5 reasons why South Wales is the perfect wedding location

5 reasons why South Wales is the perfect wedding location

Whether you currently live in South Wales, have connections to the area or have just fallen in love with this part of the world, South Wales has a lot to offer couples looking to escape city life and surround themselves with natural beauty of stunning coastline and rolling countryside. Below I explore in more detail why you may want to consider South Wales as your wedding location. 

 Wye Valley & Vale of Usk

Wye Valley & Vale of Usk

1. Ancient ruins and fairytale castles

Whether you love the history and culture that ancient castles ooze or have always dreamt of a fairytale wedding, South Wales has an impressive array of magical, medieval and romantic castles to suit your style. From the romance of Tintern Abbey, the picturesque and fairytale Castle Coch, Cardiff Castle situated in the heart of Cardiff City Centre, nestled within beautiful parkland, the luxurious Hensol Castle to St. Donat’s Castle, a medieval castle which overlooks the sea there are literally too many to list! Take a look at the following link which lists all the beautiful castles in Wales: https://www.historic-uk.com/HistoryMagazine/DestinationsUK/CastlesinWales/ 

2. Beautiful beaches

Head to the Vale of Glamorgan where you’ll find Southerdown beach and Ogmore-by-sea, as well as Merthyr Mawr sand dunes. Travel slightly more west to the Gower Peninsula to experience some of the most beautiful beaches in the UK, enriched with wildlife and surrounded by hills and valleys, it is an area of outstanding natural beauty. There is something about wedding photos on a beach that I absolutely love, and you can guarantee some stunning photography (whatever the weather!) on our beaches.  http://www.explore-gower.co.uk/gallery 

 Oxwich Bay, Gower

Oxwich Bay, Gower

3. Breathtaking countryside

South Wales is home to the Brecon Beacons National Park. With rolling countryside and spectacular views, the Brecon Beacons is home to beautiful and mystical forests, lakes, waterfalls and caves. Visit: http://www.visitwales.com/explore/national-parks/brecon-beacons to find out more. Just over the border into South Wales, enriched with its history, you’ll find the Wye Valley and Vale of Usk “borderland where King Arthur ruled, the Romans bathed, the Normans settled, pilgrims worshipped and Turner sketched. Today it offers dramatic landscapes and nature trails, as well as great food.” (http://www.visitwales.com/explore/south-wales/wye-valley-vale-usk

4. Welsh History & Culture

If you’ve read this far (thank you!), you will have already got the idea that Wales is full of history. Caerleon (where I grew up) is a site of archaeological importance, being the location of a notable Roman legionary fortress, visit Caerleon today and you can visit Roman Baths, Wales National Roman Legion Museum as well as visiting the Roman Barracks, Roman Fortress Wall and Amphitheatre, which is also rumoured to have connections to the Legend of King Arthur and the round table. St. Fagans, located in Cardiff is Wales’ National Museum of History. St. Fagans offers a number of different options and areas to hold your wedding ceremony and wedding breakfast, so if you are after a unique, authentic and romantic setting, immersed in welsh culture, then this could be the perfect place. https://museum.wales/stfagans/hire/wedding/ 

5. Stately Homes & Country Houses

If you have already decided that South Wales is the wedding location for you, then you will not be short of beautiful and elegant stately homes and country houses to choose from. 

Searching for your perfect wedding venue can be overwhelming, especially if you aren’t from the area. That’s why I offer venue search as one of my wedding planning services, I can also attend initial meetings and viewings on your behalf to save you the expense of travelling. To find out more about the services that I offer visit: https://www.carolynlouise.com/weddingplanning/ or contact me directly on 07773792611 or email hello@carolynlouise.com.

If I don’t hear from you, then I hope this blog post has helped and I wish you all the best on your wedding planning journey.