Yorkshire’s alternative wedding venues: Camp Katur

Yorkshire’s alternative wedding venues: Camp Katur

When we’re not writing, styling and conducting wedding, renewal of vows and naming ceremonies, we’re out on the road seeking new and interesting off the beaten track, alternative wedding venues and outdoor locations to hold our ceremonies.

Our stomping ground is Yorkshire and it’s surrounding counties so if you’re newly engaged and looking for somewhere truly unique to have your personal ceremony, we might just have come across the one that make you feel “this is us”! Whether you are looking for a blank canvas to create a festival style event, a magical woodland, an english country garden, lavender fields, a rustic barn, a country house,  private estates or a new site to have a Papkata or tepee we can help so.

Given that Lonely Planet recently placed Yorkshire third in the top ten of ‘must visit’ places in the world in 2014 I thought over the next few weeks I’d share with you some of Yorkshire’s hidden gems that I’ve discovered along my travels this year.

First up is Camp Katur:

Photo credit: Annemarie King: Flowers by Lucy MacNicoll

Photo credit: Annemarie King: Flowers by Lucy MacNicoll

Set in the grounds of the wonderful Camp Hill Estate in Bedale, North Yorkshire,  Camp Katur is a whole new kettle of fish when it comes to alternative wedding venues. It’s a breath of fresh air, quite literally, and as a wedding venue just keeps on giving and giving!  I first met the lovely Kerry Roy , owner of Camp Katur, there in the autumn of 2012. Within five minutes I knew that we would get on like a house on fire; we had similar dreams and ambitions and our new businesses were the perfect match. Her “venue” was the yin to our yang.

Photo credit: Annemarie King,  Flowers by Lucy MacNicoll

Photo credit: Annemarie King, Flowers by Lucy MacNicoll

Here’s a quick summary to give you an idea whether it’s right for you but you can find out more insider info on Camp Katur on our ‘Venues’ page.

It’s for you if you:

  •  love the great outdoors
  • want a blank canvas to create a personal statement
  • would like flexibility on the where to have your ceremony or reception should you be worried about the weather
  • want a place that allows you to get more creative
  • love music as much as each other
  • want a more relaxed ceremony and wedding style
  • want on site accomodation and glamping facilities for you and your guests

What kind of wedding & ceremonies can you have there?

Why have we chosen to work with Camp Katur?

  • they are lovely, helpful people
  • they select only the very best in wedding suppliers in the north to work with
  • it’s unique and flexible
  • they always inventing new experiences
 For more insider information on each of our featured venues over the next few weeks check our our “new venue section” on the website.

 

 

 

 

Living North Weddings -Location, location, location

 

If you’re looking for “a bright idea” for your wedding then check out today’s Living North Weddings magazine page 11 no 3.

We’re full of bright ideas for your personal wedding ceremony but we can also help you find a place to have it that’s also unique and personal.  As Kirsty and Phil say, it is all about location, location, location. When we’re not writing, styling or conducting our ceremonies we’re searching out some of Yorkshire’s newest hidden gems.

So please do get in touch if you need a little insider info on suitable locations in Yorkshire and the surrounding areas that fit with your  own personal style. ceremonies@janshillito.co.uk.

Keep your eye on the blog and on our “new venue section” on our website, over the next few weeks we’ll be telling you about some of our favourites. If you want to find our more about the venue featured below take a look at our first featured alternative wedding location.

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A new wave of brides seek Yorkshire’s alternative wedding venues

A new wave of brides seek Yorkshire’s alternative wedding venues

When we’re not writing, styling and conducting wedding, renewal of vows and naming ceremonies, we’re out on the road seeking new and interesting off the beaten track, alternative wedding venues and outdoor locations to hold our ceremonies.

Our stomping ground is Yorkshire and it’s surrounding counties so if you’re newly engaged and looking for somewhere truly unique to have your personal ceremony, we might just have come across the one that make you feel “this is us”! Whether you are looking for a blank canvas to create a festival style event, a magical woodland, an english country garden, lavender fields, a rustic barn, a country house,  private estates or a new site to have a Papkata or tepee we can help so.

