The first dance has become an iconic part of the wedding reception, and whether you like the idea or not, it’s something you’ll need to plan when it comes to your big day. The problem is, choosing appropriate wedding music can be a lot more difficult than you might think. Read more
Mulled wine, fluffy faux-fur stoles, twinkling fairy lights, and a fresh blanket of glistening frost on the ground – a winter wedding is the ultimate fairytale experience. And we’re pleased to announce that we still have some key winter dates available for the 2018 festive season. Plus, as your wedding fairy godmothers, we’ve created a brand new winter wedding package for you to unwrap in time for Christmas 2018…
Winter weddings have never been so hot
As the festive feeling hits an all-time high, the anticipation of a winter wedding lets guests and couples alike indulge in the true magic of Christmas. Whilst it might be cold outside, we can guarantee a warm welcome as soon as you step into our award-winning venue.
We pride ourselves on our awe-inspiring venue, but it truly comes alive at Christmas with resplendent décor and uncompromising views of our picture-perfect winter wonderland. Plus, our chefs are on hand to create gastronomic delights and winter warmers to keep your guests full of merriment for the day’s festivities.
What’s more, we’ll take the chill out of the air as we light up the sky with our complimentary fireworks. We’ll even provide your guests with a warming hot chocolate as they watch our famous fireworks display. Our newly developed Winter Wonderland Wedding Package is available exclusively for 2018 and includes:
- Complimentary mulled wine reception for evening guests
- Complimentary décor worth up to £1,500 as standard as well as Christmas-themed decoration
- Complimentary canapes
- Festive-themed hog roast buffet upgrade
And you can rest assured that we’ll have a few extra-special festive treats to deliver on your special day!
A Christmas present from us to you
Call it a winter wedding present or Christmas gift, but we have something extremely special lined up for all couples that book a Christmas 2018 wedding this April. We can’t give too much away just yet, but we’ll soon be divulging the details of an unmissable offer. A clue? Oh, go on then…
If all of this isn’t enough to entice,
There’s a generous gift of ‘fire and ice’,
To tick off your Christmas list,
Make sure our next showcase isn’t missed.
If you’re intrigued, you’ll need to come to our next showcase to find out what we’ve got in store if you book your dream 2018 wedding at Oldwalls. One thing we will say is that it’s sure to set the bar pretty high for all future Christmas presents!
If our winter wedding package is the gift you’ve been dreaming of, come along to our next wedding showcase or book a private tour to experience the magic of Oldwalls for yourself.
Images by Marc Smith Photography
As we’ve been voted the Best Wedding Venue in Wales for the last few years, it’s fair to say that nobody does weddings quite like us! Whether you want the full fairy-tale wedding or something more simple and sophisticated, we can help you turn your dreams into reality.
At Oldwalls, we’re so much more than just your average wedding venue, and that’s why our wedding showcases aren’t to be missed. In fact, here are the top 5 reasons why you need to come along to our next Showcase on Sunday.
1. Fizz and canapes
Sip on a glass of chilled fizz as you explore our fully-dressed venue and grounds at your leisure. What’s more, our friendly team will also be walking around with delicious canapes for you to get a true taste of what’s to come if you book an Oldwalls wedding.
2. Friendly faces
When you arrive, you’ll be greeted by one of the friendly members of our expert team. Don’t worry, we’ll give you the chance to explore our venue at your own pace and in privacy, but our team will be on hand if you have any questions or want to learn more about any of our wedding packages.
If you do want a guided tour, they’ll be more than happy to oblige.
Gower is Britain’s first designated area of outstanding beauty and at Oldwalls, we’re blessed to be right at the heart of all it can offer. Aside from our luxurious venue and elegantly styled rooms, we also have phenomenal views and stunning grounds for you to explore.
The next showcase will also be the first opportunity to see our new glamping village. It’s had a huge revamp for 2018 and now boasts ten state-of-the-art safari pods, with en-suite bathrooms and TVs! Just another way to stay and enjoy our stunning surroundings.
