May 17, 2018

As we enter the final countdown to the Royal wedding we thought it would be a great time to think of a few ways you can ensure that you’re treated like royalty on your own big day.

Harry and Meghan have certainly made their day their own; they’ve broken from tradition to invite 1,000 members of the public, they’re the first royal wedding not to serve a fruitcake and are also tying the knot on a Saturday rather than a week day, so what special touches can you treat yourselves to?

A venue steeped in history or a modern feel?

The choice of venue is of course one of the biggest decisions you’ll make when you’re planning your wedding. Harry and Meghan will be having their nuptials in St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle which is steeped in Royal history, so if you’re looking for your own slice of history we’re lucky to have St Swithin’s Church, famously referred to as ‘the least spoilt church in Cornwall’ by Sir John Betjeman, a literal stone’s throw from our venue. You can also enjoy your wedding weekend in our Manor House, which is referred to in the Domesday Book of 1086!

Fancy adopting some of Harry and Meghan’s more modern ideas? Our brand new, purpose-built reception barn has been designed to complement the original house and is able to fit up to 180 guests on round tables or 200 on trestles. This space gives our couples complete flexibility to decorate and make the space their own. It doesn’t stop their either! Our converted 19th century Mill Barn which is built from stone offers even more chances for you to make your day your own and can seat up to 160.

Invited by your majesty

Harry and Meghan’s invitations were made by London-based fine printers ‘Barnard and Westwood’ who’ve been creating invitations for the royal family since 1985. Their invite differs to William and Kate’s as it bares the crest of Prince Charles rather than the Queen, from whom all previous invites have been sent.

Your own invites will be the first chance for you to share the style of your wedding; will you go modern or traditional? The great news is that Devon and Cornwall are both full of fantastic designers – there’s something to meet everyone’s chosen style.

Fancy florals

Back in March, Kensington Palace announced that Harry and Meghan had chosen Philippa Craddock to create the floral design for their wedding, both for the ceremony at St. George’s Chapel and the reception at Windsor Castle. Choosing flowers and designs won’t be something most of us do on a daily basis, so we’re always happy to give you ideas and suggestions and put you in touch with the best suppliers we know locally.

A classical choice of music

Whilst it’s rumored that Elton John is set to play at the Royal Wedding, one musician not gaining as many headlines is 19-year-old cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason who will also be amongst the day’s performers. Classical music can give your ceremony a real air of elegance and with a great selection of classical musicians and string quartets blessing the West Country it could be an option to explore if you’ve not considered it before.

A show stopping cake

Traditionally royal wedding cakes make a real statement, boasting multiple tiers adorned with intricate sugar work. Whilst we’re not advising you copy Prince Charles and Camilla in terms of size (theirs weighed an impressive 17 stone and took around 130 hours to decorate), you’ll definitely want it to be every bit as tasty, so if you’re wanting some recommendations on who to go with we’ve been lucky enough to sample some fantastic cakes from local suppliers and always happy to let you have our recommendations.

To find out more about holding your wedding here at Launcells Barton, please get in touch and we will be happy to help.

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May 1, 2018

We put an incredible amount of effort and passion into each and every wedding we hold at Launcells Barton, so it’s always humbling to hear some of the feedback we receive from the couples that choose to share one of the most special days of their lives with us. There’s no better way to describe a wedding day at Launcells Barton than from the people that have experienced it themselves, so here are just a few kind words from those that have…

“What a place! Just beautiful. We had THE best winter wedding here. Thank you Lara and Matt for helping to make our day so special. I wish words could describe just how wonderful our day was. Whatever your vision for your wedding, I’m pretty sure you can achieve it here. It’s beautiful, flexible and Lara and Matt will do everything to make your day as carefree and memorable as possible. Thank you! xx”
– Alisa Horton

“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 Launcells 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; Launcells Barton was the perfect venue to do just that.”
– Ben and Nicole

“Thank you so much for allowing us into your home for our wedding day. Launcells Barton was such a beautiful setting for the day and our guests were all blown away by it and said how much of a great time they had there. We thoroughly enjoyed the day. Thanks for helping it run so smoothly.”
– Jess and Matt

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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April 19, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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April 11, 2018

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

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

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

Our beautiful buildings

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

Charm and history in our Manor House

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

Original stonework features and exposed beams in Mill Barn

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

A purpose-built reception barn

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

A special setting

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

A romantic Church

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

Why would you want to be married here?

