Cwtchfest Exhibitor Spotlight: Part 5

Hello Cwtchers!
The tickets for this years #Cwtchfest2016 have been flying out over the weekend and today we bring you a spotlight on three more fabulous Welsh supplers that will be exhibiting at this years event.  Today we welcome To Have and to Hire, PartyBales®  and Anne Morgan Jewellery.
This year #Cwtchfest2016 is being held at none other than The Green Man festival site, The Glanusk Estate, Crickhowell on the 17th April.  Along with our amazing collection of the best in the Welsh wedding industry we also have Live music, workshops, demos, food stalls and bars allowing you to fully enjoy the wedding planning experience.
If you still have not purchased your tickets to this truly unique event what are you waiting for…
To Have and to Hire is a bridal studio like no other. Located in an historic Victorian arcade in the heart of Cardiff, we welcome brides from all over the UK and beyond.
TH&TH-logo-master-bridalstudioWe hire outstanding designer wedding dresses and accessories that have been gifted into the scheme by private ‘lenders’  – women who’ve already paid the designer price tag so you don’t have to.

 Because of the unique way we are supported, brides can benefit from a range of unique services:

  • Access up to 85 wedding dresses, and over 25 designers in one location
  • Try up to 15 bridal looks during each 2hr fitting
  • Enjoy wedding dresses already tailored to your size and height
  • Customise your look with matching high end accessories
  • Receive a written summary of your fitting after every visit
  • Take as many photographs of your fitting as you need to
  • Have your wedding dress couriered to your home for 2 weeks around your wedding dates
  • Have your wedding dress sent to your location abroad
  • Liaise with the same person throughout your wedding dress journey
  • Feel free to change your mind should you fall in love with a newer arrival
  • Organise a home fitting should you have mobility issues

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Anne Morgan Jewellery

Award winning jeweller Anne Morgan offers the best of contemporary jewellery within her unique interior styled gallery.


Anne Morgan Jewellery showcases over 30 selected designers promising quality craftsmanship and shop-16

Having designed and made jewellery for the past 20 years Anne now shows her contemporary designs alongside some of the best makers in the UK. Everything on show is handmade using precious materials such as gold and silver to plastics, leather and wood.. Anne’s own work incorporates semi-precious stones and textured metal. She is able to work to clients brief to create stunning one-off pieces.

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With a workshop on the premises Anne and her team are able to offer remodelling and bespoke commissions for any occasion.

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Anne offers wedding ring workshop that allow couples to Design and make their own wedding rings in a one day workshop. Anne will guide them through the process of making their own rings with her expert tuition. They will be able to choose the shape and finish of your rings. Choose from 9ct gold, 18ct gold to Platinum.

PartyBales® are specialists in Hay and Straw Bale hire for weddings, events, festivals and parties and deliver throughout Wales and England. Hay and Straw Bales lend themselves perfectly to outdoor, festival, garden, barn and woodland weddings as they are so versatile and can be used in a number of different ways from seating, signage, decoration, lawn games, bars and photo booths – the opportunities are endless!
In addition PartyBales® hire bale covers, blankets and cushions to dress the bales alongside props and marquees. For inspiration take a look at where there are plenty of ideas or contact the PartyBales® team as we are always happy to give advice and always up for a challenge to do more with bales.
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PartyBales® are extremely excited to be at Cwtchfest for the second year. Last year PartyBales® did awesome things with straw bales and we look forward to seeing what they have in store this year. PartyBales® recently had a new delivery of four pig props. The pigs are going on a PartyBales® tour to wedding festivals throughout the UK and will be coming to #cwtchfest2016, where you can enter the PartyBales® competition to ‘name the pigs’! Make sure you take a seat on a PartyBale® and meet the team.
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Keep watching the blog for more #Cwtchfest2016 suppliers!!!

Cwtchfest Vendor: To Have and to Hire

We are joined today by our friends at To Have and to Hire. If buying a designer wedding dress is out of your price range, or if you would prefer a much ‘greener’ option, these are the ladies for you. Based in Castle Arcade in Cardiff, (the home of some of the best wedding suppliers in Cardiff!) this is one bridal boutique you really need to visit. They will also be joining us at CWTCHFEST later this month!

