Pontardawe Wedding Theme ideas, or Wedding Decor and Wedding Gift Ideas, based on Pontardawe's history, style and culture.
Link your wedding theme, wedding decor and wedding favours to the history, style and sense of place in Pontardawe.
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 some elements of your home area within Pontardawe 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 Pontardawe in your decor, to connect your personal history in your home town's roots, and your family's location in Pontardawe. You may get some ideas from the quick history of Pontardawe below, its buildings, street names, or local transport routes etc.
Interesting Facts About Pontardawe you may not know and could use in your wedding theme/ decor/ story:
1. Edward Williams built the stone bridge at Pontardawe in 1757, and also designed the new town of Morriston. Pontardawe means Bridge on the River Tawe.
2. Ta means wide and Wy means water, and when the River flooded, it spread wide over the fields, drowning livestock, so the Tawe's name probably comes from 'wide water'.
3. Population: 5,000.
4. Best known landmark is the tall spire of St. Peter's Church. Attractions include the Swansea Canal.
5. Main industry was steel and tinplate.
6. The Pontardawe Festival of world music and dance is held in August every year.
7. Tesco at Pontardawe plans to add a first floor for a cafe - it got planning permission by promising £100,000 towards Pontardawe town centre regeneration. The out of town superstore damaged business in Pontardawe town centre.
8. Notable person from Pontardawe: Gareth Edwards, voted the greatest rugby player of all time.
9. The local golf course above Pontardawe has views of the Brecon Beacons and Bristol Channel.
10. Pontardawe is 12 miles south of Craig y Nos.
11. Nearby villages and towns: Trebanos, Craig Llangiwc, Ynysmeudwy, Alltwen, Rhos Cilybebyll, Gellinudd & Rhydyfro.
Two Wedding Theme Ideas based on Pontardawe.
1. Feature a model of the old bridge that gave the name to Pontardawe and tie it in with the principle effect of a marriage, being to link together or provide a bridge between two families.
You have various possibilities here: for example you can show the picture of the bridge at top of a photo board, with photos of the Bride (and maybe their family) one side and photos of the Groom (and their family) the other side. Or make the photo board just of the bride and groom, with a selection of photos forming a story board through their respective formative years, topped with them meeting each other 'on the bridge'.
2. Table place names based on nearby villages and towns - Trebanos, Craig Llangiwc, Ynysmeudwy, Alltwen, Rhos Cilybebyll, Gellinudd & Rhydyfro.
Time from Pontardawe to Craig y Nos Castle Wedding Venue: 21 minutes
Distance from Pontardawe to Craig y Nos Castle Wedding Reception Venue: 12 miles
Brides and Grooms lucky enough to live in Pontardawe will not have to travel far to get married at Craig y Nos Castle. Most couples getting married at the Castle have to travel some distance to get to our wedding venue. Pontardawe Brides may not realise it, but in Craig y Nos Castle they have one of Wales' premier wedding venues, to which couples will travel from all over the country, right on their doorstep.
- Discounted Exclusive Use of the venue: when 50 guests stay at an affordable B&B rate of just £75 per guest, you get the castle venue exclusive to your wedding party, for a discounted hire rate of £1,000 as against the standard wedding tariff of £3,500 to hire the castle exlcusive (or free exclusive use of all ground floor function rooms and ceremony room when you invite 125 guests to your wedding breakfast).
A unique Wedding Venue - the romance of a real Welsh Castle combined with the historic grandeur of our very own Opera House - yours for the day. We are the only castle wedding venue that has its own historic theatre in which you can get married. Our Grade One listed opera house is licensed for wedding ceremonies.
Craig y Nos Castle only accepts one wedding a day, so you and your guests from Neath will have the run of the whole ground floor of the castle exclusively.
All ground floor rooms for your guests:
Rather than be confined to just one room, you and your guests will make full use all four ground floor tall ceilinged reception and function rooms - see below:
Are you looking for a local venue in Pontardawe, 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 Pontardawe,
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 Pontardawe, 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 Pontardawe, 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 Swindon 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 wedding guests living nearer Pontardawe 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 Pontardawe 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 rooms for you and your wedding guests completely free provided you invite 125 guests or more 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.