For beach chic, the South Sands Hotel is hard to beat. With postcard views and an elegant New England-style nautical theme, it offers plenty of choice for large or small receptions, plus great food and wine, overseen by local celebrity - writer, fishmonger and chef - Mitch Tonks.

GUEST LIST 40 for ceremonies, 80 for receptions THE BILL Three-course menu from £60pp, plus additional charges for exclusive use of the hotel or restaurant LICENCE? Yes CONTACT 01548 859000;