites’ and free online apps in order to consolidate all of their RSVP’s in one place. It takes away the stress of responses getting lost in the post, and hopefully for most, it’s easier than having to pop to the post office.

We hope this has got you a little closer to choosing the right invites for you! 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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5 tips to help you when choosing your wedding flowers

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What girl doesn’t love receiving flowers? But when it comes to picking them for your wedding day how do you know which ones to go for and which florist to go with? They undoubtedly have the potential to add a little special sparkle to your big day, so here’s a few tips our recent brides have used to make sure they get it right…

Be clear on your budget

We know that when it comes to planning a wedding your budget can be pulled in many different directions. Be clear and strict on what you spend in each area; as a rule of thumb, flowers and floral displays will usually account for 10% of your overall budget.

This will of course depend on the style of your wedding; if you’re keeping it minimal you can lower that figure, whilst if you’re wanting them to be a real feature of your ceremony and reception you may need to adjust upwards. The important thing is that you have a realistic budget to achieve the wedding you’re dreaming of.

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Have a look around

The sound of homework may send shivers down your spine, but searching for flowers needn’t be a chore for you and your partner. Two places which will be a valuable source of information and inspiration are Instagram (search for those hashtags) and Pinterest.

The most important thing here is to get a feel for what you both like; once you’ve agreed you can then chat with local florists and your venue to get even more information and ideas.

Decide what level of styling you desire

When you picture your wedding do you envisage your ceremony and reception rooms filled with an abundance of florals and fauna? Or would you rather forgo embellishing the venue and just focus on your creative attention on bouquets, button holes and table decorations? From your research you may have gathered images of large installations and grand creations hanging from rafters, but this may have been from admiration rather than reality – it’s easy to get carried away!

Get professional help!

You may be lucky enough to have a loved one with heaps of creative flair and a willingness to help you out, but if you’re not confident enough to take on the task there are plenty of talented florists out there; we have a couple of top choices listed on our recommended suppliers page. Although it may look easy and effortless, there is a lot of skill involved in the craft and sometimes it is best left to the professionals.

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The benefits of being exclusive

There are many benefits to hiring an exclusive use venue for your wedding day and this extends to your flowers. At Launcells Barton couples are able to decorate the venue as they wish, and we’re always happy to answer any questions you have and guide you as to what’s worked particularly well for some of our previous brides.

We’re here to make sure you have the perfect day – from blooms to bunting.

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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Mulled wine and sparkle for this laid back Winter Wedding in Cornwall!

Back in December, on a bright Winter’s day Ailsa and Phil, along with the help of their two little girls tied the knot in front of all their friends and family!

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If ever people think they can’t organise a wedding in under a year, Ailsa and Phil are perfect proof that it can be done and planned to perfection with no detail missed! Having given themselves only 4 months due to Phil’s leave from the Marines!

I have to admit I do love a Winter wedding, just as much as I love a Summer wedding! Yes you don’t always know what the weather is going to do, but as long as you have inside and outside options, it doesn’t really matter. Winter and Summer are just very different weddings, but both have their charms! A Winter wedding the sun sets earlier, so you get all the atmosphere of the candles flickering away, guests all cosy inside with hot mulled wine and, if you can’t add a bit of sparkle at Christmas, then when can you?!  Ailsa and Phil’s wedding was all those things and more!

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Ailsa got ready in the house with her friends and two little girls by her side, while Phil got into his uniform with all his friends at the couple’s house. Ailsa had the most stunning beaded grey dress from Needle and Thread and her bridesmaids wore mix matched 3/4 length grey, white and pink dresses which fitted the laid back feel of the wedding perfectly.  The bridal party’s make up was perfected by one of our faves and recommended supplier Lizzy Couch.

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The groomsmen soon arrived and welcomed guests in the Snug Bar, before everyone began to take their seats.

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Ailsa was walked down the aisle by her Dad, while her Bridesmaids walked down the aisle with the couple’s two little girls.

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Guests were then offered Mulled Wine and Cider in the Snug Bar, while the newlyweds had a bit of time together before being welcomed back into the Mill Barn for speeches and a few surprises! Winter Wedding Venues Cornwall Winter Wedding Venues Cornwall

The couple’s speeches were really relaxed and very personal, with the Groom even singing a song he’d written for his new Wife!

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Guests were then asked to make their way to the reception barn, while Ailsa & Phil had a bit of time with their family.

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I had a very special little helper get all the guests up on their feet by clinking the glass, ready to announce the newlyweds for the first time to all their friends and family!

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Their guests enjoyed slow roast beef with all the trimmings provided by The Woodfired Kitchen, before they got the pizza oven all fired up serving mini calzone pizzas throughout the whole evening. They were such a fantastic take on the traditional Cornish pastie!

