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Hot topic: Regional weddings

Our regional experts talk big-day venues, family-moons and drone photography

Cornish coast

Cornish coast

Q. Following our Cornish-based wedding, we want to stay in the region for a UK-based family-moon with our two young children. Can you suggest somewhere relaxing and peaceful, but with some activities taking place, and stunning scenery?

A. Jess Trevarthen says: Jess says: Why not explore the borders of both Devon and Cornwall, offering fun for all ages that's ideal for a family-moon? It's a really good idea to consider a camping holiday, with the option of lots of outdoor activities.

Located on a peninsula tumbling into the vast Atlantic Ocean, almost completely surrounded by the sea, Whitsand Bay Fort has plenty to offer. There are extensive views of the sea, city, and countryside, plus being the only camping and touring resort situated on the heritage coastline of Rame Peninsula, there's an outdoor heated swimming pool, bar and on-site restaurant. For those who prefer a touch of luxury, one of our chic Scandinavian style lodges is a great option for adults and kids alike.

The fort architecture displays the original cannons decorating the lining of the cliffs. Discover old tunnels and hand-carved messages engraved in the walls and the hidden beaches that are just waiting to be explored, as well as the rural footpaths of Kingsand and Cawsand Bay. The local fishing villages of Looe and Polperro are ultra Insta-worthy, and make sure you devour a local Cornish pasty, an eat-by-the-sea favourite!

With links to the Adventure Bay Surf School, the entire family can learn to surf, paddle board and kayak on the beach located opposite on the Cornish coast.

An aerial view

An aerial view

Q. We are considering hiring a drone for our wedding photography and videography. Can you advise us?

A. Sarah Turpitt says: Sarah says: There's no denying that drone photography and videography is an incredible way to document the grand perspective of the chosen wedding venue.

As with any service you're hiring for your wedding day, it's important that it's a worthwhile investment. You must also feel comfortable that your chosen drone photographer is operating within the law before any money is paid. It's illegal for a drone operator to take payment for their services unless they hold a Civil Aviation Authority permission to fly a drone. It's also a legal requirement that they hold Commercial Drone Insurance or Public Liability Insurance. So before you confirm your booking, make sure you have received evidence of both in writing.

If you have seen some aerial photography that you like the style of, get in touch with the photographer to request to see their portfolio, and check their reviews. Most wedding venues will have drone operator contacts that they can share with you.

Once you have taken these necessary steps, check that they have availability on your preferred date. Discuss what shots you wish to achieve, including static images and video ones. Make sure that you read their terms and conditions and are happy with them.

Don't forget to contact your venue and ask if they have any other restrictions on permitting drone photography, for example, restricted fly zones etc.

Island life

Island life

Q. We're considering marrying in the Isles of Scilly. Can you help us with some knowledge of venues in the area and what they have to offer?

A. Lesley Thomas says: Lesley says: We have several stunning locations for you to choose from, from our small register office on St Mary's, Isles of Scilly for a simple ceremony with just your witnesses, to one of our licensed venues for a larger occasion. Many couples make the trip to the islands to tie the knot and experience a Scillonian wedding.

On St Mary's, there's the Star Castle Hotel offering a romantic medieval setting, and Juliet's Garden Restaurant with stunning panoramic vistas across the harbour.

If you prefer a remote island setting, Karma St Martin's, could be for you. The luxury hotel can offer celebrations overlooking the silky white sands of the beach in front of their gardens, with views stretching across to the other islands.

It's always an option to have a simple civil ceremony in the register office, followed by an affirmation of vows, exchanging rings on your favourite beach, in a picturesque garden, or even onboard a boat, the possibilities are endless. We can offer the Porthcressa Beachside Room that opens on to the beach for superb photo opportunities, or just a quick paddle!