Exploring Cornwall Themed Ideas For Your Wedding Day
If you're planning on having your wedding day celebrations in Cornwall and are in need of some inspirational ideas to develop a theme, then read on. You'll probably be surprised at the amount of Cornish related ideas and that could be incorporated. Designing a theme to your wedding in Cornwall will add authenticity and individuality to your special day. There are many things that you can explore to easily achieve this, some of them as simple as using specific colours, Cornish produce and traditions. What's more, it makes little difference if you have chosen the more traditional route to get married in a church, or if you have decided to hold your wedding ceremony at a coastal hotel with far-reaching sea views overlooking the dramatic coastline which Cornwall is famous for, as the same general rules to theming your wedding day still apply.
Cornwall Wedding Day Decoration Ideas
Use elements of the St Pirans flag design on your tablecloths, napkins, or seating place names. If black and white colours of the flag don't appeal, use the Cornish National Tartan here too, which also includes gold, red and blue in the colour palette. Tables named after local beaches, places or saints could be considered. You could also develop a coastal theme to your table centre decorations with creative use of shells, sandcastles, flags and pebbles.
Cornwall Inspired Clothing
Think tartan ribbons for accessorising hair, jewellery and flowers posies and tartan cravats, ties and kilts. The kilts and tartans of Cornwall are a recently modern tradition that started in the early to mid 20th century, first appearing as plain black kilts, with a range of patterns and designs following on and being registered from the1960's onwards. If tartan is too much, you may even consider simply accessorising your bridesmaid's dresses in red, gold or blue colours taken from the Cornwall national tartan colour palette.
A Brief History of Tartan and Kilts in Cornwall
Looking at the history of kilts and Cornish tartans, the first evidence provided to prove that kilts were in use in Cornwall was presented by a Cornish historian called L.C.R. Duncombe-Jewell. He discovered carvings on bench ends in Altarnun church, which revealed subjects including a jester, a man playing the bagpipes and a fiddler dressed in kilts - the carvings in the church being dated to 1510-1530. Although later contend as more likely to be belted tunics than kilts, which were common dress in those days, the next historical reference to the Cornish kilt can be found in 1903 when the Cornish delegate to the Celtic Congress, convening at Caernarvon, appeared in what is described as a in a woad blue kilt. The Cornish National tartan was first created and worn in 1963, designed by the poet E.E. Morton Nance at the Celtic Congress held at Carbis Bay. The tartan was attached to a Clan Douglas kilt that he was wearing for the occasion. Incorporating a range of colours including White, Black, Red, Blue and Gold, each of the colours bearing a special significance to Cornwall. The white cross on a black background from the flag of Cornwall, and black and gold are also known as the colours of the ancient Cornish kings. The national bird, the Chough, provides the colours of red from the legs and beak of the bird, and blue signifies the colour of the seas surrounding Cornwall. Since then, various other family tartans have been registered, including the Cornish Hunting Tartan, which was registered in the 1980s.
Cornwall Themed Wedding Favours, Stationery and Gifts
Draw a heart in the sand on your favourite beach in Cornwall and mark it with your initials and use this image for a bespoke handmade touch to your wedding invitations and stationery. Perfect if you are planning a coastal wedding in Cornwall. Wedding favour ideas could include miniature sticks of Cornish rock, miniatures of Cornish Mead, and Cornish lucky charm pixies, all tied up with colour-matched ribbon. There is also a large variety of Cornish arts and crafts gifts to consider including jewellery, pottery, copper and tin related items.
Cornwall Wedding Reception Food Ideas
Cornwall has as large variety of food products that you can include as part of your wedding reception. Here's a list of just a few idea to explore: A tiered wedding cake made from a selection of Cornwall's finest cheeses, a tiered display of scones with jam and Cornish clotted cream, locally caught fish and shellfish, Cornish ice creams, and Cornish fudge.
Cornwall Wedding Venues
Apart from taking your wedding vows and publicly declaring your love for each other, choosing the perfect wedding venue in Cornwall for your ceremony and wedding breakfast will be the singular and most important decisions you make. Having explored Cornwall's forgotten corner called 'The Rame Peninsular' in South East Cornwall, you can find beautiful landscapes and perfectly secluded dramatic stretches of beach along Whitsand Bay. Free from crowds of tourists, here you can also discover a Victorian manor house hotel with far reaching sea views, positioned right at the very edge of the beach, overlooking the Bay. The Whitsand Bay Hotel is a romantic hidden gem, with a coastal golf course that's got a reputation for the views it affords it's members. Award winning food and family run, this hotel offers the ideal solution when choosing Cornwall wedding venues.