Your South Wales Wedding - March/April 2024 (Issue 96)

£3.55 MAR/APR 2024 LET’S BOOGIE Music and entertainment ideas A honeymoon in the Maldives Keep it LOCAL Swansea venues DREAMS Check in at a hotel for your big day WIN! SOUTH WALES WEDDING Suite Fashion QUEEN Beautiful dresses

Fall in Love with Caer Llan 01600 860 359 Caer Llan is a beautiful old family home set in the heart of Monmouthshire on a secluded hillside in 25 acres of garden, field and woodland. The house enjoys absolutely incredible views over the Vale of Usk towards the distant Welsh mountains. As a family run business, we offer you exclusive use of the house and grounds for an intimate celebration with friends and family. The stunning location provides indoor and outdoor options for your ceremony, all framed by a sensational backdrop for your wedding photographer to capture those special moments in all their glory. “If you want an intimate, classy and private wedding, we can’t recommend Caer Llan enough.” Five star reviews on Google and Trip Advisor. Ceremony and reception capacity 80 | Evening 120 | Accommodation for 50, across 16 rooms

REGULARS 6 EDITOR’S LETTER What to look out for in this issue 9 NEARLYWED NEWS Catch up on the latest from around South Wales 13 FREEBIES & OFFERS Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs 55 HOT TOPIC Our experts answer your questions 93 COMPETITION Win a honeymoon in the Maldives worth £3,000 CONTENTS MARCH/APRIL 2024 On the cover... This issue's striking cover has been sponsored by historic Swansea wedding venue, The Brangwyn ( It showcases the gorgeous architecture at the venue, and newlyweds Claire and Craig on their wedding day. It was captured by local photographer, Lilith in Bloom ( VENUES 17 SPOTLIGHT ON SWANSEA Discover some of the best local venues 25 WED AND BREAKFAST Check in at a luxury hotel for your big day 25 65 FEATURES 49 BOOGIE THE NIGHT AWAY Meet local musicians and entertainers 65 FINDING THE ONE On-trend wedding dresses 3

FASHION & BEAUTY 58 FASHION FOCUS The latest bridal fashion news and launches 59 IN LOVE WITH LACE This delicate fabric is always in fashion 70 THE ULTIMATE EDIT Add instant glam to your big-day look with these latest jewellery launches 72 BEAUTY QUEEN We spoke to Laura from Wishbone & Comb about her business and all things beauty 73 RUFFLE UP Romantic layers and tiers are decorating bridal dresses this season 76 BEAUTY BUZZ Get the look with the latest must-haves 78 BEAUTY Q&A Local professionals solve your problems 80 JUST BREATHE Actor turned meditation facilitator Maude Hirst tells us how to handle the stresses of wedding planning 86 31 REAL WEDDINGS 31 MAKING WAVES Sarah and James tied the knot at Penarth Pier Pavilion in front of their friends and family 36 WOODLAND ROMANCE Jess and Sam incorporated their Scottish and Welsh roots into their wedding at Crug Glâs Country House & Restaurant 43 LOVE IS IN THE AIR Verity and Ed hit it off instantly and years later they tied the knot at the King Arthur Hotel GROOMS 82 GROOMS’ NEWS The latest best buys and product launches for the groom-to-be 83 LUSCIOUS LOCKS TikTok star Matt Newman reveals his top haircare tips 84 FEELING PEACHY We’ve rounded up some of the latest on-trend products for the groom-to-be inspired by Pantone’s colour of the year, Peach Fuzz HONEYMOONS 86 HONEYMOON NEWS Our travel editor reveals the newest openings and honeymoon essentials 88 THE ITALIAN DREAM Live la dolce vita at Villa La Massa in the heart of the breathtaking Tuscan countryside 90 PICTURESQUE PARGA Jet to Parga Beach Resort in this popular coastal town located on the lovely north-western coast of Greece 92 A ROOM WITH A VIEW Get away from it all at Dunston Hall Hotel, Spa and Golf Resort 36 43 Neil Pomeroy 59 4

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36 43 Jess and Sam incorporated their Scottish and Welsh roots into their wedding at Crug Glâs Country House & Restaurant. Read all about the latest openings and honeymoon destinations for couples post-vows. Verity and Ed hit it off instantly and years later they tied the knot at the King Arthur Hotel. Welcome to our March/April issue! I love this time of year partly because I adore spring weddings but also because of our bridal boutiques feature. It’s one of my favourites to write, and I always get excited seeing the stunning dresses that are available in our lovely region. I got married a few years ago, so I know how stressful finding the perfect dress can be. I had no idea what style I wanted, but my wonderful consultant helped me pick my dream A-line gown. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the amount of choice available, make sure you listen to your consultant. They have years of experience and have helped brides of every shape and size find their dream gown, so they will know what looks good on you even if you don’t yourself. Go to your appointment with a rough idea of what you like, but try to keep an open mind. On paper, it might not be what you want, but it might still be the one. If you’re not sure where to start, check out our fashion section for heaps of inspiration. Happy planning! Melissa x Melissa Cullen, Senior editor Fashion forward ISSN 2054-5231 Your South Wales Wedding is solely owned, published and designed by Ellis Media and Events Ltd. Whilst every effort was made to ensure the information in this magazine was correct at the time of going to press, the publishers cannot accept legal responsibility for any errors or omissions, nor can they accept responsibility for advert content, or of the standing of advertisers or by the editorial contributions. The views expressed do not necessarily reflect those of the publisher. Your South Wales Wedding is published six times a year. @CountyWeddingMagazines @CountyWeddings @countyweddingmagazines Visit us online at and DESIGN 01376 535 616 ACCOUNTS 01376 535 616 MANAGING DIRECTOR Sarah Ellis | 01376 535 602 EDITORIAL Senior Editor Melissa Cullen | 01376 535 611 86 ADVERTISING Account Manager Julia Owen | 01376 538 556 Sammy Njoroge We spoke to Laura Glanville from Wishbone & Comb about her business and all things beauty. 72 cwe COUNTY WEDDING EVENTS 6

