Wales is well known for its outstanding, natural beauty. From its vast green hills to its open valleys, historical settings and beautiful, coastal scenery. There’s something for everyone and every wedding is unique because of it.
Picking the perfect wedding location goes hand in hand with ensuring you find the perfect photo setting and your site options will vary, depending on what you’ve got your heart set on.
When it comes to finding somewhere in Wales, we’ve narrowed it down to four stunning venue routes.
With so much to offer, you can choose whether you want to set up by the sea, the countryside, celebrate Welsh heritage or set your sights on something different – quirky and stand-out.
We’ve shortlisted a few of the dream locations that sit under each of these criteria.
So, whether you’re interested in a natural wedding that celebrates Welsh beauty or one that showcases its rich history, we’re 100% certain that you’ll be taken back with the following options.
Weddings by the sea
If it’s a coastal wedding location you’re after, the Gower is home to some of the most picturesque beaches in Wales.
Situated near Swansea, the Gower is home to beautiful beaches, rolling hills and glistening lakes.
It’s the ideal location for couples that are after exclusivity, stunning surroundings and the sound of crashing waves in the background of their big day.
The sweeping coastal views provide great spots for photography, especially if you love the outdoors – and in summer periods in particular, there’s not much than can beat it.
Just try to pick a day with a less blustery forecast – unless you think you can pull off that windswept look!
On the other hand, if it’s a piece of history you’re looking to create or become part of, in your own way, Wales has some of the biggest and best castles on offer in the UK
One favourite of ours is Hensol Castle wedding venue, located in the Vale of Glamorgan. For many brides-to-be, a fairy-tale wedding in a castle simply cannot be beaten.
Not least because of the potential that castles can offer up, in terms of wedding photo potential.
Vast acres of land, combined with authentic features and traditional brickwork make for an amazing backdrop to your celebration, truly the appearance that dreams are made of.
The Welsh countryside shouldn’t be overlooked when locating your perfect wedding backdrop however, and of course – this is also where you’ll most likely spot a barn venue to accompany your rural location.
One world-famous garden, home to National Collections, sweeping lawns, grand terraces and beautiful woodland is located in North Wales. With year-round colour, Bodnant Garden can be whatever you want it to be.
Whether it’s a hive of activity or haven of tranquillity and relaxation, this countryside location is National Trust owned and offers everything you could want from your wedding photography.
Providing you with the choice of waterfalls, rustic bridges and towering trees fit for any season –meaning you can plan your wedding for the spring, summer, autumn or winter!
Finally, if you’re looking for something a little more quirky – look no further than Portmeirion wedding venue.
This beautiful coastal village was inspired by the architectural styles of a Mediterranean piazza and originally built in 1926, to look completely different to any other Welsh village.
Since then, the unique village has begun using an eco-friendly approach to repairs that incorporates endangered buildings and unwanted artefacts from all over the globe, transporting materials to help recreate terracotta-roofed houses and grand porticoes, painted in bright colours.
Quirky weddings don’t get much better than this, nor do their picture opportunities get more vibrant.
From pebbled streets and colourful buildings to calm waters and some of the longest beach walks in Wales, it’s the perfect alternative wedding venue.