Chloe and Huw at The Falcondale

Happy Couples – Chloe and Huw

Your Wedding Story

Huw and I met 8 years ago at our family home as he was friends with my brother. Immediately I knew we would be together! During my pregnancy with our first son he proposed one evening over dinner, I was ecstatic!

VENUE

I have always said from a young age I would want to hold our wedding reception at The Falcondale so after meeting Caroline for the first time at The Falcondale, we booked. We did have a browse at other local venues but nothing beat The Falcondale for us.

WEDDING RECEPTION

We decided on a vintage theme and wanted to be different so decided on an afternoon tea for the afternoon followed with an ox roast when the evening guests arrived. The afternoon tea was amazing, all the guests commented on the great variety and everything being homemade. The ox roast was also a big hit along with wedges and sauces.

 

THE DRESS

Finding my dress was the highlight of all the wedding planning. After visiting one shop I was left disheartened, there was nothing I liked enough to buy for the biggest day of our lives! Immediately after visiting the second shop I fell in love with a beautiful lace dress, it was exactly what I had in mind – and on the day I had endless compliments!

THE DECORATING

We had a bouncy castle for the children to enjoy and a sparkly dance floor from Pretty Seats and Bows in the evening, it looked amazing!

 

THE FLOWERS

Cadi and Grace sorted all of our flowers and I can’t thank them enough! The flowers were outstanding and exactly what I was looking for with our pastel/vintage theme. They suited all of our hessian/lace decor.

THE PHOTOGRAPHER

Susanne Ryder was our photographer, again we couldn’t fault her. She has been our photographer since having children and I wouldn’t have anyone else. She knows exactly what we like, taking the most natural photos, especially of the children.

We thank The Falcondale so much, nothing was ever too much and we wouldn’t have changed a thing! The day went so fast but we had the best day ever.

Chloe and Huw x

 

Weddings at The Falcondale

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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Wedding sparklers

Wedding After Party

After Party

You’ve done the official ceremony and had the formal wedding reception of your dreams. It is then time to blow-out with friends and family!

But, how do you take the late-night fun to the next level…

bride and groom first dance

 

EVENING RECEPTION

Shake up your evening reception by having an informal contrast to the days event. Any day guests that want to hang around for the evening revelry can do so. Invite your party animal friends from University and any friends who are important to you.

 

Food

It is probably best to provide food for your evening reception, especially if alcohol is involved. It’ll be a way of thanking your guests for joining you. Think about timings carefully, if you’ve eaten your wedding reception around 2pm your guests will probably need something around 7 or 8pm. If you ate at around 5pm, then maybe you arrange snacks at 11pm.

  • Food bar
  • Buffet
  • Burgers
  • Pizzas
  • Cheese and biscuits

Or how about some midnight snack boxes, complete with a drink, something sweet (maybe a piece of your wedding cake), and something salty (pistachios, salt & pepper popcorn). These can be placed on a side table for guests to help themselves.

Canapes  Food boxes

Setting the scene

You could alter the decorations (with help from the venue, or maybe some friends) to create an evening atmosphere. Think about using fairy lights, tealights and candles to add a bit of sparkle. Your new theme could be the start of your honeymoon. Jam jars filled with sand and shells, hessian table runners and rope knots for those going to a beach destination. Maybe crystal jewels, snowflake lanterns and fern cones for a skiing or Winter destination.

As the evening tends to be darker fireworks or/and sparklers could be organised. Have a picture-perfect moment with your friends holding sparklers as a guard of honour for you and your spouse.

Wedding sparklers

 

Entertainment

What kind of entertainment do you and your spouse like? Here’s a few ideas to get you thinking about the kind of entertainment that is possible: –

  • Live band
  • Casino with roulette and black jack tables
  • Cocktail bar
  • Mariachi band
  • Karaoke
  • Photo booth

Should your official photographer not be available for the after party, arm your guests with polaroid cameras. Informal photos for a fun night.

Casino hire at The Falcondale

 

ENDING THE AFTER PARTY

Celebrate the end of a perfect night with hangover kits to those who made it to the end. Include items such as: –

  • Gum
  • Tic tacs
  • Paracetamol
  • Coffee sachet
  • Alka Seltzer
  • Lip balm
Hangover kit

 

OUR ADVICE

Whatever you choose to do for your after party be sure that it is authentic to you as newlyweds. It is the sentimental details that matter.

Evening reception

 

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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Wedding receptions

Alternative Wedding breakfast ideas

Wedding dining with a difference

Are you trying to avoid the same dining experience that you get from most weddings you’ve been to, and are looking to do something a little bit different? There are alternatives available, whether it be a more casual dining experience or go all out with extra courses and a refined menu.

