Weddings at The Falcondale

Wedding Trends for 2020

What wedding trends to look for 2020

 

Hoops and Circles

These have been popping up occasionally with DIY’ers mostly – covering Hula Hoops with ribbon before decorating with lots of greenery and white flowers. Can be seen as hanging installations, on top of mantlepieces and even bigger ones used as arbours to use as backdrops for your ceremony and vows.

Circular arch

Colour themes

More are seen to choose a range of colours from the same shade rather than sticking to one colour. This can transfer through to the bridesmaid’s dresses as well as table decorations. Pale shades of pink, blue, green, yellow can be accents amongst lots of greenery and white flowers which would tie the whole vibe together.

 

Princess

The royal wedding(s) effect is still being seen with lots of lace details and subtle embellishments on dresses. Meghan Markle’s natural make-up ties-in with the other trends for green spaces, the outdoors and back to nature. Though, this doesn’t mean you can’t have a tiara to make you feel extra special.

Wedding tiara

Outdoor Weddings

The laws for ceremonies are being relaxed and having spoken to Ceredigion registrars its an interesting prospect. With the new ruling the vows can take place in any outdoor location so long as its within easy walking distance of a licensed premises where the official signing of the registrar can take place. This change will alter the “how and where” for a lot of ceremonies coming up over the next few years.

Here at The Falcondale we have a licensed gazebo outside located on a hard surface perfect for ceremonies. You don’t need to worry about any moving around to sign the register as it can all happen in the same place. It may be best for you to come and view this for yourself.

Outdoor weddings

Bringing the outdoors in…

We are seeing more indoor trees, with Pretty Seats and Bows having the most spectacular pink blossom trees available for hire. Flower arrangements now have a lot more greenery with the odd accentuated colour in them – this trend is set to continue well into 2020. Combining the outdoor and indoor spaces with complementing accents, flower arrangements and even quirky signage can give your day a flow and ebb as the day progresses through the ceremony, photographs and dining.

 

Technical

It is inevitable that technology will become a bigger part of your day as they become more accessible. Photobooth mirrors are a fun part of most weddings, and photographs / videographers are very likely to have a drone available. Photo walls are very likely to become digitalised with projections of photos and videos onto white walls.

Cwtsh Camera

 

Going Luxury

Vintage, boho chic and rustic are still on trend – however they are now leaning towards the luxury side. For a luxury vintage wedding think classic Rolls Royce, a bit of glitz on invites, lots of lace and blush colours. A luxury boho chic could include more movement with hanging silks or drapes, giant cushions for outdoor seating and an abundance of natural flowers. Luxury and rustic seem to be at odds with each other – the trend is moving towards the contrast of the rustic against more luxury items. The bigger the contrast the better.

 

Food Stations

Love them or hate them, these are set to continue for 2020: –

  • Donut walls
  • Sweet carts
  • BBQ
  • Hog roast
  • Build your own Burger
  • Pimp your prosecco
  • Cheese wheels with crackers
  • Spud bar
  • Pizza station

The list could be even longer!

Barrow for beers

Making your day Green

With the care of the environment being high on lots of people’s list today its no surprise to see this reflected in weddings. Using recycled paper for all your stationery requirements, buying from local suppliers rather than shipping across the world, and creating healthier menus. We believe these trends will become the norm in 10 years’ time.

 

Personalised signs

I’m pretty sure you’ve seen these! Usually wooden signs with quotes such as “don’t marry someone you can live with; marry someone you can’t live without”. It is now common to see these dotted around the venue, maybe hanging, leaning on doors/windows, and sometimes even lit-up in light boxes. These can even be had as neon signs.

Wedding sign

Your pet is your family

We would totally agree with this sentiment as we are a pet friendly venue. Having your pet take part in your big day is becoming more common. Your pet can be included in your photos (after all they are part of your family), and maybe arranging them to be your ring bearer for the ceremony.

A well-trained dog can act as a flower girl for your wedding

Weddings at The Falcondale

We would love the opportunity to talk to you about the possibility of hiring The Falcondale for your wedding. A brochure can provide you with the facts and figures but doesn’t come close to sharing the emotive feeling of being there, and for this reason we would highly recommend you arrange a private showaround. Or join us at our yearly wedding showcase or at one of our open nights.

