Watermouth Cove Weddngs

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Watermouth Cove, Watermouth, Berrynarbor, Ilfracombe, North Devon, EX34 9SJ

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Watermouth Cove FAQ
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Please contact with us to discuss wedding availability. Or visit our Availability Page.

We fix your venue hire fee to those current to the date of your booking. However, food & drink prices may rise due to stock costs and inflation
Your prices will not fall in the event that the VAT rate is lowered as the majority of our costs and overheads (such as food stocks/staff/insurance/rates etc) are not VAT reclaimable.

Yes, we require a £1,000 security deposit. This MUST be paid at no later than 7 days before arrival. Funds will only be taken if damage has been caused or items are missing

We offer our wedding venues year-round. Winter weddings are very popular, we also have an indoor ceremony ‘The Woodland Barn’ and reception venues you can use.

The Bar in the Snug will be open an hour before your ceremony on your wedding day. Guests can relax and purchase drinks whilst they wait. The Beach House bar opens when your Wedding Breakfast begins (Extra times will be agreed with the couple when the Event Plan is agreed)

We’re afraid you cannot, however we have multiple drinks packages to suit all budgets.

If you have your heart set on getting married in a Church, you can still book your wedding stay and reception at Watermouth Cove. This means you arrive the day before and relax here by the pools before the big day, you can wake up and get ready in The Penthouse and make your way to the Church. Once your service is completed all your guests can return to Watermouth and enjoy your reception. 

Yes, it is! This includes use of our private cove, two outdoor heated swimming pools (from April-September), all our accommodation, parking, and our beautiful grounds. 

You will be able access the venue from 2pm. Access will not be granted before this time as our staff will still be working to get everything ready for you.

If you choose The Midweek or The Weekend Package, check out is at 10.00am.

Music will be turned off outside at 11pm. If you choose to have a Band/DJ, they will have to finish at 11.30pm. We will stop serving drinks at 12 midnight & allow for twenty minutes drinking up time. The Wedding Reception Venue will close, including the patio area at 12:30am.

Yes, we are very dog friendly. Dogs are allowed at your ceremony and at the reception! They are also allowed in most of the accommodation. They must be always kept on a lead.

Our accommodation holds up to 55 people. We also have a camping field if some of your guests wish to camp. If this is something you’re thinking about, please discuss it with us as we will need to accommodate this by opening other facilities. As for our Reception & Ceremony Venues – we can take a maximum of 125 guests (150 for Evening).

We have a minimum number of 50 adult guests at our weddings.

Unfortunately, this isn’t possible. Our company runs your bar for you – we have more than 25 years of experience in the licensed hospitality industry.

Yes, you are able to hire a band/DJ. Our cut off time for music is 11:30pm. They would need to bring 2 x XLR cables to hook up to our sound system.

Live music must be discussed with Watermouth beforehand, e.g., timings, locations etc. We do ask live music to be finished outside by 9pm out of respect for our neighbours. We accept outdoor singers, saxophonist etc, however bands & DJ’s must always be inside.

Sorry we do not allow parties to supply alcoholic favours.

We do not allow guests to supply their own food. Our in-house catering team provide many different options and are always more than happy to create bespoke packages to fit your requirements.  

We do not allow bar tabs. Drinks must be paid for at the time of ordering, at the bar. This can be done at The Beach House or Snug by debit/credit card payment or Apple Pay. We also accept Contactless card payments. Please be aware we do not accept cash.

Yes, most definitely, we ask that you have names on the front and on back food choices and any dietary requirements. If you have young children attending don’t forget to include highchairs in the table numbers, as they take up a whole space.

In our opinion the best time for your ceremony is 1.00pm or 2.00pm depending on how many are in your wedding party (take into consideration makeup & hair timings for large groups)

Zoe & Georgia will be your designated point of contact from the moment you view Watermouth, to the moment you leave as a newly married couple. They will work with you to create a personalised Event Plan so that we know what your hopes and expectations are for your wedding day. Event Plans will be sent out at least six months before your wedding and will need to be confirmed 3 months before the big day.

Yes, we do. Once your booking is confirmed it will be sent over by email with your confirmation.

All guests, DJ’s & Bands need to have left the reception venue by 12.30am at the latest. This includes the patio area outside of The Beachouse.

We do not allow you to serve your cake for dessert, however, it works well to serve with you evening food for something sweet.

Yes, we do. However, it must be biodegradable. 

