We realise that looking for the perfect wedding venue can be tricky (where do you begin?!). So we wanted to share the top ten reasons for choosing us as a wedding venue, amongst the vast choice of others in Pembrokeshire.
You can have as small a ceremony as you would like, no minimum guest numbers required!
We are very flexible; it’s your big day after all. If you have a wild idea or would like something a little bit out of the ordinary, chat to us about it and we can see if we can make it happen. In 2018, we had one couple hire bell tents for the croquet lawn so that more of their nearest and dearest could stay close by.
You can bring dogs and children(!).
If you are foodies, this one is going to be as important to you, as it is to us. Your wedding breakfast will be restaurant quality food, catered for by our award-winning kitchen team. There’s also an extensive wine list to accompany, personally selected by Chris, the proprietor, himself.
Your ceremony can be conducted anywhere onsite. Whether it be our stunning Art Room, quirky Wunderkammer, cosy Library Bar or even our beautiful ornate Ballroom. Outside ceremonies can also be performed on one of our lovely open lawns surrounded by extensive tree canopies.
You’ll have our in-house Wedding Co-ordinator, Carys, to answer any of your questions and assist you on the big day. She has already answered a few here.
We are NOT a corporate conveyor belt, who churns out as many weddings as possible. We are quite traditional in the sense that we like to meet you both, show you around our venue, then sit down and have a chat about your big day. Based on that, we can that put together an initial estimate for you.
You can choose exclusive use of the whole property.
We don’t inflate our prices during peak times of the year. Like Valentine’s, we don’t believe it is fair to charge more because of the time of the year (we have had some stunning Winter weddings here)
You can have the music as loud as you would like, or invite a live band to come and play for you.
We were awarded ‘Wedding Venue of the Year South West Wales’ in 2018. We have also been shortlisted for both ‘Wedding Venue of the Year’ and ‘Wedding Co-ordinator of the Year’ in 2019.
A wedding at Hammet @ Castell Malgwyn is one-of-a-kind. No two are ever the same – and we love that. We adore that each of our couples bring a different vision and their own personalities to the place.
To give you some more inspiration, you can look through our ‘Story’ page to see a selection of weddings from 2018. Our lovely Wedding Co-ordinator, Carys, says a quick hello over here. Or if you still want to hear more, you can read testimonials from our newlyweds here.
For those interested, the photograph of Emma & Aidan’s first dance was taken by the super-talented, Pembrokeshire-based photographers, O&C Photography.
The very accommodating Hammet @ Castell Malgwyn crew.
P.S. Happy St. Dwynwen’s Day <3 Dwynwen Santes Dydd Hapus
Welcome to our Wedding pages and thank you all for making it here to find out more about Hammet @ Castell Malgwyn.
My name is Carys Williams, I’m the Wedding Coordinator at this lovely venue. We figured it would be really useful for all you planning a wedding to be able to get to know what we, as a venue, are about but also to see what kind of people you would be working with. Wedding planning can feel like a daunting task, so let’s make it as easy as possible shall we?
What is a wedding co-ordinator exactly?
Simply put, my job is to make sure that all the components
of your wedding relating to the hotel run smoothly. This means that I make sure your accommodation bookings are
sorted for you and your guests, your drink and food packages are exactly what
you want, the ceremony and ballroom is set up how you’d always imagined and
that your timings flow seamlessly from one part of the day to the
other….there’s also a whole load of little details that go with this but
we’ll get onto that later!
How does this work?
From our first initial meeting to the big day, I will
meet, email, phone with you as often as you need to go through the details of
your day. I can set up and amend estimates and quotes based on what YOU WANT for your
wedding and at the price point you are comfortable with. There aren’t any
hidden costs here!
In the build up to your wedding, I will be on hand to make
sure you are happy and comfortable with everything and to help in any way I
can. We can go into as much detail as you want. We also have an extensive external supplier and local accommodation list to
make help make those other important decisions easy as well.
When the big day arrives, I will be around from the early
morning getting everything ready. From making sure each place setting and
centrepiece is perfectly set to making sure all the champagne is chilled and
ready to go. I’ll be there through till the early hours of the next morning,
ensuring that you all get to enjoy the day knowing that everything has been
seen to and organised beforehand. I also like to make sure that we have room available at least a week before the wedding so that you can begin to bring over decorations and favours. One of the last things I want is for a Bride and groom and their guests to be rushing around the night before their wedding making sure the place names are in the right place and so on. For us, once you are through the doors here, its all about relaxing and having a good time. We got you, and those little last minute worries, we’ll take care of them.
