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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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.

Photography By John Steel

 

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 

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!

 

4th May Wedding song lyrics that make your heart sing

 

The music in our life and our choice of wedding songs are deeply personal, no two songs will mean the same thing to two different  couples. Something in a song triggers a connection that has the ability to hit you in the stomach and  move you physically and/or emotionally.  It could be the vocals, the harmonies, the wedding song lyrics or that certain ‘je ne sais pas’ that cannot be explained that connects with us with other people at a particular  moment in time.

 

 

This moment in time is locked deep into our memory only releasing those same feelings of nostalgia when the song is played again.

So our 4th day of May of is all about the wedding song lyrics. We’ve chosen ‘The wedding song ” by Angus & Julia Stone. With a real focus on the fabulous lyrics it expresses all the things a couple may feel about each other and want to say to each other  all wrapped up in one beautiful song. Have a read and a listen. This one really is one of those great wedding songs you can walk down the aisle to anywhere, but wherever it is, it will be a place that is meaningful to you.

 

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We are gonna build a life together
You and I for ever and ever
And we’ll, we’ll make babies on the beach
Under the stardust
And I’ll hear your voice come through the door
A thousand times, maybe more
And I’ll smile inside to know you’re mine
Completely

Do you know how lovely you are?
In the starlight, in the starlight of my heart
Do you know how lovely you are?
In the moonlight, in the moonlight of my heart

We’re gonna build a home together
You and I for ever and ever
And we’ll, we’ll make babies on a beach
Under the stardust
And I’ll hear your voice come through the door
A thousand times, maybe more
And I’ll smile inside to know you’re mine
Completely

And I’ll wind up every day
Thinking about the way you make me feel
When your lips touch my lips
And I’d crawl inside a cave
Or live somewhere strange
As long as I’m with you
I have got what I need

We are gonna build a life together
You and I for ever and ever
And we’ll, we’ll make babies on the beach
Under the stardust
And I’ll hear your voice come through the door
A thousand times, maybe more
And I’ll smile inside to know you’re mine
Completely mine

Our celebration ceremonies are about the words and meaning behind those words too, from your wedding vows to the readings or poems to the wedding music we try to express not just what you feel but also to capture your story and experiences, who you are as individuals and as a couple and what’s important to you. After all no two people are the same so why should your ceremony!

We celebrate that we’re all different- that’s what makes our jobs so interesting- variety is the spice of life and all that! So if this wedding song doesn’t make your heart sing, come back tomorrow to hear a different one! If you missed our  3rd May classical wedding songs & garden weddings have a listen, you never know it might be the one for you!

As one of one 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. To discuss your requirements and find out more about how we can help you drop Jan a line: ceremonies@janshillito.co.uk

Happy Summer everyone!

 

3rd May Classical wedding songs & garden weddings

 

So, day 3 of summer and classical wedding songs! We love outdoor weddings, and garden weddings are a particular favourite of ours as you don’t get much more personal than that!

A garden wedding means that you have total flexibility to do it your way and a start with blank canvas and create a personal intimate affair or a large celebration, depending on the size of your garden or land. “But we’ve only got a backyard” I hear you shout- don’t worry if your own garden is the size of a postage stamp, there are lots of country gardens to choose from with well manicured lawns, beautiful summer flowerbeds or lavender and water features.

The great thing about garden weddings is that they can have a more relaxed feel about them, but perhaps when you walk down the aisle and make your entrance you might want to bring a bit of formality to the focus of your ceremony. So today, we thought we’d go classical but it’s not one of the traditional classical wedding songs, we want to open your ears to something you may not have heard of before.

“Ballet du Roy pour sonner apres” by Michael Praetorius is a graceful and elegant introduction to your ceremony and may add that bit of formality without loosing the relaxed feel.

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Imagine it, live musicians playing your wedding songs playlist on the top lawn, champagne and strawberries, pimms or cocktails- whatever you tipple- and a beautiful marquee laid out vintage style- perfect! So before you start trailing around ‘traditional’ wedding venues in your area, just stop to think- the answer may be closer to home than your might think!

We’re all different- that’s what makes our jobs so interesting- variety is the spice of life and all that! So if this wedding song doesn’t float your boat, come back tomorrow to hear a different one! If you missed our 2nd May wedding song have a listen, you never know it might be the one for you!

As one of one 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. To discuss your requirements and find out more about how we can help you drop Jan a line: ceremonies@janshillito.co.uk

Happy Summer everyone!

 

 

What type of bride are you?

 

Into the looking glass- what kind of bride are you?

It’s fair to say that we’ve met quite a few brides along our travels; all are different and unique, each bringing their own bit of magic to their wedding day.

What we noticed is that they do tend to fall into groups having similar characteristics, personality types and expectations for their wedding day; so we thought it would be fun to share some of them and see what you think. Will you recognise yourself in any of them?!

