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!
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
Instead of a toast master why not book a ringmaster?
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!
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.
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:)
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.
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!
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 :)
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 :)
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…
…As well as Amy Mair Couture, who travelled from Pembrokeshire to share a selection of beautiful gowns from her Freda May collection.
Big thanks to Yume for doing all the model’s hair (and mine!) and to Glamour Fix for the make up.
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 :)
The sequined tablecloths attracted a lot of interest on the evening. I loved the way they shimmered! All thanks to Gilded Linens.
Who 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?
All our guests received a goody bag filled with lots of treats, one of which was a delicious cupcake by Love, Peace & Cupcake.
Queen Of Cakes also supplied us with branded biscuits too! how lucky were we :)
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.
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 :)
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.
Also a big thanks to Aquila from Love & Lovelier for making us these beautiful, custom badges! :)
& of course huge thanks to Shell (the lovely lady on the right) at Something Kinda Cute for designing our fabulous invitation for us! :)
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!