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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Scandi Inspired Tipi Styling

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Images by Ed Brown Photography.

Sami Tipi and Bawdon Lodge Farm recently presented a weekend of festival antics at their Spring Showcase – it was promised to be an Open Day like no other and boy did they deliver!

For one day only Bawdon Lodge Farm, Sami Tipi and a selection of hand picked talented suppliers came together to design an inspiration day for couples wanting to host their own tipi wedding. There was live music, street food vans, delicious food from the award winning caterer Thomas The Caterer and even a POP UP SHOP!

But taking centre stage, the tipis were styled to perfection by Tara at Tickety-Boo Events and we simply love the Scandi feels and home interior inspiration. If you’re wondering how to decorate a tipi then this feature is very much for you!

Notes from Sami Tipi and Friends

The Style

Tara:

As a stylist I am constantly inspired by home décor and interiors and it is always a good place to start with to explore colour and textures, from that I chose the basic colour of white, grey and green when designing the styling for the Spring Showcase. Inspired by the minimal Scandi approach to décor I wanted to bring in marble and concrete in some way and so opted for marble runners and stoneware to dress the tables. Incorporating greenery and blush flowers with mustard candles to soften the overall look. Polly & Me also wrote the menu on the marble runners and created a beautiful scroll to hang at the back of the top table. it was such a creative way to draw in the marble effect.

Lights hung from a bespoke hanging feature dressed with leaves and greenery, and tropical plants lined the walk way and entrance inside. I had Peacock chairs, a coffee table and quirky signage to dress around the dancefloor, but I also wanted a statement piece to hang above the band and a laser cut ‘You and Me’ from Polly & Me worked beautifully in the space.

I would describe the look as fresh and minimal.

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A ‘Home Tour’ of One Belgravia

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Images by Gyan Gurung Photography.

As if Monday’s Home Tour of One Marylebone wasn’t enough, we’re taking a little nosey around one of its sister venues from the One Events portfolio – the equally lavish One Belgravia. Think crystal chandeliers, sweeping staircases and ornate architecture.

Amber and Gyan are back with their words and gorgeous images to help paint the picture of this grand blank canvas London wedding venue!

Notes from One Belgravia

Amber:

One Belgravia was officially launched in February 2016 and is the newest addition to the One Events award winning portfolio of luxury venues in London.

The prestigious and contemporary space is a perfect setting for weddings and celebrations. The impressive venue is able to host dinners for up to 200 guests, standing receptions for 300 and ceremonies for 150.

Overlooking Buckingham Palace’s gardens, the event space is comprised of two floors joined together by a majestic marble staircase. The Oak Room, located on the Ground Floor has full height oak panelled walls, which is the perfect setting for a drinks reception before guests are invited to the light and contemporary Grand Gallery for dinner and dancing.

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A ‘Home Tour’ of One Marylebone

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Images by Gyan Gurung Photography.

Built in 1826 on its own ‘island’ in the heart of the capital, One Marylebone opened its doors in 2008 and quickly rose to become one of the leading event spaces in the Capital. Beautifully refurbished to the original designs of Sir John Soane, the historic building was the first venue to open under the luxurious One Events portfolio.

We asked Amber for a little more detail on the venue, to illustrate Gyan Gurung Photography has once again obliged by providing these stunning images…

Notes from One Marylebone

Amber:

The Soane Hall is the jewel in the crown of One Marylebone; at over 27 feet in height, the prestigious space is both impressive in size and beauty. Opulent mosaics and stained glass windows evoke everlasting elegance. The 2nd floor contemporary and light Galleries are the perfect setting for pre-dinner drinks or can be used on their own for a multitude of events.

The venue has attracted leading brands across a variety of industries and is able to host ceremonies for up to 350, receptions for up to 500 and sit down dinners for 350. One Marylebone is one of London’s most flexible and unique venues.

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The Report: The Boho & Retro Wedding Festival

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Images by Maxi Photography.

Our social darling Lottie went on a little road trip to Bridwell Park for us recently to experience The Boho & Retro Wedding Festival created by Blue Fizz Events.

It was set to be a day full of festival fun, supplier frolics and inspiration galore and we just love the report our girl on the ground came back with! Lottie’s words are perfectly illustrated by Mel from Maxi Photography, we hope you enjoy it…

The Boho & Retro Wedding Festival

Lottie:

While there are many wonderful wedding fairs out there for newly engaged couples, I have never been to one quite like The Boho & Retro Wedding Festival at Bridwell Park. Organised by the fabulous team at Blue Fizz Events, the festival offered an eclectic, inspiring and quite frankly awesome mix of wedding suppliers. It was a brilliant opportunity to meet heaps of talented exhibitors, as well as the chance to explore the magnificent Bridwell.

The family home of Lord Ivar Mountbatten, Bridwell is cushioned in the quaint village of Uffculme in Devon. It’s surrounded by stunning parkland and extensive views of the rolling countryside. It is quite simply put, a beautiful country house wedding venue. Available for exclusive-use, Bridwell has 20 bedrooms onsite so it’s perfect if you want a huge weekend celebration with your family and friends. Both The Orangery and The Chapel were open for viewing over the weekend, and both were just bursting with romance, style and grandeur. The vast outdoor space also lent itself perfectly for a festival full of imagination and inspiration…

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