Featured Vendor: Pick ‘n’ Mix Circus

As tomorrow is Halloween we have a special featured vendor for you today. We have spoken to Pick ‘n’ Mix Circus‘ Ringmaster Peter Gamble to tell our Halloween brides what they have to offer. But they aren’t just for Halloween- Pick ‘n’ Mix Circus did a wonderful job entertaining the guests at our Cwtchmas Party last December, so if you are planning a Christmas wedding this is for you too, or any time of year you want a circus! 

The Ringmaster. Image from our Cwtchmas Party taken by Tim Bishop

The Ringmaster. Image from our Cwtchmas Party taken by Tim Bishop

"Do you wanna build a snowman?" Image from our Cwtchmas Party taken by Tim Bishop

“Do you wanna build a snowman?” Image from our Cwtchmas Party taken by Tim Bishop

Why have a Halloween Wedding?

Thinking of having a Halloween Wedding? Why not .. think of the venues you could use… that crypt , that old barn, the lovely old village hall or how about Castell Coch ? Think of THAT Back Street Boys video, think of the wedding dance you could have, or Michael Jackson’s Thriller!

Why book Pick ‘n’ Mix Circus?

To set the scene and keep the heads rolling you’ll need the services of Cwtch The Bride’s recommended circus entertainers “Gamble and Wells” from Pick -N- Mix Circus, they’ll bring their friends and you can have:

An 8 ft “Lurch” from The Addams Family to meet and greet your guests, a Red Devil, or The Biker from Hell or fire swords and fire whips with fantastical stilt walkers to loom over your guest serving them a “Blood Sucker” cocktail or a “Morgue-a-Rita” or perhaps served on a ghostly glowing human table.

The Giant Red Devil and Biker from Hell

The Giant Red Devil and Biker from Hell

Masked Showgirls

Masked Showgirls

Instead of a toast master why not book a ringmaster?

The Ringmaster. Image from our Cwtchmas Party taken by Tim Bishop

The Ringmaster. Image from our Cwtchmas Party taken by Tim Bishop

The fun doesn’t stop there , during the Reception they‘ll teach your guests how to throw a knife to deal with the Zombie hordes or crack a whip to chase the ghoulies away, then glowing fluorescent balloon models and scary close up magic at the tables and then finish you off with a cabaret “More Danger Show” with whip cracking , fire eating, and real knife throwing!

Image from our Cwtchmas Party taken by Tim Bishop

Image from our Cwtchmas Party taken by Tim Bishop

How much will it cost?

Tip: The more performers you book the cheaper it gets!

Budget £250-350+ per performer depending on how long they will be with you, or double for a good magician

You will get a discount the more you book. n711331260_1584267_8151

Thank you for talking to us Peter! Happy Halloween!

Unless otherwise stated, images were supplied by Peter Gamble.

Cwtch the Bride’s 1st Birthday party!

To celebrate Cwtch the Bride’s 1st Birthday, we have organised an evening shindig at one of Cardiff’s coolest venue’s, Porters and we’d love for you to come and celebrate with us.

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How do I get an invite?

You need to RSVP here. Porters can hold upto 180 and entry is free but on a first come first served basis. Once full, I’m afraid they won’t allow anyone else in. So make sure you arrive early. The party starts at 7pm :)

Where is Porters?

Its right next to the Big Sleep Hotel and opposite the Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff. Directions can be found here and there is plenty of parking nearby.

The fabulous people at Porters have some great entertainment lined up for us and we are busy confirming some additional treats.

So bring your friends, business colleagues or just your other half. The more the merrier but remember to let us know you are coming by RSVP

Looking forward to seeing you there

Maria x



Cwtch the Bride – The Cwtchmas Party!

Here it is, in all its glory, Our amazing Cwtchmas Party!

