23 November 2017

Legendary ideas for a winter wedding in Wales

While many couples covet sunshine and blue skies to set the scene for their perfect day, there is something to be said about the magic created at a crisp and frosty winter wedding. And with more castles than anywhere else in Europe, Wales boasts the ultimate inspiration for anyone planning a fairy-tale winter wedding.

Manorbier Castle, Tenby

Manorbier beach with castle in background

Manorbier Beach, Pembrokeshire with castle in background
The crashing waves and imposing coastline of this location makes for an atmospheric fairy-tale winter wedding. Steeped in history and legendary tales, Manorbier Castle is the birthplace of the 12th-century scholar, Gerald of Wales, who called the castle as ‘the pleasantest spot in Wales’.  

Couples can say their vows in the old vaulted chapel, which is licenced for ceremonies, while the bridal party and guests can explore the keep, castle towers and a private house which is literally built in to the castle walls. Decorating the castle’s stone walls with tea lights and church candles will help transform the ancient fortress into Instagram gold. 

A little extra – Winter wedding parties get exclusive use of the castle and accompanying house for four days with accommodation for 12 people.

Soughton Hall, Flintshire 

Straying away from castles but somewhere equally as grand, Soughton Hall in Flintshire is picture perfect in every way. The Georgian country house has been a luxurious and opulent residence for guests for almost 300 years and it even boasts the status of being a former bishop’s palace. 

Today, the manor house is better known for being an exclusive wedding and event venue offering 14 individually decorated bedrooms, including the bridal suite where the happy couple can flop on a four-poster bed, soak in a free-standing bath and share incredible views of the estate’s grounds. The contemporary elegance is not limited to the bedrooms, the entire house is a lavish work of art, particularly the drawing room and South Parlour. The roaring fires in the library make it the perfect place to retreat at the end of the wedding party with a nightcap. 

A little extra – Your wedding photographer is going to love you. Top photo spots include the sweeping lime avenue driveway, 10 acres of scenic landscape and the secret garden. The latter’s now approved to hold outdoor ceremonies – maybe something only the brave should tackle during the chilliest months of the year. 

Château Rhianfa, Anglesey

Château Rhianfa, Anglesey

Château Rhianfa, Anglesey by Château Rhianfa
Moving west across North Wales, Château Rhianfa, on the captivating Menai Strait against the backdrop of the majestic snow-capped mountain tops of Snowdonia, could be the dream place to start your journey as a married couple.  If there’s one thing the French do better than romance, it’s romantic architecture and that’s exactly what’s on offer at Château Rhianfa.

The renaissance-inspired Grade-II listed Château is made for hosting intimate gatherings with a plethora of accommodation options meaning the whole wedding party can relax in cosy suites and self-catering cottages to turn the big day into a weekend. 

Couples that get married here during November through March can expect a winter wonderland themed day with silver and frosted finishing touches along with festive treats like winter Pimm’s, Christmas nibbles and a seasonal three course banquet from the Château’s award-winning kitchen. 

A little extra – Château Rhianfa offers a number of luxury hen weekend packages with dedicated party planners to help create the perfect pre-wedding soiree. Think indulgent pampering sessions, fine dining experiences, and champagne afternoon teas. 

Buckland Hall, Brecon

Buckland Hall in the snow

Buckland Hall in the snow, Brecon Beacons by Buckland Hall
Set within the magnificent Brecon Beacons National Park, Buckland Hall has the opulence of a mansion house and the inspiring history of an estate which in its infancy was owned by Daffyd Gam, Prince of Wales.

Fast forward to the present day and Buckland Hall is a flexible event venue, offering a variety of ways to use the space. The Brecon Hall comes in to its own during the winter months with dual log fires, vaulted ceilings and a sweeping staircase adorned with holly and ivy. Guests can stay for breakfast with exclusive use of 29 bedrooms, sleeping a total of 68 people, available to book. 

A little extra – Buckland Hall lays claim to being Britain’s only four star, wholly vegetarian wedding venue. They don’t serve meat or fish but create gourmet vegetarian (or vegan) cuisine using local and organic produce.  

Pencoed House Estate, Cardiff 

As one of the oldest properties in Glamorgan, Pencoed House has an impressive roster of previous residents including parliamentary members and county sheriffs. But the most epic legend associated with this 15th-century estate is that it was once home to King Arthur and Queen Guinevere and during that time it was used to hide the Black Prince’s wife for four months. 

Whether or not the prince’s original hiding place remains has been lost to the depths of time, but the property has retained a number of its original features, all of which add to the romantic feel of the dignified manor house. Couples can look forward to a cwtchy wedding in the Old Hall or a larger celebration in a heated marquee on the estate’s manicured lawns overlooking the woodland. 

A little extra – In addition to the venue, accommodation and wedding breakfast, couples also have the option of choosing a Master of Ceremonies, a personal wedding coordinator and the easy decision of attending a personalised wine tasting evening to choose wine that will best complement the wedding breakfast menu.