Well here at Cwtch HQ we have been wiped out by one thing and another in our lives and only now are we getting a chance to posting about our fabulous #Cwtchfest2017 that happened at the stunning St Fagans National History Museum in April.
Cwtch the Bride is run by fabulous ladies who all do this out of love for all things Wedding related and our gorgeous brides.
Cwtch founder Maria and features editor Anna
Cwtchfest organiser Lindsey and her Cwtchfest rocks Lisa and Liv
There will be more Cwtch events from us! WATCH THIS SPACE!!!
Until then kick back, grab a cuppa and imagine you are back in a sunny field with your besties, drinking cocktails, listening to amazing live bands whilst planning one of the best days of your life- because that’s what Cwtchfest is all about…
Eek… We are so excited to be bringing you yet another awesome Cwtchfest wedding festival and cannot wait to open the doors to you all tomorrow. Set up is going really well and we’ve lots more to add to the field, it’s so exciting seeing everything come together.
(just a few tables to set up!)
Todays post is all about what to expect at Cwtchfest and to help you make the most of your day!
If you have already bought your tickets, HURRAY! Simply print them off or show the confirmation email on your phone when you arrive at the registration tent. There is a barcode we can scan.
If you haven’t bought your tickets yet we strongly advise you get them ASAP. You can purchase on the day at the gate but there may be a wait. The sun is on our side again and we’re expecting this years event to be VERY busy.
By car: The Museum is signposted from junction 33 of the M4 motorway (follow road signs for the Museum of Welsh Life), with direct access from the A4232.
By bus: Buses operate between Cardiff City and St Fagans National History Museum throughout the year (number 32A, 320 and 321). The Easyway 32A bus stops in the main car park of the Museum, and the other two buses stop at St Fagans village. The bus ride between the Museum and Cardiff city centre is approximately 25 minutes.
You can plan your journey using the Traveline Cymru website or by calling their helpline on 0300 200 22 33.
The Museum’s website is full of lots more information regarding disabled access, families, dogs etc… take a look here
When you arrive at St.Fagans, you’ll need to park in the main visitor carpark.
Please note, there is a charge of £5 per car. Please bring change as machines cannot accept notes or card payments. FREE for disabled badge holders, motorbikes and coaches. £25 yearly ticket available from Reception. Remember this money goes towards supporting this wonderful museum.
We recommend if a group of you are coming, car share! (its great for the environment too!)
Once you’ve parked your car, follow the signs through the museum to the main field where Cwtchfest is taking place. Its is based in the field next to the Tannery
We have a jammed packed day organised with so much going on to keep you all busy.
Once you enter the field and receive your wristbands, you can gain access to the event throughout the day. So if you fancy taking a walk around the museum and want to pop back, you can.
Exhibitor Marquee: We have over 60 of Wales’ top wedding professionals all showcasing their products and services. Many will have great offers and discounts exclusively available on the day, make sure you take advantage!
Goody bags: we have 100 goody bags available to the first 100 B&G’s to arrive. these are filled with ACTUAL goodies and not flyers (we’re good like that).
Workshops: Starting at 12 noon we have a range of workshops running on the hour, each for 30 mins. You will be given a timetable of when each workshop is running so you can plan your day. Make sure you watch the first one…Its me :) and is my very first one…bucks fizz is being served too (nudge nudge).
Live music We are pleased to welcome Music HQ back to cwtchfest. They will be providing all the live music throughout the day and each band is available to be booked for your wedding!
Pop up tea room Head to the giant Tipi for afternoon tea and enjoy some acoustic music while you relax.
Demos situatied in the Marquee you will find hair and make up artists running demos throughout the day.
Food & drink We’re thrilled to have some DELICIOUS food & drink companies showcasing with us. You will find them dotted around the festival. Bring an empty tummy and some £’s and you’ll leave feeling very happy!
