Devon is part of the beautiful south-west stretching from the Bristol Channel in the north down to the English Channel in the south. It borders Cornwall in the west, Somerset to the north-east and Dorset due east.
Devon is loosely described split into two - North Devon and South Devon - with established devotees for each. Both are coastal regions with North Devon featuring a more rugged coastline and South Devon mirroring South Cornwall with beautiful bays and pretty coves.
Renowned for its picturesque villages with pretty thatched cottages and cream teas, Devon is the perfect backdrop for a classic country wedding. As a popular holiday hotspot, Devon has plenty of hotels and self-catering accommodation but demand is high in the warmer months so summer brides need to plan ahead and make sure their guests have somewhere to stay.
There are a huge variety of accommodation options on both coastlines ranging from the traditional to the unusual, some of which are also approved venues for marriages. The South Hams in the south of the county located between Torbay and Plymouth is renowned as one of the most beautiful places in the UK with picture postcard towns and villages, breath-taking landscapes and some of the finest sandy beaches anywhere, the ultimate destination for a romantic and stylish wedding. For a town setting, choose the historic naval town of Dartmouth with heritage and grandeur or beautiful Salcombe with its stunning harbour and estuary.
North Devon offers a rugged and dramatic coastline with charming towns including Braunton and Lynmouth and lots of pretty villages, you can even get married on the beach at Ilfracombe on Tunnels Beaches with a choice of either a contemporary or traditional building to ensure that the weather is never an issue.
Devon is a rural county characterised by its famous coastlines but Devon is also home to two distinct pieces of moorland, Exmoor which straddles west Somerset and north Devon and Dartmoor, which is in the southern part of the county. If you are looking for something a little different for your wedding then these two moors offer a dramatic and unusual wilderness away from the hustle and bustle of the coast and 21st century 24/7 lifestyles. Both moorlands are designated as National Parks and there are approved venues and guest accommodation for a wedding with a difference.
As a rural and coastal county, Devon offers a mouth-watering selection of local produce for your wedding reception with specialities of the county including seafood and fresh fish and of course the legendary clotted cream, ice-cream and creamy fudge.
Travel links are excellent with the M5 motorway running through Devon coming down from the West Midlands where it acts as a link to the north of England and finishing at Exeter. Exeter also has an international airport and the county’s trainline links with the London mainline from Paddington.