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Given that Lonely Planet recently placed Yorkshire third in the top ten of ‘must visit’ places in the world in 2014 I thought over the next few weeks I’d share with you some of Yorkshire’s hidden gems that I’ve discovered along my travels this year.

We have definitely noticed that for 2014 there is a new wave of brides & grooms choosing Yorkshire as their wedding destination and who are prepared to travel to have a more personal wedding ceremony experience. In fact, we saw 50% of our business in our first year come from couples living in other parts of the UK. So, if you live outside Yorkshire and need insider information on the some of the newest alternative wedding venues and hidden gems for your wedding ceremony drop us a line: ceremonies@janshillito.co.uk  They’re sure to wow your guests.

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The places we seek out are all unique in their own way and a breath of fresh air to “traditional” licensed venues. I’ve been very fortunate to come across a whole array of amazing venues and locations that open up the options to couples getting married today.

It’s great to see that couples are getting more confident in choosing where and how they get married so  here so watch this space for our personal favourites in alternative wedding venues that, like us, have heart soul and personality.

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Wedding planning. Where to start?

 

As we’re heading towards the season of Christmas engagements, we’ve pulled together a few tips and advice on where to start with your wedding planning before you dive head first into the big world of weddings!

It’s so important that you consider all the options and get the day that you both want. Whether you have always dreamt about a garden wedding at home in marquee or tepee, a ceremony in lavender fields or woodlands, a unique country house or private estate our wedding ceremonies can help you make it happen.

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Tip 1- Remember it’s YOUR day

When the reality has sunk in, you realise that you are actually getting married, you’ve stopped jumping up and down, you’ve rung your mum and best friend and changed your facebook status STOP right there. It’s time to think and get off on the right foot with some simple wedding planning tips that could make all the difference to the kind of wedding and experience you have.

  • Grab a wine, beer, coffee or tea, sit down together and think about how you want your day to feel, what you want it to say about you as a couple and what you want your guests to say about your day.
  • Then have a look on Pinterest and each set up a board of how you envisage your wedding, no peeping at each others until you’ve both finished!!
  • Then compare! Whether they are the similar of different it gives you a starting point and opens up the discussion on the when, where, how and who and how many.

 

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Tip 2- Agree on a few date options

Most weddings are booked a year in advance due to venue availability. But it doesn’t have to be. As you are not restricted to licensed venues with our ceremonies, you have more flexibility and choice, so you don’t have to settle for sharing your  special day with another 3 brides!

  • Think about season- if you’re looking for an outdoor wedding in the UK they are usually between April and September (however if you were having a Papkata or tepee you wouldn’t know what the weather was doing outside and make lovely cosy winter venues).
  • Think about the day- Saturdays & Bank holidays in peak season are obviously the most popular but a lot of our couples make more of a weekend of it and have it on a Friday or Sunday.
  • Most couples have a set budget, how you allocate it it up to you, think about what is important to you and what will it your celebration unique and meaningful to you. If budget’s tight avoid high season and Saturdays and try to be selective on guest numbers.
  • Check availability with us Celebration Ceremonies & Weddings who can help guide you though the process and answer any questions you may have.

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Tip 3- Start thinking about “where”

Firstly you need to decide what you want from a venue within the boundaries of budget; but remember outdoor weddings do not necessarily mean cheap! At this stage in your wedding planning allow yourself to dream a little, write down what you both see in your head when you walk down the aisle it will help filter your options:

  • Keep, break or give a new take on tradition?
  • large or intimate affair?
  • street food, relaxed or formal dining?
  • does the venue fit with your style and “look and feel”
  • at home, indoor or outdoor?
  • gardens, open spaces, or boutique eco sites?
  • rural or urban?
  • local venue or wider search area?
  • blank canvas or support facilities?
  • bricks and mortar or marquee, tepee or Papkata?
  • guest accommodation or glamping village?

Then let you fingers and feet do the searching or ask us about our venue search.

