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Gorgeous candle lit Winter Wedding in Cornwall

Full of reds, greens, golds and all things festive, last year we saw the magical Winter wedding of Hannah & Anthony! Winter weddings have such a different feel to Summer weddings, but can be utterly wonderful!

What better way to celebrate the festive season than becoming man and wife, snuggled up in the warm, surrounded by friends and family with a mulled wine in your hand!

Hannah looked breathtaking in a simple floating lace gown and a touch of colour with a bold red lip, by Make Up Artist Lizzy Couch,

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Wrapped up in faux fur shawls, the Bridesmaids joined the happy couple (who needed no extra layers as they were warmed by the excitement of the day!) for photos outside before Hannah and Anthony headed off for a bit of time by themselves.

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Hannah and her family and friends decorated the Reception Barn the day before and it looked magical! As guests took their seats, the sun fell and the barn was lit up with flickering candles and fairy lights!

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The happy couple were announced and a person on each table appointed, complete with chef’s hat and apron to carve the roast! Woodfired Kitchen catered the whole day and Hannah told me how, even now a year on, their guests are still talking about how good the food was!

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Hannah & Anthony’s friend made a selection of cakes for their wedding, which they cut just before the evening party got into full swing!

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Happy Anniversary Hannah & Anthony! What a wonderful example of a Magical Winter Wedding surrounded by friends and family! We hope married life continues to treat you well! 

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Finding your wedding inspiration

Some brides will have had their big day planned out in their mind for many months, or even years in advance. For them, the table plans, the flowers and the bridesmaid dresses will be things they’ve already considered and concluded on. Decisions which have already been made will help everything to quickly fall into place.

But what if you’re not one of those people? What if the whole planning process leaves you feeling a little daunted? The first thing to say is that you’re definitely not alone and if you’re wanting to get married here at Launcells Barton then Matt and I are here to help you every step of the way – from your first viewing to your first dance. Our job is to make things as simple and enjoyable as possible for you as a couple. We always want to make sure that your wedding day is all about the both of you celebrating, surrounded by friends, family and all of your loved ones.

When it comes to having a wedding with us our venue is a complete blank canvas. There are so many options that it really can become whatever you want it to be. If you feel like you’re unsure or can’t decide on what sort of wedding you’d like visually, you’re in luck as there’s plenty of places to gain a little inspiration….

Take a look at our real weddings

We’ve had some absolutely amazing weddings here over the past few years; from tractor rides into the sunset to rustic floristry and lights adorning the beams of our reception barn. Take a look at what other couples have created and find the things you like; put your own twist on them. Make them your own.

We regularly add real weddings to our blog and our Instagram, so if you’re not already a regular reader or following fanatic be sure to start taking a look.

Online inspiration

Aside from our own, there are plenty of other websites to get some planning ideas from. Blogs such as Rock My Wedding regularly feature new styles, features and ideas, so make sure you check them out and see if any take your fancy!

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Although 83% of planning and wedding research is now done online, there is certainly still a place for print. Magazines such as Wed Magazine can be a real source of inspiration for brides across Devon and Cornwall so pick up a copy and start flicking through those glossy pages!

Just ask us…

When you work with a venue they become a big part of your wedding journey. We want our couples to feel like they can ask us anything, so if at any time you feel like you’re not sure if something is going to work or need a little guidance, then just ask. We’ve probably seen it before and can point you in the right direction!

If you have any questions about planning your wedding at our exclusive use wedding venue feel free to give us a call on 01288 352352 and we’ll be happy to answer any of your questions.

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Choosing the perfect season for your wedding

We’ve carefully designed Launcells Barton to be great no matter what the weather and we’re proud to be a wedding venue for all seasons. If the sun is shining, you can enjoy welcome drinks in our stunning courtyard and even get married in the walled garden. If the heavens open and the rain arrives you can enjoy drinks in our rustic bar and 19th century barn. There’ll definitely never be any moments where you’re hunched under an umbrella waiting for blue sky!

