We continually check our competitor's prices and their Wedding Packages so you don't have to
Competitor comparison chart now being updated for the 2019 year.
Some people think it is expensive to get married at Craig y Nos Castle and are then surprised at how affordable we are. We regularly check our rates against competitors. Whilst it is not our intention to be the cheapest, our rates are generally lower than our equivalent competitors and certainly lower than other castles. You'll find many Victorian mansions and some 'castles' like ours. Then there are really grand old castles dating back pre Civil War - genuine Castles rather than Victorian copies - whose rates are higher!
You can get an immediate quote for your wedding at Craig y Nos Castle starting here.
Not all competitors are 'equivalent' venues. As a large venue we do require minimum numbers. Most venues have minimum numbers (not always shown in charts below).
Our objective is to offer Brides 'Best Value'. Our Last Minute Wedding Package rates are generally unbeatable. Some venues you will observe are charging £2,000 or even £3,000 more! Some venues now also have very high venue hire rates. Many venues do not publish rates on line. This makes you wonder if they are too pricey! About half we have to send off for rates on, as no rates are on their site.
Some competitors may have 'deals' we have not found, or introduce deals after this comparison was done. Some may have extras within their packages we have not spotted.
All Venues now seem to require you to have a 3 course wedding breakfast, welcome and wedding drinks package, and a buffet. This is something we had not seen a couple of years ago, and while we have not gone the same way yet (you can opt to have a wedding breakfast only with us) we can understand why others have.
In the chart below we have shown a comparison based on the full package for all venues. However at Craig y Nos you could shave £17 / head off, by not taking the evening buffet, and £7 per head by not taking the pudding course, thus reducing your rate per head by £24 a head. The Drinks Package you generally WILL need!
We will not have included any 'last minute deals' introduced later in the year. To verify savings, check if the other venue is offering any 'deals' in the same time frame as our own 'Deals' such as our Last Minute Weddings.
Anyone who finds any inaccuracy in the below, please email email@example.com with the corrections and I will add updates to this page.
1. BRIDAL SUITE: Many venues include a free night in the Bridal Suite. We do not unless > 60 guests are staying overnight.
2. EXCLUSIVE USE & MINIMUM NUMBERS: We offer exclusive use but not all venues will offer exclusive use or be able to. Any venue offering exclusive use will have minimum number requirements. For Couples looking for lower numbers, I've added a column showing the venue's minimum number requirements. We had a minimum of 50 for all weddings but have raised this to 70 on Saturdays / premium dates, and to 60 on Fridays.
3. SOLE OR SHARED USE: Some venues may have more than one wedding on the same day, or other guests on their premises. Venues with more than one wedding on the same day and more rooms may allow smaller weddings for their second wedding.
4. NO VENUE HIRE? We offer discounted or free exclusive use under our Packages. This will change in later years but weddings secured on current rates are locked in on those rates. Bookings made now on current tariffs will not pay any subsequently higher tariff for their wedding. When you book you lock in the tariff applicable to your wedding date as it is showing now, as far ahead as 2021.
5. MENUS: Due to different packages and differing numbers it is not always possible to compare like for like. Not least, every venue is 'individual' anyway, as are all the menus. Venues have different prices for different menu options and you cannot really compare like for like on different menus. Some have 2 or 3 choices of menu or buffet. Where there are 2 or 3 wedding menu or buffet options, we have taken the nearest equivalent menu or buffet option to our own, to make a fair comparison.
6. PACKAGE MEANS YOU TAKE ALL THREE ELEMENTS: Most venues offer a 3-course Wedding Breakfast, some more courses, some 2 course, and the Wedding Buffet & Drinks Package are both 'required'. A 'Package' will 'require' you to take the three key elements - (i) 3 course Wedding Breakfast, (ii) Drinks Package and (iii) Evening Buffet. This is perfectly reasonable and something MOST venues will require, together with minimum numbers for 'day' and 'evening'.
At Craig y Nos Castle, we prefer you to take all three elements, but currently Craig y Nos does allow a Couple wishing to cut costs to have a 2-course wedding breakfast at £50/ head, instead of the 3 course at £57/head. Also our Evening Buffet is optional, though most Couples will opt to have a buffet. You'll certainly want a Drinks Package unless you are all teetotal (known as a dry wedding), even though this too is optional with the Castle.
In most wedding packages, these three key elements are not optional. We do find most Couples will want the Drinks Package and the Evening Buffet. Many Craig y Nos Couples have just the two-course wedding breakfast (using the wedding cake for the third course). Some Couples replace the £17/ head buffet with our 12/head cheese platter to save costs.
7. EXTRAS THROWN IN: Some venues include extras such as the Bridal Suite, an anniversary stay, and some will add in the Chaircovers, Flowers, a resident Toastmaster or even a DJ. In our case our Wedding Planner functions as the Toastmaster, co-ordinating everything on the day, and helping direct guests. We include Chaircovers in the Ceremony room only. These extras will add to the costs per guest, making a like for like comparison impossible. The notes section beside each venue below explains where extras are included in the per head rate.
8. ACCOMMODATION COST: Some include full (required) accommodation use and include the cost of this within their overall venue hire fee. In such cases it is not clear what the venue hire element is without the accommodation part, though it is possible to make a rough guess at 'x' amount per bedroom based on their B&B tariff. Where function room venue hire and B&B costs are merged into one overall venue fee, a comparison like this involves some guesswork to arrive at a total cost per guest including function room hire only, stripping out the B&B costs.