Sarah and James tied the knot at Penarth Pier Pavilion in front of their friends and family. 31 65We asked local bridal boutiques to share some of their favourite wedding dresses. 55 49 Looking for your dream wedding venue? Check out our venues section for some of our favourite picks. 59 84 93 25 Win an all-inclusive honeymoon in the Maldives worth £3,000! Check out these wedding dresses covered in beautiful lace. We reveal the latest best buys and product launches for the groom-to-be. Meet local musicians and entertainers. Neil Pomeroy EDITOR’S LETTER 7

Llanhamlach, Brecon, Powys, Wales, LD3 7YB Tel: 01874 665 387 The renowned Country House located in the heart of the Brecon Beacons National Park, and The Welsh National ‘Best Wedding Venue in Wales’, 2022, is an elegant family-owned grade 11* manor house, enjoying a stunning location overlooking the River Usk, with views across the valley to South Wales’s highest peak Pen-y-Fan. From small & intimate, to a more elaborate celebration in our Georgian Suite, the house plays host to celebrations of all sizes, styles & dreams. Not forgetting our Brand-New House WedFest Tipi celebration. We would love to meet you and show Peterstone, and all it can offer, so, come and have a chat, drink, and wander. PETERSTONE COURT Where a laid-back experience m ts luxury standards

JUST THE TWO OF US Wales Cottage Holidays has revealed some of the most romantic cottages in Wales, perfect for mini-moons or a pre-wedding getaway. Relax, unwind and enjoy each other’s company without real-world distractions. Combine these magical escapes with awe-inspiring views, majestic mountains, dreamy waterfalls, and tranquil lakes, making Wales one of the most desirable destinations for a romantic holiday, just for the two of you. Treat yourself to a tranquil escape in wonderful Carmarthen in Cwch Gwenyn. Enjoy the eclectic interiors of this wonderful, hand-built shepherd’s hut. Dogs will love exploring the amazing countryside as much as you do. Relax in the gorgeous, enclosed garden that features a quaint summerhouse, pretty ponds, whimsical features and a cute patio area with furniture and views of rolling hills. For a refreshing break, escape to Cwmachau, a romantic country cabin surrounded by miles of lush green land. This cosy countryside lodge is the perfect base for exploring the lush green countryside of Tynycoed, Brecon. Set on the hillside, this romantic retreat is perfect for spending quality time together, with plenty of wonderful walks just waiting to be discovered. To find out more, visit NEW AND IMPROVED Located in the upper Swansea Valley on the edge of the Brecon Beacons, Craig Y Nos Castle is a romantic wedding venue that’s offering two new packages. The Tea and Evening Buffet Wedding Package includes welcome drinks and canapés, followed by a delicious afternoon tea and a hot evening buffet. The Twilight Wedding Package includes an evening buffet for your guests, a professional DJ and equipment, the use of a dry-ice machine, mood uplighting, a selfie pod and accessories, a dancefloor and a dancing on the clouds moment. The Twilight Wedding Package fulfils your evening entertainment needs for a fraction of the cost if purchased separately, providing a standard evening buffet and extras for a small portion of the individual price. Those of you looking to stay the night will love the 36 en suite bedrooms; there’s also an on-site gym with high-quality apparatus. Head over to for more information. JEWEL OF THE AISLE Neil Rayment Goldsmiths has announced the launch of its latest collection, the Santes Dwynwen Collection. Named after the Welsh patron saint of lovers, this collection is a testament to the exquisite craftsmanship that defines Neil Rayment Goldsmiths. The collection’s centrepiece is the Dragon Tail Heart series, which features intricately designed hearts crafted in sterling silver. These hearts symbolise love, resilience, and Welsh heritage, making each piece a wearable work of art. The Santes Dwynwen Collection offers a range of options, from delicate drop earrings to classic studs, bracelets and necklaces. The versatility ensures that every piece can be worn with pride on any occasion. Neil Rayment Goldsmiths aims to redefine the way love is expressed. The collection invites individuals to embrace a new tradition, one that combines elegance, cultural significance, and a touch of Welsh romance. Check out the website for more information. NEWS Nearlywed All the latest from around South Wales 9 LOCAL NEWS