Make sure you stop off at a cash machine before you arrive!! (plenty at Culverhouse Cross!) There will be a lot of opportunity to purchase many things at the festival. There are no cash machines on site and no facility for paying by card. Please remember to bring £’S
A Big Cwtch
The festival will sadly draw to a close at 5pm. We will end the day with an epic BIG CWTCH that will be photographed for the blog. Please join us and share the love
We have five great workshops running this sunday at #Cwtchfest2017 Starting at 12 noon and each running on the hour for 30 minutes. Here, you will get to meet some of Wales’ finest and most experienced wedding professionals. Spaces are limited on some so we are advising you all arrive early. If you don’t manage to get a space then you are all still welcome to listen and take notes :)
12 noon- Maria Farrelly Photography
Creator of Cwtch The Bride and professional wedding Photographer, Maria Farrelly is kicking off the first of our Cwtch Workshops.
Getting the most out of your big day
Having photographed hundreds of weddings over many years Maria has ALOT of experience of virtually every type of wedding in most locations. From Festival weddings in the middle of no where to traditional church weddings with 300+ guests, maria has found they all have one thing in common. The need to be well organised!
Planning your day properly and being aware of how long things REALLY take will give you a better understanding of how your day will go.
In this workshop, Maria will walk you through the typical time scales of a wedding day. This is a great opportunity to involve the bridal party (who normally don’t have a clue what is going on). So many brides want to plan their own wedding and think its easy. Its not, trust us. The more help you get, the better. Maria will show you how to delegate, who best to give roles to, how to avoid turning into a bridezilla and most importantly how to get the most out of your day.
She will also give you some great tips on how to look great in your wedding pictures!
You’re never fully dressed without Yume hair! Yume means dream and we LOVE to create dream hair for that dream wedding!
Do you want your own personal wedding hair stylist that’s part of a professional team of wedding experts to create your bespoke wedding look? Then that’s another reason to say “..I DO” We will be showing three very different bridal looks, each being bespoke to the individual wedding style. …From Classic/Elegant to Rock-chic and Boho too…lots of fabulous ideas to share with you. The complete look – hair, make-up and wedding dress too! Your visit to the salon needn’t be daunting and worrying…but a happy, exciting experience knowing you will come away with lots of hair and make up ideas, hints and tips, including your own personalised Wedding hair and beauty plan!
* Veil or no veil…?
* How to prepare your hair for the big day…?
* Is your hair as glossy as it could be…?
* Does your hair colour suit your cool or warm skin tone…?
* Wedding hair trends 2017-2018…?
We take pride in sharing with you our advice and guidance on how to enhance your own wedding ideas…. focusing your vision of your dream wedding and turning into a reality!
2 pm- Do You Believe?
We have Helen from Do You Believe running a fabulous workshop on Body Confidence.
Every bride is capable of looking and feeling fantastic on their wedding day, no matter what size, height or anything else that varies! But theres more to it than just trying to be on trend. You have to be smart. If you truly FEEL fantastic you will certainly LOOK fantastic too because confidence is more striking than any frock I can tell you to wear.
If you are looking for some advice on how to work with your god given gifts then Helen has some pearls of wisdom which she has learnt over many years of dressing all different shapes and sizes.
I have a top 5 tips on how to work with what you’ve got and some hints on how to make wedding dress shopping easier and more enjoyable: 1) the dos and donts for your shape and size 2) what to take with you- being prepared when shopping 3) be open minded 4) the finishing touches- the devil is in the detail 5) when/where and who PS- a touch on bridesmaids- the diplomatic approach
3pm – Make Up By Nicola
Award winning professional make up artist, make-up by Nicola has over 10years of industry experience and will be answering all your make up questions at the workshop
4pm – The Flower Hive
Come and talk to Eva at The Flower Hive about using locally grown flowers for your wedding, and creating naturalistic designs.
Join in a buttonhole workshop . Learn how to design and make your own unique buttonholes and be creative at your wedding. Practice floristry skills using spring flowers and hedgerow foliage.
