Taa Dah!….

Our LUSH LIST is finally  launched!

A fabulous collection of our favourite Welsh Wedding suppliers. All hand picked by us and highly recommended by our readers.


To access this awesome directory, press the LUSH LIST icon sitting on the right hand side (if viewing on a computer or tablet)- Scroll down if you are using a phone.

It looks like this:

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Simply click on it and it will take you to a page that looks like this:

lush list iconsSelect the category you need and then choose from our list of highly recommended suppliers.

All the companies listed have links to take you to their own websites, Facebook page & Twitter feed. This is a great way to follow them if you’d like to get to know them a bit more before booking.

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Most of these companies will already be featuring our approved vendor badge on their websites too. This is to give you peace of mind that we’ve either worked with them, Used their services or some of our readers have highly recommend them.

So, there you have it. We do hope you love it and find it a valuable resource to your wedding planning. Have a good look around the directory, click on a few links and let us know what you think. You can send us your feedback here.

We will be adding LOTS more suppliers to our LUSH LIST throughout the year so do keep popping back. We’ll also be inspiring you more by sharing their work over on our Facebook page.

If you run a lovely welsh wedding business (especially in North Wales!) and would like us to consider you for our Lush List. You can get in touch with us here.

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday evening xxx


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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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!


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!

Love The Cwtch Girls!

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Illustration by Slightly Wobbly Designs



Sponsored Vendor: The iGency

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. Cwtch the Bride only accepts sponsored posts from companies we think will be useful to you :) 

We are delighted to be working with The iGency and to have them back as sponsors for another three months. If you are thinking of hiring a band for your wedding The iGency have a lot of talent to choose from, here is a little more about them with videos of some of their super talented acts.

Who are iGency?

The iGency are a unique, high-end yet affordable entertainment agency supplying cool, stylish and contemporary Wedding Bands and entertainment of the highest standard. The iGency is run by Suzanne and Ryan who between them have 30 years of first hand experience within the entertainment industry making them experts in music and performance. This experience means that they understand what it takes to create a first class act so they work with some of the finest talent in the UK.  They started out with just one band – iPop! When iPop proved to be a huge success they quickly developed into something bigger largely thanks to their passion for top quality entertainment.

What they do

The iGency supply stylish, distinguished entertainment all over the world, including UK, America, Australia, Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. They offer a personal touch and can give advice whenever you need it as well as first class entertainment, a cool contemporary look and sound, and electrifying performances from all of the team.

Why should I book The iGency for my wedding?

The iGency wedding bands have performed at many of the most well known venues that South Wales has to offer such as The Vale Hotel Glamorgan, De Courcey’s Manor Cardiff, The Celtic Manor Newport, Pencoed House, Miskin Manor, The Bear in Cowbridge, Stradey Park Llanelli and Hammett House in beautiful Pembrokeshire. Being regular performers at these top venues the bands are familiar with their management and staff alike which helps things run as smoothly as possible meaning you will have one less thing to worry about on the day.
Booking established and professional event or wedding entertainment is always highly recommended and so with over 30 years of ‘first hand’ music industry experience, The iGency are THE entertainment agency to talk to.
They supply stylish, distinguished wedding entertainment of every kind: fantastic high end wedding bands to ensure your wedding reception is one to remember, ambient acoustic acts for beautiful background music during drink receptions or as dinner music, or charismatic swing crooners for wedding breakfast entertainment.

Follow this link to hire a band via The iGency for your big day.

The Acts

We have provided you with a taster of what The iGency have to offer but for a full list of their acts click here. If you aren’t sure what sort of act you are looking for you can contact The iGency who are always happy to discuss your needs and offer a bespoke option.

Thank you Suzanne & Ryan for your continued support of our lovely blog, we can’t wait to show more from The iGency over the next few months :)

Sponsored Vendor: Bryan Gunton Magician

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. Cwtch the Bride only accepts sponsored posts from companies we think will be useful to you :) Bryan Gunton is one of Wales’ leading magicians and we’re thrilled to have him involved with our blog.

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Bryan specialises as a wedding magician and knows just how to entertain your guests from the moment they arrive.  Bryan is an award winning magician whose precise sleight of hand and good humoured approach is the perfect ice breaker amongst wedding guests.

His magic will leave your guests fascinated and often laughing and chatting amongst each other which really helps create a great atmosphere. Especially if many of the guests don’t know each other.

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He performs his relaxed non intrusive form of magic using cards, coins, rings, rope, elastic bands, balls and even objects taken from guests’ pockets.  Bryan can tailor his magic to meet your wedding theme even producing gifts for bridesmaids and mothers from thin air.  

Bryan can perform at various points during your wedding day with four main types of coverage.  He is also happy to combine some of these options to create the exact amount of entertainment you’d like.

 OPTION A – After the ceremony

Mix and Mingle magic during the photographs or drinks reception.

This option is sure to entertain your guests at a time where there would otherwise be a lull. Having magic during the photos creates perfect moments for the photographers to capture your guests’ reactions.

OPTION B – The Wedding Breakfast

Close-up table magic in between the courses of the wedding breakfast.

A great ice breaker to get your guests into the party spirit with bespoke close-up illusions performed in their hands and before their eyes.

OPTION C – After the speeches

Close-up table magic after the speeches and before the evening event.

This option creates a fantastic ambience for your guests from the day and also your guests that arrive early for the evening reception.  Close-up magic at this time is the perfect solution for the transition period between the day and night.

OPTION D – The Evening Reception

Mix and Mingle/Table Magic to entertain at the evening reception.

If you have a quieter environment available for guests who do not enjoy discos and bands, close-up magic in the bar or lounge area will produce an incredible response.

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How to book Bryan

If you are interested in booking Bryan Gunton for your wedding, pop your details here and we’ll get bryan to get in touch with you.

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Not only do WE think Bryan is great but check out these comments from Brides and Grooms that have used Bryan for their own wedding:

 “We thought you where like a breath of fresh air as your personality is sunny bright fun and very friendly, everyone was enthralled and delighted by both your routine and yourself.”  

Sue and Lance Shepard

” Tom and I have our magic card in our memory box now, although we shall not forget you.” 

Tom and Tamara Russell

“We had a fantastic day and many of our guests have commented on the close up magic that you performed on the day, it really went down a treat.”

Richard & Catherine Richards (The Gower Golf Club)

“The close up magic you did for our wedding was superb, we’ve received many comments and compliments about it, so glad we decided to book you, its true the additional extras that we added to our day such as yourself really, really made a difference.”

Wendy Jones(The Vale Hotel)

”Our wedding day was perfect, Bryan helped make it Magical!” 

Martin & Laura Rauch ( Fonmon Castle )

“Just a quick little email to say a massive thank you for entertaining our guests on Wednesday. They all loved your performance and haven’t stopped talking about it. It was a real treat having you there.” 

Rach & Cath