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Maesteg Themed Weddings

Your Maesteg Wedding Reception in a Castle
- it's all yours for your Day

"We only allow one wedding a day in the castle, so
our Castle is exclusively yours for your wedding day"

This sets our castle apart from wedding venues near Maesteg/ in South Wales area who may have more than one wedding on same day.

Maesteg Wedding Venue Craig y Nos Castle

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  • Time from Maesteg to Craig y Nos Castle Wedding Venue: 49 minutes

  • Distance from Maesteg to Craig y Nos Castle Wedding Reception Venue: 29 miles

Brides and Grooms lucky enough to live in Maesteg will not have to travel far to get married at Craig y Nos Castle.

Brecon Brides & Grooms may not realise it, but in Craig y Nos Castle they have one of Wales' premier wedding venues, to which couples will travel from all over the country. We're almost on Maesteg's doorstep!

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Why Choose Craig y Nos Castle,
near Maesteg?

You get Exclusive Use of our castle wedding venue near Maesteg.

All your guests can stay overnight with you on your wedding day. Party late into the night, with no worries about you or your guests getting back home to Maesteg.

Craig y Nos Castle wedding venue sleeps up to 81 guests in en-suite doubles and family rooms.

We're probably the only castle wedding venue where all your guests can stay overnight.

A unique Wedding Venue - the romance of a real Welsh Castle combined with the historic grandeur of our very own Opera House licensed for wedding ceremonies.

Craig y Nos Castle only accepts one wedding a day, so you and your guests from Maesteg will have the run of the whole ground floor of the castle exclusively.

You're not in just one room, you and your guests have the run of all our ground floor rooms:

(1) The opera house for your wedding ceremony, where you will be the star of the show, on stage, before all your guests

(2) Welcome drinks in the Nicoloni Room, our main reception lounge (or outside in gardens if weather is fine)

(3) Your wedding breakfast in our 130 seater conservatory with fabulous views overlooking the Brecon Beacons National Park

(4) Evening wedding party and late night disco in our evening function room and music room, with resident's bar.

Should you 'go local',
for a wedding venue
in or near to Maesteg,
or can you go further afield
for a more special and unique wedding day?

Room 21 en-suite at Craig y Nos Castle Wedding Venue for Maesteg
AB28 Bathroom at Craig y Nos Castle wedding venue for Maesteg

'Local Venue'
'Destination Wedding Venue'?

You may have guests some distance away from Maesteg, who'll need to travel to your wedding anyway, so it won't matter to them so much where you get married.

For guests who live local to you, friends and neighbours and acquaintances and even work colleagues in and around Maesteg, do you want a local wedding venue near Maesteg where all your guests can get to easily? Or are you all happy about travelling to Craig y Nos Castle?

AB21 Bathroom at Craig y Nos Castle wedding venue for Maesteg
AB31 loft room at Craig y Nos Castle wedding venue for Maesteg

Will you invite
'Evening Only' Guests
or invite everyone for the whole day?

'Evening-only' guests won't travel far. Craig y Nos is more of 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 away from your base, you'll tend to invite everyone for the whole day. Also you'll need somewhere all your guests can stay overnight.

Craig y Nos Castle sleeps over 8o guests. Have most of your guests stay with us. Everyone will party with you late into the night as they have no worries about getting home to Maesteg.

Unlike with a 'local' wedding reception, when you marry at Craig y Nos, you won't have so many guests shooting off early to get home. With more local weddings nearer to Maesteg, a wedding party dwindles around 11-12 as guests leave to go home. Having everyone stay over at Craig y Nos means your party lasts late into the night.

A truly magical and unique
castle wedding venue

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, in your own fairytale castle for either a day or a whole weekend, a historic building (yours exclusively for your wedding) 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 get exclusive use of the whole ground floor of the castle for you and your wedding guests.

Hosting over 100 weddings a year, Craig y Nos Castle is a truly magical and unique castle wedding venue for Maesteg Brides and Grooms with reasonable and affordable rates.

Maesteg Wedding Theme ideas,
or Wedding Decor and Wedding Gift Ideas,
based on Maesteg's history, style and culture

Link your wedding theme, wedding decor and wedding favours to the history, style and sense of place in Maesteg.
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 some elements of your home area within Maesteg 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 Maesteg in your decor, to connect your personal history in your home city's roots, and your family's location in Maesteg. You may get some ideas from the quick history of Maesteg below, its buildings, street names, or local transport routes etc.