So when you can get married at any time of the year, which season do you go for? Here’s our quick guide to help you decide on when your date will be…

Spring

Spring is undoubtedly one of the prettiest times of the year. With flowers blossoming and trees around the grounds budding this really is a great time to be getting married. With warmer days hopefully with us by April and May, you can enjoy drinks in the courtyard before marrying in our beautiful 19th century Mill Barn which can seat up to 160 guests.

Don’t worry if there’s some inclement weather around though, as we can quickly change plans and serve your guests with their drinks in the dry and warm confines of our barn.

It’s then just a few meters to our purpose built reception barn, complete with its own bar and our staff ready to pour you a drink!

Summer

If you’ve always dreamt of being married outside, then take advantage of our walled garden and the summer sunshine to make it a reality. With everything in bloom and the surrounding countryside bathed in greens, the photo opportunities are absolutely stunning. There are also plenty of areas for your guests to spend their time outside enjoying it all – from the courtyard to the garden, they’ll leave feeling like they’ve had a perfect day – just as you will too!

Autumn

For some, Autumn is their favourite time of the year. There’s a crispness in the air, the countryside is covered in shades of red, oranges and autumnal tones. Now is the perfect time to have that rustic wedding you always longed for. As with our spring weddings, we’re able to quickly adapt no matter what the weather brings and this is why we’re often popular at this time of year.

Winter

A crisp winter’s day is something special; you could even say it injects a little bit of magic into a wedding day. We can’t promise you snow but we can offer you heated barns to ensure your guests are kept warm and happy, mulled wine and the perfect package to make your winter wedding a reality.

If you have any questions about planning your wedding at our exclusive use wedding venue, no matter what time of the year, feel free to give us a call on 01288 352352 and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you have.

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Rustic Summer Celebrations for a Destination Wedding in Cornwall

As the colder days set in and the days become shorter, we’re looking back at the long hot summer we enjoyed in July to warm us all up! And what better way then reminiscing over the gorgeous rustic wedding that saw Katie and Charlie become man and wife under the open rafters of the Mill Barn.

Katie and Charlie traveled down from Worcestershire with all their friends and family to celebrate their wedding here at Launcells Barton, as the Cornish Countryside holds a special place in their hearts.

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Their day started with them both getting ready in the house and their friends and family making sure that they didn’t accidentally run into each other in the corridors!

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It was soon time for their guests to start arriving and Charlie to make his way to the Mill Barn and wait for his Bride’s arrival!

The Mill Barn was styled simply with logs entwined with flowers lining the aisle.

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Looking stunning in an off the shoulder lace gown, Katie then made her way to the Mill Barn, ready to walk down the aisle with her Bridesmaids.Wedding Venues Cornwall

After personal readings from friends and family, Katie and Charlie said their vows to one another and sealed them with a kiss. Wedding Venues Cornwall and Devon

Everyone was then welcomed outside for welcome drinks, while Katie and Charlie took a moment for it all to sink in!

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Katie and Charlie were welcomed in the walled garden by their guests covering them with confetti, but at the end of the path waiting for them, was Katie’s mum who had organised a surprise release of doves, to celebrate the occasion! Outdoor Wedding Venues Cornwall

The Bride and Groom mingled with guests while they enjoyed canapés, drinks and live acoustic music in the courtyard. Wedding Venues Cornwall and Devon Exclusive Use Wedding Venues Cornwall

We then announced all their guests to make their way into the Reception Barn to take their seats for their wedding breakfast. The couple and their friends and family styled the venue the day before with simple touches and fairy lights.Wedding Venues Cornwall

While everyone was taking their seats, Katie and Charlie took the chance to go off with their photographer and have a bit of time.Exclusive Use Wedding Venues Cornwall and Devon Exclusive Use Wedding Venues Cornwall Exclusive Use Wedding Venues Cornwall and Devon