  1. The Alpha Bride– is ultra organised, has a love of spreadsheets, is a self-confessed control freak, a perfectionist, and a bit of a ‘peacock’ 
  2. The Contemporary Bride-knows her own mind, she leads rather than follows, has creative vision and is inspired by all things new
  3. The DIY Bride– wants to be more involved in the making of their day, add a personal touch and is happy to get her hands dirty.
  4. The Creative Bride– is full of ideas, she likes to give things a new twist, try new things, push the boundaries and have a more personal affair

    Dreaming of your wedding day- what kind of bride are you?

  5. The Traditionalist Bride likes the comfort and reassurance that traditions bring, she’s not looking to break the mould just a have ‘perfect’ white wedding.
  6. The Rebel Bride-doesn’t follow rules and etiquette, by nature she is a bit of an extrovert, she likes to do things her way, not follow the crowd and she knows her own style
  7. The Fast Lane Bride– a career woman who lives for today but doesn’t have time for tomorrow. She likes to be in charge but has a ‘hands-off’ approach, she likes to be unique and would rather not spend valuable time searching for that needle in a haystack
  8. The Flamboyant Bride– is very theatrical, a thespian at heart! She likes to entertain, put on a show and have a good bash.
  9. The Mummy Bride-is already a family and a ‘bonded pair’, her children are her priority and it’s important that they are involved in the whole process
  10. The Red Carpet Bride- is a fashionista and follower of celebrities. When it comes to making a statement no one does it better than A-list celebrities, and if it’s good enough for them, it’s good enough for her
  11. The Fusion Bride– has different cultural influences and interests whether that be family roots or worldwide travels and wants to bring this out in her wedding. Her wedding is a merging of traditions, visual delights and sensations.
  12. The Eclectic Bride– is comfortable in her own skin, she knows what she likes and has an eye for beautiful objects and mixing styles old and new.

    What kind of bride are you?

  13. The Boho Foho Bride – is a music loving, festival going bohemian-styled chick with a more chilled, relaxed attitude to wedding planning and bridal extravagance. For her it’s about the simple things in life, having fun and being in good company.
  14. The Natural Bride- like any other bride she wants the perfect wedding but the difference is that she puts her green values at the top of her wedding planning agenda. She will go to great lengths to incorporate these values into each element of her eco wedding.

 

 Variety definitely is the spice of life, we thrive on it, it’s our inspiration and why we love what we do. 

Qualified in celebrancy (one of the first five in the UK and currently the only one in the North) we set the style and tone of your day, we write and conduct your personal wedding ceremony or civil partnership; help you find that special unique venue (and it doesn’t have to be licensed- that’s half the fun!) or outdoor wedding location.

 

Whatever kind of bride you are and whatever kind of wedding you fits your style; a wedding at home, a garden wedding, an eco wedding, a walking wedding, a festival wedding, a woodland wedding, a beach wedding, a vintage wedding or a wedding at  beautiful off-the-beaten track venue, the list is endless, your celebrant will make to sure it’s got your stamp all over it!

As wedding co-ordinators we brief our pool of creative and talented suppliers to bring your ideas to life and help make sure things run smoothly; and as designers we add the finishing touches with our beautiful bespoke wedding stationary collections.

Yorkshire is our home but we cover the UK and will always go the extra mile, wherever you are, to give you a unique and personal wedding experience. That’s what we all about.

You decide how much you want us involved. We’d love to hear what type of bride you are! ceremonies@janshillito.co.uk

 

10 Ceremony traditions to embrace, break or give a fresh take- (No 1)

 

Over the next few weeks we’ll be blogging about different Ceremony traditions that you might want to embrace, break or give a fresh take.

So here’s our first one…

The  Entrance -A white wedding dress

No matter which way you look at it, the wedding dress is star of the show, it’s a statement piece, an extension of who you are and sets the scene for your entrance to the ceremony.

So what will you do? Embrace, break or give a new take on tradition in your wedding dress choice?

Embrace?

The tradition of a bride wearing a white wedding dress did not emerge until the late eighteen Century, when heavy silk satin blue’s, grey’s and brown’s with embroidery and embellishments were the norm. It was not until Queen Victoria chose to break with tradition herself wearing a white satin, silk and lace gown with orange blossoms in 1840 that it became popular.

In a conservative age, when wearing white was actually a taboo for happy occasions; Queen Victoria flouted tradition and even decided not to decorate her dress with any “jewelry or crown, or velvet robes trimmed with ermine”. Her white dress (crinoline-style court dress) was made entirely in England with lace and silk satin with full pleated skirt, and low neckline. The twelve brides maids who carried the trail were also dressed in white.

Because of the limitations of laundering in those days a white dress could not be re-used for another occasion hence white became a favourite for richer families so as to demonstrate their wealth.

