Why The Wedding Guild Of Wales Was Founded
The Wedding Guild of Wales was founded in October 2013 by a group of suppliers with many years experience in the wedding industry. Alarmed at the number of wedding magazines, blogs, directories etc that highlighted suppliers as "recommended" "endorsed" "approved" when in fact they charged to print that recommendation, we felt passionately that an alternative was needed. We feel strongly that when you recommend a supplier, it should be because you KNOW they are the best person/company for the job - NOT because you are getting paid to do so.
After giving much thought to forming The Guild, it was decided that each member (supplier) would need to meet a criteria before being accepted. With an admin team of 4 people, Steve Norman of Embrace Videography, Emma Hall of Emma Hall Designs, Lynne Morgan of Lovey Dovey UK and Glenda Clwyd Harpist overseeing the initial team of 11 suppliers. Between us we had done many dozens of weddings together, and also had others that we worked with regularly, and by the end of that first day we had 20 members, all of whom worked well together with a mutual respect. In fact many of us have now become great friends outside of our work.
Fast forward 9 years and we now have over 95 members that cater for every style, budget and personality. Every one of them has met this criteria of;
Being in business for at least 3 years
Having 3 established members to vouch for their reputation
Registered with HMRC and whatever liability insurances & certificates they need to operate legally
Able to provide details of recent weddings where the couples recommend them
Are known to work well with other suppliers, respecting each other and able to work as a team.
The founding members paid all costs for the set up and running of My Wonderful Welsh Wedding, and no member is ever charged for joining The Guild or being listed on this site - and they never will be. It is this that sets us apart from EVERY other wedding directory etc out there. The Wedding Guild of Wales is run voluntarily by Steve, Lynne & Emma in their spare time.