WOW Cwtchers what can we say!

#CWTCHFEST2016– Wales’ original and biggest Wedding Festival is returning sooner than you think!

Sunday 18th September 2016 to be precise and we’re thrilled to tell you it’ll be at St.Fagans National History Museum, Cardiff!

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Cwtchfest is the brainchild of our wonderful Cwtch the Bride founder Maria Farrelly who wanted to create a Wedding Festival for anyone planning a wedding.

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Whether you’re opting for an outdoor, marquee, tipi, traditional, vintage, modern style wedding, there is something to inspire you all in a relaxed atmosphere in which you will gather a host of ideas through demos, workshops and exhibitions whilst sipping a cocktail or two.

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 Images by Owen Mathias Photography


St Fagan’s National History museum on the outskirts of Cardiff was the perfect choice when we were asked to do another festival this year.  We are thrilled to be partnering with them-  St Fagan’s is a very special venue – beloved by many but did you know it is also a spectacular wedding venue?  Our very own Cwtch girl Lindsey got married here two years ago!!!

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Since it opened in 1948, St Fagans has become one of  the world’s best open-air museums. Over 40 original historic buildings have been moved here to show  you how the people of Wales have lived, worked, played and worshipped through the ages.

Civil wedding ceremonies are licensed in two locations at the  Museum – the beautiful Elizabethan St Fagans Castle and the magnificient Oakdale Workmen’s Man Institute.  We will be covering these venues and the museum over the coming weeks so you can get a feel for the venue as a whole.Black & White Bridal photo - c. Aled Garfield Photography[1]st fagans

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You can buy tickets RIGHT HERE!

Tickets are just £7!!! But as a two week Early bird offer to our fabulous readers we are offering 50% off!!! This offer will run for two weeks until midnight Sunday 10th July so be quick

There is a limited amount of these on offer and we do expect these to sell out.


registrationIf you are a wedding professional and would like to get involved in CWTCHFEST please get in touch with a little bit about what you do either by filling out the contact form below or by emailing Lindsey at cwtchfest@cwtchthebride.com 

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Cwtchfest Collaborator- County Marquees

Today Cwtchers we welcome back our fabulous Cwtchfest collaborators County Marquees who would like to introduce their wonderful team to you and offer their top ten tips in running a successful marquee wedding.

If you are yet to get tickets to Wales’ biggest wedding festival Cwtchfest at the Glanusk Estate Crickhowell on April 17th.

Just click the below link now…

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To help you with planning your wedding we have an amazing team here at County Marquees. I thought it would be great to introduce you to the ladies who will become your friend over the course of booking and hiring a marquee.

First of all meet my sister in law Danielle who is such a great planner and loves to pull out all the stops to bring the day together for her clients.

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And of course the wonderful Emma who we all love to bits and has the best connections in Monmouthshire.

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Then there is me. I am one of the directors and event managers at County Marquees, it’s been my job for nearly twenty years and I absolutely love it. Meeting new customers and visiting their wonderful gardens and grounds is always such fun.

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Together we make a great team, with all of us on standby to discuss your wedding plans at length. Achieving happiness through customer service and satisfaction with your marquee is what we are all about.

If you are looking for help with planning your wedding do not hesitate to give us a call to discuss your plans 01291 629377. In the meantime take a look at our top tips for hiring a marquee.


  1. Check your site for any obstructions these could include any overhead cables or underground pipes.
  2. Consider the space you require do you need a reception area separate from your dance floor a larger reception space can be useful for getting in out of the rain and also can be doubled up as a bar areacounty_marquee034
  3. Where does the sunset in your garden? The marquee is best positioned with windows facing the sun letting all that wonderful light into the marquee.
  4. Have you considered portable toilets? They can be a good idea positioned close to the marquee keeping your guests out of the house and not far for guests to walk should it rain!county_marquee016
  5. A generator can be a good solution for powering your event this can avoid any problems should a power cuts are likely.
  6. Catering marquees are useful spaces even if only small they can be used to clear dirty plates away once your feast has taken place.
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  8. Outside lighting can really enhance the setting for your marquee, be it fairy lights in the trees to dramatic flame torches marking the path to the car park.
  9. If you have a wonderful view or garden how about considering our panoramic windows and clear gable ends they can really bring the outside in.county_marquee014
  10. Transform your marquee from daytime to night time with our range of starlight roof linings or our LED up-lighters which can be linked in with your entertainment to match the beat of the music!
  11. A comfy seating area is getting more popular to have as a chill out space separate from the entertainment; we have a some lovely sofas which are perfect for that relaxing daycounty_marquee004

Glanusk Estate: Penmyarth House, Penmyarth church and Riverview

You may remember last month we featured the stunning Glass House & Old Walled Garden parts of Glanusk Estate, home to Cwtchfest 2016 on April 17th.

