Today we have a little thank you post to the exhibitors from our events that support our lovely blog.   This week we celebrate our 4th Birthday and we have met some amazing people throughout Wales who have incredible businesses and truly LOVE what they do.Cwtchfest-April-2016-Owen-Mathias-Photography-221-500x332Written in Lights

Our next event is on April 9th in the beautiful St Fagans National History Museum and if you are yet to get your tickets you can find them HERE

click here for ticketsWhen we arrange events like #Cwtchfest2017 our main aim was to organise events we would enjoy when we were planning our weddings.

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We want you, our lovely brides and grooms to be, to have an amazing experience where the wedding industry in Wales shows you what they can offer.  Live music, workshops, demos, samples and more in a fun, relaxed and inspiring environment.

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In order to offer a different kind of event we like to attract like minded businesses and offer them support through our lovely blog so they get more than just a stand when they attend our events.

We hope (and so far its worked) that because they get so much from our events and because they are MEGA lovely people they plough their efforts into ensuring you get the most from the day.  We work with 100’s of businesses throughout the year and it is impossible to name them all in one post but from the bottom of our hearts WE LOVE YOU GUYS!

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All images are by our very own honorary Cwtch lad – Owen Mathias Photography

If you are an amazing business and would like to get involved in a Cwtch event email Lindsey at

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Sweet Peony Floral Design

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And last but not least the lovely Grant from the fabulous Boutique Disco

Bride To Be Diaries: Spring Bride Ali Does All Or Nothing

Our Spring Bride Ali tells us about all the life adventures she has planned as well as planning a wedding! There is nothing like doing all at everything at once.

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All Or Nothing

Ladies, how are we?

Where do I begin?

Weddings, are, stressful. Fact.
Tell you what’s more stressful?
Thinking it’s a good idea to change jobs, plan a wedding and sell and buy a new house all in the same 6 months.
Yeah. So, our lives have become even crazier recently.
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We decided at the beginning of the month to look in to the Help To Buy Wales scheme and a New Build property near our current house. At first, it was purely out of interest. We wondered how much it would cost, and how far in the future a move could be realistic.
It turned out it was doable, well, now.
So of course, we decided to go for it.
So, our house sold for the full asking price after a week on the market, the mortgage for the new house is agreed, and the house will be ready in January… just under 3 months before I Do’s. As if moving house isn’t stressful enough.
But, it is ridiculously exciting. And I need to remind myself of that.
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Also, I decided a few months back to start focusing on looking for a new job, as the commute to my current base is slowly driving me insane. Anyone who’s ever done the West to East or vice versa will know how mind numbing and soul destroying that stretch of the M4 is.
I applied for the perfect role, much closer to home, and am overjoyed to have been offered the job. Super exciting. Of course that meant a hoohah with the new mortgage. It is all sorted now but it was a bit manic.
Again, changing jobs is quite stressful in its self….
Wedding things… I did have all in hand. And I felt much more on top of it all when it was the only thing I was dealing with.
Finding it a little more difficult now that the house and the job are factors too!
I managed to get a little crafting done!
I’ve made out guest book frame…
Had a play about with calligraphy for our place cards…
We’re booked in to register intent…
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Has anyone moved house close to their wedding day before? (I mean of you ladies reading as oppose to ever in the history of mankind haha)When we change address, it will be after we’ve registered intent etc. We’ll be in the same county, but will we need to contact the Registrar to change address?
I really do need to keep remembering that this is all very exciting. And try not to label it as stressful/ scary etc… I’m prone to anxiety so keeping my head above the water with all this is going to be a challenge… any coping strategies welcome.
At least I’m getting it all out of the way in one go hey?Babies next… haha!
Wow I think you will agree that Our Spring Bride has taken quite a lot on. You can do it Ali! If you missed Ali’s last post click here

Pets at Your Wedding: Part 2

A couple of weeks ago we published the first installment of Pets At Your Wedding. If you missed this post filled with adorable cuteness then click here. This is a massive wedding trend and though it seems like a great idea at the time there are actually loads of things to think about when it comes down to it. Yes they will look brilliant in your photos but the last thing that you would ever want is for your beloved pet to suddenly get all stressed. In this post I will give you a few things to think about if you are thinking of having your four legged friend with you on you big day. dan morrisPhoto Credit: Dan Morris

Furry Friend Fashion

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I am all for a dog in a little outfit. Honestly, I can think of nothing cuter. There are things that you will need to think about though. Is it loose enough around their neck. Does it bother them? My parents dog hates his coat, won’t walk with it on at all. Bear this in mind when it comes to an outfit. the last thing you want is to have to drag you pet around the wedding as they are refusing to move. Keep it simple, so that it will cause the least amount of bother for them. a little bow tie or flower on their collar can look super. Lastly make sure that none flowers that you use are poisonous and that nothing will be a choking hazard for them.stevewhellerPhoto Credit: Art By Design Photography

