Penzance is the most westerly major town in Cornwall, lying approximately 75 miles west of Plymouth. The town faces south east onto the English Channel and the town's location means it has a temperate climate that is warmer than most parts in the rest of the UK.
Penzance is a picturesque town and large sections of the parish are conservation areas in recognition of their beauty and charm. In particular, the historic harbour areas of Newlyn and Mousehole are well worth a visit. There is plenty of historic tradition to sample whilst taking a walk around town. Any visit should include the promenade and its open air seawater Jubilee bathing pool which is one of the oldest surviving Art Deco swimming baths in the country. It was built at the start of the 20th century at the height of Penzance's popularity as a great British seaside town.
Culture plays an important role in this Cornish town and various festivals are held throughout the year including the Montol Festival in December which revives Cornish customs such as Guise dancing. If your wedding coincides with this or one of the other special occasions such as the Penzance Proms, held for the first time in October 2010, then ensure you book plenty of accommodation for your guests as many potential wedding venues will get booked up early.
Whether you're looking for panoramic views of the Cornish coastline or just the warm, friendly service of the local Cornish people, Penzance is a great wedding location. There are wedding venues of every shape and size, many of which can also be used for civil ceremonies. Wedding receptions work best when they offer something a little bit different and civil ceremonies can be one way of achieving that since they provide the chance to personalise proceedings, right down to writing your own wedding vows together.
Wedding venues can often supply in house catering to ensure your wedding breakfast is superb and in a town like Penzance you are bound to be tempted to serve up some local, freshly caught, fish or seafood. Knowing that your wedding menu has been brought straight from the sea to the table will make you proud as your guests sit down to enjoy a delicious meal.
After the meal it is time to relax and enjoy the company of friends and family and wedding receptions all differ in terms of the entertainment they provide. Discos, bands or string quartets are all popular ways to unwind but how about a game of bingo or table magicians to add a little something special.
Wedding venues often look great just as they are but splashing out on decorations that match your chosen colour scheme can still make a difference to surroundings. Civil ceremonies don't have to mean sacrificing the traditional image of a church filled with flowers as florists can transform even the plainest of rooms into a sea of colour and natural beauty.
Most importantly, remember to relax and enjoy your special day.