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Your South Wales Wedding news and ideas from around the area

All the latest wedding news for couples getting married in South Wales, along with bridal fashion and beauty inspiration and honeymoon ideas.

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Norton House Hotel is an independent country house hotel

Norton House Hotel is an independent country house hotel, which has been thoroughly refurbished with weddings in mind. The property features an impressive entrance, with a round-headed arch door, elegant windows and 17 individually-designed bedrooms. Wedding photographs can be taken in the private grounds, which include a secluded lawn, original raised patio and wide stone steps.

Couples can tie the knot in the Garden Room. Decorated in a neutral style, this gorgeous space offers a stylish backdrop to any wedding, with period floor-to-ceiling windows and double doors leading out into the gardens.

Posted: 27 September 2022

Supergroup Claire Richards & Duncan James surprise couple on their wedding day

Pop royalty, Claire Richards and Duncan James, joined forces on Saturday 17th September, as the ultimate wedding band - Simply Wed - to surprise one lucky couple with a performance of poptastic floor-filling songs on their wedding day. Anna Novelli and Samuel Hold from Bournemouth were delighted when the power duo 'crashed the wedding' at the Larmer Street in Wiltshire, to surprise guests and the lucky couple with the performance of a lifetime. The couple - both Steps and Blue superfans - were overwhelmed with joy to have the newly minted wedding supergroup perform, having known all the routines to Claire and Duncan's biggest hits since childhood!

Posted: 26 September 2022

Paul Davies Photography is offering our readers an exclusive offer

Paul Davies Photography, based in Swansea, is offering every couple who books a full day wedding package and mentions Your South Wales Wedding a free pre-wedding shoot.

We spoke to Paul to find out more about his company: "I have been working in the photographic industry for more than 30 years, I shoot events, family portraits, school proms, birthdays, parties and make-overs, but my true passion is wedding photography. My aim is to tell stories through my pictures. I have developed a natural, photo-journalistic or documentary style which captures your special day with as little intrusion or fuss as possible. I believe a good wedding photographer will tell your story without taking over your day. I have photographed more than 500 weddings, and I'm a qualified member of the Society of Wedding & Portrait Photographers (LSWPP) and the British Professional Photographers Association.

Posted: 21 September 2022

Top tips on how to save money on a hen-do

Hen-dos provide a great opportunity to bring together your nearest and dearest for pre-wedding celebration and excitement. However, with many brides now opting for more exotic or expensive locations for their celebrations, the cost of a hen-do can quickly add up. Anita Naik, Savings Expert at VoucherCodes.co.uk, has some great tips on how to make savings on your upcoming hen-party: Take advantage of drinks packages – Nightclubs are synonymous with hen-dos, however entry and drinks can get pretty pricey. Venues will often offer discounts on pre-purchased drinks packages so it's worth checking what deals you can strike before getting there.

Posted: 21 September 2022

The Vale Resort is home to 143 on-site bedrooms, two championship golf courses and Wales’ largest spa

Home to 143 on-site bedrooms, two championship golf courses, an award-winning restaurant, sports facilities and Wales' largest spa is The Vale Resort. The hotel is located within 650 acres of countryside and boasts landscaped gardens, sweeping staircases, classic terraces and a light contemporary interior with large windows that offer stunning views of the grounds.

There are nine deluxe suites to choose from: The Castle Suite is ideal for large celebrations, with high ceilings, grand windows, a private bar, terrace balcony and space for 400 loved ones throughout the day.

Posted: 20 September 2022

How to wear pink when attending weddings

With Breast Cancer Awareness month approaching, Cliff Bashforth, managing director of Colour Me Beautiful, shares his top tips on how to wear pink!

