How to Plan the Perfect Cornish Wedding


The answer was yes! After promising to start your life together in a whole new way, the excitement of an engagement is still in the air and it’s time to start planning the perfect day to celebrate your love for one another. What better place to link your souls forever than with a celebration in the subtropical paradise of Cornwall?

Why Get Married in Cornwall
Why Get Married in Cornwall

The closest you can get to a destination wedding without having to leave the country, Cornwall creates a beautiful backdrop for your big day. 

Cornwall is surrounded by stunning beaches, subtropical gardens and historical locations that come together for a unique and beautiful combination, helping you to feel lighter and as if you have stepped into your perfect fairytale.

Rain or Shine
Rain or Shine

Whilst Cornwall has unparalleled beauty for the stunning setting of your wedding, it is still subject to the whims of the weather.

Getting married in the glorious sun of summer days can be a dream, but the many other weathers of Cornwall can add to your wedding day as beautifully, and make it even more eventful.

If you choose a summer wedding you should understand that with sun comes busy beaches, while an out-of-season wedding may create a quieter atmosphere for you to explore during your wedding photos! 

However, if you are considering a summer wedding in Cornwall it is best to book your accommodations, catering and transport ahead of time, and consider any potential delays a busy Cornwall may bring. And if it happens to rain? Some of the most memorable moments in Cornwall happen in the rain, you just have to go into your day with a positive mindset! Because, at the end of the day, it’s not the weather but the person you are marrying that you will remember.

Finding the Perfect Venue

With stunning backdrops available for your wedding photos, your wedding venue is an important part of your ceremony. Whether you’re looking to have your ceremony and reception at the same place, a large or intimate wedding, or you want somewhere comfortable to get ready before the day begins, it’s important to find the right venue for your needs.

Finding the Perfect Venue
Make the most of the scenery
Outside Wedding Venues in Cornwall

Choose country barns, marquees or tipis to set your wedding up for a day in the sun and fresh air. Choosing marquees or similar gives you the perfect opportunity to set up in a magical location, whether above the beach you got engaged on or somewhere further off the beaten path. Create a magical day from the ground up!

For an outdoor wedding try to aim your ceremony and reception to coincide with the gorgeous golden hour!

Finding the Perfect Venue
Comfort is key
Wedding Hotels

Whilst enjoying the coast and countryside of the county are desirable, you don’t have to miss out on the views when you choose a Cornish destination wedding at one of the local hotels in your area.

In Falmouth, St Michaels is surrounded by subtropical gardens, sea views and all of the comforts of a luxury hotel. Just a short walk from three beaches and the South West Coast Path, it offers the perfect placement for ceremony, reception, wedding night and all of the most beautiful coastal wedding photos to remember your big day.

Choosing a hotel wedding in Cornwall also allows you to plan catering, entertainment and accommodation with relative ease, taking more jobs off of your hands so you can spend more time basking in the joy of the day.

Finding the Perfect Venue
An intimate gathering
Eloping in Cornwall

Looking for something more intimate?

Elopements in Cornwall are growing increasingly popular and a range of venues are available for your intimate ceremony. Whether it’s just the two of you or a few close friends and family, you can have your wedding your way at a number of hotels, stately homes or local gardens.

Cornish Wedding Traditions

When in Cornwall, do as the Cornish do!

Cornish Wedding Traditions
Cornish Tartan

A Cornish wedding wouldn’t be complete without some traditional Cornish Tartan making an appearance. Cornish National Tartan usually makes a bright appearance as Kilts or vests for the groomsmen, but other wedding accessories would look great in these cheerful colours.

Cornish Wedding Traditions
Welly Wanging

If lawn games are on the agenda then why not add in a traditional game that will bring out a lot of laughter, Welly Wanging! In this game, competitors must throw a welly boot as far as possible, but you may need to set some ground rules first!

Cornish Wedding Traditions
The Fisherman’s Knot

Incorporate a knot-tying ceremony into your wedding day! The tying of a fisherman’s knot is a symbolic sealing of your relationship, using what is believed to be one of the strongest knots possible, which becomes even stronger under pressure.

Plan Your Perfect Ceremony with St Michaels

Plan your wedding with ease and enjoy everything Cornwall has to offer on your big day, with help from events professionals at St Michaels Resort!

From Stag and Hen Do’s, your ceremony, reception, catering and wedding night will be a breeze to plan, with everything organised in one safe and comfortable space. With the beach just beyond the garden walls, and a spa to ease your wedding day nerves, choosing the right Cornish Wedding Venue couldn't be easier.

Get in touch with our helpful crew to find out more, or check out our wedding brochure today for more information.