10 of the Best Coastal Wedding Venues in Cornwall

Cornwall Wedding Venues By The Sea

Introduction

With approximately 20 miles between the North and South Coast of Cornwall, we are absolutely spoilt for choice when it comes to wedding venues by the sea.
Whether you are looking for a picture-perfect location to enjoy some couple time as newly weds while your wedding photographer does what they do best, or you are looking for a wedding venue with a cliff top position, to soak up the atmosphere with your guests as the sun sets, there are certainly plenty to choose from.
If you are about to start looking for your wedding venue in Cornwall, here’s a list of 10 of the best coastal wedding venues in Cornwall.

*Shown in alphabetical order

Lusty Glaze

Known for their fiery sunsets, secret caves and secluded horseshoe shaped cove, Lusty Glaze offer an informal yet atmospheric stage to set the scene for your big day.

The only place in Cornwall that you can tie the knot on the beach, they’re all about making it personal and exclusive to you. Each wedding is utterly bespoke and tailored to the two of you; there are no set menus or wedding packages.

Lusty Glaze are completely flexible and not fond of rules so whatever your vision, they will work to make it a reality, designing your dream day.

Old Quay House Hotel

Once a refuge for seamen, this beautiful Victorian building in Fowey has been lovingly converted into a boutique luxury hotel, offering the finest in cuisine and accommodation.

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With 11 luxurious bedrooms and a renowned restaurant, the Old Quay House Hotel boasts the best Fowey Estuary views in town, and staff that are always ready to add that little extra touch to ensure that your stay is perfect.

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Licensed for weddings and civil ceremonies, The Old Quay House is available on an exclusive use basis.

Engaged couples can choose to marry either in the hotel’s waterfront restaurant or in the luxury Penthouse Suite, for intimate weddings with just 10 guests or fewer.

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The restaurant at the Old Quay House can seat 38 for a sit-down meal or 70 for waiter-served canapes. The hotel’s dedicated wedding planner and talented chef will work with you to create a bespoke menu that is just perfect for your wedding day, with plenty of local produce to give your guests a real taste of what Cornwall has to offer.

Situated overlooking The Fowey Estuary, The Old Quay House Hotel provides a truly beautiful backdrop for your wedding day.

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Polhawn Fort

Constructed between 1862-67, Polhawn Fort is set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on the Rame Peninsula, overlooking the sea at Whitsand Bay.

A cliff-top fort in the South West of England standing tall among sweeping lawns, a secluded beach, Polhawn Cove, sitting below, with exclusive access. Stunning sea views lie beyond, as if straight from the pages of a magical romantic novel.

Polhawn Fort is a one-off, unique kind of place. It stands alone, quite literally. So if you’re looking for a coastal wedding venue to make your own, you’ve probably found it.

You can tie the knot in the grandest splendour inside the Fort or go for a more bohemian style out in the Summerhouse, with its endless coastal views.

An inside wedding can be grand and formal or small and simple, it’s up to you. There are two rooms within the Fort’s mighty walls where you can tie the knot. For maximum wow factor, there’s The Grand Napoleonic Hall which seats up to 120 guests. The Emperors Room is perfect for small and intimate weddings with up to 30 guests. Receptions can be held in a marquee on the lawn, or indoors as well.

When it comes to outdoor wedding venues, it doesn’t get much more romantic than tying the knot in their Summerhouse, with the shimmering sea below and the coastline stretching into the distance. Sweeping lawns, big white marquee, stunning roof terrace and views of pure blue can all be yours for your wedding day at Polhawn Fort.

Polpier

Designed in 1892 by Cornish architect Silvanus Trevail, Polpier has been luxuriously restored to provide guests with spacious comfort, relaxation and enjoyment.

With a hill top position, this boutique wedding venue boasts breathtaking sea views across Mevagissey’s ancient harbour.

Engaged couples can either take their vows in one of three romantic locations in the house and gardens: The gazebo on Polpier’s front lawn is perfect for sunny days and can be dressed with flowers and decorations to suit your theme, the main hall can accommodate larger groups to admire the bride sweeping down the staircase to the couple’s choice of music or the light filled drawing room has an elegant and intimate atmosphere for smaller groups.

The house and gardens provide many beautiful and unique settings for your photographs. Intimate secret locations for just the two of your in your first moments of wedded bliss and fabulous spacious areas against stunning backdrops allowing the whole party to be photographed together. Memories to last a lifetime.

Talland Bay Hotel

The Talland Bay is a four star rated hotel by the AA and is set in breathtaking grounds.

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Just minutes away from the historic towns of Looe and Fowey, the hotel boasts beautiful coastal views from its position on the cliff top and is a popular choice of wedding venue in Cornwall.

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With dramatic scenery and a wealth of beautifully romantic, quirky features, the Talland Bay Hotel is a must see venue for anyone thinking of getting married in Cornwall who are looking for a unique style.

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This hotel offers a bespoke wedding service and is able to seat up to 50 guests within their ceremony room before then preparing it for your wedding breakfast.

The beautifully manicured lawns and range of plant life offer a superb back drop for your wedding photography.

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The Carlyon Bay Hotel

With cliff top views overlooking picturesque St Austell Bay in Cornwall, this four star luxury hotel is an idyllic place to celebrate your wedding day with those closest to you.

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With over 30 years experience, they are experts in the field at making your wedding day truly special.

To ensure your wedding runs smoothly, all couples are appointed a dedicated wedding planner from the start to assist in the arrangements.

The Carlyon Bay Hotel has a luxurious interior and magnificent grounds, presenting the perfect setting for your wedding and has an abundance of opportunity for wedding photography.

