March 2, 2020

Each year we’re lucky to work with couples from Cornwall, across the country and even further afield to make their dream wedding day a reality.  Some of them have a clear idea of the day they’ve always wanted, while others will ask us for a little advice on what’s worked well in the past and what perhaps might be more stress than it’s worth!

With so many decisions to make, it’s those little ideas that turn into mountainous amounts of work that we’re going to discuss today.  Here are just a few top tips on how to make the planning of your wedding run as smoothly as possible!

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Catering

The good news is that each of the five caterers we work with at Launcells Barton are fantastic! They’ve all catered weddings here and people are often in awe of some of the quality of food they get to tuck in to! For most people, putting a menu together for more than 100 people isn’t something you do in your daily life!

So don’t feel like you’ve got to go to them with a fully-fledged Michelin standard menu that you’ve concocted yourselves! That’s a lot of pressure! Just let them know what you like and what you don’t; they’ll have the experience to tell you whether something is a good idea or not. This can include the practicalities of certain meals, how and when they’re served and what timings you’ll need to run to!

Floristry

Just like catering, the majority of us won’t be experts when it comes to what flowers are going to be perfect and seasonal at specific times of the year. With this in mind, ask our amazing florists what they think; tell them your colour scheme and (just like your food preferences) what you do and don’t like, so they can guide you from there.

Have a browse through our real weddings section for some inspiration – from church entrances to table centres, we’ve seen some breath-taking displays! 

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Drinks

The reason we offer our couples specific drinks packages is because we know that this can be an area for potential stress.  Considering a venue where you bring your own? We’ve found that things like corkage, last minute cruises to France for a wine that’s not quite what you hoped it would be, working out who’s going to do the serving and confusion over who’s bringing what can not only lead to stress in the days leading up to your wedding, but also on the big day itself.  Definitely not what you want!

Each of our couples choose from one of our packages; they’re guaranteed the very best local tipple with no stress! Exactly what you want!

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Decorations

If you’ve got great ideas about how you’re going to decorate the Reception or Mill Barn, then that’s a fantastic start to your preparations! Always weigh up whether the visual aesthetic is going to cost you hours and evenings of your life folding, cutting and generally getting a little stressed! Sometimes the most beautiful and elegant weddings are the simplest, so no matter what your taste, weigh up the time and stress vs the end product!

If you’d like to discuss your wedding in Cornwall please give us a call on 01822 352352 or fill in our contact form here: https://launcellsbarton.co.uk/contact-us/

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February 25, 2019

Having been on the other side of everything for close to two months now, I’ve found myself increasingly understanding why more and more brides get stressed out. I’m lucky enough to have an idea of what I’m doing and who I want to be involved in our day, but it’s still a minefield of mixing your heart and your head and trying to find a happy medium.

The first time I realised that this wasn’t going to be a tick box exercise was when I went dress shopping. I hear gasps of “but you’ve only just got engaged” and yes it was a bit early, but I had my eye on a designer and they were having a trunk show, so I thought why not. So I headed off to London with my mum and Matt’s mum and decided it would be fun to go and try some dresses on and have girly time together, but then the pressure hit! I was thinking, “I’m dragging all these people to London and this isn’t just about trying on dresses, this is real now!”.  As I put dress after dress on I didn’t feel like I thought I would and I started to wonder if was just numb to wedding dresses after seeing so many?! I had been so sure in my mind of what I wanted, but as I didn’t look like the models I’d seen wearing them I didn’t feel like a Bride. Long story short, I did find a dress, but it was so different to what I thought I was looking for that it took me a while to except it. You have this idea of what you want for so long and then you get there and it changes, so you have to rethink it and, if you’re like me and love everything organised and boxes ticked, it can take a while to get your head around thinking with your heart rather than your head!