It was then time to announce Katie and Charlie in to join their friends and family in the Reception Barn, for their wedding breakfast and speeches. Guess who’s coming to Dinner catered the whole day and everyone told me how fantastic the food and service was during the day!Wedding Venues Cornwall & Devon

Guests then mingled outside, while their band set up ready for the couples first dance and cutting of the cake by Claire’s Sweet Temptation! Exclusive Use Wedding Venues Cornwall & DevonWedding Venues Cornwall and Devon

Katie and Charlie took a minute to themselves to take in the day, while their band “Over the Threshold” kept everyone entertained, before Katie and Charlie joined their guests again.

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A few words for the beautiful Bride- “We always knew we had chosen the right venue for our wedding from the moment we saw it, but on the day even our wildest dreams were exceeded. Launcells Barton is a truly stunning venue, from the barns to the beautiful house. Being able to use the venue for the whole weekend and have our closest friends stay with us really added something special to our wedding weekend. The team at Launcells were all so wonderful with their fun and professional manner and really looked after every one of our guests. Lara especially was incredible on the day ensuring everything ran smoothly and on time, she was also definitely a calming presence to a nervous and stressed bride!”

It was Tom Frosts’ first wedding photographing here at Launcells Barton and I think we can all agree he did an incredible job capturing the couples special day!

All the team at Launcells Barton wish you all the happiness in the world Katie and Charlie. You were a pleasure to work with, with your relaxed and easy going approach to everything and we wish you nothing but the best of luck for the future! 

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Top tips for keeping calm during wedding planning

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Getting married may be something you’ve been thinking about and planning in your mind for many years. It will ultimately be one of the biggest and most special days of your lives so you’ll undoubtedly want every moment to be as perfect as possible. With so much to do and so many things to consider, you certainly wouldn’t be the first bride or groom to feel a little stressed or perhaps even overwhelmed when it comes to planning your nuptials.

So how do you keep on top of everything, whilst ensuring you remain level-headed and calm throughout? Have a read through my top tips which I hope will help you to enjoy yourselves in the run up to saying ‘I do’….

Stick to a checklist

If you’re planning to have your wedding at Launcells Barton we’re here to help you every step of the way. Your choice of venue will often be one of the biggest and earliest decisions you make and will also guide some of the others later on in the process.

It’s one you want to get right, so make sure that you find somewhere that feels like home and has a team that you know you can rely on to support you. These are the two cornerstones of what we do here; we want people to feel like the place is their own and that we’re here to help make your day everything you always wanted it to be.

We’ve created an easy to follow checklist for you to look at here but it’s always worth having your own; whether it’s on your phone notes, a spreadsheet or a document, tick those items off as you go to make sure you never miss a beat.

Good relationships with suppliers

Using great suppliers makes your wedding planning that much easier. We’re lucky to work with a fantastic and experienced array of suppliers; from caterers and crockery providers to entertainment and events.

If you’re unsure of who you should or could be using when you get wed at Launcells Barton then let us know and we can put you in touch with some of the most talented and helpful suppliers we know.

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Reach out to loved ones

You may have liked the idea of a DIY wedding in the beginning, but once reality sets in and you realise you have 150 favours, confetti cones and place settings to make – your optimism may start to fade. If you need some help, ask for it. Many hands make light work and by getting some support from your closest friends and family, tasks will be completed faster and with far less stress!

Look after yourself

The last thing you want is to be walking down the aisle feeling completely drained with dark circles under your eyes! Be sure to keep hydrated and still get regular sleep. After a long day visiting venues, speaking to florists and drawing up your table plan, why not relax in a hot bath and unwind!

Put in time together

It is quite common for wedding planning to take over your lives, with all of your free time together as a couple being used to work through your checklist. Be sure to put down your laptop occasionally and have time together away from anything wedding related. No matter if it’s a weekend spent on the moors or an afternoon in a spa, never feel guilty – you deserve it!

