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You may not have heard the term anniception before, but it’s set to take the wedding world by storm this year and next! Our country wedding venue in Yorkshire is delighted to answer all your burning questions about this exciting new wedding trend.

 

What is an anniception?

Anniception: a conjunction of the words anniversary and reception.

Through a year of postponements, downsizing and virtual wedding ceremonies, many couples opted for smaller wedding celebrations. Promising a larger get-together later, the anniception came to life!

An anniception is a second wedding celebration, where you can fulfil your wildest dreams. Posing as an extension to your original wedding day, couples can cut the cake, have a first dance and enjoy all the best wedding traditions. In short, an anniception is your wedding reception, just without the ceremony before.

 

How is it different from an anniversary party?

Whereas an anniversary party is a celebration of the couple after a certain number of years, an anniception is a celebration of the wedding day. You can choose to re-create your celebration, host the dream reception you never had, or do something completely different.

Most importantly, anniceptions include speech-giving, dancing with your parents, tossing the bouquet and all the other elements we love from wedding receptions. You can even have a grand entrance if you wish.

 

When should I have an anniception?

Although it’s a new trend, an anniception will usually take place on the anniversary of your wedding – or as close as possible. That said, there’s no reason why an anniception can’t be a month, six months, or even six years after your original date!

 

Should I keep the same venue and theme as my wedding?

Continuity is something that many couples desire, but after some compromises in their original wedding, many decide to make their anniception different. You have no obligation to the original venue, but if you do hunt for somewhere new, make sure you check the reviews and take a look round.

 

How hard is an anniception to plan?

In all truth, it’s as hard as you want to make it! Some couples will choose to go all-out and have a huge celebration, whereas others may want to keep it intimate. We can promise you though, it won’t be as difficult to plan as your original wedding.

 

Can I re-wear my wedding dress?

Of course! You may have lots of friends and family who haven’t seen you in your bridal outfit yet, and many more who would love to see it again. You might have spent a lot of money on your dress or suit, and would love the opportunity to wear it again. The point of an anniception is to create a wedding reception experience, so relive the magical moment you put on your dress.

That said, things can change in a year, and if you don’t fancy putting on your original, or any, wedding dress, that’s perfectly okay! The most important thing is to feel happy in whatever you wear.

 

Carlton Manor is a wedding venue near Beverley which is currently holding viewings for 2022 availability. Get in touch today to see how we can make your day perfect.


A beautiful cake is the centrepiece for every wedding, treating both your eyes and your tastebuds. Traditional, floral or extravagant, the perfect cake will complement your decor. Tell your story by choosing something unique to you as a couple, influenced by marvellous and creative trends.

 

In this blog, our Yorkshire wedding venue shares the most delicious wedding cake styles for you to tuck into.

1. Hand painted illustrations

Rather than three dimensional features, painterly illustrations create a softer look. Ideal for a boho bride, these cakes look marvellous when they take inspiration from their surroundings. Understated at first glance, closer looks reveal intricate details. Not a fan of florals? Choose abstract or angular art. It’s almost too beautiful to eat… almost. 

2. Dark, black backgrounds

Dare to try something different. Alternative brides will delight in these unique sculptures, a true statement and something no other wedding will have. Dark doesn’t mean sombre, with the background creating magnificent contrast with floral or angular embellishments. Choose a complementary pop of colour to make this cake sing.

3. Gold leaf

With a luxurious feel, gold leaf upgrades any cake. Subtle touches enhance other decorations with sparkle and sophistication. Alternatively, cover one tier of your cake entirely for a statement your guests will never forget. As delicious as it looks, spoil yourself with the extravagance of consuming real gold. It’s your special day, after all!

4. Semi-naked icing

The new favourite in rustic wedding trends. Semi-naked cakes are skimmed with a very thin layer of buttercream to reveal glimpses of the sponge underneath. Adorned with decorations taken from or inspired by nature, this cake can be enjoyed all year round. Ideal for people who usually pick off the icing!

5. Waterfall florals

Tumbling down the cake, this asymmetric detail creates effortless movement and life. Opt for light, sugar flowers for an airy aesthetic, mirror the flowers in the bridal bouquet, or be inspired by your venue’s surroundings. In the winter months, florals can be exchanged for cinnamon, pinecones, and evergreens. 

