The town of Redruth in Cornwall has been in existence since the 12th century. Its name is said to have been inspired by the fact that the stream running through the town was so full of iron oxide, a by product of the local tinning industry, that it literally ran red.
The town is home to several continental markets during the summer and the town itself is a charming place to stay. The Redruth Town Trail allows visitors to stroll through the town, taking in the sites of interest before sitting down to relax in a local cafe or restaurant.
The combination of fantastic beaches, cultural sites and world famous attractions such as the Eden Project or The Lost Gardens of Heligan make Cornwall a popular holiday destination and what could be better than that for the perfect place to hold your wedding. Cornwall's sheltered position at the southernmost tip of the UK also means it has a milder, sunnier climate than the rest of the country so even a wedding in autumn or winter can be surprisingly warm.
Wedding receptions can often seem daunting to organise at first but the key thing to remember is that early planning will help you relax on the day. If, after an initial trip to sample the wedding venues on offer in Redruth, you really can't cope with all the work, consider whether you can rope in friends or family to help, or even employ the services of a wedding planner. Wedding planners have great experience in organising wedding receptions and civil ceremonies and can sometimes suggest the extra little details that turn your wedding into a genuinely special affair.
If you can't afford that then don't panic. Many wedding venues have also held plenty of wedding receptions in the past and will probably be only to keen to pass on their pearls of wisdom. Organise the most important elements first, such as what you are going to give your guests to eat and drink. If you want to supply a free bar then make sure you negotiate as many wedding venues will be willing to offer a discount for large orders.
Wedding receptions typically offer entertainment after the wedding breakfast and speeches are over, but don't feel you have to opt for the traditional DJ and disco. If your guests would prefer a more sedate affair then how about a string quartet to serenade them? If you know you will have lots of children attending the day then it is worthwhile considering how to entertain them. Table magicians work well for older children, whilst younger ones will be delighted with a small bag of inexpensive goodies placed on the table for them to enjoy during the meal.
Finally, the most important thing is to relax. Your wedding day will hopefully be the start of a fantastic married life together, and with the right planning, you'll be able to look back on the day with fond memories for many, many years to come.