8. WEEKEND AND MIDWEEK RATES & SEASONAL RATES DIFFER: There are differences between midweek and weekend weddings, high and low season, and last minute or winter weddings. We've put more than one line per venue for 'midweek', 'Friday' and 'Saturday' weddings and different Wedding Packages and any offers etc. Not all special offers are included as some are not known about at time the venue's site is checked.
9. COSTS INCREASE: Hotel & Wedding Venue running costs have increased in the last 18 months hence there has been an increase in rates. The increase year on year in some cases is high. Increases in the National Living Wage and Business Rates are substantial, so most venues now will not allow 2020 and 2021 at the same rate as 2018/19. Currently we do, so you are able to lock in a 2021 wedding at 2018/2019 rates.
10. RATES NOT PUBLISHED: Not all venues publish their rates unless you make a specific enquiry, which we will be doing for all venues with no rates on line.
11. HOW WE CALCULATED COST PER HEAD: There are two columns for cost per guest. The first, headed "Food/ Drinks / Guest" is simply the sum of the three columns before it - being the Wedding Breakfast, Evening Buffet and Drinks Package. This is the actual cost per day guest (including the day guests' evening buffet) and should be accurate. However this column can only be accurate where the venue has disclosed the costs for each element - e.g. where the costs for the Wedding Breakfast, Drinks Package and Evening Buffet are all individually itemised within the venue's literature. In a few cases these costs are not shown individually but hidden within a package total, so some assumptions may then have to be made.
The second, headed "2019 per guest", is the 'package total' divided by the 'minimum number of day guests' which means extras such as venue hire, extras for evening buffet, extras such as free bridal suite in a package, all get lumped into an overall wedding package total cost, divided by the minimum number of day guests for the respective package. This figure is a representation of what you will pay per head, based on having exactly the minimum number of guests required under that package. The more guests you have, the more the fixed cost elements such as venue hire, free bridal suite and any other extras get divided by a higher number of guests, bringing the unit per head cost down. So the '2019 per guest rate' per head is only a representation based on the minimum number. You can recalculate the rate per head based on your numbers simply by dividing the 'Full Package Total' cost by the number of day guests you plan to have at your wedding.
To summarise this point: many venues include extras. These all add to their wedding package cost. Our second cost per guest figure, "2019 per guest", is consequently not an actual cost per guest but the cost of the package as a whole divided by the minimum number of day guests required under the package. The "2019 per guest" column includes all the venue's additional elements such as venue hire, if charged by the venue, the DJ, if thrown in, the Bridal Suite, if thrown in, plus any extra evening guests where the minimum required for the evening is above the day guests minimum (you will pay for more evening buffets where the minimum evening number is higher than the minimum day number).
This is why every venue's 'wedding package total' is higher than the number of day guests times the three elements of wedding breakfast, Drinks Package, and Evening Buffet. There are various extras (specified in the notes) uniquely added by each venue to each package. This makes a like-for-like comparison difficult. Menus and food quality will be different and each venue is different in what it offers.
The additional elements, typically the Bridal Suite, sometimes a DJ, maybe the floral decorations, or more, are specified in the NOTES section. As you have to pay the 'Full Package Total', we've divided this total you pay for the package by the minimum number of day guests required, to arrive at a "2019 per guest" figure.
In a few cases you are required to book additional guest accommodation over and above the 'free' bridal suite within the wedding package and this extra B&B cost is included within the package total. Where we know you must use extra rooms within a package's cost, the B&B element for these extra rooms has been removed from the "2019 per guest" figure. In some cases the extra B&B element cost has been guesstimated (where it is an unknowable amount buried within the package total). Where it is a knowable amount based on published B&B rates, the B&B cost for extra rooms above the Bridal Suite has been removed from the wedding package total cost, before dividing the wedding package cost by the number of guests minimum. This give us the "2019 per guest" figure without the cost of the B&B rooms added in. The 'Notes' will show how this has been calculated, if and where this has been done.
