Theatre Wedding Ceremony room licensed for wedding ceremonies - Craig y Nos Castle Weddings in Wales

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From the champagne breakfast to the ceremony itself, the speeches and tossing of the bouquet, your wedding day is saturated in moments that become memories.

A wonderful setting for your wedding ceremony only enhances the memory.


That is what Craig y Nos Castle's Opera House offers.

Wedding Ceremony Room Theatre at Craig y Nos Castle
Craig y Nos Castle Theatre bride and groom by Kevin John Photography

Our theatre wedding room is fully licensed for all weddings and civil ceremonies. Styled on Wagner’s Opera House in Bayreuth, Bavaria with decor fit for elite gatherings, the theatre is licensed for 130 guests.

Our auditorium can be tailored to your ceremony. The floor can be laid flat or more commonly is tilted (see picture) to slope down towards the stage with the stage raised.


This flexible seating arrangement allows the ceremony, and you, the happy couple, to be witnessed by all your wedding guests, enabling you to fully share your wedding ceremony with all your loved ones.

Hire on Regular Tariff is £740 (2016), but the theatre is free for your Wedding Ceremony
on our Special Wedding Package, provided you have either 50 guests staying overnight, or over 125 at your Wedding Breakfast.

Wedding Ceremony Room Theatre at Craig y Nos Castle

The Theatre is one of only 8 Grade One listed Opera Houses in the UK, one of only two in private ownership.


No other wedding venue in Wales has its own opera house where you can dazzle your audience from your very own stage!

Built by an opera singer, t
he theatre features wonderful acoustic qualities. Whether you’ve hired a Welsh Choir, a harpist, or have pre-recorded some DVD's to play your favourite songs on your own music system, you can be sure everyone in the auditorium will clearly hear you say your wedding vows and enjoy your choice of music.


The theatre has superb acoustics, so all your guests will hear you and the registrar!

The original 125 year old curtain depicts Madame Patti on a Chariot in Rossini's last Italian Opera, Semiramide.

Flanked by Corinthian columns the walls are adorned with the names of Patti's favourite composers, including Rossini, Verdi and Wagner.

Craig y Nos Castle Wedding Ceremony Room by Gareth Jones Wedding Photography

The ceremony room also features a one hundred and twenty five year old theatre curtain, decorated with Madame Patti on a chariot from Rossini’s last Italian opera, Semiramide. Perfectly portraying the character of the room, the curtain provides a unique backdrop to your wedding.

Contact us to discuss your personal requirements or call today on 01639 731167 or 01639 730725.

Wedding Couple in the Ceremony Room at Craig y Nos Castle Rachel Lambert Photography

Capacity: 150 (limit for Wedding Licence: 130)

History


Craig y Nos Castle's theatre was built by opera star Madame Adelina Patti, for private performances to European Royalty. Patti was the 'Madonna' of her day, earning £11 million a year in today's money - the highest paid opera star of her time and the most famous (yet she is little known today).


When translated into English ‘Craig Y Nos’ becomes ‘Rock of the Night’. The castle started life as a Victorian-Gothic country house, built between 1841 and 1843 by Captain Rice Davies Powell. It was converted into a 'Castle' by Adelina Patti who added numerous extensions including several turrets (to make it more castle-like), the clock tower, and her own mini opera house to practice singing in.


Overlooking the River Tawe and the picturesque Fforest Fawr, the Castle of today offers panoramic views over the Brecon Beacons National Park. Its first owner, Captain Powell and his family, lived here for several decades. His daughter, Sarah, inherited the estate in 1864 as the last remaining Powell. She lived here for 11 years with her husband, but after his death in 1875 the estate was sold to a Mr. Morgan and family.


In 1878 the castle changed hands again, this time being purchased by Spanish soprano singer, Adelina Patti. The prima donna turned Craig y Nos into her own private estate. She embarked on a major building project at the castle (spending around £11m in today's money) which saw the creation of new North and South wings, conservatory, glass covered winter gardens (latter since relocated - Patti's former winter gardens are now the 'Patti Pavilion' in Swansea), and the Adelina Patti Theatre.


The Grade I listed opera house is licensed for Wedding Ceremonies.



 
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