Wednesday, 4 January 2017

DIARY of a CELEBRANT – JAN. 2017 - ‘OAKLANDS’ .....’A Venue as enchanting as each individual love story’

Happy New Year Unique-Lifers!

Well we made it through Christmas; a little’ lighter in pocket’ perhaps, but full of nice memories filled with family and friends.  So now it’s ‘onward and upwards’ as we look forward to meeting new clients, and planning together to make the memorable Ceremonies U.L.C. are known for.

  (Photography by Natalie Walton.  With thanks to Natalie & Stuart for the use of their images) 

The next thing on the list is, of course, choosing the right venue to fit in with your perfect day. Well perhaps we can help.  The next of our recommendations is the stunning ‘Oaklands’ in East Yorkshire.  This enchanting place is the stuff of fairy-tales, and the owners (Sophie & Gail) are absolutely lovely. They are also very experienced, professional, and  imaginative, so you can be sure your Wedding and Celebrations will be in safe hands.

But enough from me.   Let me hand over to Sophie.....
Welcome to Weddings by Sophie.  We are a small, local business with one aim – to bring your vision to life, creating bespoke weddings as enchanting as each individual love story.
Here is where we pour our boundless creativity into thinking up fresh, stylish ideas that transform occasions into ‘once in a lifetime’ events.  Luxury, boutique weddings, special, unique parties and bespoke event planning is what we do best.

This means that no matter what event we plan, it will always be distinctive, special and completely bespoke.
We are a Mother and Daughter team, who specialise in being organised, efficient with a meticulous attention to detail.  But most importantly, we are devoted to making your big day perfect, and giving you the wonderful wedding you desire.

We are unique in a way that we can offer the full package from management and planning, to floristry and finishing touches.  Not only is our approach to weddings unique, but we also have our very own exclusive ‘Oaklands’ venue. .....This picturesque, exclusive setting boasts some exceptional attributes that will not only excite any bride and groom, but is certain to ‘Wow’ their guests.

Planning a wedding is a very special time, which should be great fun and personal to each couple.  At ‘Weddings by Sophie’ we believe in making the experience as fun and as stress-free as possible and above all aim to provide a wedding for you to treasure forever.

Tel: 07796 362349

  (Photography by Natalie Walton.  With thanks to Natalie & Stuart for the use of their images) 

Wednesday, 9 November 2016

DIARY of a CELEBRANT – November – ‘WEST CARLTON COUNTRY HOUSE’ for whatever your Wedding dream may be.....

Hi Everyone!
My goodness it's November already!  Oh and please don't mention the C-mas word. Well not yet anyway.  
So continuing our look at the very best Wedding (and don't forget other ULC Ceremonies) Venues in East Yorkshire, today's spotlight is very much on the beautiful West Carlton Country House, Aldborough. A place we Celebrants are very familiar with, having already had the pleasure of performing several Wedding Ceremonies in its lovely grounds.  We could be here all day extolling the virtues of this gorgeous Venue and it's amazing owners Tim & Caroline, but what better than to hear directly from them..... 
West Carlton Country Guest House

"The moment you catch a tantalising glimpse of West Carlton in the distance amongst the trees you know you have come to somewhere special. A Haven of peace and tranquillity in a lovely rural corner or Yorkshire known as "Holderness".
Built in the 1720's West Carlton is an impressive Georgian Manor House in 2 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens. Tim and Caroline Maltas have lived here since 1986 lovingly restoring what was previously the farmhouse on a 300acre farm into the elegant Country Guest House you see today. The house stands on its own surrounded by fields and because there is no light pollution the sunsets and starry skies in this part of the world are magnificent.

The grounds of this wonderful house provide a relaxing environment teeming with birds and wildlife. Pheasants strut across the lawn and the odd roe deer stops for a look at you. The bird life is amazing with tree sparrows, goldfinches, blue tits and Woodpeckers all being regular visitors to the numerous feeders dotted around the grounds. Three types of Owls. Barn ,Tawny and Little can often be heard calling to each other on still summer evenings.
The sheltered raised Italian garden is the perfect place to enjoy a glass of wine and completely unwind and recharge the batteries. There is no road noise so it is just you and the birds (and occasionally Henry the Spaniel and Woody the Golden Retriever our resident meeters and greeters!!)
Whether your visit to West Carlton is for business or pleasure you can be sure of the warmest of welcomes to this largely undiscovered corner of Yorkshire.

