Devon & Exeter Weddings – An Area Guide!

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The south west has always been a popular wedding destination!

According to the 2017 bridebook.co.uk Wedding report 15% of all UK couples marrying in 2016 did so in the south west (second only to the south east).

That’s pretty impressive given that the population of this area is only 12% – meaning many people living elsewhere in the country are coming here just to get married.

Why are south west weddings so popular?

The south west is a really varied area, taking in the beautiful coastlines of Devon and Cornwall, the wild landscapes of Dartmoor, Exmoor and Bodmin moor, the historic spa city of Bath and the classic English charm of the Cotswolds. With all this choice of spectacular locations it’s no surprise then that the region is such a popular wedding destination.

Getting married in Devon

Of course we’re biased – we live in Devon and got married here too. But we think it’s a great county for weddings, and the jewel in the crown of the south west. It’s a large county and whether you’re planning a city, country, coastal or festival style wedding there are plenty of options.

Devon beach weddings

There’s something unquestionably romantic about getting married to the sound of waves gently rolling in and surrounded by fresh sea air. But you don’t have to go abroad to get married with sand between your toes! Devon is a fantastic spot for coastal and beach weddings.

In east Devon Sidmouth and Seaton both have numerous hotels overlooking the sea. Whilst further south the coastal towns of Dawlish, Teignmouth, Torquay, Paignton and Brixham beautifully capture the transition of red Devon cliffs in to sweeping wide bays. Meanwhile the South Hams boasts the spectacular towns of Dartmouth and Salcombe, both offering estuary and sea views.

For a truly seaside experience Tunnels Beaches in north Devon is about as coastal a wedding venue as you can get, where a private beach is accessed from a hand carved tunnel through the cliff.

Devon country weddings

Devon is a very rural county… a recent BBC study into how much of the UK is developed, shows that only 2% of mid Devon and 1% of west Devon is built-on, compared to a UK average of 6%. All that green space means lots of open fields and moorland. This makes Devon a great venue for outdoor and festival weddings, or for a little more luxury, country houses and estates are also popular choices in the county.

If you want to combine countryside views with stately grandeur then Bovey Castle on Dartmoor could be for you. Set in 275 acres of countryside, the castle recently hosted the marriage of Devon-born Tom Daley and husband Dustin Lance Black.

Devon city weddings

With only two cities to choose from Devon may not seem the obvious choice for a city wedding. But Plymouth and Exeter both offer very different experiences.

Billed as Britain’s Ocean City, Plymouth beautifully combines the city and the sea, and Plymouth Sound makes for a beautiful backdrop for any wedding photograph.

Exeter isn’t without its water views either, and the River Exe runs through the centre of the city. Exeter quay is a beautiful waterside spot and the cathedral and historic centre are also popular destinations.

For the full ‘city by the sea’ experience, the Royal Plymouth Corinthian Yacht Club offers spectacular views over Plymouth Sound and is still in a central, accessible location in the city.

Exeter weddings

Of course, whilst Devon has so much to offer, we can’t pretend not to love Exeter that little bit more. It’s our nearest city and it’s also where Zeenees’ very own baker Liam married his husband Nick.

Exeter has the backdrop of rolling English countryside and a network of beautiful waterways. The historic centre of Exeter has a host of beautiful buildings and the grand Exeter cathedral as its crowning glory. Add to that an airport, motorway access and more train stations than you can shake a stick at, Exeter really is a great wedding destination.

Exeter wedding cakes

If you are getting married in Exeter then it’s a very foodie city. There are lots of local producers in the area and quality ingredients are in abundance. The city hosts an annual food and drink festival; showcasing the best of the region’s produce, and celebrity chef Michael Caines is a resident of the city.

All that great produce of course means great cake! And that’s where we come in.

We deliver wedding cakes to venues across Exeter and because the city is within our free delivery area there’s no additional charge. If you’re interested in having a locally made wedding cake at your Exeter wedding then we can create customisable cakes in a range of styles perfect for any wedding.

If you’re interested in a wedding or celebration cake from Zeenees get in touch.