Cwtchfest DIY Workshops

Back in April Cwtch the Bride hosted CWTCHFEST! Wales’ biggest ever wedding festival. You came in your droves and it looked like a good time was had by all.

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One of the popular features of the day was the DIY tent where several talented people held some really interesting and useful DIY Workshops. This post is to say a HUGE THANK YOU to these incredible people and to those of you who attended and enjoyed the sessions. Some of you loved them so much you came back and attended all of them :)

Naturally Crafty – Jam Jar Crafting

Upcycling Jam Jars is a stylish and cost effective way to add that personal touch to your wedding day. At Cwtchfest, Sam from Naturally Crafty demonstrated how to make a variety of venue decorations and favours from simple jam jars. Loads of you got involved and came away with some new skills, ideas and your own hand crafted jam jars! JZ0C3731
Sam Littlefair got married in 2014 and her DIY wedding featured on Cwtch the Bride. She now runs a handcrafted gift and wedding hire company, Naturally Crafty.

Best Man Beacon – Speech Writing

Our Best Man contributor Baz from Best Man Beacon ran a laid back speech writing workshop giving tips to the grooms and best men in attendance.  We think they all had a good time!

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The Flower Hive – Making Buttonholes

Eva is owner of The Flower Hive, based in Pencoed, close to Cardiff where she grows a wonderful selection of traditional cottage garden flowers  grown in accordance with organic and bio dynamic principles.

At her workshop the attendees learned how to design and make their own unique buttonholes using spring flowers and hedgerow foliage.

 Kate Petersen – Homemade Photobooth Props

Kate our Homemade bride was helping you to create your own selection of photo booth props for your wedding with a bit of assistance from our Vintage Bride Sophie. JZ0C3805
The moustaches came out and everyone seemed to have a good laugh with their homemade props!  Kate Petersen has worked in the wedding industry for many years as a hair and make up artist and maker of exquisite headpieces and beautiful bouquets.

All Sewn Up – Festival Bunting

Making your own bunting for your wedding day is a fantastic way of adding your own personality to the venue.  You could even arrange a hen party to get your best friends involved in making it with you?
At Cwtchfest, Helen from All Sewn Up demonstrated how to make simple bunting and gave ideas of how to use it. Some of you had a go and made some by machine.  The All Sewn Up Workshops are based in Swansea, on the edge of Gower and run by award winning designer Helen Rhiannon.

Massive thank yous to all involved in the DIY workshops, we have many more thank yous to make but we will keep them for a separate post.

CWTCHFEST 2016 is already in the planning. We have a new amazing venue and it will be even bigger and better so watch this space!

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Cwtchfest! DIY Workshops

At Cwtchfest! THIS SUNDAY we will be holding a series of DIY workshops that you,our lovely readers, can get involved in. Emma from Sylvie & Joan has organised these for us, with workshops from our Homemade Bride Kate, Best Man Baz and  some other lovely friends of Cwtch the Bride.
Here are all the times and details – many of the workshops have a limited number of participants so if you are keen to get involved make sure you are there early!
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When

11.30 – 12pm – Naturally Crafty: Jam Jar Favours
12.30 – 1pm – Baz Price: Best Man Speech Writing Workshop
1.30 – 2.10 pm – The Flower Hive: Buttonholes
2.30 – 3pm – Kate Petersen: Photobooth Props
3.30 – 4pm – All Sewn Up: Festival bunting