|2019 Competitor Rates under construction. Rates have increased substantially since this exercise was last done in 2017. Some offer 'inclusive' packages (e.g. florist, chair covers, etc), others do not. This makes fair comparison tricky. Old chart for 2017/18 rates is retained below until 2019 chart completed.|
|Last Updated on|
|old rate 2017/18|
|Craig y Nos Castle (LMWP)||30/04/19||40.00||17.00||12.00||69.00||£0.00||69.00||3,450.00||50||74.00||50||--||Last Minute Wedding, Min 50 day guests, includes Canapes, Welsh Cakes & reduced rate on Drinks Package|
|Craig y Nos Castle (Midweek)||14/10/18||57.00||17.00||17.00||91.00||£0.00||91.00||4,550.00||50||77.00||50||--||Min 50 Guests, Mid-week wedding package|
|Craig y Nos Castle (Friday)||14/10/18||57.00||17.00||17.00||91.00||£0.00||91.00||5,460.00||60||77.00||60||--||Friday Weddings|
|Craig Y Nos Castle (Saturday)||14/10/18||57.00||17.00||17.00||91.00||£1,000||107.67||7,370.00||70||97.00||70||--||Saturday Weddings|
|1||Aberglasney Gardens, Llangathen||26/12/18||--||--||--||200.00||£1,400||--||--||Information incomplete|
|2||The Angel Inn - Abergavenney||14/10/18||---||---||---||---||---||180.00||10,800.00||60||114.60||60||Midweek Classic Package - Inc chaircovers, flowers, canapes, Bridal Suite etc|
|Angel Inn - Friday Classic||14/10/18||---||---||---||---||---||190.00||11,400.00||60||---||60||Friday Classic Package - Inc as above|
|Angel Inn - Sarturday Classic||14/10/18||---||---||---||---||---||200.00||12,000.00||60||---||60||Saturday Classic Package - Inc as above|
|Angel Inn - Elegant Package||26/12/18||---||---||---||---||---||128.00||3,200.00||25||---||25||--|
Menu and wine tasting, canapes, tea, coffee and petit fours following meal, full decoration e.g table covers, sachets, lanterns, place cards, guestbook, flowers & Bridal
|Angel Inn - Opulence Package||26/12/18||---||---||---||---||---||260.00||15,600.00||60||---||60||--||as above & upgrade on drinks / seats|
|3||Bear Hotel - Silver||16/11/18||Inc||14.00||Inc||85.00||---||85.00||4,250.00||50||---||50||Inc Bridal Suite & DJ |
|Bear Hotel - Gold package||16/11/18||Inc||18.00||Inc||100.00||---||100.00||5,000.00||50||---||50||Inc Bridal Suite, DJ, post box, Candelabras |
|Bear Hotel - Platinum||16/11/18||Inc||25.00||Inc||119.00||---||119.00||5,950.00||50||---||50||Inc Bridal, DJ, post box, Candelabras & starlight curtain |
|4||Bodysgallen Hall||16/11/18||45.00||15.00||22.00||82.00||£650.00||95.00||4,750.00||50||--||50||50||Minimum spends apply, e.g. May, June, July and August = £10,500 min spend req'd|
|5||Bryngawr House - Sun||26/12/18||---||70||100||No Prices on site Sun Min 70, 100 evening|
|Bryngawr House - Friday||26/12/18||123.60||80||100||Friday Min 80 day, 100 evening|
|Bryngawr House - Saturdays||26/12/18||---||100||120||Saturday Min 100 day, 120 evening|
Winter Jan - Mar 2019 only: Saturday
Min 90 eve, *Wed Brkfst = 2 courses
|Bryn Meadows - Honour||14/10/18||---||---||---||---||---||71.35||4,995.00||70||---||70||90||Saturdays <9 months 2 course W.Brkfst & DJ|
|Bryn Meadows - Love||26/12/18||---||---||---||85.00||£1,000||105.00||5,250.00||50||---||No data obtained on minimum numbers day and evening nor on what is included in packages nor what days / seasons packages relate to|
Bryn Meadows - Cherish
|Bryn Meadows - Eternity||26/12/18||---||---||---||70.00||1,000||90.00||4,500.00||50||---|
|7||Buckland Hall||16/11/18||59.00||16.00||15.00||90.00||5,900.00||183.33||11,300.00||60||172.00||3 day venue hire - nothing included extra|
|8||Caer Beris Manor||14/10/18||40.00||18.95||15.00||73.95||4,000.00*||93.95||4,697.50||50||163.90||*Mon-Thur Venue Hire includes 23 bedrooms with B&B for 43 guests (guess £3000 B&B?)|
Caer Beris Manor
|14/10/18||40.00||18.95||15.00||73.95||5,000.00*||113.95||5,697.50||50||--||*Fri - Sun Venue Hire includes 23 bedrooms with B&B for 43 guests (guess £3000 B&B?)|
|9||Coed Y Mwstwr Country House Hotel||14/10/18||55.95||17.95||21.95||98.85||675.00||112.35||5,617.50||50||69.20||40||Regular 2018 tariff only showing at present|
Coed Y Mwstr Hotel
|14/10/18||--||--||--||65.00||--||88.50||3,775.00||50||--||40||80||Four Seasons Wedding Packaage (rate for 2017/18 weddings) & DJ|
|10||Cawdor Hotel - Midweek||16/11/18||Inc||10.00||Inc||54.00||--||70.00||3,500.00||65||77.45||65||65||Inc Bridal suite but guests must fill the 23 remaining bedrooms - full use of rooms req.|
|Cawdor Hotel - Weekend||16/11/18||Inc||10.00||Inc||39.00||--||39.00||4,680.00||120||120||120|
|11||Celtic Manor Hotel||--||Huge brochure, but no prices!|
|12||Court Colman Manor||14/10/18||--||--||--||50.00||--||78.00||3,900.00||50||79.60||50||80||Last Minute 2019 Jan - Mar, inc DJ & Bridal|
|Court Colman Manor||14/10/18||60.00||20.00||25.00||105.00||500.00||115.00||5,750.00||50||--||Mid-range pricing selected - 3 options|
|Court Colman - Sun - Thurs||26/12/18||--||--||--||60.00||--||90.00||4,500.00||--||50||80||Inc eve buffet, presumably for 80|
|13||Cwrt Bleddyn Ramada||16/11/18||Inc||Inc||Inc||79.90||--||79.90||3,995.00||50||158.00||50||80||Inc chair covers & sash, Bridal Room & DJ|
|14||de Courceys Manor, Cardiff||20/10/18||40.00||16.95||25.00||81.95||2,650.00||134.95||6,747.50||50||--||Drinks Package & Wedding Brkfst guessed from wine and menu tariff - the service charge & ceremony hire increase cost/ head|
|15||Fairyhill by Oldwalls, Gower Ultimate wedding package (May-Sep) Fri||16/11/18||inc||15.00||20.00||133.75||500.00||133.75||10,700.00||80||--||80|
Banquet room hire and 3 courses. For all fairyhill packages it is £59 per person for extra guests in day.
