The capital city of Wales has many a wedding venue and many a beautiful spot just perfect for a wedding photo – Cardiff Bay has been said to have matched Sorrento in Italy in terms of prettiness in the moonlight, for example. With the city being built around the stunning castle, and the beautiful old buildings mixing seamlessly with the new, it’s a wonderful place to marry. If you haven’t been to look at them already, make sure you visit a few of these lovely venues:
Why not marry right in the heart of this beautiful city? You can’t get a more central location or one more synonymous with the city itself. Described as a Welsh Victorian Camelot, Cardiff Castle is a beautiful sight. Set in the heart of the city amid stunning parklands, the original Roman wall can still be seen today, as can the Norman keep and stronghold style walls. It is, however, the way in which the castle was transformed by the Marques of Bute and his architect, from around 1866, that makes it so special. Each room in the castle lodgings was transformed into a beautifully themed room, and they are where you could hold your wedding!
There are several rooms to choose from. Perhaps you’d like to hold your ceremony in the 15th Century undercroft? This stone room with vaulted ceilings, complete with colourful banners and drapes, makes a striking and regal place in which to marry. You can hold your reception in the stunning Banqueting Hall – used by the Bute family themselves for entertaining, it is a beautiful room with ornate panelling, high ceilings and atmospheric lighting, offering a truly unique place in which to dine. In the evening you could move on to the Interpretation Centre, a modern venue with the original Roman Wall as a focal point, and a terrace which offers amazing panoramic views of the entire castle. If you want the fairytale, this could well be it.
One of the city’s best loved wedding venues. Your entire wedding can be held here, from ceremony right through to the evening reception – and it can cater for a huge 500 guests, should you be hosting a particularly large wedding. This impressive building, built in English Renaissance style in 1906, is part of one of the most beautiful civic centres in the world and it’s easy to see why. The outside is imposing, magnificent even, and inside the photo opportunities are endless thanks to a beautiful grand Victorian staircase, the architecturally stunning Marble Hall and the huge yet beautiful Assembly Room. You can even marry in the Council Chamber, with its domed roof, stained glass windows and oak panelling. It also give your guests a unique way in which to view the ceremony as you would marry right in the middle of the circular room, affording every guest at the wedding a great view of the ceremony.
If guests or members of the wedding party are looking for somewhere to stay before or after the wedding, why not suggest they book a Travelodge, allowing them to enjoy your wedding without having to worry about over-spending on travel or accommodation. They’ll want to have plenty left in the wedding gift budget, after all!