Whatever you choose it is important to express your personality as a couple and include your favourite food. Don’t get too worried as to whether everyone else would like the food, since it’s your day. Your guests will be more than happy to go along with your choices.

Wedding room layout

STREET FOOD

There are many markets and food festivals around that have now popularised “street food”. Many different stalls specialising in one specific food product, i.e. pizzas, panini’s, burgers, sushi etc. etc. Should you be booking your wedding in a location such as The Falcondale, you could emulate this by having food stations. Rather than a traditional buffet table, food stations would be in various locations and offer a specific type of food or dish. Here are a few ideas: –

  • Cheese and biscuits. This could be represented with a tower of different cheeses, decorated with apples, celery and grapes. Various crackers, oatcakes and water biscuits could be arranged in baskets with butter scrolls, honey and olives available as accompaniments.
  • Burger bar. Provide quality homemade burgers with the best quality extras. Guests can add whatever they would like to make their own unique burger. Include beef tomatoes, local cheese, crisp lettuce, streaky Welsh bacon, gherkins and caramelised red onions. Of course, you would need the ultimate sauces, so why not try mushroom ketchup or scotch bonnet chilli jam.
  • Croque-en-bouche. Having made recent fame in the Great British Bake Off the croque-en-bouche is a stack of profiteroles filled with crème patissiere and drizzled with caramel. Imagine having 5 of these stacked on a table with jugs of warm chocolate sauce and pouring cream for guests to help themselves.
  • Pimp your cupcake. An effective way to keep any children at your party entertained and fed at the same time. Provide plain cupcakes with the various hundreds & thousands, chocolate strands, silver balls and buttercream icing that you can find topped with miniature bride and grooms.
Pimp your Prosecco

VINTAGE AFTERNOON TEA

An afternoon tea with vintage crockery and cake stands set out on crisp white linen on a warm summer’s day. What could be more than British?

Should you be replacing your main wedding breakfast with an afternoon tea you would need to provide more sandwiches and savoury options for hungry guests. Our experience shows that its best to serve the sandwiches first and then follow these with the cakes.

As an alternative to alcoholic arrival drinks, or alongside, tea and coffee could be served within vintage crockery.

Vintage wedding tea

DRINKS

Pimp your Prosecco – this is not a new fad but can be quite effective in adding a little pizzazz to your day. Your guests will be provided with a glass of bubbly which they can add to from a selection of options. This could include elderflower cordial, strawberries, citrus fruits, rose blush etc. etc.

A barrow of beers – An old wheelbarrow from your shed could be dusted off and filled with ice before placing your chosen beers in there to keep cool. Attach a bottle opened to the barrow handles and let guests help themselves. Simple yet effective.

Wheelbarrow

Costs

Be aware that the “alternative” does not mean it will be cheaper, in fact its likely to be more expensive. This is because the venue may need to hire specialist equipment, more staff members may be required to undertake your request, or possibly there could be a minimum spend put in place. You may need to ask these questions before booking anywhere.

Wedding receptions

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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Welsh Weekend Weddings

Weekend Weddings: Getting the most out of your Welsh wedding venue

Why have one day for your wedding when you can have a whole weekend!

It’s the happiest day of your life, so why not prolong it with an entire weekend.

 

Imagine rocking-up at The Falcondale on Friday for dinner with your closest friends and family. On Saturday morning your bedroom suite will be transformed into your very own hairdressing and beauty salon – perfect for you and your bridesmaids. Get hitched with various ceremony options available at the venue (including an outdoor option), followed by your wedding breakfast and night event. A restful Sunday can be had before heading off home.

The idea of a “Weekend Wedding” is popular with those not wishing to spend their time travelling; and it also allows you time to catch-up with your guests without feeling rushed.

Fun Welsh weddings at The Falcondale

THE BENEFITS OF A WEEKEND WEDDING

  • Prolong your wedding celebrations
  • Give guests travelling a long way more to look forward to
  • Give yourselves a chance to celebrate with everyone
  • Host different events throughout the weekend
  • Enjoy the luxury of staying in one place

 

THINGS TO CONSIDER FOR YOUR WEEKEND WEDDING

  1. BUDGET – ensure that you can afford to increase your wedding day to a wedding weekend. Will your guests be happy to pay for their own rooms? Who will be paying for any additional dining or/and activities that you would like to plan? Think about these costs before going ahead and planning your dream weekend wedding.
  2. FAMILY & FRIENDS – check that your nearest and dearest can attend a full weekend event. Some may need to plan time off work, save the date cards could be useful for those you want to invite to stay at your venue.
  3. TIME OF YEAR – planning a weekend wedding is hugely exciting for you but consider your guests. They may have other commitments around Christmas / summer holidays / Easter etc. Be sure to plan well in advance.
Outdoor wedding ceremonies

PLANNING IDEAS FOR YOUR WEEKEND WEDDING

As you’ll be at the same venue for the whole weekend, it may be an idea to plan your day with activities and dining. This way your guests will feel involved and part of your wedding.