4. Meet our award-winning suppliers
As an exclusive wedding venue, we’ve had the opportunity to work with some of the best suppliers in the business. For our showcases, we only work with the best of the best and we invite these suppliers to attend so that you can meet them in person.
From photographers to dress designers, you’ll have the opportunity to speak with the best in the industry and get some inspiration for your big day.
5. Save the date
If you fall head over heels for our venue, you can save a potential date with a member of our sales team. What’s more, we’ll hold the date for seven days free of charge. In that time, you can book a private tour to show the venue off to members of your family or friends before you officially seal the deal.
And don’t forget, with our whirlwind wedding package and key dates for 2018 available, there’s no excuse not to snap up a date and get married this year.
We look forward to welcoming you to our next wedding showcase.
Can’t make it? Not to worry, get in touch with our team to book a private tour of Oldwalls Gower.
Whilst Christmas time might be the most magical time of year, there’s no denying that January 25th is Wales’ most romantic day of the year. Today we’re celebrating St Dwynwen’s Day also known as the ‘Welsh St Valentine’s Day’. For those who don’t know, St Dwynwen was the Welsh patron saint of lovers, so what better way to celebrate than getting down on one knee and popping the question to your loved one?
If you’ve already pulled off the perfect proposal, there’s nothing to stop you making 2018 the year you officially tie the knot. When you’re caught up in the flurries of being newly engaged, you can add fuel to the excitement by booking your dream 2018 wedding at your dream venue for a fraction of the cost. Fortunately, as an exclusive wedding venue that’s open seven days a week, we still have some key 2018 dates available at our award-winning venue.
With the Christmas engagements not far behind us and with Valentine’s Day just around the corner, this period of the year is truly the most romantic season. Whilst it’s great to be surrounded by so much love and joy at this time of year, it also means that wedding venues and suppliers find themselves busier than ever. As such, it’s important that happy couples secure their 2018 dates as soon as possible to beat the post-Valentine’s Day rush. After all, if you’ve found the perfect partner, why wait?
If you’re flexible with dates and having a mid-week wedding, you’ll have far more choice and you could even benefit from the great savings of our whirlwind wedding package if you pick a date within the next six months. Whether it’s the spark of spontaneity that speaks to your soul or the incredible savings on offer, there are plenty of reasons to choose our whirlwind wedding package.
We know that a lot of people worry that planning a wedding within a tight timescale means cutting back and stripping it back to the bare minimum, but nothing could be further from the truth with our whirlwind wedding package. At Oldwalls, luxury comes as standard, regardless of budget and timescales. Whilst you’ll save a fair few pennies as well as the date, we promise not to compromise on luxury.
If you’re looking to book your 2018 wedding, come along to our next wedding showcase to secure your date. Plus, you can kill two birds with one stone and visit our sister venue, Fairyhill, for their wedding showcase. As they’re following in our footsteps and becoming an exclusive wedding venue in 2018, they still have plenty of key dates just waiting to be snapped up.
As the nights continue to get longer and darker, 2017 is coming to a close. Whilst it’s been another exciting and successful year for us, we’re also very much looking forward to everything that 2018 has in store, including the new trends set to take the wedding world by storm. As the best wedding venue in Wales, we thought we’d explore the top trends to watch over the course of the next year.
Step into the woods
If you’ve been thinking about weddings for quite some time and pinning your favourite looks on Pinterest, you’ll know that rustic wedding venues have been big news for the last few years. Whilst this theme will never go out of fashion, the trend is progressing to a more ‘woodsy’ type of feel. Think masses of greenery, wilder bouquets and a slightly more undone vibe. Centrepieces will become more understated and traditional flowers will take a backseat. Suspended plants will also be big news as décor moves away from the tables and makes its way to the ceilings. If this is something that interests you, we couldn’t recommend Eve Francesca Design enough!
Innovating the invitation
Wedding stationery has been changing for quite some time, but couples are getting more and more innovative with their choice of invitations. Couples are no longer confined to using certain materials and invitations are becoming more of a hint as to what guests can expect from the big day. With fabric, perspex and natural materials such as stone and wood being utilised as the canvas of choice, we’re seeing some exciting advancements in this department. If you’ve got an idea for your stationery and want something bespoke, or you are looking for wedding inspiration, contact Exquisite by Design; you won’t regret it.
