South Wales is one of the UK’s most beautiful and diverse regions, thanks to its stunning coastline and abundance of bustling seaside towns and cities.
Encompassing the Gower Peninsula – the UK’s first ever designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty – the Welsh capital Cardiff, Pembrokeshire, Swansea and more, this almighty region is jam-packed full of amazing wedding venues.
If you’re after a spot where guests can totally relax and unwind (and embark on the odd countryside walk, too), South Wales might be the wedding location for you.
We’ve found 20 of the best wedding venues in South Wales, and we think you’re going to love them…
Fforest – Ceredigion
Set within the splendor of the Ceredigion countryside, Fforest Farm is a Welsh wonder surrounded by woodland and wildlife.
For the entire weekend, you’ll have free-run of the 200-acre farm. From giant tipis to party barns and a tiny private stone pub, there are endless spaces from which to host your big day.
The farmyard, which accommodates up to 40 guests, is perfect for an intimate winter wedding. Alternatively, the Cedar Barn accommodates 250, and throughout the summer, you can host an outdoor festival-themed wedding.
When it comes to your wedding breakfast, the Lodge has space for 90, while outdoor dining has an unlimited capacity. There is delicious in-house catering, and once everything has been enjoyed, the luxurious and newly renovated Georgian farmhouse is the perfect place to rest your head.
Gileston Manor – Vale of Glamorgan
Say hello to Gileston Manor, an utterly beautiful wedding venue set in the Vale of Glamorgan. Thanks to the stunning backdrops of the Georgian Manor House, 18th century Walled Gardens and picture perfect Summer House, any wedding hosted here will be a beautiful one.
As your guests approach the venue, they’ll be blown away by its grandeur. The boating lake and views across the Bristol estuary are the first things they’ll see –can you think of a better start to the day?
There are a number of options to choose from for your ceremony, from the local churches to the range of beautiful function rooms on-site.
After saying your vows, you’ll enjoy a wedding breakfast in the spectacular lotus marquee, below twinkling lights and magnificent chandeliers, before heading to the luxurious converted Old Coach House for an overnight stay.
Tall John’s House – Powys
The traditional Welsh barn, with its lofty beams and romantic slit windows, boasts underfloor heating, a stone floor and a capacity of 150.
The team here want your day to be as unique as possible, so there are no set suppliers, no structured packages and total flexibility when it comes to décor.
As well as the use of this beautiful barn from Friday through to Sunday, you’ll have access to two enchanting courtyards with views across the Black Mountains and a walled garden which is perfect for pre or post dinner drinks. Oh, and there’s also space for marquees or tipis if that’s what you’ve been dreaming of. What’s not to love?
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Plas Dinam – Powys
Friendly and family run, Plas Dinam offers you the freedom to make the house your own over the course of your wedding weekend. You can choose your own suppliers, bring your own drinks and dance the night away to your heart’s content.
For your ceremony, you can choose between something outdoors or a more intimate affair in one of two enchanting function rooms. The lawns are the perfect spot for post-ceremony drinks, and the Old Stables (complete with a glass roof and fab new lighting) is a unique space for feasting and dancing.
If it’s a winter wedding you’re after then you’ll be pleased to know that Plas Dinam is just as spectacular in the cooler months. You can have up to 60 guests join you for a magical Drawing Room ceremony before dining in the Great Hall. This is a venue for all seasons.
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Fairyhill – Swansea
If you’re on the hunt for a quirky and unusual wedding venue in South Wales, look no further than the stunning Fairyhill. Set close to Swansea, it is made up of a grade II-listed Georgian house and an awe-inspiring woodland renovation called the K Room.
Award winning beaches are just a stone’s throw away, and you’ll be offered exclusive use of the venue and grounds as standard. Fairyhill boasts a combination of contemporary and traditional architecture – a perfect nod towards the “something old and something new” tradition, plus two stylish bars, a garden room, luxurious accommodation and the K Room.
The K Room adds a really special touch to this already impressive venue.
It’s a new, modern extension designed especially to host ceremonies and your wedding breakfast. With glass walls, state-of-the-art facilities and panoramic views, it will wow your guests and then some.
Oldwalls – Swansea
We’re obsessed with Oldwalls Gower, a wedding venue which offers award-winning food, first-class service and exclusivity as standard.
Your day will begin with your ceremony in the Oakroom, a space which comes complete with high oak-beamed ceilings and extraordinary views across the lakes. Following this, you can head through elegant French doors to enjoy outdoor reception drinks, before heading to the venue’s magnificent marquee for your reception.
This marquee is both elegant and functional, with chic design, glass-panelled sides and full heating. It holds between 55 and 200 guests, and whatever size your guest list, fantastic, fresh catering will be enjoyed by all.
Our favourite part about this venue is the unique accommodation. On top of their offering of luxurious converted cottages is the chance to stay in one of 10 first-class glamping pods which each come with their own ensuite bathroom. There’s a reason why this glamping village is unrivalled in Wales!
