Beautiful coastlines, fairy-tale castles, gorgeous forests, and ancient churches are just a few of the locations you have to choose from if you’re thinking about wedding venues in Wales. There are many things to consider when planning a Welsh ceremony, including the size of your wedding, the season and weather, and the area of the country you might prefer. North Wales offers coastal towns along the Irish Sea, mountains, and a large number of medieval castles. South Wales, home of the capital city of Cardiff, is much more urban, but it still offers amazing countryside and beaches overlooking the Bristol Channel.
If you’re looking to get married in a castle, as many couples who plan weddings in Wales do, it can be nice to know that most wedding packages include housing all your guests on the castle grounds. Chirk Castle, in Wrexham County, Craig-y-nos, in the Swansea Valley, are two examples of castles that offer guest accommodations, wedding breakfasts, a full tour of their parks and gardens, and even the assistance of a wedding planner. In Craig-y-Nos you can even have your ceremony in their own miniature opera house. Most castles offer their own unique amenities. With any package deal at a castle or hotel venue, you should shop around to see what’s included and decide on a location that can offer you the most for your money.
There are a large number of outdoor wedding venues in Wales as well, if you are drawn to the beautiful countryside or coast. The National Botanical Garden of Wales even hosts weddings on their grounds. Of course it is important to remember that even in the summer, Wales can be soggy. July and August are the best months to see gorgeous, dry weather, but many people find May and September ideal for beating the crowds and avoiding the cold at the same time. Still, you can never predict what the weather might bring on your special day. A wise idea would be to book your wedding with one of the many coastal hotels that offer wedding packages, with an option to change the ceremony to indoors.
In the end, you may go the traditional route and marry in one of of the exquisite old churches you find in the Welsh valleys. Whichever you choose, you and your future spouse are sure to enjoy the magic that Wales has to offer.