6. Textured details

Minimalism done right. Textured details are elegant, classic, and timeless – perfect for a more relaxed affair. Accents such as scalloping, lace-effects and lattices elevate otherwise plain cakes, adding uniqueness and personality. For complete continuity in theme, mirror the bride’s dress or chosen reception decorations. Pops of subtle colour or edible flowers make this trend shine.

7. Real leaves

You’ve seen real flowers on cakes for a while, but using leaves creates an exquisite effect. Edible or not, they bring the outside in and breathe life into your cake. Choose a few large, statement leaves for a sophisticated, simple look. Elevated and slightly edgy, the changing seasons bring new colours and styles to experiment with.

 

No matter your taste, literally or visually, your dream wedding cake is just a bite away. Take inspiration from these beautiful trends, telling the tale of your romance. Carlton Manor is fully customisable, so you can see your wedding vision come to life. Enquire now to secure your perfect 2022 wedding.


From the grand wedding cake to the first kiss, some wedding traditions have stood the test of time throughout the years. However, the history behind them is incredibly insightful and unexpected.

Did you know that wedding dresses typically used to be red? Or that wedding cake used to be made of bread? In this blog, our wedding venue near Beverly lists seven wedding traditions and the history behind them.

1. The white wedding dress

Did you know that before the mid-1800s, brides wore red? It wasn’t until around 1840 that wearing white to wed your beloved became popular! Queen Victoria started the trend when she wed Prince Albert in a gown that symbolised wealth.

2. The wedding cake

Originally wedding cakes were made of wheat to symbolise prosperity, which the groom would sprinkle over the bride’s head for good luck. Guests would then eat the crumbs to share in the success. Similarly, eating the modern wedding cake today in a neater fashion is said to bring good fortune.

3. “Tying the knot”

This phrase is commonly used to refer to the marriage ceremony, associated with an unbreakable vow. The phrase actually comes from an ancient Celtic ritual of handfasting, where knots of cloth were tied around the couple’s hand. This symbolises them being ‘bound’ together in matrimony.

4. Something “old, new, borrowed and blue”

This tradition dates back from the Victorian era, where good fortune is said to come to those that wear everything mentioned. “Something old” is worn to connect the bride to her past and family, and “something new” represents her life to come with her husband. “Something borrowed” is commonly an item from someone already married (to pass on the good luck) and “something blue” conveys loyalty.

5. Throwing rice

In more recent years, this tradition has been swapped for confetti, flower petals and even bubbles. Rice was used to symbolise rain, which showered the bride and groom with fortune and prosperity directly after their ceremony. Quite the send-off!

6. The ring bearer

Responsible for carrying the couple’s wedding rings down the aisle, the ring bearer has a very important job indeed. A small child typically takes on this role, to reflect the future and new beginnings. Using a pillow to carry the rings symbolises that the bride and groom’s dreams will come true.

7. The first kiss

Although this is one of the more elegant aspects of the wedding ceremony, it has not always been a romantic gesture. In ancient Rome, this was simply used to seal the wedding agreement. However, in Catholic ceremonies, it used to be customary for the priest to give a “kiss of peace” to the groom. This would then be passed on to the bride, to bless the marriage.

Whatever you have in mind for your wedding, the Carlton Tipi is a blank canvas for you to dress to your heart’s desires. Get in touch with us today to secure your 2022 wedding.


With hundreds of guests and registered gift lists to consider, buying a unique wedding gift is not easy.

Feel like being the favourite guest? Make the happy couples’ big day one to remember with one of these non-traditional wedding gifts.

1. Subscription-based gifts

This one really is the gift that keeps on giving. Subscription gifts can be tailored to any personality. For example, you might consider a book club subscription for the genres the newlyweds love – perfect for a honeymoon read!

Or, why not prolong the memory of the wedding with a monthly wine subscription? You could start with the tipple from the day itself, before moving on to complementary grapes and flavours.

2. Couples’ classes

As the bride and groom embark upon a new chapter in their life, they’re set to try an array of new things. Why not broaden their horizons by investing in some lessons? These can range enormously from golf lessons to acting classes, cocktail mixology or even couples’ massage.

They’ll thank you for the new skill and even impress you with it – perhaps by saying thank you in another language?

