A luxurious wedding venue for a lavish affair, we offer exclusive services and strive to ensure all our celebrations are exceptional and our romantic castle is the perfect venue for the most special experience of your life.
A wedding venue like no other, the grand St Donat’s Castle is located on the beautiful South Wales coastline near Llantwit Major, Vale of Glamorgan, just 40 minutes from Central Cardiff and 50 minutes from Swansea.
The Bradenstoke Hall, Inner Courtyard and Great Hall boast an abundance of charm and character for the perfect wedding venue, with exposed bath stone walls and 20ft ceilings – a neutral palette to compliment your wedding decor. The original Tudor gardens and lawns are perfectly manicured and sweep down to the Bay of St Donat’s providing the most incredible picture-perfect moments for your photographer to capture.
We are delighted to be working in partnership with award-winning event organisers and wedding planners, Town & Country Collective to create the wedding day of your dreams. Their excellent team will take you through your wedding planning journey and deliver you the day of your dreams. What’s more, with hotels in the local area, they can offer exclusive accommodation rates for you and your guests.
Also known as the remarkable UWC Atlantic College, we usually host weddings (with a minimum of 80 guests) any day of the week outside of the College term between mid-June to mid-August, and during the College term on selected Saturday and Sunday dates between September – April. The Inner Courtyard is licensed for outdoor ceremonies for up to 160 guests, a truly idyllic outdoor location to say your ‘I do’s’.
The grand Bradenstoke Hall can accommodate 160 guests for a wedding breakfast and 200 guests for an evening party. Hire of the castle is available from 12.30pm to midnight (with access for supplier setup from 10am)
On-site you will also find the charming St Donat’s Church which can accommodate a wedding ceremony for up to 100 guests, bookable by the Parish Office.
Make an appointment to view the spectacular St Donat’s Castle. The UWC Atlantic Experience team can show you around our wonderful grounds in the heart of the Vale of Glamorgan. Contact the team by email by clicking the button below or call us on 01446 799000. Viewings are strictly by appointment only.
For questions relating to catering, please contact Town and Country Catering (based at the Bear Hotel, Cowbridge) on 01446 774814 (option 2).
We look forward to you celebrating with us.
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Ensuring wedding day perfection
As one of the best wedding venues in the Vale of Glamorgan, South Wales, we want to ensure every aspect of planning your special day goes smoothly. We have carefully selected the following suppliers who we are happy to recommend to help plan your wedding day to perfection. We recommend these suppliers based on merit alone but we are happy for you to source your own suppliers should you wish.
Choose from a wide range of accommodation properties in the Vale of Glamorgan, from hotels to glamping sites to quaint cottages for hire. St Donat’s Castle in the Vale of Glamorgan is a short 20 minute drive from Bridgend and just 30 minutes from the outskirts of Cardiff.
- West House, Llantwit Major
- The Bear, Cowbridge
- Heronston Hotel, Bridgend
- Holiday Inn Express, Cardiff Airport*
- Hide at St Donats
- Llantwit Major Cottage
- Acorn (Camping, Glamping and Lodges)
- Celtic International, Cardiff Airport*
- Warren Mill Farm
- New Farm, Barry
- The Old Carpenters Arms Cottage
- Plough and Harrow, Monknash
* hotels can arrange transport for your guests from the hotel for a fee.
Bands and DJ’s
If you want your guests on the dancefloor all evening, you need entertainment that is right for you. Whether you are looking for a band, DJ or both; whether it is 60s funk, 80s rock or 90s pop you like – book an artist that has a style you can shimmy on down to.
Cakes and Favours
Do you imagine something grand with tiers upon tiers or something a little out of the ordinary such as a wedding cake made of cheese? Whatever your taste, South Wales has a range of talented artisan cake makers to choose from.
Are you planning a horse-drawn carriage for your big entrance or perhaps a more vintage ride? St Donat’s portcullis is the perfect backdrop for your wedding entrance photoshoot.
Ceremony and Reception Music
The music you walk down the aisle to will stay in your memory for a lifetime. Choose an artist that understands just how important that song is to you.
- Caerphilly Male Voice Choir
- Bethan Nia Harpist & Singer
- Wedding Pianist South Wales
- John Campbell Bagpiper |
- Glenda Clwyd Harpist & Pianist
- The String Quartet Company
- Nerys Clark Cellist
- Caroline Greenwood Harpist
For a fee of £150, you can hire the Steinway piano for ceremonies in the Bradenstoke Hall (only).
Chiavari chairs are included by Town and Country Collective, but if it is chair covers you dream of or an alternative chair style, then contact some of the best wedding stylists in South Wales.
Florists and Styling
Despite St Donat’s Castle being an abundance of natural beauty, we understand you will still want to make it your own. Whether that is with flowers, lanterns or vintage furniture these wedding stylists may just have the right style for you.
Keep your guests entertained all day long! From a creche for the little ones to poker tables for the big ones, we have plenty of space for you to add a little touch of magic to your day.
Don’t want your guests worrying about who is going to be the designated driver? Want to make sure those guests, who are notoriously late, are on time? Why not arrange group transport for all your guests from minibuses to coaches.
Lighting and Dancefloors
Let’s face it, nothing is going to light up the room quite like the happy couple on their wedding day, but it won’t hurt to add a little ambience now would it?
- Rhys Drinkwater Uplighters
- Starlight Events
- Chair Covers & Bows
- Written in Lights
- Ultra Booth
- DJ Sound and Lighting
Your wedding photos will be one of your most cherished possessions after your day is over. You only get one take, choose a photographer who takes it right.
Your special day will pass you in the blink of an eye, so relive it for the rest of your life with a videographer who captures every moment: the ones you missed and the ones you’ll cherish.
- Ben Walton
- Steve Ratcliffe Films
- One Vision
- Aurora Video
- Embrace Weddings
- Clic Productions