Getting married in the lovely town of Usk, Monmouthshire
Monmouthshire is a beautiful county in south east Wales and as such, is a popular choice for couples looking for a wedding venue. With easy road networks, Monmouthshire borders Torfaen and Newport to the west; Herefordshire and Gloucestershire to the east; and Powys to the north. The Glen-Yr-Afon House Hotel is located on the outskirts of one of Monmouthshire's prettiest towns - Usk which is home to Usk in Bloom.
Usk is located on the River Usk, which is spanned by an arched stone bridge at the western entrance to the town. A castle above the town overlooks the ancient crossing point. It developed as a small market town, with some industry including the making of Japanware, and a notable prison. In recent years Usk has become known for its history of success in Britain in Bloom competitions, winning the Large Village award in 2005.
A country house wedding venue a short drive from Cardiff
For those looking for a Wedding Venue near Cardiff we are located in the countryside within 30 minutes drive of Cardiff.
With direct road networks to Cardiff, the Glen-Yr-Afon House Hotel is located in Usk, Monmouthshire within a 3 minute drive of the A449 which directly links to the M4. We are delighted to host many weddings for couples with connections to Cardiff who prefer their wedding venue to be located in the country away from the hustle of Cardiff City Centre.
FROM THE M4
Exit the M4 at Junction 24, at the Coldra roundabout take the A449 to Monmouth. Turn off the A449 at the Usk junction
and join the A472 to Usk. Stay on this road and be aware that you will be entering a 20 MPH. zone. Follow the main road through the main street and over the river bridge. The road bears right from the river bridge. Shortly after this bridge you will see a sign for The Glen-Yr-Afon House Hotel which is on the left handside of the road. The journey time from M4 junction 24 (Coldra) is approx 10 minutes.
FROM THE M5
Exit the M5 at Junction 8, join the M50 and follow this road which will become the A40/A449. Turn off the A449 at the
Usk junction and join the A472 to Usk. Stay on this road and be aware that you will be entering a 20 MPH zone. Follow the main road through the main street and over the river bridge. The road bears right from the river bridge. Shortly after this bridge you will see a sign for The Glen-Yr-Afon House Hotel which is on the left handside of the road. The journey time from junction 8 M5 (Strensham) is approx 45 minutes.
Planning your wedding in South Wales
First you need to choose a wedding venue
We can help! The Glen-Yr-Afon House Hotel is an approved venue for marriages, civil partnerships and same-sex marriages in Monmouthshire. Four rooms are licensed - from the Library to the Ballroom catering for civil ceremonies from 4 - 150 guests!
Decide upon a date
Discuss dates with the Wedding Co-ordinator and make a provisional booking to avoid disappointment! The Glen-Yr-Afon House Hotel books weddings up to three years in advance so you are advised to make contact early particularly if you have a preferred date in mind! We are happy to hold provision bookings for a 14 day period after which we will require a deposit to confirm.
Contact the Superintendent Registrar (for civil wedding ceremonies) or the church
The Registrar for Monmouthsire is based at the Monmouthshire County Council Offices, Rhadyr, Usk NP15 1GA. You can contact the office on 01873 735435. You can book the Registrar for your wedding as far in advance as you like, but no less than 16 days before the marriage.
Enter your notice of marriage
The legal preliminaries to marriage need to be completed in your district of residence unless you are a foreign national subject to immigration control. An appointment is usually necessary and you will need to provide documents. You cannot do this more than 12 months in advance (and no less than 16 days).
Choose your civil wedding ceremony
For civil ceremonies, you will be sent a marriage pack with a choice of ceremonies. You now need to choose the one you prefer, and select any readings or poetry to include in the ceremony. You can also choose the music for the bride to walk in to, for the signing of the register and for the happy couple to exit to! Here at the Glen-Yr-Afon, House Hotel, we ask that you provide your music choices in advance of the day unless you prefer to use the services of our resident harpist who will be delighted to perform on your special day.
Attend for discussion
You will need to make an appointment to discuss your ceremony with one of the registration officers at Usk. They will require you to finalise the details so it is useful if, before this meeting, you have decided upon a ceremony, have copies of any readings and have your music choices ready. They Registrar will also need to have your authorities for marriage if you live outside the district, and you can pay the fee. They will tell you exactly what will happen on the day and answer any questions you have.
On the big day, both Bride and Groom will need to be interviewed by the Registrar prior to the ceremony taking place. Generally the Groom will be seen first so it is useful if he arrives at least half an hour before the ceremony!. The Bride will then be interviewed in a private room approximately 15 minutes before the cermony commences.
Once the declaratory and contracting words have been exchanged, you will be a married couple and will need to sign the register. Your marriage certificate will be presented to you together with a copy of your ceremony.
For further information regarding holding your civil wedding ceremony in Monmouthshire e-mail:email@example.com
To discuss your requirements for a wedding venue in Monmouthshire, South Wales, please contact Carol Knight on 01291 674819 (direct line) or 01291 672302 (main reception). Email: firstname.lastname@example.org