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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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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October 22, 2018

For most people the photography will be a really important part of your wedding. You’ll have spent countless hours planning your big day, from speaking with suppliers to researching online, so naturally after going to so much effort, you’ll want to be able to preserve great memories for years to come!

This is where your wedding photographer comes in as it’s their job to capture the romance and tell your story. You will also have a unique opportunity for the both of you to have some beautiful shots of you together. It’s very common for couples to plan in some time to leave your guests in safe hands and go off with just your photographer to have a couples shoot. This allows you to enjoy each other’s company for a short while, before the party gets started. What makes this easier for the photographer is if your venue has some gorgeous backdrops, something which our venue is always praised for! We’re blessed with stunning grounds and historic buildings, which make for truly gorgeous photos.

Let’s take a closer look at some of our iconic spots which are perfect for a couples shoot….

The Manor House
We have a few options for where you can hold your ceremony here at our exclusive use venue, depending on your preference and numbers. Some couples choose the Manor House, which can hold up to 20 people and is perfect for intimate weddings. However, if you plan to have more guests but have fallen in love with the elegant design and Georgian architecture, you can hold your ceremony elsewhere but still use the house for your couples shoot, something many like to make the most of. It boasts a stunning regal façade, window seats overlooking the garden, gorgeous staircases and an abundance of original features, all of which are perfect for setting the scene.

The grounds
The beauty of our venue is as much about the interior as it is the exterior.
To paint you a picture, we’re set in the idyllic and leafy countryside and our grounds are brimming with carefully tended seasonal blooms. Our tree-lined driveway is always a favourite spot, which you can see in the photo above, as well as the walled garden and custom-built arbour. The time of day and year will make a difference, so this is something to consider as each bring different opportunities. The winter sun setting over the hills is always incredibly romantic, and you can see the rolling Atlantic waves in the distance!

A tractor ride
Something which has become increasingly popular amongst our couples is to go for a tractor ride around the grounds! Not only is this a little different, it gives the pair of you some time to be with each other away from everyone else, it’s really good fun and the photos as a result are definitely some for the album!

Local beaches
Although you will be spoilt for choice throughout our venue, we’re lucky to be just minutes from some of the best beaches on the north coast, so if you love the idea of photos by the sea, this is certainly possible and always worth it.

We hope this has inspired you and that it has helped you to visualise the beauty and opportunity our venue brings. If you have any questions, please do get in touch with our friendly team on 01288 352352.

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April 9, 2018

Whether you’ve got 10 weeks or 10 years to plan your big day, there’s no getting away from the fact that at times, it can be stressful! Juggling the day job, running a family and keeping up with your social life, all whilst trying to plan a wonderful wedding, can get on top of you. Oh, and not forgetting the engagement party should you choose to have one!

When we welcome couples here to show them around our exclusive hire venue they’re usually just starting their planning process and the biggest piece of advice we like to pass on is to be organised!

Instead of surrounding yourselves with scribblings on post-its, invest in a notebook or journal. Rather than trying to remember appointments, set reminders on your phone. And to ensure you don’t have that moment of blind panic on the day when you’ve forgotten something, follow some sort of plan, checklist or timeline.

Not sure what this should include? Based on 12 months of planning, we’ve created this handy checklist detailing some of the things we think you should complete and when. Take a look and we hope it helps with planning your big day.

First thing’s first

It’s a good idea for the two of you to set some time aside to discuss and agree on a few details before you start researching. You will need to decide on a budget as well as make sure you’re both on the same page as to what sort of day you’re wanting.

Then we would strongly advise before you start any of the steps below that you book your dream venue! Once this is finalised, everything will fall in to place and the process will be so much easier for you. There are so many steps you can’t do until you have your venue, such as send the invites, work out seating plans, discuss ideas with suppliers, and so on. Plus, once your venue is chosen you can really start visualising how your wedding is going to look which is one of the most exciting parts!

12 months before

  • Research which style of venue you both want and any ideas you have on how you would like to dress it. It’s no good seeing something you’ve fallen in love with on Instagram or Pinterest and then finding out the venue can’t accommodate your style or you don’t have enough time to get in and set it up!
  • Start researching your suppliers such as florists, cake designers, prop hire
  • Book a photographer (and videographer if you would like one)
  • If you think you need some extra support, research and book a wedding planner
  • Choose your wedding party (best man, maid of honour and so on…)
  • Think about your guest list and send out save the date cards
  • Start researching the dress! Did you know you need to order your dress at least 8 months before?
  • Book your registrar at time of booking your venue, this is the most important part of your day, as without it you’re not legally married!

10 months before

  • Decide on the entertainment you would like and book
  • Get some style ideas – Pinterest is very inspirational, but some things aren’t always practical, so have a chat with your suppliers about if that stairway of candles you have seen is really practical with children running around
  • Go dress shopping and find the one! Also buy shoes and accessories
  • Order some invitations
  • Reserve a block of hotel rooms / book self-catering house etc for guests should you need
  • Meet with suppliers to see examples, try out sample menus, cakes etc and decide on your favourites
  • Book hair and makeup artists- the good ones get booked up well in advance!

8 months before

  • Buy/ hire the grooms suit and have the first fitting
  • Book your honeymoon!
  • Meet with your celebrant to plan your ceremony and discuss details
  • Book your chosen suppliers (cake, caterers, props)
  • Book wedding taxis
  • Start working on the seating plan and running order for the day

6 months before

  • Purchase the wedding party outfits (bridesmaids, groomsmen etc)
  • Send out your invitations
  • Finalise the menu
  • Order your wedding favours
  • Buy the rings
  • Send running order to your venue and suppliers if needed, so any tweaks can be made.

4 months before

  • Write your vows if you’re writing your own – check out this blog post to help you!
  • Check in with your photographer and entertainment so you are happy with the plans
  • Purchase thank you cards and gifts for wedding party
  • Hold your hen and stag do’s!
  • Get your marriage license

1 – 2 months before

  • Touch base with all suppliers in case you have any final questions
  • Confirm final numbers by checking your RSVP’s
  • Confirm menus/ drinks numbers etc with suppliers
  • Have a practice run of your makeup and hair
  • Have your last dress and suit fitting
  • Finalise payments to all suppliers
  • Finalise the seating plan
  • Get your hair cut and coloured
  • Get your engagement ring cleaned

Wedding week!

  • Pamper yourself with a manicure and massage – essential of course
  • Send the final guest count to your caterer
  • Pick up your dress and suit
  • Send the running order to the wedding party
  • Confirm arrival and set up times with all suppliers
  • Pack your suitcase – don’t forget your honeymoon items!
  • Delegate small on the day tasks

Naturally your day might have some variations to this list, after all each wedding is beautifully unique! But we hope this gives you a good outline to ensure every detail is accounted for! 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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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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