(£59 per additional day guest is much lower than the rate per head for the minimum of
60 or 80 day guests, so I presume it is £59 per extra day guest for the Wedding Breakfast element).
|Fairyhill - Ultimate wedding package (May-Sept) Sat||16/11/18||inc||15.00||20.00||146.25||500.00||146.25||11,700.00||80||--||80|
|Fairyhill - Winter wedding - (Nov-Feb) Friday & Sat||16/11/18||inc||15.00||20.00||77.50||500.00||77.50||6,200.00||80||--||80|
|Fairyhill - Winter wedding - (Nov-Feb) Sun-Thurs||16/11/18||inc||15.00||20.00||86.66||500.00||86.66||5,200.0||60||--||60|
|Fairyhill - Midweek (May-Sept) Mon-Wed||16/11/18||inc||15.00||20.00||124.00||500.00||124.00||7,496.00||60||--||60|
|Fairyhill - Midweek (May-Sept) Thursdays||16/11/18||inc||15.00||20.00||135.00||500.00||135.00||8,100.00||60||--||60|
|Fairyhill - Midweek (May-Sept) Sundays||16/11/18||inc||15.00||20.00||161.60||500.00||161.60||9,700.00||60||--||60|
|Fairyhill - Mid season (March, April & Oct ) Mon-Thurs||16/11/18||inc||15.00||20.00||93.30||500.0||93.30||5,600.00||60||--||60|
|Fairyhill - Mid season (March, April & Oct ) Fridays||16/11/18||inc||15.00||20.00||96.25||500.00||96.25||7,700.00||80||--||80|
|Fairyhill - Mid season (March, April & Oct ) Saturdays||16/11/18||inc||15.00||20.00||108.75||500.00||108.75||8,700.00||80||--||80|
|Fairyhill - Mid season (March, April & Oct ) Sunday||16/11/18||inc||15.00||20.00||90.50||500.00||90.50||7,240.00||80||--||80|
|16||Fforest Weddings||14/10/18||60.00||inc||20.00*||80.00||3950.00||211.66||6,350.00||30||30||Winter Weddings (Drinks guessed £20)|
|Fforest Weddings||14/10/18||60.00||inc||20.00*||80.00||5950.00||179.66||10,750.00||60||April & Oct Weddings (Drinks guessed £20)|
Summer Weddings (Drinks guessed £20)
|17||Glen-Yr-Afon Platinum Wedding Package#|
NB we are awaiting updated data on rates for this venue as the venue has informed us these figures are inaccurate
|20/10/18||--||27.00||--||133.00||--||172.46||13,935.00||75||159.90||75||100||5 course wed brkfst inc cheese and biscuits, ice sculpture, DJ, buffet & chaircovers, 3 bedrooms, Exclusive, Menu tasing, Sorbet, Petit-fours with tea & coffee, Champagne upgrade for welcome drinks & toast, venue flowers, printed place names, 2 guest bedrooms, 1st anniversary dinner for couple, sparkling wine in bridal suite. |
Diamond Wedding Package
|20/10/18||--||25.00||--||108.00||--||151.20||11,340.00||75||75||100||Sats April-Dec, & flowers, chaircovers, 4 course Wed Brkfst inc cheese, DJ non-Exclusive, Menu tasing, Sorbet, Petit-fours with tea and coffee, venue flowers, printed place names, B&B for bride and groom. sparkling wine in bridal. evening buffet.|
Sapphire Wedding Package
|20/10/18||--||--||--||108.00||--||172.80||8,640.00||50||50||75||Sun to Fri & Jan-Mar, & flowers, chaircovers, 4 course Wed Brkfst, DJ etc as above|
Emerald Wedding Package
|20/10/18||--||--||--||86.00||--||127.80||6,390.00||50||50||75||Sun to Thu & Jan-Mar, inc 3 course Wed Brkfst, DJ|
Glen-Yr-Afon Small Intimate
Library ceremony hire, fresh flowers, 4 course wedding breakfast, menu cards and table plans, sparkling toast wine, bridal suite.
