#Cwtchfest2017 Spotlight -The Cwtch Workshops

Good morning Cwtchers!

Ahead of our next event on the 9th April 2017 in the stunning St Fagans we have our gorgeous Cwtch Workshops that are entering their third year and forth event by showing you what we got up to in Septembers #Cwtchfest2016 in St Fagans.

Over the weeks we have been trying to explain what makes our events a little different and the Cwtch Workshops are an essential part of this difference.

Owen Mathias Photography

Owen Mathias Photography

Owen Mathias Photography

The Dead Canary offering a taster gin masterclass

Set in Stretch event’s beautiful stretch tent, which allows you to feel part of the festival whilst experiencing some fascinating and enjoyable workshops.  Like a Gin masterclass that was offered by Cardiff’s very own secret cocktail bar The Dead Canary– What is there not to LOVE!

Owen Mathias Photography

The wonderfully talented Make up by Nicola

Owen Mathias Photography

Inspiring hair styles by the lovely Hannah Mlaterm

It also offers you the chance to meet some amazing wedding suppliers and for them to run a half hour workshop in something that we know will help our brides and couples plan their wedding like the fabulous Penny from Pad Deco offering wedding planning inspiration.

Owen Mathias Photography

Owen Mathias Photography

One of the many questions brides question themselves when looking at costs is could I do flowers myself and Eva from The Flowerhive offers a workshop that allows you to have a hands on experience.   Our Cwtchfest couples have LOVED her floral workshops.

Owen Mathias Photography

Owen Mathias Photography

Owen Mathias Photography

Owen Mathias Photography

Owen Mathias Photography

Inspired? Are you yet to get your tickets?  You will find them here…


We will be announcing this years line up in the coming weeks keep your eyes peeled!!!



Wow wow wow!  Happy St Dwynwen’s Day everyone!

For those that don’t know, St Dwynwen is the Welsh patron saint of lovers and today we celebrate!

Its also CTB’s creator Maria Farrelly’s Birthday too! So as we eat cake and celebrate, we want to give you all an incredible offer for today only on tickets to our amazing Wedding Festival CWTCHFEST 2016 taking place on Sunday 17th April at GlanUsk Estate.

We are giving you our lovely readers 50% off for just 24 hours!!!  That’s right half price tickets starting at 7am today.

Last year’s event sold out so we are urging our brides-to -be to be quick!

click here for tickets

Cwtchfest is for those brides wanting something a bit different from their wedding planning.  Fun, inspiration, ideas, live entertainment, food, drink plus lots more….


We will be at the fabulous home of The Green Man festival–  Glanusk Estate, Crickhowell on Sunday 17th April.


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  1. The best in Welsh wedding suppliers in a relaxed, friendly interactive atmosphere
  2. Live music and DJ throughout the day
  3. DIY Workshops
  4. Cocktail bar (Is that not reason enough?)
  5. If you are considering an outdoor wedding, we have Tipi’s and marquees all set up for you to view (so much better than looking at pictures)
  6. Children’s tent and activities
  7. Interactive performances from wedding entertainers
  8. The best in Welsh wedding catering – Hot food stalls
  9. Amazing venue and beautiful surroundings
  10. This is the only event like this in Wales!!  Make sure you are part of something a bit special.


So what are you waiting for!!

take advantage of this great offer today. Buy your tickets for half price and surprise your fiancé, bridesmaids, family and friends. Its a great opportunity to all together for a great day out you’ll all enjoy!



Evening wedding reception- dress code?

Hello Cwtchers,

A little while ago we wondered on our facebook page what you our lovely brides-to-be were doing about evening dress codes.  We asked you if anyone was issuing a dress code for their evening wedding reception.  Here are your responses…


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‘Depending on the people you invite as our best man (hubbys bro) went home an changed out of his suit an into jeans an top b4 we even got into the reception  so i wished we had put something like it in invites’  Linzii Feenix Walton

‘To be honest I’m not really worried what people wear to the evening party, my main concern is that they have a good time celebrating with us!’ Amie Phillips


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‘I’m hoping people have the brains and common courtesy to realise jeans and tshirts don’t belong at weddings!’ Devhan Cooper

‘Not interested in the slightest what people wear! We’ll all be too busy having fun  xx’ Natasha O’Hara