 

Tip 4 Consider the following for an outdoor wedding or wedding at home:

Planning a blank canvas outdoor wedding or wedding at home is a bit more of a challenge and requires more planning and organisation. Think about how hands on or off you want to be or you want your friends and family to be, especially on the day.

  • think about having someone who knows the pitfalls and can help you find reliable and trustworthy suppliers who have the skills and experience to achieve your vision
  • on-the-day co-ordination is worth every penny to remove the stress from you and make sure everything runs tickety boo.
  • before booking an outdoor location make sure your marquee, tepee or Papkata company has visited the site
  • think about some of the practicalities of access, parking, health and safety, lighting and toilet facilities and electricity supplies
  • If you’re an outdoorsy kind of couple then a bit of rain won’t bother you in the slightest but you should always have a plan B, just in case.
  • make wedding wellies and umbrellas a design feature of your day should you need them
  • check availability of your photographer but remember to choose someone that that fits your style and embraces the weather come rain or shower to get the best memories of your day.

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Tip 5 Book the important bits:

1. Secure your ceremony writer & designer & conductor

2.Your Legal “ceremony” at your local register office it can be first thing on the day, the day before or any point before you wedding day- whether you choose to tell family & guests is entirely up to you

3.Your venue or site (and catering)

4. Your Marquee, Tepee or Papkata

5. Your on the day co-ordinator

6. Your Photographer

 

Step 6- Find THE dress!!!!

We’ll leave this up to you. Try lots on and have fun!

 

If you’re interested in our wedding ceremonies and would like a few more tips, drop Jan a line ceremonies@janshillito.co.uk she’d love to hear about your plans and will send you our full guide.

Here at Celebration Ceremonies & Weddings specialise in writing, conducting and styling personal wedding ceremonies in gardens at home, at private in Estates, off the beaten track venues and outdoor locations across the UK. We are qualified and approved by Government training body Ofqual, Jan was one of the first five in the UK to qualify. For a full list of the services we offer and additional design services check out www.thememorybox.com/ceremonies 

Celebration Ceremonies & Weddings gets all Tipi at Green Directions

 

 

Pop in to our "pop up" event. Book your table today to experience the wow factor THIS WEEKEND ONLY. Make's a unique venue to Pop the question! We'll be there on Sunday for the wedding showcase.

Pop in to our “pop up” event. Book your table today to experience the wow factor THIS WEEKEND ONLY. Make’s a unique venue to Pop the question!
We’ll be there on Sunday for the wedding showcase.

 

This Sunday 30th June we are heading over to the fabulous Green Directions in Sheffield, an inspiring “green” boutique venue that we think is just perfect for a memorable wedding whatever the  season. It’s a ten acre farm with spectacular views of the peak district with top facilities powered by green technologies. They have teamed up with Totally Tipi and their wow factor teepees to creates a contemporary “pop up” wedding venue that is sure to make an impact on your guests. By nature this kind of wedding is for those couples who are looking for a stylish but less formal, more comfortable feel to it which makes it a perfect fit with our personal ceremonies.

For us it’s about each couple feeling that “this is us”, we start with a blank sheet and create the words, feelings and music that reflect who you are, what you’re about and what matters to you. We then turn this into your personal style and tone that can then be applied to the rest of your day. We know no two couples are the same so none of our ceremonies are either.

We were delighted to be invited to join in the fun and create a wedding ceremony style for you to see on the day. Our Summertime Memories inspiration above will give you a feel for what we have in store for you on Sunday. So excitied!

 

BarbecueCome and have a very civilised day,  enjoy the barbecue and meet our other fabulous wedding partners to discuss your plans. Sounds like a perfect Sunday outing!

If you want to experience what it feels like to dine in one these amazing Teepees or even “pop the question” in a unique place then you can book a table at the “Pop up” Restaurant on Friday 28th June evening, Saturday lunchtime, Saturday evening, Sunday lunch or Sunday evening barbecue. Menu’s and  food created by Barretts one of the top ten restaurants in Sheffield. Call 07456 555 240 or email enq.barrettsgotipi@mail.com

Look forward to meeting you.

