If you or your partner popped the question over the last year, then you will know that planning a wedding is much more stressful than it should be. Getting married, renewing your vows or making a commitment to each other is a beautiful thing and should be a celebration of you and your partner’s story together – so let us help you take a little of the stress out of the search for the perfect venue by showing you just some of the fabulous locations for weddings you can find in Devon. Whether you want something wild and romantic, something formal and traditional or something that is as unique as you are – there are no end of beautiful venues in Devon. Plus, with excellent transport links, an airport and several mainline train stations, as well as a well-connected road network, no matter where in the world your family and friends are, they can easily join you for your celebrations here.
Like we said, we know that planning a wedding can be stressful, which is why choosing to host the celebrations at a hotel is a great way to make the whole thing as simple as possible. Devon is full of hotels, from country house estates with sprawling grounds (ideal for the younger guests to burn off some energy and for taking photographs you’ll cherish), to traditional comfort right on the coast and small boutiques, perfect for intimate ceremonies and small gatherings. Many of these hotels offer wedding packages, which can save you time and money and come with a dedicated wedding planner who will be with you every step of the way to make sure that everything goes to plan. By booking a wedding at a Devon hotel, you can sit back and just worry about getting to the ceremony on time and remembering your vows! The hotel staff will take care of the rest.
Your wedding day should really tell the story of your journey together and there are fewer places better than Dartmoor to add a sense of drama to the proceedings. Full of atmosphere and brimming with myths and legends, Dartmoor has everything from amazing views to stunning hotels to set up your photos and host your ceremony. One option in Dartmoor is the Two Bridges Hotel. The hotel itself has plenty of history and is set in the heart of the Dartmoor National Park. Not only are they licenced, so the entire event can be held in one place, but there are also a number of churches nearby, should you want to combine a church wedding with a fantastic reception. Each of their packages can be tailored to you and they can help with everything from the dress to the invitations to the entertainment.
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With attractive surroundings, the Imperial Hotel in Barnstaple is one of the best wedding venues in Devon. Located in the picturesque northern part of the county, the Imperial makes an elegant and luxurious option for your big day. The team here truly do take care of everything, whatever the size of your party. Not only are they a good option for weddings, but their packages also include civil ceremonies, vow renewals and honeymoons. With a variety of function rooms to choose from for the ceremony itself and wonderful accommodation for guests, the Imperial is a great choice for a hotel wedding.
If you’re hosting an intimate wedding, featuring you, your partner and a few special guests, the Arundell in Lifton is a great option. They specialise in smaller weddings and offer both the hotel itself and the hotel’s restaurant for exclusive use to the wedding party. The Arundell is set in grounds with lakes and lots of lovely greenery, providing a lovely back drop to photos and have a dedicated planner to work with you throughout the lead up and the day itself.
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For a truly grand wedding in exceptional surroundings, take a look at the packages on offer at Plymouth’s Boringdon Hall Hotel and Spa. in an Elizabethan house with dramatic architecture and full of history, Boringdon Hall is a wonderful backdrop to your nuptials. Offering exclusive use, options to host in the grounds or in the hotel itself, accommodation for your guests and easily catering for large or small gatherings, you can really create the wedding of your dreams here. The team will work with you to create a bespoke plan for your wedding and being located near Plymouth will make it easy for your guests to reach you, no matter where they are.
For many, a wedding in Devon means sea views. There are beach front hotels and hotels in gorgeous seaside resorts all over the county offering bespoke wedding packages including the Palace Hotel in Paignton. Set on the Esplanade, the Palace Hotel and Spa overlooks the sea and certainly looks the part with its traditional Georgian architecture. Their packages can also include visits to their inhouse spa for the bride and groom so you can feel truly pampered before the big day and you’ll have your own dedicated team on hand to make sure everything runs smoothly. Alternatively, for those of you enamoured with the North Devon coastline, take a look at Saunton Sands which can be found on the seafront Saunton. Imagine getting married right on the beach – well you can at Saunton Sands! The hotel offers exclusive use of the hotel for your big day and you can choose between a big lavish affair or something more informal with their choice of eateries and function rooms. Why not set up all your photos on the beach? Saunton Sands and the surrounding beaches are all part of the North Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and regularly top Best Beaches lists – they are a photographer’s dream!
Image: Saunton Sands Hotel
Of course, these are just a selection of the hotels on offer for weddings in Devon, but they aren’t the only venue for you to choose from…
If you like the idea of being somewhere historical, take a look at the wedding packages offered by Dartington Hall. Based near Totnes which is known for its atmosphere and picturesque scenery, Dartington Hall is a Graded estate with extensive gardens and is the most important medieval manor house in the south west. Weddings here offer you the heritage settings with a modern twist and with a host of venues on site, you can have a truly unique ceremony. The food and drink that will feature on your menus will be locally sourced and prepared onsite by their award winning chefs and with their versatile décor, you can easily theme the ceremony around you.
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Speaking of beautiful grounds, if you are a couple that loves flowers and the natural world, why not get married at Bicton Park in the botanical gardens? Located in the beautiful east Devon region, Bicton Park is a lovely choice of wedding venue and the site’s Botanical Gardens are steeped in history and romance. With everything from huge grand affairs to small, intimate civil ceremonies, you can host the event of your dreams here. The Palm House is made with 18,000 individual glass panes (imagine the light!) and features some of the best tropical plants you can think of to create a really magical atmosphere. If you’re on the hunt for a unique and memorable venue, this one needs to be on your list.
Speaking of unique, you could always get married in Plymouth’s National Marine Aquarium. Not only is it the perfect venue for animal lovers and those passionate about conservation, but is there anything more memorable and exciting than being married while surrounded by beautiful marine creatures? There are a selection of packages on offer for weddings or simply speak to the team for something more tailored to you. A wedding here not only provides you with somewhere different for your big day, but you’ll also be safe in the knowledge that your celebration will go towards helping their conservation efforts – it’s a win-win!
Image: National Marine Aquarium
And that isn’t all – there are loads more incredible venues to choose from! With castles, sprawling countryside, lakes, beaches and a host more places licenced for weddings, civil ceremonies, vow renewals and more, you can find the perfect location in Devon. Click here to find more inspiration for your Devon wedding.