Out of The Ordinary Welsh Wedding

Welsh Flavour, Culture and Dinosaurs Make for an Out of The Ordinary Welsh Wedding

Many couples are getting more creative when it comes to wedding favours – sugared almonds just don’t seem to hit the spot any more! But Rhian and Michael were really thinking outside the box when it came to theirs – toy dinosaurs.

A Fitting Spot

The quirky gifts were fitting mementoes of their wedding reception, which went ahead in the elegant and historic National Museum Cardiff.

The venue holds many happy memories for bride Rhian, who was fascinated by its interesting collections and its grand halls as a child and she and Michael share a love of history and art – so it was a fitting spot.

A Proper Welsh Affair

The day was a proper Welsh affair with the ceremony going ahead at Capel Bethlehem in Gwaelod-y-Garth, Cardiff, followed by a tea party at the village hall and then the formal reception and wedding breakfast being held at the Museum.

Rhian, aged 32, said: “I have always loved the Museum – the atmosphere of the place has stayed with me since childhood. Then as I have become an adult I have come to appreciate even more its exquisite collection of art, the incredible artefacts and the beautiful building itself. It is just one of the most significant cultural places in Wales and it was a privilege to celebrate our marriage there.”

The pair met during a skiing holiday in Whistler, Canada.  34-year-old Michael is from Newcastle and the two cultures were woven through the day, with a Welsh harpist adding colour to the event with traditional tunes and with a band playing Dire Straits numbers and other tunes which hail from the North East. In fact, the whole event was bi-lingual.

Traditional Food of Choice

Food is one of the most important aspects of any wedding and the Welsh theme was amplified in the menu, with Welsh rump of lamb, Welsh ham hock rillettes as well as twice baked Pwll Mawr cheddar cheese soufflé – a real local delicacy.

And the delicate iced nougat parfait was shot through with fragrant Brecon honey.

Rhian said: “Everything about the day was wonderful – relaxed, light-hearted and out-of-the-ordinary. And the museum caterers, Elior UK, really went the extra mile with the food. It was so imaginative and it had so many of those flavours I associate with Wales.”

Craig Money, Sales & Marketing Manager at Elior UK comments: “Whilst the main focus of a wedding is the celebration of the couple and their commitment, there are so many other elements that need to be considered for any big celebration, particularly food and drink.

“We work with each couple to devise a bespoke menu that suits their tastes and themes.  Every menu incorporates the finest, locally sourced Welsh ingredients that deliver exquisite flavour combinations and presentation.  We are delighted that our menu could contribute towards Rhian and Michael’s special day and wish them every happiness for the future.”

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Photographer: Sioned & Nia http://www.sionedania.com/

Dress: Helen Rhiannon http://www.helenrhiannon.com/bespoke-bridal/

Flowers: Flowers with a Twist, based in Bonvilston http://www.flowerswithatwist.com/contact