St Donat’s Castle – Cardiff
With stunning sea views and luscious green gardens, St Donat’s Castle is an idyllic and romantic location for your South Wales wedding.
Despite being located right on the South Wales coast, it is only 40 minutes away from central Cardiff and one hour from Swansea. You’ll have exclusive use of the venue and be granted access to the beautiful Tudor gardens for incredible sea front photos.
For your ceremony, there’s a church on-site which can accommodate 110 guests. There’s also the Inner Courtyard which is licensed for an enchanting outdoor ceremony.
Your wedding breakfast will be held in the Bradenstock Hall which has space for up to 160 people (plus a further 40 in the evening). Oh, and don’t worry about the food – catering is provided by Town & Country who are award winners in fine dining. Seriously, whatever dish you’re dreaming of for your special day, the team will execute it spectacularly.
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De Courceys Manor – Cardiff
If you’re looking for a wedding venue within close proximity to Wales’ capital of Cardiff, then De Courcey’s Manor could be “the one”.
It is bursting with history, charm and elegance and boasts manicured grounds, views of the Welsh countryside and fabulous, individual service.
Complete with stunning chandeliers and exquisite décor, there is no better place to say your vows than the graceful Floral function room.
Once you’re finally a married couple, you can enjoy everything that the venue has to offer, from their delicious food to the luxurious boutique wedding apartment and gorgeous country cottages.
Llechwen Hall Hotel – Mid Glamorgan
Set on an enchanting hilltop location surrounded by magnificent views of the Welsh countryside, Llechwen Hall Hotel is one of the best hotel wedding venues in the country. It can cater for up to 300 guests thanks to its glorious indoor spaces and luxurious Garden Marquee.
It is the marquee which is perhaps the highlight of this venue, proving that marquee wedding venues can be chic and stylish. It has a dancefloor, star-lit ceiling and chandeliers throughout, and is nestled within the gardens which are perfect for exploring and taking photographs.
If that wasn’t enough, this venue is known for its award-winning menu. Wedding breakfasts are created using only the best, locally-sourced produce and will stick in the minds of your guests for a long time after they’ve been eaten.
Once your day draws to a close, there are 20 individually designed bedrooms including Deluxe Four-Poster rooms, all equipped with ensuite facilities, for you and your guests to enjoy.
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The Bear Hotel – Vale of Glamorgan
If you choose to host your wedding day at The Bear Hotel in the Vale of Glamorgan, it will be an elegant and sophisticated affair.
Say your vows in the traditional Georgian Ballroom beneath high ceilings and sparkling chandeliers, before taking to the newly refurbished St Quentin’s Suite for your wedding reception.
From your wedding breakfast to your first dance and mingling with loved ones in the beautiful courtyard, this space will have you treasuring every moment of your wedding day.
The Bear Hotel know that the devil is in the details, so will offer you the chance to hire everything from chocolate fountains to photo backdrops and their wonderful 1920s ice cream tricycle.
Temple of Peace – Cardiff
With a selection of different function suites, an offer of exclusive hire and a license to hold your ceremony, it really does tick off everything you need for the most important day of your life.
Although floor-to-ceiling windows do a wonderful job of flooding every function room here with light, the most spectacular spot has got to be the Marble Hall. With space for up to 180 guests and staggeringly high ceilings, this flexible space can host your entire day’s proceedings.
Oh, and we mustn’t forget about the food! Luckily for you, the Temple of Peace just happens to be home to some of Cardiff’s best culinary talents; a team of esteemed chefs will be on-hand to create something delicious, seasonal and fresh. Seriously – your guests will be in their element.
Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama – Cardiff
The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama is set in the grounds of Cardiff Castle, bordering one of the largest and most beautiful parks in the UK.
There are two spaces here which make sought-after locations for your very special day. The first is Cardiff Castle’s historic stables building – an open-air courtyard situated at the end of a tree-lined avenue. You could even choose to arrive via water taxi!
If you’re after something a little more contemporary, the glass-walled hall and terrace which overlooks Bute Park would be perfect. The park acts as a magnificent backdrop for your photographs and champagne reception.
If you’re really looking to push the boat out, the hall leads into a world-class concert hall and theatre, perfect for a ceremony with a difference. Music-lovers, this might just be the venue for you!
Plas Glansevin – Carmarthenshire
Set in the Western foothills of the Brecon Beacons, Plas Glansevin is an exclusive grade II-listed Georgian Mansion which provides an enchanting setting for any wedding.
The interiors of the Mansion House are our favourite part of this wedding venue – they combine period features (such as the photogenic Nash staircase) with an eclectic collection of furniture and artwork sourced from Africa and South East Asia.
This countryside wedding venue is self-catered, and the team encourage guests to make the property entirely their own. They don’t charge corkage nor do they provide in-house catering services, instead giving you total freedom to choose all of your own suppliers.
