Time from Ammanford to Craig y Nos Castle Wedding Venue:
Distance from Ammanford to Craig y Nos Castle Wedding Reception Venue: 19 miles
Wedding ideas if you are from Ammanford:
(1) Place names for your tables could be based on the old railway station names to and from Ammanford, or on the old village names that still survive around the area.
(2) Look up more of the King Arthur tales about Ammanford and link these in with your wedding favours or wedding theme.
Reasons for choosing this wedding venue over all others near Ammanford:
Free Exclusive Use of the wedding venue offered to Brides and Grooms from Ammanford if you can invite 50 guests to stay overnight at the castle on a B&B basis (or if you have more than 125 wedding guests attending your wedding breakfast).
You can have all your guests stay under one roof for the duration of your wedding day. Party late into the night, with no worries about you or your guests getting back home to Ammanford. Craig y Nos Castle wedding venue can sleep up to 64 guests in its en-suites and family rooms and a further 20 guests in its non en-suite budget rooms.
Craig y Nos Castle is probably the only castle wedding venue where all your guests can stay with you together overnight. As the roads to Ammanford are quite windy, it is best to stay overnight and just have every wedding guest enjoy the party.
Free Exclusive Use of the venue: when 50 guests stay at an affordable B&B rate of just £75 per guest, you get the castle venue exclusive to your wedding party, completely free. You simply pay for the wedding breakfast and welcome drinks.
A unique Wedding Venue - the romance of a real Welsh Castle combined with the historic grandeur of our very own Opera House - yours for the day. We are the only castle wedding venue that has its own historic theatre in which you can get married. Our Grade One listed opera house is licensed for wedding ceremonies.
Craig y Nos Castle only accepts one wedding a day, so you and your guests from Ammanford will have the run of the whole ground floor of the castle exclusively.
All ground floor rooms for your guests:
Rather than be confined to just one room, you and your guests will make full use all four ground floor tall ceilinged reception and function rooms - see below:
Ammanford Wedding Theme ideas, or Wedding Decor and Wedding Gift Ideas, based on Ammanford's history, style and culture.
Link your wedding theme, wedding decor and wedding favours to the history, style and sense of place of Ammanford. Your wedding theme may be linked to your own past, to key moments in your relationship with each other, your favourite colours, your personal tastes, or you may incorporate elements of your home town of Ammanford into your wedding day 'story book'.
When considering wedding decor you may already have plenty of your own ideas for your wedding. Or maybe you are still looking for inspiration? Reflect the story of Ammanford in your decor, to connect your personal history in your home town's roots, and your family's location in Ammanford. You may get some ideas from the history of Ammanford below, its buildings, street names, or local transport routes etc.
Some facts about Ammanford that you may use in your wedding:
1. Ammanford is in Carmarthenshire and has a reasonably small population of 5,293 (2001 census).
2. Ammanford is named after the Amman Valley, in which it is located. It was given its name on 20/11/1880. Before then it was named after a pub, the Cross Inn, that served travellers passing through the area. Local churchmen resented the area being named after a pub, added to which there was some confusion with another pub in the county also called the Cross Inn, hence the name change to Ammanford.
3. 76% of the population of Ammanford can speak Welsh, compared to 21.8% in Wales as a whole.
4. The demand for coal in the Industrial Revolution led to the expansion of the railways, sand in 1840 Llanelli was linked to Ammanford by rail, and in turn linked Ammanford to Brynamman in 1842. The demand for coal led to an increase in population, changing the area from agricultural to a series of small towns with an influx of workers from England and English speaking areas of Wales.
5. Many tales of King Arthur in the Ammanford area abound; a lake Llynllech-Owen north west of the town is said to have been created by one of the King's knights failing to replace a slab of stone after drinking from a spring.
Are you looking for a local venue in or near to Ammanford, or a 'destination wedding venue'?
You will not have thought of this, for you won't even have realised it yet - at least, not until reading this.
You will have one deciding factor above all others when choosing your wedding venue.
Will you 'go local', choosing a wedding venue in or near to Ammanford,
or can you go further afield for a more special and unique wedding day?
Provided most of the evening guests are local, you will get lots of extras coming to the evening party. This won't happen if you choose a venue further away ('evening-only' guests won't travel far).
Or would you prefer a more intimate wedding venue, a 'destination wedding venue', where your closest friends and relatives come to your wedding, and where you invite everyone for the whole day?
When you choose a venue further afield, you'll need somewhere all your guests can stay overnight together. Craig y Nos Castle offers accommodation for up to 84 guests. You'll not want your guests traveling between two different locations (for the wedding and for B&B). It is better to have everyone stay at the wedding venue. Having your guests stay over means everyone will party with you late into the night as they have no worries about getting home.
Unlike with a local wedding, when you travel to Craig y Nos, you will not suffer the problem of some guests shooting off early to get home. This can be a problem with local weddings near Ammanford as 'local' means the wedding party dwindles around 11-12 pm, bringing about an earlier finish to the day than you want.
A destination wedding venue such as Craig y Nos Castle in the Brecon Beacons best suits a wedding where you have the same number of guests invited to the wedding breakfast as to the evening do. It will not suit weddings where you want fewer guests for the day part and more for the evening do.
Initially you will consider many different wedding venues: some local to your area, some further away. You may even search for historic buildings and castles in far flung locations.
But when you come to your short-list, you'll consider not just your own preferences, but your guests' willingness to travel to your chosen wedding venue.
You may have some guests who live some distance away from Ammanford, who will need to travel to your wedding anyway, so it won't matter to them so much where you get married. You may have more guests on your wedding invitations list who live local to you. These include your friends and neighbours and acquaintances and even work colleagues in and around Ammanford, for whom it would be more convenient to choose a local wedding venue.
When you draw up your short-list of wedding venues, you'll be asking yourself - 'local or non-local'? This is a key decision you will make, even though you may not have realised it - until now.
You'll ask yourself, do you want a local wedding venue near Ammanford where all your guests can get to easily - even though you may not find your ideal venue locally?
Inviting a smaller number of guests to your wedding breakfast can sometimes save you money as you're saving on the main meal. This allows you to invite a load more to the evening party.
The decision whether to 'go local' or to go to a more interesting, unique and very special destination will be the first one you make, when drawing up your short-list of venues to visit. Going local means you may have to compromise on the quality and type of wedding venue, but if you are willing to travel, you have no need to compromise on the venue at all.
To give you an incentive to 'sample' and see Craig y Nos Castle, we offer wedding couples a discounted B&B offer. You can stay overnight for two nights at half price and make a nice B&B break of it. You can even invite relatives to have a look too, and choose a family room if you wish.
So why not combine your hunt for a wonderful wedding venue with a relaxing B&B break somewhere new and scenic!
Craig y Nos Castle is a popular destination wedding venue for couples all over the UK. It combines the attraction of getting married in a real castle, where you can become the princess of your own fairytale castle for the day, with experiencing a historic building (yours exclusively for the day) in an area of outstanding natural beauty.
The mountain scenery of the Brecon Beacons National Park guarantees you stunning photo opportunities both inside and outside the castle. The Grade One Listed Opera House makes a fantastic setting for your wedding ceremony. You get exclusive use of the whole castle for you and your wedding guests. Moreover the venue is completely free provided you either have 50 guests staying overnight, on a B&B basis, or over 125 guests to your wedding breakfast.
At just £45 per wedding guest for your wedding breakfast and welcome drinks - with no venue hire when above 50 guests stay overnight - Craig y Nos Castle is a truly magical and unique castle wedding venue that Brides and Grooms can now readily afford.