Good morning Cwtchers!!!

I’m super happy this morning – not only is it my birthday (eeeek mid thirties are here) BUT we have the amazing Cwtchfest video from our September event at St Fagans National History Museum with a very important announcement!!!


We have been a little quiet on the Cwtchfest front recently as we have been squirreling away in Cwtch HQ with our Lush List MembersAmgueddfa Cymru- National Museum of Wales to bring you not one but three fabulous events this year!!!!  Details of these will be announced shortly- we are so EXCITED we could burst!!!!

But today to get us right in the mood for wedding and festival season sit down, grab yourselves a cup of tea and enjoy our quick video from last years event from the lovely Chris at Christopher Paul Weddings


WOOOOHHHHOOOOOO!!!!!  Cwtchfest is back and we are so delighted to be working with the stunning St Fagans National History Museum wedding team to bring you this unique wonderful event that we are so proud of.

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So grab your sunnies, don your wellies and make a note in your diaries for a day of wedding planning like no other

Sunday April 9th 2017 at St Fagans National History Museum. 

Tickets sales will open on  St Dwynwen day – 25th January 2017.

If you are a lovely supplier helping our Welsh brides with their big day why not get in touch to see how you can be involved just email me -Lindsey at –



#Cwtchfest2016 St Fagans: All you need to know

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We are so excited to be bringing you yet another awesome Cwtchfest wedding festival and cannot wait to open the doors to you all tomorrow.  If you are still to get your tickets we are going to run a final 12 hour flash sale starting at midday today until midnight!!! This is your last chance!!  Tickets will be available on the door but will be full price.  So what are you waiting for click here


We have put together a post to help you all make the most of your day!

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Where is Cwtchfest taking place?

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Cwtchfest2016 is taking place at:

 St Fagans National History Museum

 St Fagans National History Museum is located 4 miles west of Cardiff City Centre, just off the A4232.

For satellite navigation purposes use the post code CF5 6XB.


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by car: The Museum is signposted from junction 33 of the M4 motorway (follow road signs for the Museum of Welsh Life), with direct access from the A4232.

by bus: Buses operate between Cardiff City and St Fagans National History Museum throughout the year (number 32A, 320 and 321). The Easyway 32A bus stops in the main car park of the Museum, and the other two buses stop at St Fagans village. The bus ride between the Museum and Cardiff city centre is approximately 25 minutes.Owen Mathias Photography - Photo 320

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You can plan your journey using the Traveline Cymru website or by calling their helpline on 0300 200 22 33.

The Museum’s website is full of lots more information regarding disabled access, families, dogs etc… take a look here 

Where do I Park?

When you arrive at St.Fagans, you’ll need to park the car in the main visitor carpark.

Please note, there is a charge of £5 per car.  Please bring change as machines cannot accept notes or card payments. FREE for disabled badge holders, motorbikes and coaches. £25 yearly ticket available from Reception.  Remember this money goes towards supporting this wonderful museum.

We recommend if a group of you are coming, that you car share (its great for the environment too!)

Once you’ve parked your car, follow the signs through the museum to the main field where Cwtchfest is taking place. Its is based in the Cilewent field


When does Cwtchfest start?

Sunday 18th September 11-6pm.

The museum opens to the public at 10am and you are very welcome to arrive early and take a walk around this incredible site. There is so much to see and do at St.Fagans. Entry to Cwtchfest starts at 11am (the first 100 brides/grooms to be will get a goody bag too!).


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Entry to Cwtchfest

Pre-paid tickets:

To maintain speedy entry to the event, you will need to bring your tickets with you. These have a barcode on them which we need to scan. They would have been emailed to you via eventbrite when you made your purchase. Once we’ve scanned your ticket, you’ll be given a super cool cwtchfest wristband which will allow you to come in and out of the festival.

Pay on the door:

If you are yet to buy your cwtchfest tickets, you can pay on the door however, we are advising everyone to buy in advance to avoid long queues and remember they are half price midday to midnight tonight here

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we have 100 goody bags available to the first 100 brides/groom to be. Once they are gone, we have spare bags available should you need one to help gather all the information/offers available on the day.

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What’s on:

  • Exhibitor Marquees: Over 50 of Wales’ top wedding professionals all showcasing their products and services. many will have great offers and discounts exclusively available on the day, make sure you take advantage!Owen Mathias Photography
  • Workshops: Starting at 12 noon we have a range of workshops running every 1/2 hr. You will be given a timetable of when each workshop is running so you can plan your day and more info can be found hereOwen Mathias Photography
  • Live music We are pleased to welcome iGency back to cwtchfest. They will be providing all the live music throughout the day and are based in the lush red Stretch Tent!Owen Mathias Photography
  • Pop up tea room Head to the giant Tipi for afternoon tea and let the awesome Grant from Boutique Disco entertain you with some great music too!Owen Mathias Photography
  • Demos situatied in the Marquees you will find hair and make up artists running demos throughout the day.

