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.
Maria 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!
Word is getting around so fast that its attracting the attention of some very special …. well… just see for yourself….
Need a band for your big day? If so, you are going to LOVE todays post. Not only are we super excited to have iGency performing at Cwtchfest again this year. But today, we have iGency’s Suzanne here to explain the ins and outs … Continue reading →
Today we have the fabulous Suz from iGency telling us all about the great live music acts they are bringing to Cwtchfest in April. EEK! we’re so damn excited!
Hello all you lovely Cwtch readers…we are thrilled to be involved in the amazing Cwtchfest once again!
It is going to be even bigger and better this year and being held at the home of the Green man FestivalGlanusk Estate. It is a super cool event and a really refreshing change from your typical wedding fair, we are very excited…you are in for a real treat.
If you are yet to get your tickets don’t worry you can still get them here
The iGency is a live entertainment agency based in South Wales. Run by myself & my partner Ryan, between us we have over 30 years professional music industry and performance experience. My background is West End Theatre & Ryan is one of Wales’ top session drummers and has toured the world with numerous international superstars. We believe our invaluable experience really helps us to understand what it takes to be a first class act.
We personally vet all our acts and hand pick only the finest and loveliest talent ensuring you get cool, stylish, stress free entertainment of the highest standard. We supply spectacular entertainment to hundreds of weddings every year through the UK & internationally and have thus become ‘wedding entertainment experts’. We can help with all aspects of the entertainment for your big day, we can even offer bespoke solutions for your event, get in touch and let us know what you require. We are passionate about providing our clients with top quality entertainment, when you book an act from The iGency you can rest assured you are booking the best. We work closely with a huge team of world class musicians, and vocalist whom we call upon to bring your event to life. You are guaranteed exceptional attitudes, a cool contemporary look and sound, and electrifying performances from our team.
The iGency will be supplying lots of great entertainment throughout the day at Cwtchfest. If you are thinking of booking entertainment for your big day come and see our team live on 17th April. In most circumstances it is not possible to see our bands live as they perform at private functions. Cwtchfest is a rare and exclusive opportunity to see for yourself the magic a live band can bring to your wedding. Amongst the line up on the day will be our top bands iPop, iRock, Indienational & iLectric who’s vocalist Shellyann has recently appeared on ‘The Voice’. We will also be showcasing some other great wedding entertainment options.
Live entertainment is such a special part of any wedding it will be a talking point for years to come. So much of the feedback we receive talks about the ‘band making the night’, ‘creating an amazing atmosphere’, ‘filling the dance floor’… the right band truly does just that, nothing else beats it. My advice when booking a band would be do not just go for the cheapest option like anything you get what you pay for, anyone can call themselves a “wedding band” but chances are the reason they are cheapest is because they are not as good. When booking one of our acts you pay for experience, professionalism of the highest standard on & off stage, great equipment and a stress free booking process. A great band will make the night a bad band can break it… ;) You can select one of our brilliant ready made acts or let us create something completely bespoke to make your vision a reality.
We hope to see you at Cwtchfest on 17th April for a taster of what we offer, it would be great to meet you. Drop us a line before hand if you are interested in a particular band and we can advise you on the schedule for the day.
Along side running the The iGency Ryan & I perform in the band iPop. iPop is where it all began…
Since forming in 2010 iPop have become one of the most established wedding bands in the UK. We play at over 100 weddings and events every year. The entire band have extensive industry experience and are full time, highly experienced, professional musicians. We know exactly how important booking the right wedding band is and we are really passionate about making your big day the best it can be.
As we all know weddings can become expensive, we keep our prices affordable by offering our stylish 4 piece line up. Prices include the whole evenings entertainment, a state of the art PA sound system, lighting and all music between sets played via DJ software. If you have a larger budget we can include our additional vocalist, sax player, & percussionist. Traveling the world is fabulous but we love performing here in Wales…especially since we recently gained a new addition to the iPop team….our whirlwind daughter ;)) As we are based in Wales you guys get our absolute best prices & we are currently offering a special deal to Cwtch readers having Welsh weddings. Please get in touch and mention ‘Cwtch The Bride’ for details.
iPop specialise in modern chart floor fillers but with our years of experience and huge repertoire of the best party hits of all time we can adapt our set list specifically for you. We can also offer an acoustic set for the drinks reception or wedding breakfast, & a super cool live DJ to compliment the band. Your entertainment can be individually tailored to suit your style and budget.
If you are looking for a stylish, versatile, fun, friendly, professional party band iPop are the band for you.
