The Principality of Wales is a small country appended to the mainland of England at the upper reaches of the River Severn and divided by the expanse of this river as it heads towards the sea. There are now two Severn bridges crossing directly into England, one of which incorporates the M4 motorway that runs from London as far as Pont Abram, a few miles short of Carmarthen.
From here it becomes a dual carriage trunk road that joins with Carmarthen by-pass, providing access to the ferry that goes across to Ireland, as well as other roads that meander their way up to North Wales. This makes Wales remarkable accessible from London and, for Welsh luxury wedding venues. There is certainly no shortage of Welsh luxury wedding venues dotted around the country – and I am keeping the very best for last as it is Wales’ best kept secret!
Glanusk Park, Crickhowell, Powys
Since 1810 this estate, that includes Penmyarth House, has been the home of the Legge-Bourne family and, when it comes to Welsh luxury wedding venues, this is certainly one of the best. Here you can take advantage of the 400 acres of parkland for fairytale views in your wedding photos as well as enjoying all the history attached to this beautifully mellow home in its tranquil setting. Here, in the drawing room you can make your marriage vows, although there is only actually room to seat up to 30 people.
There is plenty of room for your reception, however, either on the Penmyarth lawn in a marquee close to the house, or at Tower Field where you get exceptionally good views of the Tower. In either location you have excellent views of the picturesque River Usk running by. The family has recently opened up their private walled garden as another option for your wedding. This is truly special as it is only opened by special request, making this one of the foremost Welsh luxury wedding venues.
If it’s privacy you seek then, adjacent to the Penmyarth Church is a very private part of the River Usk known as Church Falls. You can book the Penmyarth Church to have your wedding blessed, although it is not licensed for the actual marriage ceremony itself. There is only space for a very small wedding here though the church does seat up to 110. The setting is particularly exclusive and certainly foremost for Welsh luxury wedding venues.
As you drive up to Lamphey Court you can’t help but notice its handsome colonnades and imposing façade. When it comes to Welsh luxury wedding venues, this certainly appears to be the most stately-looking! Lamphey Court is renowned for its gourmet cuisine so it is certainly worth booking in overnight simply to experience the delightful breakfast; stay a couple of nights and enjoy their a la carte restaurant.
At Lamphey Court there is adequate room for up to 60 guests to stay the night and enjoy a superb formal wedding breakfast, or a memorable evening buffet. As Lamphey Court is licensed to hold the actual wedding ceremony there is plenty of time for guests to saunter around the grounds whilst the photos are being taken before adjourning to sample the delectable delights provided by the Head Chef and his staff.
Portmeirion Italianate Village
This is probably Wales’ best kept secret and, as far as Welsh luxury wedding venues goes, this is the best Wales could possibly offer. Not only do you get a venue for your wedding, you can hire the whole village, complete with guests’ accommodation and a tidal river on your doorstep complete with golden sand at low tide. Each one of the buildings has been designed in accordance with Italian architecture, deliberately ‘way over the top’ when it comes to décor. Portmeirion is like a child’s miniature village come to life.
Normally, Portmeirion is open to the public and each one of the exquisitely decorated properties within the village is available to rent on a self-catering basis. This is certainly not a cheap option. However, if you are looking for total exclusivity, of all the Welsh luxury wedding venues anywhere in the country, Portmeiron has it all. In fact, it is so exclusive, I would recommend brides seeking luxury and seclusion to give Portmeiron serious consideration.