Cwtchfest 2017 Exhibitor Spotlight: The Structures

Morning one and all.

We are well and truly on the countdown to #Cwtchfest2017 now, on Sunday 9th April! So its time we started telling you all about who you will have the pleasure of meeting whilst you’re there!

To kick it off, where better to start than the guys who will be housing the fun – the structures.

We have the pleasure of working, yet again with the awesome County Marquees, Stretch Events and over the moon to welcome back, Wedding Tipi!

If you haven’t bought your tickets yet, you can by clicking here!

County Marquees

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County Marquee has a  dedicated team of wedding event managers have combined experience of over 50 years in providing high-quality marquees for corporate events. Their range of marquees is extensive and our event managers will help you choose the solution to meet your requirements and your budget.

They have three different styles of marquee available: Clearspan, Traditional and Chinese Hat. Remember though, they can offer combinations of wedding marquee, for instance a clearspan or traditional marquee with Chinese hat for a grand entrance.

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County Marquees will be providing a large traditional marquee to house the exhibitor tent again and it is just beautiful!

Stretchevents

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Stretchevent is one of the founding stretch tent hire companies in the UK and we bring with that a wealth of experience that will ensure your event runs as smoothly as it possibly can.

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The most important day of your lives made perfect with a stretch tent. A true wow factor! A beautiful space and place for you and your guests to celebrate in.

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At Stretchevent we pride ourselves on the close working relationship we develop with our wedding clients. We are here to support you as you progress through your planning and to help you create the space of your dreams, so don’t hold back on your ideas as we are more than happy to explore them with you and to help you make them a reality.

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I can boldly say we have never had an unhappy customer and we are always honoured with the feedback we get.

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Wedding Tipi is a family run business based in Carmarthenshire covering Mid, South, West Wales and the borders.

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We pride ourselves in providing a high quality service and product. The team really do care about your event and put all their effort in to ensure that your special day is delivered with care and professionalism. The staff in the office and the tipi crew that you meet erecting the tipi’s on site all are there to help and relish in doing a good job.

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Our Nordic Giant Kata Tipi’s & Bedouin Stretch Tents are the perfect celebration tent for your extra special wedding day creating a unique atmosphere and ambience that all will remember.

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Kata Tipi’s & Stretch Tents can house large or small gatherings linking together creating a wonderful event space. Single Giant Hats & Stretch Canopies are great for smaller gatherings  creating intimate and atmospheric spaces. For larger events multiple Tipi’s or Stretch Canopies can be linked together to achieve the ultimate wedding and celebration space.  Bespoke chill out areas can also be created in both structures. For Giant Tipi weddings we create chill out areas by utilizing our cosy Kungsornen Tipi decorated with low tables, leather cubes, internal fire pits. For Stretch Tent weddings we can create lounges within the main tent or create separate areas with additional tents linked to the main space or pitched separately using a matted walkway from one tent to the other with coloured flood lights.

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Cwtchfest2016: A Huge THANK YOU

Oh my… this time last month the biggest wedding festival to hit Wales took place at The Glanusk Estate and we organised it! #Cwtchfest2016 was a huge success! I’m so happy the day itself went without a hitch.

THANK YOU EVERYONE! 

 The sun shone, over a thousand attended, Cwtch Workshops were full, couples found & booked many of their wedding suppliers, live music by The iGency played throughout, lots of food and drink was consumed but most of all… a good time was had by all! That alone, makes it all worth while  ~ Maria Farrelly (founder of Cwtch The Bride & Cwtchfest)

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 All photographs in this post are by the fabulous Owen Mathias Photography

Its fair to say, after months of planning we accomplished what was a truly magnificent day for engaged couples and Welsh Wedding businesses. My team and I are over the moon with the feedback we’ve received and cannot wait to get started on our next one… which is coming sooner than you may think :)

As you can imagine, putting on an event like this is impossible to do alone and I have a lot of people & businesses to thank.

My Cwtch Girls

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(Myself and Lindsey grabbing a quick moment together during Cwtchfest)

A special shout out goes to Lindsey. I was only ever going to do another Cwtchfest if Lindsey did it with me. She’s my wing girl and when we get together, stuff happens :) She project managed the event which freed me up to push my ideas further and develop this event. She is a complete warrior, professional, all round superb human being and one of my good friends.

Owen Mathias PhotographyNow these ladies… are my cwtch girls. They are very special to me and I love them all dearly. Most of them were originally clients of mine (yes, I’ve photographed their weddings!) but we just couldn’t say goodbye afterwards. We’ve become such good friends over the years. They give up a lot of their personal time to work with me on Cwtch The Bride and collectively we are an awesome team. ALWAYS so much fun working together. If I was to ever get married again, I think i’ve found my bridesmaids!

