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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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Wedding News: Caer Llan is a family-run venue with impressive mountain views

Caer Llan is a family-run venue with impressive mountain views

Situated in more than 25 acres of countryside, Caer Llan is a familyrun venue with impressive mountain views. This 18th-century property has an outdoor swimming pool, an original Victorian greenhouse and 16 en-suite bedrooms exclusively for wedding guests. Inside are large Chesterfield sofas and armchairs, Welsh slate floors, oak fireplaces, neutral colours and recycled-oak picture frames.

The Main Function Room has large bi-folding doors that open to reveal picturesque views of the surrounding area.

Al fresco celebrations take place in the gazebo, which can accommodate 80 loved ones for the service and 120 for the evening celebration.

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Wedding News: Wolfscastle Country Hotel & Spa is celebrating 45 years under the same ownership

Wolfscastle Country Hotel & Spa is celebrating 45 years under the same ownership

Wolfscastle Country Hotel & Spa is celebrating 45 years under the same ownership. Winner of Welsh Romantic Hotel of the Year 2019, this striking wedding venue is set in modern surroundings and offers breathtaking views over the Treffgarne Rocks.

This fabulous property is available for exclusive hire, where the team will make the big day personal to you. The hotel can accommodate civil ceremonies of up to 130 guests, wedding breakfasts for 180, and 300 for the evening celebrations.

The exquisitely manicured and peaceful gardens will provide a beautiful backdrop to your day, and couples can also stay in the luxurious and opulent bridal suite, complete with state-of-the-art technology.

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Wedding News: How much have Brits spent attending weddings this summer?

How much have Brits spent attending weddings this summer?

We all love a wedding! After two years of covid and postponed big-days, 2022 was a bumper year for nuptials with more taking place than ever! The team at Fenwick has delved into the true cost of attending weddings that aren't your own. Have you ever wondered how much the average person spends? By surveying 1,000 people, the study reveals how much Brits are spending on each wedding they attend.

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Wedding News: Morgans Hotel is a Grade II* listed boutique venue that first opened in 1902

Morgans Hotel is a Grade II* listed boutique venue that first opened in 1902

Morgans Hotel is a Grade II* listed boutique venue that first opened in 1902 as the Swansea Harbour Trust Building. Located minutes from the maritime quarter and a short drive from the Mumbles and Gower coastline, this four-star property has 42 individual bedrooms, a restaurant situated on the first floor with access via a champagne bar and a Greek statue-clad clock outside that looks wonderful in those all-important photographs.

The hotel is licenced for civil ceremonies and partnerships in the Main Function Room and the Sir Galahad Suite.

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Wedding News: Mmm cake! What your cake-cutting etiquette says about you

Mmm cake! What your cake-cutting etiquette says about you

It's fair to say that cake is a universal dessert - from birthdays, weddings and anniversaries there's no better way to celebrate an important occasion than with cake. The best part about this yummy dessert is that it can be enjoyed at any time, whether it's after lunch or dinner, or if you're feeling adventurous - maybe even for breakfast! Everyone has their favourite flavours, their go-to for any celebration and this is why this wonderful delicacy has become customary for all kinds of events. Quite simply because it tastes great and is guaranteed to hit the spot! Cake is truly the best dessert, but did you know the way you cut your cake can actually say a lot about your personality traits? The cake connoisseurs at Sponge.co.uk have revealed what your cake-cutting etiquette says about you. From the traditional slice, to using props in a weird and wonderful way – this list will be sure to keep you thinking for when you next cut into your next spongey treat.

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Wedding News: Happy feet: 5 expert tips to care for your feet at a wedding

Happy feet: 5 expert tips to care for your feet at a wedding

Whether you're a wedding guest or it's your own big day, sore feet and rubbing heels can get in the way of you having the time of your life on the dancefloor. With these five top tips from Rachel Clinkard — of family-run shoe company Charles Clinkard — you can give your feet some more TLC during wedding season. Weddings are some of the most memorable days of our lives, so it's important that we enjoy these special occasions without the distraction of sore feet or painful shoes. However, from dancing the night away to that all-important walk down the aisle, we tend to be on our feet all day. To help you stay comfortable and celebrate into the small hours, here are five of my top tips for looking after your feet at weddings.

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Wedding News: Boom Battle Bar Cardiff have introduced private karaoke pods

Boom Battle Bar Cardiff have introduced private karaoke pods

Boom Battle Bar Cardiff has introduced Private Karaoke Pods to its roster of immersive games and activities that already includes crazy golf, axe throwing and shuffleboard.

