7 Reasons to have a Tipi Wedding

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.

Summer 2021 is set to be unforgettable in the world of weddings, as many couples across the UK host their wondrous celebrations.

In this blog, our wedding venue near Beverly predicts this year’s summer wedding trends.

Relaxed and informal

A well-known wedding day tip is to take a few moments to yourself, away from the hustle and bustle, to soak in the occasion. But, imagine if there was no hustle and bustle, and no stress.

This summer, couples will choose to whisk their guests away from reality, to blissfully isolated locations such as the countryside or a quiet beach. The only formality needed will be the exchanging of vows, with the rest open to your own personal desires.

Best of British

The coronavirus pandemic has been incredibly hard on local businesses in the UK, and they need support this summer more than ever. For this reason, many couples will opt to help the economy on their doorstep, rather than look further afield.

This summer, more couples will take advantage of Britain’s wealth of suppliers, bridal boutiques and independent businesses. There will also be a rise in local weddings, particularly in our country’s best beauty spots.

Pastel Shades

Whether it be on bridesmaid dresses or intertwined within the decor, pastel shades will be embraced at weddings this summer. Lilac, pink, yellow, peach and mint colours will be a common sight.

If we take into account colour psychology, pastels can have a calming effect on those that see them. This can help to make a wedding venue a hub of tranquility, whilst still being exceedingly fashionable and on-trend.

Mid-week weddings

This summer is set to be one of the busiest yet for special occasions, due to cancelled 2020 weddings spilling over into 2021. Because of this, many couples will look to book a mid-week wedding.

As well as the advantage of increased availability, mid-week weddings can really cut down costs of the venue, accommodation, travel and suppliers. And, your guests can enjoy a well-deserved day off work filled with celebrations.

Lots of DIY

There is no better way to add a personal touch to your wedding day than showcasing some homemade crafts. Having gained inspiration from Pinterest, IGTV and YouTube tutorials over lockdown, couples will be sure to bring DIY to their weddings this summer.

From invitations to centrepieces, visions can become a reality when you create exactly what you want to. Crafting is also a great way to unwind and de-stress on the run up to your special day!

Carlton Manor currently has availability for midweek and weekend weddings. Enquire today to get in touch with our team.

Do you desire an unforgettable wedding day that you can tailor towards your heart’s greatest wishes? Then an untraditional venue could be for you.

In this blog, our wedding venue near Beverley lists seven reasons why you should consider a tipi wedding.

1. A blank canvas

When you book a traditional wedding, there are many aspects of the decor that you lack control over. If the carpet, furnishings or wallpaper of the venue is not to your taste, you must overlook this and compromise.

However, a tipi is a space that can be transformed into your own idea of the perfect wedding venue. At some venues, you even have the freedom to choose your own caterers, entertainment and suppliers, so you can create your dream wedding in its whole entirety.

2. Be at one with nature

A tipi wedding allows you to immerse yourself in the alluring outdoors. Being undercover also enables you to enjoy the best benefits of nature, whilst still being sheltered from the weather’s elements. Come rain or snow, your day shall commence unaffected.

Location is everything, which is why many tipis are situated in the rolling countryside, standing proud amongst the wild flowers and complimenting the eloquent landscape. In the daytime the sun beams on it with honour, and on an evening a dressing of fairy lights effortlessly mimic the stars of the night.

3. Step away from stress

The best weddings are those where the guests feel incredibly at ease in their surroundings. A tipi wedding offers the perfect alternative to a traditional wedding in a church or registry office, which some could find high-pressured.

Tipis also offer escapism for the bride and groom, away from the hustle and bustle of a city location. And, it is needless to endure the upheaval of travelling from one venue to another on the day, as the wedding ceremony, breakfast and evening reception can take place inside the tipi.

4. The WOW factor

It is extremely likely that most of your wedding guests will have attended a standard wedding venue, such as a church. Supply them with a unique experience and fill their faces with awe and wonder as they gaze upon your wedding venue.

Guests may have witnessed many weddings, but yours will be the one that they will be sure to remember. With the help of your creative touch, the venue has every possibility to be as breath-taking as the saying of your vows.

5. Food vans

Many features of a tipi wedding are impossible to include in a standard indoor venue. One of these features is food vans, which are becoming increasingly popular at bespoke venues across the UK, including Carlton Manor.

From wood fired pizza to fish and chips, food vans can deliver a range of dishes to cater to any guest’s palette. Far from the set menus found at traditional wedding breakfasts, the vans give guests the option to choose the food they truly desire.

6. Instagram worthy backdrop

Photography is a brilliant way to encapsulate and preserve memories of your special day. However it is styled, the Carton Tipi is picture-perfect from every angle, outside and in. Whether it appears in professional family photos or phone camera selfies with friends, you will be sure to gain images worth sharing far and wide.

Sometimes, guests can float away into the magic of your wedding day, and must be reminded to take photographs. We recommend leaving disposable cameras on each table, which can be used to capture every moment.

7. Perfect all year round

With a robust outer layer, wedding tipis are a cosy space that can keep guests warm even in the colder months. Equally, in spring and summer, guests can relax into the evenings outside of the tipi.

Designed to the highest quality, the Carlton Tipi can be custom-fit to meet the British polar winters and warm summer days. With capacity to seat 150 guests and hold an additional 50 for your evening celebrations, the Carlton Tipi is the perfect stage for the bride and groom.

The Carlton Tipi is currently available for midweek and weekend weddings. Enquire today and get in touch with our Beverley team.