From suits and bridesmaids dresses to wedding stationery and décor accents, navy blue is the hue that will reign supreme next year. Whilst black will never go out of fashion, midnight blue is a softer and more stylish addition to the colour palette.
Whilst we’re on the subject of colours, it’s time to talk about metallic. Whilst rose gold was the colour of choice for 2017, we’ll see a step back to silver and chrome next year when it comes to venue decoration. Whatever colours you opt for at your special day, we’re proud to offer a full decor and centrepiece service to bring your vision to life.
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, the menu you choose plays a crucial role in setting the tone for your big day. As such, there are more food options than ever before to choose from. Whether it’s quirky street food trucks outside or interactive stations with ‘make your own’ dishes, couples are getting more and more creative with their choice of wedding menus. That’s why we’ve got creative and introduced our unique street food buffets to give your guests something to talk about!
Step up the entertainment
After the vows are exchanged and the bar opens up, your guests want to be entertained. Couples are going bigger and bolder with their entertainment options, with performances and magicians, like Phil Jay, proving more and more popular. If you’re looking for some special musical entertainment, check out Music HQ. With that being said, one trend that isn’t going anywhere is the photobooth. We personally recommend the award winning Ultrabooth. Guests still love this notion, but we will see new props being added to the mix!
If you’re considering a 2018 wedding, get in touch with our team today or come along to our next wedding showcase. We’ve still got some great key dates available!
Images by Marc Smith Photography, Nick Murray Photography, Richard Savage Photography
Why a mini-moon in Gower should be top of your wedding gift list
After months of hard work spent planning your special day, you deserve a little break to enjoy the blissful post-wedding buzz as newlyweds. As more and more couples get gifted with travel vouchers and donations towards the honeymoon, it makes sense to postpone the official honeymoon and take a few days break a little closer to home.
Of course, that doesn’t mean you need to sacrifice on an idyllic location, and we’d never suggest scrimping on luxury! With that in mind, a mini-moon in Gower could be just what you need, and with our two luxurious properties, The Coach House and Mulberry House, we have the perfect place for you to enjoy a rustic retreat in Gower.
With some of Europe’s best beaches on our very doorstep, you can enjoy a spectacular sea view without the jetlag! Whether you’re saving up for a bigger break at a later date or if you’d simply prefer to stay a little closer to home, Gower is a great place to enjoy your first few days of married life.
From the rolling fields and expansive salt marshes to the dramatic cliffs and rugged mountains that dominate the landscape, there are so many reasons to fall in love with this beautiful location. In fact, it was declared the UK’s first area of outstanding natural beauty in 1956. What’s more, both of our properties are located just a stone’s throw away from Gower’s most famous beach, Rhossili Bay, which has been voted Britain’s Best Beach, third-best in Europe and ninth-best in the world. It’s now got another one to add to the list as Suitcase Magazine have also named it within their list of top ten beaches in the world too.
Make it a party
It doesn’t have to be a mini-moon, it could be an extension of the wedding itself! Our luxurious cottage, Mulberry House, can accommodate up to ten of your nearest and dearest so you can prolong the wedding celebrations. With spectacular views and its own private hot tub, raise a glass to your new marital status with the help of your closest friends and family. Plus, due to some last minute cancellations, we have two key weekend dates available at Mulberry House this July on Friday 21st and Friday 28th, so get in touch to snap these up.
The Coach House is our chocolate-box pretty offering that’s located within the grounds of our sister property, Fairyhill. Accommodating up to six guests, The Coach House allows you take advantage of the benefits of a self-catering cottage whilst having the facilities of a luxurious hotel and award-winning restaurant right on your doorstep.
Things to do in Gower
With a full summer of events scheduled at our sister venue, Fairyhill, there’s plenty happening. Plus, we’ll even arrange free transportation for you so you can share a bottle of champagne or have your tipple of choice to celebrate your newly married status. Whether you want to join us for our signature afternoon tea or opt for the full works with a three-course meal, neither your taste buds nor spouse will be disappointed.
