Ancient Yorkshire Churches for special Wedding Venues – Allerton Mauleverer

Yorkshire wedding venues. Allerton Mauleverer

Yorkshire wedding venues. Allerton Mauleverer

Yorkshire wedding venues with character
One thing that Yorkshire does not lack is beautiful old churches of all sizes, ages and architectural style. Every village just about seems to have a lovely old one sitting surrounded by greenery and gravestones of folk having lived long ago.

If you are looking for a historical building to lend tradition and romance to your wedding then Yorkshire churches will certainly fit the bill for you. Here is one within easy distance to historical York and even closer to Harrogate.

Allerton Mauleverer, North Yorkshire HG5 0SE, UK
The parish church at Allerton Mauleverer is outside Allerton Park Estate which has been the home of the Mauleverer family for close on 7 centuries. One of the ancestors of this family founded the first St Martin’s church in the late 12th or early 13th century and could have been associated with the nearby priory of Allerton Mauleverer.

It was Richard Arundell, a much later descendent of the family, who rebuilt the medieval church in 1745 which is the building now in irregular use. It was constructed in the Norman style. It is fortunate though that many medieval features were retained amongst them tombs of generations of Mauleverer family members.

Yorkshire ancient churches. Allerton Mauleverer. Inteior.

Yorkshire ancient churches. Allerton Mauleverer. Inteior.

The Interior of the Church
The interior is graced by a lovely hammerbeam roof with Georgian pews, benches and carved pulpit. An unusual painting depicting Moses and Aaron, both large and richly coloured, hangs above the chancel arch.

To add to this charming church there are several timber medieval effigies which appear to depict the Knights of Mauleverer, who were resident in the area for 600 years and founded the old church on this site.

Although not in regular use as a church the facility is nevertheless well maintained and could be used for a wedding.

Wonderful Yorkshire Wedding Venues in the Countryside

St Wilfred, South Stainley, North Yorkshire

St Wilfred, South Stainley, North Yorkshire

A Travel Destination winner – Yorkshire, UK
Yorkshire, UK was the recent Travel Destination Award winner at the international travel convention. If you are planning a destination wedding Yorkshire could just provide you the best amongst wedding venues in the United Kingdom. Consider it.

Yorkshire Countryside is special
No wonder Yorkshire is called God’s Own Country. It deserves this name. Yorkshire has everything you might want. Rolling meadows, spectacular rocks, a varied coastline, romantic ruins in run wild gardens and national parks to wander through.

Whether you are considering a spring or summer wedding and even autumn you are bound to find a countryside that will be suitable for the mood you are looking to create. Perhaps even the snowy vales of winter might be something to consider. In fact Yorkshire could be where you might want to be all year round when it comes to planning a wedding.

A countryside wedding
Nothing spells romance quite as much as going back to olden day roots. Everybody will have some kind of farming tradition in their family. Whether it is only one generation back or perhaps even four, but there’s a farmer lurking in the family.

Getting back to those roots for your wedding can be both romantic as well as a lot of fun. Not only that it can also be cost-effective. Scrap the expensive flowers and decorating ideas. Bring on local grown daisies, milk cans to use for your flower arrangements, pull up a tractor for special atmosphere and let the odd cow or lamb amble past.

Using the surroundings to create your mood is one of the more cost-effective ways of creating a wedding venue full of charm and happiness. Any colour will be suitable. Buttercup yellow to go with home grown daffodils, or purples for lilies, reds for roses or green & wood just to keep it country themed are all great ones for making your country wedding venue come alive.

For a country wedding. Image credit Ruth Mitchell Photography. Bridesupnorth.com

For a country wedding. Image credit Ruth Mitchell Photography. Bridesupnorth.com

Country church
Not only is the country side so easy to use for your background but you will also find those precious country churches with a friendly vicar and a hidden talent of an organist could be just the right spot for your ceremony.

Lovely old country churches are usually intimate and will require minimal decorating to make them look festive. Use the local village meadow or hall as your venue for the wedding reception and involve the whole village in your celebration. It will be an event to remember.

Finding wedding venues in Yorkshire
It will be easy to find a selection of gorgeous wedding venues in Yorkshire if looking to marry in the country side. Look around for a lovely village church and your are bound to find all other amenities such as florists, caterers and wedding transport for a special celebration.

Yorkshire wins Europe’s Leading Destination title in 2013

Yorkshire Museum, Yorkshire, UK

Yorkshire Museum, Yorkshire, UK

Award confirms wedding venues in Yorkshire could be amongst best
Planning your wedding? Wedding venues in Yorkshire might be where you should be looking.  After all this ‘God’s Own Country’ labeled county in the United Kingdom has just won the title for Europe’s Leading Destination for the year 2013.

