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Last update: May 2024

Set against the backdrop of its private Blue Flag beach, Carbis Bay Hotel is a premier wedding venue located in St. Ives, Cornwall. Boasting a landscape as exotic and exhilarating as Britain’s shorelines offer, this hotel offers breathtaking scenes to remember the day by. With its quintessential Cornish laidback style, spectacular surroundings and fabulous facilities, this is a truly romantic and memorable place to say ‘I do’.

Facilities and Capacity

Twelve separate areas of the Carbis Bay Hotel are licensed for ceremonies, including its Beach and Ocean Venues, the outdoor pavilion and beautiful indoor function suites. Cocktail parties and barbeques can be thrown overlooking the turquoise waters and buttery sand. Wherever the soiree is hosted, you can expect spectacular seaside views across all suites. As the final drinks are poured and the last song is played, you won’t have far to travel to lay down your head for the night. Situated on the beach are the hotel’s new, coastal-chic Ocean Lodges and Suites, boasting hot tubs and plunge pools, making for a night of utter comfort and relaxation. Larger apartments are available to accommodate wedding parties and travelling families for a luxurious overnight stay for your nearest and dearest. With an on-site spa and a delectable breakfast on offer, you’re guaranteed a restful and relaxing stay at this seaside retreat.

Services Offered

From classic and quirky to grand and glamorous, weddings are expertly tailored to every couple’s precise wishes. A dedicated wedding coordinator remains on hand to help at every stage of the planning process. From making critical decisions to ironing out the final details, this coordinator can assist. The Carbis Bay Hotel is also celebrated for its outstanding cuisine, and the team works closely with you to select the ideal menu choice. You and your loved ones can look forward to a fantastic culinary experience throughout your stay with seasoned experts.

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Frequently asked questions

Venue type:

In the country
Coastal weddings
Historic
Landmark
Marquees and tents
Church
Large hotel
Outdoor license
Unique weddings

Ceremony options:

Fire ceremony
Civil ceremony licence

Dining options:

Seated meal facilities
Alcohol licence
Buffet meal facilities
In-house catering

Evening entertainment:

Marquee available
Dance floor
Entertainment licence
Live band facilities
Evening reception facilities
DJ facilities

Overnight accommodation:

Overnight accommodation for wedding couple
Overnight accommodation for guests

Venue staff assistance:

Master of ceremonies/toastmaster
Wedding coordinator

Venue leisure facilities:

Hairdresser
Swimming pool
Health suite
Beautician
Fitness centre

Other features:

Exclusive use
Accessible facilities
Car parking
Helipad
Confetti permitted
Pet-friendly
Orangery on site
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Reviews for Carbis Bay Hotel

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12 reviews
100% recommend it
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Elle J. Sent on 23/10/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Dream Wedding

We cannot thank Ria and the staff at Carbis Bay enough for making our wedding day the most perfect day. Our beach wedding was more perfect than we ever imagined, there really is no place quite like Carbis Bay. The scenery, staff, food, drink, absolutely everything was amazing. Carbis Bay Hotel will forever hold a very special place in our hearts and we will always return! Thank you again for everything!
Keeley
Keeley M. Sent on 20/05/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Mrs Keeley Mossop

We had our wedding at the Carbis Bay Hotel Beach Club Restaurant in June 2022. We had the most amazing day, thanks to the staff there. The Hotel itself is beautiful with such lovely surroundings. We don't live in Cornwall but Cornwall has been a special place to us for many years and we had looked at many venues in Cornwall for our wedding. Carbis bay was the last place we had planned to view this particular weekend and we both instantly knew it was the place for us. Ria from the events team was very responsive and informative throughout our planning process and Maxine who coordinated our wedding was amazing. Nothing is too much trouble for Maxine and her team at the Beach Club Restaurant, they work so hard to make sure everything is perfect. We knew from the first time we met Maxine that we were in safe hands and had total trust in her from start to finish. This was particularly important to us, especially living hundreds of miles away from our wedding venue. We both stayed at the hotel the night before our wedding and the staff were great, so accommodating and we took advantage of the spa facilities the night before which was perfect. The venue is more expensive than some of the others we viewed in Cornwall but so worth paying the money for the whole experience, amazing wedding, food was perfect (most guests commented how good the food was after our wedding) and amazing staff. The weather on our day was not as good as we'd hoped so our wedding was held inside instead of outside as planned but Maxine and her team dealt with everything so well, as we knew they would and made it perfect for us, leaving us to just relax and enjoy our special day. We could not of asked for anything better.

