The Night Before You Say ‘I do’…

The night before the wedding is an exciting time for any soon-to-be newlyweds. So why not make the celebrations last as long as possible and have a “party before the party”? A rehearsal (or family and friends) dinner is the perfect opportunity for the bride and groom’s nearest and dearest to break the ice before the hustle and bustle of the big day.  

Pentre Mawr couples always come back to us and comment on how happy they are that they had the opportunity to mingle as a combined family in a relaxed environment at their rehearsal dinner. Plus, it gives any out-of-town guests some time to settle in and appreciate our grounds which lie in an area of outstanding natural beauty. 

Let us take the worry out of your ‘night before’ plans with our beautiful dining rooms and candlelit tables curated by your expert hosts. Bre and Graham have decades of experience in hospitality, so you are most certainly in safe hands. Here at Pentre Mawr, all of our food is cooked to order and whenever possible is sourced locally and seasonally. We can cater for a variety of dietary requests including vegetarian and gluten free. 

Not yet convinced? Come and have a look at what Pentre Mawr Country House has to offer you for your rehearsal dinner, and your entire Wedding Celebration. We’d love to hear from you. Call us on 01824 790 732 or email us on info@pentremawrcountryhouse.co.uk

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Time To Get Down on Bended Knee- Why You Shouldn’t Overlook A Winter Wedding

Pentre Mawr in the Snow

Here at Pentre Mawr we believe that Christmas truly is the most romantic time of year.  Twinkly lights, frosty mornings and roaring fires are the perfect backdrop for a Winter Wonderland. If  this festive season is the time that you and your significant other decide to tie the knot or a sparkling diamond was awaiting you by the tree on Christmas morning, then consider this time of year for your wedding day. 

The Pentre Mawr Wreath on our Front Door.

The Christmas period can be overlooked for weddings, but we cannot think of a more idyllic setting in which to say “I do”, other than underneath the mistletoe. It’s the season for family reunions and festive tipples, two key wedding ingredients. 

We love to deck the halls with boughs of holly here at Pentre Mawr, so you can expect wonderful wreaths with frosted tips, glowing trees and mulled wine aplenty! We offer a variety of reception rooms to suit your needs (and all weather conditions!).

Pentre Mawr Wedding Barn in all it’s Christmas finery!

So let us accommodate your Christmas wedding dreams. We’re ready to show you the perfect place to start your wedding planning.  Just give us a quick ring or drop us an email and we’ll put the kettle on!

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Simple things can make your day even more special!

We’ve  held so many weddings here at Pentre Mawr and learned from  our fabulous couples how to make their day even more special.  One of our lovely gang recently brought a lawn game we’d never seen before called Cornhole.  Well, needless to say we had to have one.   A lovely chap called Uncle Keith made this fabulous game for us to share with our couples.   Message me if you’d like his details so you have one for yourselves at home.

Our chess set gets well used too and the tug of war rope gives our girls and boys something to fight over so they can kiss and make up afterwards.  

Another couple had a  school sports days where everyone joined in the fun so guess what…….. we bought a set of cones and a megaphone.  

Simple things can really make your day without costing the earth!!!

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Open Day for New Couples

We’re having an open day (not a Wedding Fayre) for new couples only on Sunday 22nd  of April from 12.30 to 4.   It’s an opportunity to wander freely around Pentre Mawr and imagine how your Wedding Day might be.  There’s no heavy selling……..promise!!!  So we won’t have any outside services here.  Around 2pm, Lorna, our lovely manager, will hold an informal chat in the reception barn, explaining how our weddings work and particularly how individual and personal you can make your day here at Pentre Mawr.  We’ll be serving Bubbles and Canapés and we’ll give everyone a brochure with all our package prices when they leave on the day.  Please let us know if you might come so we know how many to caterer for and Pretty Please just new couples only!

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We’re Hiring!!!

 

 

Housekeeping staff

We’re looking for a live in house keeper to join our friendly team here at Pentre Mawr.  Experience would be great but not essential.  Please email for further details with your experience etc  for Lorna’s attention to info@pentremawrcountryhouse.co.uk 

Handyman required. 

Okay so we’re desperate!!!!!!

No not really but we’d love to have a man who could do the odd and sods that need attending weekly at Pentre Mawr.  If you’re the guy or girl please email Lorna with your relevant details to info@pentremawrcounrtyhouse.co.uk .  Experience a must!!!! 

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What makes a great Party?

Over the last four years while we’ve being holding weddings at Pentre Mawr, we’ve seen loads of different disco’s and  bands. Weddings are a huge mix of young and old and our advice is always to make sure you’re having the music to suit all ages if you want a full dance floor.   On the bank holiday weekend we saw this work amazingly.  The parents of our wonderful wedding couple hired a Tom Jones impersonator.   The   couple wanted a Welsh Wedding with bells on! and that’s exactly what they got. We can’t recommend him enough!   His name was Ian Anthony and you can contact him on his website http://www.iananthony.com  A really lovely chap and a full dance floor.   What more could you want!! 

