As soon as we saw Llyn Gwynant from the top of the valley we knew it was perfect for us. From being able to choose all our own suppliers, hiring the venue between Friday to Monday and being able to camp in the adjacent field helped us really reflect who we are on our wedding day. We were able to have all our loved ones in the same place all weekend enjoying campsite pizzas, campfires, late night kitchen gatherings and the most perfect wedding day. Not having any phone signal was certainly a bonus – people talking, laughing and dancing without staring at their mobiles!
Nic and the team were incredible, making everything flow smoothly and were always on hand for advice. We would recommend Llyn Gwynant to anyone wanting a unique wedding or a special party. When planning a DIY wedding it can be quite daunting considering all the things you have to organise, from tables and napkins to making sure the vendors turn up on the right day, and Nic makes it so much easier.
We will never forget it and our family and friends think it’s a hard wedding to beat – thank you all!!“
We arrived the day before the wedding and had great fun decorating the barn with our own bunting etc – really making the place feel like our own.
Nic, Charlie and the rest of the Gwynant team looked after us so well giving us a few tips about layout etc (and saving us when we forgot 100 bowls for pudding…) but without being bossy like so many glossy wedding venues! Gwynant is not glossy and that’s exactly why we chose it! Rustic, hearty, earthy and wonderful (and they let you bring your own bar with no corkage!)
We were prepared for bad weather on the wedding day itself (hired pagodas at the ready!)- but in fact we were blessed with incredible June sunshine. A civil marriage plus a multi-faith ceremony with small orchestra and choir (!) followed by drinks and photos in the field, a hearty feast in the barn and real welsh ceilidh. The night ended with a warming campfire complete with guitars and singing.
Our welly-wearing guests camped in the barn’s own private campsite and others stayed in B&Bs in nearby Beddgelert. Most people wait a year (or even 10) to go back and visit the place they got married but we found ourselves back at Gwynant only 2 months later, camping down by the Lake and remembering our very unique wedding. “
We were able to hire the venue for the whole weekend, so most of our guests camped and we hired out the canoes on the day for us and our more adventurous guests (yes, a couple did fall in). The day was complete with a hog roast, ceilidh, giant bubbles, games and a bouncy castle (Gareth’s specific request). The Llyn Gwynant team couldn’t have been more helpful, both over the weekend and during the hectic planning. Their flexible and accommodating approach, along with their fantastic website took a lot of stress out of the wedding planning and helped he weekend run smoothly.
Llyn Gwynant is a really unique place. It’s in such a beautiful setting, and the whole venue lends itself to a relaxed atmosphere. There’s something wonderful about stumbling to a tent in the evening and waking up to the most amazing view with all your friends and family (in varying states of repair) waking up around you. We all had an absolutely fantastic weekend; the wedding was exactly what we wanted – informal, fun and definitely memorable. Our guests are still talking about it now; some are even planning the next party at the barns!“
The team at the barns are incredibly easy to deal with and we used their guidance for how to plan the barns out and who to use for catering. We were also encouraged by them to do things our own way and we used all our friends and families talents to make the day run smoothly and perfectly individual to us. Planting a tree in the wedding woodland means that we will not only feel connected to this amazing place but have a physical memory to come back and visit in years to come.
It was a phenomenal wedding weekend that will remain with us always. “
The entire weekend was just amazing that began with guests chatting over wood-fired pizza in the kitchen the night before the big day, and ended with us taking boats out on the lake the day after.
The wedding day itself couldn’t have gone better, we loved decorating the Barns and picking our own suppliers, but really appreciated that tables, cutlery and glasses etc. could be hired making it much easier to organise. The weather was so good to us and we even got to enjoy drinks around the fire pit at the end of the evening.
I cannot recommend getting married at Llyn Gwynant enough, the staff were lovely and the place is just beautiful, so many of our guests have told us they will be going back, and we definitely will be too.”
Nic and the team at Llyn Gwynant were enormously helpful from start to finish, showing us round and explaining how other weddings had been organised before. Over the weekend itself they were always on hand to make sure everything was okay, but left us to enjoy our day. They helped us to get everyone parked up as they arrived, and made sure we had room for any camper vans too.
We barbecued outside on the Friday night, used the huge catering kitchen to do sausage butties each morning, and made use of all of the large tables to serve the lunch and the evening meal as a buffet. As we were so lucky with the weather (It is Wales, so always have a back up plan!) we were able to have a few drinks outside after the main ceremony and take in the stunning surroundings. Once we’d rearranged the hall it was perfect for a sit down meal, and then we changed it round again to make room for some people to dance, whilst others toasted marshmallows around the fire pit outside.
Away from the chaos of the wedding, it was great to see our guests relaxing in the private camping fields, having a stroll along the lake, or keeping their kids entertained in the sunshine. The day after the wedding a few of us headed off up Snowdon, whilst others went out on their bikes or took boats on to the lake.
We had the best three days of our lives – if we could get married again at Llyn Gwynant, we would!”
Despite the weather all our guests said it is one of the most fun and unique venues they’ve been to. The space provided by the field and barns allowed us to have a bouncy castle, beer festival, ceilidh, sparklers and a rounders game, and some guests even swam in the lake the next day!
The whole team at Llyn Gwynant were fantastic throughout, and we would definitely recommend the venue to future brides and grooms.“
We could not have asked for a better wedding, Tom and his groomsmen were swimming in the lake on the morning of the wedding, and pretty much the whole wedding party went for a dip the day after. We also hired boats the next day and kayaked and chilled out on the beach. So many people were blown away by the venue, the location, and the whole experience. We encouraged as many of our guests as possible to camp and it made for a fabulous atmosphere. We could not have had a better wedding in any way.
We had an amazing time with you both the wedding day and the day after. Our friend filmed with a drone cam- please take a look at the link below at how amazing the campsite looks from above!
Photos were by Vickerstaff photography, check out this link to their chilled out boho wedding blog
The wardens were really pleasant and always willing to help“
The staff at Llyn Gwynant Campsite, from our initial enquiry to the wedding weekend, made the experience of booking and organising our wedding a pleasure. The barns provided the perfect space for the ceremony, the buffet, and the ceilidh, and the kitchen was ideal for the catering team. The camping field could easily accommodate all the tents with ample space for children to play, and group photographs to be taken. In our minds, there is nowhere more beautiful and yet accessible, where we would have wanted to get married. The memory of us standing in the camping field, surrounded by our family and friends, encompassed by the mountains of Snowdonia, is one will shall keep with us forever.”