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Rebecca Roundhill one of our recommended suppliers and all round fabulous photographer captured all these beautiful images for Ailsa & Phil’s day. It’s so great having Rebecca with us during a wedding, she is a burst of sunshine and is just so relaxed- which is what years of experience brings!

A few words from Ailsa- I’m struggling with where to start, because it’s so difficult to put into words just how wonderful our day was. From the moment we met Lara and looked around the venue, there was no question that we were going to get married there. It really is a hidden gem. We live 3 minutes away and never even knew it existed. It had everything we wanted from a venue; a beautiful space for our ceremony in the Mill Barn, a large reception Barn for our guests to eat and be merry, a picturesque setting for capturing stunning photos, and a gorgeous farmhouse with the most amazing bridal suite you will ever see! That bathroom!

You’d think that only giving ourselves 4 months to plan our wedding would be stressful. But, I can honestly say that I enjoyed every second of the organisation. Communication between ourselves and Lara was excellent and any questions we had were promptly answered.
The day itself was just perfect. Being a December wedding we almost expected bad weather. Every part of our day was inside or undercover so, rain or shine, it really didn’t matter. However, we woke up to blue skies and pink clouds over the farmhouse. It looked beautiful!

One of the best things about the venue is that it is so flexible. Whatever your vision for your wedding, I’m pretty sure it can be achieved here. We had a very relaxed, informal ceremony and we chose to do the speeches immediately after with canapes and welcome drinks in the Mill Barn, rather than during the wedding breakfast. We also had bag pipes during the ceremony, a speech delivered using a guitar and a Scottish Ceilidh in the evening. Anything is possible here!

Throughout the day Matt, Lara and their team behind the scenes made sure that everything ran smoothly. If there were any hiccups we really had no idea because we were just enjoying ourselves so much! Thank you Matt, Lara and team for all the hard work that went into making such special memories for Phil and I. We couldn’t have asked for more. I highly recommend Launcells Barton as a wedding venue: It’s beautiful, flexible, and Lara and Matt are dedicated to making your day as carefree and memorable as possible!

Ailsa and Phil’s wedding was totally relaxed and reflected them as a couple perfectly, incorporating their young family, Ailsa’s scottish roots and Phil’s duty to the Marine’s, making every special moment personal to them. We wish Ailsa and Phil a fantastic future together and sure we will see you out and about as your young family grows! 

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Guests were blown away… literally! At Charlotte and Dan’s elegant Wedding in Cornwall!

At the end of October Storm Brian rampaged through Cornwall sending fences and furniture flying across the farm. With the storm in full swing and Brian giving everything he’d got, not even the sideways rain and 70 mph winds could wipe the smiles from Charlotte and Dan’s faces on their Wedding day!

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We first met Charlotte and Dan at our Open Day event last year. we only had a muddy hole and an artists impression of what the new Reception Barn was going to look like to show them.  After being taken with the renovations already completed, they set their date and quickly got on with planning their autumn wedding!

Charlotte, Dan and all their family and friends arrived the day before to decorate and set up. Everybody was laughing and joking and enjoying time together seeing all their plans taking shape! I loved chatting to Charlotte as she excitedly showed all the little touches she had put together, including the stunning artwork of the house that she had commissioned for the table plans, menus and order of service!

The Reception barn was dressed so elegantly with greenery and fairy lights hanging from beams and draped around the dinning area.  Each table was dressed with candles in mix & match gold holders and vases of flowers filled with soft pinks, creams and greenery. The candles and fairy lights looked wonderful, as by the time guests sat down for the wedding breakfast, the sun was setting and the candles created a gorgeously soft lighting.  All of the beautiful flowers were supplied by one of our faves and local florist Bleujen.

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Charlotte got ready, on the blustery autumn morning, within the house surrounded by friends and family. Hannah Woodgates Hair Design & Laura Le Page Make Up, took care of beautifying all the bridal party! While Dan and his friends got ready at Penleaze, just a stones throw away from Launcells Barton.

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I walked into the house to check on the Bridal party and was welcomed by the most stunning Bride standing in the hall surrounded by all her friends! Charlotte literally took my breath away and was beaming ear to ear!

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After announcing for all their guests to take their seats in the Mill Barn and the Groom and ushers waiting nervously for the Bride to arrive, we looked out of the main doors looking for any let up from the elements! It was decided that we just had to make a dash for it, all hands were on deck to make sure the Bride and her dress were safe from the wind and rain!

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The Obligato String Quartet played as Charlotte walked down the Aisle to her eagerly awaiting Groom.

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We turned the Mill Barn around for the couples drinks reception and thought it was best to work around the guests this time, as some of them may have been blown away, if they had ventured to the snug bar!