We have so many people to thank for what was an incredible evening on the 11th December. Firstly, the incredible National Museum Cardiff for hosting our event and to Elior for providing all the amazing food! They were a dream to work with and if you are yet to book your wedding venue, may we strongly suggest you take a look at what they can offer. We were blown away :)

We were also thrilled to have the fabulous Ben Walton on hand during the evening to capture the night on film – take a look below. If you were there on the night, let us know if you spot yourself! :) and if you have already booked Ben to film your wedding, you’ve made a great choice! Also, a big thanks to Tim Bishop who photographed the entire event and who’s images are featured in this post!

The team and I had a fabulous evening and were truly overwhelmed at how many of our readers, leading wedding professionals and press came along to celebrate with us. Hey, even Santa paid us a visit:) Cwtchmas Party 205748

Having never organised an event on this scale before, I was incredibly nervous and my stress levels quickly peaked when I realised the amount of work involved. That’s when I knew having professional planners would be key to it success. A HUGE thanks goes to Deeanne & Ruth from Finesse Planning

Finesse Planning

These ladies are worth their weight in gold. As a wedding photographer I have seen many brides over the years convinced they don’t need help planning their wedding and afterwards wishing they had. Hindsight is a wonderful thing. This event wouldn’t have been as great as it was if it wasn’t for the organisational skills of these two ladies. They took control of the planning, communicating with everyone involved, setting up (we only had an hour!), managing the event itself and then when we all left to carry on the party, they stayed to clear up. Amazing!

The Boutique Disco

We were also thrilled to have The Boutique Disco involved. Initially I thought, like most DJs, they’ll just provide music. OH NO… not Grant. Not only did he provide background music but he created the lighting, provided the LED furniture AND an amazing screen which stood at one end of the Museum. It looked awesome. All of these are available to hire for your own wedding too :)

Heavenly Exquisite Desserts

Check out our ‘Cwtch the Bride’ cake provided by Heavenly Exquisite Desserts They are based in Llandeilo and if you’ve not yet tasted their cake, you really need too! Mmm!

Our live entertainment for the evening was provided by some very talented Welsh musicians. The amazing Sion Russell Jones, Coverland & our regular blog sponsor Brother Ray. Do check out their music, we’re big fans of them all :)

Sion Russel Jones

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Another big supporter of our blog, Hannah Emily Bridalwear gave our guests a lovely treat throughout the evening by showcasing some of the wedding gowns available in her boutique… Hannah Emily Bridalwear

…As well as Amy Mair Couture, who travelled from Pembrokeshire to share a selection of beautiful gowns from her Freda May collection.Amy Mair Couture

Big thanks to Yume for doing all the model’s hair (and mine!) and to Glamour Fix for the make up.



Malc the Magician worked the room with his close up magic and was a big hit…

Malcolm Healy - Close Up Magician

Finesse Planning also wowed our guests with some beautifully styled tables. This gave our readers some wonderful inspiration, with thanks to Kelly at White Crafts, By Jo, Snow White Laundries, and a special thanks to Hilary’s Floral Design who were already super busy doing flowers for Prince Charles yet still made time for us :)

Hilary's Floral Design

The sequined tablecloths attracted a lot of interest on the evening. I loved the way they shimmered! All thanks to Gilded Linens.

Gilded LinensWho got to try out WOW Event Hire‘s inflatable Chesterfields? We did, super comfy!  :) These super stylish sofas are great for any event and ridiculously quick to inflate and deflate :) If you are having a marquee wedding, how cool would these look in the chill out area?
WOW Event Hire

All our guests received a goody bag filled with lots of treats, one of which was a delicious cupcake by Love, Peace & Cupcake.

Love, Peace & Cupcake

Queen Of Cakes also supplied us with branded biscuits too! how lucky were we :)

Queen Of Cakes

Oh my, how could we forget the amazing  Pick ‘N’ Mix Circus who entertained our guests with a host of things ranging from ringmaster, compere, toastmaster extraordinaire to juggling, balloon modelling, a giant snowman and much more. It astounded me how much this company can offer in terms of entertainment.