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‘Definitely no jeans and trainers! Weddings are a perfect excuse to get all dressed up! xxx’ Alicia Ann 

‘I really don’t mind what my evening guests turn up in – they are welcome to choose their attire as long as they turn up & have fun… We have a gorgeous venue but if my evening guests turn up in what they find comfortable then that’s fine!! It’s not about how people look – it’s about them sharing in the happiness of your day.’ Sarah Studley


Image by Maria Farrelly photography

 ‘I personally don’t see why anyone would wear jeans or trainers to a wedding, but if you wanted to word something good just say a little note on the bottom near the rsvp detail stating smart dress xx’ Louise Spinola-Scott

‘I was thinking of doing it, dont really want people turning up in trainers and jeans. I’d be interested to see what other people have to say’ Danielle Angell


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 ‘We are so worried about ppl not turning up correctly dressed that we have made our entire wedding black tie!! Eek’ Portia Sheppard

‘We didn’t .but our singer turned up in flip flops an football t shirt an there quarters. I wasn’t that happy.’ Nicky Smith




Images by Maria Farrelly photography

Calling all Welsh Brides-to-be…

Do you love to talk about weddings?

If so, we want to hear from you!

We have a fabulous opportunity for 3 welsh brides-to-be to become guest bloggers on Cwtch The Bride.

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We’d love to share your journey to the alter with our readers. Good, Bad or damn right awkward, there are many moments throughout the planning of a wedding that so many brides-to-be can relate to. For example, Setting your budget, Choosing your suppliers, finding THE DRESS, table plans, the guest list …

You don’t even need to be a professional writer…oh no (i’m not!)

If chosen, all you would need to do is send us one article a month telling us all about what stage you’re at and how its making you feel.

Simply enter your details below and cross your fingers. If you know someone that would be great at doing this, then please do share this post with all your friends.

Becoming our next Cwtch Bride has lots of benefits and some great opportunities throughout your time with us. For example, you will receive complimentary tickets to our amazing CWTCHFEST Event that we are planning for next year, the chance to get involved in some styled shoots, hair & make overs PLUS lots more!

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Images by Christopher Ian

How To Enter

Simply complete the entry form below:

[contact-form to=’info@cwtchthebride.com’ subject=’Bride to be Competition ‘][contact-field label=’Name’ type=’name’ required=’1’/][contact-field label=’Email’ type=’email’ required=’1’/][contact-field label=’Wedding date’ type=’text’ required=’1’/][contact-field label=’Wedding Venue’ type=’text’ required=’1’/][contact-field label=’How did you both meet? ‘ type=’textarea’ required=’1’/][contact-field label=’Tell us your proposal story’ type=’textarea’ required=’1’/][contact-field label=’Describe the wedding you are planning’ type=’textarea’ required=’1’/][/contact-form]

Entries close 30th September






Happy Easter: Enjoy 50% off Cwtchfest tickets this weekend

happy easter

We have a lovely Easter treat for you that doesn’t involve chocolate.

If you are getting married in Wales, available on Sunday 19th April and able to drive to Bluebell Meadow in the beautiful Vale of Glamorgan… then you are going to love our event called CWTCHFEST. It’s Wales’ first major Wedding Festival!

For this weekend only, we are offering our CWTCHFEST tickets for half price! Yes… 50% off, HALF PRICE…only £3.50 each!



This will be the last opportunity to buy your tickets at a reduced price. Demand has been high since we launched the event and we expect to sell out soon. If you are thinking of joining us, do take advantage of this great offer.

10 reasons why you should attend CWTCHFEST

  1. This is the first event of its kind to take place in Wales
  2. We have over 50 of the BEST wedding suppliers in Wales
  3. If you are considering an outdoor wedding, we have Tipi’s and marquees all set up for you to view (so much better than looking at pictures)
  4. There will be DIY workshops running throughout the day.
  5. Free onsite parking (If the weather is bad, we have arranged parking a few miles from the site with a free shuttle service)
  6. live music & DJ throughout the day
  7. Hot food stalls
  8. Mobile Bar
  9. Childrens entertainment tent
  10. Plus lots of expert advice and inspiration!



Don’t miss out on what is going to be such a fabulous day!