At Boom Battle Bar, the UK's first and only battle bar, the spirit of competitive play is a welcome break from the humdrum of the ordinary day, whether it's a hen or stag do, a day out with your family or a date night. The venue sports premium food and drink menus, specially curated music and an entertainment battleground filled with games that you won't want to miss.

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Wedding News: How to style your bridesmaids…

How to style your bridesmaids…

When it comes to planning your wedding the team at Colour Me Beautiful knows only too well that dressing your bridesmaids for your big day can be beset with difficulties. Here Cliff Bashforth sets out his advice on how to avoid the pit falls. It is an honour to be a bridesmaid, and often those you have asked will be as excited as you are. Shopping for bridesmaids' outfits can be a fun experience for you all, although you will need a clear idea of what you want them to look like because they will frame you in your wedding photographs. Happy bridesmaids make good photographs, so ensuring they are comfortable in what they are wearing will guarantee everyone is radiant on the day.

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Wedding News: The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama is situated in the heart of Cardiff

The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama is situated in the heart of Cardiff

The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, situated in the heart of Cardiff, is surrounded by white Portland-stone 19th-century civic buildings on one side and the grounds of the magnificent Cardiff Castle on the other. The college is made up of two buildings encompassing both historic and contemporary styles. The Anthony Hopkins centre is the original Cardiff Castle Stables and boasts a historic open-air courtyard. While, the contemporary glass-walled entrance hall and open-air terrace overlooking the Grade I listed Bute Park, creates a stunning backdrop for photographs.

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Wedding News: This is your dream wedding according to your star sign

This is your dream wedding according to your star sign

It's not always easy to decide on your wedding theme, and searches for 'wedding ideas' have seen a +23% increase in the past twelve months. To offer some inspiration, thortful.com have collated the best dream wedding ideas for each star sign! Perhaps you're a Taurus, and would love to be married in a mansion, or a Leo dreaming of a castle wedding? astrologer, Inbaal Hongiman, to reveal the dream wedding for each star sign in order to provide some inspiration for those planning their big day.

From Leos' wanting to get married in an opulent castle to Sagittarius' eloping on a beach, here are the weddings each star sign dreams of having

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Wedding News: Brangwyn Hall is hosting a wedding show on 5th February, 2023

Brangwyn Hall is hosting a wedding show on 5th February, 2023

Brangwyn Hall, an impressive wedding venue in Swansea, is hosting a wedding show on 5th February, 2023. Known for its Art Deco décor, the property was built in the 1930s and is situated within easy walking distance of Victoria Park and the spectacular sweep of Swansea Bay. The property uses striking and majestic architecture throughout, with historic British empire panels created by renowned artist Sir Frank Brangwyn on display.

Entry to the show is free and there will be a huge array of wedding suppliers including live entertainment.

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Wedding News: King Arthur Hotel is an award-winning hotel in the Gower peninsula

King Arthur Hotel is an award-winning hotel in the Gower peninsula

Located in the heart of the Welsh countryside, this award-winning hotel is a hidden gem in the spectacular Gower peninsula. This family- run hotel comprises of 18 en-suite bedrooms, a charming 18th-century Guinevere's cottage and luxury self-catering cottage apartments.

The fairylights nestled in the huge willow tree is a new stand-out feature, perfect for those after-dark photos.

Rich in history, the King Arthur Hotel's wedding venue, Avalon, has been popular since 2003. The large room boasts a high-pitched ceiling with exposed French oak beams, Welsh slate floors and arched windows overlooking the surrounding landscaped gardens.

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Wedding News: How to ensure a good night's sleep before your big day

How to ensure a good night's sleep before your big day

Anxious brides and grooms-to-be have been offered top tips on beating their wedding nerves and getting a good night's sleep ahead of their all important day. The fitted furniture experts at Online-Bedrooms.co.uk have provided their tips to those who are likely to be overcome by nerves, affecting their sleep. Among the nerve-busting tips are incorporating sleep inducing scents into your room, planning a pre-bed workout and avoiding spicy foods. Nic Shacklock, from Online-Bedrooms.co.uk said: "Pre-wedding nerves often lead to a lack of sleep ahead of what is regarded as the most important day of many people's lives.

