Getting hitched near a capital city has some major perks and Cardiff, the capital city of Wales, is a wedding venue location you're going to want on your radar.
You really do get the best of both worlds with wedding venues in Cardiff. Not only do they boast brilliant transport links thanks to nearby Cardiff airport and a comprehensive train network, but the city borders some spectacular Welsh countryside and the wonderful waterfront of Cardiff Bay, ensuring photo opportunities aplenty!
And it's not all castles and country houses on offer (although they are breathtaking) - Cardiff offers a whole host of special wedding venues that we're sure you'll fall in love with. Whether you're looking for a venue perfect for your Asian wedding or if getting hitched at a world-class concert hall fits the bill, keep on scrolling...
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1. Temple of Peace - Plasnewyd
Nestled in the Civic Centre of Cardiff, the Temple of Peace (as the name suggests) is a tranquil and enchanting wedding venue.
The building was originally opened in 1938, taking inspiration from the Art Deco movement to create a truly striking and unique masterpiece.
Marry or have your reception in the beautiful Marble Hall where you can expect to wow up to 180 guests with 34 foot floor to celling windows, grand pillars and ambient lighting.
Alternatively, The Council Chamber provides a more intimate setting for you to say 'I do' in with up to 60 guests in the wood panelled room.
2. Woodbank - Llanhennock
Just a 30 minute drive away from the bustling city centre of Cardiff lies magical wedding venue Woodbank.
Surrounded by the Mommouthshire countryside and overlooking the River Usk, you'll be spoilt for choice with the hosting spaces here.
We love The Main Hall for your ceremony - it has a spiralled oak staircase that you can enter from, making for a spectacular first impression when guests set eyes on you!
Woodbank also has a brilliant offer available for intimate guest lists, including deals on drinks and accommodation, so don't hesitate if you're looking for somewhere special.
3. Hensol Castle - Plasnewyd
Wales has some amazing castles and your guests are sure to be impressed if you choose one as your wedding venue!
Hensol Castle, dating back to the 17th century, is a gorgeous option with striking gothic architecture, grand towers and stunning staircases.
Our favourite feature? Nestled among the grand estate is an impressive 15-acre lake with a serpentine pool and jetty. It's perfect if you and your partner want a tranquil moment alone.
This wedding venue can cater for up to 180 guests and with a whopping 145 luxurious rooms available at the Vale Resort next door, friends and family won't have to travel far after a night full of dancing.
4. Vale Resort - Plasnewyd
If you're looking for a Cardiff wedding venue that combines convenience with style, look no further than Vale Resort.
Set amidst 650 acres of picturesque Welsh countryside, the view of the Vale of Glamorgan from the glass windowed ceremony room is breathtaking - in fact, you'd never guess you're just minutes from the M4!
Once you've tied the knot, there are a number of spaces you can host your reception in. From the Morgannwg Suite which opens onto a balcony below, to the lavish Castle Suite, there's a room to cater for every party.
The venue also specialises in Asian weddings, working alongside fabulous Indian and Asian catering services to meet your needs.
5. The Orangery - Margam
Another gorgeous wedding venue just a short drive from Cardiff city centre is The Orangery, a grand Gothic-style mansion house in Margam Country Park.
Set within over 850 acres of stunning parkland, this wedding venue is as romantic as it is magnificent. It'll be hard to beat wedding photographs taken on the steps of this mansion!
You and your partner can stay the night at the venue's luxurious stone Ivy Cottage. Located at the end of a quiet no-through road, you'll have the perfect escape at the end of an amazing day.
6. voco™ St David's Cardiff - Plasnewyd
If you want to say your vows overlooking the beautiful Cardiff Bay, look no further than the voco™ St. David’s.
Boasting a host of celebrity fans, this five star hotel will be a big hit with couples who love contemporary, elegant and sleek interiors.
We recommend an outside ceremony to make full use of the waterfront location, however the inside space is fabulous too.
You and your loved ones can even enjoy a variety of treatments at the award-winning Marine Spa. What better way to spend the day before your wedding than with a relaxing massage!
7. New House Country Hotel - Llanishen
The New House Country Hotel offers spectacular city views across Cardiff while still providing you with a countryside escape for your wedding venue.
If you're marrying in the warmer months, The Marquee is ideal for al fresco hosting. With its own private bar, terrace and lounge this is like no marquee you've seen before!
You can rent out a chocolate fountain, starlight curtain backdrop and a sweet 1920s ice cream tricycle too, so you're guaranteed to have some very happy guests.
8. Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama - Plasnewyd
Music loving couples, prepare to be wowed. The Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama is a contemporary wedding venue available to host your big day.
Set in the grounds of Cardiff Castle, the college houses two unique buildings. The first is the historic stables, an open-air courtyard situated at the end of a tree-lined avenue. The second, a glass-walled hall which overlooks Bute Park. We adore the way this wedding party have used pom-pom bunting to add a playful touch to this venue.
If you’re really looking for something special, the hall leads into a world-class concert hall and theatre, perfect for a ceremony with a difference.
9. Manor Parc Hotel and Restaurant - Llanishen
Manor Parc Hotel and Restaurant was built in the 1850s as a country manor house for potato merchants from Cardiff. Now, it opens its doors as a magnificent wedding venue!.
Step inside The Cedar Room for your wedding ceremony, which - thanks to the two bay windows - is bathed in natural light.
As for the food, no one has to be left hungry as this venue offers a number of menus, including fish, vegetarian and vegan dishes. Trust us, take a look at the food on offer here and you won't be disappointed.
10. Cardiff Castle - Plasnewyd
We couldn't complete our round-up of wedding venues in South Wales without including Cardiff Castle. Situated in the city centre, it's one of the most historic wedding venues in the whole country.
From decorative high ceilings and swinging chandeliers to intricate wood detailing and landscaped grounds, you and your partner will feel like royalty if you tie the knot here.
The magnificent Banqueting Hall is the ideal space for you and up to 150 friends and family to tuck into a feast, prepared by award-winning chefs. Your guests will be seriously impressed!
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