Don’t stress about the small things

None of your guests are going to know every little detail of your day, so if something is forgotten, slightly out of place or needs to change, try not to worry as no one will ever notice and neither will you!

If you have any questions about planning your wedding at our exclusive use wedding venue feel free to give us a call on 01288 352352 and we’ll be happy to answer any of your questions.

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Beautifully laid back wedding in Cornwall, full of fun and laughter!

Back in July saw Justin and Karen saying their vows to one another under a beautiful sweeping arch of greenery.

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It also saw the end of the heat wave that gave us such a wonderful summer and, although it gave the farm some much needed rain, it did mean we needed to bring the celebrations inside. However, Karen and Justin’s excitement and totally calm and relaxed attitude towards their day, meant that no matter what the weather was, nothing could dampen their spirits! It was a day filled with love, laughter and happiness!

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The day before their wedding their florist, Lisa from Cabbage White Flowers, who had come all the way down from Surrey as florist, friend and guest, set to work decorating the Mill Barn and Reception Barn.  While Lisa worked her magic Justin and his friends were up the ladder putting up all the beautiful fairy lights! The venue looked stunning with circular arrangements of greenery hanging from the beams in the Reception Barn and the aisle in the Mill Barn lined with milk churns filled with arrangements of beautiful flowers!

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Karen got ready in the Manor House at Launcells Barton, while Justin got ready at his family’s home near by. Although Karen didn’t need much help, Hannah Woodgates Hair Design & Lizzy Couch Make Up helped to make Karen glow on her big day!

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As Justin and his bestman greeted all the guests as they arrived in the Snug Bar, Scottish pipers played to welcome everyone, before guests took their seats in the Mill Barn for the ceremony to begin!

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It was then time for Karen, accompanied by the pipers, to make her way to the Mill Barn and walk down the aisle to say “I do”. Karen looked beautiful in a floaty lace bodiced gown from Grace loves Lace.

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With personal readings and a relaxed laid back feel, their ceremony was everything they wanted it to be!

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After the ceremony the heavens opened, so guests were welcomed with a drink in the Snug Barn, while we quickly turned the Mill Barn around. Guests were then welcomed back into the Mill Barn by the Blue Lion Band playing as Prosecco  & canapés flowed.

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Karen and Justin popped off to explore the grounds and enjoyed a bit of time together while all their guests took their seats in the Reception Barn.

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We then announced the newlyweds to all their eagerly awaiting friends and family, before Dartmoor kitchen got underway with serving a delicious wedding breakfast! Do you know why it’s called a wedding breakfast? Well, it’s referred to as a ‘breakfast’ because it is the first meal in the newly married couple’s lives together and the first meal you eat as a married couple!

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Karen and Justin’s wedding breakfast was full of fantastic speeches including the funniest Bride’s speech I have ever heard!

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As the meal came to a close and guests milled around outside the Reception Barn enjoying the sun as it finally popped it’s head out, Karen and Justin went for a stroll and their band set up ready for the evening to begin!

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Guests were then welcomed inside for the happy couple to cut their cake, a naked cake with flowers flowing down it designed by the incredible Hannah from Hannah’s Cornish Cakes. The Blue Lion Band then kicked the evening off with the couples first dance which the couple then asked everyone to join them for!