 

 

 

 

Summertime images credit & thanks to :

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Wedding dresses on pinterest

Little Dreamer on Etsy

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18th May Weddings songs and intimate weddings

 

Not everyone wants to invite long, long lost cousins and everyman and his best friend to their wedding. For some brides it’s not about the big show and the extravagance. Not everyone wants to be centre of attention walking down an aisle to an audience. Some couples just want to be themselves and have a very chilled intimate affair in the company of a few special people. We love intimate weddings that are up close and personal. Our wedding song today sums up the idea of intimate weddings.

This performance of ‘Made up love song no#43’ by the Guillemots from the back of a VW camper van makes this song even more special and intimate.

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Imagine driving to your favourite beauty spot in a fleet of VW camper vans, one for the bridal party Buttercup Bus, one for the groom & co one for the guests and one for the band. The sun is shining, your guests are seated on deck chairs surrounding the band van who play this song as you stand before them ready to make your vows to each other. Intimate weddings are just so beautiful because they are so personal.

The reception is simplicity itself, nothing more than deli-style picnic with fine wines, olives and cheeses, scones, speciality tea breads and cakes -a foodie’s heaven! You may even want your own VW cocktail bar Beetle Juice or VW ice-cream parlour Polly’s Parlour

What’s important is that you get married your way. You choose when, where and how and we’ll be there to help guide you every step of the way so that your ceremony and the rest of the day is your own.

We put your ceremony at the heart of your day, we help open your eyes to new options in off-the-beaten-track venues and outdoor wedding locations and set the style and tone for the rest of your wedding. Whether it’s intimate weddings or grand weddings we’ll make it personal.

We’d love to make your day an intimate one to remember. Drop Jan a line ceremonies@janshillito.co.uk to discuss your ideas.

If this wedding song is doesn’t make you feel the love, pop by again tomorrow and we’ll have another one. If you missed yesterday’s wedding song why have  a listen.

 

 

12th May THE wedding song -True Romance?

 

This song must be on your shortlist the THE wedding song to walk down the aisle to.  It is what it says on the tin! ‘You’re so cool’- and it is!  It’s an instrumental by Han Zimmer and is the theme tune to ‘True Romance’ staring Christian Slater and Patricia Arquette. Although many would not consider it to be a romantic film-with Tantantino as one of the writers you wouldn’t expect anything less- but beneath all the violence and gunsmoke there is a certain sweetness; and the characters, style and music are actually quite enchanting.

We love the simplicity and innocence of this music, the repetition and build of the percussion is just the perfect wedding song whatever the style or location whether that be a beach wedding, garden wedding, woodland wedding, barn wedding or that special place you dream of.

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Having a percussion band playing this live could be so beautiful and build up to your entrance. And if you’ve got older children perhaps they could join in? What do you think?

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If this song doesn’t do it for you then come back tomorrow, we’ll have another one! And if you missed yesterday’s Wedding ceremony song to feed your soul then have  a listen, you never know it may be THE song to walk down the aisle to.

If you would like to discuss your wedding ceremony requirements with we can help you find the venue or location (it doesn’t have to be licensed!), write, style and conduct you ceremony, help you find readings, poems and music and produce a fabulous wedding stationary collection. Drop Jan an Email ceremonies@janshillito.co.uk

 

11th May wedding ceremony songs to feed your soul

 

Wedding ceremony songs should move you in some way or bring back memories of special moments. Today’s wedding song is comforting like homemade chicken soup; it’s food for the soul. It’s a lovely, happy chilled song to walk down the aisle to that friends and family could sing along and sway to. It’s definitely a feel-good song perfect for a wedding!

So here you go ‘I’m Yours’ by Jason Mraz. Happy days!!

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It could either go one of  two ways:

1. A chilled out ceremony in the great outdoors- glamping style wedding with ukuleles, guitars and drums that’ll definitely reach you and your guests inner and outer souls! Held in a somewhere like Camp Katur one of our fabulous locations in North Yorkshire set within the natural beauty of a 250 acre Country Estate amidst woodland, greenland and meadowland. Its such a fabulous ‘blank canvas’ location where you can let you imagination flow and your dreams come true!

