Yorkshire’s alternative wedding venue- Skipbridge

Yorkshire’s alternative wedding venue- Skipbridge

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.

Next up is  Skipbridge a wonderful country outdoor location and new for 2014; it’s relaxed, quirky and it’s easy to see why it’s quickly getting booked up. A delightful green field venue suitable for a marquee,  Papkata , TotallyTipiBoutipi or Yorkshire Yurt situated on on a small holding that houses creatures great and small.

Photograph by Peter Boyd

Photograph by Peter Boyd

You can find more insider info on our new “new venue section” on our website but here’s our at a glance summary to give you a feel for what it’s about:

It’s for you if:

  • you want a more relaxed chilled affair
  • you’re looking for something a bit quirky and fun
  • quite a lot of your wedding guests are children
  • you want the flexibility of a blank canvas outdoor location but with reliable support available if you need it
  • you want on site electric and proper showers and loos and a portable bar!
  • if you want the option of on site B&B accommodation or camping
  • you love the outdoors, animals and lovely people

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What kind weddings & ceremonies can you have there?

Informal, personal outdoor ones! Our ceremonies are written, styled and conducted for and about you. You have the freedom and flexibility to say what you want to say and promise to each other, choose the music, poems, lyrics or traditions that are meaningful to you or give them a new take. We are nationally qualified Independent Celebrants which means you can include religious, spiritual content or keep it totally secular, it’s entirely up to you.

But most importantly we tell your own story and  create a ceremony that’s unique and personal to you, whatever your style or choice of location.

Why have we chosen to work with Skipbridge Country Weddings?

  • the friendly relaxed atmosphere
  • the flexibility and freedom it offers
  • their dedication to making your day a personal experience
  • the quirky features

If you’re interested in wedding ceremony at Skipbridge Country Weddings then give Jan a call on 07745 385 981 or drop Jan an email ceremonies@janshillito.co.uk and don’t forget to leave a contact number too!

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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25th May Processional wedding songs- a chemical attraction

 

It’s bank holiday weekend, the sun is shining, happy days! So for all you lovebirds looking for processional wedding songs that captures the emotion of physical and chemical attraction – “Falling Slowly”  by Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova is it!  Such beautiful voices.

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“Falling Slowly” is an Academy award winning soundtrack to 2006 oscar winning Independent Irish film ‘Once’ where the characters express their emotion through the medium of song.

The day you get married is a special moment in time when you feel that same physical and chemical attraction you had when you first met. We listen to your own stories of how you met, the places, the people and the experiences that brought you closer together and try to capture this special time in a personal wedding ceremony. We can help you find that special location or if you have been dreaming of having your ceremony in a place that’s meaningful to you then we’ll help make it a reality. All our ceremonies are totally bespoke, there are no rules or etiquette that you have to follow we just help you make it your own and put into words the things you want to say to each other.

We hope you liked today’s song but if it doesn’t make you feel ‘this is us’ then you can always have a look at our other featured processional wedding songs in May or pop back tomorrow.

Happy Summer!

 

 

 

23rd May Wedding songs- a celebration of love

 

Wedding songs are about a celebration of love. Today’s wedding song is about just that, celebrating a love so great that it shines brightly.  ‘Diamonds’ by Rihanna is a dreamy laid back kind of song that make you feel the double edged emotions of  the beauty and the pain of loving someone so deeply. It’s new-ish song, only released in September last year, but worthy of being on our feature list. So kick off your heels at #wineoclock and enjoy.

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The video uses symbolic references that represent the four elements, earth, air, water and fire. Together they are  key to making the spirit of life. Water to sustain life, earth to grow, air to breathe life  and  fire to destroy and create again.

Just as Rihanna has chosen to include symbolic references in her celebration of love video concept, with our Celebration Wedding Ceremonies you have the choice to include symbolic gestures in your wedding ceremony in addition to the exchange of rings.  These can take many forms, from water ceremonies, sand ceremonies, candle lighting, dove/butterfly release, warming of the rings or handfasting. There are no hard and fast rules, what’s important is that it means something to you both.

Crossed hands lilac and silver We hope you liked today’s wedding song to walk down the aisle to but if it’s not ‘you’ then pop back tomorrow we’ll have another celebration of love for you! Oh, and don’t forget that there are 22 other songs featured on our blog so far this month, so you have lots of inspiration. We’d love to hear which are your favourites and any of your own.

If you would like us to help you create a unique personal ceremony and wedding experience drop Jan a line: ceremonies@janshillito.co.uk

22nd May Songs for your wedding ceremony

 

It’s your wedding ceremony so choose a song that says ‘this is us’. Is this it?

This song has a certain “magic” that’s up-beat, fun and whimsical. It’s “oh it is love” an acoustic ballard from the Zombies! Aliens! Vampires! Dinosaurs! album by Hellogoodbye- bit of an obscure album title when all the songs on the album read like a love song but hey ho!

We love that it’s mainly played on the banjo which is a refreshing change and gives it a lovely quirky feel. The lyrics themselves are about a guy declaring his love for his girlfriend perfect for a contemporary wedding ceremony.

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Music is such a personal thing but choosing songs for your wedding ceremony can be a bit of a daunting task as there are so many good songs that’ll you have heard and collected over the years. Whether it’s the words, vows, poems, readings,  music, style or location we want our couples to say ‘this is us’ and this is our story.