Interesting Facts About Maesteg
you may not know
and could use in your wedding theme/ decor/ story

1. Maesteg population: 20,685. It means "Fair Field" in English and lies at the northern end of Llynfi Valley. The Llynfi valley was once a valley of peaceful farms and an area "famous for its game coverts, its woods and sparkling streams".

2. Maesteg grew with the opening of the iron works in 1820-30. The first ironworks opened at Maesteg Uchaf Farm, near the site of the present-day town centre, in 1826. A second ironworks, the Llynfi Ironworks, opened in 1839 at Nantycrynwydd Farm - the area is now a Tesco's and car park. Between 1821 and 1841 the population multiplied from 400 to 4,000.

3. The poet William Wordsworth was one of the investors in the Llynfi ironworks, as was Dr. John Bowring - who introduced the florin, a two shilling piece that became the forerunner of our present decimal system, specifically the ten pence piece today.

4. Export markets for the iron included Italy and Turkey and USA. The ironworks closed when steel production replaced iron. Steel production could not be replicated in Maesteg, so coal mining replaced iron production in the Llynfi valley.

5. Coal mining took over as the main industry in the area. Thanks to coal mining Maesteg's population increased from 10,000 in 1891 to 30,000 in 1921. Between 1890-1925 the valley was renowned worldwide as a producer of Admiralty-grade steam coal, high quality coking coal and the best house coal in South Wales.

6. The recession of 1928-38 saw a reduction in the demand for coal and exports of coal ceased. The population almost halved as workers sought employment elsewhere, in London and the Midlands. There was large scale unemployment.

7. Maesteg is now a dormitory town for neighbouring Port Talbot, and for Bridgend and Cardiff. The last coal pit closed in 1985. Fortunately more jobs were created in Bridgend and Port Talbot, so Maesteg and the Llynfi Valley was able to maintain its population at 20,000, as a mainly residential area, served by three railway stations in Maesteg.

8. Wards in Maesteg: Maesteg West, Maesteg East, Nantyffyllon and Caerau.

9. Maesteg has a reputation for music and choirs with eight choirs:

  • (i) Maesteg and District Male Voice Choir,

  • (ii) the Gleemen Male voice Choir,

  • (iii) the Old Parish Choir,

  • (iv) Llynfi Valley Ladies Choir,

  • (v) the Harmony Ladies Choir,

  • (vi) the Noteworthy mixed choir,

  • (vii) the Take Note contemporary vocal group and finally,

  • (viii) Maesteg Children's Choir.

10. Maesteg was the first place where the Welsh National Anthem Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau was performed.

11. The earliest settlement was over 2000 years ago in the Llynfi Valley, at the Bwlwarcau Iron Age Hillfort near Llangynwyd. This is two miles south of Maesteg Town centre while additional settlements futher around Maesteg go back 4,000 years.

Maesteg’s history is quite recent if you discount earlier settlements in the area. The Llynfi valley was mainly farms until it became noted for iron production then coal mining, neither of which lend themselves to wedding theme ideas. So what could you use that is historically significant?

1. Dr. John Bowring was an interesting Maesteg Man. His story could be replicated in your local history of the town, should you wish to feature Maesteg in your wedding.  He was the forerunner of the decimal system and introduced the Florin (two shillings).

Could you locate some old florins and give them away as wedding favours, perhaps?  A florin, or two shillings, was worth a tenth of a pound or 24 pence before 1971. Much like the shilling, florins continued to circulate after decimalisation, used as 10p coins. They were only withdrawn in 1993 following the introduction of the smaller-sized 10p coin.

Maybe you can still locate some old Florins in a presentation case from the Royal Mint.

2. Table names could be tied in to the ward names – as there are only four wards this would not allow for a very large number of wedding guests.

3. If you wish to name your wedding tables after Maesteg, you have greater potential with the choirs, of which there are eight. Assuming eight round tables of ten guests on each and a separate head table of a similar number, this would allow for a wedding of 88 – 90 wedding guests, including the head table.

4. Alternatively do something with all the neighbouring larger towns: Newport, Port Talbot, Cardiff, etc, from where most of your wedding guests may indeed be coming anyway.

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