Eco friendly wedding venues in Wales
If your dream day doesn't consist of canvas canopies, or tying the knot in the great outdoors, but you would really like your wedding to have a low carbon footprint, here are a few great venues in Wales that have been either built or restored with sustainability in mind.
The Centre for Alternative Technology, at the foot of Snowdonia, is a fully licensed wedding venue with 24 en-suite guest rooms. With space for 100 guests for the wedding breakfast and 180 for a evening reception, and with sustainability at the heart of everything they do, this venue is at the top of the list if your looking to have a large, indoor wedding with a low carbon footprint. They can also include a site tour of the gardens and the different eco buildings - what a great way to introduce your guests to something a bit different!
Nantwen is a beautiful, eco friendly venue in Pembrokeshire, not far from the famous Pembrokeshire coast line.
"Few small wedding venues in Wales can offer you the opportunity to have an eco-friendly wedding. With us it comes as standard. At Nantwen we care about the planet as well as our guests. Our buildings are environmentally friendly but without compromises to comfort or mod cons. We have received a Gold Award from Green Tourism, the world’s largest and most established sustainable certification programme."
Penpont is a stunning manor house near Brecon, Mid Wales. Very good friends of mine got married here and it was such a beautiful weekend. With 45 acres of woodland and lawns, the river Usk, elephant shaped hedgerows and a green man maize all within the grounds it really is a magical place.
By embracing a number of renewable energy and sustainable systems within their buildings, and by incorporating their green ethos into all aspects of their business, Penpont has been awarded a gold standard in the Green Business Tourism scheme.
Myddfai village hall is nestled at the base of the Black mountains - an especially stunning part of Carmarthenshire dear to my heart. The hall itself is a new build, sponsored by the national lottery as a community project, and is now run by the community. It has under-floor heating, run through a ground-source heat pump, solar PV panels, and high specification insulation making it a very energy efficient building.
There is a lovely little church across the road, or the hall itself is licensed for marriages, and there are plenty of B&B's in the area.
Welsh Green Weddings host weddings on their organic farm in the heart of Wales. They embrace a green ethos throughout their business, and give couples the opportunity to plant a tree in the orchard. They have lots of quirky places for the bride, groom and guests to stay, including a Romany wagon and a converted double decker bus.