"The key to wearing pink is to ensure that it doesn't wear you, says Cliff, "Cooler skin tones look amazing in cerise or hot pinks, indeed most shades from dusty rose to bright fuchsia, whilst warmer skin tones will always look their best in coral or salmon pinks. Dark hair and bright eyes - opt for the boldest, brightest hues you can find. Hot pink (cool), mango (warm). If your eyes are dark choose a deeper shade such as fuchsia (cool) or salmon pink (warm).

Posted: 20 September 2022

The Photography Show & The Video Show is open today!

Multi award-winning wedding and portrait photographer Roberto Valenzuela, marine biologist and explorer Cristina Mittermeier and renowned landscape photographer Colin Prior are among the compelling line-up of global speakers at The Photography Show & The Video Show. They will be joined by Jack Harries, Christina Ebenezer, Kaylee Greer and Chase Jarvis among others, who all will share their expertise during this unmissable four-day event showcasing photography, taking place 17th to 20th September 2022 at Birmingham's NEC venue.

Posted: 17 September 2022

The Photography Show & The Video Show launches its First Ever Wedding Album of The Year competition

The Photography Show & The Video Show is launching its first ever Wedding Album of the Year competition to celebrate the best of the best from all around the country; showcasing the talent and craft of professional photographers and album makers in the UK and championing the power of print. There's nothing like a beautifully designed and presented wedding album to immortalise a couple's special day - a permanent and tangible reminder of those happy memories and moments, to be enjoyed for years to come. Wedding Album of the Year will celebrate these memories and the photographers that captured them.

Posted: 16 September 2022

Roberto Valenzuela - Super Stage speaker at The Photography Show this weekend!

At The Photography Show this weekend, Roberto Valenzuela - a photographer, author, and educator based in Beverly Hills, CA - will discuss and demonstrate what to do to transform your photography, and photography business, from average to remarkable. Roberto will share some powerful personal stories that propelled his business into the spotlight in the US and around the world and how to turn your business into a career you can rely on. As a member of the prestigious Canon Explorers of Light group, Roberto is one of the most influential photographers in the world. He's developed his unique teaching style by following the same rigorous regimen he developed as a professional concert classical guitarist and educator before becoming a photographer - he believes that it's not talent but deliberate practice that is at the core of skill and achievement!

Posted: 16 September 2022

The best ways to save money as a wedding guest

Attending a wedding can be one of the most joyous times of the year but it can also be one of the most expensive too, from things such as gifts to drinks. The frugal team at NetVoucherCodes.co.uk have explored special ways for wedding guests to enjoy the festivities without the worry of overspending. Taking on group initiatives such as splitting the taxi costs and getting a group gift can cut wedding expenses in half. Rebecca Bobbington, online consumer expert from NetVoucherCodes.co.uk said: "We wanted to give those attending a wedding some useful tricks to make the big day less of a financial burden....

Posted: 16 September 2022

Bewitched Interior Designs is a new company in Pembrokeshire

Bewitched Interior Designs is a new company in Pembrokeshire. The owner, Marie Tate, tells us: "We are a new business just starting out, and we hope you will take the time to look at our creations as we have so much to offer. We are a family-run business that designs wreaths, decorations and much more. We can offer advice and guidance to assist you in finding your perfect interior décor to suit all occasions. We have a wide selection available, and our products are proving very popular. We are currently in the process of creating ceiling wreaths on a bed of freshly woven willow and hand-decorated with flowers and greenery of your choice. Our wreaths can also be decorated with luxurious velvet bows or on-trend hessian. Nothing is too big or small, and we aim to provide high-quality pieces."

Posted: 15 September 2022

Your big day: six tablescaping trends to look out for in 2023

Your wedding day is such a big event, and you'll want the table to really look it's best. Here, Kate Cartwright from the tableware brand Burleigh Pottery offers some tips on the trends coming up in 2023, so you can gain some inspiration for your tablescape. Your wedding is one of the most important events of your life, and so you'll naturally want everything to be as close to perfect as possible. The tablescape is no exception — your wedding table is where everyone will sit down and celebrate together at your special day, so you'll want it to look beautiful, both for the meal itself and the photos you'll keep to look back on in years to come. Here, we'll go through some new trends in wedding tablescapes for 2023, so that you can get a range of new ideas for how you might design your ideal place settings for yourself and your guests.