Peter Gamble - Pick 'N' Mix Circus

Peter Gamble - Pick 'N' Mix Circus

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If you have a sweet tooth, you will love  The Good Ship Lollipop They offer all your old favourites in a super cool pop-up sweet shop :) How cool would this be at your wedding? Our guests certainly enjoyed it :)

The Good Ship Lollipop

There are loads more photographs to look though. We had a brilliant grotto/photobooth. Thanks to Celtic Prop Hire for providing a sleigh, christmas trees and lots of other cool props for Santa and our guests to be photographed amongst.

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Also a big thanks to Aquila from Love & Lovelier for making us these beautiful, custom badges! :)

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Designed by Shell at Something Kinda Cute

& of course huge thanks to Shell (the lovely lady on the right) at Something Kinda Cute for designing our fabulous invitation for us! :)

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Wow! I think we covered everyone. The evening was a great success. If you weren’t able to attend, we hope we have inspired you with this post. There are some truly talented wedding suppliers on your doorstep, each offering you something different from the ordinary. Not only are each of these suppliers great at what they do on a day-to-day basis but they are genuinely lovely people who go that extra mile for you. And lets face it, when you are planning your wedding, isn’t that what you want?

Finally, from me, personally, I was really touched by how many of my favourite wedding professionals each gave up their time and talents to help us on the evening. It really means a lot to me that you all came out to support Cwtch the Bride. You were all a dream to work with :) And to all the readers that continually visit the site for inspiration. THANK YOU!




Cwtch the Bride would like to thank the wonderful suppliers who have all
contributed to our wonderful party!

Venue and Catering
Cardiff National Museum – www.museumwales.ac.uk – 029 2057 3387/3129

Event Production and Management
Finesse Planning – www.finesseplanning.co.uk – 07580 075558

Disco, LED furniture, Projections
Boutique Disco – www.boutiquedisco.co.uk – 07988 684728

Chesterfield Sofas and coffee tables
WOW Event Hire – www.woweventhire.com – 029 2061 8052

Photobooth props and displays
Celtic Prop Hire – www.celticprophire.co.uk – 029 2068 9686

Floral displays
Hilarys Floral Design – www.hilarysflowers.co.uk – 01873 858636

White Crafts – www.whitecrafts.com – 07841 623403
By Jo – www.byjo.co.uk – 029 20813329
Something Kinda Cute – www.somethingkindacute.com – shell@somethingkindacute.com

Table Linens
Gilded Linens – www.gildedlinens.com – 07565 294290
Snow White Laundries – www.snowwhitelaundries.co.uk – 029 20233550

Hannah Emily – www.hannahemilybridal.com – 02921 152357
Amy Mair Couture – www.amymaircouture.co.uk – 07531 520158

YUME – www.yumecardiff.co.uk – 029 20233271

Make Up
Glamourfix – www.glamour-fix.com – info@glamourfix.com

Vintage Pop Up Sweet Shop
The Good Ship Lollipop – www.facebook.com/goodshiplollipopsweetshop – 07586 528544

Cakes & Desserts
Heavenly Desserts – www.heavenlychoc.co.uk – 01558 822800
Love, Peace & Cupcake – www.lovepeaceandcupcake.co.uk – 07401 841739
Queen of Cakes – www.queenofcakes.org.uk – 07815 018570

Maria Farrelly – www.mariafarrelly.com – 07814 574 462
Tim Bishop – www.timbishop.co.uk – 07793 733699

Ben Walton – www.benwalton.co.uk – 07772 482691

Brother Ray – Acoustic Duo – www.brotherraymusic.com – 07731 357952
Sion Russell Jones – www.sionrusselljones.com – Morgan Bell Management
Coverland band – www.coverlandband.co.uk – 07738 858048
Malcolm Haley Magician – www.facebook.com/MalcHaleyMagician – 07510 282321
Peter Gamble Circus Skills – www.pick-n-mix.co.uk – 07875 826773

Click any photo to see a larger version :)

All photos taken by the lovely Tim Bishop. Thanks Tim! :)