Part One: Amy Mair Couture Special Promotion

Happy Saturday Cwtchers! We don’t normally post on a Saturday but we have made a special exception for Amy from Amy Mair Couture. This lovely lady is taking over our blog today to tell you all about her beautiful bridal gowns, a recent move to one of Cardiff’s most sophisticated arcades PLUS her amazing special offer for our lovely brides-to-be.

This is also the first in a three part series with Amy throughout November. So without further a do, lets hand you over to Amy for her first instalment.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. Cwtch the Bride only accepts sponsored posts from companies we think will be useful to you :) 


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Amy Mair (above). All images in this post are by O&C Photography

Hello and welcome to my Bridal Couture label Amy Mair Couture.

I started working on my brand and designing wedding gowns a few years ago however it was in the summer this year that I released my signature couture collection ‘Eira’ and launched the Amy Mair Couture brand independently with the opening of my new Cardiff Studio Boutique in September this year. 0098-Eira Collection AMC2014

The Studio Boutique is in the heart of Cardiff centre, in the sophisticated Creative Quarter of the Morgan arcade. The studio boutique is where I conduct all of my appointments along with developing my creative work.

I believe I have achieved to incorporate the magical process of creating wedding gowns along with a luxurious and relaxed feeling of being in a boutique. I feel inspired by every bride I meet and their journey to choosing the perfect collection gown or a bespoke gown uniquely made for them.  0379-Eira Collection AMC2014

The move to Cardiff was very exciting for me as I wanted to start a new life in the city and evolve the Amy Mair Couture brand so that I could meet more brides and be in close contact with brides more frequently. I want to offer as much time and advice to each bride that I can and hopefully build a friendship over the consultation period, choosing your wedding dress or having one made is a truly magical experience, I want to make the journey as joyous and relaxed as possible.

The signature collection, Eira launched this year in celebration of the relocation and New Studio Boutique. The creation of this collection was a truly exciting time for me, it was the first independent Amy Mair Couture Collection and the development of it was highly awaited. 0276-Eira Collection AMC2014

November Promotion

In celebration of the opening of the New Studio Boutique and the re-launch of the brand to a Cardiff audience I would like to announce this SPECIAL OFFER that we will be promoting throughout the whole month of November and take the opportunity to celebrate the completion of the studio boutique décor.

We will be offering 20% off any gown from the Eira Collection throughout the month of November.

20% off a Couture gown is a fabulous offer, you could be saving up to £450 off your couture wedding gown.

Each gown is exclusive to Amy Mair Couture studio boutique, we have the gowns all displayed in the beautiful space ready to be tried on.  The sample gowns range from a size 10 to size 12. However they each are made from a size 6 up to a 14/16. A made to measure service is also available on request.

On purchase of an Eira Collection gown the deduction will be made, and the deposit of this total sum will be requested in November for the 20% off to be issued.

The Eira Collection

There are five gowns in the Eira Collection. Today, I’d like to introduce you to two of them; Llana & Elena.

Ilana Gown

Ilana is a fishtail gown with a soft French lace overlay on silk duchess satin. The French lace is extremely delicate, soft and is 100% pure silk. The lace neck detail gives the illusion that the lace stands on its own however there is a soft tulle continuing the line into a narrow neckline. The tulle then opens out into a triangular strap at the back which also reflects the French lace that I on the bodice. 0036-Eira Collection AMC2014

Ilana is decorated at the underbust with diamante crystals in a series reflecting leafs, this trim continues all the way around the underbust and meets the fastening button back. 0074-Eira Collection AMC2014

The classic fishtail shape creates a beautiful silhouette with a largely curved train emphasising the curves from waist to hips.

The lower dress where the French lace meets the silk tulle is finished beautifully with a scalloped edging. The tulle has a lovely light movement. 0076-Eira Collection AMC2014

  • Ilana Gown
  • Price: £1,755.00
  • Promotional Price £1,404.00
  • Saving  £351
  • Available from size 6 to 14

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The second gown featured in today’s post is Elena

Elena Gown

Elena is a luxurious gown, it is fully beaded in circular motions, each circle has a series from small to large and each circle has its own design using different diamante, sequin and beadwork. 0254-Eira Collection AMC2014

The gown features a boat neck shaped neckline graduating into an open V back. Elena has a long beaded sleeve with a scalloped edge finish.

