Its competition time again! This time, you have the chance to win tickets for not just yourself, but your partner and your bridal party.
Owen Mathias Photography
Thats a possible 10 tickets!*
*We have to put a cap on it or we’d have an army of you turn up!
To enter, all we need you to do is fill in the form below, telling us your name, email and the date of your wedding. Do this by Sunday 12th March at midnight, and you could be in with a chance of winning!
So, are you ready????
Its such a great day out for anyone planning a wedding. We look forward to welcoming you all x
What a week at Cwtch HQ. Maria’s (Cwtch the ride realtor) birthday, which in turn lead to up climbing Pen Y Fan (we thought she did suggest cocktails when we said we’d do whatever she wanted for her birthday), National Cwtch Day, St Dwynwen’s Day and we announced the sale of #Cwtchfest2017 tickets! Wooooooo
As you know, the amazing wedding festival that is #Cwtchfest2017, will be held at the stunning St Fagans National History Museum. So how perfect is it that we get to have a little throwback to our very own #Cwtchfest Organiser, Lindsey’s big day to her Mark, where you can see how stunning St Fagans is as a wedding venue …
How would you describe your wedding theme? Relaxed tea party
What was your favourite part of your wedding? The vows and how much in that moment I felt how much I meant it and how much it meant to Mark. He’s only ever cried to the film Marley and me so to hear his voice trembling with emotion gave me goose pimples. I have felt in a little happy bubble ever since. Also, our band Raspberry Jam were sooo incredible, we love live music and they just blew everyone out the water.
Tell us about your Wedding Dress This is the point where I learnt Pinterest can be dangerous. I fell in love with a dress which I soon came to realise was a couture dress from a boutique in San Francisco. Very within my means. I probably drove my bridesmaids mad searching for something similar and to limit my choices it had to have sleeves! I found that the only place that exceeded my expectations of wedding dress shopping was Rachel Burgess Bridal Boutique in Penarth, I believed she really cared about making me feel like I wanted to feel in that dress. However, the dress I fell in love with was an Augusta Jones Mai dress from the lovely Laura May in Roath who were brilliant. My belt is my keepsake from the day made by Ashley from With Love from Bobbin it’s the only thing I’ve allowed myself to keep. I love it.
Who did you pick as your bridesmaids &/or best man and why? Mark had 3 best men as there was no choosing between them. They have been through thick and thin together. However they each had their own roles. Matt planned the stag, Jamie was at the end of the aisle with Mark and poor James got the speech.
I originally decided I would have no bridesmaids as I have a lot of very close friends and just didn’t know what to do. However, I read an article called ‘bridesmates’ and how since the recession brides have cut back on bridesmaids yet their friends are still bearing the stress and responsibilities and of course cost of being one. It quickly became apparent my four Cardiff girls were these girls they became my go to for everything I love them to bits!!
Why did you choose your venue? We debated for ages whether to have our wedding in St Fagans as it’s where I work but when viewing other venues I just found myself constantly comparing it to there. I also love the fact that we can take our kids there and can visit when we are older etc. Tell us about your wedding photographer:
From the second I saw Maria’s photography and met her I knew she had to be part of our day. Her love and enthusiasm shone through the way she spoke and her work. It was all I talked about with Mark that evening- I actually got up and danced when she said she had our date free.
It was really important to us that we did not spend hours having staged photographs and the results are stunning!! I cannot believe how Maria has captured the important moments in such a way that didn’t impact on the day and yet are still so beautiful.
As someone who works in the wedding industry I respect Maria’s professionalism and how much she cares for each and every client. I could not recommend anyone else more highly.
How did the proposal happen? Mark took me to Edinburgh for my 30th as a surprise. That in itself was a massive deal so I was blindsided when after climbing up to King Arthur’s seat on the morning of my 30th in the snow (after arguing all the way up as I kept falling as it was so slippery) with 2 plastic bottles of wine and strawberries he proposed. I made him call my dad straight away as he hadn’t asked permission and I know it would have meant a lot to my dad.