FOOD, GLORIOUS FOOD The Whitebrook Restaurant with Rooms in Monmouthshire is celebrating a decade with one Michelin star and the team has recently been awarded a Green Michelin Star. Sustainability has been at the core of chef Chris Harrod’s ethos since he launched the restaurant in 2013. He and his team were recognised for this dedication by the prestigious Michelin Guide and were one of just six restaurants to be awarded a Green Star. Chris’ inspiration comes from his surroundings in the Wye Valley. From growing heritage vegetables in his kitchen garden, creating an orchard in the Whitebrook grounds and foraging local hedgerows, woodlands and estuaries, to working closely with artisan growers and producers, careful consideration for the environment is always The Whitebrook Restaurant with Room’s top priority. For more information, visit A GOOD CAUSE The Wales-based charity Tenovus Cancer Care has launched an online shop selling hundreds of products, including great gifts, home decor, well-being products and accessories for your garden. New products for spring have just dropped, including great ideas for Easter and the warmer days of summer. 100 per cent of all profits from the sales go towards helping Tenovus Cancer Care provide care and support to all those affected by cancer. Visit for more information. DATES FOR THE DIARY Whether you’ve recently gotten engaged or are at the end of your wedding planning journey, trying to find the perfect suppliers can be stressful. To help you plan the wedding of your dreams, why not visit a local wedding fair? This is the ideal chance to meet some of the region’s best companies and discuss your big day. The Celtic Manor Resort Golf Club Wedding Fayre ( will be taking place on Sunday 14th April between 11am and 3pm. Entry is free of charge. Held at Carmarthen Showground, The Welsh National Wedding Fayre ( will be taking place on Sunday 21st April between 11am and 3pm. Entry is free of charge. On Sunday 21st April, the exciting Big Welsh Wedding Show ( will be held at Depot Cardiff. Entry costs £5 for a standard ticket and the doors open from 11am to 3.30pm. To see more events, visit AWARD-WINNING VENUE Tall John’s House, a romantic wedding venue in the Brecon Beacons National Park, has been shortlisted for the ‘Customer Service Award’ by Guides for Brides! What’s more, the venue has also increased its accommodation capacity to 27 people in the Manor House, Stables and Saddlers, meaning the entire venue can accommodate up to 37 adults. On-site is a restored Welsh barn that’s ideal for weddings. Its enchanting courtyard, with a wooden gazebo decorated with flowers and covered in Perspex if the weather is unkind, is a generous space both inside and out. There’s also a split-level granary with its canopied beams and light-stone floor and there is space in the gallery above for extra friends and family if needed. Discover more at Getty Images 10

Ceir y Cardi offer modern and vintage Wedding transport across West Wales. We have a selection of beautiful cars ranging from 2 Vintage Wedding Cars, VW Split Screen Camper, Ford Escort MK1 RS 2000, Lamborghini Huracán, 8 Seat Mini Bus, Shire horses and carriage, Bridesmaid’s bus seating up to 7 Bridesmaids with leather captains seating, and many more! NEW for 2021 - We have 2 brand new Range Rover Sports (His & Hers) in white. These can be booked individually or as a package! We are based just outside Aberaeron, and you are more than welcome to come and view the cars in our new purpose-built heated garage. Visit our website to see all the cars we have to offer - you will certainly arrive in style on your Wedding Day. 07967 570246 DISCOVER YOUR DREAM DRESS Made to measure bridal gowns, designed and expertly hand crafted in Mumbles since 1994. 81 Newton Road, Mumbles, Swansea, SA3 4BN BOOK YOUR APPOINTMENT ONLINE OR CALL TODAY 01792 361477

Exclusive . Romantic . Unique A wedding venue like no other THE ORANGERY . MARGAM COUNTRY PARK . PORT TALBOT . SA13 2TJ 01639 883553 : At Margam Country Park

Take advantage of these gorgeous giveaways and fab offers WIN A BRIDAL BOUQUET WORTH £80 Solva Flowers By Maggie is a florist located in the beautiful coastal town of Solva, only five minutes from the city of St. David’s, Pembrokeshire. Run by Maggie Julien, the company offers a range of services, including wedding flowers, gifts and accessories. Maggie tells us: “I have a passion for being creative with flowers and creating designs for all occasions. At Solva Flowers By Maggie, I don’t just use fresh flowers; I use my creative flair to produce something special using artificial and dried options. Dried and preserved flowers are perfect for weddings and make great gifts that can be kept long after the big day. I understand that everyone’s wedding day is special, and so it is important to me that your wedding flowers enhance your venue and look stunning in your wedding photographs. Whatever venue you choose, whether it be a large hotel, a castle, or a small, intimate wedding at your local hall, I would consider it a real honour to be a part of your wedding day. I will work with you to choose the perfect flowers and create your dream style and colour scheme.” Exclusively for Your South Wales Wedding, Maggie is offering one lucky reader the choice of a dried or fresh flower bouquet in a colour of your choosing worth £80. To enter this fabulous competition, visit The closing date is 30th April 2024. Terms and conditions apply. Please see our website for full details. To see more of Maggie’s work, visit LILY CHARMED IS GIVING READERS THE CHANCE TO WIN £150 TO SPEND ONLINE Crafted from recycled sterling silver and gold-plated recycled sterling silver, Lily Charmed ( brings you a seamless canvas for effortless jewellery curation, ensuring that each piece offers a lifetime investment for authentic self-expression. Collect and curate your very own jewellery box of keepsakes with Lily Charmed’s unique range of consciously crafted charms. Bringing joy through jewellery, each piece is designed to showcase your memories and magical life journey with a modern edge. From engraved talismans, romantic hearts and keys, pretty florals, colourful motifs cast in resin, and whimsical bees and biscuits, to lustrous pearls, chic lockets and personalised birthstones adorning charm bracelets, charm collectors, chains and hoops, Lily Charmed offers a pick ‘n’ mix of playful designs. Layer, stack, mix and match, play with chain and bracelet styles, add charms, add colour − the choice is endless! Infinity symbols represent ever-lasting love, whilst alphabet charms and custom engraving make the perfect personalised touch for weddings. Elsewhere its hug rings, friendship charm bracelets and retro Mixtape, Cowboy Boot and Puzzle Pieces make effortlessly thoughtful bridesmaids gifts. Enter online an Terms and conditions apply. Freebies& OFFERS FREEBIES & OFFERS 13

