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Craig y Nos Castle Wedding Venue Swansea Conservatory Wedding Breakfast head table with pink colours
Craig y Nos Castle Wedding Venue Swansea views from the Conservatory tall windows over mountains

Wedding Tips: Wedding decoration

Are table linen, flowers, place cards and other decorations included in the quoted price, or will you have to provide your own?

We set up the tables (rounds or squares) in the layout you have specified. We provide table cloths and napkins. The table cloths are white with optional cream squares as a top layer (one is shown on one side of the long table above). Most Couples will just have white table cloths. Napkins are either cream or white as you require.

Place cards, favours, flowers, centre pieces and other decorations are down to you. However we do offer up to twelve free Candelabra (you supply the candles) under the Special Wedding Offer Deal. These are normally £25 each to hire but you get them free under the Wedding Packages.

Craig y Nos Castle Wedding Venue Swansea Conservatory with light purple chair covers

Wedding Tips: Wedding extras

Check the availability of extras such as a cake stand and cake knife. Many wedding venues will lend you these, but having to hire them separately adds to your hassle and your wedding expenses.

At Craig y Nos Castle, we provide a Cake Stand and Cake Knife though many couples provide their own as part of the display - see a slideshow of wedding cakes here.

Craig y Nos Castle Wedding Venue Swansea Conservatory Wedding Breakfast Green and White Apple theme

Wedding Tips: Space for Bands

Entertainment facilities: Bands and other entertainment can take up a large amount of space, as can a dance floor, so decide when and where you want the entertainment to take place, and check with the venue that this can be done in the space available.

The Conservatory can be used for smaller weddings to have an evening do. Much above 80 and you are better off in the main function room, which can comfortably take 150 guests.
Craig y Nos Castle Wedding Venue Swansea showing the Conservatory with paper bunting
Craig y Nos Castle Wedding Venue with deep Blue ribbons on crisp white chair covers

Wedding Tip: Bunting

Save money on decorating your wedding venue - or increase the wow factor in your Wedding Breakfast room - by opting for bunting rather than or as well as flowers.

Bunting creates an excellent visual impact against the white canopy ceiling of our Conservatory. It is inexpensive. You can match the colour scheme to your wedding colours. And you can reuse it, store it easily, or even sell it on eBay afterwards to another bride.

You can make your own bunting - simply cut triangles of double-sided brightly coloured paper and attach it using glue to some strong string.

We discourage guests and Couples from climbing up tall ladders to reach high places or to attach the bunting to the Conservatory pillars themseves, due to health and safety concerns. Instead you can arrange for our Maintenance Staff to come in and attach bunting for you, for which there will be a small charge to cover their extra time.

Craig y Nos Castle Wedding Venue Swansea Wedding Breakfast Room with Blue and White Chair Covers

Wedding Tips: Love Box

As part of your wedding ceremony, seal love letters and a bottle of wine in a love box. Hammer it closed! The idea is that if you're having trouble in your marriage in the future, you can open it up and be reminded of what brought you together.

Craig y Nos Castle Wedding Venue Swansea Conservatory Wedding Breakfast apple green wedding theme
Craig y Nos Castle Swansea the Conservatory tables laid up with Blue and white chair covers and blue flowers

Wedding Tips: Colour Scheme for Florists

Give your florist a colour scheme, not particular flowers. Allow your florist flexibility so that they can pick out the most affordable flowers for your colour scheme. Remember to provide a list of flowers that you want to avoid

Craig y Nos Castle Wedding Venue Swansea Conservatory Wedding Breakfast apple green wedding theme

Wedding Tips: Chair Covers

Should you cover the chairs or not? Should you cover chairs in both the Theatre Ceremony room and the Conservatory Reception room, or the Conservatory only?

Craig y Nos Castle Wedding Venue has
130 red seated Cheltenham Gilt chairs which are used in the Conservatory, and 250 Blue seated Cheltenham Gilt chairs distributed between the function room and theatre. In photographs, the Cheltenham Gilt chairs look fine. The red seated chairs will suit a red or burgundy colour theme, though the seats will not be visible once guests are seated!

