A stunning dress, an ivy-covered castle, and a banquet to rival kings – these are just some of the things you need to create that magic feeling at your fairytale wedding.
As experienced caterers, we’re lucky enough to be partnered with some of the most stunning wedding venues in South Wales, crafting fairytale wedding menus for our lovely bridal couples.
One of the most fairytale-esque of them is the 800-year-old Fonmon Castle with its stunning rooms, ancient oak trees, glistening lawns and even a wishing well where you can hope to make your own dreams come true.
Whether you’re walking down their elegant hallways, posing in front of the grand oil paintings that adorn the castle walls, or running away for a quiet moment among the plants in the Scented Garden – such a wonderful venue goes a long way in creating a fairytale wedding.
Here’s how to use your enchanting, castle-inspired menu for an extra fairytale flair…
Afternoon Tea in the Library
Get that ‘Royal couple’ feel by trying a delicious Afternoon Tea in Fonmon Castle’s library – known as ‘the glory of Fonmon’. The rococo plasterwork and collection of books (that date back to the 15th century) give you an authentic regal atmosphere.
Tuck into dainty cucumber sandwiches and Welsh sausage tartlet drizzled in honey, while admiring the room’s gilded mirrors or staring out at the castle grounds from the stunning Venetian windows.
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Traditional Welsh menu in The Old Kitchen
If a more intimate, Chaucer-style fairytale is the atmosphere you want to capture, then you might want to opt for a classic dinner of Welsh dishes in The Old Kitchen.
Once described as ‘ye largeste kitchen of ye inhabited castle of ye kingedom’, the room is filled with 18th Century furniture and a Victorian cooker.
Make your toasts in this romantic and historic setting and await to be served traditional Welsh cawl, Welsh lamb rump and Bara Brith bread pudding.
Champagne toast for the new couple in The Staircase Hall
Fonmon Castle’s Staircase Hall looks like it was taken out of the pages of a Cinderella story, capturing the moment the belle enters the ball and catches the eye of Prince Charming.
Decorated with extravagant oil paintings of the castle’s former residents and sparkling underneath the grand Georgian chandelier, the stairway is the perfect place to make your entrance as a newly-married couple.
Hand out the champagne drinks before you make your way down and all your loved ones can raise a glass as you make your fairytale-style descent down the nobel stairway.
A Royal Hog Roast in the Castle grounds
Whats more royal fairytale than a grand feast? And what grand feast would be complete without a deliciously tender hog roast?
You can enjoy your fabulous dinner out on the lawn by taking advantage of Fonmon’s stunning Marquee, which can see up to 200 guests and can be dressed to fit whatever your fairytale wedding dream decor is.
Let the couple eat cake…
A fairytale wedding doesn’t just happen by magic (as much as you might wish for a fairy godmother to fly onto the scene and make sure everything runs smoothly) and with all the emotion of your big day, you might need to sneak off with your newlywed for a quiet and romantic moment to enjoy the fact you are now married.
Grab a slice of wedding cake and run off into the distance, for a moment at least. You can wander into Fonmon’s woodlands, hide behind the 18th century watch tower, take in the atmosphere of the scented garden or escape to the Grade II listed stables.
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