As the Bride: The Wedding Show at Westpoint Arena in Exeter nears, we take a look at some of the more unusual wedding venues the south west has to offer, and who you’ll be able to meet among the 150 local wedding suppliers at the region’s premier bridal exhibition on 10-11 October.
Turreted castles to Mediterranean paradises, you don’t have to travel out of the south west to find a variety of wedding venues with a difference.
1. The fairytale castle
Pandering to the princess dream of many a little girl, venues don’t come more romantic than a castle. And this Cornish structure, Pentillie Castle, located 20 minutes from Plymouth, offers romance, seclusion, and exclusivity. It has extensive mature gardens, over 300 years of history and those dreamy views across the River Tamar provide inspirational, memorable photo opportunities. It offers couples-to-be a unique setting combined with award-winning accommodation, and exceptional facilities. But don’t take our word for it. Meet the team that will make your dreams a reality on Stand 334 at Bride: The Wedding Show at Westpoint Arena.
2. The tropical paradise
The English weather is one of the few things that even the most organised of couples can’t control. The answer? The iconic Eden Project biomes, which will guarantee outdoor-style photo opportunities whatever the weather.
Find them on Stand 911 at Bride: The Wedding Show at Westpoint Arena.
3. The seaside scene
You don’t have to wait for the honeymoon to find your private beach… Carbis Bay Hotel & Estate is the perfect retreat, set within a 125 acre estate it has 11 areas licensed for wedding ceremonies, including their award-winning sub-tropical gardens, function rooms, conservatories with panoramic sea views, CBay Spa and (crucially) on their privately-owned Blue Flag beach. With the Beach Club restaurant and decking on the sand, create the beach wedding of your dreams – making your vows right by the water’s edge.
Find them on Stand 515 at Bride: The Wedding Show at Westpoint Arena.
4. The secret garden
A converted barn and a secret walled English garden overlooking a lake – you are spoilt for choice when it comes to beautiful locations to say ‘I do’ at Upton Barn in Cullompton, Devon. It’s the quintessentially English backdrop for those that are taken with the romance of the English countryside. A lovingly restored 17th-century cider barn, a walled garden and views over the Blackdown hills can be found within 160 acres of organic farmland. Upton is still a much-loved family home, but is registered for civil ceremonies accommodating up to 120 guests; couples can choose to say their vows in the cosy barn with romantic lighting, a wood burning stove and underfloor heating throughout, or outdoors under the hand-crafted oak arbour within walled garden.
Find them on Stand 637 at Bride: The Wedding Show at Westpoint Arena.
5. Create your own unique venue
If you’ve found the perfect unique location, but lack the means to house your guests, Funky Tents Southwest offer unique modular-design marquees allowing you to create different shapes and angles to fit into nearly any space you choose.
Two ranges of marquees are available: a more formal matrix design marquees, excellent for larger weddings where more clear space is needed and the hexagon and Capri marquees, for a more intimate and funky silhouette with six or more peaks in the roof - these look fantastic against any backdrop.
Funky Tents also offer a selection of furniture from rattan to giant bean bags and tables and chairs. The marquees are supplied with remote LED uplights, and can be decked with dancefloors from a gloss white to wooden. LED bars, poseur tables and wine coolers can be set to match the LED colours of your lights via a remote. The options are limitless, and the you’re being given to talk through your ideas with the team at Bride: The Wedding Show at Westpoint on 10-11 October 2015.
Find them on Stand 527 at Bride: The Wedding Show at Westpoint Arena.
Daunted by the prospect of a plethora of tours? Make Bride: The Wedding Show at Westpoint Arena on 10-11 October 2015, from 10am-4pm, your one-stop destination to meet the professionals behind each of these venues: ask questions, view pictures and get one step closer to making the all-important booking in one fell swoop.
The show brings 150 regional wedding suppliers together from bridal boutiques to florists and photographers to travel experts who will be on hand to help brides-to-be plan their perfect wedding under one roof. There will be live singing and entertainment and choreographed catwalk shows at 11.30am, 1.15pm and 3pm. Free copies of South West Bride magazine will be available and goody bags for the first 100 brides through the doors each day.
Tickets are £5 each or £15 for four in advance and £7.50 on the day. Buy your ticket now here.
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