You might decide not to bother with chair covers. The cost can be around £2.00 to £3.00 a chair. Yet about half of our weddings do go the extra mile on some fabulous chair cover displays. There is less need to bother with the theatre, but certainly using chair covers in our Conservatory allows you to tie in with your own colour scheme, using different coloured bows to match your wedding colours. The chair covers themselves will tend always to be white, with the bows providing the different colours.

For some examples and suppliers of chair covers see here. We have two suppliers - one at the quality end with a fabulous selection, and one at the 'budget' end, using cheaper chair cover material but at a lower rate per chair. The pricing however may be negotiable and is at least partly dependent on labour putting the covers on and laundering rather than just the cost of the material used.

See the Table Settings Slide show where you will find many examples of chair covers, sashes, table runners and chair bows by previous Couples at the Castle.

Also see examples of weddings in the particular colour of your choice to view how the Conservatory looks in your planned colours. Go to the Wedding Themes By Colour here and find your way to your preferred colour theme.

Wedding Tips: Serve Local Food

Serve seasonal, local food that the chef is accustomed to serving. Do not get too adventurous with the Wedding Breakfast. Like flowers, food tends to be cheaper if it doesn’t have to be flown in or extensively preserved. Also your Wedding Guests will prefer something less 'experimental'.

In Wales, standard fare for Wedding Breakfasts are various fish, roast lamb, roast chicken, roast beef, or lamb shanks etc. Steer clear of fancy alternative meals for the main meal.

If you wish to introduce a meal theme based on a country or style of food (one couple recently asked us for Mexican, while another opted for an Italian themed wedding complete with Roman Pillars and Statues), limit this to the evening buffet.

See our Wedding Breakfast Menus here.

Craig y Nos Castle Wedding Venue Swansea Conservatory Wedding Breakfast pale yellow ribboned chair covers

Wedding Tips - Gifts

Keep attendant gifts simple. You don’t have to go overboard with attendant gifts. Choose something affordable but meaningful. Hand-picked books with personal notes inside, or framed photos generally work well.

Craig y Nos Castle Wedding Venue Swansea Conservatory Wedding Breakfast pink flowers theme
Craig y Nos Castle Wedding Venue Swansea Conservatory Wedding Breakfast, pink and white theme

Wedding Tips: Share decorating costs?

Share decorating costs: See if another bride has booked your venue for the same weekend, then split costs if you can agree on any shared décor, flowers and other expenses.

This may work if you both have a similar colour scheme, however in our experience most weddings wish to do their own thing!

Craig y Nos Castle Wedding Venue Swansea Conservatory Wedding Breakfast pink flowers theme and bunting

Wedding Tips: Candles for Table Display

Candles can usually be purchased for less than flowers, so use them to your advantage. Use fewer flowers, then put the spotlight on them with candles.

Or incorporate Candles into the table's central floral display for more 'wow' factor.

Candles on tables are sensible for Winter Weddings where the evenings are shorter. While your Wedding Breakfast may start in daylight, it will tend to last about three hours, with speeches. As the evening draws in, your candles can be lit to good effect in the evening light, flickering in the mirrored windows of the Conservatory.

Wedding Tips: Simple Centrepieces

Simple centrepieces: Don’t go overboard with a huge, expensive centrepiece that takes up half of the table. Keep your centrepieces simple and cheap, like a pretty bowl filled with water and floating candles.

Craig y Nos Castle Wedding Venue Conservatory windows overlooking the greenery of the country park
Craig y Nos Castle Wedding Venue Swansea as seeon on balcony outside the Conservatory

Wedding Tips: Choosing Wedding Favours

Many wedding favours add something practical and elegant as a gift that will cheer every guest celebrating your wedding day.

Interesting wine bottle openers and stoppers make useful wedding favours that will be welcomed by your guests to celebrate any occasion for years to come.

Coasters and picture frames are popular and affordable, available in many colours and themes.

Your wedding favours can be pre-packaged and decorated with bows to place on your guest tables or in gift bags colour co-ordinated to your wedding theme.

Craig y Nos Castle Wedding Venue Swansea Conservatory Wedding Breakfast white on white theme

Wedding Tips: Candy Favours

Check out after-Valentine’s Day sales. You’ll be able to buy lots of candy favours, heart decorations, wedding table gift boxes and other wedding supplies at a fraction of the cost.

