Best Wedding Venues in Devon
Based on the views of a Devon wedding photographer, this is a list of five great wedding venues in Devon*. No matter what sort of wedding you are planning, there are plenty of options here that can be tailored to your ideas. I've been lucky enough to capture some lovely weddings across the South West, big country house weddings through to elopements in the countryside, but as I live in Devon I'm a little biased and will base my findings here.
To be fair, it's the people who make the wedding a success, from the couple planning all those little details to the guests invited on the day itself. Creating an atmosphere that celebrates the great occasion and will never be forgotten. However, a great wedding venue helps. Massively. And as a wedding photographer I know that the more variety you have for the images the better the collection will be.
So, here we go, five wedding venues in Devon* you want to consider...
Upton Barn & Walled Garden
Upton Barn & Walled Garden, found just outside of Collumpton, is a relatively new venue in Devon. The owners, Claire and Richard, were actually the first couple to get married there and it's been busy busy with weddings ever since. They've made their mark very quickly, even picking up some awards along the way, even to the point that couples have moved there planned wedding date to fit their availability.
With a truly unique location to hold your ceremony and multiple options for hosting your reception, it's one location that can support your entire wedding day from start to finish, including some accommodation for guests.
Bridwell is a fantastic Devon wedding venue. At the time of writing they've just completed their first full summer of weddings after making this private estate available to the public for weddings. The first thing that comes to mind is space, there is so much space available! With the chapel on the grounds, the house to get ready and gardens for guests to mingle, there is just so much space.
From the view of a wedding photographer this venue is just perfect. With several locations to work with, no matter the weather, and huge windows in the orangery to allow lots of light in, it just works.
Ash Rescue Centre
Of all the wedding venues listed here I'm going to guess this one is the unknown quantity. When I photographed a wedding there earlier in the year it was their second ever wedding, with more on the calendar. This is a great wedding venue for anyone looking for a blank canvas. Ash Rescue Centre is in a part a charity for retired horses, based near Dartmouth. What you have is plenty of outdoor space to house a marquee and a award winning garden, which is perfect for wedding portraits. I would use the word 'quirky' to describe this space, in a very positive way! The example of this is the music stage, sculpted out of tree branches, it's a great spot for entertainment.
A great estate, with a huge house to hold the ceremony and/or reception only 15 minutes drive from Exeter city centre. Win. I was at Pynes House in late 2015 for a winter wedding. After a scouting mission I knew it held great potential for a wedding. With family members staying in the huge bedrooms and guests able to stay in the city it has lots to offer. And I haven't even mentioned how the place looks!
Lusty Glaze Beach
Ok. Full disclosure, Lusty Glaze Beach is technically in Cornwall*. But it's just outside of Newquay, so it isn't a million miles away from anyone thinking about getting married in Devon, AND you get to get married on a beach! With access via the steps cut into the cliff you have the option to make it a private beach just for you and your guests. A whole beach to yourselves for the wedding day! Creating a great beach vibe to the day and the potential for a fantastic sunset facing directly into the cove. So I hope you can forgive me for sneaking it onto the list?