 

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2. An uplifting and inspirational performance by a gospel choir like the One Voice Community Choir  who produce stunning sound and versatile choral emsemble- you can hear a choir joining in towards the end of the song which really makes you feel the love and warmth of the people around you. If you have musical family and friends they might even want to join in!

Looking for wedding ceremony songs can take take time because it has to be right. Just like our ceremonies it’s has to sum up who you are and be personal and meaningful. Whether you want to walk down the aisle to live music or vocals or not we can point you in the right direction.

But if this song doesn’t light your fire come back tomorrow and we have another one, you never know it might just be ‘THE ONE’! We’ve now featured 11 wedding ceremony songs but if you missed yesterday’s 10th May Summer wedding songs- Victoriana then have a listen.

If you would like to discuss you requirements please drop Jan an email: ceremonies@janshillito.co.uk we love to be part of your special day wherever you are.

 

8th May Woodland wedding songs from theme tunes

 

Today we want you to take you to a woodland wedding location so take five, relax, shut your eyes and think blossom, bluebells, wild garlic flowers, a hundred different shades of green, trickling streams and rivers, glittering sunshine and dancing shadows. Just magical. And you don’t have to be an old hippy in flairs to appreciate why Woodland wedding are becoming more and more popular, just a romantic! What could be  more beautiful than mother nature herself especially at this time of year.

So for today’s wedding song to walk down the aisle to we have  been inspired by a song from the film Twilight is a 2008 romantic fantasy based on the novel by Stephanie Meyer starring Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson.

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Yes it’s a vampire movie, but hang in there, the soundtrack “River Flows In You” is beautiful and some of the woodland shots are fabulous. It just goes to show that woodland can be so romantic and magical places perfect for a woodland wedding ceremony. We picked this version of if it by Lindsey Stirling a violin and harp combo which fits perfectly with a woodland setting- have  a listen the video is so inspiring and warm.

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Over the bank holiday we did a beautiful woodland photoshoot with a beautiful little girl so we thought we’d also give you a sneak preview to see how fabulous our woodlands are and what unique wedding venues and wonderful locations they are for engagement or wedding shoots

 

As one of  five qualified in UK, currently the only one in the North, we put your ceremony at the heart of your wedding day, help you set the style and tone and help bring your ideas to life. Not only do we write and conduct your personal ceremony we can also style your woodland ceremony, source unique props and arrange some fabulous photoshoots.  To discuss your requirements and find out more about how we can help you drop Jan a line: ceremonies@janshillito.co.uk

We celebrate that we’re all different- that’s what makes our jobs so interesting- variety is the spice of life and all that! But if this particular wedding song make your heart sing, come back tomorrow to hear a different one! If you’ve missed our  7th May The great outdoors-festival wedding songs have a listen, you never know it might be the one for you!

Happy Summer everyone!

 

7th May The great outdoors- festival wedding songs

 

Day 7 of our Celebration of summer, the start of wedding fever and wedding songs is all about the great outdoors and a festival wedding. If you are a free-spirited couple, love music, performance and festivals then this little number might just be up your street. Today we thought we’d shake things up a bit and support a great local concert and ceilidh band based in York.

Blackbeard’s Tea Party play funky folk tunes, saucy songs and have an infectious stage energy with fiddles, squeezeboxes, guitar noise and Synth bass and a feast of international percussion- perfect for a festival wedding ‘reception’ gig and the wedding ceremony. So today’s wedding song we’ve chosen for you to walk down the aisle to is “Doom Waltz” Enjoy!

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Our style is your style so if you are a Bo ho Fo ho Bride looking to have a festival wedding with papakata’s, glamping, roast hog, lots of beer and live music we can help. Not only do we write and conduct personal and bespoke ceremonies for weddings, civil partnerships and renewal of vows we can also come up with the concept and set the style and tone for the ceremony and the rest of your wedding day.

If this particular wedding song doesn’t strike the right chord, come back tomorrow to hear a different one! If you’ve missed our 6th May Wedding songs that wouldn’t be allowed by a Registrar have a listen, you never know it might be the one for you!

Happy Summer everyone!