They Beauty of Eloping

Dreaming of getting married without an audience? Love the romance of a do for two without the pressures and trimmings of a more conventional wedding?

You’re not alone. Elopements are growing in popularity. As an increasing number of couples are choosing a small-scale celebration over a traditional big bash, a handful of dedicated elopement wedding venues have popped up across the UK. And, we might be biased, but, if you’re thinking about running away to tie the knot, we think Cornwall is an excellent place to do it.

There’s something undeniably romantic about the intimacy of escaping to marry – just the two of you. There are also some rather tempting advantages. You can forget the guest list stress, the family politics, the spreadsheets detailing everything from the RSVPs to the table plan. You can bid cheerio to the strict schedule, the etiquette, the small talk with a multitude of your mum’s mates and third cousins twice removed. And, best of all, you actually get to spend your wedding day with your new husband or wife – hanging out together, savouring the moment, letting the day pan out entirely as you wish.

Here at Lower Barns, we get it. We believe an elopement is the stuff of dizzying romance – and we’ve got the perfect spot to do it.

Why? Well, first of all, there’s our location. Tucked away on Cornwall’s south coast with miles of unspoilt countryside and coast on our doorstep, our remote and beautiful setting has a wonderful runaway charm.

Then there’s the ambience. A home from home, the real beauty of Lower Barns lies in our warm, welcoming atmosphere. You’ll be greeted like family and, within moments of arriving, this gorgeous spot will take a special place in your hearts – making it an oh-so special spot to get wed, not to mention a romantic place to return to time and again to celebrate your anniversary.

We’ve also got two gorgeous settings to take your vows. Located in the gardens, The Wed Shed must be one of the coolest venues to marry in Cornwall. The purpose-built space has been designed specially for intimate wedding ceremonies. It is approached by a path that weaves through the lawn, flanked by flower beds, with our beautiful and vibrant mural beyond. The Wed Shed itself is brimming with colourful character; think gorgeous printed chairs, a quirky-cool desk for the registrars or celebrants of your choice and a fun vibe with a twist of Mexican fiesta. The centrepiece – light up letters spelling ‘wed me’ – completes this super-cool spot to take your vows. For an indoor option, our living room blends the same vibrant character with snug furnishings and glamorous accents.

After the ceremony, the day may unfold entirely as you wish. A feast in the Shack, champers in the hot tub, a picnic in the garden or a loved-up stroll across a nearby beach? It’s entirely up you – and therein lies the beauty of eloping.

Whether you’re planning an elopement or an intimate wedding for up to 20 people, we would love to hear from you.Get in touch with me on

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