The arrival of a wedding invitation is always exciting, but even more so when it’s for the rarer winter wedding, and even better if it means a weekend in the Cornish countryside celebrating at the Boconnoc Estate.
We adore our friends and family finding the love of their life. However, we’ve all experienced a multiple wedding summer and the fatigue that can bring: do I have enough holiday days, enough outfits, or the funds to go to them all? And if you are the couple planning a wedding, navigating to a point of difference can be more challenging if you are trying to stand out in a sea of summer weddings. That’s where the winter wedding can swoop in and steal the starlight from summer weddings. Rather than being one of many, the winter wedding stands out as a high point in a long, dark English winter. Your guests will arrive full of enthusiasm to celebrate your special day and party the night away.
Boconnoc House and its Georgian architecture come into its own for winter weddings; high ceilings and windows to match create a feeling of light and space, and bedrooms are luxurious and incredibly cosy (our heating system is fossil fuel free and newly installed). This will allow you and your guests to enjoy the decadence of a wedding in a grand house more than you would during the summer months.
Boconnoc Church was established on the estate 800 years ago. It’s a short stroll from Boconnoc House, and its gothic architecture is a perfect backdrop to candlelight and winter-inspired floral themes. If you want a civil ceremony, you can choose the wood-panelled, deep red walls of the Smoking Room or the light white airiness of the Drawing Room.
For your wedding breakfast, the Garden Room is a beautiful space with plentiful large windows on three sides and views over the surrounding parkland. You can choose trestle or round tables, chivari or cross-backed chairs and let your creativity take the lead on florals, place settings, and a winter-inspired menu using ingredients grown and harvested on the estate. Follow this with fireside cake cutting as you move into the evening party and dark evenings, meaning you get more sparkle out of your dance floor glitter ball.
Not only can you enjoy all of this, but a winter wedding takes away two big wedding worries: the weather because you know that it will be cold, no need to be pouring over long-range weather forecasts, and most of all, it’s a fabulous budgetary choice. For example you can hire Boconnoc for a weekend wedding in November 2024 at a special rate of £13,560 for two nights, including accommodation for 40 guests, which saves £6,000 on summer hire. Your first choice of caterers, florists, photographers and other wedding suppliers are much more likely to be available and may also offer out-of-season pricing. All of this could leave you with more budget for a once-in-a-lifetime honeymoon.
Consider a winter wedding if you want to stand out from the crowd and throw a weekend wedding party that your guests will talk about for years to come.