Here is Annie from To Have and to Hire to tell you why you should consider hiring a wedding dress.

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What are the advantages of hiring a wedding dress?

There are countless ways in which wedding dress hire could be a bigger option for brides today  – the most obvious being the level of financial saving to be made (in comparison to a purchase). But there are other advantages from hiring with us, that you just don’t get from the traditional route..

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Why we’re different, and why it could work for you

  • Have access to over 25 celebrated designers and over 70 wedding dresses in one studio space
  • Sample wedding dresses already tailored to UK dress size – no need to imagine
  • Benefit from 2 hours of advice and guidance on body shape vs couture style
  • Work your way through our extensive accessory collection – perfecting your day/night look
  • Take as many photographs as you need to help your decision
  • Benefit from an itemised written summary provided after every fitting
  • Stress free – no need to organise dry cleaning, pay for storage or book alterations
  • Running out of time? Hire a wedding dress at the last minute
  • Getting married away from home or abroad? Hire a dress nationally, or internationally. We courier!
  • Fallen in love with another dress that arrived after yours? –  change your mind!
  • Boost your Eco – friendly credentials. More economical use of funds, chemicals and fabrics.
  • We signpost to suppliers we love to fit your wedding theme, genre or budget
  • And many more….

At the studio, we’re always stressing the point that wedding dresses are not a once-only item. Brides are sold the idea that their wedding dress is fragile and vulnerable to damage. This is simply not the case for the most part. Wedding dresses are way more robust that people think, and can look stunning time and time again – with the right kind of preparation and care.

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We provide our service thanks to a wonderful collection of new brides (‘lenders’) who are happy to share their dresses of exceptional quality in return for a 50% return of the hire fee.

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A selection of our accessories also available to hire

So, in a nutshell they’ve already paid the designer price tag so others don’t have to –  and we couldn’t do it without their faith in what we are trying to achieve. We owe it all to them really. Women helping other women  –  it’s a great way to work..


What do you think ladies? If you are interested in hiring a wedding dress, or even offering your own dress for hire, visit To Have and to Hire at their studio:

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Castle Arcade


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To Have and to Hire will be exhibiting at CWTCHFEST on the 19th of this month. For more information and to buy tickets to what promises to be the best wedding festival Wales has ever seen, click the link below.


Featured Vendor: Hubbard’s Cupboard

A little while ago we had the chance to go and take a good old nosey around our favourite boutique in Cardiff – Hubbard’s Cupboard! For anyone not in the know, Hubbard’s Cupboard is run by Sophie from Ears & Whiskers & Shell from Something Kinda Cute. It’s a one stop shop for vintage clothing, wedding attire, accessories and services!


Some of our favourite vendors have their products in Hubbard’s Cupboard. You can find wedding videography from The Costa Sisters, gorgeous accessories from With Love From Bobbin, fabulous flowers from Amanda French Flowers and of course bespoke couture from Ears & Whiskers & beautiful stationery from Something Kinda Cute! (See if you can spot them in the gallery!). Maria popped in to take some photos of the shop so we thought we’d share them here with you :)

Hubbard’s Cupboard is located in Castle Arcade in Cardiff, which also houses Robyn Coles Millinery, wedding dress hire company To Have & To Hire and florist Forbesfield Flowers – phew! If you tried hard we think you could probably plan your entire wedding in this arcade alone, how great would that be? :D

We’re a big advocate of championing local vendors here at Cwtch, and we think these guys are fantastic, so if you’re in town then pop in and check them out!

As always, click the photos to enlarge. If you’re reading via email & can’t see the gallery please click the title of the post to read on the web

Contact Details

Hubbard’s Cupboard
35 Castle Arcade
CF10 1BW

02920 371835

Opening Hours:

Tuesday – Saturday 10:30 – 5.30
Sunday 12 – 4


Twitter: HubbardsHQ