Bride To Be Diaries: Our Rustic Bride’s Stress Levels

Today on the blog we have the beautiful Kristy explains how she has been dealing with the stress of planning her wedding. Over to our Rustic Bride.B2B Rustic Banner

Our Rustic Bride

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106 days to go! Arriving so close to the 100 day mark makes it seem like it’s just around the corner!

I have learned recently that every bride must be stressed…even if they don’t feel stressed they still must be stressed! Like it’s some sort of prerequisite to getting married. It’s expected! When I thought about planning our wedding I conjured the images of films watched in the past full of montages with inspirational yet romantic music, that show the prospective bride and groom having a fantastic time picking out items for their wedding. What they don’t show is the hours of time spent on the internet information gathering, pintrest browsing, quote sorting and email sending! They also don’t show the disagreements between the bride and groom when their priorities lie somewhere slightly different from each other. They definitely don’t show the moment the bride realises that she has bought the wrong wedding ring!! Yes, this happened…wasn’t much fun!

When I imagined planning our wedding I wanted to get as much done before the last few months as possible, which thankfully I have been able to do. I am one of those people that like to be prepared and hate doing things last minute when deadlines are concerned. The thought of rushing things at the last minute for me is more stressful than something going wrong! If something goes wrong that’s just the way it is and we will deal with it if it happens.july honeymoon

I haven’t actually FELT stressed for a long time, not since dress shopping time number one and two. That churning in the belly – not for me. Yet, I have been ill three times in the last four weeks! So, I have increased my stress busting behaviours to try to combat the stress I am not feeling, but must be going on underneath the surface because I usually have an immune system of steel! Thanks to where I work, I think my immune system gets to regularly flex its metaphorical muscles and stays nice and strong. So I can only put my recent rubbish health down to an immune system being kicked around a bit by my convert stress levels. I just hope it’s going to sort itself out soon!

I think I have been incredibly lucky though because I have had people to help me do this all the way through. So many people have been involved and I have loved every moment. People I never thought would lend a hand have stepped up. This wedding has brought the family together, which I think is just a beautiful thing.Photo 06-07-2016, 15 11 56

I am also so very lucky that I have a Kieron in my life. Speaking with other brides, I have been told stories where they have been mostly responsible for the planning and organising of their wedding. They tell me that their groom just wasn’t that interested! Kieron has been the complete opposite…he has wanted to be involved in everything (except the dress of course). He has gone to wedding fairs, stood around in perfume shops, tried on rings, designed and made our invites, helped with my DIY projects and completed DIY projects of his own.

Kieron was heavily involved with the booking of our honeymoon, which I was so grateful for. Sorting the honeymoon seems to be usually left to the men anyway. But I couldn’t leave it alone could I?! After a month of research we settled on Mauritius. I did so much research I think I could tell you when all the rainy, hurricane and monsoon seasons were all over the world! We are going in September, two days after the wedding and I can’t wait. It will be the perfect stress buster following the wedding. A time for sandy toes, spa days, yoga on the beach, water sports and zip lining.  To be able to enjoy the holiday of a lifetime with Kieron as husband and wife, is just a dream come true.

I can only imagine how excited you are getting. I’m not at all jealous of your amazing honeymoon of yoga on the beach and spa days! ~ Kate

Rustic Bride Kristy Finding A Venue

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Finding a venue is one of the biggest decision when you are getting married. I found that I couldn’t really choose anything until I had found that. Today our Rustic Bride Kristy tells us all about how she found hers.  … Continue reading

Cwtchfest Exhibitor Spotlight- Finale

Only two sleeps to go!

When we started the planning process for Cwtchfest last year, it felt like this weekend would never arrive.

Organising Cwtchfest is so similar to planning a wedding. You book a bunch of stuff in the beginning and then there is a bit of a lull…..then all hell breaks loose a few months before  (or in our case…8 days before our event!). Lucky for us, we’ve all been there and done it (the wedding bit) and as most of us all work full time in the wedding industry we totally took control of what could have been a big problem and have turned it around into something even better than what we originally had planned! We’ve also met more incredible professional suppliers in this process that we can’t wait to introduce you to!

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This is the only wedding festival in Wales (#Cwtchfest2016) and we have chosen the best suppliers that are out there.

This Cwtchfest Exhibitor Spotlight- Finale post is giving you the last glimpe at the talented and exciting vendors that will be there on Sunday (including Cwtch The Brides very own creator and professional wedding photographer Maria Farrelly.

If you haven’t bought your tickets yet watch the blog at MIDDAY today, we have one final treat for you!

Cwtchfest is going to be glorious! Full of great Music, delicious food and the best wedding inspiration & suppliers you’ll find in Wales. We cant wait to welcome you all at The Glanusk Estate!

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Maria Farrelly is one of Wales leading wedding photographers. She is the creator of Cwtch the Bride and the Cwtchfest is her amazing idea. Every year Maria takes on a limited number of weddings. The vary in size, style, location and budget. The common thread between all of them is that each and every client adores her work.


What draws so many people to Maria’s work is her amazing ability to capture the essence of a person and those special moments found in a smile,touch or kiss. Coupled with her friendly and easy going nature her clients are instantly relaxed in her company which gives her the ability to capture such natural images. 

Maria is a multi award winning photographer and has a natural affinity with the people that she is shooting. Her photography has taken her all over the world and loves nothing better than a Welsh wedding.

“Your wedding day is all about the two of you. Your photographs should be a reflection of this and NOT a series of posed, uncomfortable memories.” Maria Farrelly



With over ten years experience in the industry we know how important it is for your event to run smoothly and often part of that is the bar.


At Black Dragon Bars we listen to our customers and go through all the details leading up to the event to ensure everything is how you want it.We provide bars for all types of events. No event is too small or too  large and we are happy to go through your event and tailor what we do.  Drinks packages can be tailored to your event with options of an all inclusive bar, welcome, toast drink packages, along with the most popular choice of pay bars.  We can also offer our bars on dry hire, with or without staff.



I formed the business after identifying a niche market place with in the wedding/party business  We specialise in backdrops – namely – flower walls, personalised 8 foot chalk boards (used as photo back drops), and personalised step repeats (these are what celebs stand in front of at events).


As our business continued to grow we were often asked “what else do you do?” this is when we added marquee lighting to our repertoire, with 5 foot LOVE & CWTCH signs include in this.


We then added all the other event paraphernalia, including chair sashes, table plans, invites, popcorn cart and deluxe candy buffet! Being born creative and a hopeless romantic has definitely helped.  But more than anything I love to create a event-scape that has the wow factor, no matter how big or small the budget !  I love what we do !



Cwtchfest Exhibitor Spotlight: Part 12

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We are all like kids before Christmas over here at Cwtch HQ. We are counting the sleeps. This is the only wedding festival in Wales and it is going to be Epic! The tickets are selling like hot welsh cakes … Continue reading

Cwtchfest Exhibitor Spotlight: Part 11


Cwtchfest is nearly here!!! We are in single figures. This is not a drill! If you don’t have your tickets yet you are going to have to hurry. These are the hottest tickets in town and advance purchase is advised. … Continue reading