 

Peek at our Wedding page for details on packages and brochure.

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

WEDDINGS

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Hints and tips from the wedding planner

Having had the privilege of helping and witnessing many marriages over many years we have a wealth of knowledge and tips that we’d like to share. So, sit back with a cuppa and take in our top 10…

 

1.      What kind of day do you want?

At the very beginning you need to decide what type of day it is that you want. Ensure that you talk to your partner about your “dream day” and what you envisage. You may find that you are at the opposite side of the scale in which case compromise would be needed from the both of you.

Try and decide what is important to you as a couple. Could it be the fairy-tale castle, or maybe your favourite band playing in the evening, a Caribbean beach venue, or at the church that you met. Each of you will have different priorities – and that is OK. Once you have a brief outline of an idea move on to the next step.

 

2.      Budget

Talking money is always a sensitive subject. We would urge you to talk about this early as it will save you headaches and heartache further down the line when decisions need to be made. You may not have a fixed budget, but you’ll have an idea of what is sensible to you. I.e. does £20,000 sound like too much? or does £40,000 sound ludicrously expensive?

Each couples’ budget will be unique to them and their life choices. Once you have a figure in mind there is a “rule of thumb” that suggests 50% of your budget be spent on the venue, food and drink. So, if your total budget is £20,000 then £10,000 would be spent on the wedding reception / evening reception / venue costs and any drinks that you want to include. Of course, this will not stringently apply to all couples, but can possibly help when looking at different types of venues and their charges.

 

Bluebell wedding ceremony

 

3.      Theme or Vibe

Your theme or vibe may come about quite easily, especially if you’re venue is quirky, or you have certain passions as a couple that you must incorporate in the day. It is not necessary to have a theme that you adhere to in a strict manner. The bridesmaid’s dresses don’t have to be the same mauve colour as the napkins and flowers on the tables. We find it’s more important to have a cohesive vibe flowing through the day instead of being too “matchy”.

Generally, less is more. Should you find the ultimate 7-armed candelabra in satin black that you absolutely love it may not fit into your beach vibe for the day – in which case you must be brave and leave them well alone.

 

4.      Suppliers

Our suggestions on what order to book your suppliers would be as follows: –

  • Venue along with church, chapel or registrar
  • Photographer
  • Florist
  • Cake
  • The dress

The best people tend to get booked quite early and many do one wedding a day. Wedding suppliers and services should fit-in to the budget that you’ve previously talked about and are also on-board with your theme or vibe.

For us, photographers are key… Think about it… once everything is over and you’re back from honeymoon what you’ll have is your memories and photo’s (and possibly videos) of your day. Make sure that your photographer knows what your expectations are – remember though to be realistic based on your budget. If something looks too good to be true it most likely will be.

Get lots of quotes from different people and get a feel for them. A photographer will spend all day with you and so you must be comfortable standing in front of them. Whereas a florist you may see once in the morning.

 

Wedding letters

 

5.      Emergency fund

As a side-line to your budget is an emergency fund. We would suggest that 10% of your budget be put to one side. I.e. if your total budget is £20,000 take £2,000 out of the pot and don’t allocate this to any of the big-ticket items.

It is common, as your wedding date approaches, for unexpected costs to crop up. Or you may find that lastminute something that would totally make your day perfect. Your emergency fund could prove crucial in this situation.

 

6.      Insurance

The best planned wedding can still have things go wrong through no fault of your own. These situations are unlikely, however, devastating should it happen to you. As soon as you’ve bought or put a deposit on one service you can purchase insurance for your day. We would highly recommend that all bridal parties take out some sort of event/wedding insurance. At least be compensated for a service that you did not receive through being insured.

Look at Martin Lewis’ website for hints & tips of what cover you may need for your day. The website is very clear to note that insurance covers supplier cancellations, failure to deliver services, key persons falling ill – but not cold feet!

