Lampeter Wedding fayre

Why go to a Wedding fayre?

Wedding Fayre and Bridal Showcases

Many wedding venues will very likely organise a wedding fayre / bridal showcase or maybe even an open day once a year at their location. The question is what’s the difference between them and why should you attend?

Falcondale wedding car

WEDDING FAYRE

Having flicked through bridal magazines and created your own Pinterest board it’s now time to put these ideas into action. A wedding fayre implies that there’ll be local wedding services and suppliers on hand at the venue. A perfect opportunity to discuss your ideas and vision with experts from the local area who very likely know the venue and will be able to deliver and set-up for you.

These are experts in their fields and have a wealth of knowledge and talent that can help you create your special day. Your wedding co-ordinator from the venue can point you in the right direction for reliable and well-regarded wedding services and suppliers.

Lampeter wedding fayre

BRIDAL SHOWCASE

At a bridal showcase you should expect to see a fashion show or catwalk of bridal dresses, and possibly bridesmaids, groomsmen and even mother of the bride outfits. At Falcondale’s bridal showcase in February 2019 the catwalk will feature Chez Louise Bridal.

These events can be useful for you to see what the dresses look like in real life rather than the glamorous glossy images seen in professional photo’s. Bridal shops require pre-booking for fittings and if you have an idea of things you do (or don’t) like, it allows the shop assistant to choose appropriate dresses. Providing you a positive experience is their aim.

Bridal dress

OPEN DAY

An open day is more about the venue and far less about the services and suppliers of others. Expect to see tables laid-up as if ready for a wedding party, and possibly even the civil ceremony room dressed. Occasionally you may get a venue dresser who would showcase their skills with various adornments, table centres and decorations. A perfect opportunity to visualise how your day could look, especially if the venue is a little unusual or not run-of-the-mill.

Be wary though! If you’re expecting to talk to wedding suppliers you will be disappointed, as this is not about them – it’s about the venue.

Afternoon tea wedding

 

Falcondale Wedding Showcase

At The Falcondale on the 17th February we are very lucky to have many of the local wedding services and suppliers present to help plan your day. Look at our dedicated page: –

INFORMATION

Chez Louise Bridal will be showcasing her dresses

Free Entry

As always, our wedding fayres are FREE, with a glass of fizz for the bride to be, and goody bags.

Peek at our Wedding page for details on packages.

To book a showaround give us a call on 01570 422910 or email weddings@thefalcondale.co.uk

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Winter Weddings at The Falcondale

Winter Wonderland Weddings in Ceredigion

Christmas Weddings in Wales

With Christmas festivities and New Year celebrations, there’s a buzz in the air and the potential for new beginnings, lending itself perfectly to wedding season. As the temperatures continue to plummet and the nights get darker, there’s no avoiding the fact that we’re now deep into the winter season. Yet, with the cold temperatures, a lot of people seem to forget that this is one of the most magical seasons to tie the knot.

December is actually one of the most popular months for people to get married, and whilst it might be a little late to secure your 2018 wedding, there’s still plenty of time to plan for a 2019 winter wedding. We explore some of the best ways that you can transform your wedding day into a festive celebration in its own right.

 

Wedding at The Falcondale, Mid Wales

 

FEELING THE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT

Winter is the season to eat, drink and be merry. As such, your wedding day gives you the perfect opportunity to create your own festive cocktails to celebrate your big day. Plus, if you were to get married at the Falcondale, your guests could indulge to their heart’s content without needing to worry about getting home at the end of the night. You and your guests would have access to our many luxurious rooms to sleep off the holiday hangover!

If you’re opting for a Christmas wedding, there’s no reason to go cold turkey on a Christmas-themed menu. You could keep it relatively subtle by serving guests mulled wine and mince pies upon arrival, or you could go all out and serve up a decadent Christmas themed roast for your wedding breakfast.

THE DEVIL’S IN THE DETAIL

With weddings, it’s often the smallest of details that set the tone for the day. Having a wedding at Christmas time gives you the perfect opportunity to inject little elements of magic into your day without seeming too over the top. From glittered pinecones to fabulous winter blooms; this is the season of the centerpiece. You could even offer personalised Christmas baubles or crackers as place names. Your options are endless.

THE COLOURS OF WINTER

The winter season arguably has one of the most vibrant colour palettes. With rich reds and mesmerising metallics, you won’t be stuck for inspiration. Aside from the more traditional colours, you can also consider deep berry hues as a modern way to complement winter whites. From your décor to your floral arrangements, you’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to finding the perfect hues.

WRAP IT UP

Your Christmas presents aren’t the only thing that needs wrapping. Whilst winter weddings are undeniably beautiful, it’s important to address the elephant in the room; those winter temperatures! At our venue, we’ll do our best to keep your guests warm and toasty with our hearty log fires. When it comes to dressing, bridesmaids wearing faux fur wraps always look very chic in photographs. You could even go above and beyond and provide your guests with a blanket bucket for their use when they want to explore our grounds. It’s these little details which make a wedding truly memorable.