Any DIY stories/tutorials you’d like to share? Everything I did was DIY. As I work in my venue I knew I could do everything myself. Invites were done by my fabulous bridesmaid Lisa. Flowers were delivered in massive buckets on Friday morning and we spent all day doing arrangements. Jars were collected and decorated by friends for their wedding and donated to us. Tables runners were cut the night before. Table plan was written on a mirror night before.
I wanted it to be DIY to feel relaxed.
What was your first dance & why? We had no first dance. Music means a massive amount to both of us but neither of us wanted to do a first dance. So we didn’t.
In hindsight, was there anything you would have done differently? No we loved our day.
Do you have any advice for future couples? I meet so many brides who are stressed and do not enjoy the process of wedding planning. The only thing I can say is no one else knows what you have planned and what is supposed to happen when. Your friends and family will come have a great time and you will be in a big happiness bubble. The stuff people get stressed about does not matter.
What’s the best piece of marriage advice you received? To never take the other person for granted and to end every day with ‘I love you’
What was your favourite thing about planning a wedding? Realising how much I personally knew about weddings and how to save money but still get the look and feel I wanted. I’m a geek sometimes and my inner arty self loved being crafty and also saving pennies.
So last Friday, Maria and I packed our little bag with our fancy clothes, donned the comfy leggings and climbed aboard our awaiting carriage (National Express Coach) to London for 2016 Wedding Blog Awards.
Three and a half hours of sitting next to people we don’t know and min who refused to speak to me (Maria bagged a lovely girl who chatted merrily! I had a stroppy teenager who refused to look us from his phone, even when I offered him a Malteaser! His loss), we finally got to Victoria and excitedly headed to Liverpool Street to the gorgeous ballroom of the Andaz Hotel.
After a quick change in the toilet (ok, it took a good 40 minutes) and G&T at the bar, the event opened and in we went. And wow! This room is something else! It’s Victorian splender is abundant, with pillars and a breathtaking glass domed ceiling, it is a special special room! Decked out with the most beautiful floral displays by the ever so talented and frankly, blinking lovely Simon Nickell Design, it was clear an amazing night was about to begin!
The stonking (yes that’s right, I used the word ‘stonking’ and I will again and again to describe….) Gethin Jones presented fabulously (obvs). We stood clapping and laughing and drinking and catching up with some wonderful people from some superb blogs, while the first lot of worthy winners collected their awards.
Then came ‘Best Regional Wedding Blog‘ Award. We were up for this and so very excited to be nominated. But we were up against some big names and blogs that we think are fantastic so didn’t hold out much hope. We stood tall and practiced our gracious losers face. Sponsors of the award, ‘The Woodland Trust‘ stood ready to announce the winner as Gethin went through the nominees (and as he is Welsh, he pronounced ‘cwtch’ correctly – hoorah!). And the winner is……
All I can remember is turning to Maria, mouth open as wide as it could possibly go as we screamed at each other with complete overwhelmed joy!
We leapt for joy, received our award from that beautiful man, and proceeded to drink and dance the night away with friends old and new.
To top it off, at the end of the evening, the wonderful Simon Nickell began giving his beautiful displays to us all! Im not bitter that Maria had the bigger bunch (hmph), but as we travelled home, it became clear that travel with a bunch of flowers as big as her, all the way back to South Wales, was proving difficult. So on the tube back to Victoria, we handed out flower by flower to some lovely people on the train, and shared the joy! As we left the tube we had lots of claps and happy faces!
Thank you so much for having us Wedding Magazine. We are honestly gobsmacked and completely over the moon.
So this is us, enjoying a winning Cwtch with our wonderful award, dedicating it to every single one of Maria’s team of #CwtchGirls who couldn’t come. Our hard work has paid off ladies!
Happy weekend you lovely lot! To get you in the mood for #Cwtchfest2016, we’ve got our very own, very fabulous, Maria Farrelly, to give you a few wedding festival tips, based on what she has witnessed this summer as a busy photographer. I think you will agree, these images are crazy inspiring! I want to get married again so I can do it like this! Over to you Maria………..Anna x
As we start gearing up for our next Cwtchfest wedding festival, We thought it would be a great idea to help you all with some ideas if you are planning an outdoor /festival style wedding.
