Date for your Diary: County Marquees Viewing Weekend

If you are planning your wedding and  considering having a marquee make sure you pop along to County Marquees‘ Marquee Viewing Weekend. They will be there to answer all your questions and help give you inspiration for your wedding venue. Here is Emma from County Marquees with all the details.

County Marquees would like to invite you to their next Marquee Viewing Weekend on 7th and 8th March held at The Woodlands, Sedbury Park, Chepstow.  This is a great opportunity to view all our NEW Traditional Marquees with panoramic windows, along with our Clearspan Marquees with clear roof and gable.  You will also see our full range of furniture and accessories including our NEW wicker sofas. image003

Please get in touch to make any appointment to be shown around the marquees and discuss your plans in detail.  For directions please follow this linkTrad panoramic windows pic

The Details

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I look forward to seeing you there!

OUR LUSH LIST

Taa Dah!….

Our LUSH LIST is finally  launched!

A fabulous collection of our favourite Welsh Wedding suppliers. All hand picked by us and highly recommended by our readers.

LUSH LIST MAP

To access this awesome directory, press the LUSH LIST icon sitting on the right hand side (if viewing on a computer or tablet)- Scroll down if you are using a phone.

It looks like this:

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Simply click on it and it will take you to a page that looks like this:

lush list iconsSelect the category you need and then choose from our list of highly recommended suppliers.

All the companies listed have links to take you to their own websites, Facebook page & Twitter feed. This is a great way to follow them if you’d like to get to know them a bit more before booking.

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Most of these companies will already be featuring our approved vendor badge on their websites too. This is to give you peace of mind that we’ve either worked with them, Used their services or some of our readers have highly recommend them.

So, there you have it. We do hope you love it and find it a valuable resource to your wedding planning. Have a good look around the directory, click on a few links and let us know what you think. You can send us your feedback here.

We will be adding LOTS more suppliers to our LUSH LIST throughout the year so do keep popping back. We’ll also be inspiring you more by sharing their work over on our Facebook page.

If you run a lovely welsh wedding business (especially in North Wales!) and would like us to consider you for our Lush List. You can get in touch with us here.

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday evening xxx

 

CWTCHFEST: Sunday 19th April 2015

Here it is! we can finally reveal what we’ve spent months planning. Wales is getting its First Wedding Festival and we are organising it!

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What is CWTCHFEST?

Cwtchfest is Wales’ first wedding festival.

For anyone planning a welsh wedding, be it outdoor, festival, vintage or modern in style, we’ve got it covered!

On Sunday 19th April 2015, a beautiful meadow near Cowbridge will play host to our event. Gates open at 11am and we have a jam-packed day organised. With free onsite parking, our event will feature live music & DJ, workshops for all you DIY brides, An exhibition marquee with over 50 of wales’ finest wedding suppliers (11-4pm), talks from wedding experts, food & drink PLUS lots more.

As the sun goes down, relax and enjoy more live entertainment & DJ, have fun in our photo booth and see our giant LOVE letters, Sounds great doesn’t it?!!

We are thrilled to be collaborating with some of the best wedding companies in Wales to bring you this unique event and we’d love to invite you to join us.

buy tickets here

Where is it taking place?

The lovely people at Bluebell Meadows have given us use of their beautiful meadow in Llancarfan (3 miles from Cowbridge).

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We also have the amazing Cariad Canvas & Wedding tipi providing their Stretch Tents,Tipis, bell tents and festival flags.

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buy tickets here

County Marquees are also on board (hurray!) and they will be providing one of their wonderful marquees to showcase just how fabulous an outdoor wedding can be. They will also house our 50+ wedding exhibitors.

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Live music

The Igency are working with us to provide a variety of live acts to keep you entertained throughout the day and if you happened to watch The Voice last night, we can also confirm Shellyann (from Ilectric) will be performing and yes… you can also book her for your wedding too!

Workshops

The fabulous wedding planner, Emma from Sylvie & Joan will be managing our workshops and we have some great DIY projects for you to try. Also, in the lead up to the festival, Emma will be our guest blogger, sharing some essential planning advice! emma-butler

How do I buy tickets?

This is a ticket only event and numbers are strictly limited, so be quick!!

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Over the coming weeks we will be revealing more details about this fabulous event and the wonderful businesses working with us. Seriously, there is not going to be another event like this in Wales! Do not miss out. Get your tickets today.

Want to get involved?

If you run a welsh wedding business and would like to book a stand at our festival,  we have a dedicated team handling all exhibitor bookings. Simply email cwtchfest@cwtchthebride.com for more information.

If you are are wedding business and would like to come along to socialise with the rest of the welsh wedding industry, you too can buy tickets.

Looking forward to seeing you all there!

Love The Cwtch Girls!

Cwtch Girls

Illustration by Slightly Wobbly Designs

 

 

THE LUSH LIST

Shhh…..Today I wanted to let you in on a secret. Its something very special we’re planning to launch later this month. Its called, The LUSH LIST.LUSH LIST MAP

Since our lovely Welsh Wedding blog started back in 2013, we regularly receive lots of emails from engaged couples asking us to recommend venues & suppliers throughout Wales.

This got us thinking… Why don’t we create a super cool directory for you all?  A new section to the blog that features all the cool suppliers we love PLUS the ones that you (past Brides & Grooms) also recommend!

Good idea hey?! (We think so too)

We want to help make finding suppliers easy for you. We want to save you hours of scouring the internet. Our LUSH LIST will point you in the direction of some of Wales’ finest wedding professionals. Companies that we have all used for our own weddings, suppliers we have worked with professionally at weddings, experts we’ve already featured on our blog as well as new and upcoming businesses that we feel offer something truly unique.

