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Congratulations on your engagement! As you begin the exciting journey of planning your wedding in Cardiff, there’s a world of possibilities waiting for you. But where to begin? As a professional Cardiff wedding photographer with lots of experience capturing weddings within this amazing city, I have created a guide to help you walk through the process of creating the perfect celebration. In this comprehensive guide, we’ll explore every aspect of planning the ultimate Cardiff wedding in 2024, incorporating insights from some of the top wedding photo locations in the city.

Let The Wedding Planning Journey Begin!

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Setting the Date

Choosing the right date for your Cardiff wedding is crucial, and considering the best season for wedding photography can enhance your wedding photos. Cardiff offers stunning backdrops throughout the year, from lush greenery in the spring to golden foliage in the autumn, along with breathtaking architecture surrounding Alexandra Gardens which will perfectly compliment your day.

Finding the Perfect WeddingVenue

Cardiff boasts a variety of breathtaking wedding venues, each offering its own unique charm and photo opportunities. Consider venues such as The Coal Exchange Hotel, which provides a historic backdrop with its majestic architecture and contemporary touches, perfect for timeless wedding portraits. Alternatively, venues like St. David’s Hotel offer modern sophistication against the backdrop of Cardiff Bay, ideal for contemporary couples seeking chic cityscape shots.

Choose your dream wedding suppliers

Building a team of experienced wedding suppliers is essential to help bring your wedding vision to life. Chat with me to explore all the photo opportunities at your chosen venue and surrounding areas. Whether your envisioning romantic sunset shots overlooking Cardiff Bay or candid moments captured amidst the beautiful setting of your chosen wedding venue, I can help bring your vision to life.

Beyond choosing your Cardiff Wedding Photographer there are a plethora of other highly talented wedding suppliers who are essential to bringing the pieces together to perfect your wedding day. I have had the pleasure of working with so many amazing wedding suppliers who I highly recommend and who you can take a closer look at on my Ultimate Wedding Planning guide for 2024!

The Dress

Every brides dream is to turn into an absolute queen on their big day and what better city to find your perfect wedding dress than Cardiff! Take a look at our blog on Best Wedding Dress Shops in Cardiff to find the perfect wedding dress boutique for you.

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The Suits

The perfect compliment to your wedding theme is a perfectly tailored suit. The wedding industry in South Wales is dominated by a key leader, Dyfed Menswear who provide excellent rented suits for almost every wedding in this part of the country. However, there are more boutique alternatives for grooms looking for something a bit more personal. Take a look at my blog on Best Wedding Suit Shops in Cardiff to find out more!

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Personalise Your Ceremony and Reception

Infusing personal touches into your wedding ceremony and reception can make your day truly unforgettable. Consider incorporating elements inspired by Cardiff’s rich history and culture, such as traditional Welsh music (I’m slowly learning Yma O Hyd…), cuisine, or decorations featuring iconic landmarks like the Millennium Stadium or Cardiff Bay Barrage. Alternatively you can incorporate photos from your pre-wedding photoshoot within your table centrepieces etc. If you are considering having a pre-wedding photoshoot in Cardiff of surrounding areas feel free to send me a message.

Get Excited with a pre-wedding photoshoot

You have gotten the main foundations to your wedding day set, now its time to relaxed and start getting excited!

One of the best ways to celebrate this milestone is to have a pre-wedding photoshoot at a location which means a lot to you as a couple. Get comfortable in front of the camera, whilst also creating memories which can be printed and incorporated into your wedding day decor.

We love pre-wedding photoshoots as it allows us to really get to know our couples and also help with any wedding planning questions that they may have. If you haven’t already guessed, we are kind of experts in this sort of thing…

A couple kisses tenderly on a wooden pier at sunset, with soft golden light illuminating the scene and quaint buildings in the background.

Planning the ultimate Cardiff wedding in 2024 is an exciting journey filled with endless possibilities. By incorporating insights from some of Cardiff’s top wedding photo locations and working closely with me and other suppliers, you can create a celebration that is as unique and beautiful as your love story. Cheers to a lifetime of love, happiness, and unforgettable memories captured in the heart of Cardiff!

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