Cwtch of the Week: The Big Cwtchfest Cwtch

Well hello you lovely lot! And what a day we had yesterday!  As a result, do we have an awesome cwtch of the week for you!

We are over the moon once again with Cwtchfest 2017! We have so many thank you’d to give so we will save that for another post. 

For today, enjoy a fabulous tradition that’s started. At the end of a Cwtchfest day, all of the exhibitors and the Cwtch team come together for one giant cwtch! And to capture it all is our gorgeous official Cwtchfest photographer, the fabulous Owen Mathias. Thank you once again for being absolutely brilliant.

So to everyone who came today and those who exhibited. We couldn’t do it without you. You truly are part of the Cwtch family!

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#Cwtchfest Spotlight: Science Cream

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Science Cream

Super premium handcrafted ice cream, frozen to order, right in front of you in seconds. IMG_1300 (1)The theatrical plumes of vapor erupting from out nitro canisters, instantly freeze the custard base, creating a smooth, intense scoop with almost no ice crystals.

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The ice creams superbly smooth texture is unlike any other ice cream and everything we sell, from cookie sandwiches to milkshakes topped with peanut butter brownies and flame toasted veggie marshmallow, is handcrafted in our little ice cream parlour in Cardiff.Owen Mathias Photography

In 2016, we featured in both the UK and Cardiff editions of The Guardian’s Best Cheap Eats. Their resident food critic Tony Naylor placed our ice cream on par with Heston Blumenthal’s, writing: “Remarkable… Frankly, how can you pass up the chance to try some of the best ice cream this side of Heston Blumenthal’s Fat Duck?”. That same year we also featured in The Times’ Top Ten Ice Cream Parlours in the UK, Olive magazine’s Top Twelve Best Family Friendly Venues and BuzzFeed’s 17 Ice Creams To Try Before You Die.

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Cwtchfest 2017 Exhibitor Spotlight: The Structures

Morning one and all.

We are well and truly on the countdown to #Cwtchfest2017 now, on Sunday 9th April! So its time we started telling you all about who you will have the pleasure of meeting whilst you’re there!

To kick it off, where better to start than the guys who will be housing the fun – the structures.

We have the pleasure of working, yet again with the awesome County Marquees, Stretch Events and over the moon to welcome back, Wedding Tipi!

If you haven’t bought your tickets yet, you can by clicking here!

County Marquees

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County Marquee has a  dedicated team of wedding event managers have combined experience of over 50 years in providing high-quality marquees for corporate events. Their range of marquees is extensive and our event managers will help you choose the solution to meet your requirements and your budget.

They have three different styles of marquee available: Clearspan, Traditional and Chinese Hat. Remember though, they can offer combinations of wedding marquee, for instance a clearspan or traditional marquee with Chinese hat for a grand entrance.

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County Marquees will be providing a large traditional marquee to house the exhibitor tent again and it is just beautiful!

Stretchevents

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Stretchevent is one of the founding stretch tent hire companies in the UK and we bring with that a wealth of experience that will ensure your event runs as smoothly as it possibly can.

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The most important day of your lives made perfect with a stretch tent. A true wow factor! A beautiful space and place for you and your guests to celebrate in.

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At Stretchevent we pride ourselves on the close working relationship we develop with our wedding clients. We are here to support you as you progress through your planning and to help you create the space of your dreams, so don’t hold back on your ideas as we are more than happy to explore them with you and to help you make them a reality.

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I can boldly say we have never had an unhappy customer and we are always honoured with the feedback we get.

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Wedding Tipi is a family run business based in Carmarthenshire covering Mid, South, West Wales and the borders.

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We pride ourselves in providing a high quality service and product. The team really do care about your event and put all their effort in to ensure that your special day is delivered with care and professionalism. The staff in the office and the tipi crew that you meet erecting the tipi’s on site all are there to help and relish in doing a good job.

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Our Nordic Giant Kata Tipi’s & Bedouin Stretch Tents are the perfect celebration tent for your extra special wedding day creating a unique atmosphere and ambience that all will remember.

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Kata Tipi’s & Stretch Tents can house large or small gatherings linking together creating a wonderful event space. Single Giant Hats & Stretch Canopies are great for smaller gatherings  creating intimate and atmospheric spaces. For larger events multiple Tipi’s or Stretch Canopies can be linked together to achieve the ultimate wedding and celebration space.  Bespoke chill out areas can also be created in both structures. For Giant Tipi weddings we create chill out areas by utilizing our cosy Kungsornen Tipi decorated with low tables, leather cubes, internal fire pits. For Stretch Tent weddings we can create lounges within the main tent or create separate areas with additional tents linked to the main space or pitched separately using a matted walkway from one tent to the other with coloured flood lights.

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#CWTCHFEST 2016: ST FAGANS NATIONAL HISTORY MUSEUM, CARDIFF

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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ST FAGANS NATIONAL HISTORY MUSEUM


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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HOW DO I BUY TICKETS?


