By the rosy cliffs of Devon, on a green hill’s crest,
I would build me a house as a swallow builds its nest;
I would curtain it with roses, and the wind should breathe to me
The sweetness of the roses and the saltness of the sea.
~Amelia Josephine Burr
To those of us who live here, it’s no surprise that Devon is consistently ranked as one of England’s top counties when it comes to quality of life. The Daily Mail crowned Chagford, a 10 minute drive from our base in Moretonhampstead, as the best place to live in the UK in 2015, and many similar accolades have been heaped upon the county and its picturesque towns in recent years. Many of the reasons that make Devon an attractive place to live also happen to make it a fantastic place to get married, too! Please read on to discover out top 3 reasons to get married here in Devon.
1. The Devon Countryside & Coast
Devon’s countryside attracts millions of holidaymakers every year, both domestic and foreign, who flock to the county to experience and enjoy its celebrated and varied landscape.
From the green, pleasant rolling hills and farmland of rural central Devon and the stark, windswept beauty of Dartmoor to the striking cliffs and long, sandy beaches of the North coast, Devon will provide a highly photogenic backdrop for your wedding celebrations. A beautiful spot for portraits is never far away!
Hollywood director Steven Spielberg praised Dartmoor as the ‘third character’ that made his hit film adaptation of War Horse, which was shot on the moors here in Devon, come to life. His words speak volumes about the natural beauty of Devon’s landscape:
‘I have never before, in my long, eclectic career, been gifted with such an abundance of natural beauty as I experienced filming War Horse. With two and a half weeks of extensive coverage of landscapes and skies, I hardly scratched the surface of the visual opportunities that were offered to me.’
Devon’s northern beaches are world famous as surfing destinations, but also happen to be incredibly picturesque. Woolacombe has been voted the best beach in the UK for the second year in a row, and is just one of many idyllic spots to grace Devon’s wild north coast. Why not enjoy a ceremony overlooking the sea at a venue such as the Watersmeet Hotel, and maybe even make time for a dip with your best men or bridesmaids before breakfast?
For those who’d prefer to get married in more refined and gentle seaside surrounds, Devon’s picture postcard south coast offers beautiful harbour towns, estuaries with a wealth of wildlife and of course the famous English Riviera with its winning combination of retro seaside glamour and modern amenities.
2. Devon Wedding Venues
There are a wealth of wonderful wedding venues to fit every budget in Devon.
Many couples choose to get married at one of Devon’s elegant country estates, which mix the very best of traditional and modern decor, often with a dash of English eccentricity for good measure. Venues like the Deer Park Country Hotel can be hired in their entirety for the day so that you, your friends and family can enjoy privacy, luxury and beautiful rural surroundings on your wedding day without having to worry about the logistics of moving between different venues.
In keeping with the rural surrounds, Devon boasts some spectacular countryside wedding venues ranging from the honest and earthy to the luxuriously chic. One of our favourites is the Great Barn, a lovingly restored and incredibly spacious barn conversion with real wow factor in the vicinity of Exeter.
For a more traditional wedding, there is the option of getting married in one of Devon’s many historic churches before heading on to a more intimate and relaxed reception at a local village hall. Devon also boasts some historically significant meeting halls that are available for hire as reception venues, including Exeter’s Guildhall, a fascinating medieval structure that is steeped in history. It has been the centre of civic government for Devon’s capital city for at least 600 years.
If a wedding in a quintessential English country garden sounds like your thing, why not consider getting married at Devon’s idyllic Royal Horticultural Society garden, RHS Rosemoor? It’s one of our favourite places to visit, with lovingly-tended themed gardens that look great all year round.
3. Local Food & Drink From Devon, Somerset & Cornwall
As a rural county with a long and proud farming tradition, Devon is reknowned for its food and drink. There are countless trustworthy, high quality local suppliers who will ensure your guests are served only the freshest and most delicious locally produced food at your wedding breakfast and reception.
For a fun twist on standard wedding fare, and with a nod to the area’s rich food traditions, why not incorporate some of Devon’s most famous culinary offerings into your wedding day? Pasties, cream teas, beer battered chips and wonderful ales from local suppliers such as the Otter and Dartmoor breweries will keep your guests feeling full, satisfied and merry on your wedding day!
We mentioned that it’s possible to have your wedding at a Devon vineyard, and so of course it’s also possible to sample a local wine or two on your big day! People might not think of Devon when they think of wine, but the county’s vineyards have gone from strength to strength in recent decades, with winemakers like Sharpham producing excellent, award winning wines that now rival the quality of more famous wines produced across the Channel.
We hope you’ll choose to have your wedding here in Devon – we’d also love to be there to capture every precious moment, so if you’re looking for a photographer in Devon please don’t hesitate to get in touch to discuss your needs!