|18||Gliffaes Country House Hotel||20/10/18||55.00||?? 20||?? 25||100.00||1,500-6,000 (varies)||130.00|
|4,250.00 to 8,750.00||50||--||--|
Day only offered unless take hotel exclusive and book all 23 bedrooms for both Fri & Sat at £5,000 per night (£10k). Mmax 64 to wedding. No drinks package - free flowing to your budget (guess £20). No buffet price quoted, guess £20
|19||Glyn Clydach Hotel - Neath, Summer / Winter||16/11/18||inc||17.00||22.00||118.98||--||118.98||5,949.00||50||53.00||50||Inc chaircovers and centrepieces|
|Glyn Clydach Hotel - Midweek||16/11/18||inc||17.00||22.00||96.98||--||96.98||4,849.00||50||50|
|20||Grand Hotel Swansea||16/11/18||--||--||--||50.40||--||50.40||2,016.00||40||54.35||40||60||Inc. Centrepieces, DJ, 60 guests for evening buffet, bridal suite,10% discount for a hen party tea or tribute night, penthouse suite|
|21||King Arthur, Gower||16/11/18||68.00||18.00||21.00||107.00||395.00||115.60||8,095.00||70||95.45||70||70||Nothing included everything extra|
|22||Llangoed Hall - Cotton Package||22/10/18||--||--||--||99.00||12000*||186.50||14,920.00||80||--||50||*Exclusive use (12k summer weekends, £10k weekdays) includes 4 rooms B&B the night before the wedding and all 23 bedrooms on night of wedding & up to 50 breakfasts. I have presumed £5000 of this is B&B, leaving balance as venue hire to add to the total per guest rate|
|Llangoed Hall - Lace Package||22/10/18||--||--||--||130.00||12000||217.50||17,400.00||80||102.00||50|
|Llangoed Hall - Silk Package||22/10/18||--||--||--||160.00||12000||247.50||19,800.00||80||--||50|
|Llangoed Hall - Winter Package||22/10/18||--||--||--||90.00||7500||140.00||7,000.00||50||--||50|
|23||Llechwen Hall, Pontypridd||22/10/18||54.00||24.00||21.95||99.95||1095.00||121.85||6,092.50||50||103.85||--||Garden Marquee Monday to Thursday|
|Llechwen Hall, Pontypridd||22/10/18||54.00||24.00||21.95||99.95||1745.00||119.34||10,740.50||90||--||90||150||Garden Marquee Fri/ Sat,|
|Llechwen Hall, Pontypridd||22/10/18||54.00||24.00||21.95||99.95||1320.00||126.35||6,317.50||50||--||--||Garden Marquee Sunday|
|Llechwen Hall, Pontypridd||22/10/18||54.00||None||21.95||75.95*||890.00||93.75*||4,687.50||50||--||--||Oak Orangery Mon - Thurs, *No Eve Buffet|
|Llechwen Hall, Pontypridd||22/10/18||54.00||None||21.95||75.95*||1190.00||105.70*||4,228.00||40||--||40||Oak Beam Orangery Fri & Sat, *No Eve Buffet|
|Llechwen Hall, Pontypridd||22/10/18||--||--||--||109.00||--||109.00||5,450.00||50||--||?||Wedding Package 3 (only one with Buffet)|
|24||Liberty Stadium||300.00||49.50||No rates on line|
|25||Lyde Court, Herefordshire||22/10/18||128.50||6,425.00||50||--||50|
|Lyde Court, Herefordshire||22/10/18||149.00||7450.00||50||--||?||(Package B) 3 Course WBrkfst with Wine Package & Eve Buffet & Bridal Suite|
|26||Maes Manor, Blackwood||22/10/18||--||--||--||71.00||860.00||81.75||6,540.00||80||69.99||? 80||Classic Package, Inc Bridal & Chaircovers, floral NB: Min spend all weddings on Sats = £6,750, £160 door security charge added to £700 V Hire (V Hiire on a smaller room is £500 for up to 50 guests only,also min charge £6,750 Sats)|
|Maes Manor, Blackwood||22/10/18||--||--||--||89.00||860.00||99.75||7,980.000||80||--||?||Elegance Package, Bridal & Chaircovers, floral|
|Maes Manor, Blackwood||22/10/18||--||--||--||107.00||860.00||117.75||9,420.00||80||--||?||Supreme Package, Bridal & Chaircovers, floral|
|27||Manor Hotel, Crickhowell||22/10/18||52.00||21.15||22.85||96.00||655.00||109.10||5,455.00||50||--||£1850 for exclusive use, £630 added room hire for evening if not have buffet|
|Manor Hotel, Crickhowell||22/10/18||--||--||--||101.33||--||101.33||7,600.00||75||--||75||100||Sat Perfect Day Wedding Package, inc DJ, Bridal Suite & chaircovers|
|Manor Hotel, Crickhowell||22/10/18||--||--||--||91.93||--||91.93||6,895.00||75||--||75||100||As above, Friday Oct-Nov, Jan-Mar,|
|Manor Hotel, Crickhowell||22/10/18||--||--||--||66.58||--||66.58||3,995.00||60||--||60||60||Winter Wedding Package, Sats Jan & Feb, Min Eve Buffet = sausage or bacon rolls|
|28||Manor Park, Swansea||All Inclusive Package, 4 course WB, Chaircovers, no prices quoted on line|
|29||Margam Park, Orangery||16/11/18||52.00||16.75||inc||68.75||1,195.00||83.68||6,695.00||80||75.61||80|
|30||Marriott Hotel, Swansea||51.00||No||Inc||88.90||2019 Package not fully quoted (no buffet etc)|
|31||Mercure||22/10/18||--||--||--||--||--||75.00||3750.00||50 ?||57.50||Silk Wedding Package, ? no' guests unclear|
|32||Miskin Manor||5,000.00||99.35||70||90||Exclusive use is £5,000 & must fill all 42 bedrooms. Wedding meals prices not on line|
|33||Morgans, Swansea||prices not shown on line|
|34||Norton House Hotel|
Last Minute Weddings
Inc 10 Bedrooms (£950 worth) & DJ,
Norton House Hote
|23/10/18||69.00||20.00||Inc||89.00||--||112.50||6,500.00||40||--||40||70||Inc 21 Bedrooms (assume £2,000 worth), canapes, chaircovers, DJ|
|35||Old Post House, Cardiff|
Last Minute Weddings
|23/10/18||--||--||--||--||--||108.33||6,500.00||60||--||60||100||Whirlwind Wedding, inc DJ - in next 6 months|
Old Post House, Cardiff
- Regular Tariff
|16/11/18||42.00||14.20||15.80||72.00||2,373.00||124.73||5,613.00||45||--||45||Inc. bridal bedroom, post box, Sweet cart, DJ and dance floor|
|36||Oldwalls - Gower|
Ultimate Weddding Package
|211.95||rates not shown on line|
|Oldwalls - Mid-Week Weddings||169.95||rates not shown on line|
|Oldwalls - Winter Weddings||rates not shown on line|
|Oldwalls - Last Minute Weddings||rates not shown on line|
|Oldwalls - Mid-Season Weddings||rates not shown on line|
|37||Ocean View Windmill Mon-Weds||20/04/19||64.50||15.00||22.50||102.00||3,000.00||130.00||8,100.00||50||--|
No minimum Numbers, Venue hire includes exclusive use with accomodation for up to 32 guests (we guess B&B in cottages averages £50/guest so £1600 of V. hire estimated as being Cottages' B&B, balance/50 gives a guessed rate per head). Can opt for a marquee wedding. Free tea and coffee. £64.50 for 3 course dinner includes 4 canapes, cake cutting service, table linen, napkins, cutlery and crockery.