We also had Mark Clapp to play his Piano music after our ceremony and throughout the wedding breakfast. We were initially unsure about this as we are very modern in our thoughts but wanted something a bit different and we would highly recommend anyone to have Mark playing his piano. He is such a lovely man and very professional and was very helpful leading up to our wedding. He played all our requests aswell as many of his own choice with music from so many different era's. Most of our guests commented how good he was after the wedding. It created such a great atmosphere, very relaxed but also lively at the same time in parts with us all singing along.
Kieran&Elle
Kieran&Elle C. Sent on 10/01/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Amazing venue and very friendly helpful staff!

We got married in June 2022, ceremony on the beach and reception in the Beach Hut. We would highly recommend Carbis Bay as a wedding venue, it is absolutely stunning! The hotel events team were always on hand if we had any questions and allowed us to visit the venue and ask any questions we had. The hotel staff on our wedding day were amazing, we could not fault them. Our guests were so amazed with the venue and we were so lucky with the weather, no one could believe we were in England! The food was delicious! We opted for the beach bride menu with BBQ and there was so much food and so much choice for all dietary requirements. We would highly recommend this venue and can't thank everyone enough for making our day so special. Wish we could do it all over again!
Emily
Emily F. Sent on 29/10/2022
5 out of 5 rating

An unforgettable day

We postponed our wedding twice due to covid, but were so glad we waited two extra years because it was the best day ever. The hotel changed our date twice for us. We’ll never forget it and it was just what we needed to lift everyone’s spirits. The weather was perfect and we were lucky enough to get married on the beach, taking a paddle in the sea straight after the ceremony. My decorating demands were a bit random, but nothing phased the team. Any problems we had were dealt with professionally. So many of our guests said that it was the best wedding they had ever been to. My husband and I went for a dip in the sea before it got too dark and the staff were on hand with dressing gowns for us. Thanks in particular to the amazing Ria and Maxine. Now to work on the hubby to take me back to Carbis Bay year after year 😜
Bethany
Bethany R. Sent on 08/10/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Carbis Bay - The Best Wedding Venue in Cornwall!

Carbis Bay was the first venue we viewed for our wedding day & we made the decision then & there that Carbis Bay was the place we wanted to get married. The location as well as the venue is absolutely stunning.

We got married in the Ocean Venue, so all of our guests had the most picturesque view of the beach throughout the ceremony & Wedding Breakfast.

The venue were extremely professional & have events running like clockwork. We spent time with the very friendly events co-ordinators beforehand so they knew exactly what we wanted & they made sure to accommodate this. I also really liked the fact that they encouraged us to do things exactly how we wanted rather than how others do it (e.g., we split the speeches between courses etc).

The team on the day were so friendly to us and all of our guests, everyone mentioned how fun the bar staff were as well as how organised everything was (which we can only credit the venue for, particularly Ria who helped us organise the special day).

It was everything we had hoped for, we cannot recommend enough, we have also stayed many times since both in the hotel as well as the beach lodges and in my opinion it truly is the best venue in Cornwall.

Wedding photos - credited to Brad Wakefield, who I also very highly recommend
Louise
Louise G. Sent on 30/09/2022
4.8 out of 5 rating

Fantastic day that we didn't want to end!