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The grounds are kept to the highest standard and contain a variety of flowering trees and bushes. It even has it’s very own 18 hole championship golf course and helipad (if you fancy arriving to your wedding in style!)

Licensed for civil ceremonies or partnerships, there is a choice of beautifully appointed rooms for your service with space for up to 200 guests.

If you would prefer to get married outside, then the hotel has a beautiful gazebo set out on the lawn which overlooks the spectacular St Austell Bay.

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If you have your heart set on some portraits by the sea, then just a short distance from the hotel is the beach. Stretching almost two miles in length, three beaches combine to create a stunning setting at Carlyon Bay.

All that being said, The Carlyon Bay Hotel is a wonderful coastal venue to hold your wedding and a popular choice with couples looking to tie the knot in Cornwall.

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The Scarlet Hotel and Spa

The Scarlet is the eco-chic hotel set amongst the breathtaking cliffs of Mawgan Porth in Cornwall.

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This unique wedding venue has been beautifully designed with expansive sea views and a unique tranquil atmosphere, making it the perfect beach side sanctuary.

Promoting themselves as a small and intimate wedding venue in Cornwall, The Scarlet Hotel specialises in elopement weddings and can even supply two witnesses for your the ceremony.

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Held in their Reception Lounge which overlooks the beach, it has a wood burning stove to bring warmth to any winter wedding and a balcony for sunny days.

For weddings of between 7 – 20 people, ceremonies take place in their Retreat Lounge at the top of the hotel.

For more than 20 guests, the couple have the option to hire The Scarlet Hotel exclusively for a minimum of two nights with use of the hotel’s facilities which include, an Ayrvedic-inspired spa with an indoor pool and steam room, a cliff top outdoor swimming pool and tented treatment zones for deep relaxation.

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Within the grounds of The Scarlet Hotel there is ample opportunity for wedding photography and being so close to Mawgan Porth Beach, why not head down to the sand for some couple time pictures.

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Tregenna Castle

Tregenna Castle is an award winning wedding venue set in 72 acres overlooking the picturesque seaside town of St Ives in Cornwall.

Tregenna Castle is a Grade II Listed building and was built by John Stephens in the 18th century for Samuel Stephens Esquire. A twelve-bedroomed house, it was built from local granite and named after the hill it stands on.
The estate was sold in 1871 and became a hotel. It has been used for this purpose ever since.

Tregenna Castle Hotel is licensed for indoor wedding ceremonies all year round and has a choice of five stylish function rooms. Weddings can also take place outside in the hotel’s pavilion situated amongst the beautiful gardens, which are set against the breath-taking backdrop of St Ives Bay and the Atlantic Ocean.

This venue has an abundance of photographic opportunity. Portraits in front of the castle itself are a popular choice, as well as on the pavilion lawns and in the hotel’s walled sub-tropical gardens, a beautifully tranquil hide-away. The gardens feature a separate water garden and the flowering plants and trees thrive in Cornwall’s warm climate.

Tremorna Farm

Situated on the Lands End peninsula, in an ‘area of outstanding natural beauty’ and midway between the lovely Lamorna Cove and the famous fishing village of Mousehole, you will find the tiny hamlet of Castallack and Tremorna Farm.

Tre means homestead in Cornish and there has been a farm here for hundreds of years. Castallack is named after the prehistoric settlement close by and there are Iron Age and Roman remains all around the venue.

Tremorna are about four miles west of Penzance, twelve miles from St Ives with its wonderful beaches and just eight miles from Lands End. The fishing port of Newlyn is a stone’s throw away. Situated near the coast, the farm has far reaching views of both the beautiful Cornish countryside and the sea. You can see the Lizard Peninsula and its lighthouse from their farmyard and distant views of St Michael’s Mount from the top fields. The whole area is quite unspoiled and exudes peace and tranquility.

Tremorna are very much a traditional working farm, with mainly Sheep and Devon Ruby Cattle. They also have the beginnings of a small pedigree Ryeland sheep flock and they use the fleeces to produce beautifully soft knitting yarns.

The venue’s wedding field is the perfect venue for marquee wedding receptions, festivals and outdoor events, offering a blank canvas to create your perfect day and with a backdrop of Mount’s Bay; it is a truly romantic setting.

They are lucky enough to have several photo opportunities on and around the farm and the site is in close proximity to some of Cornwall’s most stunning beaches, harbours and coves.

The main wedding meadow is large and flat so offers plenty of space for you to pitch a marquee, tipi, yurt or canvas pole tent.

If you are looking for a festival wedding venue that exudes peace and tranquility, and comes with stunning panoramic sea views and in close proximity to some of Cornwall’s most stunning beaches, harbours and coves, then you have come to the right place.

Whitsand Bay Fort

This stunning coastal location has breathtaking, unspoiled panoramic views over Whitsand Bay and the Rame Peninsula, in and around a Victorian coastal fort.

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This unique wedding venue in Cornwall is situated on the grounds of a coastal fort that was once built to help see off a potential attack from the French Navy during the ‘Napoleonic’ age. It comprises vaulted chambers under 19th century earthworks and provides a perfect setting for any wedding reception.

Steeped in history, the fort has 5 major gun emplacements, all facing seawards with underground ammunition rooms, some of which are still buried.

The venue also offers luxury lodge accommodation for your guests, enabling them to provide you with a complete wedding package.

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If you are in the process of planning your big day and are looking for a wedding photographer to photograph your coastal wedding in Cornwall, please feel free to contact me to check availability.