We’ve got a real treat for you all today, our first featured venue! :) You’ve probably already heard of St Fagans National History Museum (you might have even been there once or twice!) but did you know you can hire it as a wedding venue?
We spoke to Lindsey Phillips, the marketing manager for Elior, who provide all the catering and events for St Fagans to get a little more information about it :)
Can you tell our readers a little bit about St Fagans: National History Museum?
For many people who have grown up in South Wales, St Fagans: National History Museum brings back memories of family days out and school trips to learn all about Welsh heritage and how it’s changed through the years. Girls of all ages have been enchanted by St Fagans castle but did you know that you can actually get married here and use St Fagans as the backdrop to your dream wedding?
I’ve always been captivated by St Fagans and I love seeing how people incorporate elements of history into the theme of their weddings – from vintage tea parties through to more regal affairs and everything else in between! It’s a flexible setting that lets you have the wedding you’ve always dreamed of. I’m so in love with the place that I’m even getting married here myself next year!
Which areas of St Fagans can be used for weddings?
The Museum holds wedding ceremony licences for St Fagans Castle and the Oakdale Workmen’s Institute. Receptions can take place at both of these venues as well as within a purpose-built marquee on the lawn in front of the castle.
St Fagans Castle © Dylan Moore
St Fagans Castle is set over three floors and is a grade I listed Elizabethan building. With its opulent rose-wood and oak furniture, it represents classical taste and style, offering a magical atmosphere for your special day. The marquee, set within the grounds of the castle, gives couples a blank canvas from which to design their perfect décor, matching the overall theme of their wedding.
Photography by: www.twocatsintheyard.co.uk
Oakdale Workmen’s Institute was a focal point for social and cultural life in the early 20th century. The sprung dance floor and stage is ideal for evening entertainment Oakdale is a particular favourite among couples going for a vintage theme to their wedding as the ‘village hall’ feel creates an atmosphere of a bygone era.
Photography by: www.twocatsintheyard.co.uk
The entire outdoor Museum can be used for photography and video, giving you the opportunity to have a truly unique set of wedding snaps.
How many people does each venue hold?
There are so many options at St Fagans, we can accommodate most couples whether they are having a large gathering or something entirely more intimate.
St Fagans Castle holds 40 guests for ceremonies and wedding receptions within the main hall. The marquee within the grounds has a capacity of 140 while Oakdale Workmen’s Institute can cater for up to 70 guests within the main hall or 90 guests when arranged in village hall style.
What are the menu choices?
Specialist heritage caterers, Elior, are behind all the food served at St Fagans. Along with our talented chefs, I can help you to plan the perfect menu to suit your tastes, using locally sourced Welsh ingredients where possible. Whether you’re looking for a decadent three-course feast or something more simple for your occasion, we can cater to your tastes and give you a truly memorable start to married life.
What additional facilities are on offer at St Fagans?
In addition to the use of the marquee, you will also have a dance floor complete with star light lining, a double fronted bar unit, round cake table and trestle tables for gifts and guestbook. As optional extras, St Fagans can source a choice of coloured overlays and sways from your colour palette, staging, a luxury mobile toilet unit and a plasma screen link from the Castle to the marquee allowing additional guests to attend and view your ceremony from the marquee.
How much will it cost me?
There are so many different options available that we would recommend giving us a call to discuss your specific requirements. As a guide, ceremonies within St Fagans Castle Hall and Oakdale Workmen’s Institute Main Hall start from £600 and reception prices start from £400 for 30 guests in Gwalia Tea Room through to £6,000 for the Marquee on St Fagans Castle Lawns for 140 guests.
We do have some special offers for couples who marry mid-week (Monday – Thursday) with a cost of £3,500 for the marquee and the option of a free ceremony venue.
How can I book?
We would encourage all couples to visit us at St Fagans to get a real feel for the place and view each of our wedding venues. To arrange a visit and to check availability please contact the venue hire team on 029 2057 3500/3416 or email firstname.lastname@example.org