This gown has a very subtle train and buttons fastening down the centre back. Elena is inclusive of a belt in the same circular beading movement, it is perfect to enhance a waistline. However without the belt the silhouette is simply classic. 0293-Eira Collection AMC2014

Elena is also available to order with no sleeve or a cap sleeve if you desire to change the design. There is no extra charge to amend this.

We can design the Elena gown to have no sleeve and keep a simple boat neck design which looks beautiful also

The production of the Elena gown is very time consuming so please consider this with regards to your order date..

  • Elena Gown
  • Price: £2,200
  • Promotional Price: £1,760.00
  • Saving £440
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In Part Two (coming soon) I will be introducing two more gowns from my Eira collection… and of course more images courtesy of O&C Photography. If you can’t wait til then and would like more information on theses gowns or other gowns from the Eira Collection then please contact me on 07531520158 or email

We have an appointment only service to ensure that each bride can have as much time as they desire in the studio boutique, it also allows each bride to enjoy a personal and private experience.

Throughout the month of November the studio will be open every weekend – Saturday and Sunday – for the length of the promotion.

You can also find us on Facebook, Twitter , Pinterest  and Instagram Or visit the website


Thank you so much Amy! That really is a wonderful offer. Amy will be back on Thursday with more dresses from this beautiful collection.



Real Wedding: Katie & James’ DIY Brecon Beacons Wedding by Christopher Ian Photography

Katie & James got married on the 16th of August at The Barn at Brynich in the Brecon Beacons. On Monday we featured them as our Cwtch of the Week and next week Katie and her friends Jo and Bex will be back to tell us more about their joint venture A Bride’s Gift. Their wedding was photographed beautifully by our wonderful sponsor Christopher Ian PhotographyKatie & James1

How would you describe your wedding theme? The Princess Bride meets Japan with lots of homemade touches! The tables were all named after locations in the Princess Bride (Pit of Despair, Cliffs of Insanity), an epic Princess Bride cake made by my lovely friend Jo and the theme music was played by her husband Nick on piano as I walked down the aisle. We had 1000 origami cranes which traditionally bring good luck in Japan and Japanese cherry blossom on our table runners and fans. We didn’t really have a colour theme but made midnight blue table runners and kept to white flowers, mostly grown by my mum.  Katie and James - 117Katie and James - 37Katie and James - 35

What was your favourite part of your wedding? All our favourite people in one place! It’s a day when you can fully appreciate how many lovely people you have in your life and how lucky that makes you. James and I have always wanted a puppy, not being able to due to rented flats, but about halfway through the day James took me back to the onsite accommodation to get prezzies for our mums and revealed a treasure hunt he’d put together with dog collars, bowls, beds all hidden in the cottage. Hunting them all out gave us a bit of time together in a crazy day and was such a special way of looking forward to what our new life together would be. Katie and James - 54

Tell us about your Wedding Dress In looking at wedding dresses I had in mind something simple, long and lean… sort of Jenny Packham-esque. I’d arranged to go to Liverpool with my two best friends to look at dresses but couldn’t go without having first looked at a few dresses with my mum. We’d met some of the ladies from Wedding Belles at Laura’s at a wedding fayre at Brynich earlier that year, so arranged to meet up there to try a few on. I tried on several that were OK, but definitely not what I had in mind. Then my mum spotted a dress, quite simple but still much bigger than I had in mind. I tried it on. I just kept saying ‘oh no!’ in the dressing room. My mum said ‘is it terrible?’ and I said ‘no… I really like it’. It was not at all what I had in mind. It has a chapel train for crying out loud. But mum cried and it felt right. I still went to Liverpool and tried on some amazing dresses (and some awful ones as my friends got a veto-free choice in each shop that I HAD to try on including one that made me look like I’d escaped from a low-budget performance of Oklahoma and another that resembled a dead swan). But in the end, I’d already lost my heart to that first dress and it served me well on the day – comfy and you could easily fit 3 small children under it to play hide and seek during the reception. James liked it too. Katie and James - 22 Katie and James - 56