Visit www.ipopband.co.uk for more details, take a look at our live videos, demos & reviews from other happy couples… we would love to hear from you.
iRock: iRock are an incredibly in demand wedding band, since forming in 2011 they have fast become the band to have. They perform at around 80 weddings plus per year and have a super cool yet versatile playlist. They perform hits from all your fave indie rock/pop acts including Mumford & Sons, Bastille, Fratellies, Stereophonics, Kaizer chiefs, Killers, Kings Of Leon & many more. The boys are not only super talented they are lovely too and know how to make your day extra special. Visit www.irockband.co.uk for more information.
iLectric: iLectric’s lead vocalist Shellyann recently appeared on BBC’s ‘The Voice’. She is a pop powerhouse! Their brilliantly broad set will appeal to all as they perform the coolest party hits ever. Covering both up to date modern chart hits and old school classics. Their repertoire includes tunes from Bon Jovi to Bruno Mars. iLectrifying vocals and great musicians. Visit www.ilectricband.co.uk for more information.
Indienational are our latest addition and are taking the event scene by storm. This band look the part, sound the part and can absolutely rock the party! They are the masters of Indie Pop & Rock, and with endless super cool tunes, charisma and rock star good looks, this epic line line up will bring your event to life.
Catch all these amazing acts live..plus many more at Cwtchfest on 17th April
I have such an amazing treat for you lovely Cwtchers today photographed by Ben Moore. Suzanne and Ryan from iPop are letting us share their stunning, uber cool London wedding. We all have those friend that just do effortless and it looks amazing well this is one of those weddings. I sat green with jealousy as I edited this absolute beauty. I don’t think a cup of tea is quiet cool enough. Pour yourself a martini and enjoy. ~ Kate
What was your budget?
We really did not want to spend too much on our wedding, but we wanted all our guests to have an amazing day. We set ourselves a sensible budget….then went a couple of thousand over. As we work in the wedding industry we were very lucky to have been able to pull in some favours. We also chose to get married on a Wednesday as there are always midweek deals to be had with vendors. There were certain things we were happy to compromise on but we spent money on the really important things (Jimmy Choo’s). All things considered I think we had an expensive feel to our wedding for a bargain price!!
How would you describe your wedding theme?
We did not really have a theme as such but we wanted something cool, relaxed & luxurious.
What was your favourite part of your wedding?
We had our ceremony at Chelsea Registry office. At the time of booking it I thought it was quite fun and a bit Rock & Roll. As the day got closer I began question whether I had made the right decision. I kept looking back at the photos on line and thinking the room looked a bit underwhelming. I felt like I may regret not having the whole walking down the long aisle moment. On the day when I walked into the room and seen all my family, friends and Ryan in there it was magical. The decor was warm and glowy it felt like a dream. After the ceremony we walked out onto the iconic Chelsea Old Town hall steps on The Kings Road, all our guest threw confetti over us with beaming smiles , cars were tooting their horns, the public were waving and cheering…it was such an electrifying moment. I absolutely loved the entire day but this part was so unexpected that it was really special.
Tell us about your Wedding Dress
I got my dress from Rachel Burgess Bridal Boutique and it was designed by Welsh designer, E&W Couture, the dress is called Greta. You can try on a sample then it is hand made from scratch to fit you. I was adamant that I would not spend a fortune on a dress…ADAMANT! Until I tried on my little beauty. I fitted it on before checking the price tag, disastrous move! Of course I fell in love. The event was made even more special as the day I went to the shop my mum & dad were visiting from Watford, my Nan was down from Liverpool and my best friend was visiting from Abu Dhabi. (This never happens!) They all agreed it was the one! I excitedly rang Ryan and told him the price and I think he spat out his tea! I did have a major panic after this as he is normally really chilled. It was way more that I wanted to spend and I worried that I had just got caught up in the moment. In fact I called the shop and postponed the first fitting! I did a bit more searching but it had stolen my heart and nothing compared. I knew I wanted something a little different but I didn’t know what until I tried this dress on, it is exactly what I was after. I asked Sophie, the designer, if she could make me a mini version for my little girl too which was an absolute triumph and a real talking point of the day. When I walked down the aisle the first thing Ryan said to me was “I cant believe you nearly didn’t get this dress, it is the best dress I have ever seen” I felt a million dollars in my beautiful dress.
Who did you pick as your bridesmaids &/or best man and why?
I had 5 adult bridesmaids and my beautiful baby girl. I chose my best friends. Mel, Nikki & Sam are old school friends with over 20 years of tales to tell. Becky, her and I met when we were in the West End Production of ‘Grease’ The Musical. I played ‘Sandy’ she was Patty Simcox – I don’t think the characters were friends in the movie but we hit it off straight away :) Finally I chose Tamsin who proudly claims the cupid status as without her Ryan and I would not have met. Ryan chose his lovely brother as his best man.
Why did you choose your venue?
