How to make each of your guests feel included in your wedding day!

Whether you have a particularly large family, or you don’t fancy the idea of lots of bridesmaids or groomsmen, it can be difficult to ensure each one of your guests feels included in your wedding day. There are so many people to say hi to that you may not be able to spend as much time chatting to everyone as you’d like. Over the years, we’ve seen some great ideas that couples have come up with so that their wedding day incorporates everyone in some way or another. Some may seem obvious, but you’d be surprised how a little task for each of your guests can make them feel they have helped shape the day. Have a read below for our top tips. 

Making and leaving out biodegradable confetti!

Recently, we shared a Facebook post about the importance of using biodegradable confetti, for example, by using seasonal leaves. Use the opportunity to make your own confetti with those who don’t have an ‘official’ role in your wedding. Maybe you would like to throw a Wedding Prep-Party, where your wider group of friends can have a laugh, drink and help you with confetti making! Place your biodegradable confetti in some organza bags (you’ll find cheap ones on eBay!) and give to your wedding guests. A simple idea but really effective!

Song Requests

Lots of bridal couples are now ditching the DJs and using their own playlists to ensure their guests dance the night away. We love this idea! But make sure you’re not creating more work for yourself. We recommend allocating one of your guests with a great taste in party music to be in charge of taking on-the-night song requests. Also, you could either email your wedding guests – or ask them on your invitation – to send you one song request per person attending. That way, no one will have an excuse for not getting up and bustin’ some moves, and it reminds each guest that you appreciate their input in the day, even if only for 3 minutes. 

Mini-Speeches

Once the important speeches are out of the way, and you’re looking for a bit of post-dinner entertainment, mini-speeches are the way to go. Get one person on each table to read out a pre-written speech. They may be in on the idea, or you could spring it on them on the day by placing a note on their table-setting. The speech could be anything, an inside joke, funny stories, witty poems. It helps to keep everyone included and engaged (even those seated far away from you!)

The Great Wedding Bake-Off

Who needs one cake when you can have many? Ask your guests to put on their pinnies and get baking before the wedding! You can display your multiple wedding cakes and have guests vote on whose is the Number One Wedding Cake. Take the pressure off of finding the perfect wedding cake, and make it an inclusive activity and healthy competition for your nearest and dearest. 

A Wedding Hashtag

Your favourite photo from your wedding day may not be from your photographer. It may be that one from your distant cousin, taken at the perfect moment. In which case, you’d want to see it! Create your own wedding hashtag so that all of your Instagram and Facebook pics can be found in one place. Or, just use ours! Add #PentreWeddings to your social media photos taken at any of our weddings, we absolutely love to see how much fun you’ve had here. 

Marshmallows around the Fire Pit!

Did you know that our courtyard boasts a gorgeous Fire Pit, perfect for keeping warm when taking a break from the dancing, and roasting some marshmallows at the end of the night. It also makes for a great place for your guests to gather and catch up. Not only does it create some lovely photographs, it’s a lot of fun for everyone to enjoy together.

We hope you’ve enjoyed some of these tips for making all of your guests feel included in your Big Day. Let us know if you are planning to use any or can think of anything that we’ve missed!

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Why Pentre Mawr Country House will always be a pet-friendly wedding venue!

On your wedding day, you want to be surrounded by the people who mean the most to you. If you have a pet, it really is part of the family, and we know that one of the most important days of your life should include your four-legged best friends!

Pentre Mawr Country House has a longstanding family history of animal lovers. Horses, cats, dogs (and perhaps even a couple of deer!) have always been at the heart of this beautiful estate, and this has continued into its development into a wedding venue. From ring-bearers to best men, we have helped include countless pets into our couples’ weddings. And for couples who simply want to accommodate their guests’ animals while they dance the night away, all of our rooms are pet-friendly.  

“Will be your best friend for a few polos…”

It has been our pleasure to host some of the loveliest furry-friends at Pentre Mawr Country House. If you’re looking for a cuteness overload, look no further than these gorgeous pet pictures from past Pentre weddings. And if you’re looking for a pet-friendly wedding venue, please email us on info@pentremawrcountryhouse.co.uk.

Lots of dogs to accommodate at your wedding? How about a doggy-creche!

This blog post is made in loving memory of our old girl Millie who sadly left us in January this year at the age of 17. We miss you and your stubbornness lots. X

“My feets are a-tippy tappin’!”
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Open day – Sunday 7th April 12pm – 4pm

We’ve had a few changes here at Pentre Mawr Country House recently and we would love to show you what we’ve been up to.

With that in mind, we’ve decided to have an open day (not a Wedding Fair) on 7th of April 2019 from 12pm till 4pm so that you can have a look around. If you’re getting married with us or thinking of getting married with us, the team would love to meet and greet you on Sunday with a glass of bubbles!

As you may be aware, there has recently been a change in the law, and it will soon be possible to get married outside. With that in mind, we’re in the process of creating a beautiful area overlooking the Ha-ha (infinity lawn) for outdoor weddings. We will also be showcasing our bigger and better wedding marquee, rustic reception barns and magical walled garden.

Come and see what we have in store for your Wedding Day. We really look forward to seeing you on 7th of April!

Interested in a wedding at Pentre Mawr Country House ? Take a look at our Wedding Brochure. 

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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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