You’ve found the one and now it’s time to say 'I do' to your dream venue.... Just a stones throw from the historic Penarth pier sits a magnificent cliff top hotel dating back to 1926. Without losing any of the character and charm of the original private residence, the current owners were able to take full advantage of the breathtaking channel views with the addition of an impressive extension flooded with natural light. Exclusively yours for 90 guests for ceremony and wedding breakfast and 120 guests for evening celebrations, whilst 12 luxury bedrooms and suites provide accommodation for your nearest and dearest. There's no Place like Holm

a Venue for all Seasons... Whether you are planning a summer soiree with an outdoor ceremony on the lawn and welcome drinks from the garden bar sat around the sunken firepits or a timeless winter wedding where the original log fires and lavish Christmas decorations take centre stage, Holm House will be sure to impress whatever the season. a Venue’s not Created by Stone, but by People What really sets Holm House apart as the perfect wedding venue is the dedicated warmth of service from our professional and personable team. From your first show around to the big day itself, your dedicated event manager will guide you every step of the way whilst our awardwinning team of Chef’s will dazzle your guests with a delicious menu using the finest locally sourced ingredients. Arrange your tour today at Images courtesy of Raymond Lin Photography and Kelsie Hale Photography | | : Bryngarw House : @BryngarwHouse Wedi’i leoli mewn erw o dir parc gwledig, sy’n edrych yn ysblennydd trwy gydol y flwyddyn, mae Ty Bryngarw, sydd mor berffaith â darlun, yn un o leoliadau priodas mwyaf atyniadol De Cymru. Set in acres of country parkland, which looks spectacular all-year-round, picture-perfect Bryngarw House is one of South Wales’ most sought-after wedding venues. Your dream wedding starts here Mae priodas eich breuddwydion yn cychwyn yma

SWANSEA Spotlight on... OCEAN VIEW WINDMILL GOWER, SA3 1HB 01792 974 928 | Ocean View Windmill Gower is situated in a quiet and calm hamlet overlooking an ancient castle, green fields and the stunning Gower coastline. Boasting exclusive use with panoramic views of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the venue is nestled in a charming area perfect for weddings. Celebrate in style Ceremonies are held in The Original Milking Parlour, which has oak beams, an elegant interior and space for 120 friends and family. Alternatively, the entry patio space can be used, or the steps overlooking the glorious countryside. All the ceremony spaces are flexible and can be adjusted to fit your big-day plans. Receptions can take place in The Original Milking Parlour or in the marquee function suite, which has glass walls overlooking the beautiful Gower coast. We love... Ocean View Windmill Gower hosts open days throughout the year where couples can come and enjoy some food and drink while exploring the property. You can also look over the extras that the venue offers free of charge, such as table decorations, name place holders, table number stands, easels, mirrors, sweet carts, love letters and much more. 17 SWANSEA VENUES

CRAIG Y NOS CASTLE, SA9 1GL 01639 731 167 | Located in the upper Swansea Valley on the edge of the Brecon Beacons, Craig Y Nos Castle is a romantic venue that would make a grand backdrop for any celebration. There are plenty of places to explore and take photographs both inside and out, such as the breathtaking grounds and stunning ceremony spaces. Those of you looking to stay the night will love the 36 en suite bedrooms; there’s also an on-site gym with high-quality apparatus and a private lounge with a hot tub. Celebrate in style If you’re looking for a grand setting for your big day, you’ll love The Theatre. It’s one of only eight Grade I-listed opera houses in the UK and boasts a 125-year-old curtain depicting Madame Patti on a chariot in Rossini’s last Italian opera. Able to hold 120 of your nearest and dearest, there are plenty of details to admire, including the walls, which are decorated with the names of Patti’s favourite composers. Once the ceremony has taken place, you can choose from several reception areas, including the Conservatory, which has room for 130 friends and family, and the Music and Billard Room, which can accommodate 120 of your loved ones. The Patti Bar and Nicolini Lounge are located in the centre of the castle and are also available for your guests to use throughout the night. We love... Craig Y Nos Castle was once home to Adelina Patti, the world-famous opera singer, and has a long and interesting history dating back to 1841. Your family and friends can organise a tour of the castle to find out more about its fascinating past. NORTON HOUSE HOTEL, SA3 5TQ 01792 404 891 | Boasting elegant windows, 17 individually designed bedrooms and an impressive entrance, Norton House Hotel is an independent country house with plenty of period charm. Recently announced as regional winners for ‘Best Boutique Venue’ at the Welsh National Wedding Awards, the property has been renovated to a high standard with home comforts that don’t compromise the historic features. This Grade II-listed venue has been thoroughly refurbished with weddings in mind. The private grounds, which include a secluded lawn, an original raised patio, and wide stone steps, look stunning in photographs. Celebrate in style Tie the knot in the Garden Room, which is decorated in a neutral style with period floor-to-ceiling windows and double doors that lead out onto the picturesque garden. We love... Included within the Inclusive Package is a bedroom for you on your first anniversary and a menu tasting for four people. Norton House Hotel also offers flexible, bespoke packages to ensure you have the perfect day. 18