Who did you pick as your bridesmaids &/or best man and why? We didn’t have formal bridesmaids but I recruited several friends into the BESTies (Bridal Event Survival Team) complete with ID badges. Essentially they kept me sane and did so much to help with the day. Bridget organised my hen do, Bex did my hair and composed a wedding speech from suggestions from the guests, Isabella did my make up on the day, my sister Becky arranged all the outdoor games including making a handmade Princess Bride twister set, Sophie arranged the lovely meal the night before the wedding with her chef husband, Estelle painted my beautiful fans and table runners and Jo made my wedding cake, found my earrings and made over 600 of the origami cranes to decorate the venue. James asked three of his oldest friends to be best men who joined together to write a speech and this was delivered by Mike, who was very nervous but did a grand job. Katie and James - 83

Why did you choose your venue? We knew we wanted to get married in Wales, somewhere between our two families in Aberystwyth and Bridgend and we loved the Brecon Beacons. We went to a wedding fayre at Brynich and loved the relaxed feel and the fact that there was accommodation on site so you could enjoy the whole weekend with friends and family. Katie and James - 3 Katie and James - 57

How did the proposal happen? Every year James and I write a list of things we’d like to do that year. In 2012 that list included an action for James to sing me a song. Now James has taught himself to play the guitar and he’s quite good, but he’d always been to shy to sing in front of me. I’d sneakily heard him from outside the door but he’d always stop when I came in embarrassed. He suggested though that he could work on something until he was happy with it and then sing it for me. So December comes and I’ve completely forgotten this, and on the day we’re due to leave for Wales to have Christmas with family he says he’ll do it then as he won’t have his guitar with him otherwise before the end of the year. He played and sang a Ray Lamontagne song we both love and I sat across the room keeping very still and quiet so not to put him off. He’s got a lovely voice and by the end I was a bit tearful. I went over to give him a hug and when I pulled back he was holding this little box… he asked me to marry him and I burst into sobbing, snotty tears. Really dignified! Katie and James - 52

Any DIY stories/tutorials you’d like to share? If you have some lovely, crafty friends then the origami backdrop was beautiful. I was extremely lucky to have friends like Jo and Estelle who did hundreds of them, roping in their friends, family and workmates. We ended up with bags of them that we strung up with fishing wire. I also got some plain white fans from Ebay that Estelle painted with cherry blossom which looked very effective. Katie and James - 41 Katie and James - 13

I was also very lucky to have a friend called Vanessa who looked at my Pinterest wall of hair pieces and said ‘I could make that…’ and did, incorporating our Japanese theme with little cherry blossoms. Jo also had a friend who made our Princess Bride cake toppers from Fimo… including a ROUS. I always wear converse trainers (when not at work) and decided to wear some for the day to avoid falling over (not graceful in heels). All my friends and family on my hen do decorated them with fabric pens to give me words of encouragement for the big day… and some slightly more risque illustrations hidden inside I later found out ;) Katie and James - 118 Katie and James - 9 Katie and James - 30

What was your first dance & why? Ray Lamontagne – You are the best thing. We liked it. Sorry – that’s a deep as it got :) James’s sister’s band (Soulshoes) did our evening entertainment and they were fantastic! Katie and James - 127 Katie and James - 128 Katie and James - 129

In hindsight, was there anything you would have done differently? Got my photo taken with my BESTies as we somehow missed that. I also felt there were a few people I didn’t get to spend enough time with but it all went by so fast.