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A few words from the gorgeous bride herself!-  It is difficult to put into words just how much we feel you contributed to us making our weekend so special.  Always on hand to answer our many questions, accommodating to our parents and suppliers, ready to give considered advice (that was always spot on!), your calm, professional, experienced and flexible approach meant that we had the day of our dreams.
For me personally, I have to say that I surprised myself with how anxious I got in the lead up to the day.  Even on the Saturday morning I woke up worried that things would not be done or thought about.  I think that must be a normal feeling for a bride, especially someone who likes to be in control of everything! What I learnt from all of this was that the worry was a complete waste of time – not only did you have everything in hand but you thought of and dealt with things that I did not even think of.  From early on the Saturday morning I really felt like a Bride.  And you being there was the biggest part of me feeling this way: the way you dealt with the bagpipes, to the way you facilitated the registrar visit, to the way you said ‘don’t worry I will sort out your dress’ as I was about to walk down the aisle amongst many other things you did, allowed me to feel like the most perfect bride and for us to have truly the best day ever.  And I am pretty certain that people who chose to get married elsewhere do not get this treatment.
From the moment we visited it, we knew it was the perfect place and didn’t even consider anyone else.  We loved the feel, the accommodating nature and the feeling that you would all do anything you could to accommodate us. 
I am getting quite emotional as I write this! Thank you just doesn’t seem to cover it but we are so grateful and thankful we found you and Launcells Barton – there is nothing we would change about the experience. It was a pleasure meeting you both and, without sounding patronising, I have found your determination and approach to building up this venue very inspirational.

These gorgeous photos are thanks to one of our recommended suppliers Andrew, from Travis and Brown. He has photogrpahed a few weddings here since we opened in 2016 and every wedding he has really captured the couple and the individuality of their day. It’s great watching Andrew shoot a wedding, as he allows those nature moments to happen, but always there to offer reassuring words when needed.

It was an absolute joy being involved with your wedding Karen and Justin. It was wonderful to see two people so in love and meant for one another, as well as accepting of each others foibles – if Karen’s speech is anything to go by that is! Myself, Matt and Sophia wish you nothing but every happiness for the future as you start your married life together. 

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A church wedding in Cornwall – Launcells Barton

Are you wanting to exchange your vows at the altar, surrounded by friends, family and loved ones? If a church wedding has always been a part of the plans for your big day, then we’re able to offer something truly unique at Launcells Barton.

Our venue is situated just a short walk from the beautiful Parish Church of St Swithin’s, once described by Sir John Betjeman as the ‘least spoilt church in Cornwall’. Being this close brings with it a whole host of benefits for our couples wanting to have the church wedding they’ve always dreamt of without the logistics of booking a venue far from the first part of their day.

Here are just a few key parts of your wedding day…

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The Parish Church of St Swithin’s

For those wanting an idyllic and romantic church surrounded by green Cornish countryside, St Swithin’s Church is the perfect home for your wedding ceremony. The building, which dates back to the late 15th century is nestled into the surrounding countryside and filled with intricately carved bench ends, Georgian boxed pews and a huge collection of encaustic Barnstaple tiles, giving it a traditional and unique feel.

Wake up in a luxury manor house

Waking up in our lovingly restored country house on the morning of your wedding is a wonderful way to start the day for any bride. With its distinctive regal façade and large light rooms with high ceilings, the house if packed full of traditional features including a priest hole in the bridal suite that dates back to the dissolution of the monasteries during the reign of Henry VIII!

Once you’re ready you’ll need not worry about transport as it’s just a matter of minutes to get down to the church and begin your walk down the aisle to your waiting groom.

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Make your way to the reception

If you’ve got guests coming from far and wide, or perhaps not from Cornwall who are unfamiliar with the local area, the logistics of getting everyone from the church to the reception venue can become something of a challenge so you’ll be pleased to hear that they’ll be able to join you on the short walk to our Mill.

Your reception

You’ll be able to enjoy your welcome drinks in our beautiful Mill, or if the sun is shining, these will be served just outside to make the most of the weather. You will then move on to our brand new and purpose-built Reception Barn, which has been designed to complement the original house and surrounding area. It’s light, airy and open plan layout makes it great for larger weddings with seating for up to 200 guests. It’s the perfect place to dance the night away and to use as a real blank canvas when it comes to decorations and really making it your own. It of course comes with its own bar which we’ll staff for you so all you need to worry about is having a great time with your guests.