Our day at Carbis Bay Hotel was perfect. Everything ran smoothly and the team catered for everything we needed. On the run up to the day the staff were on hand to answer my many questions and to provide reassurance when needed, although i would advise that you confirm one point of contact to avoid having to re-explain details each time you call.
We had the best day of our lives and our guests loved it (they particularly loved the amazing food!).
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Paige P. Sent on 25/06/2024
5 out of 5 rating

Incredible

My partner and I recently had our wedding here and honestly it was the best thing we ever did! The wedding venues are breathtaking, especially the Beach Hut where we had ours. The staff are just simply incredible, all on hand to assist with anything and everything. They are soo courteous and friendly it's just so easy and lovely! Each and everyone especially Ria from the events team went above and beyond to create the most beautiful wedding for us. Couldn't recommend enough!
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Hannah A. Sent on 22/07/2023
5 out of 5 rating

The most perfect venue

We were lucky enough to have our wedding at the Wedding Hut in June 2023. It was the most beautiful day and everything was simply perfect. The events team go above and beyond and nothing is too much trouble. From the very start of the day, to the evening party…just amazing. Our guests loved the food and were blown away by the views of the beach. It really is a little piece of heaven.
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Hannah S. Sent on 17/01/2023
5 out of 5 rating

A stunning wedding venue

We could not have wished for a more stunning venue and location for our wedding! We chose to have an autumn wedding which can be a little risky weather wise, but the rain held off and we had the most beautiful candlelit wedding breakfast overlooking the ocean. Ria and the team were so thorough and organised which put me at complete ease on the day, and they honestly couldn't have done more for us from adjusting lighting/music, coordinating guests, laying out table decorations exactly how I wanted, to being on hand at all times for any queries or requests- they were all amazing. The food was also fantastic! Ourselves and our guests were so overcome with the beauty of Carbis Bay and had the most joyous, magical day. Thank you so much to the wedding team for making our day so special, we cannot wait to come back for our anniversary!
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Gina F. Sent on 30/12/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Beautiful Wedding & Venue, Staff fantastic.

From the moment we were put in touch with the wedding events team we were thoroughly looked after and most importantly in a calm professional manner.
Ria & Maxine especially couldn't have been more accommodating with regular contact from Ria for many months - she really is a wonderful person. Then in the lodges Clare with her assistance throughout our stay. The food in Ugly Butterfly and the staff simply amazing, fun and professional. The staff at our beach bbq great too. We were spoilt throughout! Everything went to plan, looked beautiful, no one waited for anything on the day, dj and fireworks provided were also perfect. We had the most magical day Thank you.
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Emily B. Sent on 16/11/2022
5 out of 5 rating

09.06.2022

We had such a lovely wedding at the gorgeous CB hotel, we would definitely recommend it to others.
We decided to plan our wedding a long time in advance to enable us to have the dream wedding, and CB and the team definitely delivered. Ria was our main contact within the year, she was flexible, professsional and answers many of our questions and queries with no hesitation. Ria and the team were amazing throughout our stay and wedding.
Thank you so much to all of them, and hopefully see you soon in the near future.

Many thanks,
Emily and Scott Rodway
xxx
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Sara B. Sent on 21/10/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Amazing - Oct 16th 2021

I hold a special spot in my heart for Carbis Bay, & Lelant. Ones that are close to my heart.
Carbis Bay is just, stunning. The views, the staff, the entire package is just 100%.
Although i am not local, i like to think i am, as visit family who are local to Carbis Bay and have done for years, so i know how locals, and no locals get treated in certain places. This does not happen at Carbis Bay hotel. All are equal.
We had to postpone due to covid, but to be honest i think this was a positive. We changed to the Ugly Butterfly,( from the beach hut) and, well it was just amazing. There is space to do what you would like, the flowers, wow, were stunning, the view, the layout, staff , chefs, all 100%. Nothing was too much trouble.
These guys know their stuff, everything is top notch. I have nothing negative to say,and trust me, thats rare!
They arent just 'staff' they actually become your friend.
100% the place. You dont need to see my photos, the view, and staff make it all you need.

Anna for the wedding flowers, Jenna for the cake, the chefs, Ria, Maxine, all made a wonderful day come true after so long. Thank you guys. xx
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Carbis Bay Hotel, St Ives TR26 2NP St. Ives (Cornwall)
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