6 Places to Get Married on the Islands of Guernsey
With stunning views, natural coastline and world class restaurants, the Islands of Guernsey are an amazing location for your destination wedding.
If you are looking for a unique location, easy to access from the UK and France, the Islands of Guernsey are perfect for a wedding with a difference. Our varied landscapes give you venue options to suit your individual style. From city chic or clifftop romance to relaxed beach vibes or rustic luxury, you’ll find a location to suit you on Guernsey.
Our marriage law now allows you to have your wedding ceremony anywhere you like, providing it is conducted by a registered celebrant. Whether you want an intimate wedding on the beach or perhaps a festival-style event in the countryside, it can all be done your way.
For even more reasons to choose the Islands of Guernsey for your wedding, you can read our article here.
1. Beaches and Dramatic Coastline
You don’t have to cross the globe for white, sandy beaches. The West Coast of Guernsey has enviable views and hotels right on the beach, perfect for your celebration. Guernsey is famous for its dramatic tides and sunsets which create atmosphere and incredible backdrops for pictures. In Guernsey, the Peninsula Hotel sits right on the coast, allowing you to have your ceremony in their garden overlooking the water. The Cobo Bay Hotel overlooks one of Guernsey’s most beautiful beaches and lets you make the most of Guernsey’s summer evenings.
You can also take the boat over to Herm and host your wedding at the White House Hotel. Situated on the waterfront, The White House reception marquee enjoys beautiful sunset views, and you can choose from Herm’s many beaches or the historic St Tugual’s Chapel for your ceremony. For a beachside wedding, with a contemporary twist, why not get married on the west coast headland before enjoying your reception meal at La Reunion, a beautiful restaurant with views over Guernsey’s Cobo Bay.
2. Countryside Tipis and Rustic Romance
Dreaming of an outdoor wedding or your very own festival? Tipi and tent-based weddings are a great way to build your ideal wedding with all elements being brought in especially for the day, with no set template you can make it your own. Bonita Events provide Sperry Tents and Nordic Tents that can be decorated to suite your style.
For some rustic romance Les Caches Farm, owned by the National Trust Guernsey, can host up to 100 people in their historic traditional Guernsey farmhouse. With its thatched roof and adjacent orchard, it is a beautiful place to celebrate.
3. Clifftop Views
The Islands of Guernsey have stunning cliff top vistas that are ideal wedding locations, allowing you to enjoy the view all day long. Most often a tent is used to create a cosy structure where you can celebrate regardless of the weather. On Guernsey, the south coast and Les Cotils are popular locations for cliff top weddings, and if you are looking for even more adventure you can take the boat to our sister island, Sark. Sark has a unique and dramatic landscape, no cars and is a wonderful escape from everyday life. Little Sark also makes an excellent wedding venue, with La Coupée providing an amazing photo opportunity.
However, if eloping is more your style, the cliff tops of Guernsey could make a romantic place for vow exchanges and a champagne picnic.
4. Castles and Historic Sites
Historical sites are in abundance on the Islands of Guernsey with many dating back to the mediaeval period. Coastal forts make for atmospheric locations for weddings, and some can be hired out exclusively for weddings, such as Castle Cornet. You can also hire tipis and marquees for weddings at Vale Castle, giving you beautiful coastal views and dramatic backdrops. Some other locations to explore include: Fort Clonque in Alderney, Fort Grey and Clarence Battery in Guernsey.
5. Relaxing Hotels
Across the Islands of Guernsey we are fortunate to have a range of beautiful hotels who are experienced in hosting weddings. From city-chic style to rural cosiness, these venues can guide you through the planning process with many offering a mix of packages and bespoke services. Local wedding planners will also be able to help with finding on-island suppliers and finding the right location for your day.
If you are looking for city style we suggest the Old Government House Hotel and Duke of Richmond Hotel, both located in St Peter Port in Guernsey, with easy access to restaurants and each sporting amazing sea views. Inland The Farmhouse, Les Douvres and Hotel Hougue Du Pommier all offer countryside charm with beautiful gardens. In Sark the Stocks Hotel showcases the rural tranquillity of the island, perfect for a wedding. And in Alderney the Georgian Hotel offers 17th century elegance in the cobbled streets of St Anne’s.
These are just a sample of what is on offer. Click here for a full list of hotels on the Islands of Guernsey.
6. Somewhere a little different
Guernsey is home to hundreds of old vineries, previously used for plant agriculture. These immense glass houses make highly unique settings for weddings that can be styled to suit your dream day. Great for weddings in spring and autumn, the glass lets you enjoy a nature feel whilst giving you that extra heat boost. Local wedding and event planners will be able to help you make this unique vision come to life. Our new marriage law now gives you the option to get married anywhere on the Islands at any time - including on the sea and in the air!
So why not even consider hiring a boat to host your wedding party on and enjoy the amazing views of the Islands' coastlines?
For more information on Getting married in Guernsey, visit Weddings in Guernsey.