We're looking for South Wales newlyweds who have said 'I do' this year. Any couples can enter the competition: it doesn't matter whether the event was large or small; modest or spectacular. Just click on 'I want to enter' link above to put your wedding forward. If you've been successful, we'll be in touch.
Here are our most recent shortlisted couples - vote for who you'd like to see go through to the final, which will be held in spring next year.
Voting for this round closes on 27 November 2015.
Couple: Catherine Bruce and Nick Watson
Date: 27th June, 2015
Venues: St Nicholas Church, Trellech, followed by a reception at Caer Llan
Theme: Colourful, vintage afternoon tea
With long term connections to Caer Llan from the groom's chess-playing days, the couple were impressed with how the venue had been transformed over the years. “For us, it not only meant we could hold the reception at a venue with incredible views, but it allowed loved ones to stay and make a weekend of it,” says Catherine.
“It would be hard to beat seeing Catherine walk towards me,” says Nick. “Walking up the aisle after we'd said our 'I dos' to the Queen of Sheba and the church bells was amazing,” recalls the bride. “The whole day was magical. People were able to enjoy the garden games. Rumour has it, some even made use of the pool!”
Photography by LoveSeen Photography
Couple: Helen Griffiths and Matthew Fullstone
Date: 24th May, 2015
Venues: St Mary Magdalene Church, Mawdlam, followed by a reception at Ocean View Windmill, Gower
Colour scheme: Blush pink
The Gower holds fond memories for the pair who have spent many a summer weekend there in the eight years they've been together. “Ocean View was our second viewing, and the last,” says Helen. “It was the perfect venue for us, with its breathtaking views, beautiful farmland surroundings, as well as the luxurious romantic feel and décor.”
As well as a surprise hamper from the bridemaids and the funny speeches, “The biggest surprise of all was that my stepfather was there. Having been through life-saving operations, the surgeons allowed him to come home just before our big day,” says Helen.
Photography by Sacha Miller
Couple: Kelly Norman and Ben Garrick
Date: 5th July, 2015
Venue: Llechwen Hall Hotel
Colour scheme: Pale pink and green
Kelly and Ben opted for a pastel colour palette, which they glitzed up with an added sprinkling of sparkle. “I always knew I wanted to get married back home in Wales,” says Kelly. “Llechwen Hall is such a beautiful venue – we fell in love with it as soon as we saw it.”
“Standing at the top of the aisle looking down at Ben is my favourite memory of the day,” reveals Kelly. “I got the same feelings that I had when I held my son for the first time.”
Photography by Adrian Thomas
Couple: Victoria Williams and Andrew Taylor
Date: 3rd May, 2015
Venues: St John's Church, Cefn Coed, followed by a reception at The New House Country Hotel, Cardiff
Theme: Summer fête
Bunting, honey favours and flowers galore set the scene for these summer fête-themed nuptials, and the couple incorporated wooden touches as a nod to the groom's job as a tree surgeon. “We used local wood that he'd cut for the table settings and table name plaques, and each table was named after a tree,” explains Victoria.
“The drive from the church to The New House in our wedding car is a moment we both loved. It was the first time we'd been alone as Mr and Mrs,” says Victoria. “We took an obligatory (in 2015 anyway) wedding car selfi e en route too!”
Photography by Martin Phillips
The overall winners will not only claim the all-important Wedding of the Year title and a feature all about their big day in the magazine, they’ll also win a deluxe two-night stay in a luxury executive room at The Vale Resort in Hensol, Vale of Glamorgan. The lucky couple will be able to enjoy breakfast and dinner on both days, a 55-minute spa treatment each or 18 holes of golf, as well as access to the hotel’s superb sports and leisure facilities. Please note terms and conditions apply, and dates are subject to availability.
Nestled in over 650 acres of stunning countryside, this four-star hotel offers plenty of wow factor. It boasts 143 bedrooms, two championship golf courses, Wales’ largest spa, an award winning restaurant and sporting facilities galore. Whether you want to kick back and relax or enjoy an active break, this venue caters for everyone. The resort’s AA Rosette award-winning Vale Grill specialises in using locally sourced, fresh produce in its ‘best of British’ inspired dishes. If you’re looking for a statement setting for your big day, The Vale Resort is licensed for civil ceremonies.
Choose to tie the knot in the picture-perfect Hensol Castle or one of the hotel’s function or banqueting suites, and for the ultimate arrival opt for a red-carpet entrance. If you say ‘I do’ to The Vale Resort, there’s perks aplenty, including complimentary accommodation for newlyweds and a free anniversary dinner to name a few.
To find out more call 01443 667 800 or visit www.vale-hotel.com.
The winners of our Wedding of the Year competition will also get the chance to win our National Wedding of the Year title and a fabulous grand prize of a three-night mini-moon at the award-winning Palais Namaskar in Marrakech, on a half board basis in a Pool Villa complete with return airport transfers – worth £3,000!
Nestled between the Atlas Mountains and the Djebilet Hills, the luxury hotel, which opened in April, 2012, as part of the Oetker Collection, is an idyllic resort of 41 suites, villas and palaces. Situated amidst Balinese-inspired gardens, with cascading water features and lakes, the spot boasts three restaurants, a stylish rooftop bar and an indulgent spa – just perfect for newlyweds. Visit www.palaisnamaskar.com
There will be 17 winning couples from all over the country, and they’ll all be eligible for the national title. Each wedding will be considered by a panel of editors, who’ll look at all the gorgeous little details, read about the most memorable moments of the day, sigh over the stunning photos and, in the end, select the couple they think deserve to be crowned as National Wedding of the Year winners.
All over the country, in 15 of our regional titles, couples entered our Wedding of the Year competitions in the hope that their big day will be voted best in the area, and the overall winner from each magazine was then entered into our nationwide contest.
A panel of editors considered everything about each day – the sweetest details, the stunning photos, the most fabulous stories – to decide who should win the National Wedding of the Year title for 2014.
So, it's with great excitement that we can reveal that the winners of the national title for 2014 are – drumroll please – Your East Anglian Wedding's Emma and Sam Sharples.
They tied the knot on the 12th April, 2014, at Dairy Barns, Hickling, and their gorgeous spring-themed and travel-inspired day was captured by Fuller Photography (www.fullerphotographyweddings.co.uk)
The winning couple will be jetting off on a two-night mini-moon at the five-star Chateau Saint-Martin & Spa, situated deep in the French Riviera between Nice and Cannes. Visit www.chateau-st-martin.com for more details.
Huge congratulations – and a big thank you for entering – to the couples who won the Wedding of the Year title in their regions and made it to the National final.
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