Carmarthen Wedding Theme ideas, or Wedding Decor and Wedding Gift Ideas, based on Carmarthen's history, style and culture.
Link your wedding theme, wedding decor and wedding favours to the history, style and sense of place in Carmarthen. 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 county of Carmarthenshire 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 Carmarthen in your decor, to connect your personal history in your home town's roots, and your family's location in Carmarthen. You may get some ideas from the history of Carmarthen below, its buildings, street names, or local transport routes etc.
Interesting Facts About Carmarthen you may not know and could use in your wedding theme/ decor/ story:
1. Carmarthen population: 14,648.
2. Carmarthen is the oldest town in Wales. When Camarthenshire was a Roman province, Carmarthen was the capital of the Demetae tribe, known as Moridunum ('Sea Fort'). The fort was built AD75. Carmarthen has one of only seven surviving Roman amphitheatres in the UK and one of only two in Roman Wales (the other is at Caerleon).
3. Carmarthen castle was built around 1105 but was destroyed by Llywelyn the Great in 1215. The castle was rebuilt in 1223 with a wall around the town. Carmarthen was one of the first medieval walled towns in Wales. In 1405, the town was taken and the castle was sacked by Owain Glyndŵr.
4. Franciscan Friars (also known as Grey Friars, or Friars minor) lived in the town from 1284 on a site now occupied by the Greyfriars Shopping Centre. The Friary was dissolved in 1538 and the buildings were gradually dismantled.
Other Carmarthenshire castles include: Carreg Cennen Castle, Dinefwr Castle, Drystwyn Castle, Kidwelly Castle, Laugharne Castle, Llansteffan Castle, Llandovery Castle, Newcastle Emlyn Castle
5. . Arthurian Legend has it that Merlin was born in a cave outside Carmarthen, giving the name to the nearby Merlins Hill. Legend also stated that when Merlin's Tree fell, so would the town of Carmarthen, so when the tree died, it was dug up and placed in a museum.
6. In C.16th and C.17th centuries, Carmarthen was an agricultural town and woollen producer.
7. Sir Thomas Picton from Haverfordwest was the most senior officer to die at Waterloo. The monument spire in Carmarthen is known as Picton's monument. The original Picton's monument was erected in 1828 in Picton's memory. Despite Picton's military prowess, he was also a slave merchant, slave owner and a cruel torturer. As colonial governor of Trinidad he was known as 'the beast'. At a high-profile trial in London, he was accused of forcing 13-year-old Louisa Calderon to stand on a sharpened spike while suspended from the ceiling. This unique form of torture was dubbed "Pictoning" at the trial. He was extremely harsh in the punishments he meted out to slaves in Trinidad and executions and torture were commonplace under his regime. Picton's monument could not withstand the weather and become dilapidated and was eventually replaced. The monument you can see today was built in 1847.
8. Carmarthen has its own football team, Carmarthen Town F.C., founded in 1948. They play in the Welsh Premier League.
Time from Carmarthen to Craig y Nos Castle Wedding Venue: 57 minutes
Distance from Carmarthen to Craig y Nos Castle Wedding Reception Venue: 42 miles
Ideas for your wedding decorations and wedding theme based on the history of, facts about and facilities and attractions in Carmarthen.
1. The Roman Ampitheatre may be a significant historical feature of Carmarthen to incorporate into your wedding design. More research would need to be done on this. A tie-in with Caerleon might also be an idea. This would fit in with a Roman theme to your wedding, perhaps?
2. Something could be made of the connection with Merlin, though there is some dispute as to Carmarthen’s claim to be the home of Merlin’s cave.
3. Picton’s monument is of historical interest and could be incorporated into wedding table names or designs, however despite being a celebrated war hero, Picton’s character does not bare close examination.
4. Carmarthen Castle could feature, along with other neighbouring castles, to reflect the fact you are getting married in a castle at Craig y Nos. Carmarthen Castle could be incorporated, along with part of the walled town, into your wedding cake design, perhaps, to reflect the fact that Carmarthen is one of the first walled towns.
Are you looking for a local venue in or near to Carmarthen, 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.
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 Carmarthen, 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 Carmarthen, 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 Carmarthen 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 nearer Carmarthen 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.
B&B Offers for Carmarthenshire Wedding Couples:
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 for you and your wedding guests when 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.