Celtic Manor Resort: A Wedding Venue in Newport, South Wales
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The Celtic Manor Resort is a multi-award winning wedding venue near Cardiff. Sitting in 2000 acres of stunning Usk Valley parkland, this beautiful venue would be a worthy location for any civil marriage wedding day from the smallest to the most elaborate and expensive. It is as suitable for short day weddings as it is full days – there really is something for everyone.
As a Wedding Venue: There are many different venues at Celtic Manor Resort (listed below) depending on your requirements which can cater for any size of wedding day of up to 800 guests. Each venue is unique and distinct, from the ornate 19th century Manor House with its period features to the newest addition on the the site, the Hunter Lodges. A real photographer’s dream!
Being a 5 star resort, the service and attention afforded to the Bride and Groom is second to none. Nothing is left to chance and every happy couple matters and are treated like royalty in this amazing wedding venue.
Wedding Photography at Celtic Manor Resort: Panoramic views offer opportunity for some wedding portraits seldom matched. From certain vantage points, the views stretch for miles around, even into England across the Severn estuary.
The venue also welcomes LGBT/gay weddings and I am very happy to provide the photography for them.
I am a natural reportage photographer and the huge amounts of space there is to play with make for some amazing wedding photography portraits. I have photographed weddings at Celtic Manor Resort several times and always find new backdrops and photo opportunities.
There is a Bentley available to the couple on request to chauffeur them around the estate for their desired wedding photographs. Staff are friendly and helpful and actively encourage and help the wedding photographer.
Location: The site is located just off Junction 24 of the M4 which means you can be in or have come from London in just 90 minutes. The nearest train station is Newport with Cardiff and Bristol Airports being just 45 minutes away.
Celtic Manor Resort Wedding Photography – Venues
Celtic Manor Golf Club:
The largest clubhouse on-site includes three venues for your wedding seating between 80-180 people: The Augusta Suite, The Chairman’s Marquee and the Via Julia Suite.
Twenty Ten Clubhouse:
Fans of golf may be interested to know that the clubhouse was built for the 2010 Ryder Cup. There are two rooms, each able to hold 60-120 reception guests: Rafters and The Samuel Ryder Suite.
The Resort Hotel:
Three further wedding venues includes the huge and opulent Caernarfon Ballroom which can hold up to 800 guests. The Rooftop Garden has spectacular views across the Severn estuary and can seat up to 130 wedding guests. Meanwhile the Beaumaris Suite is located in the Convention Centre and can seat up to 120 guests.
The Manor House:
A gorgeous 19th century manor house rich with classic features such as wood panelling, fireplaces and stained glass. The venue includes two wedding venues: Hedleys is ideal for a smaller wedding with between 30 and 50 guests. Whilst the Manor Suite will cater for 60-110 guests.
The Hunter Lodges:
The most secluded of Celtic Manor’s venues is also the smallest. For up to 40 guests, the Hunter’s Lodges offer spectacular views across the Welsh countryside for those smaller and more intimate weddings. Some couples hire two adjacent lodges and use one for the preparations.
There is much more information about all the Celtic Manor Resort wedding photography venues in their Brochure.
Celtic Manor Resort – A Potted History:
- C1860: Coldra House (now know as The Manor House) is built and occupied by Thomas Powell Jr, a coal and iron trade magnate.
- 1940: The house is given to the local health authority in and reopened as the Lydia Beynon Maternity Hospital, named after the former owner’s mother.
- 1975: The hospital closes and lies empty for several years.
- 1980: Celtic Inns Ltd. buys the manor house and obtains planning permission to convert to a hotel. It’s the brainchild of chairman Sir Terry Matthews.
- 1982: The 17 bedroom Celtic Manor Hotel opens. Over the years it has expanded and now has 70 bedrooms.
- 1983-1987: The hotel wins Egon Ronay’s Best Hotel in Wales award every year.
- 1995: The Celtic Manor Golf Club opens with the resort’s first golf course.
- 1999: A new 330 bedroom hotel, the Resort Hotel opens with convention centre along with a second championship golf course.
- 2010: The venue hosts the Ryder Cup. It is the biggest sports event ever to be held in Wales.
- 2014: The Celtic Manor Resort plays host to the NATO Summit. It’s the largest gathering of world leaders ever to have assembled in the UK. Barack Obama is in attendance and is the only serving US president to have visited Wales. I’d have loved to have been a photographer at that event!