 

Cadi and Grace

 

7.      Make your budget go further

A couple of pointers to help your budget go further: –

  • Do you really need to send out both “save the date” cards and invites? Maybe save some money (and trees) by phoning, texting, Facebook messaging your nearest and dearest rather than sending out Save the Date cards.
  • Use your church or ceremony flowers within your reception venue. Pre-plan that someone from the bridal party (possibly the ushers) brings the flowers with them once everyone has left the ceremony.
  • Ask your bridesmaids to place their flowers on the cake or gift table.
  • Should your dream be a 6-tier wedding cake extravaganza ask your cake supplier whether 3 of the tiers can be “dummy cakes”. These look very real from the outside and are usually polystyrene on the inside.

 

8.      Ignore traditions

Don’t get caught up in traditions – unless you want to!

20 years ago, favours for the table consisted of 5 sugared almonds in a pretty bag, each having its own meaning. Move forward to today and this tradition is no longer followed. What we’re trying to say is that traditions change and evolve and are not necessarily what you want to do. Traditional top table seating arrangements do not allow for modern day families which is why a new tradition is emerging for sweetheart tables (a table only for the bride and groom).

You may want to do the speeches before food – get them out of the way – not a problem. You may want to cut the cake during your evening reception – this shouldn’t be an issue for any venue. Remember that it is your day, and you do not have to follow a set pattern.

 

Bridal make-up

 

9.      Social media

Have a thought about social media and whether you are pro / anti / or don’t really care whether your guests post pictures of your wedding throughout the day.

PRO – Encourage guests to take as many photo’s as possible and post them on specific pages, or even on their own pages. Encourage the use of a hashtag so that you can track and collate the pictures afterwards.

ANTI – By putting up discreet notices or a blackboard you can politely ask guests not to post pictures of the wedding day allowing you the opportunity to post your own official photo’s first.

Should you not have an opinion – then it doesn’t matter.

Be wary when you are researching certain items, i.e. flowers / cakes etc. Many photos on sites such as Pinterest are manipulated, the colours altered and are very likely to look different in “normal” lighting situations. Creating mood boards for your chosen wedding supplier is a good idea, but please be realistic as to what your finished product will be.

 

10. Who is the wedding for?

Finally, please remember that the wedding is for you as a couple and should be what you want. Pressure can be felt from parents, other family members and friends and it can be stressful managing their expectations as well as yours. The key gauge is whether you look back in 5- or 10-years’ time and can honestly say that you had the wedding you wanted.

 

Bridal car

 

Weddings at The Falcondale

Should you be interested in viewing the Falcondale as your dream wedding venue, please get in touch to find out more.

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

WEDDINGS

 

Wedding socks
Sculpture heaven

Best romantic places in Ceredigion

We’ve looked at the top 9 romantic places to visit in Ceredigion, a chance to explore the area with your loved one.

There’s nothing like a romantic mini break for spending quality time with your other half. To give you a dose of inspiration, we’ve rounded up our top romantic places within easy driving distance of The Falcondale.

 

1.      Vale of Rheidol

Book a ticket for two on the narrow-gauge steam railway that wanders through the Rheidol valley. Hop aboard in the seaside resort of Aberystwyth and the engine will pull you up 700 feet along the hillside heading towards Devil’s bridge. At the final stop learn about the legend of Devil’s bridge, or should you be brave (and physically fit) take a walk down Jacob’s ladder and into the gorge.

An episode of tv’s Hinterland was also filmed at this location. Following your return journey take a romantic stroll along Aberystwyth’s seafront.

Vale of Rheidol railway

2.      Mwnt beach

There are numerous beaches and coves along the Cambrian bay coastline, but we believe that Mwnt is the most romantic. It’s remote location on the headland has only one building – a small white washed church. The golden sands of the beach is it’s own private cove with crashing waves and rock pools nearby. Watch-out for porpoises and dolphins that can often be seen from the shoreline.