Posted: 14 September 2022

How to stop the heat ruining your hair and make-up

There are different products to help your hair and make-up last longer in the summer. For oily skin, you don't want layers of thick make-up, and hair spray must be a strong hold that lasts through the humidity.

We generally recommend a summer bride to have her hair up, as the locks will be pinned up and in place all day, keeping the neck cool throughout the day. If you want your hair down, a half up/ down style is ideal. Apply a volumising mousse before styling to help keep the look in place throughout the day.

Posted: 14 September 2022

Wolfscastle Country Hotel & Spa is a family-run property nestled in the village of Wolfscastle

Wolfscastle Country Hotel & Spa is a family-run property nestled in the village of Wolfscastle. This glorious Victorian vicarage has 20 en- suite bedrooms, a two AA rosette stylish restaurant, a contemporary brasserie and a boutique spa. The award-winning property offers views of the woodland landscape and the awe-inspiring Treffgarne rocks. The well-established borders change with the seasons providing a burst of colour throughout the year and the nearby Sealyham woods offer ample photograph opportunities for couples.

Posted: 13 September 2022

Planning a Hen Do? Here are 6 ways to do it on a budget

With wedding traditions dying fast, modern couples are truly setting the bar for what's possible at contemporary nuptials. What will always be popular though, is the hen/stag or ('sten' if you're joining forces) do! Although, even these have altered in their format, gone are pub and nightclub crawls till the early morning, and in are wellness breaks, pottery and classes and the much-loved British Brunch! The UK's leading bottomless brunch platform, Bottomless Brunch, has compiled a list of ways you can save costs whilst planning an unforgettable hen party.

Posted: 12 September 2022

Wedding gift list ideas from designer Emma Britton

Decorative Glass Designer Emma Britton has launched a new glassware collection, Exotic Floral, which is proving very popular amongst guests looking for wedding day gifting ideas.Exotic Floral adds a touch tropical splendour to your table featuring dahlias, red hot pokers, canna lilies and digitalis firebird. This new floral design is inspired by the geometrics and structural beauty of these flowers and is etched on to various glassware items such as high balls, tumblers, wine glasses and champagne coupes - the latter is the perfect gift set of two for newlyweds.

Posted: 9 September 2022

Make the most of dining under the stars with undiscovered Welsh glamping sites

Discover Carmarthenshire, the organisation responsible for promoting tourism to the county of Carmarthenshire has spotted a trend amongst glamping businesses opening up. More and more are becoming savvy to visitors seeking to purchase and enjoy locally produced food the region is famed for and are incorporating cook up experiences directly with their accommodation offering.

Carmarthenshire has always been known for its rural landscapes and Welsh speaking farming heritage. However, the expanding number of foodie camping and glamping sites springing up on farms has, until now, been more of a secret and are now being known as the Canvas and Cook Up Collective.

Posted: 8 September 2022

Lauren and Gaz opted for a green and gold colour scheme for their wedding at Craig Y Nos Castle

Lauren and Gaz met in the summer of 2017. "Gaz was volunteering at my cattle ranch in Wyoming," says Lauren. "We were just friends until he went to leave, and sparks began to fly. When Gaz returned to the UK, we stayed in touch and after a few days, he had already booked his flight back to the ranch. His second stay was a little more romantic, and by the end of it, I had decided to follow him over to Wales for the winter season while he got his degree."

Gaz proposed in Clyne Woods near where he grew up in Swansea on New Year's Day. "It was such a lovely spot, and it was so special that it was just us and our dog in the beautiful forest," shares the bride. "The proposal itself wasn't a surprise as we had talked about it for a long time, but it was a really special moment, and I loved the ring that he picked out."