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  • Food & drink We’re thrilled to have some DELICIOUS food & drink companies showcasing with us. You will find them dotted around the festival. Bring an empty tummy and some £’s and you’ll leave feeling very happy!

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Images by Owen Mathias Photography 


Make sure you stop off at a cash machine before you arrive!! (plenty at Culverhouse Cross!) There will be a lot of opportunity to purchase many things at the festival. There are no cash machines on site and no facility for paying by card. Please remember to bring £’S


The festival will sadly draw to a close at 6pm with the exhibitor marquee closing at 5pm-

At 5pm we will be doing another BIG CWTCH- please join us and share the love

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#Cwtchfest2016 is the hashtag of the event- use in your social media feeds so we can find you and see your amazing festival pics.

St Fagans has stunning grounds please make sure you all wear appropriate footwear and be prepared for all weather eventualities- the weather forecast is looking good but we do live in beautiful Wales- so bring your suncream and your brolly!

Last but not least, we want you to all have an amazing day!

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#Cwtchfest2016 Exhibitor Festival Wedding Tips

ONE WEEK CWTCHERS!!! EEEEKKKK!!! #CWTCHFEST2016 at St Fagans National History Museum is coming and we are so excited we have decided to do a flash sale this weekend!!!buy-tickets-here-1

Cwtchfest is perfect for those who want to do wedding planning a little differently.  We have combined the traditional element of a wedding fayre and have the very best in Welsh wedding suppliers with workshops, demos, food, cocktails and music.  We want you to spend the afternoon with us and relax and be inspired.

Until midnight Sunday you will have a chance to get 50% off your Cwtchfest tickets so what are you waiting for? GO GO GO

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We have been working long and hard over the last few months with some amazing suppliers who go the extra mile for our brides to be.  Today is the last of our Festival wedding tips from some of our inspirational exhibitors.


1.  With the hedgerows ripe with blackberries, it’s the perfect time to forage for the essential ingredient to make delicious bramble vodka! Decanted into miniature bottles, it makes for a tasty wedding favour. Get the recipe from Nythu here 


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2. An outdoor wedding does not have to mean you cannot have a sit down dinner.  You just need amazing Welsh ingredients and a talented catering company like Clever Chefsbrecon6

3.  Or go for a completely informal eating option and opt for tapas style eating.  Cured meats, olives and cheeses served with Fresh crusty bread and crisp salad!


3. Make use or your surroundings and become creative with how you serve your food.  Clever chefs have this inventive way of serving canapes!


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5.  Do not forget dessert and do it with a casual summer twist and have an ice cream trike turn up outside at the end of your meal like Chilly Whites!

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Cwtchfest Spotlight: St Fagans Gardens

Well Cwtchers we are just 10 days away from #Cwtchfest2016 at St Fagans National History Museum and boy are we excited- so excited in fact that we will be launching a final Flash sale this weekend from midnight Friday!  Yipppeee!!!
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When we started Cwtchfest we wanted to do something a little different to what is on offer in the Welsh wedding market.  As professionals we have visited hundreds of wedding fayres between us and we wanted to offer you our brides to be the opportunity to do your planning a little differently.
We have the element of a wedding fayre with some of the best in the welsh wedding market exhibiting but with a twist we invite you to spend the day with us to relax and be inspired.  Workshops, demos, live music, food, cocktails and lots and lots of fun!
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When choosing our venues to work with for Cwtchfest we look for those that inspire us and when we were approached by St Fagans we were ecstatic.   St Fagans holds a strong nostalgic spot in many of our hearts after spending many days of our youth here.  It holds a special place in my own heart having got married here two years ago myself.
The great outdoors provides a glorious backdrop for any wedding and St Fagans is no exception.
With an air of tranquillity, abundant space and picture-postcard views, the open-air elegance of St Fagans is one of its most exquisite offerings. The charming formal gardens, woodland walks and spectacular historic buildings paint the perfect canvas for wedding photography and create a real talking point for loved ones who attend the happy day.
Being able to stroll hand in band around the grounds is something that couples find enchanting about St Fagans and the scenery is ideal for wedding photos that will be cherished forever.
Unique Welsh Wedding Venue - St Fagans Castle

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The Castle’s elegant landscaped gardens include the Italian Garden, the Thyme Garden, fountains, a mulberry grove and an exquisite Rose Garden which all offer ideal photograph opportunities and the stone bridge leading to St Fagans Castle proves a popular spot for pictures, regardless of the weather.
The 40 historic buildings around the site provide a nostalgic feel to the venue and the Elizabethan castle provides an exquisite backdrop for guests.  It’s no wonder that St Fagans is Wales’s most popular heritage attraction, with over 600,000 visitors every year.
Epitomising both historic grandeur and a rustic, authentic feel, St Fagans offers couples breath-taking photographic opportunities from every angle.
To arrange a visit and to check availability please contact the venue hire team on 029 2057 3322 or email


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 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 

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