With some of the best scenery and views in Wales, you’ll never run out of places to take a romantic stroll in Gower. If you fancy taking in the views whilst also getting the adrenaline pumping, the team of Gower Adventures will give you an action-packed day to remember. From body boarding and climbing to canoeing and kayaking, there’s no shortage of things to do to create memories that last forever. Or if you’d rather take in the sights from the road, get in touch with Gower Tours for a quirky ride in style, made even better by their fantastic knowledge of the local area which will help you to discover the best-kept secrets of Gower.
What’s more, you don’t need to get married at our wedding venue to enjoy our rustic retreat packages; public bookings are welcome subject to availability. If you’re interested in booking one of our cottages, get in touch with our team today or give us a call on 01792 391468.
Whether it’s to lust after the couture wedding dresses or dream about some of the world’s most exclusive and enviable wedding locations, there’s no denying that we all love a celebrity wedding. And as we’ve been voted the Best Wedding Venue in Wales for three years, nobody loves a good wedding more than us! Whilst most of us aren’t blessed with their budgets, celebrity weddings are a great place to get inspiration, and it’s fair to say that wedding fever has heightened in the UK and beyond after seeing the photographs of Pippa Middleton’s beautifully sophisticated wedding day.
With the topic of Pippa’s wedding still hot on everyone’s lips, we’re taking a trip down memory lane to take a look at some of the most famous celebrity weddings from the last few years. So sit back and relax as we recap on some of our favourite wedding moments. That is if you can take your eyes off that Giles Deacon dress for just a few moments…
Kate and William
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This was easily the most iconic wedding day of the last decade, and you can’t deny that Kate looked truly breathtaking. In fact, when you think of the most defining wedding moments of our generation, it doesn’t get more iconic than Kate emerging in her Alexander McQueen wedding dress. Aptly, it was a dress fit for royalty!
Kim and Kanye
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Love them or hate them, there’s no denying that #Kimye’s wedding was a memorable one! And how could we forget the dream that was Kim’s custom-made Givenchy haute couture wedding dress? In fact, their wedding photo was the most liked photo on Instagram in 2014, with 2.4 million likes.
By Kardashian standards, the wedding ceremony was relatively small with 200 guests watching them tie the knot in Florence. The same can’t be said for the budget though, which could make anyone’s eyes water! It was Kim’s wedding to Kanye that also saw her get welcomed into fashion’s most elite circle as she finally graced the front cover of Vogue with her new husband.
Posh and Becks
Wow 17 years ago to this day this happened… I was lucky to meet someone who has the same drive and wanted the same things in life… We have created 4 beautiful children and I couldn’t wish for a more loving and caring mummy for them… Happy anniversary, I love you ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
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It’s hard to believe that the UK’s golden couple has now been married for almost 18-years! However, their special day still remains at the forefront of many people’s minds. In a spectacle that featured doves, rose petals, flower girls dressed as angels, it’s fair to say that the event was ever so slightly over the top.
The couple also had his-and-her gold thrones and cut their wedding cake with a sword! In fact, even David himself admitted that they might have gone overboard. Yet, the lavish ceremony clearly wasn’t to compensate for a lack of love as Posh and Becks are still very much happily married and remain as one of the nation’s favourite couples.
Amal Alamuddin and George Clooney
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The world was shocked when Hollywood’s most famous bachelor finally tied the knot. But his bride wasn’t just any woman. A barrister specialising in international law and human rights, Amal Alamuddin has both brains and beauty. Wearing a beautiful Oscar de la Renta gown that featured hand-embroidered pearls and diamanté accents, Amal looked truly breathtaking in their Venice wedding whilst the groom donned a classic Giorgio Armani tuxedo.
Pippa and James Matthews
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Of course, this wouldn’t be a wedding blog if we didn’t take a more in-depth look at 2017’s most high-profile wedding! Epitomising elegance and natural beauty, Pippa Middleton somehow managed to look even more stunning than she did when she first caught the nation’s attention as the bridesmaid for the Duchess of Cambridge in 2011. With her hair and makeup styled in a chic yet simple way, Pippa let her Giles Deacon dress do all the talking.