The prize was awarded at the World Travel Awards held in Antalya, Turkey. It’s believed to be the Oscars of the Travel Industry. Yorkshire beat Berlin, London and Madrid to win this title. Not bad company at all.

Yorkshire is the first location other than a major city or country to have won the Leading Destination title in the history of the 17 years this award has been presented. Tourism agency ‘Welcome to Yorkshire’ said the award was a ‘major coup’ for them. Quite so.

Purpose of the award
The award is intended to highlight and reward locations and travel brands who the judges consider to have made the most significant contribution to the tourism industry during the previous twelve months.

For Yorkshire, tourism is worth an invaluable £7bn per year which works out at 216 million visits made to the country annually. Add this to the right to host the start of the Tour de France in July in 2014 with the Grand Depart being held in Leeds. Yorkshire is on a roll.

Famous Yorkshire Dales, Yorkshire, United Kingdom

Famous Yorkshire Dales, Yorkshire, United Kingdom

In good company
Yorkshire is certainly in good company. Previous winners of the award include Instanbul, Paris, London and Barcelona. The publicity this award will bring with it will certainly help Yorkshire and its Tourism Department achieve even brighter tourism revenue results.

Not only tourism is something people might consider for Yorkshire. But possibly for brides in the United Kingdom, a destination wedding to Yorkshire could be an option with a great selection amongst wedding venues on offer.

Edinburgh Castle, a Wedding Venue that ticks all the Romantic Boxes

A romantic wedding venue
As gorgeously romantic wedding venues go, Edinburgh Castle would be difficult to beat. Steeped in tradition and history this beautiful set of old buildings is for the bridal couple who are romantics at heart. With its unique setting and panoramic views across the city of Edinburgh the castle is a perfect venue for that special day.

Queen Anne Room, Edinburgh Castle

Queen Anne Room, Edinburgh Castle

Queen Anne Room

Located in the heart of the castle, the Queen Anne Building is imminently suitable for afternoon ceremonies and evening receptions. Added to this facility is an adjoining indoor courtyard area which may serve as a space for pre or post-dinner drinks and canapés.

Its capacity might not lend itself to a huge wedding. Still 120 guest for a wedding ceremony and breakfast and 170 guests for a reception is doable for a more intimate gathering. A further bonus is that the venue is wheelchair accessible.

Types of ceremonies that may be performed are civil, religious and humanist. Good to be able to have a choice in the modern world of today where beliefs may be as varied as the cultures and traditions of the global community.

The venue may be hired for exclusive use and as a special bonus may include a private viewing of Scotland’s Crown Jewels.

St Margaret's Chapel, Edinburgh Castle

St Margaret’s Chapel, Edinburgh Castle

St Margaret’s Chapel
A gorgeously maintained 12th century chapel is available for very small intimate wedding ceremonies. It is the oldest building not only in the castle but also in Edinburgh. Built by King David I as a private chapel for the royal family and named after his mother Margaret who dies in the castle in 1093.

The area outside the Chapel offers amazing panoramic views across the city and far beyond. Guests have the choice of enjoying drinks and snacks after the ceremony in the adjacent Argyle Tower. Limited space for 25 guests and wheelchair accessible. Religious type services only.

No wedding should ever be without a Scottish piper

No wedding should ever be without a Scottish piper

Bag Pipe Player
To top it all off do not forget the Scottish piper who will be on call to add that extra haunting mood to the proceedings. No Scottish wedding could be complete without this rather eccentric touch.

Three Wedding Traditions to keep Evil Spirits away – and we still follow them

Kate Middleton and her veil. Keeping evil spirits away.

Royal Bride Kate Middleton wearing her veil as she enters the church.

Three old wedding traditions designed to keep evil spirits away
There are a bunch of traditions that we follow in everything we do during our special occasions. This is no different for our wedding ceremonies. But do you know how these traditions arose and why they were started in the first instance?

Ever wondered about the bouquet
The bride traditionally carries a bouquet. This is actually something really awkward to carry and most brides give the bouquet to the maid of honour to hold during the ceremony and gets rid of it as soon after the photos have been taken as she can. It gets in the way.

So why carry one?

The reason stems from bygone days. Those were the days where we all believed in evil spirits and spooks that could destroy our future for us. It was believed that herbal plants and spices could chase away bad spirits. The smell given off by the bouquet was supposed to put off these unwanted wedding guests especially those wanting to ‘possess’ the bride.