3. Gifts for lords and ladies

You’ve heard of sponsoring a star – now what about getting your own piece of land with a title to match? Buy the newlyweds a souvenir Lord and Lady title with a certificate outlining their new monikers. It’s one thing to change your surname, but another to become a ‘Lady’ overnight!

They can even use their dedicated land to plant a tree or bush to symbolise their commitment. There’s no photo moment quite like it.

4. Photo shoot vouchers

By now, the couple will be well-used to having their photos taken. Why not invest in a post-honeymoon shoot, or save it for even later down the line if they’re planning to extend their family?

Photo shoots give your loved ones the chance to look their best and treasure the moment forever – just like their big day. You can even go experimental with a baby ‘cake smash’ shoot, a trend that has made its way over here from the United States!

5. A board game compendium

The happy couple may wish to start entertaining as a wedded pairing now. So, make it more fun with a selection of board games – anything from the classic Scrabble and Jenga to something more specialised.

This is a great choice for those with quirky tastes. And, if they’re already into their wine subscription, this makes for one unforgettable party.

6. The latest console

If your budget’s a little bigger, why not let the couple spruce up their home with the latest console? Video games are a magnificent alternative to boxset nights in, and once again, they’re great for entertaining friends. From standard hand-held controllers to dancing and sports games, a console is guaranteed to offer hours of fun.

7. Wedding venue keepsakes

Nothing says a well-thought-out gift like a keepsake box. Add all the little treasures from the venue, including name cards, wedding cake toppers and much more. Our team at Carlton Manor will be only too happy to help you gather the intricate mementoes to make this gift extra special.

8. Personalised watercolours

A photo shoot is one thing, but what about immortalising the happy couple in a watercolour painting? Commission your favourite artist to paint the bride and groom, children and pets all in one – in their favourite setting.

This makes a welcome addition to any entrance hall and will keep them smiling for years to come.

9. Their wedding playlist

In days gone by, this may have been on cassette or CD. You can take this traditional route for a homemade gift or bring it into the 21st Century with a streaming service. Speak to the wedding DJ and ask for all the tunes from the evening.

Don’t forget to make that iconic first dance the first song on the playlist!

10. Mr and Mrs…just about anything!

The his ‘n’ hers revolution is here to stay. Make it their own with personalised salt and pepper pots, candles, mugs, doormats, planters and much more. You can add their names or your own message of good wishes.

What better way to commemorate their big day than a reminder with everyday household items?

Say it with a venue

Whether you’re the bride, groom or wedding guest, our team at Carlton Manor is always on-hand to help.

Looking to secure your dream wedding day? To see our luxury East Yorkshire wedding venue in person, book a viewing today.


Welcome to Carlton Manor, our luxury wedding venue in East Yorkshire, near Beverley. The historic site in the hamlet of West Carlton has recently been renovated to an exceedingly high standard in order to fulfill our goal of making dreams come true.

This blog will lead you step-by-step around our venue. From the beautifully renovated manor house, to the Carlton Tipi and extensive grounds, we can’t wait to show you what we have to offer…

Step inside the manor house

The manor house, built in 1901, has recently been renovated to the highest level, whilst still preserving the property’s stunning infrastructure. It hosts eight wonderful guest suites, including a two-double bed suite on the ground floor which is perfect for accessibility. With both twin and double rooms, the house sleeps up to 18 guests in total, making it ideal for weddings, group getaways and family retreats.

Upstairs, the bridal suite is our pièce de résistance. Sleep in a luxury super king bed, soak in the indulgent copper roll-top bath with a glass of fizz, and fling open the french doors to take in gorgeous views of the surrounding countryside.

Downstairs, curl up with a book in our cosy sitting room, or come together for a meal in our modern country kitchen. Carlton Manor is a beautiful place to be together, so the spacious kitchen, including the leather seating booth, is designed to host family and friends, whatever the occasion. Cook yourselves a delicious meal on a midweek trip away, or use it as an informal space for your event.

Our bespoke wedding facilities

We are excited to say that our current ceremony space is soon to be extended into a breath-taking ceremony barn. This glorious space will provide the most romantic backdrop for our couples to say their vows in front of their loved ones. Seating up to 100 guests, the ceremony barn will flood light through the elegant glass windows overlooking the landscaped courtyard.