Once your spectacular day draws to a close, the annex sleeps up to 65 guests in gorgeous, stylish bedrooms. Oh, and the surrounding hills and open moorland are perfect for some day-after-the-wedding country walks with loved ones.
voco St David’s Hotel – Cardiff
Voco St David’s is one of Cardiff’s leading luxury five star hotels; it is a favourite with visiting celebrities! The interiors are sleek, elegant and contemporary, and you’ll certainly feel like a princess if you host your big day there.
If thoughts of saying ‘I do’ outside fill your heart with joy, you’ll be pleased to know that you can have a waterfront blessing while enjoying views across the beautiful bay.
What’s more, you can enjoy a day of pure indulgence before or after your wedding by making the most of the variety of treatments available in the hotel’s award-winning Marine Spa.
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Stouthall Country Mansion – Swansea
Recently restored to a fabulous standard to show off all of its former glory, Stouthall Country Mansion is a beautiful wedding venue set in 16 acres of ancient woodlands. In short, it’s an idyllic place to celebrate your vows.
Although this venue is a mansion house, it also offers the option to have a tipi erected in the grounds – perfect for those of you dreaming up a festival-themed wedding. Whether you choose an outdoor tipi wedding in the grounds or something chic and sophisticated inside, your day will be unforgettable.
The food at Stouthall is all fresh and locally sourced, and Chef Rob Phillips and his experienced team will create a playful and fun wedding breakfast whatever your budget. One thing’s for sure: quality will not be sacrificed!
On top of all of this, Stouthall has overnight accommodation for the wedding couple and their guests, live band facilities, a capacity of 150 and a professional, friendly team.
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Cefn Tilla Court – Monnouthshire
It is set in the heart of the beautiful Monmouthshire countryside, and the house itself has a long and colourful history. The Great Hall is the perfect place to host your ceremony, since it is bathed in natural light and boasts windows which overlook the front lawns and lily pond. What a treat!
Once you’ve exchanged your vows, there is no better way to celebrate than by taking to the grounds. Toast to your next chapter on the sweeping lawns before heading into a state of the art marquee – a total blank canvas for your wedding dreams.
Once the day is over, Cefn Tilla Court’s stunning Boudoir is the perfect place for your first night as a married couple. An additional 30 guests can also stay in stylish on-site accommodation.
Llangoed Hall – Powys
The views across the Black Mountains are breathtaking and create the most beautiful backdrop for your wedding photographs.
There are a range of function spaces on offer for both your ceremony and reception, so whether you’re dreaming of something large and opulent or small and intimate, there will be a location to suit.
Foodie couples will be pleased to know that Head Chef Nick Brodie will tailor a menu and wine list for your wedding breakfast, with dishes that use only the finest local Welsh produce and seasonal ingredients from the kitchen’s very own garden. It’s touches like this that make any wedding at Llangoed Hall special!
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The Orangery – Neath Port Talbot
The Orangery is a stunning 18th century wedding venue set within 850 acres of picturesque parkland.
The monastic ruins and gothic-style mansion house provide a unique and romantic setting for your special day (not to mention endless photograph opportunities).
If you’ve long been dreaming of hosting your wedding breakfast in a banquet hall, The Orangery would be perfect.
It has all the grandeur you’ll have been hoping for, and the experienced Chef and Banqueting Team will ensure you have a fun and delicious feasting experience.
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Wilde Lodge – Powys
Escape to total tranquillity and host your wedding day at the Wilde Lodge, a country house wedding venue surrounded by unspoilt views of the rolling fields of Powys, Herefordshire and Shropshire. With an unrivalled location and access to private fields and the riverside, there’s so much to fall in love with from the moment you arrive.
Every wedding at the Wilde Lodge includes exclusive use of the entire property for up to three nights, guaranteeing total seclusion. The Main Lodge sleeps 18 guests and features stylish rooms with contemporary touches.
Next to the Main Lodge is the Long Barn – the perfect rustic wedding venue to say your vows in. There’s space for 100 standing guests and 90 seated guests, and it can be transformed into a chill-out area, party barn, cocktail bar or cinema later in the day. Oh, and new for 2019 is the Wilde Safari Tent! Nestled within the old barn walls, it is a fabulous marquee perfect for your festival wedding.
We’re totally obsessed with Wilde Lodge, and thanks to their hidden extras including pre-wedding family meals, BBQs, wild swimming and glamping, there is no better place to host a wedding day to remember.
Hensol Castle – Vale of Glamorgan
Set within the charming Welsh countryside, it boasts unrivalled beauty and picturesque backdrops (including a 15-acre lake and serpentine pond).
The castle itself dates back to the 17th century and has an undeniable sense of elegance and grandeur throughout. Original architecture, gothic towers and sweeping staircases provide you and your guests with no end of spots to explore.
The venue will be exclusively yours for the whole day. There’s space for 180 guests, a delicious selection of luxury mens to choose from plus 143 luxurious bedrooms at the Vale Resort.
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