Mutts Of Honour

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They say a man’s best friend is his dog, so why not make your four legged friend your best man? Ring bearers, flower girls and ‘Mutts of Honour’ are also popular roles for your beloved pets. Involving your pet at your wedding is a super cute thing to do and many couples can’t imagine their wedding day without their pets included. You may want to make your pet ring bearer, but think about whether your pet will enjoy this or will they find it a traumatic experience? Follow these tips and your pet will have just as much fun as you!maria_farrelly_cardiff_wedding_ photographer052Photo credit: Maria Farrelly

Personality Points

You need to take into consideration the type of personality your pet has before giving them a specific role. Are they excitable, aggressive or obedient? You may assume that your pet will feel comfortable in the crowd but will they feel overwhelmed around 100s of guests? The last thing that you would want is to stress them out because there is a large number of people making a fuss, the noise and all the new smells. Even if your pet is well–behaved and used to large crowds. There is no real guarantee that they’ll behave like that on the day. Being stroked, photographed or chased by kids can becoming increasingly stressful for your pet so make sure they can handle it before getting them involved.

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I hope that these have given you an insight of things to think about before involving your furry friends in your big day. I know it will be amazing and the photos will be great but remember, follow these tips and your pet will have just as much fun as you! ~ Kate

Bride To Be Diaries: Our Rustic Bride’s Stress Levels

Today on the blog we have the beautiful Kristy explains how she has been dealing with the stress of planning her wedding. Over to our Rustic Bride.B2B Rustic Banner

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106 days to go! Arriving so close to the 100 day mark makes it seem like it’s just around the corner!

I have learned recently that every bride must be stressed…even if they don’t feel stressed they still must be stressed! Like it’s some sort of prerequisite to getting married. It’s expected! When I thought about planning our wedding I conjured the images of films watched in the past full of montages with inspirational yet romantic music, that show the prospective bride and groom having a fantastic time picking out items for their wedding. What they don’t show is the hours of time spent on the internet information gathering, pintrest browsing, quote sorting and email sending! They also don’t show the disagreements between the bride and groom when their priorities lie somewhere slightly different from each other. They definitely don’t show the moment the bride realises that she has bought the wrong wedding ring!! Yes, this happened…wasn’t much fun!

When I imagined planning our wedding I wanted to get as much done before the last few months as possible, which thankfully I have been able to do. I am one of those people that like to be prepared and hate doing things last minute when deadlines are concerned. The thought of rushing things at the last minute for me is more stressful than something going wrong! If something goes wrong that’s just the way it is and we will deal with it if it happens.july honeymoon

I haven’t actually FELT stressed for a long time, not since dress shopping time number one and two. That churning in the belly – not for me. Yet, I have been ill three times in the last four weeks! So, I have increased my stress busting behaviours to try to combat the stress I am not feeling, but must be going on underneath the surface because I usually have an immune system of steel! Thanks to where I work, I think my immune system gets to regularly flex its metaphorical muscles and stays nice and strong. So I can only put my recent rubbish health down to an immune system being kicked around a bit by my convert stress levels. I just hope it’s going to sort itself out soon!

I think I have been incredibly lucky though because I have had people to help me do this all the way through. So many people have been involved and I have loved every moment. People I never thought would lend a hand have stepped up. This wedding has brought the family together, which I think is just a beautiful thing.Photo 06-07-2016, 15 11 56

I am also so very lucky that I have a Kieron in my life. Speaking with other brides, I have been told stories where they have been mostly responsible for the planning and organising of their wedding. They tell me that their groom just wasn’t that interested! Kieron has been the complete opposite…he has wanted to be involved in everything (except the dress of course). He has gone to wedding fairs, stood around in perfume shops, tried on rings, designed and made our invites, helped with my DIY projects and completed DIY projects of his own.

Kieron was heavily involved with the booking of our honeymoon, which I was so grateful for. Sorting the honeymoon seems to be usually left to the men anyway. But I couldn’t leave it alone could I?! After a month of research we settled on Mauritius. I did so much research I think I could tell you when all the rainy, hurricane and monsoon seasons were all over the world! We are going in September, two days after the wedding and I can’t wait. It will be the perfect stress buster following the wedding. A time for sandy toes, spa days, yoga on the beach, water sports and zip lining.  To be able to enjoy the holiday of a lifetime with Kieron as husband and wife, is just a dream come true.

I can only imagine how excited you are getting. I’m not at all jealous of your amazing honeymoon of yoga on the beach and spa days! ~ Kate