How To Hold Your Wedding Ceremony At An Unlicensed Venue

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Image by Rebecca Goddard Photography.

There seems to be a running theme to the blog this week; topics that focus on couples celebrating their love in their own style, written by women I utterly admire.

Today we’re joined by celebrant Tamryn from Wild & Oak and this wonderful lady can create the most beautifully bespoke wedding ceremonies. Tamryn says “Your wedding is the start of a new chapter so a ceremony that tells your unique story is sure to be memorable, wonderful and downright brilliant.”

Celebrant-led ceremonies can take place in any location, at any time and they can take any format or style you want with content that’s special and meaningful to you. You don’t have to follow any traditional outline or include any legal words, it’s just about creating your own vows and promises to each other, in a location of your choosing. Pretty lovely right…?

If this sounds like your kind of ceremony then Tamryn has kindly created an awesome list of venues you could consider – from unlicensed venues to gorgeous gardens. We’ve also got six simple tips to get you started on planning your celebrant-led ceremony!

But before you dive in… Wild & Oak is offering all Coco readers a £50 discount on wedding ceremonies, vow renewals and marriage celebrations. Just read on for all the details!

How to Hold your Wedding Ceremony at an Unlicensed Venue

Wild & Oak:

Well hello there and oh my goodness, I’m so excited to be here today. As Emma’s mentioned, I’m an independent wedding celebrant which means not only do I have the best job in the world but I also get to visit lots of fantastic wedding venues so I feel as if Coco is my spiritual home!

If you’re wondering what a wedding celebrant is, let me explain – we’re here to conduct personal ceremonies and celebrations for couples and families. We’re not tied to any religion or any location and we don’t have to include any specific words or rituals in the ceremonies that we write. So, in short, whatever, whenever and wherever you want to get married will be just fine with me! Whilst I sadly can’t legally marry you, I can give you a wedding ceremony, vow renewal or wedding celebration that’s entirely yours and, for that reason, celebrant-led ceremonies are becoming more and more popular.

You see, when you work with a wedding celebrant, there are no rules. You can involve anyone in the ceremony, you can say what you like, you can include (or exclude) any of the traditional wedding elements and, importantly, you can hold your ceremony absolutely anywhere and this, lovely Coco readers, is probably one of the very best bits about working with a wedding celebrant – we don’t need a venue to hold a wedding licence.

Yes, you read that right – wedding celebrants can (and do!) conduct ceremonies anywhere. So, if you thought that a particular venue, glorious garden or meaningful spot was off the wedding venue shortlist, think again.

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Picking the Perfect Wedding Weekend Venue

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Image by Matt Willis Photography.

We know our couples are always looking for more when it comes to their wedding venue – more flexibility, more details, more intimacy, more personal touches and more of an experience for their guests. With the latter point in mind, we’re focusing on wedding weekends; where to host and how to plan a weekend-long celebration.

Helen Hopkins owner of Pudding Bridge specialises in design-led country house weddings filled with creative details. She’s passionate about organising epic extended celebrations and she says “why limit yourselves to one day when the party could last an entire weekend?!”

We wholeheartedly agree, so Helen has some top tips for picking the perfect wedding weekend venue!

Notes from Pudding Bridge

Helen:

I love a good wedding and in the industry, we are seeing more and more couples who want not one day but an entire weekend celebration. Extending your wedding means that you get to spend so much more time with your guests and really enjoy every minute.

The most common comment from couples after their big day is that it that the day went way too fast! By hiring a venue from Friday until Sunday you can fully maximize your time celebrating.

I love a country house wedding but there are so many options of venues that allow you to be there for the entire weekend. Perhaps a farm with glamping on site..? Or even a city celebration..? So if you’re planning a wedding weekend, here are a few areas to consider when picking your venue.

Location

When you are planning a wedding which takes place on just one day, often couples want to find a venue in a certain area. Perhaps where they live or where they grew up.

The beauty of picking a space which is used over an entire weekend is that it can be anywhere. In fact, I recommend that it is somewhere that’s new to many or most of your guests. You don’t want people checking emails or dashing off to pick up the kids, you want your guests to totally relax and see it as a weekend getaway.

