Alphabet Dating Final Installment W, X, Y, Z

This is the final installment of our Alphabet Dating series. We wanted to give you all some ideas of different places to go and things to do with your other half. We are big believers in making sure you keep the spark alive and keep going out and experiencing adventures as a couple. Lets hope that these ones will inspire you to do something a little different. 

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W – White Water Rafting

When I was little I grew up in South Africa and we did a family trip white water rafting. It was one of the best and funniest holidays that we had. It is actually one of those memories that still comes up round the dinner table after a couple of glasses of wine. The fact my sister and my mum actually broke their canoe is one of the funniest parts!

So why not try something with a little bit of adrenaline! There is a brilliant course along the River Dee where you will exprience the thrills and spills of a Grade 2/3 course. Are you brave enough?

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X – Xylography

The dictionary’s definition of Xylography is the art of engraving on wood or of printing from woodblocks. We Welsh have one of the most amazing and unique tokens of showing love, our beautiful love spoons. Have you ever thought about making one? I have a friend whose husband sent a present to her bride on the morning of their wedding. He had spent two months carving his own love spoon! I was so impressed! She was a lucky girl!

There is an amazing course that you can take a woodcarving and love spoon class that you can book into in Port Talbot. Why not spend an afternoon together making something that you can keep forever. Our very own Anna, got her husband, Richie one for their 5th Anniversary!

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Y – Ynys Llanddwyn

This is a magical place. We have all heard about Welsh Valentines Day and the stories come from here, the remains of St Dwynwens castle. She became known as the patron saint of lovers and pilgrimages were made to her holy well on the island. It was said that the faithfulness of a lover could be divined through the movements of some eels that lived in the well. This was done by the woman first scattering breadcrumbs on the surface, then laying her handkerchief on the surface. If the eel disturbed it then her lover would be faithful. It is a beautiful place to visit and they have an amazing variety of nesting sea birds.

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Z- Zip Wires!

A few years ago I decided to conqueror my fear of heights and go do an areal obstacle course. I’m not going to lie. It was scary! I honestly s**t myself most of the way through. I managed to complete it and the last thing is was a long zip wire to the ground. It was amazing and I thought that it would cure my fear. I can categorically say, it was a thrilling experience and I am so proud of myself doing it but there is no way that I am in any way cured of my fear! Are you and your other half brave? In Snowdonia there is the longest zip line in Europe. Ever wondered what it like to soar 500 feet in the air at 100mph? The speed will be incredible!

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I hope you have loved this series as much as we loved writing it. Now, go forth and date, and make sure you send us any photos if you try any of them! 

St Fagans Wedding Showcase: Sunday 25th January

St Fagans to Host Wedding Showcase on Welsh Day of Love

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One of South Wales’s leading wedding destinations is to hold a wedding showcase on the most romantic day of the Welsh calendar – Sunday 25th January, also known as St Dwynwen’s Day.  Whether you’ve recently got engaged over the Christmas holidays or you’re in the early stages of planning a wedding, all are welcome to come and view the historic site as a potential wedding venue.

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The wedding showcase is designed to allow brides and grooms the chance to meet all the team within one of its historic buildings in order to view what St Fagans has to offer .

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Selected suppliers including Cwtch The Bride, To Have and To Hire, Byjo Stationery, Forget me not cakes, Prices car hire, Simply bows and chair covers, Alec Garfield Photography, Amanda French flowers, Eluned the Harpist will be on hand to advise and offer inspiration to couples planning their weddings. As well as having access to wedding suppliers, brides and grooms will be able to try some wedding menu samples from specialist heritage caterers, Elior.

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The Museum, which caters for wedding ceremonies within two of its historic buildings has a marquee on its castle grounds that can accommodate up to 140-seated guests and provides couples with ample capacity to have a larger wedding within the romantic setting.

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Anwen Sault-Jones, Venue Hire Assistant comments:

“St Dwynwen’s Day traditionally celebrates the Welsh patron saint of lovers so what better time to visit St Fagans to discuss wedding requirements and visualise what your big day could look like here.  St Fagans is a wonderful wedding venue and caters for so many different tastes and styles so I hope as many couples as possible visit us on Sunday.  We hope to inspire lots of people and provide them with useful contacts and ideas while they plan their big day.”

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St Fagans has become a popular wedding destination in recent years, due to its elegant formal gardens, historic buildings and outstanding catering.  Licensed for civil ceremonies and wedding receptions, the showcase offers a great opportunity to view the venue and see what’s available either for a future wedding or for a vintage hen party with a difference.  Castle gardens-mariafarrellyphotographyImage by: Maria Farrelly Photography

Taking place between 11.30am – 4pm in The Oakdale Institute on Sunday 25th January, the St Fagans wedding showcase is a definite date for the diary.

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Cwtch of the Week: Joanne & Paul

We hope you’ve all had a great weekend and that monday is being kind to you. 

Our inbox is full of messages this morning from lots of lovely ladies all wanting to take part in our upcoming photo-shoot. There’s still time to get involved !

We’re also seeing lots of messages from readers sending us their favourite Cwtch picture for our ‘Cwtch of the Week’. 

One lovely reader, Joanne sent us this lovely cwtch of her and her fiancé (now husband) Paul. We LOVE it! The image was taken on their engagement shoot on St Dwynwen’s Day at Craig Y Nos Country Park

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We’d love to feature more of our readers favourite Cwtch pictures. Do send us yours here and you too might become our Cwtch of the Week 

Dydd Santes Dwynwen Hapus

Beth am Dathlu dydd Santes Dwynwen….?

Heddiw, ar 25 Ionawr, yw’r diwrnod rydy ni’n dathlu dydd Santes Dwynwen, nawddsant cariadon cymru.

Mae stori garu Dwynwen yn un digon trist.

O ganlyniad I’w profiad gofynnodd I Dduw Wireddu gobeithion gwir gariadon. Fe gafodd ei dymuniad, ac er mwyn diolch I Dduw, treuliodd ei bywyd yn ei wasanaeth.

Cael eich ysbrydoli gan Hanes a Diwylliant Cymru, a chael golwg ar gwaith dylunydd priodas Cymraeg Amy Mair Couture, y mae eu dylanwadau yn cynnwys hanes tirwedd Cymru….

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For our readers that don’t speak or read welsh, here is the English translation:

Let’s Celebrate St Dwynwen’s day ….

Today, on January 25, we celebrate the day ‘dydd Santes Dwynwen’ St romantic wales.

The love story of Dwynwen is quite sad…

Due to her sad experience Dwynwen asked God to fulfill the hopes of true lovers. Her wish came true, and so she spent her life in his service.

Be inspired by the History and Culture of Wales, and have a browse at the work of Welsh wedding dress designer Amy Mary Couture, whose influences include the history of the Welsh landscape ….

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Many thanks to Amy Mair Couture for writing our very first Welsh post :)

For those that would like to find out more about St Dwynwen’s Day you can read the full story here