Just beyond the courtyard is the Carlton Tipi, where you can entertain up to 200 of your chosen guests. This standout ceremony or reception venue delivers the wow-factor and can be decorated to suit your chosen wedding theme. Magnificently unique and at one with nature, our tipi is perfect for weddings and other events, whatever the weather!

The manor grounds

If the british blue skies present themselves, your guests can enjoy our terrace seating and two acres of exquisitely manicured grounds. Not to mention 360 views over rolling, peaceful Yorkshire countryside.

Ramble through the picturesque surrounding countryside (we recommend the Trans Pennine Trail!), pop to the charming seaside towns of Aldbrough, Hornsea, and Withernsea, or swap the peaceful countryside for the bright lights of Hull and hit the boutique shops of Humber Street for some retail therapy.

To see our luxury venue in person, check out retreat or wedding availability or enquire now for a wedding consultation with our general manager.


There are an array of people working behind the scenes to make our venue the perfect place for your wedding, event and retreat.

In this blog, we caught up with Carlton Manor’s new General Manager, Sarah Bolson.

How long have you worked in the industry?

Over the years I have worked for well known brands such as Whitbread and Holiday Inn Express, as well as smaller businesses such as The Feathers Hotel in Helmsley.

I’ve overseen hundreds of weddings and events and I’ve not managed to keep a dry eye at one of them! They are each so beautiful in their own right and really bring out my emotional side.

What will your role be at Carlton Manor?

As the new General Manager of Carlton Manor, combined with making sure day to day running of the manor is of a high standard, my main responsibility will be to make dreams come true!

I will be by our brides’ sides from their initial enquiry at the manor, up until their big day. And I’ll always be on hand for advice, support and help if things go wrong! In my past roles I have fixed collapsed wedding cakes, sewn brides into wedding dresses and been on hand with forgotten jewellery.

What drew you to Carlton Manor?

I was initially drawn to the venue by the countryside location and the vision of Carlton Manor owner, Nic. I also love the manor’s ethos to embrace our Yorkshire location and support local businesses. I am a Yorkshire girl at heart, and always will be!

What is your vision for Carlton Manor?

I wish for Nic’s vision to be realised. By the end of this year, we want to have completed the majority of the work on the venue inside and out. We are working with local Yorkshire designers Matthews Mee, who will be working on the interior design for the house.

It would also be nice if Carlton Manor was to be amongst the top Yorkshire wedding venues and private retreats. I would love it to be the ‘go to’ destination.

Most importantly, I aim to create hundreds of happy memories on the grounds. I am so excited for when we can start to hold weddings and events, and meet our guests. Carlton Manor will be somewhere that we are so proud to welcome people to.

What are you most excited about for the next year?

As well as seeing the refurbishment and plans come together, I cannot wait to see the looks of joy and love on the faces of our guests!

Why should couples choose Carlton Manor for their wedding day?

Carlton Manor will be a breathtaking venue, with a picture perfect backdrop for all weddings.

We give the freedom of choice to the bride and groom, so they can put their own creative stamp on our grounds. The manor can cater to an array of different weddings, from grand and traditional to relaxed and intimate.

They can also choose their own catering facilities; the fact that you could have a fish and chip van at your wedding is fantastic!

Could you please tell us a little about your own wedding?

I got married in Seaton Carew on the North East Coast, in 1999 – a long time ago!

One piece of advice I would give to the bride for her wedding day would be to wear comfortable shoes. On my big day, I was in agony as I didn’t break my satin heels in and wore them straight out of the box. Luckily, my mum brought me a pair of flip flops, and I changed into them straight after the ceremony. Trust me, wearing flat shoes is the most sensible thing you’ll ever do!

Also, try and proof-read your father’s speech before he reads it aloud to all of your friends and family. My dad totally embarrassed me – and I’m not going into those details!

What do you think is the secret to a happy marriage?

Never ever go to sleep on an argument! You never know what is going to happen in this life, so always make sure your disagreements are resolved.

Overall, I think the secret to a happy marriage is all about respecting each other, talking things through and enjoying life together. Make sure that you treasure every moment.

Get in touch today to book your dream wedding day, event or private retreat.