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Why Have A Winter Wedding?

We know you must think we’re mad for thinking about the winter now the sun has finally come out. But, we have lots of brides getting ready for their winter weddings and so we thought we’d share with you what makes a winter wedding so special.

Roll out the white carpet…

   If you’re lucky enough to get a dusting of snow, you with have the most perfect pictures imaginable. Can you imagine anything looking nicer than a white blanket to cover the place? In fact, winter is one of the only times of year to get married where you do have a weather guarantee. Ok, so not a 100% guarantee but there is one thing you can be sure of, it’s going to be cold. This is great! It means everybody knows exactly what to wear to make sure they are kept warm, trust me when I say the ladies will thank you for this.

A Seasonal Highlight…

    Having you’re wedding in winter, means it’s unlikely your guests will have been to a good wedding in a while and will be ready for a great day! Most people find it much easier to take time off work in winter, meaning everyone you want to, should be able to attend.

Winter weddings are so different, they brighten up dark days and really will leave your guests with a day to remember.

A Romantic Wedding With A Difference…

There is nothing more romantic than snuggling up to the one you love, and where better than you’re wedding day. You and your guests can all keep warm in our barns and as the evening draws in, everyone can get snug around the fire and toast marshmallows to their hearts content.  After all, what’s more romantic than a pint of beer and burnt lips?

Keeping it cosy….

Winter weddings make for the cosiest. Picture this, everyone arriving to your wedding in our beautiful red brick barn, watching you get married and then enjoying a warm mulled wine with the newly weds.

As your day draws in you can enjoy the rest of your wedding by candlelight. There is no other time of year you can truly have a candlelit wedding. For lots of couples this is their dream.

 

 Save The Heat For The Honeymoon…

Escaping winter after your wedding and catching some sun is lovely. In winter you’re avoiding hurricane season (in most places) so it widens your choices of where to go. There will be no children’s summer holidays to negotiate and everyone loves a winter tan!

Having the wedding of your dreams, in cosy barns (heated of course), with a candlelit dinner, an evening barn dance and toasty fire pits is exactly what you can have, here at Pentre Mawr.

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The BBC Says…

 

This morning on the BBC news they were discussing the cost of weddings.   I was astounded to hear that the average price of a wedding these days is £30k. The main point wasn’t just the wedding venue and hospitality or even the wedding dress!!!! It was the cost of all the extras. It’s been something we’ve been very aware of since we started doing weddings. All our couples want to have an individual wedding day totally different to their friends. Trends are changing all the time and it’s difficult to keep up with the next big things, but we’re having a good go here. The general discussion was that the effort to make your day individual is what causes so much stress. The last thing the preparation for your wedding day should be is stressful.

Planning Your Wedding Should Be Fun!

So the recommendation on the TV this morning was to have a wedding planner and venue dresser to take away some of that stress. Forgive me for saying this but I’m not sure that’s the way to go. I loved choosing all the bits for our wedding day, it was half the fun and excitement running up to the day. Now that we’re a Wedding Venue I’m having all that fun again, choosing things for our Pinterest room that I hope our couples will love!!

There’s always so much excitement here.

 When our couples arrive with their gang in hand to decorate the marquees and barns. We love the laughter and giggles as they root around in my wedding store for the stuff they need, (Need? that’s maybe not the right word!!!) but the bits they want to make their day as individual as possible. So the plan here is to take the stress away, add to the fun and cut the dreaded costs down, maybe just a little bit.

So picture this at your wedding venue,

  Two days before your wedding, Lorna, our wedding planner? wedding coordinator? right hand man? or if we’re being PC, right hand person? is on hand with the Bucks Fizz and the camera. Our couples arrive with their entourage. Lorna takes lots of photos while our grooms and their ushers are up ladders putting up the bunting or lanterns. Candy carts and photos walls are moved into position. As the day goes on if anything’s missed, they can usually find a suitable replacement in the Pinterest room. But the main thing is that at the end of that day, everything’s done at no extra cost or stress.

Stress, what stress?

Over the last four years since we’ve been holding weddings here I have three pieces of advice that I would give to every couple.  Firstly, visit as many venues as possible, you’ll get lots of ideas at all of them.  Always ask if there are any extras, vat and or service charges etc. Lastly, have a spread sheet, list everything you like on it.  You’d be surprised how the hidden extras add up.

Don’t Panic…

You can have the day of your dreams. Give Lorna a ring on 01824790732 or Bre on 07799887234, come have a wander around Pentre Mawr. Have a root around in our Pinterest room and if nothing else you’ll have a coffee and cake and maybe gets some ideas for your perfect wedding day.

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