Christmas at The Falcondale, Lampeter

 

Weddings at The Falcondale

If a winter wonderland wedding is at the top of your Christmas list, get in touch to find out more about our venue.

Peek at our Wedding page for details on packages.

To book a showaround give us a call on 01570 422910 or email weddings@thefalcondale.co.uk

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Fabulous wedding setting at The Falcondale
Tony 2AA rosettes 2018

Into the frying pan with head chef Tony

Weddings from a chef’s point of view

Our head chef Tony has been in his current position at The Falcondale since October 2017 and has over 20 years’ experience within hotels / restaurants and event catering. We thought we’d fire some questions at him and share his experience of the industry with you – especially when it comes to catering for weddings.

Weddings at The Falcondale

Your advice to brides and grooms when choosing their menus?

Prioritise your desires. If the food element of your wedding is high up on your list, then allocate your wedding budget accordingly. It could be that you’d prefer to spend more on “the dress” and that 8-piece band you absolutely love. Let us know, as we can alter dishes and presentation to suit your day and budget. This does not mean that the quality of the food or service will be compromised, only the realism that an Oyster bar will more expensive than standard canapes.

Choose a menu for you, what you like to eat, and let your guests know your reasonings for your choices. They are far more likely to get on board your train of thought and accept that the day is about you, and not them.

 

Canapes

 

What are your biggest likes and dislikes when it comes to catering for a wedding?

The most amazing feeling is receiving feedback from the bride and groom after the event is over. By the time we get to the wedding day itself we would have spent hours fine tuning and preparing – including taster sessions / pictures of the dishes / reading and re-reading the menu etc. etc. To hear that the effort was worthwhile is amazing.

My biggest dislike (which I’m sure many other chefs would agree with me), is guests not telling the bride and groom or even the venue about their dietary requirements. There are many situations involving people’s health that require a specific diet and I have no problem in accommodating these requests. However, trying to conjure a vegan dairy free dessert at the 11th hour whilst feeding 120 guests is quite a tall order. I kindly request that we are made aware of these dietary requirements in advance (at least a week in advance – please).

 

What are your thoughts on the latest trends of Grazing or Feasting tables?

For me it’s just fancy words for a buffet, would you agree? Maybe I’m being a little harsh on this point.

With a buffet you’ll have a selection of options from a buffet table which include carved meats, bowls of salads, dressings, dips, coleslaw, maybe some hot options and a bread roll – all individual elements which when brought together makes a complete plate of food.

A grazing table would be a large display table full of dishes, such as mini fish & chip cones with tartare sauce, mini brioche buns filled with a Welsh beef patty and red onion marmalade, softly poached quail egg with an asparagus sprig, falafel and cous cous food bowls. Portions that are a little bigger than canapes and be picked up by the guests haphazardly over a longer period of time.

A feasting table is what you’d expect to see at Harry Potter, all the food in the middle of the table where the guests are sat with platters of food to share in the middle. Kind of like a private buffet for each individual table, which gets people talking and mingling with each other naturally.

What I like to do (especially for the evening part of the weddings), are food platters. Such as Welsh cheese with oatcakes, chutneys, apples, celery and grapes. Alongside this serve a charcuterie platter of salami’s, pepperoni, bresaola with olives, gherkins, roasted nuts and artisan breads.

Afternoon tea wedding

 

What is your food philosophy?

Local & seasonal – whenever and wherever possible.

No matter your budget or what dishes you choose I try and source these locally to The Falcondale. There is such a vast array of producers within the county of Ceredigion and its neighbour’s in Carmarthenshire / Pembrokeshire and Powys that we would be amiss to ignore them.

There is an expectation to provide menus within a wedding brochure, which is quite ridiculous really when at that stage you don’t even know what time of year the wedding will take place. This results in generic menus that sounds the same as any other venue. When I have the opportunity, I would prefer to offer specific seasonal options to brides and grooms that could also strengthen their vibe and hopes for their day.

 

Anything else you’d like to add?

Come up for a tasting of your dishes before you make your final decisions on a menu. I make a judgement call on what I think would look good dependant on your choice. This may not always match with your expectations and so please be honest about your feedback. Do you want it to look differently? Maybe it wasn’t what you thought? Do you want a different garnish on the side?

Once you are happy and you’ve made your decision we will put the wheels in motion and start planning the ordering of produce.

Wedding tables

 

Weddings at The Falcondale

Our aim has been to offer suggestions that could be applied to The Falcondale hotel & restaurant, a four-star country house hotel located just outside Lampeter in Mid Wales.

 

Peek at our Wedding page for details on packages.

 

To book a showaround give us a call on 01570 422910 or email weddings@thefalcondale.co.uk

 

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Ceredigion coastal path with your dog

The Dog Blog – Mwnt

Ceredigion Beaches in October

We are now into October and I’m allowed back on the beaches in Ceredigion. With the sun shining mum decided that it was beach day and wanted to go to Mwnt.

Mwnt on the Cardigan bay coastal path

 

Dogs on the beach

Mwnt beach is around 40 mins away from the Falcondale located between Cardigan and Aberporth. After driving through the country lanes, you come to the top of the hill looking down on the beautiful sandy cove with an iconic white church on the right.