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It was then a quick run to the house for the couple and their bridal party for a few pictures, while guests took their seats in the Reception Barn. Happy Couple Wedding Cornwall Exclusive Use Wedding Venues Cornwall

The happy couple were welcomed in with cheers and applause from all their guests as we announced their Bride & Groom!

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Pickle Shack provided the most wonderful catering before the speeches got underway.

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It was then on to dancing and … human pyramids!

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Depict Photography who shoot mainly on film captured these gorgeous images to create these beautiful memories for Charlotte and Dan!

A few words from Charlotte-  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. At the time the main barn was just a building site, but we could see how beautiful is was going to be and fell in love with the main house and reception barn. 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. All the time, money and effort planning was completely worth it on the day – despite having an uninvited guest in the form of ‘Storm Brian’ with his gale force winds and driving rain…! Luckily Launcells Barton proved the perfect choice and the weather was soon forgotten as the beauty of the venue is as much about its interior as its exterior – a quality we had struggled to find at other venues.  Lara, Matt and Alannah coordinated and supported us through the day perfectly alongside our caterers Pickleshack – who couldn’t stop gushing about the amazing kitchen! 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 – after our meal the bar doors were thrown open and everyone danced the night away no matter where they were. 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!

The whole weekend was full of laughter and their positivity shone through, never letting the elements stop them from enjoying their weekend and always seeing the best of everything! I can even remember a hashtag being used to tell storm Brian exactly what they thought of him!! It was a pleasure to be involved in such a welcoming and joyous day and wish Charlotte and Dan nothing but happiness for their future together, we’re sure the balance of Charlotte’s creativity and Dan’s practicality is set to make the perfect partnership!

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Getting to know our new Assistant Coordinator, Alannah

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Launcells Barton is an incredibly special place for all of the team here and we’re proud and honored to share it with people on one of the most important and memorable days of their lives. We try to make it the perfect day for each and every couple, knowing that we want our service levels to match the unique and special nature of our location.

When we came to add to our team a couple of months ago we knew we needed someone that would go the extra mile for our couples, someone that would make their day even more enjoyable and most importantly stress free!

Let us introduce that someone to you – Alannah, our new Assistant Wedding Coordinator!

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So Alannah, what was it that first attracted you to working at Launcells?

I’m lucky to live in the area and I’ve always had a passion for everything the North Cornwall coast has to offer. I’d visited Launcells in the past so I knew how postcard perfect the actual village and church were – when the opportunity came up to work at Launcells Barton it was a chance I couldn’t pass up!

So how did you make the move to becoming Assistant Wedding Coordinator?

When I was younger I worked for a few pubs and hotels; I always enjoyed interacting with people and it was at that point I had my first experiences of being involved with weddings.

The dream job had always been to work within the industry full time as it plays to my skill set – I love the whole process, from meeting with a couple for the first time through to planning their day and then helping them turn it into a reality!

Great! So you’re settling in well?

I’m really enjoying it! I love the drive that everyone here has to make each wedding as unique and special as the next. No two days or weddings are ever the same, and continually trying to exceed people’s expectations is something that’s been incredibly enjoyable and rewarding – we get some fantastic feedback which makes it all worthwhile!

What is your favourite part of your new role?

There’s nothing like the buzz of a wedding day – we know that this will be one of the most special and cherished of that person’s life – it’s not just another wedding for us, we really care and want them to enjoy it as much as possible – it’s that passion that I really enjoy!

And what do you think is the most important part of your job?

Listening! It’s essential that you understand what your couple want and need from their day. Being organised and writing it all down helps too!

There must be a lot to think about! What has been your best moment so far?

At the end of October, I managed my first wedding, single handedly. Although a little nervous as it is quite a lot of pressure as you would expect, everything went perfectly and we were able to give the happy couple a day to remember. They thanked me personally and I had such a sense of achievement, I really do genuinely care about all of our clients.

What are your thoughts on the recent royal wedding announcement?

Ha! It’s funny you ask that, I have just been reading up on the latest! I am a true romantic at heart so I get caught up in these types of things – makes me certain I am in the right line of work!

What a coincidence! How would you describe Launcells?

It is a typically Cornish and stunning venue, set in beautiful countryside. And of course there’s a great team behind it, who are guaranteed to make all of your wedding dreams come true!

Do you have any hobbies?

Well having two young children means I am extremely busy, but I love being a mum and spending time with them very much.

And finally, how would you describe yourself in three words

Happy, approachable and kind!

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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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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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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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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Wedding Venues Cornwall

Wedding Venues Cornwall

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

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Wedding Venues Cornwall

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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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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A bit of rain couldn’t dampen this fun filled Wedding in Cornwall!

