Aberdare Wedding Theme ideas, or Wedding Decor and Wedding Gift Ideas, based on Aberdare's history, style and culture.
Link your wedding theme, wedding decor and wedding favours to the history, style and sense of place of Aberdare. Your wedding theme may be linked to your own past, to key moments in your relationship with each other, your favourite colours, your personal tastes, or you may incorporate elements of your home town of Aberdare into your wedding day 'story book'.
When considering wedding decor you may already have plenty of your own ideas for your wedding. Or maybe you are still looking for inspiration? Reflect the story of Aberdare in your decor, to connect your personal history in your home town's roots, and your family's location in Aberdare. You may get some ideas from the history of Aberdare below, its buildings, street names, or local transport routes etc.
Time from Aberdare to Craig y Nos Castle Wedding Venue:
Distance from Aberdare to Craig y Nos Castle Wedding Reception Venue: 21 miles
1. Aberdare Population - 31,705 (it reached 53,779 in 1911 but has since declined with loss of heavy industry).
2. Did you know that Aberdare is the 13th largest town in Wales?
3. Aberdare population was 1,486 in 1801, but expanded due to abundance of coal and iron ore.
4. Despite all the collieries around, Aberdare town had many improvements made and is now considered a pleasant place to live. It is also known for its Victorian architecture.
5. Aberdare has 12 Anglican churches and one Catholic church.
6. Aberdare is an amalgamation of eight previously separate villages: Aberaman, Abernant, Cwmaman, Cwmbach, Cwmdare, Llwydcoed, Penywaun and Trecynon (cont'd below)
Key facts about Aberdate (con'd):
7. Aberdare in the 1860's was an important producter of coal and was once described as "the most dynamic place in Wales"
8. In 1851 The Admiralty decided to use Welsh Steam Coal in the Royal Navy's ships, which boosted Aberdare's reputation as an exporter of coal. Steam coal was later discovered in the Rhondda Valleys but many of the great coal companies of Wales started in Aberdate - such as Samuel Thomas, David Davies and Sons, Nixon's Navigation and Powell Duffryn.
9. The last coal mine in Aberrdare closed in 1965.
10. Aberdare was once a centre of welsh culture, hosting the first National Eisteddfod in 1861. The Coliseum Theatre is Aberdare's main arts venue with a 600 seat auditorium.
11. The rock band Stereophonics came from the nearby village of Cwmaman, near Aberdare
12. With the end of coal mining Aberdare became dependent on new industries - principally cable manufacture, smokeless fuels, and tourism.
Wedding Favours and Decor ideas you might consider from the above, if you wish to add Aberdare as part of your story/ background:
(1) A quiz about Aberdare with prizes, (2) If having eight wedding tables, name the tables after each of the eight villages that make up Aberdare, (3) Any coal products that could feature, to reflect Aberdare's industrial past as a major coal exporter.
Are you looking for a local venue in or near to Aberdare, or a 'destination wedding venue'?
You will not have thought of this, for you won't even have realised it yet - at least, not until reading this.
You will have one deciding factor above all others when choosing your wedding venue.
Will you 'go local', choosing a wedding venue in or near to Aberdare,
or can you go further afield for a more special and unique wedding day?
Initially you will consider many different wedding venues: some local to your area, some further away. You may even search for historic buildings and castles in far flung locations.
But when you come to your short-list, you'll consider not just your own preferences, but your guests' willingness to travel to your chosen wedding venue.
You may have some guests who live some distance away from Aberdare, who will need to travel to your wedding anyway, so it won't matter to them so much where you get married. You may have more guests on your wedding invitations list who live local to you. These include your friends and neighbours and acquaintances and even work colleagues in and around Aberdare, for whom it would be more convenient to choose a local wedding venue.
When you draw up your short-list of wedding venues, you'll be asking yourself - 'local or non-local'? This is a key decision you will make, even though you may not have realised it - until now.
You'll ask yourself, do you want a local wedding venue near Aberdare where all your guests can get to easily - even though you may not find your ideal venue locally?
Inviting a smaller number of guests to your wedding breakfast can sometimes save you money as you're saving on the main meal. This allows you to invite a load more to the evening party.
Provided most of the evening guests are local, you will get lots of extras coming to the evening party. This won't happen if you choose a venue further away ('evening-only' guests won't travel far).
Or would you prefer a more intimate wedding venue, a 'destination wedding venue', where your closest friends and relatives come to your wedding, and where you invite everyone for the whole day?
When you choose a venue further afield, you'll need somewhere all your guests can stay overnight together. Craig y Nos Castle offers accommodation for up to 84 guests. You'll not want your guests traveling between two different locations (for the wedding and for B&B). It is better to have everyone stay at the wedding venue. Having your guests stay over means everyone will party with you late into the night as they have no worries about getting home.
Unlike with a local wedding, when you travel to Craig y Nos, you will not suffer the problem of some guests shooting off early to get home. This can be a problem with local weddings near Aberdare as 'local' means the wedding party dwindles around 11-12 pm, bringing about an earlier finish to the day than you want.
A destination wedding venue such as Craig y Nos Castle in the Brecon Beacons best suits a wedding where you have the same number of guests invited to the wedding breakfast as to the evening do. It will not suit weddings where you want fewer guests for the day part and more for the evening do.
The decision whether to 'go local' or to go to a more interesting, unique and very special destination will be the first one you make, when drawing up your short-list of venues to visit. Going local means you may have to compromise on the quality and type of wedding venue, but if you are willing to travel, you have no need to compromise on the venue at all.
To give you an incentive to 'sample' and see Craig y Nos Castle, we offer wedding couples a discounted B&B offer. You can stay overnight for two nights at half price and make a nice B&B break of it. You can even invite relatives to have a look too, and choose a family room if you wish.
So why not combine your hunt for a wonderful wedding venue with a relaxing B&B break somewhere new and scenic!
Craig y Nos Castle is a popular destination wedding venue for couples all over the UK. It combines the attraction of getting married in a real castle, where you can become the princess of your own fairytale castle for the day, with experiencing a historic building (yours exclusively for the day) in an area of outstanding natural beauty.
The mountain scenery of the Brecon Beacons National Park guarantees you stunning photo opportunities both inside and outside the castle. The Grade One Listed Opera House makes a fantastic setting for your wedding ceremony. You can hire the castle for exclusive use of all the gound floor rooms for £1,000 under the Special Wedding Package and the venue is completely free if you have over 125 guests to your wedding breakfast.
Craig y Nos Castle is a truly magical and unique castle wedding venue that Brides and Grooms can now readily afford.
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