Do you have any advice for future couples? It’s really easy to get sucked into the Pinterest world of gorgeous weddings but a good rule we tried to stick with was “does it mean anything special to us?”… James lived in Japan for three years and we are planning to go there for a belated honeymoon next year so that was a joint theme as was the Princess Bride which we both loved. It helped to cut through to what was important.
If you’re growing your hair for your wedding (bride or groom!), why not consider a fresh hairstyle after the wedding by donating 7+ inches of hair to the Little Princess Trust to make wigs for children receiving cancer treatment. You can see our pics at [note from Charlie: More details about A Bride's Gift coming up next week] Katie and James - 122

What’s the best piece of marriage advice you received? In our invitations we asked all guests to submit marriage advice to my friend Bex to make into a speech which she gave with Bridget on the day. There was a lot of good advice in it but it finished with advising James to always reply ‘as you wish’ to any of my wild demands. I think that sounded pretty wise.

What was your favourite thing about planning a wedding? How excited all my friends and family were about the day and how it brought everyone together making things, collecting things, spending time with each other. You’ll be amazed by how much talent there is in your circle and how generous people are with their time and skills if you only ask. People painted, silversmithed (that a word?), folded, baked, sculpted, grew flowers, threaded cranes, cooked, sang, played piano, planned, practiced and delivered make up and hair styles… and hugs. The hugs were ace! Katie and James - 60 Katie and James - 77

The Suppliers

Photographer: Christopher Ian Photography
Ceremony Venue: The Barn at Brynich
Reception Venue: The Barn at Brynich
Bride’s Dress: Wedding Belles at Laura’s
Groom’s Outfit: A Suit That Fits
Band: Soulshoes
Caterers: Purple Carrot Catering

Everything else DIY’d!

The Wedding Album

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Thank you so much to Katie for getting in touch with us, we will be hearing from her again next week when she tells us more about A Bride’s Gift.

Featured Vendor: Pick ‘n’ Mix Circus

As tomorrow is Halloween we have a special featured vendor for you today. We have spoken to Pick ‘n’ Mix Circus‘ Ringmaster Peter Gamble to tell our Halloween brides what they have to offer. But they aren’t just for Halloween- Pick ‘n’ Mix Circus did a wonderful job entertaining the guests at our Cwtchmas Party last December, so if you are planning a Christmas wedding this is for you too, or any time of year you want a circus! 

The Ringmaster. Image from our Cwtchmas Party taken by Tim Bishop

The Ringmaster. Image from our Cwtchmas Party taken by Tim Bishop

"Do you wanna build a snowman?" Image from our Cwtchmas Party taken by Tim Bishop

“Do you wanna build a snowman?” Image from our Cwtchmas Party taken by Tim Bishop

Why have a Halloween Wedding?

Thinking of having a Halloween Wedding? Why not .. think of the venues you could use… that crypt , that old barn, the lovely old village hall or how about Castell Coch ? Think of THAT Back Street Boys video, think of the wedding dance you could have, or Michael Jackson’s Thriller!

Why book Pick ‘n’ Mix Circus?

To set the scene and keep the heads rolling you’ll need the services of Cwtch The Bride’s recommended circus entertainers “Gamble and Wells” from Pick -N- Mix Circus, they’ll bring their friends and you can have:

An 8 ft “Lurch” from The Addams Family to meet and greet your guests, a Red Devil, or The Biker from Hell or fire swords and fire whips with fantastical stilt walkers to loom over your guest serving them a “Blood Sucker” cocktail or a “Morgue-a-Rita” or perhaps served on a ghostly glowing human table.

The Giant Red Devil and Biker from Hell

The Giant Red Devil and Biker from Hell

Masked Showgirls

Masked Showgirls

Instead of a toast master why not book a ringmaster?

The Ringmaster. Image from our Cwtchmas Party taken by Tim Bishop

The Ringmaster. Image from our Cwtchmas Party taken by Tim Bishop

The fun doesn’t stop there , during the Reception they‘ll teach your guests how to throw a knife to deal with the Zombie hordes or crack a whip to chase the ghoulies away, then glowing fluorescent balloon models and scary close up magic at the tables and then finish you off with a cabaret “More Danger Show” with whip cracking , fire eating, and real knife throwing!

Image from our Cwtchmas Party taken by Tim Bishop

Image from our Cwtchmas Party taken by Tim Bishop

How much will it cost?