Back in June saw the wedding of Beth and Sean and although it was a drizzly day, it definitely didn’t stop the couple and all their guests smiling, having fun and partying into the night!Wedding Venues Cornwall

Beth and Sean first met at Liverpool University and hit it off straight away with their shared love of adventure and travelling. Beth is now a GP working just outside Plymouth while Sean works as an anaesthetist at Derriford Hospital. The couple still take every opportunity to get out and surf when ever they can! They have even converted a van into a camper van, so they can pack up their surfboards and drive off for a few days, whenever they get chance! This is no ordinary van though, but one where the bride has thought carefully about all the essentials they may need on their travels, like matching curtains, cushions and even a spice rack! They have made it into their little home away from home for trips away just the 2 of them, where they don’t have to worry about the stresses of their day jobs and I loved it!

Wedding Camper Van

On the morning of their wedding Beth and her friends and family got ready in the house, with hair and make up by Blush Bridal, while the groom and his ushers got ready at a near by hotel, before arriving to take care of the final details in the morning.

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Wedding Venues Cornwall

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Beth looked beautiful in a lace ballgown with illusion neckline and it was an emotional moment to see just how much this meant to her Father when he saw her for the first time in her dress. When helping Beth with some set up bits the day before, Beth had explained about loosing her Mother when she was younger and how she was having photos of her and around the venue, so she could still be a part of her special day. It was so touching to hear, that I could do nothing more than give her a big hug as we both welled up.

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The ceremony was held in the Mill Barn, which had been dressed beautifully with hanging greenery from beams and windows, with ivy and foliage that the couple and their family had scavenged from recent walks. There really was a lot of thought and time that had gone in to every detail of their day. With family members making yards and yards of bunting and personalised momentums adding special sentiment to the day.

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With brollies at the ready, it was then time for guests to make their way to the Mill Barn ready for the Bride to make her entrance and the ceremony to begin!

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Barn Wedding Venues Cornwall

It was beautiful seeing such a happy couple make their vows to one another, with personal readings from the Bride and Groom’s close family.

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The newlyweds then went back to the house for some time just the two of them and their guests were offered welcome drinks in the snug bar, while we turned the Mill barn around ready for their drinks reception.

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Guests enjoyed canapès, drinks and an acoustic set by Bradley Cook in the Mill Barn.

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Wedding Venues Cornwall

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Guests were then invited to take their seats in the Reception Barn which had been decorated the day before by all the ushers and bridal party with handmade bunting and strings and strings of twinkling fairy lights which had been draped from beam to beam. While each table had been named after their favourite beach and delicately styled with simple jars of flowers. The ever thoughtful bride even surprised the guests who’s birthday’s it was on their wedding day, with balloons and gifts waiting at their place setting!

Their guests enjoyed BBQ sharing platters on each table provided by H&A Catering.

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Beth and Sean had infused their personal touches throughout the whole day with giant Jenga blocks, where guests were encouraged to write advice on married life on the blocks, the signing tree where guests built up the tree with their finger prints and the surfboard which displayed the seating plan, which had been handmade by the groom!

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The happy couple then took some time out just the two of them with their photographer while their band set up. Travers and Brown, one of our recommended photographers was back for his second wedding with us and we absolutely love working with him. Not only is his work stylish, yet natural, but he is such fun on the day and as cool as a cucumber, making sure he gets the perfect shot and catching those fantastic “of guard moments”

Andrew ( Travers & Brown) “One of the great things about Launcells Barton from a photographers point of view is the number of great locations available within and around the venue. From the house to the Mill barn and the top field to the tree lined lane, there’s plenty of opportunity for great shots. On this particular occasion the weather wasn’t ideal but I was still able to shoot the couple portraits in the house and the Mill barn”

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Their band, Love Gap, kicked the evening off with the couples first dance and a fantastic set that got everyone up dancing!

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Some partied a little too hard…..

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It was such a fun wedding , I think Matt and I may even have partaken in a shot or two with the wedding party at the bar too! ….. Well you can’t say no can you!

We wish Bethany and Sean every happiness for the future as they start married life together, we’re sure it will be adventure filled, travelling all over in their home away from home! We also want to thank them for trusting in our plans for the farm and not running a mile when seeing the muddy crater for the first time! 

A few words from the happy coupleWe had looked at many wedding venues before we came across Launcells Barton. After the first viewing we both knew this venue would be perfect for us! Although the Events Barn was a muddy hole at the time of our booking we completely trusted their vision. Their hard work and obvious passion for the family farm was clear to see throughout the house and the Mill Barn.
The day itself was amazing! Lara and Matt worked hard behind the scenes, which made our day run smoothly. Even though we had the appearance of some typical Cornwall ‘Mizzle’ during the big day this did not dampen any spirits, as there was so much beautiful indoor space to accommodate all of our guests.
 We would highly recommend this beautiful venue. Thank you for all your hard work we are still on cloud nine.”

Beth & Sean

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

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