A possible schedule could be as follows: –

  • Arrive Friday afternoon at your leisure.
  • Dinner has been arranged within the restaurant at 7pm, followed by an activity.
  • Saturday morning breakfast.
  • Whilst the bridal party get ready an activity has been arranged on the Falcondale lawns.
  • Saturday afternoon and evening will be your ceremony, wedding breakfast and evening event.
  • Sunday morning brunch with an activity prior to your departure.

 

Friday night dining

The night before your wedding can be quite stressful and your head swims with things that you think you may have forgotten. Instead of worrying, we suggest that you catch-up with your friends and family. We’ll provide the catering, and even do the washing-up for you.

Dining options could include a hot & cold buffet, a 3-course menu, BBQ (in the summer), fish & chips, cheese and meat platters – just let us now what you would prefer 😊

Activities

Consider your guests and who you’ve invited. If there are lots of children you may decide to have a children’s entertainment space with dedicated staff to entertain and look after the little ones with books, toys, tablets and a napping area (inside); or how about bouncy castles outside.

Activities could include lawn games, archery or a countryside walk. Indoor activities may include a quiz, board games, cards or the higher of a casino!

Have a discussion with your wedding co-ordinator to plan appropriate areas and timeslots for any planned activities

Post-wedding celebrations

Say thank you to your guests for joining your day with a Champagne brunch, BBQ or a relaxed luncheon before saying your goodbyes.

Casino hire at The Falcondale

WE RECOMMEND

  • Insure your wedding before you start paying deposits on any venue, facility or service.
  • Send out save the date cards to your nearest friends and family that you absolutely want to be there.
  • Think about your accommodation. The Falcondale has 17 rooms, we have a list of local B&B’s, Guest houses and self-catering options found locally. You may need to decide who you’d like to invite to stay at the venue and who to send a list of alternative accommodation.
  • Discuss your food requirements. It is far better and easier to pre-organise dining for the whole weekend – and not rely on “the majority” deciding on the day. In our experience this causes chaos and uncertainty at a time when you need to be relaxing. Pre-planning is the way to go.
Evening receptions at The Falcondale

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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Picture frame DIY photobooth

2019 and 2020 Weddings in Mid Wales

What’s next for weddings in 2019 and beyond

When planning for your big day what ideas and thoughts do you have. Did you want to incorporate your favourite colour, or maybe your favourite flower; or possibly you have a “vibe” that you want to surround yourself, and loved ones in…

 

Vibes over Themes for 2019 weddings

Forward thinking brides are now looking to create a Vibe for their wedding day, rather than a theme that can be restrictive and become onerous.

We have peaked to the future and have some ideas, thoughts and up-and-coming trends that you may want to adopt for your special day…

 

ROMANTIC BOTANICAL

Full of lush greenery and beautiful blooms within a romantic setting, this trend is less tropical and more pastel colours with orchids and Meghan Markle’s favourite the Peony. These could be complimented with blush underlining on your wedding dress. Silver and chrome touches within the centrepieces and use of glitter on the tables would provide great contrast creating an almost fairy like dream.

Blush wedding flowers

WITCHING HOUR

A dark and moody palette with rich purples, dark reds and deep navy with forest greenery to bring your vibe to life. Perfect for Autumn weddings alongside trendy copper and bronze motifs and touches. Big Bold blooms, modern geometric copper planters for candles, rich velvet tablecloths and

Copper and glass

INTENSE COLOUR with NATURAL UNDERTONES

Purples, violets and periwinkle are set to be prevalent not only in the flowers but within starlight backdrops and light-up dancefloors. Video mapping could be used to project colours or shading on your dream venue. Strong colours are being matched with soft creams and ivories, so that the impact is slightly softened creating a feminine vibe.

Purple wedding flowers

CELESTIAL

An ethereal take on “under the stars”, with different shades of blue being front and centre. Copper candle-holding terrariums, stardust details and gold embossing will sweep you (and your guests) off your feet. Sparkle, sparkle, sparkle!

Something blue

 

MID WALES WEDDINGS

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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