Top 5 Wedding Venues in South Wales

So the proposal has been made. “Yes” was always going to be the answer. Engagement celebrations are over, it’s time to start planning. First on the To Do List is ‘Where?!’. There are so many amazing wedding venues in South Wales. You’ll reflect back on the weddings you’ve attended. Maybe make lists of what you like/dislike about those venues. 

If you’ve narrowed the location down to South Wales, then give yourself a pat on the back. That’s a big tick off the list. I know what you’re thinking, thanks for that, but South Wales is HUGE. I agree but turn it into a positive.  There are SO many incredible venues in this region, we are spoilt for choice. 

Hopefully, I can help. 

Narrowed down to 5 Top Venues in South Wales and some basic, good to know details.  From the Gower to South East Wales Valleys. Large capacity venues to smaller boutique places.  Traditional style to contemporary. This blog post will give you some good options to start with. 


Hensol Castle – The Fairytale

The Venue

A 400-year-old castle situated in the Vale of Glamorgan. Steeped in history, a multi-million-pound refurbishment has restored this to luxury. 

The Details

Grade I venue surrounded by 650 acres of beautiful Welsh countryside. Including a 15 acre serpentine lake. 

Majestic turrets, sweeping staircases and gothic towers that Jane Eyre would dream of.

A lavish Courtyard Hall overlooks a beautifully landscaped courtyard, enclosed within the Castle’s walls. 

Extra Info

The castle is yours for the day. Exclusive access. Roam around the stunning rooms and beautiful grounds, or play some crochet on the lawn.

There are four enchanting suite options for a civil ceremony, space is there for smaller gatherings or larger weddings.

Free accommodation for the bride and groom is available in the adjacent 4 star Vale Resort. The wedding package includes preferential room rates for guests, with a variety of other treats for the happy couple. 

The Conclusion

The unique selling point is you can be King and Queen of a castle for a day. Where fairytale dreams come true. 

I am also proud to be one of the "Approved Suppliers" for Hensol Castle and The Vale Resort, which is an incredible honour. Recently I have photographed one of the wedding co-ordinators at Hensol, Laura, who's wedding you can view on my blog

To view more of my weddings at Hensol Castle hit the button below. 

 

Lanelay Hall – The Boutique Experience

The Venue

19th-century Victorian mansion in Hensol, Talbot Green. The venue has a blend of classic features with modern interior design. Perfect for smaller, intimate weddings. 

The Details

Lanelay Hall is on the eastern base of the Garth Maelwg (Smaelwg) mountain. Surrounded by picturesque green slopes and wooded pine trees. 

The beautiful landscaped gardens and terraces have lots of lovely nooks and crannies to explore. 
The interior design offers luxury and elegance.  Comfort is critical, and a welcoming, laid-back atmosphere.

Extra Info

The venue has been home to many wealthy gentry’ families. Hosting special events and occasions immersed in its history. 
Up to 34 guests can stay the night, with 17 boutique bedrooms available. 
The ballroom has space for up to 70 guests. Or there are more intimate Fine Dining options, for smaller gatherings. 

The Conclusion

‘Drenched in luxury, wrapped in comfort’ (Lanelay Hall’s words) encapsulates this intimate, exquisite and relaxing venue. 

While I am Lanelay Hall's only approved photographer, I have yet to shoot a wedding there. I photograph all their social media and website content along with their events. If you are having a wedding at Lanelay Hall and looking for a photographer, please get in touch as have a special offer for you!

 

Fairyhill – The Best of Both Worlds

The Venue

A chocolate box Grade II listed building situated in Gower, Swansea with a modern twist. Traditional charm meets 21st century cool. 

The Details

Set in 24 acres of green Gower gardens, there are lawns, magical lakes and woodland. 

The K ‘kaleidoscope’ room is a striking glass construction with panoramic views of its stunning surroundings. 

Atmospheric outdoor lighting creates a magical feeling in the evening. 

Extra Info

Fairyhill's sister Oldwalls voted best wedding venue in Wales for three years. These guys know how to put on a wedding! Exclusivity for the day is standard. 

The restaurant is one of the best in Wales. Award-winning chefs deliver the banquet of your choice, using the finest of ingredients from local suppliers. 

A stunning selection of accommodation options (Mulberry House Pictured) – their ‘rustic retreats’. These luxury cottages are 5 minutes away from the Fairyhills venue. 

The Conclusion

Undecided on traditional or modern? This venue offers a breathtaking contrast of both and in a picturesque setting. 

To view more of my weddings at Fairyhill and Oldwalls hit the button below. 


St Tewdrics House in Chepstow - Italian Renaissance in South Wales

The Venue

Grade II 19th century Italianate villa near Chepstow. A family run business, owned by professional cyclist Geraint Thomas and his wife, Sara. 

The Details

A beautiful tree-lined driveway leads up to St Tewdrics house. Set within 10 acres of Monmouthshire countryside, outside ceremonies are an option. Say 'I Do' while taking in the beautiful views over the Severn estuary. 

Classic yet modern, exposed Stone walls, neutral décor and half glass ceilings. Perfect for styling it as you wish.

Extra Info

Exclusivity, freedom and flexibility is key to this wedding venue in South Wales. You can use caterers and suppliers of your own choice, and there are no corkage fees for drinks in the daytime. Reduce costs by supplying your own beverages or source through the owner’s wine merchants, at no extra charge. 

From 75 to 150 people, this house can suit a range of wedding sizes. 

Up to 16 people can stay at the main house and its adjoining lodge. This includes 'The Bridal Suite' with its floor to ceiling windows and luxury finishes. 

The Conclusion

A tailor-made romantic Italian renaissance wedding experience in South Wales. 


Bryngarw House – the Welsh country manor

The Venue

Full of charm and character, a luxury Manor House in Bryngarw Park, Bridgend. 

The Details

A French styled ceremony room, the Treharne suite, with floor to ceiling windows. 

The bright and stylish conservatory is a perfect setting to relax in with a glass of fizz and canapes. 

Set in 113 acre's of Bryngarw Park, it has everything you need for a picture-perfect backdrop. An Oriental garden, woodland, charming pond and lawn. 

Extra Info

Exclusive access to all facilities; the ceremony, bar, conservatory and marquee. Provides the option of scaling up for larger weddings. The 120 capacity marquee overlooks the gardens and a blank canvas to decorate as you wish. 

There are 14 bedrooms including the Bridal Suite. Each room has a country feel with luxury attention to detail. 

An extra facility is "The Bridal Lounge". A dressing room for the bride and guests to get ready before the wedding. A perfect space for bridal preparations and a thoughtful addition. 

The Conclusion

A charming country manor with boutique touches. Right in the heart of Bridgend. 

So there it is. 5 Top wedding venues in South Wales. Some pretty wonderful places there. Hope this has given you lots to consider.


To Sum Up

My last bit of advice is this…..go and visit. Have a look around. Ask lots of questions. Get a feel for the venue and the service you’ll get. Enjoy it. 

And when you’re at ‘the one’, you’ll just know. 

Happy searching and if I can help in any way please don't hesitate to contact me.


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