Beach Weddings in Cornwall

November 30, 2020

Sea Cave & Beach Ceremonies 

A Beach Wedding in Cornwall is hard to beat in terms of romance and creating an unforgettable experience for your wedding day. We have some spectacular beaches to provide a stunning backdrop for your amazing Celebrant-led ceremony and wedding photographs. Our beaches come in all shapes and sizes so there’s something for every taste, every weather condition, whatever the season, your fitness levels and ease of accessibility. Beach Wedding Cornwall

Our favourite outdoor locations for your  beach wedding in Cornwall are beaches like Kynance Cove (in the winter months. 

This beach has been voted one of the best in the world. The water is an amazing turquoise colour on a sunny day. The view from the top of the cliffs is spectacular and the path, winding down to the cove reveals different vistas from each twist and turn. Once down at the cove, the high sides of the cliffs shelter you from the wind and provide a textural and natural backdrop for your photos. See our list of a few more inspirational beaches at the end of this post.

Engagement couple walking hand in hand at Kynance Cove in Cornwall


Hidden Beach Weddings in Cornwall

If you prefer a hidden rocky cove or sandy beach wedding, we offer lots of amazing location options depending on the time of year and season. Cornwall’s beaches are absolutely breathtaking, often set between high headlands which provide shelter from the wind. The Cornish coast is abundant in marine life. Our rock pools are full of interesting sea creatures hidden between green fern like seaweeds of different shapes and textures that move rhythmically under crystal clear waters.

When the storms arrive, noisily pounding the beaches, coves and cliffs with big, breathtaking waves, you are provided with a majestic, powerfully exhilarating and atmospheric backdrop for your Beach Wedding or Elopement ceremony, with us in Cornwall. Some of the smaller sandy beaches change dramatically over winter as the sand is washed away during big storms, exposing lots of once hidden rocks. We always visit the location prior to the ceremony to ensure it is still suitable for your dream wedding adventure.

Sea Cave Elopements In Cornwall

We offer many exciting options and locations for couples planning an outdoor Intimate Elopement on our stunning Cornish Coast. Couples wanting to embrace the Cornish landscape and brave the Elements to say their vows will be rewarded with the most unique memories and an amazing backdrop for their wedding ceremony and photographs.

Couple standing close together on their beach wedding in Cornwall, framed by the giant sea cave at Porthgwarra

Cornwall has some large hidden sea caves, often featuring the most beautiful colours of reds and greens. These sea caves provide the most magical ceremony spaces for a small outdoor Celebrant-led wedding in Cornwall. Because they are not always well known, it keeps crowds away and they provide a great way to stay sheltered from unplanned rain showers. The sea caves can be lit with fire sticks adding a beautiful warmth and golden glow to the ceremony space. These atmospheric, dreamy sea cave weddings are truly perfect for magical mermaid couples. Sea cave ceremonies and hidden beach weddings do need careful planning .

Couple getting married in a sea cave in Cornwall surrounded by candles

Here are some tips for you to consider so you can really enjoy your awesome Beach Wedding in Cornwall.


The best time for a beach wedding in the summer is early in the morning. Between 7-9:30am the beach is quiet and the natural light is not too harsh. Most popular beaches tend to be extremely busy during the summer from 10am onwards and at sunset. Beach ceremonies are best in the quieter off-season months. If you are planning a Spring/Summer Wedding, think about having a late sunset or moonlit ceremony to avoid crowds. The weather would usually still be fairly warm. If the weather is really hot, remember to have water available to keep you hydrated. To create shade, use parasols or long bamboo poles with cotton fabric tied onto the corners, forming a canopy.


We often recommend cliff top ceremonies for the busier seasons as you can always find a quiet cliff top away from crowds. Daylight hours are most popular so you can enjoy the view in all its glory! Sunrise and sunset times, along with tide times, weather forecasts/warnings will also be checked.


Couple running hand and hand barefoot across the beach and running through a rockpool with their bull dog on their cornish elopement


If it is privacy you want during the warmer months then some quieter beaches often involve a longish walk and a climb over rocks. Make sure your location is accessible for everyone involved. If your caterer needs to deliver your food, drinks and cake, are they able to? If you are having any guests, are they able to get to your Ceremony space easily? Are you wanting to use any props? Are they heavy? Your beach or sea cave will need to be safely accessed from cliff paths at low tide. Your effort will, however, be rewarded with a ceremony that only a handful of couples will have had.


Clothing and Decor suitable for a great Beach Wedding:

Candles, ribbons, feathers and shells can all be blown away in a strong wind. Fruits, cakes, flowers and bouquets may wilt in hot weather too. For Summer, choose lighter fabrics, shorter length dresses and cotton suits. For Winter, choose warmer fabrics, shawls and cover-ups. Whatever the season, always choose a dress/suit that is easy to move or climb around in or carry it down onto the beach and change after the climb.

Veils or flower crowns for your Beach Wedding?

Veils are not always practical when walking or climbing so flower crowns are an excellent choice but veils that are easily attached can look great for adding drama when then wind blows. Use practical footwear for safety. Heels are not suitable for your walking. Don’t forget to bring along sunscreen and bug spray to protect your skin. If you would like to use confetti, choose biodegradable flowers as a sustainable eco-friendly option.

A groom lifts his bride up in the sea as they kiss closely as the water splashes their barefoot

Choose outfits, decor and items that are suitable for the season, practical, look beautiful and are safe.

A list of some of our favourite beaches to inspire you.

Polly Joke.
This is a deep cove sheltered between grassy headlands. The water is crystal clear.

This beach is sheltered by high cliffs on either side. A gentle slope leads to the beach where there is also a stream providing a natural paddling pool.

Gunwalloe/Church Cove.
Gunwalloe is an attractive south-west facing cove on the Lizard with a stream running through the sandy beach. There is an ancient church nestling into the headland.


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