Cwtchfest Spotlight: The Cwtch Workshops

Happy Hump day Cwtchers and wow do we have a weekend to look forward to!!

Lets hope the sunshine forecast for today is around to stay! But hey even if it isn’t we know you will all rock in wellies!

We are now just 4 sleeps away from Cwtchfest in St Fagans National History Museum and we cannot wait to meet you all and spend the day planning with you.


Today we have the absolute delight of being able to introduce you to our Cwtch Workshops line up.

We always wanted Cwtchfest to be different from your standard wedding fayre offering and part of this plan is to deliver workshops throughout the day in which wedding professionals can give you their hands on advice and experience in an unique way.

They went down an absolute storm in April at Glanusk Estate and we were convinced more than ever that this is what you, our Cwtch followers, wanted from your wedding planning experience.

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So without further ado we bring you this years fabulous suppliers that are coming to Cwtchfest @ St Fagans CWTCH WORKSHOPS


Hannah, owner of HANNAH MLATEM hair salon in Gilwern, is well known for her bridal styles and gets booked up several years in advance.

Watch live demonstrations of what’s hot this year and inspiration for your own big day by Hannah and her team. Hannah will also be on hand to answer any questions you may have from preparing your hair, getting it wedding ready and also advice on what styles suit your hair type, dress and theme. There will also be floral head pieces and accessories to complement your perfect bridal look.
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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


Penelope Allen is an award winning Interior designer & event stylist from Pad Deco in Cardiff. This informative and practical session will give you sound advice and some great ideas for how to begin the wedding planning process for your big day.
It will cover how to create a romantic environment, how to accessorise, how to choose the right style for your venue plus some cool design led tips on how to create the wow factor
Come and talk to Eva 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.
At Cwtchfest, The Dead Canary will present a snippet of Mother’s Ruin masterclass.
We shall be tasting some delicious gin punches crafted by our wonderful bartenders, we shall then be educated in the history of gin whilst nibbling on a few typically British canapés.
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All Sewn Up Wales will be demonstrating how to make lovely padded hearts which can be made using just plain stuffing or lavender.  The hearts could make ideal favours for the female guests at a wedding hung over the back of chairs or just as personalised gifts for the bridesmaids to hang over their hanger on the day. You can add a personalised written tag with the date of the wedding on or any names to really make them unique.
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Whoop!!! what an incredible line up!  If you are yet to get your tickets then what are you waiting for just click here
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Cwtchfest2016: Cwtch Workshops

If you were a lucky one who managed to bag a space on one of our Cwtch Workshops, you will have seen how hard the contributors worked to make them informative, helpful and generally fabulous.  At one point, we literally could not squeeze any one else into the yurt!

So this is a massive thank you specifically to you fabulous suppliers, who worked tirelessly and created some truly wonderful workshops for our brides and grooms. Without you, we would literally have had the Cwtch girls sharing their own special talents, which include a back catalogue of Steps dance routines and a selection of popular 1980s knock knock jokes.  None of which is of any use to future brides and grooms.

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All images in this post are by Owen Mathias Photography

The Flower Hive – The first of two of Eva’s workshops was showcasing how to make your own buttonhole’s.  The results were just stunning.  When Eva initially showed everyone what they were about to make, every looked a little ‘there is no way I can do that’, but sure enough, they all left with their own version of a wonderful buttonhole, and full of knowledge as to how to create one for their big day.  It was just superb – thank you!

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Owen Mathias Photography

Sylvie & Joan – The beautiful Emma from Sylvie & Joan began her session in our most favourite way, by treating the attendees to some fizz.   Emma delivered a fantastic workshop session on planning your own festival wedding. Emma supplied so much wonderful information, giving you gorgeous lot, so many ideas, it was amazing – thank you!

Owen Mathias Photography

Owen Mathias Photography

Owen Mathias Photography

Hannah Mlatem – For her Cwtch Workshop, the delightful Hannah treated us to some truly magnificent bridal hair inspiration.  The yurt was absolutely bursting with eager to learn brides and she absolutely delivered. Hannah, everyone left with some awesome ideas and you and your team were fantastic – thank you!

Owen Mathias Photography

Owen Mathias Photography

Owen Mathias Photography

Owen Mathias Photography

Make Up by Nicola – The bloomin gorgeous Nicola delivered a superb session and conducted a live make up demo on the daughter of one of us Cwtch girls. Nicola, you were wonderful and Keya looked just stunning. Thank you!

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Owen Mathias Photography

Owen Mathias Photography

All Sewn Up – The lovely Helen from All Sewn up demonstrated in their Cwtch Workshop how to make your own gorgeous little fabric lavender love heart and use as a favour or decor on your big day.  It was such a lovely session, with some gorgeous materials and equipment.  Thank you!

Owen Mathias Photography

Owen Mathias Photography

The Flower Hive – The wonderful Eva returned at the end of the day to a yurt full, all eager to make some gorgeously cute flower power rings in the final Cwtch Workshop.  Once again Eva, for your knowledge, time and skill, Thank you!

