|Weddings for up to 30 guests still permitted in Wales - Bookings now being accepted for our Intimate Wedding Package|
25/09/2020, 12:01 hrs
We have been advised directly by the Powys Registry office, that Mark Drakeford First Minister for Wales, has confirmed that he is not changing the size of weddings in Wales and they are to remain at 30 people. The Welsh Government will be closely monitoring the situation with weddings on a monthly basis.
Craig Y Nos Castle
Wedding Availability 2021
❤️ IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT ❤️
23/09/2020 10:32. Ever changing limits on who can meet, how many can attend events, social distancing and numerous restrictions make a large wedding event and 'party' not possible under current guidance. You can for now still book our smaller Intimate Wedding Package (min 25 guests) for 2020/ early 2021, as the limit in Wales is still 30 guests. England reduced to 15 yesterday but Wales still allows up to 30 guests! There are a great many restrictions on what is allowed, including closure of bar at 10pm (though you can still remain in public rooms in the hotel after 10 pm), no evening dancing & party etc, table service for drinks, wearing of face masks etc. Boris Johnsons says these and probably further restrictions will last for 6 months (in England), which takes us to end of March 2021, but Wales may diverge and continue to allow higher numbers at weddings compared to England.
We offer free postponement or a switch to a Ceremony Only wedding if needed - you then have the main event later. We will now be advising all weddings booked up to 31st March 2021 to pencil in forward dates, with a view to moving their date forward, ahead of this newly announced ‘6 months winter restrictions’ period.
New bookings for wedding packages aside from the Intimate Wedding Package will not now be accepted for dates before 1st August 2021. This is to avoid the risk of further postponements. If you are interested in a smaller wedding for 25 or so guests, we are now accepting bookings for our Intimate Wedding Package but suggest these be made at short notice to reduce the risk of future changes in the numbers permitted (which are reviewed monthly) affecting your plans.
You can see a slideshow of our first COVID-compliant 30 guests limit wedding (October 2020) here.
New weddings for our larger wedding packages may be booked from 1st August 2021 onwards, in expectation of a return to normality by mid-2021 but larger weddings should now look to 2022. Any large wedding requires more certainty in their planning so much above 60 guests, you should now only consider booking into summer 2022 and 2023.
As the situation with the National and Local News is constantly changing, see our bang up to date contractual and procedural analysis by our Business Systems and Procedures Manager Michael Ludwig - on our main Castle Website here.
See Coronavirus Advice for Weddings here
In line with the Coronavirus Policy page on date transfers, Most 2020 weddings have transferred into new dates. 'Pencilled in' transfer dates are show in yellow with red font. New bookings pending signing of wedding contract are yellow shaded with black font. Some late 2020/ early 2021 weddings have two dates - their original date and a future pencilled in reserve date in case they need to move.
Yellow shaded dates with red fonts may become available again for new wedding clients, IF these pencilled in dates are released - i.e. the original wedding date can go ahead.
24/03/20: Following the Prime Minister's statement on 23/03/20 the Castle is now closed other than for security, key management personnel and live-in maintenance staff. So there is no one to receive incoming calls. The majority of reception, front of house, wedding planning staff are now furloughed. Please can everyone email us rather than phone us. Or use the Chat Service on the website. Wedding Planners working still from home can still take incoming emails and answer queries on our chat service but cannot take phone calls. Viewings resumed on 2nd August - please complete a viewing enquiry to book a viewing. Kindly note Nicola and Emily are working from home other than for viewings, so if you are unable to attend your viewing time, please let us know to save someone making a special trip in to meet you.
Check your wedding date is available, then Book Your Viewing Appointment.
- As of 23/09/2020, Months shaded yellow can for time being accept new wedding bookings for the Intimate Wedding Package ONLY
- Months shaded Green now qualify for our Last Minute Wedding Package for 50 guests minimum. Existing clients book their transferred dates on their existing contract terms and pricing.
- Months shaded Light Green qualify for Last Minute Weddings with a higher Minimum of 80 Day & Min 80 Eve - read more.
- Bank Holidays, New Years Eve, Christmas Eve, Valentines Day etc only qualify for the Saturday Wedding Package.
2021Day of week
Weddings in 2021 at 2018/19 rates
Colour shaded dates are booked - see colour table for type of wedding. Any unshaded date is still available to book.
Coronavirus has resulted in many 2020 weddings skipping a year into 2021 in accordance with our Coronavirus Policy here.
Yellow shaded dates with black font are 'new weddings' that have reserved but not yet booked. Dates with red font and yellow shading are 'pencilled in' transfer dates for our existing 2020 wedding clients who have reserved a 2021 date ahead of officially moving their date. These will be released again if their original 2020 date can go ahead.
All 'moved' weddings revert to their normal colour according to the type of wedding package booked, once the date transfer is officially confirmed. See wedding colour codes here.
30/03/2020 12:56: At the outset of the Coronavirus Lockdown, I said to a supplier: "Look after your customers and your customers will look after you." Whatever happens in the next few months, we will do everything we can to look after our customers.
This may mean Ceremony Only Weddings in the theatre for a few months on your original 2020 date (offered free of charge if we are able to partially open, but without food or drinks etc).
It may be that 'social distancing' rules continue to prevent large social gatherings even after the initial period of full quarantine is lifted.
Large social gatherings may be disallowed, through many months of 2020.
If so we will continue to offer free postponement of your full wedding event until a time when you can get all your guests together again (whenever that may be).