What I love most about organising Cwtchfest is bringing together some of Wales’ most talented suppliers and giving them a platform to be as creative as they like to inspire you all. We have some great treats in stall for you all! Watch this space. In the meantime,
I’m a huge believer that a wedding should be a celebration of what you both love most. Family, friends, favourite food & drink and music to make you lose yourself in. Lets face it, dancing the night away to your favourite song, in a beautiful dress with all your favourite people around you is a pretty good feeling. And then there is all the little touches, the personal ones. The ones that your guests look at and go… “thats SO YOU’.
I’ve put together a compilation of some of the best ideas I’ve seen at weddings I’ve photographed recently. I hope it inspires you to put your own stamp on your wedding day. As styles and trends evolve, it really is a case of ‘anything goes’ and its totally ok to break with tradition! At the end of the day, all that really matters is that you get married!
A Ceilidh (Kay-lee) band is an awesome idea to get EVERYONE up and moving! The best thing about one is that you don’t even have to be a good dancer.
When it comes to fashion, wearing something comfortable will help you relax and enjoy the day more…
…even if that does include an umbrella hat!
If you love horses like Louise & Iolo do then hire a beautiful horse and carriage.
when it comes to entertaining your guests… space hoppers are great fun!
or maybe rope dad into performing…
…or the groom!
Maybe plant a tree on your wedding day?! and as the evening draws in, nothing beats an open fire with surrounding hay bales for all your guests to cwtch up on.
So much loveliness Maria thank you! The band and that tree planting!? What amazing ideas and beautiful touches to what will already be, a fantastic day!
So we are all well and truly into the countdown to #Cwtchfest2016 St Fagans now – only 44 days to go. Which means you only have 43 days to buy your tickets!
But fear not. To help you out, this coming weekend, we have a huge 50% discount on all tickets bought! Starting at midnight on Friday!
So time to ring around that bridal party – who’s coming?! Brides, Grooms, Best Man, Bridesmaids, the Mums, Dads, Groomsmen!?
For now though, onto the wonderful St Fagan’s. Lets face it, its such a blummin wonderful place, the more we all know about the place, the richer our lives will become! Today we have an overview of what truly is a magical venue.
For a wedding steeped in history, look no further than St Fagan’s National History Museum, the venue for our upcoming Cwtchfest this September. Home to over forty historical buildings, including the Oakdale Workmen’s Institute and St Fagan’s Castle, the venue offers an incredible location for the big day.
ST FAGAN’S CASTLE is Grade I listed Elizabethan Castle, with its opulent rose-wood and oak furniture, represents classical taste and style, creating a magical atmosphere for a special wedding day.
The Castle’s Main Hall and Dining Room is an intimate venue for up to 40 guests. The Hall was the height of Victorian style, decorated in dark oak with an intricately carved fireplace bearing the family coat of arms. The Dining Room was completed in 1896.
OAKDALE WORKMEN’S INSTITUTE –St Fagan’s also offers the grand Oakdale Workmen’s Institute as a beautiful reception venue. In the early twentieth-century it was the focus for social and cultural life in Oakdale, a mining village in South Wales.
Its rich wooden interior provides a traditional feel for ceremonies, echoing the time-honoured vibe of the venue as a whole. For your reception, the concert hall on the first floor can accommodate up to 90 guests. Its sprung floor and stage mean you can dance the night away in style.
Civil wedding ceremonies are licensed at both the Castle and the Workmen’s Institute and there is also a purpose-built MARQUEE available, erected on the lawn of the Castle, providing a blank canvas for any couple to fill with ideas and personal style. Set on the Castle Lawns, marquee weddings can be accommodated between May to September, 4pm to midnight.
The Museum benefits from beautiful natural surroundings and is set in 100 acres of lush green parkland, the grounds of a sixteenth-century castle that was donated to the people of Wales by the Earl of Plymouth.
When it comes to your photographs, you will be spoilt for choice. The Castle’s elegant landscaped gardens include the Italian Garden, the Thyme Garden, fishponds, fountains a mulberry grove and an exquisite Rose Garden.