 So… as we continue beavering away behind the blog, putting together this kick ass directory. We want to let you know how you can get involved to help make this really special!

How To Get Involved

It is important to us that our LUSH LIST only contains top quality, professional suppliers in Wales. Each and every venue and supplier featured in this directory will have been invited to join by us or recommended by you.

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For Brides

We really want to know who your favourite wedding suppliers are and why. Simply fill out the form below and we’ll take a look.

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For Businesses

If you run a cool wedding business in Wales and you’d like us to consider you for our Lush List, then get in touch here. If invited to join, you will receive lots of benefits to help your business including features, events, collaborating on styled shoots as well as being given our Approved vendor badge to use

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We’re looking forward to hearing from you all xxx

Featured Vendor: The Deck Coffee House and Cakery

Here at Cwtch the Bride we are massive fans of The Deck in Cardiff Bay, we visited them for afternoon tea recently and it comes so highly recommended by us! Last week we featured Debra & Mike’s Castell Coch wedding, this week we have asked Debra (who not only runs The Deck with her husband Mike but is also the amazing talent behind Love, Peace & Cupcake) some questions about their newest venture. TD_Logo-01

Hi Debra, we’re so excited to have you on Cwtch the Bride today; can you tell our readers a bit about yourself? :) Hello, yes thank you so much for asking me back! The last time I featured it was with my cupcake company Love Peace and Cupcake! I am still a busy mum, juggling lots of balls and loving every moment. I still carry fondant in my handbag on occasion.

Since last time we spoke we have moved the cakery into The Deck Coffee House in Cardiff Bay and have grown in many ways. I now work with my gorgeous husband (yes we got hitched!) every day which is fabulous and together we are bring tasty coffee and delicious cakes to the masses of Cardiff.

I teach the art of cupcake decorating within The Deck and have developed a love of all things vintage that I didn’t know I had.

Debra and Mike on their wedding day. Image by Photography by Jules

Debra and Mike on their wedding day. Image by Photography by Jules

When did the move to The Deck happen for you? It was one of those life changing moments, one phone call, one field trip and we were on a mission. The timing was perfect, Love Peace and Cupcake was bursting out of our home kitchen and needed to be re housed somehow. We weren’t looking for a premises at the time but sometimes fate plays a hand and off on the journey we went! Screenshot_2014-09-25-10-25-49-1

What would you say is your best achievement so far in The Deck? Well we got to number 1 on TripAdvisor for 3 whole weeks in June! We were beyond excited and honoured to have got there at all but to stay there for 3 weeks was beyond our wildest dreams. We are a small, fiercely independent coffee shop, we didn’t expect it at all. Customer reviews are a true reflection of your quality. You are only as good as your last service. Trip-Advisor-logo 10347410_710204052376461_2517606019475126588_n

Tell us how you developed your vintage tea parties? When we took on the business we wanted to be different. We wanted to stand out from the many other independent places out there in the capital.  The trend of taking afternoon tea has taken off this year, everyone from small tea rooms to high end hotels are doing them so we wanted to create a truly vintage feel to ours.

Firstly we looked and invested in a stack of original bone china and then went on the hunt for the finer details such as traditional sugar tongs and old tablecloths. The passion to find absolute original vintage equipment was huge, nothing but the best was good enough. 10157180_671870522876481_767786377_n

You had your own wedding reception at The Deck! Did you take vintage tea? We certainly did! We got married in Castell Coch, took afternoon tea, and threw in a few bacon rolls for our guests, it was a perfect day.

Debra & Mike's wedding doughnut tower!

Debra & Mike’s wedding doughnut tower!

We have since had another two small weddings here proving that sometimes a small intimate afternoon tea is just the best way to celebrate your union. We can cater for up to approximately 40 people so it is perfect for smaller gatherings!

The Deck set up for a wedding reception.

The Deck set up for a wedding reception.

Tell us about the vintage tea…what can your lucky guests expect? Well the teas are booked in advance so we can treat you to the ultimate experience from the start! The table is laid, cup, saucer and plate for each person, milk jugs, sugar bowls with proper sugar lumps, cutlery and fresh roses in a bunting filled cake room.  Before the guests arrive we warm the teapots and start playing wartime music such as Vera Lynn – We’ll Meet Again and Jack Buchanan – Everything Stops for tea.

Once the guests are shown to their seats we get the teapots filled with tea, allow them to steep before pouring and fill the three tired cake stand with goodies!

Finger sandwiches such as cucumber and cheese, fresh scones with clotted cream and jam, fresh strawberries and blueberries, gorgeous cupcakes and gooey brownies are your treats all washed down with endless amounts of tea.

Guests can also choose to have traditional cold drinks like rose lemonade or dandylion and burdock, complete with stripped paper straws.

I even pop a vintage frock on and put my hair into victory rolls (I never saw that coming!) and I love every minute! th

The Cwtch team took vintage tea and it was wonderful. What is the future for it, where do you see it going from here?  Well we have already taken the experience ‘on the road’ as such and took the whole vintage tea to a wedding in St Fagans Church Hall. This was an experience and we drove incredibly slowly with all the china in the car! Great fun though!

Vintage tea is suitable for hen parties, baby showers, birthday treats, mothers day…we cater for them all here! Everything stops for tea!

The experience was also packed into a big brown paper bag and delivered into a local hospital to cheer up a friend with a particular soft spot for vintage tea. She sat there with her bone china teacup and goodies during the routine ward tea trolley round. Imagine how popular she was!

Thank you so much for talking to us Debra, and thank you again for our Vintage Tea which we enjoyed immensely! The images from that day will be coming to the blog very soon!

All images (except for Trip Advisor logo and where otherwise stated) were courtesy of The Deck Coffee House and Cakery, and here is my personal favourite: 

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It really is a nice loo!