Ocean View Windmill - Thurs
Ocean View Windmill - Friday
Ocean View Windmill - Sat
Ocean View Windmill - Sun
|Ocean View - Midweek||136.03||rates not shown on line|
|38||Oxwich Bay Marque or Hotel - Weekend||16/11/18||69.00||18.00||18.50||105.50||375.00||109.44||10,397.00||95||84.52||95||Min 95 Fri/Sat, 75 Thur/Sun, 60 Mon-Weds. Marquee or Hotel for reception, Chestnut room for ceremony £375. Inc. chair covers and bows, & led mood lighting|
|Oxwich Bay - Weekday||16/11/18||69.00||18.00||18.50||105.50||375.00||110.50||8,287.50||75||--||75|
|39||Pencoed House||181.22||Using External Catering|
|40||Peterstone Court||16/11/18||59.50||23.00||23.10||105.60||820.00||116.53||8,740.00||75||146.25||75||100||White chair covers & sashes, Dance floor|
|41||Porthmawr Country House, Crickhowell||20/04/19||30.00||6.50||11.00||47.50||4,300.00||98.09||8,338.00||85||--||--||No Min guest numbers teas & coffees with evening reception; main cost is in the hire fee|
St Tewdrics Mon - Weds (Jan-March &Nov)
Additional day guests at £75pp & eve guests £15pp. Lower numbers require a "special Quote". Exclusive use, bridal suite on night of wedding, welcome drinks, 3 course meal by caterer, 2 bottles of wine per table of ten, toast drinks, evening food for 100 guests, DJ, Pa systems, cake stand and cake knife. Venue hire seems high and varies according to season and time of week.
St Tewdrics Mon - Weds (April-Oct & Dec)
St Tewdrics - Thursday
(April - Oct & Dec)
St Tewdrics Friday & Sunday (Jan-March & Nov)
St Tewdrics Friday & Sunday (April - Oct & Dec)
St Tewdrics - Saturday (Jan - March & Nov)
St Tewdrics - Saturday (April - Oct & Dec)
|43||Sketty Hall Swansea||20/04/19||50.00||9.95||4.00||63.95||350.00||95.92||5,755.00||60||77.90||60||90||Bespoke package|
|Sketty Hall Wedding Package||20/04/19||--||--||--||59.00||?||87.50||5,250.00||60||--||60||90||Package rate £5250 / 60 = greater than £59 so extra services must add cost to package|
|44||St. Mellons Hotel - Cardiff ||20/04/19||--||--||--||94.00||100.00||7,500.00||60||74.76||60||80|
Package includes accomodation for up to 20 guests, (Guessed value = £1500 within the £7500 package price) 4 choices of welcome drinks, venue hire exclusive, Bride and Groom Dinner Tasting, 11 choice buffet, resident DJ 8-12pm, Sundays only
|45||Stradey Park Hotel - Llanelli||65.00||Mwk:£55|
|46||The Vale Resort - 'all wrapped up' offer||20/04/19||--||--||--||69.00||500.00||81.50||3,260.00||40||--||40||40|
For 40 guests. Exclusive use, coffee & mints, 3 bottles wine /table, B&B for Couple, 1 months membership health club, round of golf for groom & 3 friends, red carpet arrival.
|The Vale Resort - 'Picture Perfect' package||20/04/19||--||--||--||85.00||500.00||97.50||3,900.00||40||95.00||40||40|
Champagne & canapes for arrival, 5 bottles of wine /table, chair covers & bows
Min numbers = Fri & Sat - No min mid week
Package total assumed on 80 min No's
Hire of venue only - must source external caterers, No minimum - Max 100
£1,000 Ceremony and £900 for Reception
|49||Ty Newydd Fri/Saturday||10/12/18||43.00||16.00||8.00||67.00||590.00||74.00||5,950.00||80||57.70||80||100|
Price per head for bfast, 2 drinks and buffet is £67pp but package is £5,950 for 80 guests so assumed hire of venue = £590.00. Inc DJ & Bridal Suite. No actual drinks package
Ty Newydd weekday
Additional 10% sundays - Inc DJ and Bridal. Price per head for bfast 1 drink and buffet is £65pp but package is £4750 for 50 guests so assume balance £1500.00 = hire of venue
Ty Newydd Dec- March
£68pp all incl offer for bfast, glasses of wine not full drinks package, & buffet. Extra evening guest £18. No minimum
|51||Waterfront Museum Swansea||20/04/19||49.20||27.00||--||76.20||600.00||88.20||4,410.00||50||100.00||--||--|
50% discount off ceremony hire if book your reception. Package based 50 guests. No min guest requirement, max of 250.
|Castle Wedding Venues||Updated||WBrkfst||Eve B||Drinks||/Guest||Venue H||T/Guest||Package||No's||2017/18||MinD||MinE||Notes|
dry hire venue only, you to supply your own external catering. Can add wine for tables @ £22.50 /bottle. Use of great hall, kitchen, bar staff, tables, chairs & easel
Hire only, Used for Ceremonies, wedding breakfast and evening reception.