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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.


GET IN TOUCH


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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Cwtchfest2016: A Huge THANK YOU

Oh my… this time last month the biggest wedding festival to hit Wales took place at The Glanusk Estate and we organised it! #Cwtchfest2016 was a huge success! I’m so happy the day itself went without a hitch.

THANK YOU EVERYONE! 

 The sun shone, over a thousand attended, Cwtch Workshops were full, couples found & booked many of their wedding suppliers, live music by The iGency played throughout, lots of food and drink was consumed but most of all… a good time was had by all! That alone, makes it all worth while  ~ Maria Farrelly (founder of Cwtch The Bride & Cwtchfest)

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 All photographs in this post are by the fabulous Owen Mathias Photography

Its fair to say, after months of planning we accomplished what was a truly magnificent day for engaged couples and Welsh Wedding businesses. My team and I are over the moon with the feedback we’ve received and cannot wait to get started on our next one… which is coming sooner than you may think :)

As you can imagine, putting on an event like this is impossible to do alone and I have a lot of people & businesses to thank.

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(Myself and Lindsey grabbing a quick moment together during Cwtchfest)

A special shout out goes to Lindsey. I was only ever going to do another Cwtchfest if Lindsey did it with me. She’s my wing girl and when we get together, stuff happens :) She project managed the event which freed me up to push my ideas further and develop this event. She is a complete warrior, professional, all round superb human being and one of my good friends.

Owen Mathias PhotographyNow these ladies… are my cwtch girls. They are very special to me and I love them all dearly. Most of them were originally clients of mine (yes, I’ve photographed their weddings!) but we just couldn’t say goodbye afterwards. We’ve become such good friends over the years. They give up a lot of their personal time to work with me on Cwtch The Bride and collectively we are an awesome team. ALWAYS so much fun working together. If I was to ever get married again, I think i’ve found my bridesmaids!

Owen Mathias PhotographyOh… and this year, we have an honorary Cwtch boy, Owen Mathias. Owen stepped in to photograph the whole event for us after we were let down at the last moment. I’d never worked with Owen before but what a man! not only was he professional but he was awesome throughout the day. His images are great, he fitted in with my team perfectly and oh how we all laughed so much! He joins the secret ‘Cwtch Boy’ team which is made up of all the awesome men that volunteered their time to cwtchfest. You’d have seen these guys mainly as parking attendants, security and stewarding. They are also mainly the husbands of The Cwtch Girls! My boys were also there (always eternally grateful for their help). My son Joe in particular, insisted on being part of the security team. Owen Mathias Photography

The Glanusk Estate

WOW. Working with The team at Glanusk has been nothing but a pleasure. I’ve loved every moment. I literally cannot fault this venue in any way. Not only is the Estate breathtaking from sunrise to sunset but the staff were just as excited as us in the lead up to the event. True professionals! Its also worth bearing in mind that it is also home to a lot of the staff and Family of Glanusk and I cannot thank them enough for their warm hospitality. I’m just trying to think up ways to go back! haha

cwtchfest_2016-13These two images were taken by me the morning of Cwtchfest and then at sunset, after the event had finished. Such a beautiful place.

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County Marquees

I’ve worked with County Marquees on a number of occasions now and each time it solidifies my opinion that they are quite simply THE BEST marquee company I have ever had the pleasure of working with. The speed in which the team erected the marquees amazed us, the size and quality of the tents themselves wowed everyone. But not only that, they were incredibly supportive throughout the whole planning of Cwtchfest and provided us with the magnificent huge marquee which allowed us to fill it with all the wonderful exhibitors. Take a look…

Owen Mathias PhotographyOwen Mathias PhotographyThey also showcased a spectacular clearspan marquee. As the sunset, it just made it even more beautiful.

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Tipi Events, Stretch Events, Herf Yurts, Bears & Butterflies and Goodyhoo Glamping

To all those brides that have things go wrong… seriously we know how you feel. when you are planning a big outdoor event thats very important to you, and the structures you’re depending on disappear… its not pleasant.

None of you will know that eight days before our event one of our major partners that were providing the Tipi, Stretch Tent and Bell Tents pulled out for personal reasons. ARGHH!!  8 DAYS BEFORE! I kid you not.  Our stress levels hit a new high and panic well and truly set in. The three days that followed were nothing short of a world of stress that my team and I never want to revisit.

BUT WE DID IT! We pulled it off without you all knowing. After numerous phone calls and waiting patiently to see if anyone could help, the most incredible businesses we’d never worked with stepped in and saved the day. We cannot thank you Tipi Events, Stretch Event, Herf Yurts, Bears and Butterflies, Goodyhoo Glamping enough! You literally all saved the day!

An event such as Cwtchfest is only possible when great businesses collaborate and invest in a crazy idea.

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There are many more thank you’s still to come but for now, take a look at the wonderful images captured throughout #Cwtchfest2016 by Owen Mathias Photography and I think you’ll agree, it was a flipping awesome day!

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