Celebrate on the water with Fal River Cruises

Article Published: Monday 9th February, 2015 - 11:20am

It’s difficult to imagine anything more blissful than a wedding on the water.

While the wild beauty of Cornwall’s coastline is indisputably awe-inspiring, the meandering rivers of the county have an enchantment all of their own. The otherworldly beauty of the River Fal in particular – with its meandering banks cloaked in lush woodland, the quaint fishing villages and boats bobbing by – offers palpable tranquillity and unfeasible romance.

Fal River Cruises operates a bespoke charter service through this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Wedding celebrations may take place on one of the classic wooden ferries that weave their path along the sublime stretch of water.

Imagine boarding Moyana – a luxury and particularly charming vessel with its blue and cream palette – and savouring a glass of champagne as the breeze toys with your hair and your guests wow over the spellbinding scenery as it rolls by.

Taking a wholly flexible and individual approach, there’s a multitude of options available, which allow couples to incorporate a cruise element into their day. You might charter a cruise to transport your guests to and from your wedding venue. A number of churches and venues are located close to the banks of the river: you’ll find some particularly idyllic churches on the Roseland, while Falmouth, Truro and St Mawes are home to some enchanting wedding venues, from historic castles through to luxe hotels.

Love the idea of spending those first heady moments of newly wedded bliss coasting along the river and mingling with your family and friends? Then opt for a reception drinks cruise; complete with heated and covered areas, a fully stocked bar, catering and entertainment – though couples are welcome to source their own should they wish – all the elements for a truly individual party on the water are provided.

A cruise can also be chartered for a spine-tinglingly atmospheric evening reception. Picture the sheer magic of the sun slipping behind the scenic surrounds, the chinking of champagne glasses and the lights dancing on the water while the sounds of your playlist or live band fill the air.

With the extended wedding celebration growing ever more popular, you might decide to reconvene with your guests for a memorable day of festivities on the water the day after the wedding; think laidback fun, relaxed dining and maybe even some live jazz or acoustic sounds as the banks of the river, and its enchanting sights, glide by. There are even digital screens on board, allowing you to share the images and videos of the wedding to your guests’ delight.

With the waterway taking you past a multitude of beauty spots, from St Mawes and Mylor to Falmouth and Trelissick Gardens, the route can be tailored to suit your vision and plans for the day. Prepare for the mobile party of your dreams in this achingly beautiful place.