It’s been the same with other suppliers too, thinking “I know what I want” and “this will be easy”, but trying to get budgets together and piece parts of the day together, whilst looking at my Pinterest board with my work head on thinking, “I know that’s not at all practical and there’s no budget for that”.  So we’ve had to rethink what things are most important to us, and keep ourselves focused on those. There is also A LOT that goes on behind the scenes for a wedding, so unless you are in the wedding industry, you will never see it all – but that’s the point.  For example, my job is to make everything run smoothly, dealing with little hiccups without worrying the couple. There’s a lot of people involved in bringing a day together, so my other focus was trying to make the day as easy as possible for the people who will be running it and bringing it to life for me. You have a chosen supplier for a reason; because you love what they do! So by letting them get on and enjoy it too, the atmosphere will be so much better and so much more relaxed for everyone involved, including you!

As getting things organised is pretty much my life, I’ve also found it difficult to not get answers when I need them and accept not having everything nailed down in my head when I thought I would.  I’d given myself this idea that I could pretty much get everything sorted before our wedding season kicks off however, as i’m learning, sometimes there isn’t a simple answer and going back and and forth over something, actually works out for the best in the end!

I guess what I’m trying to say is this; it’s ok if your ideas and plans change along the way! They will change as reality, practicality and, of course budget, all come in to play, but don’t stress about it! Just keep reminding yourself that you’re getting married to the person you love, with friends and family there to celebrate with you – that’s it and that’s all it should be about. You want the day and the time you spend along the way with family and friends to be happy and enjoyable, so enjoy those moments and take them as they come with the understanding that your ideas may have to change and sometimes you do have to listen to your mum, as sometimes she is right…but don’t tell her I admitted that!

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October 24, 2018

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.

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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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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June 21, 2016
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You’ve got the ring, set the date, and created the ultimate wedding Pinterest board – now it’s time to start planning.

Before you get carried away with ideas of the what the ‘ideal’ wedding in cornwall should look like, there are a few important things you should consider. Ultimately, it is you and your partner’s special day and having a wedding that reflects your style and tastes is the most important thing.

With this in mind, we’ve created a list of 5 things that should be considered before, and during, planning.

What will the venue look like on your big day?

One top tip is to re-visit your wedding venue at the same time of year as your planned date. If you’ve set a date in July, going back the spot where you’ll say “I do” during the Summer months will give you a good idea of what to expect visually.

As leaves change with the seasons, so does the look and atmosphere of the venue. Viewing in the correct season can also lead to colour palette inspiration. Autumn at Launcells Barton brings out beautiful shades of deep red as the leaves turn, whilst Summer in Cornwall is full of colour and lush greenery.

What’s available in the local area?

Cornwall and Devon is filled to the brim with wonderful caterers, florists, and photographers so make the most of what they have to offer.

Keeping it close to Bude gives your day that extra authentic touch. With so many options of suppliers in the local area you won’t need to go anywhere else! We even have a list of recommended suppliers to help you pick the best of the best.

The size of your party

Your guest list may be small or big, but either way it’s important to keep numbers in mind when planning your big day.

At Launcells Barton we’re very flexible and able to facilitate weddings of all sizes and understand that the amount of guests can make a difference to particular decisions. Having a small cake and 200 RSVPs? Planning an intimate gathering of 10 people and booked a lavish symphony orchestra? Being aware of your party size when making bookings will help you make appropriate decisions.

The location

Everyone wants to get married in a gorgeous location, but why not use the surrounding beauty to influence the look of your big day? Launcells Barton is set amongst peaceful wooded countryside and provides a magical backdrop for photos and ceremonies.

We’re also a short distance from the stunning north coast of Cornwall. The seaside town of Bude will provide ample nautical and Cornish inspiration for brides and grooms.

What do YOU want?

Amongst the glossy magazines, Pinterest boards, and family input it can be easy to lose sight of what you actually want your big day to be like. Remember, it is a day for you and your partner to celebrate your love and marriage. Let yourself have the theme and style you want, and share it with the people you love.

If you’d like to talk about planning your wedding at Launcells Barton then give us a call on 01288 352352 or email hello@launcellsbarton.co.uk

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