This is especially beneficial if your wedding’s colours are pink or red.

Craig y Nos Castle Wedding Venue in Swansea Valley table setting with rolled table cloths tied wiith yellow ribbon

Wedding Tips: Personalising Wedding Favours

We have seen some weddings going to great lengths with personalised wedding favours while others do not bother with this at all.

If you are including wedding favours, personalisation is the key - more so than the expense or quality of the gifts.

Adding a personal touch to your wedding with personalised wedding favours such as gift bags, patterned and colourful favour boxes, napkins and booklets etc., can be the finishing touch that make all the difference when your guests walk in to your wedding reception room.

Keep the Wedding Breakfast room (the Conservatory) locked until you are ready for your guests to enter. You want your table settings complete with your personalised wedding favours, for each guest, to be a real surprise, a real wow, as they walk in to the room. Leave a message for each of your guests that they will remember.

Tie the colours and nature of the the favours in with the theme of your wedding, colour matching gifts such as ribbons, napkins and balloons, and the bags or boxes containing them, to your wedding colours.

Craig y Nos Castle Wedding Venue Swansea Conservatory Wedding Breakfast room showing white ceiling

Wedding Tips: Old Photos

Photo-history boards are quite popular, showing old photos of the bride and groom from childhood up to present day.

Go back through family wedding photos. Try putting some photos in vintage frames and display them on a special table at your wedding reception. This will provide a talking point for guests and adds a decorative focal point to your wedding venue.

Craig y Nos Castle Wedding Venue Conservatory with tables set up for a Wedding Breakfast

Wedding Tips: Dog Friendly

Craig y Nos Castle is a dog friendly hotel. We have had some wedding guests bring their dogs. If you don't mind your guests bringing dogs to your wedding (of course, they won't be invited to the Wedding Breakfast but can be around for much of the rest of the day), let them know, as the Castle does not charge for dogs.

If you are a dog-loving family, why not include your pet in your big day, either inviting them in person, or if this is impractical, featuring a picture of your pet on your menus?  How about dog shaped chocolate wedding favours, or name your wedding tables after your pets?

Craig y Nos Castle Wedding Venue Conservatory set up for a Wedding Breakfast

Wedding Tips: Horseshoes

Horse shoe wedding favours represent how lucky you feel to have found each other, and every guest goes home a little luckier.

Could you personalise the horseshoes to each wedding guest?

Craig y Nos Castle Wedding Venue table setting with white linen napkins rolled with yellow ribbon

Wedding Tips: A Sense of Place

Whan you choose an unusual gothic Victorian wedding venue such as Craig y Nos Castle, include something about the venue and location's history in your gift packs. Give your guests a sense of place.

If possible, tie the History or some element of the Castle story / Adelina Patti / Pears Soap connection / Industrial Revolution / Start of recording industry / theatre / opera etc, or the location, Brecon Beacons National Park, to your wedding theme.

Learn about the Castle's history on the Castle's website here. You may only need to use a snippet of history to tie in with your wedding theme.

Craig y Nos Castle Wedding Venue Conservatory blue ribbons on white chair covers
Craig y Nos Castle Wedding Venue the Conservatory with places for 120 on 10-12 round tables

Wedding Tips:  Conservatory Night Disco

See pictures of the Conservatory and Function room both used for Evening Parties and Discos here. The Conservatory is not normally used for evening entertainment as most Couples prefer to move through to the function room for the evening wedding party.

However in some of these disco slideshow examples you can see how the Conservatory has been cleared of guests, tables turned around, and is readied for the evening do.

A disadvantage of using the Conservatory for the evening do is that as all the bedrooms are above it, and behind the conservatory, the noise from any party disturbs any of your guests who want to retire early.

An advantage of using the Conservatory is that, at night, with candles on the tables, and the table lamps and floor lighting on, you get some wonderful reflections against the windows, which, after dark, act like a huge wall of mirrors.

