April 17, 2019

As a couple you may well already have an idea of what you’re looking for in a wedding venue.  Perhaps you have your hearts set on marrying outside, being close the coast, saying ‘I do’ surrounded by glorious Cornish countryside or at a venue that’s heaped in heritage.

The great news is that we’re able to tick all of those boxes, but an option that proves to be particularly popular for couples viewing our venue is our barn weddings, so let’s tell you a little about our barns and how they could work well for your own wedding…

Our 19th Century Mill Barn

With beautifully exposed beams and large French doors that leave the space bathed in sunshine, our lovingly restored 19th century stone-built Mill Barn has a real wow-factor and is definitely a popular choice for our couples.  Many of the original stone features in the barn remain exposed to ensure it has lost none of its original character, and with a capacity for up to 160 seated guests it’s great for wedding ceremonies of all sizes.

Tucked away beneath the Mill Barn you’ll find a beautiful rustic bar, which is often the first place your guests will head once they arrive at our venue.  Constructed from reclaimed wood salvaged during the barn’s renovation, there’s a cosy seating area that makes this the perfect place to relax, enjoy a drink and begin the day!

Our reception barn

Our reception barn has been purpose built to give you the ultimate place in which to share memories with friends and family on your big day.  The barn has been carefully crafted to compliment the surrounding buildings and countryside, whilst also giving you, your caterers and evening entertainment a state-of-the-art space to call your own.

It doesn’t end there either! As well as a spacious bar and lounge area with a cosy atmosphere and comfy leather sofas, the Reception Barn has lots of outdoor seating and a large lawn where your guests can mingle; great for summer evenings!

A blank canvas

Both of our barns give our couples a complete blank canvas to really make their own; take inspiration from some of our previous weddings, put your ideas in place and create the wedding you’ve always wanted and dreamt of!

For more information on our exclusive use barn weddings in Cornwall please give us a call on 01288 352352 or email us on hello@launcellsbarton.co.uk and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you have or arrange a viewing for you.

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October 24, 2017


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

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

Involve them in the ceremony

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

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

Check if you can have a child’s menu

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

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

Be mindful when drawing up your seating plan

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

Make it fun!

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

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

Make your DJ aware

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

Work together with your venue

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

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

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September 22, 2017

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

What sort of style do you want?

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

What is included in your package, exactly?

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

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

Do you know our venue already?

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

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

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

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

McGivern Photography
Rebecca Roundhill
Travers & Brown
Peter Cox Photography

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

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September 19, 2017


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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September 13, 2017


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

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

Decisions on Family

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

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

Who’s partner will be coming?

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

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

Could geography be a hurdle?

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

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

Are they a co-worker or a friend?

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

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

Can you imagine your big day without them?

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

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

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December 21, 2016
On the 29th of January we will be holding our Exclusive Open Day, where couples are invited to take a sneak peek at how our Brand New Events Barn is coming along and meet our hand picked local suppliers- some of whom will have delicious tasters for you to try!

We will also have our rustic bar open, where couples are encouraged to taste our house wine  and try our specially designed Launcells Barton Cocktails!

The day is by appointment only, so to book your mini show around of the House, Mill Barn and Grounds please email- hello@launcellsbarton.co.uk

We look forward to seeing you there!

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