BARRY has earned recognition at the Welsh National Wedding Awards.

The Welsh National Wedding Awards are now in their 12th year of recognising and celebrating the best wedding businesses in Wales - thousands of people cast votes which are used to create shortlists before the regional (and national) winners are announced.

Businesses in the Vale of Glamorgan celebrated victory at the awards – with two Barry-based businesses also earned recognition at the Welsh National Wedding Awards 2023.

Gilestone Manor, in Barry, won the national (Best of Wales) award for ‘boutique wedding venue’ having won in the regional (East Wales) section.

Barry And District News: Gilestone Manor won ‘boutique wedding venue’The manor house – a Queen Anne Grade II listed building – is set in nine acres of gardens including lawns and woodland and caters to intimate, elegant, exclusive, or runaway weddings.

Sharing the news on Facebook, Gilestone Manor wrote that they’re “thrilled” and offered a “heartfelt thank you” to everyone who voted for them. They also referenced their catering partner - Pickled Pumpkin Catering in Monmouthshire – which won ‘best food and drink’ in Wales.

Meanwhile, the Vale Cake Boutique in Barry  won the ‘wedding cakes’ category in the East Wales region. The business is run by cake designer Zoe O’Sullivan and has also won at the Welsh National Wedding Awards in 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2022.

You can find out more about the business at

Northern Star Bespoke Jewellery, based in Penarth, specialises in bespoke jewellery and watches meaning people can have truly unique accessories for their big day.

Barry And District News: Northern Star Bespoke Jewellery won 'best wedding jewellery'

Northern Star Bespoke Jewellery is owned by Matthew Mullooly who took to social media to thank all their “fabulous customers” for their votes adding “we really appreciate it”.

Further afield, High Society Bridal Lounge in Llantwit Major won ‘bridal retailer’ in the national (Best of Wales) section having won the regional (East Wales) award.

Barry And District News: High Society Bridal Lounge won ‘bridal retailer’The small family run boutique opened in 2020 aiming to promote body confidence and ensure women feel beautiful on their special day.