Of course this reason has been lost in the sands of time and bridal bouquets now feature flowers, ribbons and other elements that the tradition might dictate to be of good fortune or of personal significance to the bride.

What about the veil?
It is thought that the veil is worn to denote chastity. This is of course a contradiction as most modern brides are not necessarily reputed to be practicing abstinence. But in fact the veil had nothing to do with chastity.

Again going back to the days of evil spirits and their possessing of the bride, the bride would wear a veil so as not to be spotted by evil spirits. And the bridesmaids were supposed surround the bride so that no evils could get at the main person.

It could also be perhaps an attempt to keep the bride from view so that she would not be abducted by neighbouring young suitors who were struggling to find one of their own. It must be remembered, especially in Arabic and Asian cultures, that a women who had intercourse with another man was now no longer desirable. Care had to be taken to ensure that she made it safely to the altar.

Flower girls
Flower girls of whatever age are cute and add that ‘aw shucks’ element to any wedding. However, flower girls had their own special purpose in the olden days. Flowers were meant to ward off evil spirits (those evil spirits again). It was tradition for not only the bride and groom to wear flowers in the hair and a button hole for the groom but also to have flowers strewn ahead of them while they walked into the church for the ceremony. All to keep the evil spirits at bay.

Our traditions
It’s fun following traditions. Things our parents did when they got married, or their parents even before them. But do we actually know where they originated from and what their meaning was? Interesting that the above three were performed in order to keep evil spirits away!

Don’t you love seeing wedding venues in other countries – this one is Korean

Watch this video by this funky couple and their fun take on wedding venues and weddings in Korea.  Canadians living in Korea and loving it. There are some similarities to weddings in Vietnam and the rest of Asia too. For instance offering an envelope with money as a gift. But there are many traditions that are totally different and very much Korean.

It’s wonderful to see how different brides and grooms celebrate their special day. And in the case of Korea, efficiency has been taken to another level.

 

 

Celebrity wedding venue – Fergie & Josh Duhamel get hitched

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Gorgeous wedding venue 

At the beginning of 2013, on January 10 to be exact, singer Fergie and a hugely popular actor Josh Duhamel tied the knot at the Church Estate Vineyard in Malibu, California. Fergie said that it was “magical” and “ethereal”.

Josh, as men tend to be, was less romantically inclined with his statement saying that it “incorporated both our personalities.” The event  planner was none other than Mindy Weiss. “Lots of nature was important to Josh,” Mindy Weiss says. “I knew I could bling it up for Fergie.” Well read!

Top: The whole wedding party for Fergie & Josh. And Green reception decor. Image thanks to greenweddingshoes

Top: The whole wedding party for Fergie & Josh. And gorgeous green reception decor in image below. Image thanks to greenweddingshoes

Paralympian gets up to perform First Dance with his Bride

First dance with a difference

There wasn’t a dry eye in the house. When Nathan Stephens wed his bride Charlene he surprised his friends and family during the reception. The wheelchair user got up to deliver a genuine first dance with his bride. And it wasn’t just a ‘lean on me’ shuffle either. The couple had spent eight months rehearsing their moves.

Nathan Stephens, Welsh javelin thrower, lost his legs during an accident when he was nine years old. Many have not seen the Bridgend athlete standing on two legs for a decade as he finds one of his artificial limbs so painful he “gets around” on just one. He depends mostly on his wheelchair for mobility.

But he wasn’t going to let his able bodied bride down on their big day. Much to the surprise of all at the reception.

The couple, who danced to I Won’t Give Up by Jason Mraz, are having a honeymoon in Sardinia.

Human courage and determination wins the day.

Destination Wedding and the Budget

Beautiful scenic setting for a Destination Wedding

Beautiful scenic setting for a Destination Wedding

Wedding budgets
It surely comes down to the budget whether you decide on a destination wedding or a wedding at a wedding venue in Yorkshire or anywhere else in the UK. However, before you reject a destination wedding as being too expensive do some calculations first. You would be surprised that the cost could be less if you tied the knot on a Thai beach rather than in the nearby five star hotel.

Not only could it cost less but you could also find that you get a lot more fun for your bucks. Your very expensive home town wedding could cost you in the region of £20 000. and it’s over in a few hours.

You probably won’t even have time to taste your own cake or sip a glass of champagne as your time is spent meeting and greeting your guests. Everybody wants a tiny slice of the bridal couple’s time. You end up having no time of your own to celebrate and enjoy the festivities.

Destination weddings offer more
Your destination wedding could very well cost less and allow you to have a party and enjoy fun activities over a few days. Traditional weddings are very structured with little movement from the beaten path. A destination wedding on the other hand can be a party with a variety of activities spread over several days. You would have a lot more enjoyment from your money in this way.