 

                           

Across Europe and America more practical or colourful dresses were more commonplace with red being a popular choice, but less than a decade after Queen Victoria’s wedding, magazine editor of the American magazine Godey Sarah Hale, held Queen Victoria as a role model of femininity, morality and intellect:

“Custom has decided, from the earliest ages, that white is the most fitting hue, whatever the material may be. It is an emblem of purity and innocence of girlhood, and the unsullied heart she now yields to the chosen one”

In Japan brides firstly wear a traditional kimono with white also being the popular colour- but not to symbolise purity, but death; the bride becomes ‘dead’ to her family. During the ceremony the bride removes her white kimono to reveal another coloured one- usually red- to symbolise her rebirth into her husband’s family.

 

Break?

As wedding colour schemes become more varied where 2012 saw purple being 2012’s most popular colour with blue and pink also being top 3 choices we are also starting to see brides becoming more ‘brave’ and contemporary their wedding dress choices too, stepping away from traditional ivory and white. Hitched W.I.F.E

Perhaps this wonderful Hunger Games inspired red wedding dress or this head-turning 1920’s-40‘s ‘gunmetal glamour’ backless wedding dress by KMK designs could open up your mind to new options?

Or fresh take?

If you’re looking for a more contemporary twist to your wedding dress that’s not just the colour take inspiration from Queen Victoria, a lady who knew her own mind and who chose to have a dress that expressed what she wanted in a wedding dress.

Whether it’s the style or the materials of your wedding dress you want to have a fresh take on there are some amazing designers out there to challenge the tradition of the white wedding dress.

Here are some of our favourites:

Elizabeth Armstrong is a fabulous British fashion designer with a heritage in theatre and film drawing inspiration from Victoriana, Gothic and Steampunk subcultures, historic period styles and has a love of Avant Garde.

Elie Saab, born in Lebanon is a self taught fashion talent. He magnifies femininity working with fine materials and delicate embroideries to make fairytale creations that are simple and sophisticated.

 

Wai Ching is an exotic fusion of Chinese, Puerto Rican and English genes with a global upbringing and is clearly reflected in her ‘Wild but wearable’ designs. Figure flattery top of her priority list!

 

We’d also like to share with you a hidden gem, a little closer to our home here in Yorkshire. Rebecca Mills is a wonderful up and coming designer, her designs have a bubbly personality and most importantly at the end of the day her brides can still party the night way in them!

 

 

Maybe the colour of your wedding dress is less important to you and your contemporary wedding dress twist is more about having a dress that fits with your ethical values? Blushless  is an emerging sustainable brand founded by Liv Lundelius in 2009 specialising in Avant Garde bridal. The daughter of a punk-rock club owner father, and a bohemian travelling mother she is anything but typical!  Relocated to London she creates an ethically responsible alternative to the traditional gown.

 

 

So when you make you big entrance, whether you decide to embrace, break or have a fresh take on your wedding dress or any ceremony traditions we can help you make your ceremony unique and personal. Drop Jan a line:  ceremonies@janshillito.co.uk

 

Thinking about your wedding venue?

 

When it comes to planning your special day there are a lot of venues to choose from with hotels, church venues and Registrar Offices being the norm. But then who wants the norm!

Nowadays there are literally hundreds of different venues to choose from. And with our Celebration Ceremonies they don’t have to be  held at licensed venues, so you have even more choice.  So if you’re looking for something a little more off-the-beaten-track, an outdoor location, a place that has special meaning to you or  you fancy having a garden wedding at home  it really is up to you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ever thought about celebrating your wedding in a yurt or a papkata? We’re not talking about a cold and damp old structure with poor lighting at the local cricket club, but rather a specially designed yurt, offering stunning lighting, cosy fires, stylishly furnished and set in a beautiful location. It’s an option that caters precisely for the more modern bride looking for style and comfort.

 

 

 

Some couples wish to tie the knot at venues that are more personal to them, with a trend towards outdoor weddings in charming woodland settings becoming increasingly popular. Perhaps it is a special place where you met or got engaged or maybe you just want a personal affair at home in your garden, vintage tea party style.

 

 

 

 

Alternatively you may want to invite a lot of guests and have a festival style wedding with bands, vw van bars, gourmet street food, hog roasts and amazing street performers or even roller coster rides.

 

 

Or maybe you would like to have an element of travel with 1930‘s glamour or hold your ceremony abroad at an exclusive villa in Tuscany.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Of course when it comes to picking the the perfect wedding venue, it has to be a location that suits the type of wedding that reflects your personality and style of ceremony. And this how our Celebration Ceremonies & Weddings can help you.

The Memory Box Celebration Weddings can walk you through all the options that best reflect the type of ceremony and wedding you really want, giving you a celebration that is personal to you, as well as including those touches that make your day truly special to you.

Call Jan on 07745 385 981 or email her at: ceremonies@janshillito.co.uk