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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.