March 21, 2019

Weddings are always incredible days filled with many magical moments; love, laughter, dinner and dancing, you name it, it’s all in there! We know that for you and your guests the emotion of the day can also make it a long one, which is why our venue is carefully crafted to ensure that each part of your day is spent in its own unique and special space.  From getting ready, to waving your guests off underneath the star-filled countryside skies, here’s how you could spend your own big day… 

Watch your guests arrive in style
For most brides and grooms, watching their guests arrive excited for their day is something they only get to really enjoy when they watch the wonderful work of their videographer several weeks later. At Launcells Barton you get something that is very special; because our Manor House is so central to the venue you’ll be able to peep through the windows to see your guests arriving and congregating in anticipation of your big entrance.  If you’re due to be married in the church they’ll even make their way right past the front door!

A tipple for their arrival
The first place your guests head to is one of our two onsite bars.  This is a great space that’s been lovingly created from parts of our own working farm; you’ll find wood reused from former cow sheds and a rustic feel that you just can’t beat! On sunny days they’ll be able to congregate in our open courtyard, before making their way to the ceremony!

Your ceremony
It very much depends on the type of ceremony you’re having as to where everyone heads next! If you’ve always dreamt of saying ‘I do’ outside then our walled garden is going to be the perfect place for you and your guests to share the special moment whilst seated on pews made from wood from our own land.  Outdoor weddings at Launcells can be absolutely breathtaking; get married in Spring and you’re surrounded by blossoming plants and flowers, tie the knot in Summer and you’ll hopefully be surrounded by beautiful blue skies and green flora.

If an outdoor ceremony isn’t for you then our Mill Barn will be the home of one of the most special moments of your lives.  Say ‘I do’ under the exposed beams of this lovingly restored barn, which is just metres from the courtyard everyone will be arriving in.

Time for the reception
There’s no getting in the car and heading off to the reception venue here! You’ll make the short walk – and when we say short walk we definitely mean it – to our purpose built reception venue, complete with its own bar for you and your guests to enjoy! This will be the home to your wedding breakfast, with a big entrance for you to both be welcomed for the first time as a married couple!

Whilst this will be where you spend much of your time for the rest of the day there’s a number of outdoor areas your guests can enjoy if the weather is kind, and many guests often comment on how stunning the venue also looks at night, with specially situated lighting highlighting some of the natural features of the surrounding buildings.

Walk into a new future
With the sun setting on your special day you’ll have a little time to have photos taken walking toward the coast or surrounded by stunning Cornish countryside – is there any other way you’d ever want to finish the day?

For more information on our exclusive use wedding venue in Cornwall please give us a call on 01288 352352 and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you have or arrange a viewing.

 

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December 22, 2017

You’ve picked the perfect venue, you’ve started whittling the guest list down and you’re all set to go with the best man and bridesmaids feverishly making plans for your hen and stag dos.

But how about the catering? Whether it’s braised beef, melting meringues or a trio of delicious desserts, selecting the right caterer can not only provide you with great food but also take a lot of stress from your proverbial plate.

Here are our top tips on how to get the right caterer for your wedding…

Deciding your budget

As with every other element of your wedding the catering is going to need a budget. When it comes to food this is usually calculated per head, so the first question you’re going to have to ask yourself is, how many heads are there going to be?

Also consider how many children will be attending your big day – these can often be priced differently and will need to be taken into account when it comes to selecting your options – a child’s palette can be very different to that of an adult!

If you’re inviting children we’re able to help out and ensure that tables are child-friendly, free from glass and ready for the little ones to enjoy!

Make sure there’s a clear understanding of what’s included and what you need

Be sure to get a clear understanding of what’s available at your venue when it comes to catering in order to avoid you having additional costs being added to your initial catering quote. Will they be providing staff, cutlery and plates? Some caterers will include this in their packages, whilst others may quote separately.

At Launcells we have a fitted kitchen for caterers to use in order to support them in delivering you with your dream food or meal. It also means they don’t need to pay out for a catering tent, equipment and gas or electricity – costs that would otherwise need to be passed on to you.

Sit down meal or more informal dining?

When you picture your wedding do you imagine sitting in a room with a carefully executed table plan, surrounded by friends and family enjoying their formal three course meal, or a more informal scene, guests mingling and popping out for a hog roast when they fancy?

Whatever you vision may be, you’ll need to find a caterer that’s in their element when it comes to the style of catering you’re after. Be sure to ask if they’ve catered for similar styles in the past, perhaps ask if they have references for those weddings and be sure to listen to any advice they give you as they’ll have undoubtedly learnt the best way to deliver your perfect plan!

Could you ask someone’s advice?

