Bridgend Wedding Theme ideas, or Wedding Decor and Wedding Gift Ideas, based on Bridgend's history, style and culture.
Link your wedding theme, wedding decor and wedding favours to the history, style and sense of place of Bridgend. 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 Bridgend 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 Bridgend in your decor, to connect your personal history in your home town's roots, and your family's location in Bridgend. You may get some ideas from the history of Bridgend below, its buildings, street names, or local transport routes etc.
Interesting Facts About Bridgend you may not know and could use in your wedding theme/ decor/ story:
1. Population 39,429. Welsh name is Pen-y-bont ar Ogwr, which in English is "Head of the Bridge on the Ogmore".
2. Newcastle Castle (on Newcastle Hill, overlooking the town centre) was built in 1106 and Ogmore Castle was built in 1116.
3. Bridgend is located at a ford on the River Ogmore, which used to be the main route between East and West Wales.
4. To the north of Bridgend, three rivers merge - River Ogmore, Llynfi River and Garw River. To the south, two rivers merge, River Ewenny and River Ogmore which both flow into the Bristol Channel.
5. In 1801, the population of Bridgend County was 6000; rising to 61,000 by 1900, it is now 139,200.
6. Bridgend was never blitzed in WW2 due to air pockets making bombing hazardous, and also possibly due to prximity of a POW camp at island farm. The biggest escape attempt by German P.O.W.s in Britain was made at Bridgend's Island Farm Camp. A large munitions factory and an underground munitions storage facility at Brackla served as an overspill of the Royal Arsenal, Woowich. Had Bridgend been bombed, the destruction of the munitions stored here could have changed the course of the war.
7. Bridgend is now a market town. In 1960 the River Ogmore burst its banks and flooded the town and with worsening weather the river overflowed on further occasions, necessitating the building of flood defences.
8. Bridgend is also the headquarters of the South Wales Police due to Bridgend's location exactly halfway between Swansea and Cardiff.
9. Bridgend grew rapidly in the 1970's, with the completion of the M4 around the town, while Ford Motor Company and Sony set up factories on the new Bridgend Industrial Estate. The 1980's saw the development of the privately owned Brackla Housing Estate - Brackla is now the largest private housing estate in Europe.
10. The McArthur Glen designer shopping centre opened in 1998 and is now a popular tourist destination. Subsequent pedestrianisation of Bridgend town centre is said to have damaged retail trade due to parking problems and lack of access. After a new bus station was built and alterations to traffic movements around the town, several fairs were introduced, increasing the number of visitors to the town up to 900,000 a year.
11. Bridgend recovered quickly from the decline of the coal industry as other forms of employment were created. Bridgend has among the highest wages of South Wales. The large industrial estates are occupied mainly by manufacturing businesses. Ford has invested over £300m in its Bridgent factory in recent years. Lidl has its headquarters in Bridgend. The service sector, particularly retail, is the main employer, employing 42,900, as against 13,100 in manufacturing/ construction.
12. Parts of the film Lawrence of Arabia were filmed on the sand dunes of Merthyr Mawr.
Time from Bridgend to Craig y Nos Castle Wedding Venue:
1 hour 2 minutes
Distance from Bridgend to Craig y Nos Castle Wedding Reception Venue: 39 miles
If you are from Bridgend, what elements of the history of the town could you incorporate into your wedding theme? I was a bit stuck for ideas compared with other towns but here are some ideas:
1. The Two Castles, Newcastle Castle and Ogmore Castle could be combined with Craig y Nos Castle to provide a castle theme to your wedding.
2. There are four rivers - River Ogmore, Llynfi River, Garw River, Ewenny River, which could give you some ideas for table settings/ table names if having a small wedding with only four tables.
3. Conceivably you could make your wedding go off with a bang by featuring models of some of the WW2 ordnance stored at the munitions factory for which Briidgend is famed, possibly use in your table decorations, or incorporate the theme into your wedding favours, though this might be better for a military style wedding and would be lost on people outside the area!
4. Look to the neighbouring village of Ogmore for inspiration.
Are you looking for a local venue in or near to Bridgend, 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 Bridgend,
or can you go further afield for a more special and unique wedding day?
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 Bridgend, 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 Bridgend, 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 Bridgend 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.
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 Bridgend 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.
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 ground floor function rooms and ceremony room for you and your wedding guests if you have over 125 guests to your wedding breakfast.
Craig y Nos Castle is a truly magical and unique castle wedding venue that Brides and Grooms can now readily afford.