With mere months to go ‘til I get married, I thought it high time I started diarising some of the build up and share some of our finds with other Yorkshire Brides-to-be, (and those further afield).
Starting with our Yorkshire wedding venue. We wanted a space where we could have the creative freedom to add our own personal touches and really make it our own. If we saw any treasures and decorations we liked we could save them, build on our inspiration as we go, work with local suppliers and bring everything together, into something hopefully really special on the day.
So in August last year we concluded a lengthy quest for our Yorkshire wedding venue by making a booking at Wharfedale Grange, a seasonal farm shop and venue set in the Lower Wharfedale valley, facing the North Park of Harewood House just between Leeds and Harrogate.
Here’s our story so far and some things to look out for when searching for your perfect tipi wedding venue.
DIY Yorkshire tipi wedding at Whafedale Grange
Rustic and rural, Wharfedale grange provides a stunning blank canvas for couples to bring their creative vision to life. A farm since 1939, two generations later it is still a family run farm, but in 2013 they decided to hire out their field and car park for DIY weddings/events.
“The only limit is your imagination and budget” they say on the website. “Your wedding reception can be as modest and humble or as huge and extravagant as your sensibilities allow, but one thing’s for sure…it will be unique and totally individual!” and for us at least, so far so good!
Tipi or not tipi, that is the question..
After we booked the venue we hired two giant hat tipis from Totally Tipis in Barnsley. Tipis are ideal for a relaxed style of wedding we want and as you can see look stunning in the countryside setting. As the overall theme is quite boho, with ethnic touches scattered here and there, these giant tents are ideal for boho weddings. Jewel coloured patterned bunting, lanterns, home – made dream catchers and some cream veils drapes are just some of the things I have already gathered to turn our tipi into a twinkling tent of love, laughter and memories!
Yet being left to your own devices at a place like Wharfedale doesn’t mean they aren’t there to support and provide you with everything they can to make your day special. Clare Thomas is the main contact who will give her support along the way. As well as being super friendly, Claire is awesome at flower arranging as you can see from some of the pictures. Isn’t the hanging foliage piece on above the top table fabulous? This is simply a wooden plank suspended from the tipi poles then covered with leafy lushness!
Boho & DIY Wedding Venues – What to look out for:
- When you are looking into rural wedding venues always make sure you are clear what areas they can help with and where they don’t. The last thing you want is to find out they don’t have staff to guide or provide info on local suppliers.
- Its worth remembering if you’re going DIY you will want to hire props so look out for prop hire sites online. eBay is good for paper lanterns, candle bags and bunting of course, but the last thing you want is to be left with 100 candle holders.
- Having said that, there’s always the option of hiring a wedding planner for “partial wedding planning”. This means you have your creative freedom plus the confidence a wedding planner is there on the day to fully co- ordinate your suppliers as well as check you have all you need 6 weeks before. We have hired Angela at http://www.event-u-ally.co.uk/
- Check – Do they have car parking space?
- Check – Do they have additional storage or fridges to chill your wine?
- Will you hire a bar? If so you can get a rustic bar set up and staff for around £360. These usually work out very cost effective you pay the deposit and should your guests meet the spend threshold of day 1k you get your deposit back. We’re using http://www.barhiresolutions.co.uk/
- Where will you have the legal ceremony? To be legally wed you must have 4 walls and a roof apparently. You cannot have a legal ceremony in a tipi but you can have a humanist one.
Back to Wharfedale. It’s not only flowers and a field you get when you book with them, a car park, walk-in fridges and a props to hire are all available.
Alternatively, just pop over to see them for a good old Yorkshire day trip out. Here’s a little more on what they do:
- Asparagus & P.Y.O.fruit.
- The Flowery Shed inc. The Potting Shed
- Home grown Wild Flowers.
- Festive Shed: Christmas trees, freshly made wreaths, bunched holly and mistletoe, fresh flowers, plants and centrepieces for your Christmas table, all in our up-cycled PYO shed alongside some of the most exclusive decorations available! One to bookmark for this Christmas
- Wildflower meadow. Looking at the recent facebook post they have also posted 10 acres of wildflower meadow devoted to pick your own wildflowers that will be ready to pick in July!
I still have so much to do but fingers crossed its coming together. The invites went out in March so just waiting for the last few RSVPS. (Invites were from Jennifer Wren Designs available on Etsy- recommended!)
I will be posting how to make your own boho wedding decorations if you are having a DIY wedding including doily dream catcher and fabric garland in a few weeks as well as my trip to York based Glory Days vintage for the dress.
Photos courtesy of Wharfedale Grange Facebook page.