We love working in the wedding industry iPop play at over 100 weddings and events every year and The iGency our entertainment agency supply bands to hundreds more. As we play at so many weddings I did not want ours to feel like work, so we needed to choose something a little different. We met a great guy when we were out in Lebanon performing with iPop one summer…he seen us play at Iris a glamorous roof top terrace in down town Beirut and invited us to his equally glamorous restaurant Salmontini. It was literally the best restaurant I had ever been to with a cool vibe, with food to die for! He recently opened the same restaurant in the heart of Belgravia, London. We went for dinner one night and fell in love…we decided it was the one! We are real foodies so it was important to us that our wedding food was top class. The food on the day was sensational, we absolutely loved it and so did all our guests. Our vendors all said it was the best wedding food they had ever tasted and they work at a lot of weddings. We could not have been happier with the venue it was perfect.
Tell us about your photographer
Our photographer was the amazing Ben Moore. We wanted cool, candid shots with a bit of a rock and roll edge. When we got our photos back we were blown away. He truly captured the essence of the day. He was a dream to work with and his images are spectacular, we are thrilled with the results. We also had fabulous videographers Rich & Rhys from Aurora Video. They are based in South Wales but we were lucky enough to get them to follow us to London. They were so discreet on the day that you forgot they were there so they caught some magical candid footage. We recently got the hi lights video back and were instantly transported back to the moment. It is absolutely priceless! We can not recommend our photographer or videographers enough.
How did the proposal happen?
We got engaged in March 2014 after the birth of our beautiful little girl Seren Elvie. We had been together almost 8 years but having the baby made us want to make our little family official. The proposal was far from romantic. Ryan was away on tour drumming, he arrived back the day after my 30th birthday with no card or prezzie. I didn’t say anything because I am not really one for birthday fuss but he was definitely skating on thin ice. The next day he had to rush off early to a “rehearsal,” little did I know he was stopping off on the way to pick me up a rock! The following morning with a baby on the boob, greasy hair and cereal in my teeth he popped the question, in his own special way he thought it was romantic. On a positive note… If he wanted to marry me looking like that it surely must be love!
Any DIY stories/tutorials you’d like to share?
Ryan made a cracking post box for cards out of 2 snare drums. Well done Ryan! I ordered some cool wedding signs from Not On The High Street then went and bought some nice frames. My favourite sign was ” The hangover only lasts a day, the memories last a lifetime.” My hangover lasted a little longer than one day I must admit.
What was your first dance & why?
We chose ‘Best Friend’ by Queen. We didn’t have a ‘song’ as such but really liked the upbeat feel and the lyrics to this one. I also had a father daughter dance ‘Sarah’ by Thin Lizzy. My dad is a huge Thin Lizzy fan and this song has always been special. iGency artist and iPop guitarist Luke performed live for us and changed the Lyrics to Seren (my daughters name) instead of Sarah. It was a surprise for my dad and he absolutely loved it.
In hindsight, was there anything you would have done differently?
I do not think there is really anything I would do differently, I would just like to do it all over again!! The table plan had to change on the morning as a few people couldn’t make it. It was a bit of a pain but couldn’t be helped, what can you do? One other small thing was I forgot to take a mirror in my little handbag. I wanted to have a quick make-up check before the ceremony but I couldn’t see myself. Take a mirror girls for a last minute gloss.
Do you have any advice for future couples?
Don’t Sweat the small stuff it really becomes irrelevant on the day.
Relax and enjoy yourself on the day!
Don’t invite boring people…:)
Have the bar in the same room as the dance floor.
You get what you pay for do not compromise on quality live entertainment, photographer or videographer. Get the best your money can buy these are must haves and they are priceless.
This is not advice…just a fact. Table plans are a pain in the a**e!
Any other advise for future brides?
Because of our line of work lots of people have asked what entertainment we had. I think live music is such an important part of the evening. It can really make or break the night. It is so important that you go for top quality acts, don’t just go for the cheapest option, do not compromise on quality. People will remember the entertainment for years to come, book the best you can afford. As our venue was so intimate there was no room to have a full band so selected a number of our favourite solo artists including Kele Le Roc, and a female DJ, to keep us rocking until the early hours. We are very lucky that we have such a fantastic team of talent to call upon. The iGency can offer bespoke solutions for your event too if your venue is out of the ordinary or if you just fancy something unusual we can come up with some ideas for you.
What was your favourite thing about planning a wedding?
If I am completely honest I found the whole thing a bit stressful. We were so busy with work in the run up to the day that wedding planning seemed to be getting in the way and it was the last thing I wanted to do. Although we had been engaged for a while we only set the date in May 2015 so had around 4 months to get everything together. That said, I would not have done anything differently time wise. I must love a bit of stress. Last minute.com! After I had done all my planning I made a list of what needed to be done on the day and handed it to one of my best friends Chris who just so happens to be an event organiser. That was my favourite part of the planning process. A weight was lifted from my shoulders. Having him there on the day taking care of the finer details for me meant I could feel totally relaxed. I strongly recommend delegating these little jobs to someone so you don’t have to think about them on the day, if you don’t have a Chris ask your bridesmaids, best man, ushers etc.
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!
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.
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).
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.
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!
How do I buy tickets?
This is a ticket only event and numbers are strictly limited, so be quick!!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.