There’s no better recommendation than from someone you know and trust, or from experiencing it yourself! Have you recently been to a wedding where the food simply blew you away? Perhaps people you know could recommend the caterer they used?

Researching potential supplier websites is very different to seeing them in action and the final product on your plate, so definitely take onboard recommendations from those closest to you, as well as your own experiences.

We’ve worked with some great caterers at Launcells Barton – to give you a helping hand here are just a few you may like to contact: https://launcellsbarton.co.uk/recommended-suppliers/

Making sure your plans are right

Once you’ve found someone that fits your budget, knows what you want and is perfectly positioned and experienced to deliver it, you’ll want to check that what you’re wanting is doable and also going to work! Many caterers will offer tasting sessions – if yours does, then this is an opportunity well worth taking up, not just to taste some fantastic food but to ensure what you’re ordering is going to be enjoyable once out of your mind and onto the plate!

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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November 22, 2017


Your wedding venue is going to be an incredibly important part of your big day and will also play a huge role in many of the decisions you go on to make; from where the entertainment can be situated and set up, right through to the potential colour schemes you choose and the photographs that will capture each and every moment from the day.

It’s a decision you’ll spend plenty of time thinking about as a couple and one you’ll want to make sure you get right. We aim to make each wedding as special as possible and to help you plan and deliver the day you always wanted, so if you’re currently considering potential venues let us explain how we can make it happen for you…

Contacting us and making your initial visit

The search for a wedding venue often starts with a website, but how do you really know how things will work and what they’ll look like in real life? Once we’ve answered any initial questions you may have and sent you all of the information you’ll need to help you make your choice, many of our couples will come and view our venue to get a feel for the place, to understand how it will work for them and to ensure it’s the perfect fit.

Every wedding is different and unique; we know this and we understand this, so as we walk around our venue we’ll try to give you as many ideas for the day as we can, using our experience of what has worked particularly well for some of our previous brides and grooms.

Saying ‘I do’ to Launcells Barton

The perfect place and the perfect date is what every bride hopes for, so if you’ve decided that Launcells Barton hits the mark for both of those, we’ll hold your date for seven days in order to allow you to sign all of the paperwork and make a deposit, after which your date is then secured.

The first of many exciting moments to come!

Once all of those formalities are done and dusted it really is full steam ahead with planning!

Re-visiting Launcells Barton

We know there’s a lot to think about on your first visit and you may want to show off the venue to some of your close family in advance, or re-visit us in order to work out the practicalities of some of the elements of your day with us or other suppliers. We can welcome couples back to our venue twice before their big day, which is usually enough to ensure that your day is perfectly planned and your mind is at rest.

Planning your big day

Communication is key when planning such a special occasion, so we’ve honed and tweaked our processes to ensure we help you as much as possible. The first element of this is our wedding coordination form, which we’ll send out as soon as you’ve confirmed your date.

For some couples this has proven to be a real god-send, as it lays out everything you need to be thinking about and organising throughout the day – the timings, who’s doing what, the suppliers you need to get in contact with; it really does give a real focus and a tick list of things that need to be completed.

A handy info guide!

Sometimes when you’re planning a wedding it’s when it gets to bedtime that you start to think about a million and one things you should or need to be doing. To make sure you’re never caught short we’ve created a handy info guide for our brides, so that all of your questions – whether it be the size of the tables or anything else at our venue – are answered with the information you need no matter what time of the day.

Support when you need it

From the moment you visit to the end of your wedding day, we really are here to do as much as we can to make it the day you’d always hoped for, and to hopefully take the stress off of your shoulders so you can enjoy the occasion from start to finish.

Here’s some feedback from just a few of our happy couples for you to have a read through: https://launcellsbarton.co.uk/testimonials/

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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October 26, 2017

Your wedding day will be one of the biggest, most memorable of your life, so it goes without saying, you want it to pass as perfectly as possible. When you look back on your day you’ll do so with much fondness, but despite the months and months of meticulous planning, will there be anything that makes you think, ‘with hindsight I’d do that a little differently!’

As an exclusive venue, we’ve worked with many couples to make the things they’ve been planning for months a reality, so let’s take a look at some of the most commonly reported wedding day regrets from couples across the country, and make sure you avoid them and become as happy the bride and grooms that share their most special day with us…

1. “I regret not having a videographer.”

I picture paints a thousand words, so it’s not surprising that videographers are becoming increasingly popular at weddings up and down the country. Whilst a great photographer will capture moments from the day that will live with you forever, a video of those enjoying and sharing it with you can add another dimension to your memories.

