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We round up the best wedding venues by the sea for couples who are as much in love with the seaside as they are with each other…

The Headland Hotel, Cornwall

The Headland Hotel in Cornwall
The Headland Hotel, Cornwall

The Headland Hotel is a grand Victorian redbrick mansion with a prime position on a clifftop overlooking the sandy shores of Fistral Beach. The hotel can host up to 200 for a sit-down wedding breakfast, though also has spaces suitable for smaller groups. With elegant interiors and ocean views, it’s hard to beat for a wow-factor wedding!

wedding at Clovelly in Devon

Clovelly, North Devon

Clovelly is a privately owned village situated in stunning north Devon, with a ceremony venue nestled within the Clovelly court gardens. Choose from a cliff-top summer house reception or the Great Terrace within the grounds of the estate, or maybe the two lovely hotels in the village that are available for exclusive hire.

Hayne House in Kent

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Situated in Saltwood, on the Kent coast, Hayne House is an enchanting venue on a private family estate. Tie the knot in one of two beautiful ceremony spaces, including the new purpose-built orangery and the romantic oak-framed porch – both of which have capacity for up to 120 guests. 

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The Grand Hotel, Eastbourne

The Grand Hotel, Eastbourne, wedding
The Grand Hotel, Eastbourne

Affectionately known as ‘the white palace’, five-star The Grand Hotel is a striking Victorian property located on Eastbourne’s seafront. A sweeping driveway and marble interiors add to the majestic feel. It has three licensed rooms for ceremonies, and a selection of spaces to host up to 200 sit-down guests.


Tunnels Beaches wedding venue
Tunnels Beaches, Devon

Beautiful scenery, private secluded beaches, spectacular sunsets and a relaxed, informal and friendly atmosphere await at Tunnels. Fully licensed for wedding ceremonies within a thatched gazebo overlooking the sea, or inside the contemporary bespoke venue building, it hosts up to 120 day guests and 160 evening guests. 

The Alexandra Hotel, Dorset

The Alexandra Hotel, Dorset

Perched on a cliff top, overlooking the harbour and Lyme Bay, with the glistening azure sea beyond, boutique bolthole The Alexandra is a dreamy venue for a chic wedding on the coast. Set in its own private gardens, which slope down towards the ocean, there is direct access to the sandy beach below.

Carbis Bay Hotel in Cornwall

Carbis Bay Hotel, Cornwall

From the classic to the quirky, Carbis Bay Hotel offers weddings to suit everyone, from an intimate ceremony for a handful of people to a grand celebration with a firework finale on the privately owned beach. You can enjoy some pre-wedding pampering in the spa and post-wedding celebrations can take place on the hotel’s Sunseeker yacht.

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Cary Arms & Spa, South Devon

Cary Arms & Spa in North Devon
Cary Arms & Spa, South Devon

Set in a remarkable position overlooking Babbacombe Bay, Cary Arms & Spa offers versatile accommodation for you and your guests including eight new beach huts and suites, which are set just feet from the sea and boast mezzanine beds with outstanding views. You can celebrate at The Cary Arms with up to 40 day guests and 80 for the evening.

Knoll House in Dorset

Knoll House, Dorset 

Knoll House is an iconic hotel located on the Isle of Purbeck in Dorset, and has historically played host to guests including Enid Blyton and Winston Churchill. A ceremony in the Garden Room is suitable for 60 sit-down guests and a total of 100 in the evening. With floor-to-ceiling windows, you will be surrounded by panoramic views of the Studland Peninsula beyond. 

Ackergill Tower, Scotland

Ackergill Tower, Scotland

For more than 600 years, Ackergill Tower has stood majestically above the rugged shoreline at Sinclair Bay on the northernmost tip of Scotland. Not just a five-star hotel, Ackergill boasts a 3,000-acre estate, which is the perfect setting for grand weddings and incredible photographs. What makes Ackergill Tower truly unique, though, is that it houses Europe’s largest, and most luxurious, treehouse for a post-wedding stay.

The Royal Hotel on the Isle of Wight

The Royal Hotel, Isle of Wight 

Host your very own royal wedding at this idyllic venue, situated on the Isle of Wight. Once frequented by Queen Victoria, the historic Royal Hotel boasts stunning period décor, with rooms to suit both lavish events and low-key celebrations. If you’ve got your heart set on an outdoor party, marquees can also be erected in the hotel grounds.

L'Horizon Beach Hotel, Jersey

L’Horizon Beach Hotel, Jersey

L’Horizon Beach Hotel & Spa is located right on St Brelade’s Bay in Jersey, offering wedding couples pristine white sand and uninterrupted sunsets. L’Horizon is fully licensed for weddings in the Crystal Room for up to 240 guests or the Atlantic Room for more intimate weddings of 50, and also has 106 bedrooms and an extensive spa.

Bailiffscourt Hotel

Bailiffscourt Hotel, West Sussex

With medieval architecture and picturesque views of the Sussex countryside, Bailiffscourt is a charming venue situated just a few yards from Climping Beach in Arundel. Licensed for up to 300 guests and set within 30 acres of luscious parkland, the hotel offers a wonderfully romantic setting in which to host your special day.

The Hythe Imperial Hotel in Kent

The Hythe Imperial Hotel, Kent

The Hythe Imperial Hotel is Kent’s best kept secret – a beautifully styled Victorian property right on the beautiful coastline of Hythe. It’s also one of the largest venues in the county. The location itself is romantic, and the building is spectacular – newly refurbished, elegantly styled suites, a magnificent ballroom with sea views
and formal gardens.

The Beach at Bude weddings

The Beach at Bude, Cornwall 

The Beach at Bude is a boutique hotel, bar and restaurant in north Cornwall, boasting uninterrupted views over Summerleaze Beach and the Atlantic Ocean. The renowned restaurant and bar can seat 95 guests comfortably, and the expansive terrace provides a perfect spot to enjoy celebratory drinks in the sunshine. 

The View Hotel in Eastbourne

The View Hotel, Eastbourne

With a gorgeous coastal backdrop and space for up to 120 guests, the newly-refurbished Horizon Suite at The View Hotel provides the perfect space for a beautiful wedding breakfast. For a smaller occasion, opt for the Martello Suite, which features beautiful floor-to-ceiling views overlooking the English Channel. 

The Old Ship Hotel, Brighton

The Old Ship Hotel, Brighton

Part of The Cairn Collection and standing proud overlooking the iconic Brighton seafront is The Old Ship Hotel. Say ‘I do’ to a backdrop of a beautiful sea view from this hotel which combines modern design and original period features. It has five function rooms and can accommodate weddings for up to 180 wedding breakfast guests and 250 evening guests.


The Old Quay House, Cornwall

The Old Quay House, Cornwall
The Old Quay House, Cornwall

The Old Quay House is a beautiful boutique hotel located in the small coastal town of Fowey. The 11-room property is perched on the water’s edge overlooking the Fowey Estuary, providing a dreamy backdrop. With the option to marry in either the waterfront restaurant or penthouse suite, the Old Quay House is able to seat 38 people.

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