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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Hen Party Ideas: Cocktail Making in Cardiff

Sometimes at Cwtch we get offered lovely opportunities that are just too good to pass up! Recently the team from the Radisson Blu hotel in Cardiff got in touch to see if we’d like a sneak preview of their new mixology masterclass – well, they didn’t have to ask us twice! (You’ll never have to ask us twice if you’d like to give us free cocktails, we love a fancy drink).

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The idea

Cocktail making has been a firm favourite for hen dos for a while now, so we were curious what new spin the Radisson were planning with their event.

We shimmied up to the hotel to meet up with some other bloggers to find out that we wouldn’t just be watching someone make cocktails – we’d be getting a lesson in how to make some of our favourites too (and a few new one we’d not heard of before!). We even got the chance to make up our own cocktail recipe, which was a lot of fun!

How it worked

It was a really classy event – relaxed and focussed on the ingredients, and learning about why certain flavours work well with each other, rather than just getting drunk. If you’re looking for a more chilled out, sophisticated version of the classic cocktail making course then we’d definitely recommend this one :)

First of all we were shown a few classics – the Bellini, a Margarita, a Martini, a Mojito and an Ameretto Sour (lots of m’s!). For each cocktail the resident mixologist, Jamie, picked two people to try out the recipes while he explained how they were made, so everyone got a turn at making something which was great fun for all.

After we’d learnt the basics we split into two teams to compete against each other to create the tastiest cocktail – we had a great time imaging all the crazy combinations we could make. Maria and I were on separate teams which means we can officially say that (someone from) Cwtch the Bride came out on top ;) In reality both cocktails tasted great and Jamie was hard pressed to choose a winner.

We spent a good couple of hours at the hotel, overall. It felt like the perfect amount of time to appreciate the drinks but not get so tipsy that you start to wish you hadn’t tried that last one! :)

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We had a great time hanging out with everyone, so we can imagine that with your group of best girls (or boys!) you’d have an absolute whale of a time. The masterclasses are held in the downstairs bar so you get the space to yourselves, always a nice touch. The hotel is also super central, so if you’re planning a hen weekend in Cardiff then you can easily add this to your itinerary without having to worry about designated drivers missing out :)

We’re giving it a great big two thumbs up. If you like cocktails then we think you’ll love it :)

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All photos taken by Maria Farrelly unless otherwise stated

We’d like to say a big thanks to Jodie and Kitty for inviting us – and to Jamie for making us some delicious cocktails!

The details

Where: The Radisson Blu Hotel, Cardiff

When: Whenever!

Cost: £25 per person

How many people: The recommended group size is between 4-12

Time: 1-2 hours of cocktail making

You’ll like it if: You like cocktails, experimenting, learning some new skills

If you’d like to know more about the masterclasses or want to book one for yourself then you can contact the team on 02920 454 777 or through their website :)