Vintage Cup and Cakes hires beautiful mix and match china which captivates the essence of a quintessential afternoon tea. Whatever the occasion, big or small, vintage china makes a unique statement, with teacups and saucers, plates and cake stands mismatched with pretty teapots and milk jugs. We have china for afternoon tea and dinner services including a beautiful eclectic array of glasses. All the china has been personally sourced and it really matters to Vintage Cup and Cakes that we work together to make a truly special event for all our customers. We also offer homemade afternoon tea, with sandwiches, cakes and bakes which can be chosen by the host to suit tastes and themes.
We do not have any minimum numbers and are happy to cater for small or large parties. We have 150 place settings of china. We also have homemade bunting and can make bunting to order to match colour schemes or use special fabric to tie in with the special day. You can chose to only hire the china, to have a package of china and afternoon tea or simply for us to provide the cakes! We are very flexible and want to meet your needs for your big occasion!
Whatever the event, whether it be a wedding, hen party, mother of the bride tea, birthday, christening or a ‘just because’ tea party, Vintage Cup and Cakes brings together a love of vintage, beautiful china and cakes…the perfect combination!
Facebook – Vintage Cup and Cakes
Twitter – @vintage_cac
Paper Date Wedding Stationary
At Paper Date Wedding Stationery, we design and produce luxury and bespoke stationery products for weddings. From the ‘save the dates’ to the ‘thank you’ cards – if you’re getting married, we can offer you the entire creative service needed to make your day unforgettable.
We offer a very personal service that is friendly but professional. You get to know us and more importantly we get to know you. Everything is designed and planned around you as a couple.
Wedding stationery doesn’t have to be formal and stuffy, it can be anything you want it to be. Your invites set the tone and the standard of your wedding. It’s the first thing your guests will see, so making the perfect first impression matters. We have a variety of collections to choose from, all of which will be altered to match your colour scheme and the wording changed to suit your style.
We also offer a bespoke service, where we start from scratch together, building upon your ideas until we’ve created your dream stationery. We only use the finest materials and are obsessed with paper, constantly sourcing new types to make your stationery a cut upon the rest. Our wedding stationery is for anyone who wants their special day to be truly special and unique to them.
Kate Richards Photography
My style is warm, romantic and modern, using light and scenery to frame the moment.
I love to take relaxed portraits in natural surroundings, and capture genuine emotion and atmosphere of the day – to show the warmth, happiness and love, so when you look at your photos years later you remember the feeling of that day.
Calon Lân Cakes
We at Calon Lân Cakes offer the most delicious Wedding Favours made with love to traditional recipes. All homemade with love, not mass produced.
We began with scrummy Welshcakes as Wedding Favours but have since progressed to Bara Brith, Chocolate Brownies & Shortbread. We use only the best quality ingredients in everything that we bake & nothing is ever frozen. Our butter is Welsh & our eggs are free range to give you the best, most natural tasting favour around – each one sprinkled with a bit of Calon Lân love.
We also love to experiment with Welshcake flavours, most of which are totally unique to us. Peanut Butter & White Chocolate, Pistachio & Lime, Chilli & Chocolate to name but a few! We also have the traditional currants of course!
We also have beautiful packaging styles, many with a vintage & boho theme. These include paper packages tied with string, lovely hessian bags, vintage style boxes & our brand new favour jars. All of which can be tied with ribbon of your choice or twine, we can pop a tag on for you & even hand tie some beautiful fresh flowers – the choice is yours, we pride ourselves on our bespoke, personal service.
I am Kate Lee, owner of Love-Lee Wedding Stationery, lover of Pinterest, Macs (the apple kind), pinwheels and pompoms.
I am a graphic designer by profession, having worked in the industry for over 14 years. Here at Love-Lee we get excited about meeting our customers for the first time. It must be the goodies we provide, as it brings out their fun side, lots of giggles and what they love about each other and life. It all helps when choosing stationery for the big day.
Love-Lee has a range of themes and products in the collection and each theme has a fully designed package. We also have a collection of beautiful paper stocks and a range of colours to choose from.
If you are looking for something different however, the Love-Lee bespoke service means you can customise an existing theme or even better have a design that is completely unique. We are excited to be launching foil printing and laser cutting to the collection for Spring/Summer, so keep a look out on social media :) www.lovelee-design.com