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Ideas for your wedding decorations and wedding theme based on the history of, facts about and facilities and attractions in Hereford.
Hereford is such an interesting an ancient town that there is plenty of material to choose from for your very own location’s storyboard. You just need to choose which feature of Hereford fits in best with your own colour scheme and preferences.
In the 15 years we have been holding weddings at Craig y Nos Castle, for example, we have twice had an apple themed wedding. Yet given Hereford’s cider industry, this would be a most appropriate design theme.
1. If you have guests both from Wales and from England, you might feature a Medieval theme involving the old wars between England and Wales that were fought in Hereford. This might work for the evening party as a form of light entertainment.
2. The cider connection and apples could make for a very interesting wedding theme. See our own examples of weddings tables decorated with apples here.
3. One theme it would be rather unique to incorporate could be based on the Hereford breed. If your guests or relatives are from the farming community, this would be more relevant than the apple theme. Table names could be named after different breeds of cattle, or you could just stick with the Hereford theme and feature table decorations with award winning Herefords.
4. Another idea: if you have a lot of children to your wedding, you could hire a life-size model of a Hereford cow that the children can have fun ‘milking’.
5. Hereford Art Week may provide you with further inspiration for a Hereford themed wedding and for Hereford favours and venue decorations.
6. A copy or poster of the Mappa Mundi, an ancient Medieval Mapp of the world, could feature on a Hereford story board for your family, along with family photos, to provide a sense of place, along with pictures of old Hereford buildings.
7. Table Names could be named after famous places in and around Hereford: The Buttermarket, The Cider Museum, Eastnor Castle, Goodrich Castle, Hampton Court, Hereford Cathedral, Symonds Yat, The Old House, Waterworks Museum, Wye Valley Walk, the Weir etc. This would possibly apply if all your guests came from the Hereford area.
Of all the ideas above, the apple theme may be the safest, as it is tried and tested and you can see some examples of where apples have been used on wedding table decorations before.
Hereford Wedding Theme ideas, or Wedding Decor and Wedding Gift Ideas, based on Hereford's history, style and culture.
Link your wedding theme, wedding decor and wedding favours to the history, style and sense of place in Hereford.
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 Hereford 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 Hereford in your decor, to connect your personal history in your home town's roots, and your family's location in Hereford. You may get some ideas from the history of Hereford below, its buildings, street names, or local transport routes etc.
Interesting Facts About Hereford you may not know and could use in your wedding theme/ decor/ story:
1. Hereford is 16 miles from the Welsh Border. Population: 58,900.
2. The town was formally named 'Hereford" by Royal Charter from Richard 1st in 1189, and has been recognised as a City for centuries.
3. The name Hereford derives from the Anglo Saxon "here", meaning an army or formation of soldiers, and "ford", meaning a place for crossing over a stream or a river. So Hereford may be where an army forded the Wye. The Welsh name for Hereford is Henffordd, meaning "old road", in reference to the Roman road and settlement at Stretton Sugwas. It was occupied by the Saxons from the C.7th.
4. Products from Hereford include cider, beer, leather goods, poultry, and the famous Hereford breed of cattle.
5. Hereford Cathedral along with the first bridge across the Wye both date from the early 12th century.
6. Hereford Castle was once similar in size and scale to Windsor Castle and used as a base for repelling Welsh attacks. Warfare between the English and Welsh brought a great deal of business to Hereford. The Welsh under Gruffydd ap Llywelyn, King of Gwynedd and Powys, with Viking support, burnt the town to the ground in 1056.
7. It is still legal to shoot a Welshman on a Sunday in Hereford, provided it’s with a longbow and within the Cathedral close.
8. Hereford Castle was dismantled in the C.18th and the area became Castle Green.
9. Hereford also saw a lot of action in the Civil War, held by the Royalists (it supported the King) and sieged unsuccessfully by the Parliamentarians. However it was taken over by the Parliamentarians by trickery towards the end of the Civil War. Parliamentarian soldiers dressed as labourers to get in and opened the gates to let more soldiers in.
10. In 1974 Herefordshire was merged with Worcestershire to become part of the county of Hereford and Worcester.
11. Hereford makes a lot of cider. Hereford has many acres of orchards, making it cider country. Bulmers, now owned by Heineken, is a Cider producer making Woodpecker Cider, Strongbow and Bulmers Cider. Bulmer’s factory is the largest cider making factory in the world with the world’s largest vats holding 15 million gallons of cider.
12. Hereford also makes real ale. Spinning Dog Brewery make traditional beers while Wye Valley Brewery brews the very tasty Butty Bach and Hereford Pale Ale (HPA) and other real ales. Weston's Cider is another award-winning cider producer based in Hereford.