Member’s Wedding Package - 125 Guests @ £50 pp Includes: Two course Wedding Breakfast and Welcome Drinks (Add £20pp LAsfor third course and evening buffet) 50 Guests Midweek £5925 60 Guests Friday £7210 70 Guests Saturday £8495 Wedding Packages for 2024 Requires: Minimum 50 guests staying overnight, only 25 midweek, on a B&B basis @ £75 per head. All include: ree Course Wedding Breakfast, Welcome Drinks, 2 glasses wine on table, Sparkling wine for toasts, Evening Finger Bu et, White chair covers & bows in either ceremony room or banqueting room, Cake stand, Napkins, Table cloths, Gold or silver candelabra, Banqueting room with ceiling fairy lights. Exclusive use of Castle Function rooms Opera house licensed for Wedding Ceremonies & Conservatory for your Wedding Banquet **LAST MINUTE WEDDING DATES AVAILABLE UP TO APRIL 2024** Ask about our Last Minute Weddings 50 Guests Just £2500 will get you: Exclusive Use of whole Castle, ree course Wedding Breakfast, Welcome Drinks, Ceremony Room er.html Your Day.Your Way. Nestled amongst the rolling Welsh hills of the Brecon Beacons and close to beautiful Llangorse Lake, sits the stunning Tall John’s Manor House. Set in superb grounds is our wonderful stone Barn, which has been lovingly restored to provide the perfect wedding venue for up to 160 guests with integral toilets and catering area. The nearby Granary has been refurbished to make an alternative civil ceremony venue or extra reception space. The barn is a blank canvas venue - it is yours to style as you wish, to create a space that is personal, individual and unique to you. We know every bride is different, every couple is unique and your wedding day should reflect that. YOUR day, YOUR way. Blank canvas venue / Exclusive use of our beautiful grounds / Incredible private position / NO set suppliers or corkage /On site Self-catering cottages available / One sleeps 8 in four bedrooms and bathrooms and the other one bedroom bridal cottage is perfect for 2 / Elegant Georgian manor house available Civil ceremonies in the gardens, Granary of Barn. | Llangasty, Near Brecon, Powys, LD3 7PX | T: +44(0) 1239 821143 | E: BLANK CANVAS WEDDING VENUE

There’s no place like Holm ARRANGE YOUR TOUR TODAY AT Holm House Hotel, Marine Parade, Penarth, Glamorgan, CF64 3BG

KING ARTHUR HOTEL, SA3 1AD 01792 390 775 | The King Arthur Hotel is a hidden gem nestled in the Gower Peninsula that was recently voted the ‘Best Wedding Venue in South and Central Wales’. Comprising of 18 en-suite bedrooms, an 18th-century cottage and luxury self-catering apartments, the property has everything needed to create your dream wedding. Celebrate in style Rich in history, the King Arthur Hotel’s wedding venue, Avalon, boasts a high-pitched ceiling with exposed French oak beams, Welsh slate floors and arched windows overlooking the surrounding landscaped gardens. The venue is licenced for civil ceremonies and can comfortably accommodate 140 seated guests for the wedding breakfast and 200 for the evening celebration. From April 2024, the venue will also be offering outdoor ceremonies in its beautiful meadow. We love... This family-run property offers exclusive use of all its hotel rooms and a complimentary bridal suite for the night of the wedding. MORGANS HOTEL, SA1 1RR 01792 484 848 | Morgans Hotel is a Grade II-listed boutique venue that dates back to 1902. It was originally the Swansea Harbour Trust Building, but over time it was adapted until it became the wedding venue that we see today. Located just minutes from the Maritime Quarter and a short drive from the Mumbles and Gower coastlines, this boutique venue boasts 42 bedrooms, a restaurant on the first floor with access via a champagne bar, and a Greek statue-clad clock outside that is sure to wow your friends and family. Celebrate in style The impressive Banqueting Hall is licensed for ceremonies of up to 110 guests. Family and friends will love the decadent architecture and original mural which is used as a backdrop for your special vows. Licensed for intimate ceremonies of up to 40 guests, the Sir Galahad Suite allows you to celebrate with the most important people in your life. Natural daylight floods through the original sash windows, illuminating the most intricate details of your décor. Adjoined to the Banqueting Hall, the Atrium area offers a chance to dine beneath the stars under the glass roof. Up to 40 of your closest family and friends can enjoy your wedding breakfast in style next to the internal stained-glass window. Boasting a private bar, your guests can settle into the celebrations with the assurance of romantic seclusion away from the bustle of the city centre. We love... The four-star venue has plenty of places to explore and take pictures. SWANSEA VENUES 21

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01443 665803 | Hensol Castle Park, Hensol, Vale of Glamorgan, CF72 8JX †Excludes Hensol Castle Distillery & Atrium. *Terms & conditions apply, new bookings only, valid on winter 2024/25 weddings, minimum guest numbers apply, excludes Saturdays in Nov. Subject to availability on certain dates in December. There are many wedding venues in South Wales - but only one in a Grade 1 listed castle. Think majestic turrets, sweeping staircases and gothic towers (perfect for photo opportunities!). Our gorgeous castle is nestled in luscious, landscaped grounds with it’s own Serpentine Lake and Jetty. A Grade I listed 17th Century Castle exclusively yours† for the day.  Exclusive† use of Hensol Castle  FREE bedroom for the happy couple  15 luxurious bedrooms for your guests  FREE Hensol Castle Gin miniature favours for your guests  FREE white dance floor and light-up love letters  FREE chiavari chairs SAVE £2000 OFF VENUE HIRE FOR WINTER WEDDINGS 2024/25*