Tip: The more performers you book the cheaper it gets!

Budget £250-350+ per performer depending on how long they will be with you, or double for a good magician

You will get a discount the more you book. n711331260_1584267_8151

Thank you for talking to us Peter! Happy Halloween!

Unless otherwise stated, images were supplied by Peter Gamble.

Styled Shoot: A Vanity Affair- Part 6 Vintage Props and Stationery

If you are planning a vintage wedding then this post is for you! The China Library and Belle Journée supplied beautiful vintage china and props for our recent styled shoot at the stunning Hensol Castle and these take centre stage for this post, complimented perfectly by handmade stationery from Byjo.

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Huge thanks to these amazing companies for getting involved with our styled shoot, and massive thanks to our readers who modelled for this shoot by Catherine & Angharad.

Featured Suppliers

To see the Inspiration behind our incredible shoot and a full list of all suppliers involved click here and for all of our styled shoot posts which show off so much more beautiful inspiration from these suppliers click here.


Honeymoon Inspiration from The Destination Bride

Earlier this year we introduced Destination Bride Jemma. Jemma loves to travel and working for Kuoni she really is an expert on all things destination. Her beautiful wedding in Italy proves that! Jemma is here today to offer some valuable advice on planning your honeymoon. 

Jemma on her wedding day in Sorrento. Image by Maria Farrelly Photgraphy

Jemma on her wedding day in Sorrento. Image by Maria Farrelly Photography

Honeymoon Inspiration

Planning a honeymoon can be just as important as planning a wedding, traditionally it was a couple’s first holiday together, today there are so many different styles of honeymoon and a whole host of places you can visit.

Traditional Honeymoon

This would be a typical beach break flying just after the wedding; some couples are looking for time to relax and quality time together giving them time to reflect recent events.  Typical elements couples are looking for are, luxury, white sand beaches, spa treatments and an exotic destination.

Places that would offer this experience would be The Maldives, Caribbean Islands, Mauritius and The South Pacific.

The Maldives

Maxi Moon

Some couples take the opportunity of a honeymoon and take an extended trip somewhere; this is usually somewhere completely different to where they have been before and somewhere to really have an adventure

Examples of this would be Driving Route 66, Travelling Australia/New Zealand, walking Machu Picchu

The Inca Trail. Image Source

The Inca Trail. Image Source

Sydney Opera House

Sydney Opera House

Mini Moon

This is sometimes an option for a couple who are only able to take a short amount of time off, due to financial or work commitments.  This is also an option for people who are having another belated honeymoon.  There are lots of wonderful places that you can visit in a short time.  I chose the beautiful city of Monte Carlo, other examples are The Italian Lakes, Paris, Venice, Rome, Morocco, New York the list goes on…

Me in Monte Carlo

Me in Monte Carlo




With lots of couples choosing to have a family before they get married, taking children on a honeymoon is becoming more and more popular.  It’s an opportunity to take a luxury holiday but spend quality time as a family.  Lots of 5 star resorts offer children’s activities whilst Mum & Dad can have some time by themselves.

Which ever option you decide to go for, a honeymoon will be special regardless of budget or destination.  Here are my top tips to consider when booking a honeymoon

1 – Be realistic, as much as travelling first class to the other end of the world sounds amazing, try and set a budget there is nothing worse than setting yourself a large financial commitment when you are in the middle of planning a wedding. Lots of people now have belated honeymoons giving themselves more time to save.

2 – Be mindful of the weather, if you are having a summer wedding and want a honeymoon straight after, lots of places around the world have a rainy season.  Be prepared to be flexible on your destination or even postponing the trip if you want the best weather.

3 – Choose itinerary that encompasses all your interests and passions, and at a pace that suits you.  There is no point in choosing a New York City break if you want something quiet and relaxing, there is a destination for everyone and every interest.

We’d love to know where you are going on honeymoon! Leave a comment in the box below and let us know where you have planned. Also if you have any questions about honeymoons then Jemma is the perfect person to ask…