13. Hereford has recently had a boost in investment after many years of under-investment. An area of 100 acres north of the city walls is subject to a 15 year £80m regeneration, managed by Hereford Futures. Work started in 2012. The project includes rebuilding the canal basin at the end of the disused Herefordshire and Gloucestershire Canal, a supermarket, a new multiplex cinema, shops, restaurants etc.
14. A further £60m was recently spent building the new Hereford County Hospital.
15. 10,000 new homes are to be built in the Hereford area in the next ten years, and maybe one day, a bypass!
21. Hereford Cathedral built in 1079 contains the Mappa Mundi, a medieval map of the world dating from the C.13th, restored in the late C.20th.
22. Hereford Cathedral also contains the Chained Library comprising 1, 444 books and 500 manuscripts. The earliest books at the library, the Hereford Gospels, date from 1012-1056.
The library was not always situated in the Cathedral. It was moved to Lady Chapel in 1590 and in 1841 the books were removed and stored in the Vicars Choral Cloister and the cases went to the crypt. In 1897 the books were all moved again. A new two storey building was made and this was called the Dean Leigh Library, the books remained on display to the public here until 1996.
Now in the new library building within the Cathedral the books have been returned to their bookcases which have all been re- assembled in their original form, returning to their original location after a gap of 150 years.
In the 1200's books were worth as much as a house. The books were chained up up so they could not be taken from the library. They were so heavy they had to be moved around the cathedral by a large wooden book chest with a strong pole attached to the top to enable two men to carry the chest.
More interesting facts about Hereford
16. Farming is a major part of the economy in Herefordshire with the cattle market in Hereford. Hereford cattle are the oldest of all beef breeds dating back to 1742 and are known for their docile temperament. Herefords are a reddish-brown colour with white on the head, legs, tail, and underbelly. The 2001 Foot & Mouth crisis caused a decline in the cattle market, which has now been moved to outside the city centre. The new Hereford Cattle Market was opened in August 2011 and has been very successful.
17. The annual Three Choirs Festival, dating back to the C.18th, is one of the oldest music festivals in Europe. It is held in Hereford every third year; the other two years the Festival is hosted in Worcester and Gloucester.
18. Herefordshire Art Week is an annual county-wide exhibition held in September, displaying the work of local artists and there are many arts shops in Hereford.
19. The Old House, built in 1621, is a historic black and white house housing a museum about life in the Jacobean.
20. In the spring/summer the International Cider festival features a large display of named cider apples, when the apples are pressed to make Cider in the traditional way.
23. Holme Lacy House, a hotel, was built in 1500.
24. Places to visit include: The Black Mountains, The Buttermarket, The Cider Museum, Eastnor Castle, Goodrich Castle, Hampton Court - C15th Castle surrounded by 1000 acres of stunning parkland, pasture and woodlands alongside the river Lugg built by Sir Rowland Lenthall in 1427, Hereford Cider Route, Hereford Cathedral, Symonds Yat, The Old House, Waterworks Museum, Wye Valley Walk, the Weir.
25. Hereford has the oldest building in England, the Bishop's Palace, which was built in 1204.
26. Hereford was the birthplace of David Garrick, the C.18th actor who breathed life back into London theater, and Nell Gwynne, an actress who was Charles II's mistress.
27. Hereford also benefited from the fact that Saint Ethelbert (murdered in 794) was buried there. People traveled long distances to visit the shrines of saints and they spent money in Hereford.
Ethelbert was the young prince of the East Angles, who travelled to Western England (then Mercia) to marry the daughter of King Offa, only to be murdered on the orders of King Offa. He was later canonised and buried in the Cathedral, which is dedicated to Ethelbert and the Virgin Mary.
28. In the mid 13th century the friars arrived in England. The friars were like monks but instead of withdrawing from the world they went out to preach.
There were 2 denominations in Hereford: Franciscan and Dominican. Franciscan friars were called grey friars because they wore grey robes. Dominican friars were called black friars because they wore black robes.
29. The railway line reached Hereford in 1854; Hereford was the last major town to be connected by rail.
30. In medieval times Cathedral Close was the city Graveyard. It was also used for grazing for Pigs. But the Pigs dug up the human remains so the land was walled off in 1389; the loss of the grazing led to riots.
31. Herefordshire is known as the ‘University of The Great Outdoors’ due to the variety of outdoor pursuits on offer, from kayaking to climbing and mountain boarding to cycling.
Are you looking for a local venue in or near to Hereford, 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 Hereford,
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 Hereford, 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 Hereford, 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 Hereford 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 Herefordshire 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 Hereford 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 Herefordshire brides:
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.