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Forget January Blues, There’s a Wedding to Plan

January can often feel like a blue month but if you’ve got a wedding to plan it can be one of the most exciting! Whether you got engaged over the festive season or your wedding is this year, there’s plenty of happiness and joy to be had from planning your big day. 

From working out your priorities as a couple and searching for vendors to choosing your venue, here’s a guide to help you plan your wedding day.

Figure out your budget

One of the first things to decide when planning your wedding is the wedding budget and how much you can spend. Have a conversation about how much you can both realistically put towards your big day, if anyone else can contribute and how much you’ll be able to save on the run-up. Once you’ve pinned this down, you can start thinking about the fun things! 

Make a priority list 

The next thing you need to discuss as a couple are your priorities. What’s most important to you, aside from saying ‘I do’? Common priorities include everything from a marquee wedding reception and a big guest list to an intimate wedding, a beautiful flower arch and photography that’ll capture the day perfectly.

Once you’ve locked your priority list into place, you can move ahead with a budget in mind and remain focused on what matters most. 

Georgia & Amy – Arianna Fenton Photography

Decide on your wedding style

When envisioning the style of your wedding, it’s only natural that it should reflect you as a couple. Now’s the time to decide if you’d like your wedding to be all about the colour, keep a bohemian vibe, or will you have fun with a festival theme. Whatever you decide, it’s important to choose a style or colour theme to base your wedding around, besides, it’ll make choosing your suppliers a lot easier. 

Pick the venue 

Now you’ve set a budget and decided on a theme, it’s time to start thinking about your wedding venue. This step will determine your wedding date, location and guest numbers so make choosing a venue a priority. 

Sit down together and decide where your dream wedding takes place. Can you imagine being engulfed in nature, does a sea view hit to spot, or is there somewhere close to your heart?

Within Tremenheere’s tropical and subtropical gardens overlooking St Michael’s Mount and Mount’s Bay, we have a choice of licensed wedding ceremony venues: 

James Turrell Skyspace 

One of the most unique wedding venues in Cornwall; the James Turrell Skyspace is an outdoor wedding venue like no other.

With just five James Turrell Skyspace chambers in the UK, and only ‘Tewlwolow Kernow’ at Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens in Cornwall licensed as a wedding venue, nowhere else can you host your special day within an artwork of this kind. The James Turrell Skyspace can accommodate weddings with up to 48 guests.

‘We considered a number of venues but instantly knew the James Turrell Skyspace was the perfect venue for our wedding – as we both come from creative backgrounds we loved the idea of bringing our friends and family together in this beautiful and very unique setting.’

‘The planning was made so easy by the team at Tremenheere and we felt free to plan our day the way we wanted it to be. Many of our 50 guests had never visited Tremenheere before, everyone was blown away by it and we all had a wonderful time exploring the gardens, taking amazing photographs and enjoying a celebratory drink following the ceremony.’ – James Turrell Skyspace Wedding, October 2018

Lauren & Steven – Arianna Fenton Photography

Garden Pagoda

Under a cedar shingle roof with dramatic views of St Michael’s Mount, while immersed within our beautiful exotic and sub-tropical gardens, The Garden Pagoda is a stunning choice for hosting your wedding ceremony outdoors and surrounded by nature.

The Garden Pagoda is a small wedding venue, licensed to host wedding ceremonies with up to six guests under the roof of the Pagoda. If you wish to invite more than six guests, additional people may observe from outside the Pagoda.

‘We had the most perfect wedding at Tremenheere. It was such a beautiful ceremony for just the four of us (including our two children), surrounded by the most outstanding scenery you could wish for. Everyone at Tremenheere made sure we were relaxed and that everything ran smoothly, thank you for making it such a special day.’ – Pagoda Wedding, May 2018

Verity Westcott Photography

Tremenheere Upper Gallery 

The upper floor of Tremenheere Gallery provides a spectacular venue for indoors weddings, while still being surrounded by our beautiful exotic gardens.

The Gallery is one of the largest purpose-built galleries in Cornwall and the beautiful oak framed building is flooded with natural light and boasts views over Tremenheere’s impressive tree canopy and Mount’s Bay.

Our largest licensed ceremony venue, Tremenheere Gallery can host ceremonies for up to 60 people. It is also possible to reserve Tremenheere Gallery as a back-up wet weather option if you are planning to have your wedding ceremony in one of our outdoor wedding venues.

