Oh we do like to be beside the seaside…
Well we do, don’t we? I know I always feel happy at the seaside and what better a location to say ‘I do’ in. There’s something very beautiful and simple about marrying near the coast – whether it’s the stunning scenery that can provide a dramatic backdrop for the all-important wedding snaps or merely the fresh sea air and fish and chip suppers; our British Isles has it all in spades.
We’ve trawled our coastline and have chosen a selection of the best wedding venues around the UK for you to peruse – cool and coastal – what more could you want for your special day?
Guest Writer Sarah Spreckley
Oxwich Bay Hotel, Gower, South Wales
A stone’s throw from Oxwich Beach, the Oxwich Bay Hotel pride themselves on an incredibly personal customer experience and giving couples exactly what they want for the perfect wedding experience. From the personal wedding planners to the exquisite menu to the exceptionally friendly day staff; the Oxwich Bay Hotel provide dream weddings for prices that will surprise you and packages that will suit almost anyone. Get married in the Chestnut Room, with its unique and stunning design, and then move to the marquee with its panoramic views over Oxwich Bay. For more information head to www.oxwichbayhotel.co.uk
Chateau Rhianfa, Anglesey
Château Rhianfa is an architectural treasure overlooking the Menai Strait on the Isle of Anglesey, off the north-west coast of Wales offering couples a fairy-tale wedding location. This stunning Grade II listed gem boasts landscaped gardens and spectacular views over the mountains of Snowdonia and offers the capacity to host up to 80 guests for a wedding ceremony and 120 guests for the evening celebrations. Château Rhianfa has 30 gorgeous bedrooms between the main building and three wonderful self-contained cottages as well as Rhianfa Lodge. For more information, please head to www.chateaurhianfa.com
Trevenna is a stylish and secluded cluster of barns located in the heart of Cornwall specialising in wedding ceremonies & celebrations. Set within 142 acres of beautiful Cornish countryside and surrounded by leafy lanes and stunning countryside views, Trevenna is available for 1, 2 or 3 day hire. Their elegant barns & cosy farm house can accommodate up to 40 guests & provide a luxurious yet unpretentious stay. Neither a hotel nor an empty country house, Trevenna offers a unique wedding experience with both a dedicated wedding hosting team to help organise the wedding of your dreams and an in house catering team preparing your chosen wedding feast. Head to www.trevenna.co.uk for more details.
Crear, Argylle, Scotland
Crear is one of the most magical exclusive use destination wedding venues in the world, situated on the beautiful west coast of Scotland. In the centre of Crear house, the main studio is larger than a tennis court providing the perfect wedding venue and blank canvas for up to 100 guests, lit by a continuous glass wall overlooking the Paps of Jura. The venue offers couples coastal chic and understated luxury – think foodie heaven coupled with simplistic style. With 200 acres, your own sandy beach, organic wines, squashy sofas & log burning fires www.lovecrear.com, Crear is a blank canvas to make your day unique.
East Quay Venue, Whitstable
East Quay Venue is housed within one of Whitstable oldest buildings, and still retains the structural features of its coastal heritage past. Right on the seafront, the venue offers a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere for your perfect wedding. Why not offer your guests a selection of Whitstable’s famous oysters, followed by fish and chips, then finished off perfectly with ice-cream watching the stunning sunset? Whether you choose to have the whole day at East Quay, or just the reception, they will ensure your day is tailored to your idea of the perfect wedding. www.eqvenue.com
Watergate Bay Hotel, Cornwall
Set on a spectacular surfing beach on the north Cornwall coast, Watergate Bay Hotel is the perfect destination for a contemporary beach-side wedding. It’s a place that’s about the balance in life – being active, getting among the elements, eating and drinking well, chilling out, getting cosy and having a good time with a two-mile long, sandy beach as the stunning backdrop. Take your vows in the hotel surrounded by family and friends and panoramic sea views, then celebrate with delicious food and drink in Zacry’s and a party in the event space. They can accommodate smaller wedding parties for up to a maximum of 40 guests outside of school holidays, or can offer exclusive use of the whole hotel on request. For more information, please head to www.watergatebay.co.uk