Gwent Wedding Theme ideas, or Wedding Decor and Wedding Gift Ideas, based on Gwent's history, style and culture.
Link your wedding theme, wedding decor and wedding favours to the history, style and sense of place in Gwent.
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 Gwent 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 Gwent in your decor, to connect your personal history in your home town's roots, and your family's location in Gwent. You may get some ideas from the history of Gwent below, its buildings, street names, or local transport routes etc.
Interesting Facts About Gwent you may not know and could use in your wedding theme/ decor/ story:
1. The Kingdom of Gwent was a post-Roman Welsh kingdom in existence from C.5th to C.11th.
2. Gwent County was formed in 1974 and was named after the kingdom of Gwent.
3. Gwent comprised the following districts: Blaenau Gwent District, Islwyn District, Monmouth District, Newport District and Torfaen District.
4. But Gwent as a county authority ceased to exist as of April 1996, though the county name is still used as a 'preserved county', and one certainly still thinks of it as a county postally. Gwent County's population is 560,500.
5. The name Gwent is used often:
Royal Gwent Hospital
Gwent Wildlife Trust
Newport Gwent Dragons rugby team.
6. The Guardian Sculpture: Completed in 2010, 'Guardian' was commissioned to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1960 mining disaster in Six Bells. The 20 metre sculpture towers over the site of the former colliery as a tribute to the 45 men who died here. Their names are listed on panels around the memorial.
Six Bells is south of Abertillery. View the Guardian from the visitor centre at Ty Ebbw Fach - post code for sat nav NP13 2ND.
- Time from Newport in Gwent to Craig y Nos Castle Wedding Venue: 1 hour 10 minutes
Distance from Newport in Gwent to Craig y Nos Castle Wedding Reception Venue: 53 miles
Ideas for your wedding decorations and wedding theme based on the history of, facts about and facilities and attractions in Gwent.
1. Incorporate the districts of Gwent into your table names: Blaenau Gwent, Islwyn, Monmouth, , Newport, and Torfaen.
2. Incorporate the organisations for which the name Gwent is still used on your table designs or names: Gwent Police, Royal Gwent Hospital, Gwent Wildlife Trust etc.
3. Maybe feature a copy of the Guardian Sculpture and the surrounding history of the mining industry in the area, and the mining disaster the sculpture commemorates, as a separate standalone table centrepiece for wedding guests to study. This would apply particularly if you had relatives or guests who worked or lived in the area or who were connected to the mining community.
Are you looking for a local venue in or near to Gwent, 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 Gwent,
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 Gwent, 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 Gwent, 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 Gwent 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 Gwent 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 Gwent 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 en-suites for you and your wedding guests. Moreover the venue is completely free 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.