Capacity 100 guests: Undercroft £300-£400, Banqueting Hall £500-£625, Library & Drawing Room £500-625.
Or for evenings only, Interpretation room max 150 guests @ £375-£500
|54||Cardigan Castle - Gold||18/01/19||--||--||--||??||--||??||7,800.00||40||40|
Includes all accom - No set price for buffet or wedding breakfast as bespoke menu to suit taste & budget. The prices per head starts from £30pp
|Cardigan Castle - Silver||18/01/19||--||--||--||??||--||??||5,000.00||40||40|
|55||Castell Coch||20/04/19||£660.00 (Mon-Fri) |
(Sat & Sun)
Hire only. Used for Ceremonies, wedding breakfast & drinks reception. Max 30 guests. Only available for a civil ceremony. No facilities for a function. For health & safety reasons the maximum of 30 guests must include the two registrars, bride & groom, the photographer and any musicians present.
Castle of Brecon Hotel
Oddly, Seems to have reduced rates!
|57||Fonmon Castle - Sats||10/12/18||--||--||--||--||3,500.00||--|
Venue hire only.
Offers: Marquee wedding offer for Summer 2019 up to 50% off.
All Couples must use external caterers and must provide their own wine with a £5pp corkage.
|Fonmon Castle - Fridays||08/12/18||--||--||--||--||3,000.00||--|
|Fonmon Castle - Sun-Thurs||08/12/18||--||--||--||--||2,550.00||--|
Fonmon - Sats Apr, Oct, Dec
Fonmon - Fris Apr, Oct, Dec
Fon: Sun-Thurs Apr, Oct, Dec
Fonmon - Nov, Feb, Mar
Fonmon - Nov, Feb, Mar
Fon: Sun-Thur, Nov, Feb, Mar
|58||Hensol Castle Mon-Thur||18/01/19||45.95||18.00||22.00||85.95||1,000.00||102.62||6,157.00||60||--||60||100|
Drinks package and buffet compulsaory
|Hensol Castle - Fri - Sun||18/01/19||45.95||18.00||22.00||85.95||3,000.00||123.45||9,876.00||80||--||80||100|
Drinks package and buffet compulsaory
No 'Offers' noticed *use outside caterers
30 Guests Max 2/3 night minimum requirement - Includes 6 double rooms (assume £600 for B&B/ night, £1200 2 nts?)
|61||St Donats Castle||08/12/18||44.95||18.95||21.95||85.85||--||85.85||7726.50||90||152.65||90||150|
Min numbers = for Fri/Sat - No min mid week
The comparison below is based on 50 guests in most cases but not all.
Savings under our Last Minute, Midweek and Weekend Special Wedding Packages against the competitors' published 2017/18 tariff were accurate as of 29/08/2017 for the 2018 year. A 'per guest rate' is also shown for each venue, based on 50 guests. In 2019 more venues are showing higher minimum numbers so where minimum numbers are higher (or lower) than 50, we show cost for the minimum number.
Meanwhile our rates are the same for each year. This is unique to Craig y Nos Castle as most venues show higher rates for each year. We increase rates annually, to keep up with inflation and rising costs, but prices remain the same rate for each forward year, until they are increased. You lock-in the rate currently showing, however far forward your wedding date, upon booking your wedding, regardless of subsequent increases for later bookers.
For simplicity, we make it our policy to offer the same per head rate for the wedding breakfast and all extras, for all weddings, for all years. All bookings made now are 'locked in' on the rate shown. This means you pay the same rate for extra guests added later, even if rates are increased subsequently for later bookers.
This means you can - right now - book a 2019 or 2020 or 2021 wedding at Craig y Nos Castle at current rates.
The Old Comparison Chart for 2017/18 is shown below - but see the first chart for the updated information.
