Cwtchfest Exhibitor Spotlight: Part 9

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OMG!!!!! Hands up who is excited about Cwtchfest!!! It is only one week away now and there are so many amazing suppliers that are going to be there. Honestly if there is the tiniest bit of the planning that you … Continue reading

Boutique Wedding Fayre: Ivy Bush Hotel, Carmarthen on Sunday 13th March,

We have a date for your diary… and its THIS SUNDAY! 12828300_1170837222962741_6399099454696547608_oThe beautiful Boutique Wedding Fayre returns to the Ivy Bush Hotel, Carmarthen on Sunday 13th of March 2016.


With lots of amazing local, Welsh suppliers on hand to help you create the perfect wedding…This is one date you don’t want to miss.

 Free Entry, Goody Bags and prizes to be won!



Honeymoon hampers, Emma Phillips Bridal StudioMaria Farrelly PhotographyExquisite by DesignTop Class Cars & WeddingsJackie James,Leah James Makeup ArtistryLyn’s Cake Creations,Cariad CampersPiece of Cake WalesBlodau Blodwen FlowersGeorgina Cornock Harpist/Telynores, ,Cynhyrchiad CLIC Productions – Wedding VideographyMake-Up By NicolaDreams Events Styling – Chair Covers & Wedding Decoration Hire,Huw Rees BridesCatherine & Angharad – Stylish Wedding PhotographyGlyn’s Wedding Cars,Christina’s Chair Covers & Sashes and Roy Watkins Photography.

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Valued at £150! Simply fill in your details on the post card provided when you enter the event.

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Date For The Diary: Penarth Wedding Fayre

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Stop the Press…. We have a date for your diary: Penarth Wedding Fayre We have got a fabulous wedding event to tell you all about today! We’re thrilled to announce that the Penarth Wedding Fayre is being held on Sunday 6th … Continue reading

The Glanusk Estate: The Location For Cwtchfest 2016

I’m thrilled to be collaborating with the amazing Glanusk Estate on this years Cwtchfest. I’m still pinching myself that this crazy idea I had of organising a large wedding festival in Wales is not only happening again, but that it’s growing… on an epic scale!

Today I wanted to share with you the reasons why I chose The Glanusk Estate and why I think it should be on your list of ‘must-see’ venues for your wedding.~ Maria.glanusk

The Glanusk Estate is one of the largest privately owned Estates in Wales and is situated in the beautiful countryside of the Usk Valley, Crickhowell, South Wales in the Brecon Beacons National Park.

Cornwall and shop 127Why did I choose The Glanusk Estate for Cwtchfest?

Thats easy. I only work with companies that I would use myself if planning a wedding. Having photographed hundreds of weddings over the years, I’ve worked alongside MANY venues and suppliers. Some are incredible and some should not be working in this industry (don’t worry, they won’t ever appear on this blog). For me, professionalism and personal recommendations are everything.

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The Glanusk Estate approached me last year when I was in the midst of organising last years festival. I honestly nearly fell of my chair when I read their email.

If you don’t know much about the Estate. Let me share a few things. The Glanusk Estate hosts the world famous Greenman Festival, Spartan Race UK 2015, as well as numerous TV programs and commercials. It is quite simply one of the best locations to host a wedding in Wales and they love Cwtch The Bride.


So why chose The Glanusk Estate for your wedding?

Like me, the team at Glanusk really do love a good wedding! You are not part of a production line either. They really do go that extra mile which means so much when planning a wedding.

They are super friendly, personal and offer a really bespoke service.  The Glanusk Estate team pull out all the stops to make your wedding day memorable and a wonderful experience not just for yourselves but also your guests.

Whether you are having an intimate celebration for 20 or 30 guests, or a larger party, they really do have the perfect backdrop for your special day.Claire_Ian0206


Having photographed in many of the wedding venues across Wales, what struck me as a massive selling point here (besides the epic views) is their pricing. The Glanusk Estate does not charge corkage!  Most venues do which is where the pricing can start to rocket. There is nothing worse than falling in love with a venue and then sitting down with the price list and finding out all the ‘extras’ you HAVE to pay to personalise your day exceeds your budget.

At Glanusk, the bride and groom can not only make their own choice of alcohol but can also select their own choice of caterer and marquee company rather than being restricted to a small selection offered by many venues. That alone is worth calling the team to arrange a site visit!

Do I have to hire the entire Estate for my wedding?

no, no, no :)

The beauty of this location is that you have a choice of four areas on the estate. Each has a totally different feel and charm of its own.

We’ll be going into more detail about each area over the coming weeks but to give you a brief outline. There are four main areas to consider.

 The Glasshouse & Old Walled Garden

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Penmyarth House

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River View

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Penmyarth Church is also on the estate. It’s a private chapel for blessings and can seat up to 100 guests.  Its also walking distance from River View and is ridiculously pretty.glanusk - hi-res (34x23cm 300dpi jpegs) - 195

There is so much more about The Glanusk Estate that I want to share with you but I’m going to have to do that over a series of posts.

Also, don’t just take my word for it, come along on Sunday 17th April to Cwtchfest. Our tickets are selling like hot welshcakes and we’d love to see you there. It really is going to be the wedding event of the year!

buy-tickets-here-12I cannot wait to descend on this idyllic venue with my team and fill it with inspiring ideas for your wedding along with the best selection of wedding professionals in Wales.   Only 93 days to go!

Maria x 


Date For Your Diary: Jolyons Wedding Event

We have got a fabulous wedding event to tell you all about today!

Tomorrow evening from 6pm Jolyon’s at no.10 Boutique Hotel, Cardiff is hosting an intimate wedding showcase and we’d love to see you there.

There are some amazing suppliers attending. Cwtch The Bride’s founder Maria Farrelly Photography, Lush list member Rachel Burgess Bridal Boutique, Sweet Peony Floral Design, Anne Morgan Jewellery, Sloane Homes and Jon Turtle Photography to name a few! Doors Open at 6:00pm, come along for a glass of bubbly and some canapés (yes…have a night off from your New Years Diets!)

See you there!

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