You can find out more about the Reception Barn here: https://launcellsbarton.co.uk/events-barn

Our Mill Barn is able to offer something a little different; this 19th century stone built barn has beautifully exposed beams and large French doors which if you’re lucky to have a sunny day, allow light to pour into the open plan area which will seat 180 of your nearest and dearest. There’s also a rustic bar for your guests to enjoy!

You can find out more about the Mill Barn here: https://launcellsbarton.co.uk/mill-barn

You can find full information on our wedding packages here: https://launcellsbarton.co.uk/packages/

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The small details

If you are currently planning a church wedding, there are a number of criteria set by The Church of England which need to be met before your wedding day. For more information on this and booking the church please get in touch with St Swithin’s Church directly.

If you’re looking at wedding venues in Cornwall and you 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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Wedding packages at Launcells Barton

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We know that every couple and wedding are different, which is exactly why our venue and packages provide each bride and groom with the flexibility and freedom to make their day truly unique and one they’ll always remember. From the setting of your ceremony through to the catering and the décor; you’ll be able to dictate every detail.

You’ll also never share our venue with anyone else; each of our packages provides you with exclusive use, so you’ll only be surrounded by the ones you love on your big day.

Worried about the small details? As well as expert on-the-day coordination by our in-house team, our weekend and two-night-stay packages include the use of tables and chairs for your ceremony and reception, a fully staffed bar (have a look at all of the benefits that brings here!), a fully kitted kitchen for your caterers as well as a PA system that makes sure every guest is able to hear all of the emotional and tear-jerking speeches!

Here’s a little more information on how each of our packages works…

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The Weekend Wedding Package

Our most popular package gives you exclusive use of the grounds and venue from Friday afternoon through to midday on Sunday. You’ll have several options when it comes to selecting a location for your civil ceremony; choose from our lovingly restored 19th century Mill Barn, the Manor House or the property’s beautiful outside ceremony space – perfect for a summer wedding!

From there you’ll be able to make your way to our Reception Barn which is purpose built and can seat up to 180 guests on round tables or 200 on trestle tables. Think of this space as a complete blank canvas for your reception; you can customise and make the space whatever you want it to be, and if you’re short of inspiration just ask our team – we’re always happy to help!

Wondering where your bridal party will call home for the weekend? Our 16th century Georgian Manor House will be all yours throughout the weekend. With its distinctive regal façade and large light rooms with high ceilings, the house is packed full of traditional features and is able to sleep 12 of your nearest and dearest.

For full information please click here or give us a call on 01288 352352 and we’ll happily answer any questions about your weekend wedding.

Midweek Two-Night-Stay Wedding Package

If you fancy having a midweek wedding, then this package is definitely for you! You have all of the flexibility of a weekend wedding but on a weekday; so you’ll still have exclusive use of our venue, the flexibility to choose your ceremony location and to fully customise your reception or other aspects of your day. Your bridal party will of course also be able to call our Manor House their home for the duration of their stay.

For full information please click here or give us a call on 01288 352352 and we’ll happily answer any questions about your weekend wedding.

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Midweek Intimate Overnight Wedding Package

If you’re wanting a small and intimate wedding we’re able to offer a bespoke and unique package for smaller wedding parties. To discuss your wedding day with us please call on 01288 352352 or complete the contact form on our contact page.

If you’re looking at wedding venues in Cornwall and you 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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Five reasons you’ll fall in love with Launcells Barton

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Finding the perfect wedding venue is such an important part of your planning process. It’s where you’ll be spending one of the most significant moments of your life, and is a central part of creating the atmosphere for your day. The venue will determine so many other things such as which flowers to choose, how your photo’s will look and how many guests you can invite.

Something I always love and feel blessed to be a part of is the moment couples eyes light up as they discover all Launcells Barton has to offer during a visit! As they walk around our grounds and beautiful buildings, I can see them visualising their ceremony and their ideas coming to life, which is just magic!

If you’d like to know more about what makes us so special, here are just a few reasons our venue could be a match made in heaven….