Mwnt on the Cardigan bay coastal path

3.      Bwlch nant yr arian

The visitor centre is located at the head of a dramatic valley with walking trails and mountain biking trails leading you to the hilltops – where you can see the Cambrian Mountains up close and Cardigan Bay in the distance. Should you not be too adventurous stay in the coffee shop and view the red kite feeding spectacle (2pm GMT; 3pm BST), follow the easy barcud trail to get closer to the feeding centre. Expect to see over 150 red kites with their forked tails and swooping action.

Red Kite

4.      Sculpture heaven

A hidden gem near Rhydlewis with themed and sculpture gardens within a two and half acre plot. Wander amongst flora and fauna and discover sculpture made of wood, stone and resin from the resident artist as well as contemporary British sculptors. Smaller and larger pieces available for sale within the gallery and take advantage of their tea room with homemade cakes and a sneak peek at the workshop.

Sculpture heaven

5.      Rhiannon Gold Centre

A centre for genuine Welsh gold with unique hand-crafted designs. Their workshop creates fabulous Celtic designs using the well-regarded Welsh gold mined from the area. The centre features local Welsh artists within the gallery and has a collection of historical Celtic artefacts demonstrating the progression of visual Celtic designs. A perfect stop should you be looking for a unique gift for your partner.

Rhiannon gold centre

6.      New quay honey farm

A fun few hours can be had exploring all things “bees” at the Newquay honey farm. From watching the bees at work, exploring the hives and cold-pressing for the finished product. Before grapes were pressed for wine honey was fermented to produce mead, sample various types during your visit.

New quay honey centre

7.      Cambrian safaris

A highly recommended tour of the Cambrian Mountains via your very own guide and his trusty Land Rover Discovery.  Get collected at The Falcondale, or a pre-arranged spot and discover the wild tranquillity of Mid Wales in comfort. The area is beautifully diverse, has Instagram worthy landscapes, local history and wildlife. Whatever your particular interest your guide will take you to the very best spots!

Elan valley

8.      Adventure Beyond

How adventurous are you both? How about a leisurely canoe trip for the two of you down the river Teifi, where your professional and knowledgeable guide will not only give guidance on the activity but tell stories of sea pirates and smugglers. Picking-up the pace you could try out sea-kayaking, gorge walking or even coasteering! A most memorable and magical adventure could be arranged for the both of you to share.

Stand-up paddle boarding

9.      Twm’s Treks guided walks

What better way to explore the ruggedness of the Cambrian Mountains than with a guided walk from someone who has spent many years on it’s hills, valleys and marshes. Options include iron age hill forts, summits, coastland, nature, heritage, waterfalls and dark skies. We would suggest contacting Dafydd directly and he can make suggestions based on your interest and walking level ability – which will very possibly include welcome stops for lunch.

Bedroom 23 with bottle of Champagne

These 9 places are just our recommendations based on feedback from other guests and our own experiences. Maybe you can surprise your loved one by arranging a trip without their knowledge and bask in the envious cries of “I wish my partner was more romantic” from friends and family.

Get loved up on your next romantic trip and treat yourself and your special someone to an unforgettable couples’ getaway at The Falcondale.

ROMANTIC GETAWAY

 

Yellow springtime flowers

Top 7 things to do when it’s raining

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

…within driving distance of The Falcondale

Spring is on it’s way! The daffodils are starting to pop-up with their golden sunshine heads, newly born lambs can be heard bleating and the dawn chorus wakes you up in the mornings.

However, we admit, the rain clouds are still around and the temperature isn’t exactly hot. So what can you do whilst staying at The Falcondale. We’ve put together some ideas of places to visit and things you can do within easy driving distance from Lampeter. Located within Ceredigion and only 2 miles from the border to Carmarthenshire and just 25 miles to the border of Pembrokeshire.

 

  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

 

  1. 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

 

  1. 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

 

  1. 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

 

  1. 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

 

  1. 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

 

  1. 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

3 nights for the price of 2

Stay an extra night free of charge with our Early Spring offer.

A break for couples to enjoy the beauty of Cardigan Bay and the ruggedness of the Cambrian Mountains. Whether staying mid-week or weekend the areas of Mid Wales and West Wales are full of opportunities (and some surprises).

Available for booking in February, March and April (excluding Easter weekend), full details here…

Free Night

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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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