How are you different to other venues?
I believe we are an unique hotel in many ways. First of all
the building is beautifully appointed and, like its owners, full of personality. We have worked hard to create a tasteful
and modern interior with bold greys and black walls, complimented with an
AMAZING array of artwork and antiques throughout the hotel. I think
there’s an impression of a blank slate here; full of potential to add your own
personality and themes, but, it also works as it is, understated as much as it is rich. Its a lovely building to work in and we all feel very lucky to be a part of it.
We also differ in that we (as our owner Chris is forever telling us!) aren’t a corporate conveyor belt for weddings. What we mean by that is that when we say we are bespoke, we mean it- and we don’t charge extra for it. We have put together some really great packages for potential bride and grooms to look over. We think they are options that work really well and, for the most part it hits the right note with people, especially if you don’t know exactly what you want! But if you have something a bit different you want to add then we’d LOVE to talk about it. This is your day! Whether you want an unusual cocktails, bell tents on the front lawn, a menu that includes your favourite childhood dish, helicopters, bird shows, fireworks and firepits etc etc…. we want to know and hear about it! The great part about this flexibility we can talk about a small intimate wedding for 10 people or a festival dance rave for a group of 150, or go from a traditional and no fuss wedding setting to something far more outlandish and unique. If we can’t do it then we can’t, but we always love to talk and see what we can do. Our aim is to be a dedicated team that listens to you and do our best to make sure it suits you.
Personal experience and ethos:
I have been working in the hospitality industry for over 14
years now, and have done so all around the world and in a variety of places. I began my hospitality career in New Zealand and from there I have a keen appreciation for great food, wine and atmosphere. I know that the quality of your product and service is what will always be remembered. Luckily we work with the most amazing Chef (Cornel Uys-check him out) and an owner whose love of wine translates into an exquisite wine list. All is left is the atmosphere. I learned over the years that it takes a lot of effort to make something feel effortless, and that is a lesson I have carried to heart. So, with knowledge and preparation I know that once the day is here, it falls into place with an ease…..which then sets the tone for the rest of the day. I have always loved weddings and get emotional whenever I see a ceremony, and so it was a natural slide into Coordinating from my restaurant career. It genuinely brings me great joy to work with a bridal party- from the initial possibilities, figuring out what makes people excited, to finally seeing it all unfold on the day.
Advice for anyone planning a wedding:
I have been lucky in my Wedding Coordinator roles that I
have worked with some wonderful brides and I love meeting each and every person
who inquires with us, and its amazing how different we all are. One thing I notice though is that at one point everyone feels a bit
overwhelmed with the experience, and with so many venues, suppliers, fantastical Pinterest Board ideas its not hard to see why! The things is: the expectations we all place on Weddings can
be hard to get your head around. There are a lot of pressure to please
everyone. DON’T. This is your day and should reflect your relationship and
what’s special to you. That’s all. And, think of it this way, once you have booked you venue
(in our case anyway) the essentials for the day (accommodation, food, drinks,
space) are all done. The rest are all details, and with help from your family,
friends, suppliers (and Wedding coordinators like myself!) these details are
easily managed. There’s a veritable rabbit hole of things that you can get
caught up in to worry about, but stick to what’s true to you and remember what the day is really about, and it will be perfect no
matter what happens.