Owen Mathias PhotographyOh… and this year, we have an honorary Cwtch boy, Owen Mathias. Owen stepped in to photograph the whole event for us after we were let down at the last moment. I’d never worked with Owen before but what a man! not only was he professional but he was awesome throughout the day. His images are great, he fitted in with my team perfectly and oh how we all laughed so much! He joins the secret ‘Cwtch Boy’ team which is made up of all the awesome men that volunteered their time to cwtchfest. You’d have seen these guys mainly as parking attendants, security and stewarding. They are also mainly the husbands of The Cwtch Girls! My boys were also there (always eternally grateful for their help). My son Joe in particular, insisted on being part of the security team. Owen Mathias Photography

The Glanusk Estate

WOW. Working with The team at Glanusk has been nothing but a pleasure. I’ve loved every moment. I literally cannot fault this venue in any way. Not only is the Estate breathtaking from sunrise to sunset but the staff were just as excited as us in the lead up to the event. True professionals! Its also worth bearing in mind that it is also home to a lot of the staff and Family of Glanusk and I cannot thank them enough for their warm hospitality. I’m just trying to think up ways to go back! haha

cwtchfest_2016-13These two images were taken by me the morning of Cwtchfest and then at sunset, after the event had finished. Such a beautiful place.

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County Marquees

I’ve worked with County Marquees on a number of occasions now and each time it solidifies my opinion that they are quite simply THE BEST marquee company I have ever had the pleasure of working with. The speed in which the team erected the marquees amazed us, the size and quality of the tents themselves wowed everyone. But not only that, they were incredibly supportive throughout the whole planning of Cwtchfest and provided us with the magnificent huge marquee which allowed us to fill it with all the wonderful exhibitors. Take a look…

Owen Mathias PhotographyOwen Mathias PhotographyThey also showcased a spectacular clearspan marquee. As the sunset, it just made it even more beautiful.

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Tipi Events, Stretch Events, Herf Yurts, Bears & Butterflies and Goodyhoo Glamping

To all those brides that have things go wrong… seriously we know how you feel. when you are planning a big outdoor event thats very important to you, and the structures you’re depending on disappear… its not pleasant.

None of you will know that eight days before our event one of our major partners that were providing the Tipi, Stretch Tent and Bell Tents pulled out for personal reasons. ARGHH!!  8 DAYS BEFORE! I kid you not.  Our stress levels hit a new high and panic well and truly set in. The three days that followed were nothing short of a world of stress that my team and I never want to revisit.

BUT WE DID IT! We pulled it off without you all knowing. After numerous phone calls and waiting patiently to see if anyone could help, the most incredible businesses we’d never worked with stepped in and saved the day. We cannot thank you Tipi Events, Stretch Event, Herf Yurts, Bears and Butterflies, Goodyhoo Glamping enough! You literally all saved the day!

An event such as Cwtchfest is only possible when great businesses collaborate and invest in a crazy idea.

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There are many more thank you’s still to come but for now, take a look at the wonderful images captured throughout #Cwtchfest2016 by Owen Mathias Photography and I think you’ll agree, it was a flipping awesome day!

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Cwtchfest Collaborator- County Marquees

Today Cwtchers we welcome back our fabulous Cwtchfest collaborators County Marquees who would like to introduce their wonderful team to you and offer their top ten tips in running a successful marquee wedding.

If you are yet to get tickets to Wales’ biggest wedding festival Cwtchfest at the Glanusk Estate Crickhowell on April 17th.

Just click the below link now…

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THE TEAM


To help you with planning your wedding we have an amazing team here at County Marquees. I thought it would be great to introduce you to the ladies who will become your friend over the course of booking and hiring a marquee.

First of all meet my sister in law Danielle who is such a great planner and loves to pull out all the stops to bring the day together for her clients.

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And of course the wonderful Emma who we all love to bits and has the best connections in Monmouthshire.

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Then there is me. I am one of the directors and event managers at County Marquees, it’s been my job for nearly twenty years and I absolutely love it. Meeting new customers and visiting their wonderful gardens and grounds is always such fun.

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Together we make a great team, with all of us on standby to discuss your wedding plans at length. Achieving happiness through customer service and satisfaction with your marquee is what we are all about.

If you are looking for help with planning your wedding do not hesitate to give us a call to discuss your plans 01291 629377. In the meantime take a look at our top tips for hiring a marquee.