This is particularly important for couples who are paying for their own event. Times were different when parents had the task of footing the bill. When it didn’t come out of your own back pocket it didn’t really matter what the event gave back to you. You had a show off glamour moment for your wedding dress for the bride and a bad speech by the groom for his moment in the sun.

Now that many couples are paying themselves the choice of where your wedding should be and what it should look like is in your hands.

Traditional weddings
The purpose of traditional weddings was to introduce the new Mr and Mrs to the community. This is where the idea of the reception came into the picture. Receiving the guests as newly weds and introducing them to society was the reason for all the festivity.

Spending a fortune on this concept is no longer practical. Most couples do not live in the same community they grew up in anymore. About 25% of women don’t even take on the Mrs title with their husband’s name. And parents are definitely not a major part of this reception idea anymore. In some cases couples marry so late that their parents and friends are not able to attend anymore.

Modern weddings
The modern wedding serves a totally different function. It is a celebration of a milestone or fun event for a couple. It is not about being introduced to society. They are already part of society. Whether they are now married or not is really an aside issue.

Having fun and enjoying activities and events with your friends and family could be the more important part of your wedding. Spending the money on a week-end away could be far more rewarding than the expensive afternoon reception.

NZ Airline provided A Wedding Venue with a difference

Richard Rawstorn (2R) with Richard Andrew (R) from Christchurch and Jess Ives (2L) with Rachel Briscoe (L) from the Bay of Islands celebrate being married during the first same sex marriage at the Rotorua Museum in Rotorua on Monday, August 19, 2013. More than 30 same-sex couples will say "I do" on Monday when New Zealand becomes the first Asia-Pacific country and only the 14th in the world to legalise gay marriage.

Richard Rawstorn (2R) with Richard Andrew (R) from Christchurch and Jess Ives (2L) with Rachel Briscoe (L) from the Bay of Islands celebrate being married during the first same sex marriage at the Rotorua Museum in Rotorua on Monday, August 19, 2013. More than 30 same-sex couples will say “I do” on Monday when New Zealand becomes the first Asia-Pacific country and only the 14th in the world to legalise gay marriage.

Flying into the sunset
Ever wanted to tie the knot aboard a flight? Just to be different? Air New Zealand made this possible today. Celebrating the first day that same sex marriages are legal in New Zealand on August 19, 2013, the national airline ran a competition for two lucky people to get married during a flight.

Lynley Bendali  and Ally Wanikau were the lucky winning couple. Together for 13 years already, they took the opportunity of getting married on the very first day they were allowed to. And they did it mile high! Of another type of course. An Air New Zealand flight between Queenstown and Auckland became the wedding venue for their special occasion.

US actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson from the hit comedy "Modern Family" (R), who recently married his long-term partner Justin Mikita (L), arrive in Auckland on August 19, 2013 after attending the wedding of Lynley Bendall and Ally Wanikau  who made history celebrating the legalisation of same-sex marriage in New Zealand by saying “I do” in the skies on a flight from Queenstown to Auckalnd.  Dozens of same-sex couples said "I do" as New Zealand became the first Asia-Pacific country, and only the 14th in the world, to legalise gay marriage.  Vows were exchanged in venues ranging from an airliner cruising at 30,000 feet (9,150 metres) to a historic bath house as gay men and women took advantage of the law change.     AFP PHOTO / Michael BRADLEY

US actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson from the hit comedy “Modern Family” (R), who recently married his long-term partner Justin Mikita (L), arrive in Auckland on August 19, 2013 after attending the wedding of Lynley Bendall and Ally Wanikau who made history celebrating the legalisation of same-sex marriage in New Zealand by saying “I do” in the skies on a flight from Queenstown to Auckalnd. Dozens of same-sex couples said “I do” as New Zealand became the first Asia-Pacific country, and only the 14th in the world, to legalise gay marriage. Vows were exchanged in venues ranging from an airliner cruising at 30,000 feet (9,150 metres) to a historic bath house as gay men and women took advantage of the law change. AFP PHOTO / Michael BRADLEY

As an additional treat for them on their special day they had some surprise celebrity guests to add to the mix. Jesse Tyler Ferguson of Modern Family fame attended the celebration with his husband of but a few months. As with New Zealand the USA has only just relented in recent months on the law of same sex marriages and only in some of the States.

It certainly made for a wedding venue with a difference.

And to remember the rather hilarious speech by an MP of New Zealand addressing the assembly on the fears expressed by some of the citizens on the new law, watch the short video of Maurice Williamson.

 

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