Beautiful boutique accommodation

When you hold your wedding here, the whole venue is exclusively yours to enjoy for the whole duration, over the course of two nights and three days. Waking up in our lovingly restored country house on the morning of your wedding is a wonderful way to start your day. Plus, you’ll be able to be joined by 12 of your nearest and dearest. Our brides have their very own suite which will make you feel like you’re in complete luxury, as you should be!

Feel like one of the family

So many of our couples tell us that come the end of their celebration, they feel like we’re all one big family, which is exactly what we aim for! My partner Matthew grew up at Launcells Barton and the farm has been in his family since 1949, so being a family affair is definitely something which is important to us. We do everything we can in our power to look after you, make you comfortable and hopefully feel like this is your home during your stay.

Stunning photo opportunities

You’ll make memories that last a lifetime on your wedding day and you’ll be sure to remember them if you spend it at Launcells Barton with a whole host of photo opportunities for you and your groom. Photographers that visit our venue often say they’re spoilt for choice; we’ve got stunning green countryside, the iconic steps at the front of our manor house, the rustic interiors of our barns or the simplicity of an outdoor wedding. If you venture to the top of the hill you’ll also have the stunning backdrop of the coast.

Everyone can come!

If you both have large families and an abundance of friends, then you’re going to need a venue to accommodate them all. By holding your wedding here, you won’t have to endure any awkward situations or whittle down your guest list as we have the capacity to seat up to 200 guests. Children are always welcome and we provide plenty of advice on planning a child friendly wedding in this blog post.

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The choice is yours

Every wedding at Launcells Barton is unique and the reason is that the options are pretty limitless. We’ve got the ability to have the wedding of your dreams – whether that’s an outside and simple ceremony, a large gathering in a state of the art barn set in rural countryside or a rustic affair in our converted 19th century Mill Barn, it’s all here to make your own.

Each can be your own blank canvas to make your own and if you’re feeling short of inspiration have a look through our blog at some of the fantastic recent weddings we’ve held here.

If you’re currently planning your wedding in Cornwall and would like to arrange a viewing or ask us any questions please give us a call on 01288 352352 or email hello@launcellsbarton.co.uk

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Australia meets Cornwall for a breathtaking relaxed summer wedding in the Cornish Countryside!

Back in June we saw the beautiful and relaxed wedding of Sophia and David.
I’ve been waiting to tell their story for so long, as they really did take a leap of faith with us and what an incredible day it turned out to be!

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In January 2017, as we had just laid the foundations of our new Reception Barn, Sophia and David got in contact about holding their wedding with us, the only thing was they weren’t actually going to see the venue until a couple of days before, as they were now living in Australia due to work! Sophia’s family are from Cumbria and David’s from the Midlands, so they wanted a neutral location and somewhere that had a special meaning for them both. As they both love travelling and reminiscing about trips together, Cornwall was where they wanted to bring everyone together on their special day!

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With a laptop in hand and iphone for back up due to the then sketchy Wifi, that we were still trying to get set up across the venue, I sat down to do my very first Skype viewing! As I walked around showing Sophia and David the different parts of the venue and standing in front of a muddy trench explaining what was going to be built, it became apparent, just how lovely they both were and what a lovely journey this was going to be with them!

Every few months, we would sit down in front our laptops and have a chat about how all the wedding planning was coming along and even though they were 1000’s of miles away, we had such fun laughing getting to know one another.

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Then the day came, just two days before there wedding, when I was going to meet them both for the very first time and they were going to see the venue for real! Slightly nerve wracking, but thankfully they were ecstatic and absolutely over the moon, which was a huge relief!  After talking to them so much in the run up to their wedding, meeting them in person for the first time was like catching up with old friends!

Only a few days later and Sophia, David and all their friends and family arrived to set up for their wedding. I have to say it was one of the most relaxed set up’s I’d ever been a part of-baring in mind the couple had organised everything from across the globe and were meeting their suppliers for the very first time!  With music on and everyone laughing and joking, everything turned out beautifully, as they had complete trust in all their chosen suppliers.