01443 412248 • • Llancaiach Fawr CF46 6ER Llancaiach Fawr CF46 6ER The perfect setting for your wedding and civil partnership ceremonies and receptions Y lleoliad perffaith ar gyfer seremoni a gwledd eich priodas neu bartneriaeth sifil Your Wolfscastle Wedding Journey. Capture the magic of your love story in our enchanting boutique, award winning wedding venue. Whether you are looking for an intimate ceremony or a large celebration, we are committed to creating your perfect day, your way, complete with impeccable service. Wolfscastle Country Hotel is nestled in the idyllic Pembrokeshire. Countryside in the village of Wolfscastle, a hidden gem in West Wales. You are guaranteed a perfect setting for your dream wedding day. Our ceremonies are held in our modern garden room, which offers a spectacular setting with views overlooking our beautiful private gardens, whilst you say your vows to create a truly magical life together. With 4 star service and outstanding 2 rosette food, you can be assured that your first meal as a married couple will be unforgettable. Our bespoke wedding venue is renowned for its sensational food that your guests will eulogise and drinks tailored specifically to your wishes. Why not finish the day in luxury! Our newly refurbished, stunning bridal suite offers a romantic setting with a stand alone roll top bath, a twinkling fire and gentle customised lighting and music, accompanied with our other bedrooms, a warm relaxing stay is assured for all your guests. From the moment you arrive for your first visit, your very own personal wedding coordinators will take you on your Wolfscastle Wedding Journey to ensure your magical day is what you have always dreamed of - enchanting and unforgettable!! You’ve said ‘Yes’ to your forever partner, now say ‘Yes’ to your dream venue! For information including pricing, menus and availability or to book an appointment with our wedding coordinators for a personal tour and informal discussion, please contact us 01437 741225. Wolfscastle Country Hotel & Spa, SA62 5LZ | WINNER OF ‘WELSH ROMANTIC HOTEL OF THE YEAR’ 2019 WINNER OF ‘WELSH ROMANTIC HOTEL OF THE YEAR’

Wed and breakfast Check in at a luxury hotel for your big day CELTIC MANOR RESORT, NP18 1HQ 01633 410 252 | The five-star Celtic Manor Resort, featuring several floors of immaculately designed guest rooms, is situated in the heart of the resort. Each of the bedrooms reflects the resort’s distinctive style and boast a sense of luxury. Celebrate in style The Caernarfon Ballroom is perfect for large-scale wedding celebrations. The grandeur of the ballroom, with its high ceilings and chandeliers, offers a dreamy backdrop to bring your wedding to life, with space for up to 900 guests. The Rooftop Garden and Terrace is a relaxed and informal wedding venue that adds a bit of garden gorgeousness to your day. Children can play happily on the terrace and lawns, while celebrations take place in the warmth of the summerhouse with its very own smokehouse barbecue. This space can hold up to 130 of your friends and family and can be hired for exclusive use. Alternatively, the historic 19th-century Manor House delivers the ultimate romantic wedding venue. Enjoy elegant manor house charm by day and dramatic period character by night. The intimacy of Hedleys, with its stained glass windows, ornate fireplaces and rich wood panelling, is ideal for smaller celebrations, while the Manor Suite can be used for larger wedding parties of up to 180 guests. The Via Julia Suite and Chairman’s Marquee is the perfect space to transform with your own personal wedding style, with space for up to 180 of your nearest and dearest. Arrival drinks will be served from the private bar as the staff guides your guests into the marquee for your wedding breakfast. The outdoor patio offers the ideal place for guests to mingle, enjoy a cocktail, and take in views of the golf course. The luxurious Clubhouse offers a picturesque backdrop for your wedding. By day, your guests will enjoy stunning views over the course, and by night, the interior of Rafters will add to your exclusively elegant wedding. This exclusive venue features a choice of two beautiful rooms: Rafters and the Samuel Ryder Suite. This luxuriously relaxed setting makes a striking statement with its soaring cedar wood beams, which lend the restaurant both its name and its atmosphere. Nestled in the Usk Valley, the gorgeous Hunter Lodges offer an irresistible setting for an intimate wedding. Enjoy an informal ceremony with up to 40 family and friends in the lounge, followed by drinks and canapés outside on the deck. The perfect location for guests to celebrate and drink in the breathtaking views of the Twenty-Ten Course. For the ultimate getaway, the self-catering Hunter Lodges with open-plan spaces, a hot tub, a sauna and panoramic views, located in the resort’s grounds, are ideal for larger groups, accommodating up to eight adults and two children. We love... Immerse yourself in the ultimate pampering journey with Celtic Manor Resort’s two spas, including the award-winning Forum Spa and Ocius Treatment Rooms. There are also three championship golf courses on site, so you’ll be spoilt for choice on where to take your wedding photographs. 25 HOTELS

