I DO…like to be beside the seaside – Our favourite places to tie the knot on the coast without leaving the UK

Let’s face it, as appealing as it may sound to get married abroad in warmer climates, with exotic cuisine and surrounded by foreign culture, for most of us it’s not an option. You have to consider the guest list, even if money is no option for the bride and groom to be. You may well have a long list of people who you simply have to have at your wedding. If so, you’re denting your chances of a full house by slapping a massive expense onto to cost of attending.


Now don’t get us wrong; we ain’t knocking a wedding abroad. This is Book Of Weddings, and we’d be in the wrong business if we weren’t absolutely one hundred per cent down for anything a little bit fancy and a little bit glam. But we cater for all. And today, we’re hoping to offer a little hope to coast loving couples who don’t have a money tree in the back garden. We don’t need to tell you that the sun is anything guaranteed. But if you’re happy with the good old British seaside and the beauty that goes with it, whatever the weather, read on. These are our top picks for a UK bucket and spade wedding…



Turner Contemporary – Margate, Kent

Something a little bit different to kick things off. You might not like the idea of tying the knot on a pier, in an amusement arcade or a fish and chip shop. So how does an art gallery sound? Like we said, something a bit different… One thing that Chas & Dave failed to mention about Margate is the Turner Contemporary. A venue truly remarkable in its elegance and uniqueness, it overlooks stunning sea views. Its large open spaces are illuminated effortlessly with natural light in the daytime and will accommodate all the necessaries for the shindig into the night. This makes it a goer for an all-in-one-place sort of affair. Possibly most importantly of all, The Turner Contemporary is licensed for same-sex and civil ceremonies.



The Atlantic Hotel – Newquay, Cornwall

From contemporary to classic Victorian. It’s amazing to think that the buzzing Fistral Beach is only 5 minutes away from such a wedding setting. The Atlantic offers luxury day and night with its divine function rooms and bedrooms. If you choose to spend the night, you’ll be waking up to the same spectacular views you enjoyed your entire wedding day. It’s almost impossible to escape them. The outdoor terrace alone can handle 200 guests, so if you do fancy rolling the dice with the great British weather, you could be in for a real treat.



Woolacombe Bay Hotel – Woolacombe, Devon

If something a little more secluded is up your street, The Woolacombe Bay could well be the one for you. The whole of Devon’s northern coastline is a true British marvel. But at its very tip sits this absolute gem. You’ll find an easily accessible three-mile run of sandy beach outside of its six acres of gorgeously landscaped grounds is an. To say that this venue makes for a picture-perfect seaside location would be quite accurate. Add to that, the couples suites with their jaw-dropping sea views, along with over 60 other rooms, you and your guests could all be in for a wedding to remember.



The Midland – Morecambe, Lancashire

Right up the alley of Art Deco Lovers. The face of The Midland alone has the look of a building you’d expect to see on shores far more exotic than Morecambe. Its gorgeous modern style spreads throughout the interior too. A ceremony overlooking Morecambe Bay followed by a champagne reception on the stunning sun terrace. It sounds like the idea of seaside wedding heaven to us. You have a choice of three dedicated rooms to hold your big day. The 80-capacity Oliver Hill suite a perfect option for a more intimate occasion.