WOW Cwtchers what can we say!

#CWTCHFEST2016– Wales’ original and biggest Wedding Festival is returning sooner than you think!

Sunday 18th September 2016 to be precise and we’re thrilled to tell you it’ll be at St.Fagans National History Museum, Cardiff!

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Cwtchfest is the brainchild of our wonderful Cwtch the Bride founder Maria Farrelly who wanted to create a Wedding Festival for anyone planning a wedding.

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Whether you’re opting for an outdoor, marquee, tipi, traditional, vintage, modern style wedding, there is something to inspire you all in a relaxed atmosphere in which you will gather a host of ideas through demos, workshops and exhibitions whilst sipping a cocktail or two.

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 Images by Owen Mathias Photography


St Fagan’s National History museum on the outskirts of Cardiff was the perfect choice when we were asked to do another festival this year.  We are thrilled to be partnering with them-  St Fagan’s is a very special venue – beloved by many but did you know it is also a spectacular wedding venue?  Our very own Cwtch girl Lindsey got married here two years ago!!!

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Since it opened in 1948, St Fagans has become one of  the world’s best open-air museums. Over 40 original historic buildings have been moved here to show  you how the people of Wales have lived, worked, played and worshipped through the ages.

Civil wedding ceremonies are licensed in two locations at the  Museum – the beautiful Elizabethan St Fagans Castle and the magnificient Oakdale Workmen’s Man Institute.  We will be covering these venues and the museum over the coming weeks so you can get a feel for the venue as a whole.Black & White Bridal photo - c. Aled Garfield Photography[1]st fagans

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Image by Maria Farrelly Photography



You can buy tickets RIGHT HERE!

Tickets are just £7!!! But as a two week Early bird offer to our fabulous readers we are offering 50% off!!! This offer will run for two weeks until midnight Sunday 10th July so be quick

There is a limited amount of these on offer and we do expect these to sell out.


registrationIf you are a wedding professional and would like to get involved in CWTCHFEST please get in touch with a little bit about what you do either by filling out the contact form below or by emailing Lindsey at cwtchfest@cwtchthebride.com 

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The Ultimate Cwtch of the Week by Owen Mathias

Wow! What an amazing day at the stunning Glanusk Estate. Such a massive thank you to everyone involved in making yesterday so, absolutely amazing. We are just thrilled.  On cloud nine. Ecstatic. Over the moon.
Ok. We’ll stop gushing.


Right. We need to calm down and highlight just how marvellously supportive you all were, even the weather played ball.  We are unbelievably grateful, so much so that we cannot put it into one post.  We will therefore be sharing the wonderfulness that was Cwtchfest 2016 in several posts over the following weeks.

For now, we will leave you with this ultimate Cwtch of the Week, by the ever so talented Owen Mathias (and he grows an epic beard too). Can you find yourselves?

Once more – THANK YOU! xxx

Owen Mathias Photography


For more from the day – check out #cwtchfest2016 on Instagram and Twitter

CWTCHFEST: One Sleep To Go

Eek… its Cwtchfest Eve and we are like little kids running around, ridiculously excited at the delights that await tomorrow.

We do hope you will all be joining us. If you are yet to buy your ticket, you can do so by simply clicking on the link below.


What time does it all start? 

The event opens at 11am and there are 100 AMAZING goody bags (full of actual goodies!) for those arriving first (one for each engaged couple)

You’ll be given a site plan (see below) upon arrival which will detail where everything is and a timetable for when the workshops, live music & tours of the Glanusk Estate are running.

Our huge exhibitor tent is full to the brim of Wales’ leading wedding professionals. In the Yurt we have our fabulous workshops. There is a pop up tea room in the tipi and Live music and a bar in the main stretch tent. PLUS lots lots more…

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You need to come in the main gates to the Estate off the A40 – look for the Cwtchfest banner.  The entrance is about 2 miles out of Crickhowell on the A40, travelling in the direction of Brecon.

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When you arrive on site, you will be directed to the parking area. There will be stewards onsite to direct you. Once parked you will need to make your way to the registration desk to collect your ID&C wristband.

PLEASE remember to bring your ticket with you! Eventbrite will have sent you an email which includes a barcode. We can simply scan this for speed.ID&C wristbands

Can I buy a ticket on the door? 

Yes… but you will need to pay £10 cash (each) as there is no card facility on the site.

Children are very welcome at CWTCHFEST. An entry fee of £1 each is payable on the door.

Who is exhibiting?

A full list of all our exhibitors is printed on our site map which you will be given upon arrival. We have a main exhibitor tent where you will find most of our exhibitors such as photographers, florists, bridal wear etc…  However, across the field there will be many other exhibitors showcasing their larger products and services such as the incredible Show Marquees, Stretch tents, Yurt, Bell tents, VW camper vans, live music, pop up tea room plus most of the catering companies.

There is also a very special surprise waiting for you to discover in the secret chapel! Make sure you make some time to visit it during the day. We promise you won’t be disappointed! There is something truly beautiful in there waiting for you to discover.

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Any other info I need to know?

  • Glanusk is a private estate with stunning grounds please make sure you all wear appropriate footwear and be prepared for all weather eventualities- the weather forecast is looking good but we do live in beautiful Wales- so bring your suncream and your brolly!
  • We are sorry but no dogs are allowed onto the Glanusk Estate.
  • PLEASE REMEMBER TO BRING CASH. There are NO card facilities on site
  • #Cwtchfest2016 is the hashtag of the event- use in your social media feeds so we can find you and see your amazing festival pics.

Last but not least, we want you to all have an amazing day!

My team and I have all worked tirelessly to bring you one epic wedding festival that we hope you will all love. We have collaborated with so many local businesses which have all gone above and beyond what they normally would for a wedding fayre which is what makes CWTCHFEST the best wedding event taking place in Wales. We look forward to meeting you all for a drink at the bar later. ~ Maria x