THE PARKGATE HOTEL, CF10 1DA 01633 410 252 | With its mixture of bygone glamour and contemporary luxury, The Parkgate Hotel epitomises style, sophistication and elegance. From an intimate gathering to a grand affair, this historic wedding venue in Cardiff offers exquisite settings and exceptional dining in the heart of the city, making your special day the occasion of a lifetime. Whether you’re looking for an elegant atmosphere echoing the hotel’s grandeur at The Parkgate Hotel’s largest function space, The Postmaster Suite, or something a bit more personal in the private dining space of The Telegraph Room, the property has something to suit. The spacious bedrooms are as individual as The Parkgate Hotel itself, embracing a chic blend of classic meets contemporary luxury. No two rooms are quite the same, each styled around its own features in keeping with the hotel’s architecture. Make sure you visit the Sorting Room, the Michelin-starred restaurant; it’s a chic spot to meet and dine in the city. Celebrate in style With its stunning features and elegant atmosphere echoing the hotel’s grandeur, The Parkgate Hotel’s largest function space takes its name from its former life as Cardiff’s grand old Post Office, which opened in 1897 to mark Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee. This exceptional room makes a memorable setting for larger weddings of up to 344 guests. The flexible space includes its own private pre-event bar area and can be mixed and matched to provide just the right backdrop, whatever the scale of your celebration. Intimate and atmospheric, the elegant private dining room echoes all the intrigue and drama it must have seen in days gone by, provided today by the open theatre kitchen, where your guests will enjoy prime viewing while the chefs work away, revealing the secrets of the sumptuous dining they are about to enjoy. This gorgeous room makes a fabulous setting for private lunches and dinners and provides an elegant experience for more intimate celebrations of up to 50 friends and family. We love... One of the city’s most exclusive wellness destinations, The Spa at The Parkgate Hotel provides an escape from the world in a boutique setting filled with opportunities to relax and unwind. Immerse yourself in a range of experiences designed to release the pressures of everyday life as you unwind in the ultimate relaxation space, boasting unrivalled panoramic views of the city skyline. LLECHWEN HALL HOTEL & RESTAURANT, CF37 4HP 01443 742 050 | Llechwen, a traditional Welsh word, translates as white slate and it is thought that at some point in Llechwen Hall’s long history, the building’s roof was constructed with white slate, hence the name. Originating as a charming country house, Llechwen Hall first became a hotel in 1990, but in previous years the hall has had a variety of uses, from being a farm house to a private Welsh longhouse and even a small primary school. The luxurious country house hotel has 44 luxurious and charmingly appointed bedrooms, which offer the perfect retreat after a long day of activities. All of the rooms are en suite with shower and bath facilities and each offers views across the splendid Welsh countryside. In the restaurant, you’ll find relaxed yet charming interiors paired with a warm welcome and sumptuous food, creating an intimate experience. Celebrate in style Beautifully nestled in six acres of hilltop countryside, surrounded by magnificent panoramic views of the Welsh valleys below, Llechwen Hall is the ideal location for your dream wedding. Whether you’re looking for somewhere to celebrate with extended friends and family or something a little more intimate, Llechwen Hall has four event spaces to choose from. We love... The venue’s grounds, which look stunning in photographs. 26

Felinfoel, Llanelli, Carmarthenshire SA15 3PJ T: 01554 756 156 E: Create your bespoke fairytale wedding at Llanelli’s most popular and romantic wedding venue. We occupy a fabulous position in Llanelli, where we have been catering for wedding receptions for the past 40 years. In this time we have built up a long standing reputation in South Wales for attentive service and fabulous food. We understand that every wedding is unique and whether you are planning a small intimate wedding for close friends or large grand wedding, at the Diplomat we will specially tailor the day to your requirements and budget. Our hotel holds a civil wedding licence and offers you the convenience of having your ceremony, wedding breakfast and evening reception all under one roof. We are also the only luxury hotel within a 30 mile radius with an indoor swimming pool, full spa and gym facilities. Weddings at the Diplomat Hotel & Spa Arrange an appointment with our wedding and events team to view our beautiful hotel and wedding facilities.

MOUNT ROOMS HOTEL, CF62 7XY 01446 370 145 | Having been an established hotel for many years and being located within the heart of Barry, surrounded by lots of history, it was realised that the landmark Mount Rooms Hotel was something much desired, and the facilities of the hotel were being missed. After being empty for nearly two years and with much love and attention required, investment has been put back into the iconic hotel to create the Mount Rooms Hotel. Strategically located just seven minutes from Cardiff Airport and a fiveminute walk from Barry train station, the ethos of Mount Rooms Hotel is to offer exceptional quality throughout your stay without a hefty price tag. Celebrate in style The love you have for one another can be shared with your nearest and dearest. Whether you are seeking an intimate ceremony or a big occasion, Mount Rooms Hotel can cater for both with a choice of function suites. The larger function room has a bar and can accommodate 100 seated guests or 150 without a dancefloor. While the smaller function room has space for 40 seated friends and family. We love... All of the bedrooms have been decorated in a contemporary style, creating a budget-friendly space to spend the night. NEWBRIDGE ON USK, NP15 1LY 01633 410 252 | Newbridge on Usk is an idyllic five-star boutique hotel featuring six stylish en-suite bedrooms, each individually designed with comfort and elegance in mind. Bursting hedgerows, a bubbling river and laid-back luxury in the heart of the countryside, your guests will fall in love with the property from the moment they arrive. The newly refurbished superior and deluxe bedrooms offer everything you need for the perfect escape to the country. Each room is complete with a stylish en-suite and upgraded luxury amenities. Indulge in delicious dining with family and friends, enjoying lovingly cooked modern British cuisine featuring seasonal ingredients. All this in the loveliest setting on the banks of the River Usk. With passionate chefs at the helm of this fabulous two-AA Rosette award-winning restaurant, offering delicious modern dishes, it really is a dining delight. Celebrate in style The breathtaking views and chic country character of Newbridge on Usk offer a stunning country location for your wedding day. Set on the bank of the River Usk, the outdoor terrace is the perfect place for celebratory drinks. The charming country inn offers an idyllic setting for a relaxed celebration with family and friends. This dreamy venue accommodates between 45 and 60 guests for a wedding reception and up to 90 for the evening, with an outdoor terrace providing a spectacular backdrop for wedding photographs. We love... Couples will have exclusive use of the property for their big day. 29 HOTELS