Words from a selection of our newlyweds and their closest friends over 2018:
“Over the August bank holiday, Chris and Nicky hosted our wedding which was a pretty full on affair, given our quite outlandish requests. They couldn’t have been more accommodating. Ably helped by their superb staff, and event planner Carys, they catered for our every whim and made our guests feel as if it was a home from home. We had a fantastic weekend and this beautiful and versatile house makes the perfect getaway for a private and exclusive party. I would highly recommend this place and encourage you to talk to their team about what you’d like to do. They didn’t say No to any of our requests, however large or small. The food was also superb, thanks to their amazing chef Cornel. Thanks guys, we will be back!” – Emma
“Fabulous house, beautiful location & amazing hosts. My best friend got married there at the weekend, and it was spot on from start to finish. The owners are fascinating & delightful, the staff great at their jobs and I left feeling much more relaxed and happy then when I arrived. Always the acid test for any experience. The icing on the cake was Chris’s back story & exquisite life-time collection of art, that anyone can enjoy for free and includes an eccentric explanation by the curator himself – Chris. Try it, if you enjoy it as much as we did then it’s a no-brainer! xx” – Dan
“Dear Carys and the Castell Malgwyn crew, We’ve just touched down after an amazing honeymoon and wanted to say thank you so much for making our big day, on September 1st, so wonderful! All staff, but especially Carys, were fab and made everyone feel so welcome as well as ensuring the day ran as smoothly as possible. We had some lovely comments on the food, wine and how pretty the place is! It can’t be easy working with anxious brides but Carys was so competent and reassuring from start to finish. We really felt like she understood what we were looking for and was genuinely enthusiastic when we discussed ideas. Carys – you’re awesome, thanks for putting up with me! 😉 Finally, thank you to Chris and Nicky who were also so kind and understanding. We can’t wait to use our free stay on our first anniversary! Such a lovely, generous offer. One of our guests also bought us a voucher to use there so you can expect us for dinner sometime soon! We’ll be sure to send photos as soon as we have them. Congrats on being FABULOUS!” – El
“What an amazing find Hammet@Castell Malgwyn was for our December 2018 wedding; a real gem in West Wales! We were planning to get married in either London or Surrey simply because we weren’t sure we wouldn’t find a venue in rural West Wales that could deliver the level of catering and accommodation that we so wanted, plus the atmosphere and interior style – how wrong we were. Hammet@Castell Malgwyn is a truly unique venue, outstanding service, incredibly stylish interiors and superb food. We also enjoyed the added bonus of having the venue entirely to ourselves, which made the occasion all the more special as it felt as though we were at home. Working in corporate hospitality myself, I knew that I probably wouldn’t be the easiest of clients but Carys was a pleasure to work with and totally understood what I was wanting to achieve. I felt confident leaving everything to her and wasn’t disappointed. Our wedding was totally bespoke yet affordable, which is a rare occurrence when as soon as you mention the ‘W’ word to venues, dressmakers or caterers there seems to be several 0’s added to the invoice. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Carys and the venue for a much deserved award!” – Rachel
“[Carys] and the rest of the staff […] were brilliant at helping us organise the wedding! Nothing was too much trouble and the day went superbly! We are even coming back for our wedding anniversary next week! It is such a beautiful venue with a very helpful and dedicated team” – Nicole
Lynne and Brendan chose to have their ceremony in our ‘Art Room’ restaurant (which is transformed especially for the occasion). The guests appreciated the melodies of the harpist, whilst they patiently awaited the arrival of the bride.
For the wedding breakfast, the couple decided upon striking fuchsia pink chair sashes, enhanced by the simple chair covers. We adored these large L-O-V-E letters and the LED dance floor – all provided by one of our recommended, local suppliers Bridget at ‘Pretty Seats and Bows‘.
The couple had selected our new ‘Shotgun Package’ which is only available six months before the big day. Ideal for those who can’t wait to get down the aisle! For information on our ‘Shotgun Package’ give us a call or drop us an e-mail.
“All staff, but especially Carys, were fab and made everyone feel so welcome as well as ensuring the day ran as smoothly as possible.” -El and Josh, 2018
El and Josh decided to go for lots of greenery for their wedding, mostly foraged and included some fragrant hops around the ballroom entrance. Their ceremony was held at their favourite beach and the party continued with us.
They even created a DIY feature piece to hang behind the top table, in front of the fresh, white backdrop. What an eye-popper!
All the flower arrangements and centrepieces were the creations of the talented ‘Flowers By Annabel‘.
Update: El & Josh kindly shared their wedding portrait, taken outside the main entrance.
Expertly captured during a quiet moment, as we were ushering the rest of the party into the ‘Ballroom’ for the happy couple’s wedding breakfast.
Their photographer was locally-based Grace Elliott, for those interested!
Maria and Nic decided to have a very small and intimate wedding, with their ceremony held in our Map Room at the front of the house. They then followed up with a wedding breakfast in our Ballroom which overlooks the patio and side lawn. We loved their purple and green colour combination with personal details for decoration.
We can cater for weddings with 10 guests right up to 150 guests and we are licensed to hold ceremonies anywhere in the house or our seven acres of gardens.
The best way to find out what we can offer you is to give us a call and book a wedding showaround. You will be able to see the venue for yourself and also meet our lovely Wedding Co-ordinator, Carys. In the meantime, you can always view our current brochures.