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Wedding News: After being diagnosed with a brain tumour, this couple proclaimed their love at Gileston Manor

After being diagnosed with a brain tumour, this couple proclaimed their love at Gileston Manor

On 4 September, Owain James, a plumber and keen footballer from Caerphilly received devastating news that he had an incurable brain tumour (glioma). Owain (34) and Ellie (33) who have an 18-month-old daughter, made a promise to each other that they would do anything and everything to have as much time together as possible.

Since then, Owain has had surgery to remove half of the tumour and is currently undergoing an intensive course of radiotherapy and chemotherapy. The couple got married at Gileston Manor in the Vale of Glamorgan surrounded by family and friends.

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Wedding News: Craig Y Nos Castle is offering a wedding package for those who are serving in the NHS or Armed Forces

Craig Y Nos Castle is offering a wedding package for those who are serving in the NHS or Armed Forces

Located on the edge of the Brecon Beacons, Craig Y Nos Castle is a charming venue steeped in history and offers a multitude of bespoke wedding packages that cater to all. One of such caters specifically to those who are serving in our NHS or Armed Forces. Open to the NHS employed, serving military or emergency services personnel, not only does it offer a discounted rate, it allows you to move your wedding date if you or your partner are posted overseas, or are unable to attend for any reason connected to active service obligations.

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Wedding News: 2022 table trends from Viners

2022 table trends from Viners

As the trend for table scaping grows - a trend we love here at CWM HQ - your wedding day is the perfect time to create stunning table displays for dining in style! Whichever trend your wedding table décor follows, iconic British cutlery brand, Viners®, has cutlery in an array of styles, shapes and finishes to complete your look. Steeped in British heritage, the much-loved brand's elegant and durable cutlery is made from the finest materials, with a guarantee of excellence across all products.

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Wedding News: Gileston Manor Estate is a five-star wedding venue tucked away off the beaten track

Gileston Manor Estate is a five-star wedding venue tucked away off the beaten track

Gileston Manor Estate is a five-star wedding venue tucked away off the beaten track. Situated within nine acres of lovingly kept gardens and grounds, this Grade II* listed manor house is situated in the award- winning village of Gileston in the Vale of Glamorgan and boasts sweeping front lawns and impressive sea views. The Queen Anne property has recently been renovated and includes original panelling, mirrors and crystal chandeliers.

The estate houses the pretty church of St Giles, which is perfect for couples planning a religious ceremony.

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Wedding News: Host a green wedding with Social Impact Caterers - Social Pantry

Host a green wedding with Social Impact Caterers - Social Pantry

The positive impact wedding has emerged as a significant matrimonial trend of 2022 and Social Pantry, the female-led, London-based sustainable catering firm (a business working to become the first zero-waste catering company) is quietly revolutionising how weddings are planned and celebrated by putting sustainability at the heart of how wedding food is selected and prepared. Alex Head, CEO & Founder, Social Pantry – who herself is getting married in October – and Sarah Turner, Head Chef, Social Pantry have all the tips on how to plan a sustainable wedding menu regardless of budget. Please see below for top tips and if you're interested, we'd love to give you the opportunity to cover Alex's wedding as a case study.

At a time when climate change and monetary inflation are impacting weddings, sustainability has never been more relevant for couples wanting to be environmentally and socially responsible.

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Wedding News: Top UK wedding photographer discusses the beauty of intimate weddings

Top UK wedding photographer discusses the beauty of intimate weddings

Since falling in love with wedding photography six years ago after photographing a friend's wedding, Rebecca Searle, has gone on to photograph around 30 weddings every year. She has accumulated over 12,200 followers on her Instagram, and her talent has also been recognised by Professional Photo Magazine, naming her as one of the Top 50 British Wedding Photographers of 2022. Every wedding is beautiful, no matter big or small, but having planned her own wedding on the Amalfi Coast 8 years ago, intimate weddings hold a particularly special place in Rebecca's heart. Whether it's a huge wedding with 200 family and friends, or a super cool intimate ceremony with a handful of people, both have their own beauty and benefits".

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Wedding News: Hensol Castle has launched a new range of miniature gins

Hensol Castle has launched a new range of miniature gins

The award-winning Hensol Castle has launched a new range of miniature gins that are perfect as wedding favours. Couples wanting something a little more special can opt to have these gin miniatures personalised with their names and the date of their wedding.

Distilled in the cellars of the 400-year-old castle, couples have three gins to choose from – Hensol Castle Welsh Dry Gin, Hensol Castle Wild Strawberry & Hibiscus Gin and Hensol Castle Blood Orange Zest Gin.

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