At Launcells Barton we’ve worked with a number of photographers and videographers; we’re always happy to talk through ideas and guide them to the most magic of places from which to get their shots so you get the best possible end results.

2. “I regret not planning for all weathers.”

No matter what time of year you tie the knot, there’s nothing as fickle as the great British weather, which can quickly melt the best laid of plans if you’re not prepared. Make sure if you’re having a country wedding that you have alternative footwear to avoid any muddy mishaps and think of creative ways you could potentially combat the inclement weather – coloured umbrellas can be a real eye catcher for wedding photos!

As a venue we’ve seen our fair share of sun, but naturally there have been some weddings which have been slightly wetter; we’ll always keep an eye on the forecast and work with our couples to prepare them for every eventuality.

3. “I regret not hiring the whole venue.”

As an exclusive venue we’re not surprised to hear that this is one of the most commonly cited regrets for brides. When you book a venue you want to know it’s yours for your big day, that you won’t be sharing it with strangers, they won’t form the backdrop to your photos and you’ll not need to compromise on space and timings.

When you hire an exclusive venue such as ours, we make every effort for the day to be all about you, your family and your loved-ones; exactly as it should be!

4. “I regret going on honeymoon the day after.”

Don’t underestimate how tired you may feel the day after your wedding – especially if it doesn’t end until the early hours! The idea of being whisked off on honeymoon the next day may seem romantic but it could also end up being a little overwhelming and exhausting. Some brides wish they had taken a day or two to recoup, and if you’re wanting to then what better place than the open countryside and sandy beaches of Cornwall!

5. “I regret not having my makeup done professionally.”

As a bride this may be a day you’ve been thinking about for much of your life, so it’s only right that you have the perfect hair, the perfect dress and the perfect makeup to accompany you down the aisle. Whilst having a makeup artist would be a tad decedent in everyday life, this isn’t your average day, so don’t be one of those brides who wish they had their hair and makeup professionally done on the day but decided against it.

At Launcells we’ll have all of the facilities to make you look truly beautiful on your big day.

If you’re currently looking for a wedding venue in Cornwall, please do give us a call on 01288 352 352 – we’d be happy to discuss how we can make sure your day is the one you’ve always wanted.

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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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June 25, 2016

There’s no denying that Cornwall is a beautiful and special place. With miles of gorgeous countryside and hundreds of perfect areas, Cornwall is definitely one of the best places in the country to get married.

But it isn’t just a beautiful location that makes Launcells Barton the ideal venue for your wedding in Cornwall. Steeped in history, this family owned manor house is unique in many ways. Here are just a few things that make Launcells Barton so special.

History

Dating back to the 14th Century, Launcells Barton is a Grade II listed house. It has been owned by the same family for over 70 years and has been restored with lots of love and care.

Architecture

The manor house itself is made up of two halves. This means that there are varying architectural details throughout making it a very unique building. The barrelled ceiling in the Bridal Suite, reveals where the monks’ chapel was – it dates back to the reign of King Henry VIII! There are also remains of monk prayer cells in the kitchen ceiling.

The purpose built Events Barn has been created with care to compliment the original house, whilst having all the modern necessities.

Similarly, the converted 19th Century Mill Barn has been lovingly renovated. The new large French doors reveal stunning views of the countryside and the beautiful exposed beams give height to the barn.

Staying at Launcells

As part of your package, the happy couple will have full use of the house along with ten close friends or family. Our beautiful Bridal Suite allows luxury and privacy for the newlyweds, whilst guests can enjoy four double bedrooms and a twin room.
They can also enjoy a hamper filled with handpicked local treats for the duration of their stay.

Outdoors

Away from the beautiful house and gorgeous barns, we have a large walled garden and courtyard which provide the perfect backdrop to ceremonies, drinks, and photos. The original archway has been reinstated to create an idyllic entrance and the gardens are filled with carefully tended seasonal blooms.

Choice

Unlike other venues, Launcells Barton has a variety of places where you can say “I do”. Embrace the exterior beauty of the house as you exchange vows at the top of the steps, or have an intimate ceremony in the sitting room. You can also get married in our Mill Barn as your friends and family watch on. As well as this, the walled garden and courtyard can be used as they have a custom-built licensed arbour and seating area.

But the choice doesn’t stop at the ceremony. For your reception you can party through the night in the Events Barn or gardens. As well as these areas, you can also use the adjacent land for marquees, tepees, and yurts.

Exclusivity

When you book your wedding at Launcells Barton, you’ll receive full exclusive use of our venue for the duration of your stay. Even if you’re having a large gathering, Launcells is still the ultimate exclusive and intimate wedding venue in Cornwall.

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 hello@launcellsbarton.co.uk

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