Craig y Nos Castle Wedding Venue Swansea Conservatary laid up in blue and white colours for wedding

Wedding Tips: Children's Activities

If having young children to your wedding, it will be a long day for them. So have some activities for children and some toys they can play with to keep them amused. Consider a DVD or two which you can play on the TV in the Breakfast Room.

The Castle does have some children's toys (age range 2-4) in the big oak chest in the Nicolini Lounge and some toys in the basket in the Breakfast Room.

Also for Children, a Bouncy Castle can provide hours of exercise and enjoyment. In wet weather we have had the Bouncy Castle in the Function Room by day, as it can be removed in time for the Evening Party.

Craig y Nos Castle South Wales Wedding Venue Conservatory

Wedding Tips: Wedding Favours

Only include wedding favours if you really are up for investing time and energy on them and know your guests very well. Guests will only remember the truly great and most personalised ideas.

Wedding Favours are a big added expense both in money and time co-ordinating the colours and nature of the favours with your wedding theme. When done well, it can look very impressive but it will add many days of work to the preparation stage of your wedding.

We had one wedding that started decorating their Wedding Breakfast room four days before the Wedding Day, the bride personally positioning each wedding favour box and bag 'just so' on tables and chairs.

Craig y Nos Castle South Wales Wedding Receptions

Wedding Tips: Mugs

It is possible now to buy mugs with individual names printed on them. If you can find mugs in your colours for your wedding, or with a suitable motif or design, this can make a practical wedding gift. Fill the mugs with chocolates or your favourite coffee, or small personalised gifts relevant to the preferences and likes of each individual wedding guest.

Craig y Nos Castle Wedding Venue Swansea Conservatory Wedding Breakfast pale yellow ribboned chair covers
Craig y Nos Castle Wedding Venue Swansea Conservatory Wedding Breakfast pale yellow ribboned chair covers

Wedding Tips: Decorative Lighting

Buy decorative lights on sale after Christmas. Consider decorating your Wedding Venue with string lights, or coloured lights or lanterns matching your wedding colours. Buy your coloured lights cheaply in the after-Christmas sales.

The long wall of windows in our Conservatory will reflect your coloured lights most dramatically, after dark. You may not benefit from using coloured lights in the Conservatory during summer as the evenings are longer but on a winter afternoon they would look stunning!

Our Conservatory tends to be used for the daytime, the Wedding Breakfast, which will typically run from 3/4 pm to 6/6.30 pm. In winter it gets dark around 5pm. Or in the summer months you could introduce coloured lanters just in the function room which you will be using for your evening disco.

Craig y Nos Castle Wedding Venue in South Wales showing the Conservatory terrace and garden tables
Craig y Nos Castle Wedding Venue in Swansea showing the Conservatory terraces and wrought iron tables

Wedding Tips: Smile

For some of us, it does not feel natural to smile. So make a habit of smiling at your partner when you greet them. It will make your spouse feel appreciated and loved. Even if you’re in a bad mood, be sure to smile even if you normally have a grumpy expression the rest of the day!

Craig y Nos Castle Wedding Venue Swansea Conservatory Wedding Breakfast pale blue and white colours
Craig y Nos Castle Wedding Venue South Wales the Conservatory set up for the Wedding Breakfast

Wedding Tips: Marriage advice from 1950's

Emily Mudd outlined the many roles that women had to assume when they became wives. She described being a “modern and prominent wife” as a career: “To be a successful wife is a career in itself, requiring among other things, the qualities of a diplomat, a businesswoman, a good cook, a trained nurse, a schoolteacher, a politician and a glamour girl.”

A table laid up for a wedding breakfast at Craig y Nos Castle's Conservatory mainly in white
Craig y Nos Castle Wedding Venue with Bunting in the Conservatory ready for a Wedding Breakfast

Wedding Tips: Orange Themed Wedding

As you look through this extensive library of different table settings in the Conservatory, you will gain some ideas for colour schemes that other Couples have used. The Conservatory tends to suit golds and reds, as this fits in with the wooden framed windows and the orangey coloured marble floor tiling. However one wedding achieved a striking contrast with dark blue chair covers and an oranges theme.

