Cwtchfest2016: Cwtch Workshops

If you were a lucky one who managed to bag a space on one of our Cwtch Workshops, you will have seen how hard the contributors worked to make them informative, helpful and generally fabulous.  At one point, we literally could not squeeze any one else into the yurt!

So this is a massive thank you specifically to you fabulous suppliers, who worked tirelessly and created some truly wonderful workshops for our brides and grooms. Without you, we would literally have had the Cwtch girls sharing their own special talents, which include a back catalogue of Steps dance routines and a selection of popular 1980s knock knock jokes.  None of which is of any use to future brides and grooms.

Owen Mathias Photography

All images in this post are by Owen Mathias Photography

The Flower Hive – The first of two of Eva’s workshops was showcasing how to make your own buttonhole’s.  The results were just stunning.  When Eva initially showed everyone what they were about to make, every looked a little ‘there is no way I can do that’, but sure enough, they all left with their own version of a wonderful buttonhole, and full of knowledge as to how to create one for their big day.  It was just superb – thank you!

Owen Mathias Photography

Owen Mathias Photography

Sylvie & Joan – The beautiful Emma from Sylvie & Joan began her session in our most favourite way, by treating the attendees to some fizz.   Emma delivered a fantastic workshop session on planning your own festival wedding. Emma supplied so much wonderful information, giving you gorgeous lot, so many ideas, it was amazing – thank you!

Owen Mathias Photography

Owen Mathias Photography

Owen Mathias Photography

Hannah Mlatem – For her Cwtch Workshop, the delightful Hannah treated us to some truly magnificent bridal hair inspiration.  The yurt was absolutely bursting with eager to learn brides and she absolutely delivered. Hannah, everyone left with some awesome ideas and you and your team were fantastic – thank you!

Owen Mathias Photography

Owen Mathias Photography

Owen Mathias Photography

Owen Mathias Photography

Make Up by Nicola – The bloomin gorgeous Nicola delivered a superb session and conducted a live make up demo on the daughter of one of us Cwtch girls. Nicola, you were wonderful and Keya looked just stunning. Thank you!

Owen Mathias Photography

Owen Mathias Photography

Owen Mathias Photography

All Sewn Up – The lovely Helen from All Sewn up demonstrated in their Cwtch Workshop how to make your own gorgeous little fabric lavender love heart and use as a favour or decor on your big day.  It was such a lovely session, with some gorgeous materials and equipment.  Thank you!

Owen Mathias Photography

Owen Mathias Photography

The Flower Hive – The wonderful Eva returned at the end of the day to a yurt full, all eager to make some gorgeously cute flower power rings in the final Cwtch Workshop.  Once again Eva, for your knowledge, time and skill, Thank you!

Owen Mathias Photography

Owen Mathias Photography

Owen Mathias Photography

Owen Mathias Photography

To sum up, we are so grateful to be working with some magnificent people in this industry. Your creativeness and wisdom is second to none and we are over the moon to know you.

Thank you, you marvellous lot x

Cwtch Of The Week by Owen Mathias

Cwtch Of The Week

Morning you lovely lot!

I hope you all had a stunning weekend. The sun was out and it was lovely and warm. Dare I say it but I think that summer might be on its way!

This Weeks Cwtch Of The Week was a really hard decision. As you know Cwtchfest was last month and it was epic! All through the day the brilliant Owen Mathias was there documenting the every little awesome bit of it. The thing is he knows how we love a good old cwtch so he managed to get some for us. This is the problem how do you choose one for Cwtch Of The Week when you have so many to choose from.

Well, it is simple you don’t! We have a great selection of cwtches from mother and daughter ones, to cwtch girl ones. I think you will be able to see why we had to share them all with you.

Now lets see if you can find your self?

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The Ultimate Cwtch of the Week by Owen Mathias

Wow! What an amazing day at the stunning Glanusk Estate. Such a massive thank you to everyone involved in making yesterday so, absolutely amazing. We are just thrilled.  On cloud nine. Ecstatic. Over the moon.
Ok. We’ll stop gushing.


Right. We need to calm down and highlight just how marvellously supportive you all were, even the weather played ball.  We are unbelievably grateful, so much so that we cannot put it into one post.  We will therefore be sharing the wonderfulness that was Cwtchfest 2016 in several posts over the following weeks.

For now, we will leave you with this ultimate Cwtch of the Week, by the ever so talented Owen Mathias (and he grows an epic beard too). Can you find yourselves?