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

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

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March 28, 2018

We know that when you’re planning a wedding there are a million things to think of and several more to do! That’s why we strive to make life as simple as possible for all of the couples that say ‘I do’ at Launcells Barton.

A question we’re often asked is about corkage and whether wedding parties are able to bring their own drinks; the answer is that our experience is here to help make your day run smoothly, to ensure there are fewer worries and more time to spend sharing the special day with your loved ones.

For that reason, we don’t offer corkage and here are the reasons we think this is the best way for your happy day…

No hidden costs

If you’re wanting to bring your own drinks to a wedding venue, you’ll need to be clear with them about all of the expenses associated with this. Waste disposal, the rental of fridges, or even having to hire bar staff can quickly add up to a larger bill than the bar tab itself, with some caterers also adding a corkage charge.

At Launcells Barton we don’t believe in hidden costs; we want you to know what you’re getting and feel safe that you’ll not be hit with additional charges as your plans progress.

We will run through what drinks you want during the course of your day and, if for example, you want a particular wine that is not on our extensive wine list, we’ll take care of it for you. And, when it comes to your day, we run a fully-stocked, fully-staffed bar, to make sure everyone’s glass is charged and they have a great time.

No minimum spend

Considered asking an external company to provide a bar at your wedding? They’ll usually want a minimum spend, which if your guests don’t turn out to be quite as thirsty as you’d anticipated, could mean you’re left footing an additional bill once the wedding is over.

Our bar has no minimum spend; your guests are here to drink as much as they want to, so whether it’s champagne, prosecco or a pint of the finest local ale, you’ll not be left with a sore head from a big bill the next day.

No extra work, and no running out!

The idea of a little weekend away in France to stock up on wine for your big day can seem something of a dream plan, but we’ve seen many bride and grooms in a panic as they’ve ended up not having time to make the trip that was going to be the source of all of the alcohol.

When you have your wedding at Launcells Barton this is all taken care of. You won’t have to worry about getting your stock to the venue after multiple trips in friend’s cars and the best man won’t have to make a dash to the shops half way through the celebrations because you have run out of something!

We have the best of the best!

We’re proud of where we live, so when you book our wedding venue it’s only natural that you enjoy some of the finest local produce and suppliers whilst nestled away in our own piece of Cornish countryside.

We only provide the very best Cornish ales, lagers and ciders. Looking for a stronger tipple? All of our spirits are handcrafted and premium, so your guests will be getting the very best. We have three signature cocktails which we know work really well for a wedding. We have designed them so we can make 100 for your welcome drinks and guests won’t be waiting around while we make them all! The ‘Launcells Long Acre’ I designed myself and is so refreshing with elderflower and apple. We also have our own take on a Gin Fizz and our Bellini with a peach kick!

Attractive packages and customization

We know every wedding is different, so we’ve crafted our packages over time to be as flexible as possible. Whether it’s Pimm’s and Fizz for a hot summer day or a gentleman’s whiskey bar, we’ll be able to make sure it’s as memorable for your guests as it is for you and your partner.

We will take care of everything

Whilst you’re enjoying one of the best days of your life, surrounded by your nearest and dearest, we will be working behind the scenes to make sure everything goes smoothly. You will be blissfully unaware of the many duties being kept on top of during the day. The last thing you want to worry about is who is going to be serving the drinks, if you run the bar yourself, or cutting all those lemons and limes, restocking the fridges and washing hundreds of glasses. And what’s more, none of your guests will have to help either, everyone can relax and enjoy being waited on hand and foot.

And making it all work?

Want to put an amount behind the bar for your guests? No problem! Like the idea of a cash bar? No worries. Want a wedding day without hassle or stress? We’ve got you covered. And thanks to our premises license, you can dance the night away and indulge in those midnight munchies with a glass of fizz in your hand!

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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March 5, 2018

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:

Handwritten Fonts

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.


(photo by Depict Photography)

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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February 1, 2018

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.

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.

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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