Joey Lamb Photography

Marquee reception 

All wedding receptions held at Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens, Cornwall take place in a marquee on our lawn overlooking St Michael’s Mount and Mount’s Bay. Hire of the marquee lawn is on a dry hire basis, meaning you would need to organise all aspects of the event yourself, including marquee hire and catering.

Rosanna and John – Lyra & Moth Photography

If you’re having a wedding reception in a marquee, you’ll need to decide on what goes inside, such as tables and chairs, wedding decor, a bar, and importantly where you want your dancefloor.  

Our recommended marquee companies 

Cornish Tent Company – “We are the South West’s original Sailcloth Tent provider and the only Cornwall based company to supply the much sought after Giant Nordic Tipi”.

Ashley Events – “We can help and advise with every aspect of your event, as well as marquees we can also supply, tables, chairs, matting, dance floor, lighting, staging and heating”

Absolute Canvas – “a wedding marquee specialist hire company based in Cornwall with over twenty four years’ experience”.

Jabula Stretch Tents – “Based in the beautiful St Ives we have done Stretch tent hire all over Cornwall & Devon for many weddings, parties, events & festivals”.

We also have three more locations that are about to be announced, watch this space! Read more about Tremeheere’s wedding venues.

Choose your wedding suppliers 

When it comes to planning your wedding, choosing your wedding suppliers is a step that is sure to shape the theme, style and cost of your wedding day. It’s also important to choose suppliers that resonate with you as a couple. 

It’s a good idea to create a list of the type of suppliers you want as part of your big day. At Tremenheere, we’ve had the pleasure of meeting a wonderful array of wedding suppliers in Cornwall and can recommend the following: 

Photographers

Verity Westcott – “Rules are meant to be broken, wedding photography done your way”

Tom Frost – “I love weddings. What I love more is shooting a wedding.”

Lyra & Moth – “We entwine our love of folklore, nature and the whimsical into the medium of photo & moving image”

Joey Lamb – “Each wedding that I approach I have the mindset of incorporating the landscape or venue with you as a couple”

Arianna Fenton – “My work is unobtrusive, unscripted, unposed and very much shaped by the wild landscape of Cornwall”

Florists

The Cornish Bunch – ” It’s our sense of style – and the outstanding quality of our flowers – that makes our customers come back again and again”.

Lafornia Flower Company – My passion is for the environment and I take my inspiration from what surrounds me. Growing most of my flowers on a small cutting patch I am able to chose varieties that complement each other and the time of year perfectly. Blended with my own flair for design, I love to take your vision and turn it into the most gorgeous reality.

Musicians 

Ruth Wall, Harpist – “Scottish harpist Ruth Wall performs on concert and lever harps, buzzing Renaissance bray harp and Gaelic wire strung harp. She has performed at venues including Berlin Philharmonic, Eden Project, Sydney Opera House, Spiral Hall Tokyo, Tate Gallery and Glastonbury”.

Kaj, Singer/Guitarist – “Singer-songwriter Kaj is a solo musician based on the north coast of Cornwall. He writes original music and plays live covers for weddings, parties and events”.

Other suppliers you may want to think about are caterers, celebrants and transport, depending on the theme of your day. Will you be arriving in style in a classic car or a  VW campervan?

Buy your wedding attire

Choosing your wedding dress or wedding suit will be one of the most exciting parts of wedding planning. Some wedding dresses can take up to 6 months to make so give yourself plenty of time to find the right one. Once you’ve decided on the dress, you can think about bridesmaids; dresses that will look beautiful alongside your wedding gown, as well as the groomswear. 

Verity Westcott Photography

Go ring shopping together

Your wedding rings are what will be a symbol of your marriage, and since you’ll be wearing them every day, it’s an important decision to make. Shopping for your wedding rings is a lovely thing to do together. Decide on your budget first with your overall budget in mind, and agree on what style works for you both… most importantly, have fun doing it! 

The joy is in the details 

Now the big things are in hand, it’s a good time to think about the little details, like choosing your wedding songs and readings for the ceremony. You may also want to order any thank you gifts for your bridesmaids and those who helped during the wedding planning. 

If you have any budget left, you might want to do a last décor check; do we need any more ribbon here, could we do more foliage there? 

Last but not least, enjoy your special wedding day, it’s one you’ll remember forever. 

If you’re looking to get married in 2023, Tremenheere still has some availability. Find out more here, email [email protected] or call 01736 448089 to enquire and book. 

Feature image by Verity Westcott Photography.