Situated in a skyscraper the Radisson Blu is Cardiff’s tallest hotel with 21 floors. The hotel boasts 215 rooms which have been designed in three themes, fashion, chic and fresh , ranging from warm and classic, to daring, contemporary and unconventional.
The location is perfectly placed for any wedding guests considering a quick break away from celebrations for some last minute shopping with the new St.Davids II centre less than two minutes away. In fact the squeeze between the new library in Cardiff and the sharp edge of the John Lewis store is exactly where you find the Radisson Blu Hotel.
It’s sharp exterior is matched by the slick, contemporary interior design.
The junior suites offer fantastic morning light that streams into the rooms and is ideal for wedding preparation and photography portraits. The grooms have plenty of room in the space on the 1st floor to chat or if required steady those pre-ceremony nerves with a beverage at the bar!
The function rooms are huge and offer allot of design flexibility. This particular wedding had nearly 250 guests.
The staff were very accommodating and kept the photographer informed throughout the day.
Careful time planning really allowed me to make the most of the morning light that shone into the suites on the top floor. These wedding portraits are just a few examples of many lovely photographs made on the day.
The design of the entertaining rooms allows the wedding to flow flawlessly, the celebration and reception area are linked with a small corridor leading towards the bar area which overlooks the hotel reception from the first floor.
If you are looking for a venue that offers an elegant, stylish finish, then the Radisson Blu Cardiff can certainly offer that. It is complemented by friendly and helpful staff. The location is perfect with all train and transport links within walking distance of the hotel.
If there was one small downside it would be it’s lack of outside space and car parking. We made time to take the bride and groom to a nearby park for some intimate wedding portraits.
If you are considering a wedding in a city centre location the Radisson Blu should tick allot of the boxes. From a photography perspective there are endless opportunities to make wonderful photographs. I have received some lovely comments from a recent wedding I photographed at the hotel.
Neil Mansfield is a Cardiff based wedding and portrait photographer who offers elegant and affordable photography throughout Cardiff and South Wales.
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