At this time of year romance is in the air… even more so in 2016 because it’s a leap year! Thinking of getting married in Snowdonia? Here’s our guide to ten great civil ceremony venues.
There’s an extra-romantic start to this year, with three romantic dates very close together: Santes Dwynwen’s Day on 25th January, Valentine’s Day on 14th February, and Leap Day on 29th February – a day when it is traditional for women to propose to men, instead of the other way around.
To celebrate a month of romance, here are another ten superb Snowdonia wedding venues which are licensed for civil ceremonies (you can find the original ten here).
This list is a mixture of different types of venue (including restaurants, hotels, campsites and even a railway station) suitable for a variety of budgets – and we’ve also tried to spread our selection across the entire Snowdonia region.
If you’d like to see even more licensed civil ceremony venues in Gwynedd, please visit this page on the Gwynedd Council website.
1. Celtic Royal Hotel
Located in the beautiful historic market town of Caernarfon, the Celtic Royal Hotel is a short walk from the town’s main attractions, including Caernarfon Castle and the marina. This is a lovely building with plenty of space for your guests, and amenities include a swimming pool, gym, sauna, jacuzzi and steam room – so if you’re looking for a wedding venue where you can pamper yourself before or after the ceremony, the Celtic Royal is a good bet!
2. Llyn Gwynant Barns
If your passion is the great outdoors in the heart of Snowdonia, Llyn Gwynant Barns could well be your perfect Snowdonia wedding venue! These beautiful old stone barns are set in a breathtaking location overlooking Llyn Gwynant, and as an added bonus your guests can all camp on-site in their tents, campers or touring caravans.
3. Bodnant Garden
If you’d like to get married at one of Snowdonia’s top attractions, you could do a lot worse than beautiful Bodnant Garden! As a setting for stunning wedding photos Bodnant is going to be difficult to beat. There are limitations where availability is concerned and the venue is suitable for the ceremony only (not a fully catered reception), but nevertheless this is a stunning venue for a civil ceremony.
4.Mynydd Ednyfed Country House
Mynydd Ednyfed Country House in Criccieth has a beautiful Victorian-style conservatory which is used as the venue for civil ceremonies. There are plenty of great photo opportunities throughout the grounds, including a lovely gazebo arch which is very popular with wedding couples. Mynydd Ednyfed can also cater your wedding breakfast and reception, with tailor-made menus to suit your tastes.
5. Nant Gwrtheyrn
Nant Gwrtheyrn on the Llyn Peninsula is a stunning and especially romantic setting for a wedding, for there is an ancient folk tale attached to the property which tells of a tragic ending to a fairytale romance… One of the great advantages of a wedding at Nant Gwrtheyrn is that because there’s a chapel on-site, you can choose either a civil or religious ceremony. And another advantage is those views… oh, those views!
6. Penarth Fawr Medieval Hall
Another civil ceremony venue on the Llyn Peninsula, Penarth Fawr Medieval Hall can be found at Chwilog, near Pwllheli. This wonderful building dates to the early 15th century so if you’re looking for a Snowdonia wedding venue bursting with history and charm, Penarth Fawr should tick all of your boxes!
7. Plas Brondanw
Plas Brondanw was the ancestral home of Portmeirion’s creator, Clough Williams-Ellis, so it won’t surprise you that the gardens at this historic building are just as lovely as those at the famous Italinate village. The venue for your ceremony will be the gorgeous orangery, and you’ll have use of the beautiful gardens for your photos – backed by the stunning landscape of the mountains of Snowdonia, as an added bonus!
8. Abergynolwyn Station (Talyllyn Railway)
A wedding at a railway station may not be to everybody’s taste, but if you’re looking for a really unusual venue for your Snowdonia wedding Abergynolwyn Station (part of the Talyllyn Railway) is going to be difficult to beat! A steam-hauled train will take you and your guests to the station for the ceremony and light refreshments, and will take you all back again to the station of your choice. If out-of-the-ordinary is a theme you fancy for your big day, it’s worth taking a look at what the Talyllyn Railway can offer!
9. Castell Deudraeth
We’ve written before about Portmeirion as a wedding venue – but did you know you can also have exclusive use of Castell Deudraeth for your big day? Just imagine – a whole castle, for the exclusive use of you and your guests for the day and night… what a treat!
10. Mawddach Restaurant
Mawddach Restaurant overlooks the Mawddach Estuary and Cadair Idris, so if you’d like to hold your special day in a beautifully-designed building surrounded by even more beautiful views, this is a Snowdonia wedding venue that’s really worth investigating. The restaurant, near Dolgellau, also has two adjacent cottages – so you can enjoy your wedding night in beautiful surroundings too!