Owen Mathias Photography

Owen Mathias Photography

Owen Mathias Photography

Owen Mathias Photography

To sum up, we are so grateful to be working with some magnificent people in this industry. Your creativeness and wisdom is second to none and we are over the moon to know you.

Thank you, you marvellous lot x

Cwtchfest: Our Cwtch Workshops

Hello lovely Cwtch people,

Maria here :) Only a few more sleeps to go until Cwtchfest eek! I cannot put into words the amount of hard work and long hours my team and I have put into planning and organising this wedding festival. We are so excited to open the gates next week for what is going to be one EPIC day! 

Last year we ran a series of Cwtch Workshops at our very first wedding festival. They were very popular and naturally top of our list when planning this years event! We really hope you will all to join us at CWTCHFEST next Sunday and take part in this fabulous line up of inspiring workshops to help you plan and inspire your amazing wedding. 

What is a Cwtch Workshop?

A cwtch workshop is a 30 minute wedding workshop designed to help you with different aspects of your wedding. Each workshop has been hand picked by myself to inspire you, educate you and be great fun all at the same time. There is no additional cost involved to take part in the workshops but you will need to pay an entry fee into Cwtchfest.

For those that still don’t know…CWTCHFEST 2016 takes place on Sunday 17th April at The Glanusk Estate, Crickhowell.

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Cwtchfest starts at 11am and we have a huge exhibitor tent full of the best welsh wedding suppliers! You really don’t want to miss this. Some will be running fantastic offers and some… well… they don’t ‘do’ wedding fairs but really wanted to be part of our festival, so you will find suppliers that you just won’t find at any other event (we’re cool like that).

Our Cwtch Workshops kick off at 12 noon. That will give you a good hour in the exhibitor tent beforehand if you want to catch the first one.

The Timetable

If you are planning to do a bit of DIY for your wedding then feast your eyes on this fabulous line up.

  • 12 noon Flower hive – Buttonhole Workshop- max 10 people
  • 1pm Sylvie & Joan Creative weddings – planning your own festival wedding.
  • 2pm HANNAH MLATEM hair salon – Bridal Hair inspiration
  • 3pm Make-Up By Nicola – Live demos for your bridal party
  • 4pm All Sewn Up – Lavender Heart’s
  • 5pm Flower Hive – Flower Power Ring

Full details below

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12 noon – The Flower Hive – Buttonhole Workshop (max 10 people),

The Flower Hive is based in Pencoed, close to Bridgend, Cardiff and Swansea. We grow traditional cottage garden flowers in accordance with organic  principles.
Come and learn how to create a wedding buttonhole with exposed stems

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1pm -Festival Wedding Planning with Sylvie and Joan

Join Emma for a glass of fizz and a workshop on planning your own wedding festival.

Emma is Managing Director of Sylvie and Joan Creative Weddings and Events. She also runs her own festival management company, working on festivals including Greenman at The Glanusk Estate for the last decade.

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2pm- HANNAH MLATEM hair salon – Bridal Hair inspiration

Get some bridal hair inspiration with live demos from a local specialist.

Hannah, owner of HANNAH MLATEM hair salon in Gilwern, is well known for her bridal styles and gets booked up several years in advance.
Watch live demonstrations of what’s hot this year and inspiration for your own big day. Hannah will also be on hand to answer any questions you may have from preparing your hair, getting it wedding ready and also advice on what styles suit your hair type, dress and theme. There will also be floral head pieces and accessories to complement your perfect bridal look.
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3pm- Make-Up By Nicola – Live demos for your bridal party

Make-Up By Nicola is an award winning make-up artist based in South Wales. Nicola will be offering live demos and giving must have  tips and techniques for make-up for your bridal party on your big day.   She will also be available to discuss bridal make up and able to offer advice on when to book, trials etc.



 4pm – All Sewn Up – Lavender Heart’s

Helen Rhiannon from All Sewn Up will be showing us how to make Lavender Heart’s which can be made using just plain stuffing or lavender.  The heart are ideal favours for female guests at your wedding hung over the back of chairs or maybe as a personalised gift for your bridesmaids to hang over their hanger on the dayPhotoGrid_1456075880005
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5pm – Flower Hive – Flower Power Ring
The Flower Hive is based in Pencoed, close to Bridgend, Cardiff and Swansea.
We grow traditional cottage garden flowers in accordance with organic  principles.
Create a beautiful flower ring utilising florist techniques to create you very own powerful design, using fresh flowers and foliage

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There will be loads more to keep you busy throughout the day at CWTCHFEST! and we have more spotlight post coming up this week to get you even more excited! Don’t forget, if you haven’t bought your CWTCHFEST tickets yet, make sure you don’t leave it until the last minute. We want to make sure you all have a speedy entry and not having to queue.

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If you are still undecided, take a look at some of the images from last years event. It was great fun!

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Cwtchfest Exhibitor Spotlight- part 4

Good morning Cwtchers!