Posted: 7 September 2022

Tall John’s Weddings is situated within acres of exquisite grounds

Tall John's Weddings is situated within acres of exquisite grounds with mature trees and breathtaking views across the valley. The gardens at Tall John's House are the brainchild of Willow Cracroft, who transformed it from an overgrown and neglected space to an amazing garden with features such as a rill, rose arbour, silver birch circle amid a splendid display of flowers, shrubs, fruits and vegetables.

There is a restored Welsh barn available for weddings which looks across the Black Mountains with an enchanting courtyard and a wooden gazebo that can be decorated with flowers and covered in Perspex if the weather is unkind. Inside are electric points, underfloor heating, insulation, hard floors and a catering area.

Posted: 6 September 2022

Top five wedding cars from Avis car hire

There's no better way to live up to the wedding excitement than making a grand entrance. With over 508K #weddingcar posts on Instagram, there are endless options for couples to be spoilt for choice when picking their dream wedding car. From vintage classics to chic campervans, Avis has analysed and rounded up the most Instagram-worthy cars for your wedding day. These top five wedding cars have also been carefully selected by celebrities to honour their big day, so they have the power to make the couples the 'talk of the town,' on their special day.

Posted: 5 September 2022

Bespoke wine label offering

Pink Diesel, from the iconic Rosé region of Provence, France, has launched a bespoke label offering to help transform the wine selection on your big day. Personalised with a beautiful illustration these bottles will create a memory that can be cherished and shared with your family and friends. This one of a kind service is designed to help couples #FuelGoodTimes with magnum bottles of expertly crafted light rosé which serve 10 generous glasses for only £32.95 per bottle, plus a £70 design fee.

Posted: 2 September 2022

CJ Wedding Fayres are the go-to events for everything for your nuptials

Looking for the perfect suppliers for your big day? CJ Wedding Fayres are the go-to events for everything and anything for your nuptials. Each show is full of tips, ideas and inspiration from companies covering bridalwear, cakes, flowers, photography, jewellery, stationery and much more.

There are more than 10 events taking place in September and October, including Celtic Manor Resort Wedding Fayre on 18th September, Shappelles Wedding Fayre on 16th October and Swansea Stadium Wedding Fayre on 23rd October.

Posted: 1 September 2022

The perfect cake flavours for a summer wedding

A flavour that is trending for summer weddings is berries. Don't be afraid to use fresh berries as decoration or in the sponge or buttercream. Make use of the variety of options available. One of our favourites is lemon raspberry with lemon curd.

Always creating headlines are the naked cakes. It's a lighter option for those who do not want a lot of buttercream. These cakes can be adorned with fresh berries and flowers or whatever the happy couple desires.

Posted: 31 August 2022

Pencoed House Estate dates back to 979AD and is nestled at the end of a tree-lined driveway

Once home to ministers of the church, the King of Glamorgan and King Arthur and Queen Guinevere, Pencoed House Estate dates back to 979AD and is nestled at the end of a tree-lined driveway. Surrounded by 36 acres of grounds, well-groomed lawns, flowers and ancient woodland, the venue is perfect for taking photographs.

The stately Old Hall is made from original stone walls and boasts a striking vaulted ceiling, wooden beams, a roaring log fire and room for 120 nearest and dearest.

Posted: 30 August 2022

Budget friendly ways to propose to your bridesmaids

Weddings are one of the costliest events in life which get more expensive year on year. Asking your besties to be your bridesmaids is undoubtedly one of the most exciting parts of the process, however, this can soon chip away at your budget when looking at personalised presents or expensive goodie bags to pop the question to them. To help save some costs, greetings card specialist thortful (thortful.com) has shared five budget-friendly, yet fun and creative ways, to ask your besties to be your bridesmaids. From having a spa day at home to custom fortune cookies, these bridesmaid proposal ideas are sure to get the reaction you want without breaking the bank.

Posted: 29 August 2022

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