The wedding ceremony took place in a small church in Berkshire and the reception was held in a purpose-built glass marquee at the Middleton estate. Admittedly, not all of us have the space to build a wedding marquee in our back gardens, so if you’re hoping to recreate the exclusivity and privacy that Pippa wanted, your best option is to book an exclusive wedding venue. If only there was one in Gower with equally as gorgeous views. Oh, wait. That’s us.
Same luxurious standards, but with a brand new look…
As we’ve been voted the Best Wedding Venue in South Wales for the last three years, many people assume that we’re fully booked for the foreseeable future. However, whilst our diaries are pretty full, you’ll be surprised and delighted to hear that we do actually have some availability left this year; we even have some summer and Christmas dates left. We’re firm believers that if you’re caught up in the moment and feeling the love, why wait?
It’s not too late to book your dream 2017 wedding. These are just a few of the great dates that are still available:
- Sunday 23/07/2017
- Monday 14/08/2017
- Monday 21/08/2017
- Tuesday 22/08/2017
- Wednesday 23/08/2017
- Tuesday 29/08/2017
- Saturday 04/11/2017
- Sunday 12/11/2017
- Saturday 16/12/2017
- Saturday 23/12/2017
Christmas holiday dates
- Thursday 14/12/2017
- Monday 18/12/2017
- Tuesday 19/12/2017
Whether it’s the spark of spontaneity or the incredible savings, there are plenty of reasons to consider a whirlwind wedding package. A lot of people assume that planning a wedding with a tight timescale means cutting back and stripping it back to the bare minimum, but that needn’t be the case. At Oldwalls, luxury comes as standard, regardless of budget and timescales. What’s more, if you book our ‘Whirlwind Package‘, you’ll get a lot of added extras for a fraction of the cost.
If you’re worried about planning a wedding in just a few short months, you needn’t be. Our experienced team of wedding coordinators will be on hand to make the entire process as smooth as possible for you. After all, we live and breathe weddings; we’ve even helped brides to plan weddings in as little as 9 weeks so nothing will faze us!
If you’re interested in a whirlwind weddings package at our rustic wedding venue, get in touch with our team today to book a private tour of our venue.
After one of our brides gave her guests the shock of their lives, we’re excited to finally share the story of this birthday party with a difference…
All weddings are different, and we’re always delighted to explore our couples’ personalities whilst finding new ways for them to express themselves on their special day. When Debbie approached us a few months ago, she told us that she wanted to plan a surprise wedding and we were instantly intrigued! The idea was to have the ceremony in front of 35 of her nearest and dearest whilst the rest of her evening guests arrived assuming they were on the way to simply celebrate Debbie’s 50th birthday at our award-winning wedding venue. Needless to say, the excitement of keeping Debbie’s wedding a surprise certainly kept us on our toes, but we love a challenge at Oldwalls!
It’s fair to say that guests were more than just a little bit shocked when local celebrity, Kev Jones, introduced the birthday girl and her husband as Debbie and Barry both emerged in their wedding attire! Our friends at WeCreate were on hand to capture the moment on film and you can see the reaction in the video below:
Double the cause for celebration
A former Managing Director of Confused.com and the first woman to be appointed to the board of a professional rugby region in Wales, it’s safe to say that Debbie is one of Wales’ leading businesswomen. As such, it’s hardly surprising that she has a slightly busy diary. So you’ll probably be shocked to hear that Debbie and Barry actually opted for our whirlwind wedding package and planned her entire wedding in just four months with the help of our experienced wedding team.
A recipe for success
We also unveiled our brand new street food buffet option, which went down a treat with guests. Debbie and Barry opted for BBQ, Thai and Mexican dishes which kept their guests coming back for more all night. We’ll be sharing more details on our street food buffet soon so watch this space!
Pop along to one of our wedding showcases to discover why Debbie fell in love with our award-winning venue.