What a day we have for you today!!!  They say things happen in threes! Not only is it our very own welsh Valentines- St Dwynwen’s day, but it is also our beautiful Cwtch founder MARIA FARRELLY’s birthday and what better day to launch the sale of our CWTCHFEST 2017 tickets!!!



Cwtchfest is taking place in the stunning St Fagans National History Museum on the 9th April 2017 and is Wales’ original wedding festival.

From TODAY until VALENTINES DAY you can get your tickets half price at a special Early bird rate.   Yes you read that right – HALF PRICE!


Let us tell you a bit about Cwtchfest and our events and why we do what we do.


Cwtchfest is all about helping you, our lovely brides (and grooms) get the most out of your planning experience.


Here are our first Cwtchfesters through the door in September- at the start on the left and the end of the day on the right.  Goodybag in hand, they had received hair and make up trial, attended workshops including one on making buttonholes with the lovely Eva from The Flowerhive, sampled cocktails, listened to live music in the field whilst having lunch and were just about to get a free henna tattoo from the talented Hennavative.  They loved the entire day!!


We also wanted to showcase some outstanding Welsh wedding venues and it does not get more welsh than St Fagans National History Museum.  Our very own Lindsey got married here so it holds a special place in all our hearts and holds a lot of nostalgic memories for many.  Just look at what this stunning venue has to offer…

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The event also allows you to experience MEGA outdoor structures that are available for your wedding before booking.  Like the beautiful stretch tents from Stretchevent.  These guys have an amazing array of structures to help bring your outdoor wedding to life.

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Our suppliers are the best that Wales can offer and through our mutual support on the blog we build great relationships which allow exhibitors to go the extra mile at a Cwtch the Bride event.  Over the coming weeks we will be showing off last years events to give you a greater taste of what we do.


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Mid-week Mini

Today’s Mid-Week Mini is a sweet little insight to a lovely wedding. Thank  you to Leah Millinship for capturing every last detail of the event, including all the gorgeous favours, handmade by bride. Laura and Martin got married in St. Augustine’s church, Rumney, Cardiff where both her parents and sister also got married. Just a quick drive to their reception in the Oakdale Workmen’s Institute, St Fagans National History Museum, Cardiff.

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Laura and Martin met in 2007 when Martin came to work at the school as the football coach where Laura was teaching. Martin proposed to Laura, 3 years after their first date in 2010, when they were holidaying in Santorini. One evening, Martin hired a car and drove Laura to the edge of Akrotiri near the lighthouse and popped the question just as the sun was setting.

When choosing their wedding venue, Laura and Martin didn’t want a typical hotel wedding so instead they started looking for venues with more individual character. Laura had visited St Fagans as a child, and the Oakdale Institute onsite was the perfect venue for their vintage themed wedding. They booked the wedding for exactly one year after Martin proposed. Laura comments: “I couldn’t think of a better way to spend my wedding day than walking through the stunning grounds of St Fagans.”LauraMartinWEDDING2014 (487)

The dress was the perfect find for Laura, a Lillian West piece finished off with a gorgeous cathedral veil. The bridesmaid dress was by Sorella Vita in Dusky Rose, followed by the flowers arranged by Pip at Rolfe’s the Florist in Splott, Cardiff. The bridesmaid was Laura’s big sister Caroline.LauraMartinWEDDING2014 (68)LauraMartinWEDDING2014 (51)

With a little help from her family and friends, Laura kept herself busy with wedding DIY projects, in keeping with the desired rustic feel for the day. She made everything from the invitations to the wedding favours and as a team, they prepared the Order of Service together.

On the day of the wedding, the Heavens opened and Laura’s walk up the church was accompanied by a host of umbrellas. Needless to say, this didn’t spoil the day, and by the time the ceremony had ended, the sun was glowing across the grounds of St Fagans allowing Laura, Martin and guests to experience the landscape gardens in all their glory, just as Laura had hoped. LauraMartinWEDDING2014 (219)

LauraMartinWEDDING2014 (373)The wedding meal was prepared and served by on-site specialist caterers. Elior, using locally sourced ingredients. He worked closely with Laura and Martin to develop a menu. They decided on a starter of goat’s cheese, baby leek and crispy bacon salad, followed by roasted chicken breast filled with Pont Gar cheese, wrapped in Carmarthen ham on a bed of creamy mash.

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Midweek Mini: Lindsey, Mark & Raspberry Jam

Our midweek mini feature this week was written by the lovely Lindsey. Lindsey was one half of the amazing duo who worked so hard to help make CWTCHFEST a reality and you will be seeing a lot more of this lady on the blog in the future.

All images in this post are by Maria Farrelly Photography.


There are so many wonderful moments from our day that I will hold dear.


One of my favourites that I want to share with you guys on Cwtch was a moment on the dance floor in the middle of our band’s second set.

Our band Raspberry Jam blew us all away- we had been so relaxed about the whole wedding planning process we had managed to find a band that we didn’t even have to pay a deposit.  We were not even sure they would show up  and when they did and were awesome we could not believe our luck! 935
Mark put his arm around me and we looked around and he asked ‘Happy?’
And we took that moment to absorb all the happy smiling faces of all we loved crazily dancing to Mumford and Sons and felt the absolute pure love in that room. 9519581002
There are not many moments in your life when all you love dearly are together in that joyous way.  I can close my eyes and still remember that feeling of utter happiness and I am so grateful to have experienced it. 951 958 9671002
And if you want to see Lindsey’s gorgeous St Fagans wedding in full click on this link :)