Yes, you can. You are free to bring any decorations you would like to decorate the venue. Please be aware that items cannot be attached to any of the internal walls.

No, our rustic banquet & round style tables are beautiful and look great without table cloths, however, if you wish to have them you are more than welcome to bring some of your own.

We do not allow fireworks. But we do allow sparklers, these will be the responsibility of your photographers & yourselves. The must also be done before 9pm for health & safety.

We do not allow paper lanterns.

You are more than welcome to dress the tables, provided they do not get damaged/stained. We do not allow Scatter Crystals or, Wedding Table Confetti on tables or live candles.

Smoking and vaping are not permitted indoors. However, you are able to smoke outside wherever you wish.

Parking isn’t a problem here. We have parking for around 50 cars in the main field area. There is a designated parking bay outside most of the accommodation for your guests staying overnight. There is also a small private car park next to our entrance for your guests to use if they need to park as close to the venue areas as possible. 

Please make sure you book taxis ahead of time. Ilfracombe and Combe Martin are small villages (we are situated around 5 minutes’ drive between the two of them) and they book up very quickly. We suggest booking in advance, if you would like recommendations on taxi companies, please contact us.

We require a £2.500 non-refundable payment to secure your booking.

If you would like to book it is a £2,500 non-refundable payment. Twelve months before the wedding 50% of the venue fee will be due. Six months before the wedding, the remaining venue fee is due. Eight weeks before the wedding your food and drink packages become payable. Payments can be made with a card over the phone or by BACS.

If you would like to change your wedding date within one month of booking this is no problem. If it has been longer than a month since you booked it will be treated as a wedding cancellation. This is outlined clearly in our Terms and Conditions. Any new wedding date booked with us would be charged at the current tariff for that date.

Yes, you must have your own wedding insurance to book a wedding with us. 

The two heated swimming pools are open from the beginning of April to the end of September. 

Sorry we are unable to offer Late Check-outs.

On the Event Plan please add the link to any playlists you wish to be played during/after the ceremony, as well as during Wedding Breakfast & during the evening or in-between band sets. Playlists must be Spotify only. The input music can be fed to all Ceremony or Reception areas simultaneously or individually chosen. There is also a wired input within the Snug area, for music within that area only and will also allow you to select the Bar / live music sources within the Snug. A designated iPod from Watermouth will be used by our staff members only.

Many couples choose to use our integrated PA system that works throughout the facility inside and out. Our own handheld microphone overlay on the sound system inside and out. This is ideal for the Registrar during the ceremony and speeches later. This can be fed to all areas of the venue, inside and out.

Yes – up to 4-piece bands are preferred. Daytime acoustic acts work well for the before/after ceremony, please make sure they bring their own speakers if needed. Evening bands/DJ’S must set up inside the venue (set up just beforehand) Music must stop by 11pm outside and 11:30pm in all other areas.

Our wedding venue has an excellent built-in PA/Sound system. Please see PA/Sound System Info

Link: PA Soundsystem info

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Once you have booked your wedding with us, we would recommend that this is the first thing that you book.
Here is the information to book the Registrar ‘Ceremonies Team’. Our local office is Exeter. Tel: 0345 155 1002 or email: register@devon.gov.uk

Due to food hygiene regulations, we are not allowed to let guests do this. It will be disposed of once you have finished, we are very sorry. This is Non-negotiable on the day

Your final invoices are due 8 weeks before your wedding date. After this time, no refunds will be made.

Viewpoint Gazebo
Height : 2.4m x Width: 5m x Length: 5m
Opening Height: 2.4m x Width :1.9m consisting of 8 equal posts

Registrar / Ceremony Table
Height: 77cm
Width: 73cm
Length: 120cm

Wedding Arch in Woodland Barn
Height: 212cm
Width: 95cm
Length: 200cm

Top Table (Can seat up to ten people. Eight across & two either end)
Width: 90cm
Length: 480cm

Banquet Tables in Beachouse
Width: 90cm
Length: 240cm

Round Tables in Beachouse
5ft 6 (approx1.5 diameter)seats 10 people

Cake Table
Height: 83cm
Width: 47cm
Length: 110cm

Royal Mail Style White Post box for your wedding cards (Portrait Insert)
Height: 20cm
Width: 12cm

Tapered Candles & Tealights for tables (These can be purchased from us)
50 x 24 5cm 8 hours burn time

We operate a cashless bar, however we do take debit/credit card payment or Apple Pay. We also accept Contactless card payments. Please make sure you make your guests aware of this prior to your wedding day.