Today we have three more fabulous welsh wedding suppliers for you to feast your eyes on.  #Cwtchfest2016 is just around the corner on April 17th in the stunning Glanusk Estate.  Tomorrow morning we will be releasing our last lot of 50% off tickets.  This offer will run over the Easter weekend and will be on a first come first served basis!  Last year they sold out so please be quick!!!  We cannot wait to welcome you to Cwtchfest 2016!


 Purple Carrot Catering


Purple Carrot Catering specialises in Bespoke, Whimsical, Festival, Vintage, Rustic and DIY Weddings and offers mouth wateringly delicious food, handmade by us from only the freshest and finest ingredients. Food which tickles your taste-buds and is beautifully and creatively served.  We are all about flavorsome food with a twist.


We offer a genuinely tailored & personalised catering service that thrives on the passionate couples that come to us for a Wedding Breakfast which truly reflects their personalities, styles and food loves! We like to keep things fun and informal – food to break the ice and get guests talking – we love sharing food that allows everyone to try a bit of everything!

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All Sewn Up Wales

All Sewn Up’ was set up in October 2010, providing a wide range of sewing workshops teaching people how to make everything from cushions, to handbags to your own clothing.


The workshops are based in a log cabin on the edge of Gower, in South Wales.  Helen Rhiannon provides expert tuition at the workshops which cater for up to 4 people in the studio.


Monthly Fun Days are held nearby which are inexpensive ways of getting larger groups together to join in the sewing fun! Helen also designs and makes bespoke Bridal wear, so you are in good hands if you join in the sewing fun! 
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Written in Lights

Written in Lights is Wales’ leading light up letter company, with the biggest letters (both in size and choice!) around.


We are a father and daughter company that started with just 4 letters, and we now have over two alphabets and many more props. As we make the letters ourselves we ensure they are of the highest quality, we wanted the best for our wedding and know that you do too and we make sure you get the service that you want for your big day.IMG_7300

Our letters are best seen in person and CWTCHFEST is the perfect opportunity to meet us and see the letters for yourself.


Can’t wait for tomorrows special offer to start?  Come join us on the 17th of April and meet these and other wonderful welsh suppliers who can help you create the wedding day you dream of by clicking the below link.

Cwtchfest! DIY Workshops

At Cwtchfest! THIS SUNDAY we will be holding a series of DIY workshops that you,our lovely readers, can get involved in. Emma from Sylvie & Joan has organised these for us, with workshops from our Homemade Bride Kate, Best Man Baz and  some other lovely friends of Cwtch the Bride.
Here are all the times and details – many of the workshops have a limited number of participants so if you are keen to get involved make sure you are there early!


11.30 – 12pm – Naturally Crafty: Jam Jar Favours
12.30 – 1pm – Baz Price: Best Man Speech Writing Workshop
1.30 – 2.10 pm – The Flower Hive: Buttonholes
2.30 – 3pm – Kate Petersen: Photobooth Props
3.30 – 4pm – All Sewn Up: Festival bunting

The Details

Naturally Crafty – Jam Jar Crafting
Upcycling Jam Jars is a stylish and cost effective way to add that personal touch to your wedding day. At Cwtchfest, Sam from Naturally Crafty will be demonstrating how to make a variety of venue decorations and favours from simple jam jars. You will leave the workshop full of ideas and inspiration to match your wedding theme. You will learn tried and tested techniques and have the chance to have a go there and then.
Sam Littlefair got married in 2014 and her DIY wedding featured on Cwtch the Bride. She now runs a handcrafted gift and wedding hire company, Naturally Crafty.
(Max 12 participants)
The Flower Hive – Seasonal Buttonholes
Would you like to learn how to learn how to design and make your own unique buttonholes for your festival wedding? Come and try your floristry skills using spring flowers and hedgerow foliage.
Eva is owner of The Flower Hive, based in Pencoed, close to Cardiff where she grows a wonderful selection of traditional cottage garden flowers  grown in accordance with organic and bio dynamic principles.
(Max 10 participants)
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Kate Petersen – Photobooth Props
Kate our very own Homemade bride will be helping you create your own selection of photo booth props for your wedding. This will help create some fun, different and relaxed photos that will help break the ice. From moustaches and lips to tiaras and bow ties, these props are sure to help guests smile and get silly for the camera.
Kate Petersen has worked in the wedding industry for many years as a hair and make up artist and maker of exquisite headpieces and beautiful bouquets.
(Max 12 participants)
All Sewn Up – Festival Bunting
Making your own bunting for your wedding day is a fantastic way of adding your own personality to the venue.  You could even arrange a hen party to get your best friends involved in making it with you?
At Cwtchfest, Helen from All Sewn Up will be demonstrating how to make simple bunting and will give you ideas and allow you to have a go there and then, by hand or by machine.  The All Sewn Up Workshops are based in Swansea, on the edge of Gower and run by award winning designer Helen Rhiannon.
(Max 8 participants)

If you still haven’t bought your tickets – hurry! There isn’t much time left!