The Details

Naturally Crafty – Jam Jar Crafting
Upcycling Jam Jars is a stylish and cost effective way to add that personal touch to your wedding day. At Cwtchfest, Sam from Naturally Crafty will be demonstrating how to make a variety of venue decorations and favours from simple jam jars. You will leave the workshop full of ideas and inspiration to match your wedding theme. You will learn tried and tested techniques and have the chance to have a go there and then.
Sam Littlefair got married in 2014 and her DIY wedding featured on Cwtch the Bride. She now runs a handcrafted gift and wedding hire company, Naturally Crafty.
(Max 12 participants)
The Flower Hive – Seasonal Buttonholes
Would you like to learn how to learn how to design and make your own unique buttonholes for your festival wedding? Come and try your floristry skills using spring flowers and hedgerow foliage.
Eva is owner of The Flower Hive, based in Pencoed, close to Cardiff where she grows a wonderful selection of traditional cottage garden flowers  grown in accordance with organic and bio dynamic principles.
(Max 10 participants)
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Kate Petersen – Photobooth Props
Kate our very own Homemade bride will be helping you create your own selection of photo booth props for your wedding. This will help create some fun, different and relaxed photos that will help break the ice. From moustaches and lips to tiaras and bow ties, these props are sure to help guests smile and get silly for the camera.
Kate Petersen has worked in the wedding industry for many years as a hair and make up artist and maker of exquisite headpieces and beautiful bouquets.
(Max 12 participants)
All Sewn Up – Festival Bunting
Making your own bunting for your wedding day is a fantastic way of adding your own personality to the venue.  You could even arrange a hen party to get your best friends involved in making it with you?
At Cwtchfest, Helen from All Sewn Up will be demonstrating how to make simple bunting and will give you ideas and allow you to have a go there and then, by hand or by machine.  The All Sewn Up Workshops are based in Swansea, on the edge of Gower and run by award winning designer Helen Rhiannon.
(Max 8 participants)

If you still haven’t bought your tickets – hurry! There isn’t much time left!

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CWTCHFEST: Sunday 19th April 2015

Here it is! we can finally reveal what we’ve spent months planning. Wales is getting its First Wedding Festival and we are organising it!

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What is CWTCHFEST?

Cwtchfest is Wales’ first wedding festival.

For anyone planning a welsh wedding, be it outdoor, festival, vintage or modern in style, we’ve got it covered!

On Sunday 19th April 2015, a beautiful meadow near Cowbridge will play host to our event. Gates open at 11am and we have a jam-packed day organised. With free onsite parking, our event will feature live music & DJ, workshops for all you DIY brides, An exhibition marquee with over 50 of wales’ finest wedding suppliers (11-4pm), talks from wedding experts, food & drink PLUS lots more.

As the sun goes down, relax and enjoy more live entertainment & DJ, have fun in our photo booth and see our giant LOVE letters, Sounds great doesn’t it?!!

We are thrilled to be collaborating with some of the best wedding companies in Wales to bring you this unique event and we’d love to invite you to join us.

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Where is it taking place?

The lovely people at Bluebell Meadows have given us use of their beautiful meadow in Llancarfan (3 miles from Cowbridge).

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We also have the amazing Cariad Canvas & Wedding tipi providing their Stretch Tents,Tipis, bell tents and festival flags.

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County Marquees are also on board (hurray!) and they will be providing one of their wonderful marquees to showcase just how fabulous an outdoor wedding can be. They will also house our 50+ wedding exhibitors.

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Live music

The Igency are working with us to provide a variety of live acts to keep you entertained throughout the day and if you happened to watch The Voice last night, we can also confirm Shellyann (from Ilectric) will be performing and yes… you can also book her for your wedding too!

Workshops

The fabulous wedding planner, Emma from Sylvie & Joan will be managing our workshops and we have some great DIY projects for you to try. Also, in the lead up to the festival, Emma will be our guest blogger, sharing some essential planning advice! emma-butler

How do I buy tickets?

This is a ticket only event and numbers are strictly limited, so be quick!!

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Over the coming weeks we will be revealing more details about this fabulous event and the wonderful businesses working with us. Seriously, there is not going to be another event like this in Wales! Do not miss out. Get your tickets today.

Want to get involved?

If you run a welsh wedding business and would like to book a stand at our festival,  we have a dedicated team handling all exhibitor bookings. Simply email cwtchfest@cwtchthebride.com for more information.

If you are are wedding business and would like to come along to socialise with the rest of the welsh wedding industry, you too can buy tickets.

Looking forward to seeing you all there!

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