We offer in salon wedding bookings and bespoke venue visits with our wedding specialist team. Available to book for hair & makeup. 16-18 Wyndham Arcade, Cardiff, Cf101FH | 12 Beulah Road, Rhiwbina, Cardiff, Cf146LX | 0292 0611 566

Making Sarah and James tied the knot at Penarth Pier Pavilion in front of their friends and family Images courtesy of Neil Pomeroy Sarah and James met at a bar in 2015. “I’d decided to have a spontaneous drink with one of my good friends, Jess, after work,” says Sarah. “It’s fair to say that Jess had a few too many to drink by the time we met James. I was ordering drinks and when I turned around, I saw an overly sociable Jess had started chatting with James’ friends. One of his friends pointed James out to me and asked if I was single. I’d sworn off men at that point and Jess was engaged, but we continued to chat and eventually I got talking to James. I could tell he was a very kind, interesting and intelligent soul and we got on well immediately.” James proposed in 2019 in their kitchen. “We’d discussed getting married previously, but as we’d bought a house and had our son Oscar, things took a bit longer than usual,” shares the bride. “We’d actually chosen the ring together beforehand, but it had been locked away until James had asked for my dad’s permission. It’s safe to say we’ve done things pretty backwards, but it’s worked out perfectly.” Read on to hear some of Sarah’s favourite moments from their big day... WAVES REAL WEDDINGS 31

For our wedding cake, we chose a baroque style with lots of beautiful gold decoration. We’ve both grown up visiting Penarth Pier and my grandparents were lifelong members of the Penarth Motorpoint and Sailing Club. Both of our dad’s have owned boats in Penarth and we’ve always spent a lot of time around there. We love being by the coast and wanted a venue that would be easy for most of our guests to get to. We knew Penarth Pier Pavilion had been renovated over the years, so we organised a tour with Karen, the manager. We instantly fell in love with the place. The beautiful entrance hall, bar area and side room, the main hall and the room upstairs that overlooks the whole of the pier and coast were just perfect for what we had in mind. Karen was lovely and explained everything very clearly, so we always knew we were in good hands. James and I wanted everything to have a vintage feel. For our favours, we gave our guests laser-cut navy and gold baroque boxes filled with chocolate mints and some old-fashioned sweets. We also love Baileys, so we gave each person their own miniature liquor. I wanted a car that was big enough to take my parents, the pageboys and flowergirl and their mum to the venue, so we chose a vintage-style cream and black wedding bus from iDoo Wedding Cars Ltd. I made a wedding stand for behind the ceremony table, which was later moved behind the top table. It was decorated with crystals, pearls and glass baubles that contained candles. Our centrepieces were artificial flowers chosen to match the invitations. 32

My dress was called Jin by Enzoani. I chose it because of the colour, the lace and the tiny pearls. I also wore a champagne-coloured dress in the evening from Goddiva. After leaving the house and getting half way down the road, my dad pointed out that I didn’t have my bouquet. We had to turn the wedding bus around and go back for it, making us half an hour late. It was quite funny because the neighbours had waved us off, so my dad was saying, “wrong day!” trying to be funny. James chose a dinner suit, which consisted of a navy velvet jacket, black trousers and a shirt with black buttons. We hired Los Gitanos Kings, an Andalusian band from London, to keep our guests entertained. They were amazing! They played our first dance song and all of our guests joined in. During the ceremony, my sister-in-law did a reading and my friend Hannah read a poem. It made the ceremony more personal and special for us and it was great to see our friends and family getting involved. We both felt nervous and excited, but we were so glad to finally be husband and wife after everything we’ve been through together. When we said our vows, it felt like no one else was in the room with us. REAL WEDDINGS 33

SARAH AND JAMES’ CONTACTS Venue, Penarth Pier Pavilion, | Photographer, Neil Pomeroy | Groom’s suit, Next, | Flowergirl’s dress, Sirri, | Hair stylist, Michelle Marshall Salon, Cake, Fairy Cake Counter, | Catering, Epic Caterers, | Flowers, Flower Lodge, | Transport, iDoo Wedding Cars Ltd., | Popcorn machine, K&K’S Bouncy Castle & Soft Play Hire, | Stationery, Vintage Prints, | Pianist, Eddie Gripper, | Entertainment, Los Gitanos Kings, 34

A vibrant venue in the heart of Penarth Penarth Pier Pavilion, the most romantic of venues with spectacular sea views for you and your guests to enjoy. Licensed for civil ceremonies; weddings and civil partnerships for 10 to 110 guests, the iconic Pavilion is the perfect location for your special day, with dedicated staff to ensure your wedding runs seamlessly. Our experienced team look forward to hearing from you – call today to arrange a viewing of this beautiful venue! For more information contact 01446 725236 @PenarthPavilion DIY Wedding Floristry - Create your own stunning wedding flowers on a budget 1. Pick - Simply pick one of our many floral bundles to suit your colour scheme. 2. Package - We'll send you everything you need to build your beautiful blooms. 3. Produce - We'll provide helpful 'how-to' videos to guide you through the process of producing Your floral creations. Visit or email and choose your DIY wedding flowers today! As a little gift, we’re o ering 10% o all packages booked before the end of February 2024! How? It's as easy as 1, 2, 3… At YouFloria, we know the cost of weddings quickly add up, so we’ve created a solution to help you save money, without compromising on quality or beauty. We empower you to create everything from breathtaking bridal bouquets to sensational floral arches that’ll leave your guests saying “WOW”.