Free Ceremony Only weddings will allow you to get married on your original wedding date. You would then use a Celebrant on your subsequent postponed main event date (see Coronavirus Page for Celebrant details) for your full postponed wedding ceremony and reception in 2021.
Below is an example of what we tried to do, and will continue to offer, when we are allowed to offer weddings again.
Hi there, just wanted to let you know I wrote this post on my timeline. Thank you so much for everything! Lauren
"In times of adversity there’s a polarizing effect that it has on humanity. It tends to make people either more gracious or more selfish according to their nature. I wanted to share an experience I had with the former, as we can all use more positivity in this day and age. I was due to be married on April 4th at Craig Y Nos Castle in Wales with 40 guests traveling from abroad and 60 from the UK. A few weeks ago as the dangers of travel were becoming more apparent we made the call to postpone. I called Nicola, one of the wedding planners at the castle and she was incredibly accommodating. Bear in mind this was before any actual restrictions or government advisories beyond “wash your hands”. They were willing to move everything to another date without any charge, offering nothing but kind words and support. They were also willing to let us use the theatre for free to get married on the 4th in a tiny 6 person wedding so we can get the immigration process started as my fiancé is from the UK and I’m from the US. As time went on and things escalated it became clear that I was going to have to go back to the US sooner rather than later or I might end up stranded in the UK with no way to help my parents on our family ranch in the US. I called Nicola again on Friday the 20th of March asking if we could try to move up the date. She said absolutely! We will do everything in our power to help you guys get married, and that’s exactly what she did. I was unable to get in touch with the registrar that Friday, so Nicola managed to contact the registrar on a Saturday and they set something up for the coming Tuesday. Nicola offered to set up a beautiful picnic area in the garden as they were no longer able to serve food due to government mandate, so I could just bring the food and it would all be decorated and romantic. I got a new dress and we were all set to go until the night before the wedding, the UK went into total lockdown and all weddings were cancelled, even small ones. While this may not be much of a happy ending to the story, the kindness and support showed my fiancé and I by Nicola and the rest of the staff at Craig Y Nos have been such an enormous help in dealing with the emotions of having to postpone and having to leave the UK without knowing when my fiancé would be able to join me. If anyone is looking for a new location to get married, I cannot express how much I recommend Craig Y Nos Castle. Beyond having an amazingly beautiful facility with phenomenal food and fantastic history, their staff are the absolute best in the business with the biggest hearts as well! Not all heroes wear capes, some work at Craig Y Nos!"
Also, a welsh wedding magazine expressed interest in the story, would that be ok with you guys?
The Official Craig y Nos Castle
Hi Lauren, such kind words - i am sure Nicola will be happy to read these. Not sure where you are now, assuming in America and hope that you are well, safe and have enough food to get by. Your comments are amazing and iwould love to share these..... Of course, and finally, i know that Nicola cant wait to actually run your wedding eventually. With love Michael x
2 night breaks deal
Two Night Breaks on Last Minute / Winter Weddings: A Friday wedding offers great value and means your guests can stay overnight on the Thursday on our midweek discount tariff, a great value two day break for your guests.
Provided there is low B&B use by a Last Minute / Winter Wedding on a Friday there'll be acommodation available for a Saturday wedding's guests to stay over on the Friday too, subject to availability. Last Minute weddings (showing in pink) are often smaller weddings, so two night breaks can be booked by guests of most winter weddings.
To book a viewing of Craig y Nos Castle please use the quick-form below
Should you not be able to visit the castle in person, we are now offering 'remote viewing' via Skype or What's App. You can mark this preference on the form below. We cannot offer this service, or any viewings, during weddings. Please check viewing times availability on the link above first to avoid wedding times and other viewings.
|None||No event booked||Available||Date unbooked and available |
|Reserve||VIP / Reserved|
|'Reservation fee' paid|
|SWP||Special Wedding||Exclusive||Ensuites only for wedding guests|
|Weekend Excusive Deal||Exclusive|
|UWP||Ultimate Wedding||Exclusive||As fewer rooms are reserved for wedding guests on these wedding packages, some B&B may remain available for non-wedding guests. However evening meals & bar may not be available for non-wedding guests (depends on which rooms in use by wedding)|
|LMWP||Last Minute Weddings||Cons/ Nici|
|AFESWP||Armed Forces Wedding||Exclusive|
|MWP/WWP||Midweek Weddings||Cons/ Nici|
|IWP||Intimate Wedding Package||Cons/ Nici|
|GW||External Site Offers||Exclusive|
|BRT||Bespoke Weddings||Part Booked|
|COW||Ceremony Only Wedding||Available||One room for ceremony only|
|SWEEP||Evening Entertainment||Function Rm|
B&B available; no access to bar/ restaurant for non event guests
|PROM||Students Prom||Function Rm|
|G.H.O.S.T||Castle run Ghost Tour||Available|
B&B will be open to non event guests & Eve Meals served. On the grey shaded dates we are only able to offer weddings with no or very low B&B use.
|Wed Fair||Wed Fair / Open Day||Available|
|Events||Conferences, Luncheons Group Ghost Tours, teas||Partly Booked|
Our Wedding Packages
|Sunday & Midweek|
Weddings (50 Min)
|Large Local Weddings|
Tea/Buffet (40 Min)
|Small Intimate Weddings|
(75 or 100 Min)
|Last Minute/ Wiinter|
|Wedding Packages Tariff||Cost per head calculator|
|Savings you make|
on the packages
|Wedding Package Selector|
Function and Dining Rooms
|Ceremony Room||Banqueting room|
|Evening Room||Nicolini Lounge|