 TOP TEN TIPS FOR HOLDING A SUCCESSFUL MARQUEE WEDDING


  1. Check your site for any obstructions these could include any overhead cables or underground pipes.
  2. Consider the space you require do you need a reception area separate from your dance floor a larger reception space can be useful for getting in out of the rain and also can be doubled up as a bar areacounty_marquee034
  3. Where does the sunset in your garden? The marquee is best positioned with windows facing the sun letting all that wonderful light into the marquee.
  4. Have you considered portable toilets? They can be a good idea positioned close to the marquee keeping your guests out of the house and not far for guests to walk should it rain!county_marquee016
  5. A generator can be a good solution for powering your event this can avoid any problems should a power cuts are likely.
  6. Catering marquees are useful spaces even if only small they can be used to clear dirty plates away once your feast has taken place.
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  8. Outside lighting can really enhance the setting for your marquee, be it fairy lights in the trees to dramatic flame torches marking the path to the car park.
  9. If you have a wonderful view or garden how about considering our panoramic windows and clear gable ends they can really bring the outside in.county_marquee014
  10. Transform your marquee from daytime to night time with our range of starlight roof linings or our LED up-lighters which can be linked in with your entertainment to match the beat of the music!
  11. A comfy seating area is getting more popular to have as a chill out space separate from the entertainment; we have a some lovely sofas which are perfect for that relaxing daycounty_marquee004

Cwtchfest Collaborator- County Marquees

Today Cwtchers we welcome back our fabulous Cwtchfest collaborators County Marquees who are talking about styling your wedding day.

If you are yet to get tickets to our fabulous wedding festival Cwtchfest at the Glanusk Estate at Crickhowell on April 17th just click below link.

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Styling your wedding and a chance for inspiration!


Styling your marquee is lots of fun and coming up with a theme and colour scheme is too! One of the best bits about hiring a marquee is it’s a blank canvas to put your stamp on.

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Every spring and autumn we get our thinking caps on and start to plan our marquee viewing weekend and work out the themes that we are going to go for. This year we are very excited as we have more florist’s than ever involved, adding their beautiful bits to our lovely marquees!

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One of our favourite tools for inspiration with theming is Pinterest, I am sure you all use it, just like us! Creating a board for the marquee interior is a great start, adding all your favourite pins, you will soon come up with a stunning plan. Bringing that plan to reality is where we come in, together with our range of furniture, lighting and accessories and our list of wedding suppliers anything is possible.

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So if you are planning on having a marquee for your wedding reception or even just toying with the idea, you really should pencil our marquee open day into your diary, it’s such an amazing source of inspiration. Come along and take some pics to add to your pin boards and meet some great suppliers and discuss your wedding plans with our event managers.

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On Friday evening our customers get a chance to view the marquees as darkness falls and see the many different lighting options we have and how lighting can transform your marquee.

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We are delighted to have Hilary’s Florist from Abergavenny back again this year. Hilary and Charlotte will be working their magic in our contemporary 12m Clearspan marquee which is having a radical new look including hanging foliage and clear roof panels! We can’t wait to see this!!

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Our lovely local florist Catherine Gray will be in our beautiful 40’ traditional marquee. Amanda French Flowers from Cardiff will be in our 30’ traditional creating a laid back rustic style. Each display unique and lovely ideas for your marquee!

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County Marquees Spring Marquee Viewing Opportunity is on Friday 1st April 12noon – 8pm and Saturday 2nd April 9am – 4pm 2016.

At: The Woodlands Sedbury Park, Chepstow, Monmouthshire, NP16 7EY

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To book an appointment with one of event managers please call 01291 629377 or email niki@countymarquees.co.uk

For more information please visit www.countymarquees.co.uk

We can’t wait to discuss your plans!

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County Marquees, Cwtchfest Collaborator

Good morning Cwtchers!  

Today on the blog we have the lovely Niki from County Marquees explaining why choosing a marquee for your wedding reception can be the perfect choice.

We are super excited to be teaming up with County marquees again this year at Cwtchfest 2016 at Glanusk Estate, Crickhowell.  

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This fabulous company have a simple ethos Experience, Care and Choice and we at Cwtch have loved our partnership over the last couple of years and can thoroughly recommend their expertise and knowledge.

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Why book a marquee for your wedding reception instead of a hotel??

Marquees are the perfect space for that DIY dream wedding!

Having a marquee for your wedding reception can mean more freedom to do exactly what you want to do. A marquee really is a blank canvas on which to apply your style rather than putting up with fixed decor at a venue!  If you’re lucky enough to have space for a marquee at home or have found a suitable location, you can have a much more memorable day relaxing with your friends and family knowing that you’re not being pressurized by timeframes set by a hotel.

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A huge positive for having a marquee reception is that you can select a caterer of your choice! There are so many amazing options out there, all providing top notch locally sourced food! We work with lots of great local caterers who are well used to working in marquees. Just ask for our recommendations, we are very happy to help.

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If you’re worried about the costs involved in holding a marquee reception, don’t! Having a marquee doesn’t have to be expensive, with careful planning and detailed discussions we can work to all budgets. A lovely idea for saving money would be to ask your guests to bring along a dessert or help make decorations for the inside of the marquee.

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If you are concerned that planning every detail would be a pain, at County Marquees we offer an event planning service to take the stress out of your hands. We provide a bespoke service, from wedding day on site assistance through to full wedding planning. We can also help in locating your dream venue to have a marquee.

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So what are you waiting for, get in touch now and speak to one of our lovely event managers who really will put your mind at rest and begin the exciting process of planning your marquee wedding!

01291 629377

www.countymarquees.co.uk

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