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Bleujen created a gorgeous hanging wreath, full of greenery that hung from the centre beam in the Reception Barn.  They also styled the arbour for the couple’s outdoor ceremony with brightly coloured peonies and roses to give a pop of colour!

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On the morning of their wedding as the sun shone, reminding her of the Summer she had just left behind in Oz, Sophia got ready with her friends and family around her.  Meanwhile David got ready close by, before making his way to Launcells Barton.
Sophia looked out of this world in a fitted lace dress with a simple full length veil.

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It was soon time for the guests to start arriving and Sophia to get ready to walk across to the Walled Garden to meet her Groom, accompanied by some gorgeous acoustic music by Joss White.

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Sophia and David kept their ceremony really relaxed and personal to the both of them. With readings and poems from their friends, personal vows and with everyone from across the World coming together to celebrate, there wasn’t a dry eye throughout the whole ceremony!

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After their ceremony Sophia, David and all their guests headed out into the courtyard for drinks, canapés and lawn games. Cornwall Wedding Venues

While their guests were happy chatting and sipping on Pimms, with acoustic music playing throughout the courtyard, Sophia and David popped off for a few photos.

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We then announced guests through the walled garden to take their seats for the wedding breakfast in the Reception Barn, before guests enjoyed sharing platters catered for by Beautiful and the Feast.

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The Launcells Barton team made sure everyone had a full glass, as the speeches got underway.  David also said a lovely heartfelt thank you to us for all the support they had received,  which really meant a lot, as we do genuinely care about our couples and making sure they have the best day!

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As their DJ John Green set up and guests relaxed in the bar and lawns outside the Reception Barn, Sophia and David hopped on to our tractor and Matt drove them off to catch the sunset…. and what a sunset it was!!

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Relaxed after their walk, they were then welcomed back by all their guests and the evening party began!!

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A few words from the gorgeous Bride herself- Sophia ” What can we say… booking a venue which wasn’t yet built, in a town we’d never been to seems like a crazy idea when we think back. But putting our faith in Matt and Lara was the best decision. The whole planning process was a breeze with Lara on hand to answer all our questions. When we finally saw the venue, three days before the big day…despite the fog, we could tell it was as beautiful as the Skype videos we’d seen. The house is amazing, with more than enough space for a full bridal party. The walled garden was the perfect spot for an outdoor ceremony; a real sun trap which literally smells of roses! And the barn and grounds which provided so many areas for our guests to enjoy. We had the most amazing wedding and mini adventure in Bude, thanks team Launcells! So nice that we both feel like old friends rather than supplier and client. Sure you guys don’t fancy a trip over to Melbourne!? x”

These absolutely gorgeous images are thanks to the very talented Oli McGivern. Oli photographed one of our very first weddings and came down from London to work with us on our first Winter styled shoot back in 2017. We even changed the positioning of some of the windows in the Reception Barn at the very last minute, due to Oli explaining – over a few glasses of wine- about the lighting and mathematics of getting the best possible light for photographs! I still don’t understand the maths side of things, but he does get some incredible shots!!

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Oli– “It was a joy to be back at my favourite venue with such a lovely couple and their friends who made me feel like one of the gang. My first return since the new barn was put in and Matt & Lara have done a fantastic job with it. The sun’s hat was firmly on and once again Launcells retains its title as the Easiest Venue to Photograph at the 2018 McGivern Photography Venue Awards. “

As Sophia and David settle back in to life in Australia, but this time as man and wife, we wish nothing but happiness for you both. It was a privilege to be a part of your special day and be welcomed as a friend by yourselves and all your friends and family who just couldn’t have been lovelier! We’re sure there will be lots of adventures to come as you continue to explore the World, but we hope that you will stay in touch and look back at your time in Cornwall as one of the happiest of your life!

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