The oranges theme, similar to the apple theme in early photos, featured numerous orange helium balloons, orange flower centrepieces on the tables, and even the place settings were pinned to oranges. The couple followed the theme through with orange table cloths in the Nicolini lounge and Breakfast Room.

Craig y Nos Castle Wedding Venue Conservatory Wedding Breakfast with Black and White wedding theme
Wedding Breakfast Black and White wedding colour theme in the Conservatory at Craig y Nos Castle

Wedding Tips: Winter

Many people are against winter weddings, and prefer a nice sunny day for their wedding. However that cannot always be guaranteed in Wales.

As you can see here and on our table settings slideshows, even on a particular grey and hazy rainy day, the scenery outside the windows of the Conservatory is dramatic and impressive, offsetting and lending emphasis to your table decorations and chair covers in the warmth of the Conservatory Wedding Breakfast room.

Craig y Nos Castle Wedding Venue Swansea Conservatory Terrace
Craig y Nos Castle Wedding Venue Swansea Conservatory laid up in blue and white for a Wedding Breakfast

Wedding Tips: Wedding Table Theme

Couples choose many different themes for naming their wedding breakfast tables, from trees, to ships, to countries and towns - this is so much more interesting than just giving your tables a number. Give your tables a theme instead!

In the some of the below examples on this page the couple chose London Underground Stations, complete with London Tube signage for each table.

You can base your wedding table place names on your local town - see ideas on how to use your home town as inspiration for table decor and names here.

Craig y Nos Castle Wedding Venue in South Wales with the Conservatory set up for wedding breakfast
Craig y Nos Castle Wedding Venue in Wales table laid up for wedding breakfast with white chair covers and table linen

Wedding Tips: Terraces

If you are lucky enough to have a sunny day, your guests will be able to go out on to the terraces overlooking the Country Park during the Wedding Breakfast. This allows those guests who enjoy the fresh air to soak up the mountain air, and those guests who like to smoke, to have that essential inter-course cigarette during the wedding breakfast.

This area may also be useful for photographs, once we have got more potted tubs out on to this area to add some colour to the terrace.

An innovative london tube themed wedding at Craig y Nos Castle's Conservatory in Wales
Craig y Nos Castle Wedding Venue Swansea wedding breakfast table display

Wedding Tips: Ceiling Hanging Paper Decorations

Here we see an example of suspended handing paper decorations in the colour theme of the wedding.

The tall ceiling of the Conservatory, coupled with the tall iron pillars that hold up the roof, allow you to string bunting across at high level, or suspend other decorations from a great height. You can achieve quite a cheerful and colourful effect.

Against the backdrop of the white ceiling canopy, handing decorations of this sort stand out dramatically, and combine to emphasise your wedding's colour scheme.

Craig y Nos Castle Wedding Venue with the Conservatory set up for a wedding breakfast blue and white
Craig y Nos Castle Wedding Venue the Conservatory set up for a wedding breakfast, blue and white theme

Wedding Tips: Flowers

Flowers are a popular feature at weddings and can change the look, feel and atmosphere in a wedding hall or at the reception. Flowers are put together in beautiful display bouquets or as part of a collection.

Flowers add the finishing touch to a theme, ie a white wedding might have Lilly arrangements, a traditional wedding might have red roses. In the above, the blue theme is followed through with the flowers matching the Chair Cover ribbons!  A very well thought out combination of complementary bright blue and white lilies and uusually blue roses to tie in with the white table covers, white chair covers and vivid blue ribbons.

Flowers can be a big part of the wedding budget, so it is important to shop around on price.

London Tube staion themed wedding with London Underground signs in white and blue matching the white and blue wedding theme
Craig y Nos Castle Wedding Venue the Conservatory used as a wedding breakfast room

Wedding Tips: Fruit Favours

Use fruit instead of flowers to decorate your wedding tables. Bags filled with cherries, or baskets filled with apples or oranges or any other fruits (matching your colour theme) make a fantastic display, and your guests can either eat them, or take them home as favours.

One Wedding recently had an apple theme (shown in last few pics here) - a single green apple on each place setting, tying in with the green chair ribbons. A most novel wedding theme and certainly memorably different as we had never seen this done before - and we see 130 weddings a year at the Castle.

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