Best Wedding Venues in South Wales - Hidden Gems
Since starting my wedding planning business, it has been important to me to build relationships with wedding suppliers, as well as visiting venues that can provide my clients with less traditional hotel packages, to having a collection of hidden gems of beautiful and unique wedding venues, which gives couples the freedom to style their wedding to suit their own personal style.
Below are three wedding venues in South Wales that I have recently visited that offer something a bit different.
1. West Usk Lighthouse, Newport
The West Usk Lighthouse is a Grade II listed building, originally built in 1821 by Scottish Architect, James Walker. Situated off Lighthouse Road in Newport, it is currently privately owned by Frank and Danielle. I was lucky enough to recently meet Danielle at a local networking event and was invited to attend their wedding fayre and open day at the start of July. Despite only living down the road for a number of years I had never actually been to the Lighthouse. I was delighted when I discovered this small but unique and quirky venue, which operates as a B&B as well as a wedding venue.
Voted ‘Best Wedding Venue in South East Wales’ at The Welsh Awards 2018, this venue is perfect for small, intimate weddings. The Lighthouse itself is licensed to hold wedding ceremonies and the garden, with views overlooking the Bristol Channel is available for wedding receptions with space to hire a marquee. There is also enough land if you wanted to arrive in style by Helicopter!
The West Usk Lighthouse is holding an open day and wedding fayre on Sunday 5th August 1pm - 5pm so come along and see this hidden gem for yourself.
2. Usk Castle
I couldn’t believe that in all the years that I had grown up in Caerleon, that I had never visited Usk Castle. Located in the heart of Usk town, this romantic venue gives couples getting married the freedom and flexibility to create and style their day in their own unique way. The grounds are large enough for a marquee wedding and with space for up to 160 guests the castle is completely yours for the day. You even get to hire in caters, allowing you complete freedom to choose your favourite food for you and your guests to enjoy on your special day. The gardens of Usk castle are well maintained with pops of colour from the flowers, as well as beautiful views of the welsh countryside.
3. St. Donat’s Castle, Vale of Glamorgan
St. Donat’s Castle is situated on the beautiful South Wales coastline, Llantwit Major in the Vale of Glamorgan, about 40 minutes from Cardiff. I was lucky enough to work as an assistant wedding planner for a wedding in this stunning venue earlier this year. The medieval castle reminded me of Hogwarts, is also home to UWC Atlantic College and is available for weddings, events and is a popular place for filming outside of college season.
When I first arrived at the venue, I had a little explore around the grounds and could quickly see why couples choose the get married here. There is a beautiful, large banqueting hall which leads out to the gorgeous Tudor gardens which overlooks the sea, even on a slightly overcast day looks absolutely stunning.
This romantic venue can cater up to 160 guests for the wedding breakfast and 200 for an evening party. Several of the rooms and gardens are licensed for wedding ceremonies and civil partnerships and there is also the charming St. Donat’s Church on-site, which can accommodate a wedding ceremony up to 110 guests.