Picking your wedding venue is probably the single most exciting part of planning your wedding. Once the buzz of excitement that surrounds your new engagement starts to settle, it starts back up all over again on your hunt for a venue.
While some couples will already know their dream venue before they get engaged, for most couples, it will mark the beginning of lots of venue visits, cost calculating, Instagram searching and Pinterest boards.
Your venue is what will shape the entire feel of your day and dictate a large part of your wedding style or theme. It’s important to find the perfect one for you!
As a wedding photographer, I am so lucky to visit so many South Wales Wedding Venues as well as some further afield. There are so many gorgeous places to get married in Wales (far too many for one blog post!) Here are some of my favourites:
St Tewdrics House
I must say, the first time I visited this venue it took my breath away! Think premium luxury, exclusively for those who want their whole venue to themselves. The 19th century Italian style villa is situated on the outskirts of Chepstow, and is really easily accessible, just minutes off the M48.
On entering the building you are greeted by a fantastic feature staircase followed by a few smaller break out rooms – perfect for mingling and drinks and, even though we don’t like to think about it too much, it does mean there is plenty of indoor space should it be raining outside. When the time comes to make your way to the ceremony and main reception room, you won’t be disappointed! The Courtyard has a light and airy feel to it and is plenty big enough to seat up to 150 guests.
The whole venue is really tastefully decorated and gives off an incredible feel – perfect for creating that epic atmosphere. It has the most gorgeous light and that’s before you even step outside. The gardens are simply stunning, you can even get married outside under the pergola surrounded by the wildflower meadow with views over the Severn estuary.
I love that the venue owners have continued to work on further improving their venue by listening to guests and constantly developing new ways to better their facilities.
I’m so excited to be photographing a few more weddings there this year and next.
View Wedding Blog: St Tewdrics House Wedding
New House Country Hotel
One of my most frequented wedding venues, it’s easy to see why the New House Country Hotel is such a popular choice! This Cardiff wedding venue ticks all the boxes. With ample onsite accommodation for all of your guests, you can relax knowing that everyone can stay at the venue all day and night.
There is a choice of ceremony and reception rooms! The Wyndham Suite has gorgeous glass doors letting in the most beautiful light while The Marquee has a really exclusive feel and the most incredible views over Cardiff. The food at the New House Hotel is amazing, really it’s lush! I’ve sampled lots of different menus here and have never been disappointed. Best of all, the venue has the most helpful, friendly staff that really go above and beyond. Every wedding I’ve attended here has been so well organised and has run seamlessly thanks to the brilliant co-ordination put on by the hotel.
The grounds are also a big feature of this hotel. There are so many different opportunities for wonderful pictures, I can’t wait to be back soon.
View Wedding Blog: New House Country Hotel Wedding