Think about picking somewhere you have spent a holiday or just somewhere you love!

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Zaraf & Fatima’s Poundon House Fusion Wedding

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Images by Aparat Photography.

We have another beautiful fusion wedding to share with you from the incomparable Poundon House. Zaraf & Fatima had a Civil ceremony at this Oxfordshire wedding venue but chose to embrace both the East & West in their truly bespoke celebrations.

Once again the fashion is to-die-for (the bride made her own dress people!) and the colours are utterly delicious.

I’ll hand you over to the very beautiful bride…

Notes from the Bride

Fatima:

Zaraf proposed to me by sneaking a ring into a box of Charbonnel et Walker chocolates on my birthday. Total surprise and a sweet touch because he used to buy those for me when we first got together. Apparently he had been planning it for a while – he found an ethical jeweller (as he knows that is important to me) and designed the ring himself! I’m not a fan of traditional engagement rings so the stone was a beautiful star sapphire, surrounded by small diamonds. I hadn’t, and still haven’t, seen a ring quite like it. The very same chocolate box was used to carry our rings on the wedding day!

We wanted a really fun wedding with everyone we really love. Family had travelled from all over the world – America, Canada, Pakistan, Bangladesh – so we just wanted them all to let their hair down and enjoy themselves. At the same time, we wanted it to be true to us and to the things we really like. Poundon House was the perfect venue choice because it’s absolutely stunning, but a home away from home. They’re so willing to help you plan a wedding tailored to you – with your own caterers and your vision. Just a joy to work with. Poundon House has a beautiful marquee, but you’re free to style it as you want.

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Meet Prezola – The Ultimate Wedding Gift List

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Images by Heart Full of Tea.

Choosing the right partners and brands to work with is super important to us. Much like our carefully curated collection of wedding venues, we want to be surrounded by wedding suppliers who inspire us and suit our own ethos because we feel this will inspire you, our readers.

As well as providing wedding inspiration and good solid advice, I think it’s important you get to know our venues and chosen partners so today, we’re having a little nosey around the new Prezola HQ which is located in the truly beautiful City of Bath.

Prezola is the UK’s leading independent wedding gift list service, designed for modern style-savvy couples who want the widest choice possible. We love their creative heart and knew a little peek inside their office would set the interior-pulse racing! Bath-based Wedding Photographer Emma from Heart Full of Tea popped round to take some snaps for us and it’s all rather lovely.

Notes from Prezola

Ali:

My husband Dom and I launched Prezola in 2010 from our house and since then, we’ve grown to include more than 30,000 products from 300 top brands on the site. Couples can mix gifts, experiences, charity donations and honeymoon funds on their list with free delivery of their gifts after the wedding. We now have a large office in the centre of Bath with over 50 members of staff – the business has grown so fast in the last seven years!

Our new Prezola HQ is a traditional Georgian townhouse where the windows and ceilings are huge on the ground floor, and get smaller and smaller as you go up the stairs – typical build for when there were servants on the top floor back in the day! As the company has expanded, we needed to move to a larger location since we were all cramped in the warehouse in Wiltshire. We still operate the packing and deliveries from the warehouse (and even expanded into a few more!) but the majority of the company now works in Bath.

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Wedding Stationery by Cutture X Emmy London

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Fridays are all about gearing up for a weekend of wedding shenanigans right…? Whether it’s viewing venues, trying on dresses, hunting for those perfect suppliers or finalising details. Well today I wanted to chat stationery, but specifically stationery that involves two of my fave brands in the industry…

Emmy London by Cutture : Ready-to-Write Stationery

Emmy London, the renowned shoe and accessory designer and Cutture the brand famed for producing world class event stationery, are thrilled to announce the launch of an exclusive range of ready-to-write wedding stationery.

The exquisite collection combines the intricate detail from Emmy London’s stylish designs teamed with Cutture’s signature laser cut techniques. Drawing upon heritage and exceptional craftsmanship synonymous with both brands, the suite is produced using traditional foil printing methods, with gold edging in a pretty colour palette of vellum, green and natural. The stationery includes everything from save the date cards, invitations and table numbers to beautifully detailed escort cards and thank you notelets.

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