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.
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!
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.
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.
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!!!
Eek… its Cwtchfest Eve and we are like little kids running around, ridiculously excited at the delights that await tomorrow.
We do hope you will all be joining us. If you are yet to buy your ticket, you can do so by simply clicking on the link below.
What time does it all start?
The event opens at 11am and there are 100 AMAZING goody bags (full of actual goodies!) for those arriving first (one for each engaged couple)
You’ll be given a site plan (see below) upon arrival which will detail where everything is and a timetable for when the workshops, live music & tours of the Glanusk Estate are running.
Our huge exhibitor tent is full to the brim of Wales’ leading wedding professionals. In the Yurt we have our fabulous workshops. There is a pop up tea room in the tipi and Live music and a bar in the main stretch tent. PLUS lots lots more…
You need to come in the main gates to the Estate off the A40 – look for the Cwtchfest banner. The entrance is about 2 miles out of Crickhowell on the A40, travelling in the direction of Brecon.
When you arrive on site, you will be directed to the parking area. There will be stewards onsite to direct you. Once parked you will need to make your way to the registration desk to collect your ID&C wristband.
PLEASE remember to bring your ticket with you! Eventbrite will have sent you an email which includes a barcode. We can simply scan this for speed.
Can I buy a ticket on the door?
Yes… but you will need to pay £10 cash (each) as there is no card facility on the site.
Children are very welcome at CWTCHFEST. An entry fee of £1 each is payable on the door.
Who is exhibiting?
A full list of all our exhibitors is printed on our site map which you will be given upon arrival. We have a main exhibitor tent where you will find most of our exhibitors such as photographers, florists, bridal wear etc… However, across the field there will be many other exhibitors showcasing their larger products and services such as the incredible Show Marquees, Stretch tents, Yurt, Bell tents, VW camper vans, live music, pop up tea room plus most of the catering companies.
There is also a very special surprise waiting for you to discover in the secret chapel! Make sure you make some time to visit it during the day. We promise you won’t be disappointed! There is something truly beautiful in there waiting for you to discover.
Any other info I need to know?
Glanusk is a private estate with 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!
We are sorry but no dogs are allowed onto the Glanusk Estate.
PLEASE REMEMBER TO BRING CASH. There are NO card facilities on site
#Cwtchfest2016 is the hashtag of the event- use in your social media feeds so we can find you and see your amazing festival pics.
Last but not least, we want you to all have an amazing day!
My team and I have all worked tirelessly to bring you one epic wedding festival that we hope you will all love. We have collaborated with so many local businesses which have all gone above and beyond what they normally would for a wedding fayre which is what makes CWTCHFEST the best wedding event taking place in Wales. We look forward to meeting you all for a drink at the bar later. ~ Maria x
On Sunday we released the tickets for Cwtchfest 2016 and they are already flying out!! So we just wanted to say THANK YOU for supporting our lovely event that we are all working so hard to make bigger and better.
We thought we would give you a little reminder on what to expect from this years event.
The iGency will be giving us live music that will keep us dancing until the early evening. The iGency are a small, unique live music agency representing the very best wedding entertainment South Wales has to offer. They supply top quality professional entertainment to hundreds of weddings every year.
The iGency is run by partners Suzanne & Ryan who have over 30 years professional, first hand industry experience. They are experts in music and performance and use their experience to create, manage and mentor cool, stylish, contemporary bands.
You can expect lots of exciting ideas from the very best the Welsh wedding industry has to offer.
We will have our exhibitor tent open between 11-5 allowing you to peruse at your leisure a world of inspiration and to meet face to face the people who work so hard to make your day unique.
FOOD & DRINK
The inspiration won’t stop in the exhibition tent! Outside in the beautiful surroundings of Glanusk Estate and Park you will find the best in food outlets who will be serving their delicious treats giving you a wealth of ideas for your day and evening receptions.
Not only do you get to meet our amazing suppliers in the exhibition tent but throughout the day workshops will be running in which you get to learn some of the skills that can help you on your big day.
LOTS LOTS MORE
We are squirreling away here at Cwtch HQ working on lots of new ideas to bring to you this year – keep watching the blog!! We cannot wait to share this with you!
One of the popular features of the day was the DIY tent where several talented people held some really interesting and useful DIY Workshops. This post is to say a HUGE THANK YOU to these incredible people and to those of you who attended and enjoyed the sessions. Some of you loved them so much you came back and attended all of them :)
Naturally Crafty – Jam Jar Crafting
Upcycling Jam Jars is a stylish and cost effective way to add that personal touch to your wedding day. At Cwtchfest, Sam from Naturally Crafty demonstrated how to make a variety of venue decorations and favours from simple jam jars. Loads of you got involved and came away with some new skills, ideas and your own hand crafted jam jars!
Sam Littlefair got married in 2014 and her DIY wedding featured on Cwtch the Bride. She now runs a handcrafted gift and wedding hire company, Naturally Crafty.
Best Man Beacon – Speech Writing
Our Best Man contributor Baz from Best Man Beacon ran a laid back speech writing workshop giving tips to the grooms and best men in attendance. We think they all had a good time!
The Flower Hive – Making Buttonholes
Eva is owner of The Flower Hive, based in Pencoed, close to Cardiff where she grows a wonderful selection of traditional cottage garden flowers grown in accordance with organic and bio dynamic principles.
At her workshop the attendees learned how to design and make their own unique buttonholes using spring flowers and hedgerow foliage.
Kate Petersen – Homemade Photobooth Props
Kate our Homemade bride was helping you to create your own selection of photo booth props for your wedding with a bit of assistance from our Vintage Bride Sophie.
The moustaches came out and everyone seemed to have a good laugh with their homemade props! Kate Petersen has worked in the wedding industry for many years as a hair and make up artist and maker of exquisite headpieces and beautiful bouquets.
All Sewn Up – Festival Bunting
Making your own bunting for your wedding day is a fantastic way of adding your own personality to the venue. You could even arrange a hen party to get your best friends involved in making it with you?
At Cwtchfest, Helen from All Sewn Up demonstrated how to make simple bunting and gave ideas of how to use it. Some of you had a go and made some by machine. The All Sewn Up Workshops are based in Swansea, on the edge of Gower and run by award winning designer Helen Rhiannon.
Massive thank yous to all involved in the DIY workshops, we have many more thank yous to make but we will keep them for a separate post.
CWTCHFEST 2016 is already in the planning. We have a new amazing venue and it will be even bigger and better so watch this space!