It may not be the obvious time of year to hold a wedding but, for Bodmin Jail, it’s peak season.

The venue is hosting six ceremonies over a four-week period – a record number in such a short space of time – and most have reflected the jail’s dramatic past.

“There have been some incredible outfits,” said Bodmin Jail Events Manager Laura Harwood. “In just one week, we had a traditional wedding on the Saturday, a Victorian-themed one on the Sunday, a Harry Potter-styled ceremony on the Wednesday and a convict-themed one the following Saturday. Another recent event took place in the cell area. The groom was a sound and lighting technician at the Hall for Cornwall and he made an unforgettable entrance amidst thunder and lightening effects. Then the lighting changed and the bride walked down the aisle in a beautiful green, corseted dress with black boots.”

Laura joined the Jail just over two years ago from five-star Boringdon Hall Hotel in Devon where she was wedding coordinator.

“I love my job at the jail and am delighted the number of weddings here has been almost doubling on an annual basis since 2016,” she said. “It’s a quirky place to get married but a lot of people are looking for something unusual – one event later this month, for example, will feature a wrestling match, though not between the newly married couple! We’re also very popular for hen and stag parties.”

Bookings are already going very well for next year and, in 2020, the jail’s new four-star, 63-bedroom hotel, currently under construction, is due to be completed.

“We’ll be applying for new wedding licences that year to open up more ceremony options,” said Laura. “It’s all very exciting and wonderfully different.”

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