Just when you think  this amazing venue possibly could not offer any more they show you another beautiful option to hold your big day.  This part of the estate has a very special place in the Cwtch girls hearts as this will be the backdrop to Cwtchfest 2016 and wow what a backdrop!!!

Today we will be handing  over to Robyn from Glanusk to take us on a tour of Penmyarth House, Penmyarth Church and Riverview.  

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Penmyarth House sits grandly overlooking its own private parkland with views towards the river.  It has its own landscaped gardens and is within walking distance from the church

Wedding guests on Penmyarth lawn

The Drawing Room seats approximately 20 guests for the signing of the register and the verandah is now available too.

Civil ceremony verandah at Penmyarth House

The marquee is situated on the main lawn in front of the house enjoying spectacular views and access to the gardens for photographs.

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Lawn at Penmyarth House


We also have the beautiful Penmyarth Church which is available for your blessing and can seat up to 100 people comfortably.

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There is also the option of an awning/marquee extension with PA system to relay the service outside should you have more guests.


The original church bell is still in good working order, and we welcome couples to decorate the inside and outside of the church with flowers as they wish.


Guests enjoy this area for their marquee as it has views towards the river and the iconic bridge.  This stunning area will be the backdrop for this years Cwtchfest!!!

It is a beautiful setting for your marquee and is within walking distance of the church and as you can tell there is plenty of parking and freedom to offer glamping to your guests.

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Your guests would enter through the main Estate gates and enjoy the views of Penmyarth gardens and the river.


You can still purchase tickets for our this years Cwtchfest by clicking on the below link…



The Morning After The Wedding. By Maria Farrelly Photography

I do hope you enjoyed yesterdays Real Wedding. Tammy & Dan sure know how to throw a great wedding!Tammy&Dan-15

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However, what made this event that little bit better than most is what I was asked to do the following morning.

I often get asked to photograph something random at the many weddings I’ve shot over the years. But being asked to come back, the morning after, to photograph the hungover bridal party was a first for me.

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Tammy & Dan’s epic 1950’s Americana wedding was simply brilliant! and THANK YOU BOTH for letting me be your photographer, I loved it!

So… here we are…I give you their morning after photographs! Please do bear in mind, I believe some of these awesome people hadn’t even been to sleep haha

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Great fun hey!

If you are planning something different for the ‘morning after’ and would like to feature on Cwtch The Bride. Then drop us an email here. We’d love to feature more random ideas to keep the party going.

Also, if you’d like more information about having Maria Farrelly photograph your big day, then get in touch here. She’d LOVE to hear from you!

Glanusk Estate: The Glass House & Old Walled Garden

Today we are going to take you on a little journey through part of the Glanusk Estate, home to Cwtchfest 2016.

The Estate consists of 400 acres of private parkland, 800 acres of forestry, 3,500 acres of lowland and hill farms, the Park and forestry, 16,000 acres of Common Land hills and 5 miles of the River Usk. What a great place to get married hey?! 

There are four areas that can each be booked for very different style weddings and some great historic buildings remaining, including the Tower Bridge, over the River Usk, ancient Celtic standing stones, the private chapel, farm buildings and stables, all either Grade II listed or Grade II starred. what a fantastic backdrop for photographs!

We’d like to show you the Glass House & Old Walled Garden in more detail today. So let’s hand you over to Robyn from Glanusk with more details on how this could be the perfect venue for your wedding.

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The Glasshouse

The Glasshouse sits within the original private walled gardens and is our newest licensed venue – and is proving very popular.

2015-05-16 13.46.56It is licensed for the civil ceremony and can take up to 40 guests inside

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2015-05-16 13.45.25It is also a unique venue for an intimate party or celebration. It is a very pretty day time venue – and is spectacular at night!

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The Old Walled Garden

The Old Walled Garden is a stunning site for your marquee, and you can enjoy two nights staying in Garden Cottage, one of the original gardener’s cottages which has been recently refurbished.

2015-05-16 13.44.57It is a large space and works well for all sized wedding parties.

002As its a walled garden, you’re whole event is all contained, guests don’t need to travel across fields as parking is close by in the original stable yards. Perfect!

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