Dogs welcome on the beach

 

Ceredigion Coastline walk

I walked up Foel y Mwnt and along the coastal path where there were steps to go down to the sand. When the weathers clear you can see the mountains of Snowdonia over Cardigan bay and Mwnt is one of the best beaches to spot dolphins. I didn’t give mum a chance to look for these though as I wanted to get to the top of that hill as quick as possible, stand at the top sniffing the air and run back down dragging her along behind me.

With a café, toilets and a car park there’s all the amenities to keep everyone happy (usually involving a trip to a coffee shop) and I got to splash around in the stream by the kiosk!

A good doggie day out!

Freya signature

Pets Welcome

Pets stay free in October

Falcondale hotel and restaurant

7 things to do in Winter

7 things to do (or places to visit) when it’s raining

…within driving distance of Lampeter

It may be colder, with a little of the wet stuff falling – however, there are things you can do when staying at The Falcondale. Located within Ceredigion and only 2 miles from the border to Carmarthenshire and just 25 miles to the border of Pembrokeshire.

We’ve put together some ideas of places to visit and things you can do within easy driving distance from Lampeter.

 

1. NATIONAL WOOL MUSEUM

Dre-fach Velindre was once the heart of the Welsh wool industry and is now the place to go for everything woolly. They take you from the fleece off the sheep through to the finished product and show you how methods and industry has changed over many years.

A free entry museum with a sympathetically restored listed mill and historic machinery. Look out for workshops and specialist talks throughout the year. All you need is under cover, with a café, shop and viewing platform for the mill itself.

National Wool Museum of Wales

 

2. NATIONAL LIBRARY OF WALES IN ABERYSTWYTH

Guided tours of the library are available Wednesdays at 2.15pm, we would recommend booking your place as they can be sold out. You will be escorted around the library and introduced to its history and most noteworthy assets. There are permanent and temporary exhibitions on display for you to wander around including the infamous Nanteos cup – thought to be the “holy grail”.

Located in Penglais overlooking the university town of Aberystwyth spend time in the café overlooking Cardigan Bay in the distance.

National Library of Wales

 

3. CARDIGAN CASTLE

Cardigan Castle includes a Georgian Mansion and grade II listed garden. 900 years of history is at hand to explore and discover at your leisure or with a guided tour available at 2pm each day of the week. Permanent and temporary exhibitions are located at the castle with interpretation panels and multimedia technology.

Being that the castle is located in the town of Cardigan you could combine your visit with a stroll around some of the unique traditional shops.

Cardigan Castle

 

4. DA MHILE DISTILLERY

An organic distiller of gin and liqueurs located near the town of Llandysul. Tours only happen on Wednesdays and Fridays at 3pm, and they suggest you phone and book. It is well worth planning and taking advantage of a tour, as you are taken into the distilling room itself and get to taste the varied range available.

Located in its present location from 2012 Da Mhile have produced an orange liqueur, botanical gin and seaweed gin to great acclaim. We would also recommend visiting Teifi Farmhouse Cheese as they are located at the same farm!

Da Mhile Distillery

 

5. LLANERCHAERON NATIONAL TRUST

Found on the Lampeter to Aberaeron road, Llanerchaeron is a National Trust property which was self-sufficient in its heyday. It has its own farm, walled garden and lake that sustained 10 generations of the Lewis/Lewes family from 1634 to 1989.

The early John Nash Palladian style Georgian villa is particularly interesting, with its simple looking exterior hiding complex design features including a hidden courtyard towards the rear of the property. Look out for events such as their Christmas fayre, held on the 1st and 2nd December 2018.

Llanerchaeron National Trust property

 

6. NATIONAL BOTANICAL GARDENS OF WALES

On the A48 (an extension to the M4) it’s not exactly on our doorstep but has been included as a way of extending your break by visiting on your way here or on your way home.

Home of the largest single span great glasshouse in the world and houses the largest collection of Mediterranean plants in the Northern hemisphere. You’ll stay dry in here as you explore the winding paths around six distinct areas of rare and some endangered species.

Within the double walled-garden you’ll find the tropical glass house which plays host to a kaleidoscope of colourful butterflies – don’t miss this gem during your visit.

National Botanical Gardens of Wales

 

7. CAWS CENARTH CHEESE

Don’t just order your speciality cheese on-line, visit the producing process in person at Caws Cenarth’s visitor centre near the village of Cenarth. It’s best to go between 11am and 3pm from Monday to Friday to see the actual production, however the tasting of the cheese takes place during their normal opening hours.

Their delicious cheeses are showcased on The Falcondale’s own cheese boards and have won Supreme Champion in the British cheese awards. Rest assured that you will see the very highest of quality from this brand.

Caws Cenarth Cheese

 

Winter Crash Out

Take advantage of these fabulous places and book a Winter Crash out package with us here at The Falcondale. Available in October, November and December 2018, and January 2019, subject to availability. Full details here…

WINTER CRASH OUT