|Competitor venues showing 2017/18 rates|
Craig y Nos showing 2018/19 rates
|Total for |
|Offers we found for Last Minute deals, Fridays, Weekdays etc|
Competitor venue rates not updated in since Dec 2017
|Craig y Nos Castle (LMWP)||£2250.00||£850.00||£250.00||£0.00||£0.00||£3350.00||£67.00||Last Minute Wedding Package (Min 60 Fridays, Min 50 Weekdays)|
|Craig y Nos Castle (Midweek)||£2500.00||£850.00||£250.00||£0.00||£0.00||£3600.00||£72.00||Min 50 Guests, Mid-week wedding package|
|Craig y Nos Castle (Friday)||£2500.00||£850.00||£250.00||£0.00||£0.00||£3600.00||£72.00||Min 60 Guests, Friday Weddings|
|Craig Y Nos Castle (Saturday)||£2500.00||£850.00||£250.00||£1000.00||£0.00||£4600.00||£92.00*||Min 80 Guests (*reduces to £72/guest>50) , Saturday Weddings|
|The Angel Inn - Abergavenney||£2,700.00||£1200.00||£250.00||£1200.00||£380.00||£5730.00||£114.60||£84.00 Mwk|
|Bryngawr House||£6180.00||INCL||INCL||INCL||INCL||£6180.00||£123.60||Min 100 guests, canapes, 3 drinks per person plus Bridal Suite|
|Bryn Meadows||£2500.00||INCL||INCL||£400.00||£600.00||£3500.00||£70.00||Reduces to £60pp midweek|
|Buckland Hall||£2850.00||INCL||INCL||INCL||£5750.00||£8600.00||£172.00||Min 60 guests, 4 course plus canapes|
Hire reduces to £3750 midweek
|Caer Beris Manor||£2000.00||£948.00||£248||£5000||INCL||£8195.00||£163.90||Winter Reductions £143.90 pp|
|Coed Y Mwstr Hotel||£2297.50||£898.00||£265.00||INCL||INCL||£3460.00||£69.20|
|Cawdor Hotel||£3125.00||INCL||£247.50||INCL||£500.00||£3872.50||£77.45||Min 95/60 Midweek|
|Court Colman Manor||£2250.00||£1000.00||£330.00||£400||INCL||£3980.00||£79.60||Bridal Suite Included|
Min 75 Guests
No 'Offers' noticed
|Glen-Yr-Afon||£7995.00||INCL||INCL||INCL||INCL||£7995.00||£159.90||No 'Offers' noticed|
|Glyn Clydach Hotel - Neath||£2350.00||INCL||INCL||INCL||£300.00||£2650.00||£53.00||No 'Offers' noticed|
|Grand Hotel Swansea||£2520.00||INCL||£197.50||INCL||INCL||£2717.50||£54.35|
No 'Offers' noticed
|King Arthur||£3200.00||£975.00||£247.50||INCL||£350.00||£4772.50||£95.45||Min 70 guests - Midweek £85.90|
|Llangoed Hall||£3500.00||£450.00||£500.00||INCL||£650.00||£5100.00||£102.00||No 'Offers' noticed|
|Liberty Stadium||£1325.00||£600.00||£250.00||INCL||£300.00||£2475.00||£49.50||No 'Offers' noticed|
|Maes Manor||£3450.00||INCL||INCL||INCL||INCL||£3450.00||£69.99||Bridal Suite Incl|
|Margam Park||£2395.50||£950.00||£435.00||INCL||INCL||£3780.50||£75.61||No 'Offers' noticed|
|Marriott Hotel - See Note (1)||£4195.00||INCL||INCL||INCL||£250.00||£4445.00||£88.90||Lots of freebies included|
|Miskin Manor||£2650.00||£600.00||£297.50||£680.00||£740.00||£4967.50||£99.35||No 'Offers' noticed|
|Norton House Hotel||£1875.00||£650.00||£305.00||INCL||£275.00||£3105.00||£62.10|
No 'Offers' noticed
|Oldwalls - Gower||£2450.00||£497.50||£250.00||£7400.00||INCL||£10597.50||£211.95||Min 80, Fireworks - Lots of Freebies - Bridal Suite - Complete Exclusivity - Midweek £169.95 - Winter Discounts|
|Ocean View Windmill||£8801.50||INCL||INCL||INCL||INCL||£8801.50||£176.03||Midweek £136.03|
|Oxwich Bay Marque or Hotel||£3200.00||£800.00||£276.00||INCL||INCL||£4276.00||£84.52||Min 95 - Bridal Suite Free|
|Pencoed House||£4162.50||£700.00||£248.50||INCL||£3950.00||£9061.00||£181.22||Using External Catering|
|Peterstone Court||£5200.00||£1050.00||£312.50||£750.00||INCL||£7312.50||£146.25||60 Min Day/100 Min Eve Midweek £100pp|
|Sketty Hall Swansea||£2250.00||£747.50||£247.50||£350.00||£300.00||£3895.00||£77.90||No 'Offers' noticed|
|St. Mellons Hotel - Cardiff (2)||£3738.00||INCL||INCL||INCL||INCL||£3738.00||£74.76||Free Bridal Suite additional guests £49.95 - Rates at 2015 rates|
|Stradey Park Hotel - Llanelli||£3250.00||INCL||INCL||INCL||INCL||£3250.00||£65.00||Mwk:£55|
|The Vale Resort||£4250.00||INCL||INCL||£500.00||INCL||£4750.00||£95.00||No 'Offers' noticed|
|Towers Hotel||£6750.00||INCL||INCL||INCL||INCL||£6750.00||£135.00||3 drinks pp inc - Midweek £90pp|
|Ty Neweydd Country Hall (3)||£1750.00||£900.00||£235.00||INCL||INCL||£2885.00||£57.70|
|Waterfront Museum Swansea||£1925.00||£1250.00||£225.00||£1000.00||£600.00||£5000.00||£100.00|
No 'Offers' noticed
|Castle Wedding Venues|
Castle of Brecon Hotel
No 'Offers' noticed
No 'Offers' noticed *Catering not provided - use outside caterers
38 Guests Max *Catering not provided - use outside caterers
|St Donats Castle||£2137.50||£497.50||£247.50||INCL||£4750.00||£7632.50||£152.65||£137.65 Mwk|