What’s important is that you are true to yourselves, create a memorable experience and know that you don’t just have to follow the crowd, there is another way, YOUR way! For most couples the wedding ceremony is often a bit of an afterthought and left in the hands of the registrar to be discussed near the time of the wedding. We turn this on it’s head, we start your planning process with your wedding ceremony as this, after all, is the most important bit!

Everything else falls out the back of it in terms of location, style and tone. We help you decide was is ‘you’, we listen to your personal stories and experiences then write , conduct and style your ceremony to create a unique centrepiece for your day. Drop Jan a line if you’d like to find our more ceremonies@janshillito.co.uk

If this song ‘isn’t you’ then have a look back through our May blogs, there are 21 different songs to inspire you or pop back tomorrow and we’ll have another one!

Happy Summer!

 

21st May Wedding entrance songs with a difference

 

Wedding entrance songs set the style and tone for the rest of the ceremony so it’s important not to leave it as an after-thought.  Today’s wedding song by Velvet Underground is “I’m sticking with you” a song recorded in 1969 but not officially released until 1985. A quirky little song that has a child-like quality  taking you back to time when everything was sweet, innocent and fun. Using the kind of words and phrases that a child would use makes it so appealing and heart-warming:

“I’m sticking with you
‘Cos I’m made out of glue
Anything that you might do
I’m gonna do too”

We think that the concept of ‘sticking with you’ should be on your shortlist of wedding entrance songs, it is sure to bring a smile to everyone’s face and be a memorable song to walk down the aisle to. We LOVE this video too, wouldn’t it be fab to have this playing or a montage or video story of your engagement shoot before you make your entrance?

We hope you like it, but if not, pop by tomorrow and we’ll have another one that might be more your cuppa of char! If you missed yesterday’s wedding song you can catchup here .

Our style is your style, we help you create the right look and feel for your wedding ceremony, wherever that may be. We don’t do conveyor belt, production line ceremonies, just personal. It’s your day and it’s a celebration of you as couple and your commitment to each other. No two couples are the same so why should your ceremony be any different?

We’d love to hear more about your ideas for your wedding so drop us a line ceremonies@janshillito.co.uk

Happy Summer!

20th May Music for a wedding- where do you start?

 

If you’re looking for music for a wedding then you’ve come to the right place! Each day throughout May we are celebrating the start of summer and wedding fever by featuring a wedding song to walk down the aisle to that’s not your traditional wedding march. Searching through you own collection for music for a wedding is a good start but  we wanted to surprise you with a few songs you may not have heard of or long forgotten. We hope that along the way we’ll give some inspiration and ideas for your own wedding ceremony whatever your style, whether it’s an indoor or outdoor wedding.

So here we go ‘Baby I love you’ by the Ramones. Enjoy! It’s a really sweet song.

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We love the idea of cue cards and hand drawn illustrations, no matter how crude (!), you could really have fun with your ceremony and involve your wedding party and/or guests by letting them tell your story and be part of your commitment to each other.

If you’re a modern bride instead of just the celebrant pronouncing you man and wife you could even have your guests tweet it which could then be shown on a big screen for all the guests to see:

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We try and help you find a personal and creative way to say ‘I love you’ that fits with your style, personality and values. We write, conduct and style your wedding ceremony. If you want to do things differently then drop Jan a line- ceremonies@janshillito.co.uk

If this song isn’t right for you then don’t worry there will be some more music for weddings tomorrow, 11 more to go until the end of the month! In case you missed yesterday’s wedding song we had a bit of Puccini -nice!

Oh, and please do let us know if we’ve helped you find THE wedding song to walk down the aisle 🙂

Happy Summer!

16th May wedding songs- A marriage of past, present and future

 

Marriage is one of the biggest commitments in our lives, some look for a marriage made in ‘heaven’ but  in contemporary society today it’s more likely to be a marriage of our individual past and present lives with a new future together.

With Daft Punk being in the music press spotlight as the moment  following the release of their latest track ‘Get lucky’ from the band’s new album “Random Access Memories’ (due to be released  TOMORROW and predicted to break the Oasis record for the fastest selling album in UK chart history) we thought it was fitting to feature and pay tribute to another of their  fabulous songs.

‘Aerodynamics’ was from their second ‘Discovery’ album which was described by the duo as “A mix between the past, the future and maybe the present” They wanted to bring all the elements of music they liked as children whether it be disco, electro, heavy metal, rock or classical and elements of this can be heard in ‘Aerodynamics’.

We liked the song concept of the past, present and future as the basis for a marriage and wedding song, so today we’re featuring Tom Hodge’s classical remake of it, which is just amazing. Have listen.

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If classical & contemporary is not your style then come back tomorrow. We’re featuring a different wedding song to walk down the aisle to each day throughout May to celebrate the start of Summer and Wedding fever. So You may prefer yesterday’s wedding song, even if you’re not having a civil partnership you can still inject a bit of the ‘gay spirit’ into your day!

We are now half way through may and featured 16 different wedding songs so why not head back for for some inspiration or drop Jan a line: ceremonies@janshillito.co.uk we’d love to hear your stories of past, present and future as Mr &  Mrs.

 

 

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