Once more – THANK YOU! xxx

Owen Mathias Photography


For more from the day – check out #cwtchfest2016 on Instagram and Twitter

Cwtchfest Exhibitor Spotlight: Part 5

Hello Cwtchers!
The tickets for this years #Cwtchfest2016 have been flying out over the weekend and today we bring you a spotlight on three more fabulous Welsh supplers that will be exhibiting at this years event.  Today we welcome To Have and to Hire, PartyBales®  and Anne Morgan Jewellery.
This year #Cwtchfest2016 is being held at none other than The Green Man festival site, The Glanusk Estate, Crickhowell on the 17th April.  Along with our amazing collection of the best in the Welsh wedding industry we also have Live music, workshops, demos, food stalls and bars allowing you to fully enjoy the wedding planning experience.
If you still have not purchased your tickets to this truly unique event what are you waiting for…
To Have and to Hire is a bridal studio like no other. Located in an historic Victorian arcade in the heart of Cardiff, we welcome brides from all over the UK and beyond.
TH&TH-logo-master-bridalstudioWe hire outstanding designer wedding dresses and accessories that have been gifted into the scheme by private ‘lenders’  – women who’ve already paid the designer price tag so you don’t have to.

 Because of the unique way we are supported, brides can benefit from a range of unique services:

  • Access up to 85 wedding dresses, and over 25 designers in one location
  • Try up to 15 bridal looks during each 2hr fitting
  • Enjoy wedding dresses already tailored to your size and height
  • Customise your look with matching high end accessories
  • Receive a written summary of your fitting after every visit
  • Take as many photographs of your fitting as you need to
  • Have your wedding dress couriered to your home for 2 weeks around your wedding dates
  • Have your wedding dress sent to your location abroad
  • Liaise with the same person throughout your wedding dress journey
  • Feel free to change your mind should you fall in love with a newer arrival
  • Organise a home fitting should you have mobility issues

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To Have & To Hire CM 2013

Anne Morgan Jewellery

Award winning jeweller Anne Morgan offers the best of contemporary jewellery within her unique interior styled gallery.


Anne Morgan Jewellery showcases over 30 selected designers promising quality craftsmanship and shop-16

Having designed and made jewellery for the past 20 years Anne now shows her contemporary designs alongside some of the best makers in the UK. Everything on show is handmade using precious materials such as gold and silver to plastics, leather and wood.. Anne’s own work incorporates semi-precious stones and textured metal. She is able to work to clients brief to create stunning one-off pieces.

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With a workshop on the premises Anne and her team are able to offer remodelling and bespoke commissions for any occasion.

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Anne offers wedding ring workshop that allow couples to Design and make their own wedding rings in a one day workshop. Anne will guide them through the process of making their own rings with her expert tuition. They will be able to choose the shape and finish of your rings. Choose from 9ct gold, 18ct gold to Platinum.

PartyBales® are specialists in Hay and Straw Bale hire for weddings, events, festivals and parties and deliver throughout Wales and England. Hay and Straw Bales lend themselves perfectly to outdoor, festival, garden, barn and woodland weddings as they are so versatile and can be used in a number of different ways from seating, signage, decoration, lawn games, bars and photo booths – the opportunities are endless!
In addition PartyBales® hire bale covers, blankets and cushions to dress the bales alongside props and marquees. For inspiration take a look at where there are plenty of ideas or contact the PartyBales® team as we are always happy to give advice and always up for a challenge to do more with bales.
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PartyBales® are extremely excited to be at Cwtchfest for the second year. Last year PartyBales® did awesome things with straw bales and we look forward to seeing what they have in store this year. PartyBales® recently had a new delivery of four pig props. The pigs are going on a PartyBales® tour to wedding festivals throughout the UK and will be coming to #cwtchfest2016, where you can enter the PartyBales® competition to ‘name the pigs’! Make sure you take a seat on a PartyBale® and meet the team.
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Keep watching the blog for more #Cwtchfest2016 suppliers!!!

Easter Flash Sale: 50% off Cwtchfest Tickets!

To all you lovely Easter bunnies out there planning a wedding. Rather than indulge in chocolate this weekend, why not treat yourself to a half price ticket to our fabulous Wedding Festival taking place on Sunday 17th April at the Glanusk Estate.

#CWTCHFEST2016 is set to be THE wedding event to attend this year!

Easter specialMaria Farrelly and her team of Cwtch Girls have worked tirelessly over the last few months to create one epic Wedding Festival for anyone planning a wedding. Whether you’re opting for an outdoor, marquee, tipi, traditional, vintage, modern style wedding, there is something to inspire you all.

CWTCHFEST2016 is full to the brim with over 60 top Welsh Wedding Professionals, all on hand to showcase their products and services. Wedding tipi will be showcasing their epic tipi’s, County Marquee will wow you with their gorgeous marquees. There is live music by iGency to entertain throughout the day (which can also be booked for your wedding!) Cwtch Workshops are back to help all of you DIY brides (more on that coming soon), lots of tasty food & cocktails being served all day and finally… a spectacular firework display will close what we know is going to be one very special day.

So come on… join us!

click here for ticketsWord is getting around so fast that its attracting the attention of some very special …. well… just see for yourself….

Cwtch The Bride invite you to #CWTCHFEST2016 from maria farrelly on Vimeo.

There will be a few more of these videos popping up over the weekend… why not follow this little love story! Everyone loves a unicorn. x