Whatever event you are planning for, West Carlton is a very special venue. We are experienced party planners and have held Christenings/ Golden Weddings/ Special Birthday Parties and every different type of wedding you can think of.

An event at West Carlton is just what you want it to be from the small and intimate to the large and lively. We can cater in the house for 32 guests seated formally in the dining room, and up to 70 for an informal buffet. The Weddings we have organised have either been smaller affairs in the house or for larger weddings the grounds of West Carlton come into their own with Marquees or Giant Tepees’. We have enough space to put whatever size marquee is required and whatever shape. We use a number of local marquee companies all will give helpful professional advice whatever the occasion.

We have contacts for caterers/cars/photographers/florists/cakes/balloons/ bands/ Celebrants etc this list is endless in fact whatever you require to make your special day perfect we will have a recommendation , We even know a company that can provide a Red London Bus!!.
We now have very posh toilets and have upgraded our electric supply so no hiring of Trailer loos or generators. We are also now fully licensed so can provide our craftsman built bar, stocked with the beers, wines and spirits of your choice, for no extra charge. Our professional bar staff are provided to look after your guests. All glassware for your tables is also provided free of charge. Our alcohol prices are very reasonable; think pub prices not hotel prices!!
Our packages for the weddings are very reasonably priced and the basic package includes the use of the house and grounds and all our en-suite rooms for 2 days. We can negotiate with all our suppliers to make the event as stress free as possible for you or you can do the negotiating yourself it is completely up to you.
Our license at West Carlton is until 1.00 am our location means we have no immediate neighbours to upset so our wonderful wedding venue is very relaxed and laid back with your guests partying on into the night. Afterwards if you have any extra guests that want to camp...we don’t mind that either!!  We have 6 acres of paddocks for the campers!! So you can see West Carlton is completely unique Party/Wedding venue in East Yorkshire. Each event is totally different and your day will be so much more special because of that.

So come and talk to us ,have a coffee and see what we have to offer we think you will be very surprised how reasonably priced a marquee wedding can be and it certainly won't be the same as any other venue in the area" !!
West Carlton Guest House
Carlton Road, Aldbrough
East Yorkshire HU11 4RB
Tel: 01964 527724
Mob: 07767 830868

See you in December, for more Venue recommendations....

Wendy & Howard x

Monday, 10 October 2016

DIARY of a CELEBRANT - October - 'BOUTIPI - Bringing Something Extraordinary to Your Occasion'

Happy Halloween Unique-lifers!

However, rather than 'blog' about *'spooky' Yorkshire venues, for your U.L.C. Ceremony (Wedding, Vow Renewal or Baby Naming), we thought you may be more interested in some rather 'unusual' venues or perhaps I should say.........'extraordinary' .

So for the next few months, we'd like to spotlight those venues that we can personally recommend, and in which we have had the privilege of working.  We can also vouch for the wonderful, hardworking, owners of each venue, who always go 'above and beyond' for their clients.

Our first extraordinary venue is BOUTIPI.  Not so much a place, but a wonderful idea to hold your Ceremony, and your party (reception) in afterwards.  Plus, the great thing about BOUTIPI Tipis is that they can be placed anywhere (provided permission from the land-owners is sought first, of course).

So what are BOUTIPI Tipi's?  Well let's allow this amazing company, to tell you their 'story'


"Our story all started with a desire to create a unique and magical day, for one of our founding BOUTIPI members, that first inspired the birth of BOUTIPI.  It was essential to find a venue that provided that 'fairy-tale' quality.  During our search we came across the stunning Scandinavian tipi's.

Whether you're celebrating a Wedding, birthday, running a corporate event or festival (or a ULC Vow Renewal or Baby Naming), tipi's bring something extraordinary to your occasion. Our BOUTIPI's provide a unique stage to any setting.  We have adorned many stunning venues, from country houses to polo clubs and racecourses.

Our enthusiasm in providing a first class service is unrivalled and we want to exceed expectations in everything we do. Team Boutipi are a family, literally, and we are devoted to producing superior service to each customer every time.

Alongside your Boutipi, we can provide all the magical extras from stylish furniture to complete decor. Whether it’s shabby chic, a modern minimalist twist or a complete bespoke theme, we cater to all requests. Our Boutipis are designed and made in Moskosel, Northern Sweden to the highest quality and can be custom-fit to meet the British polar winters and warm summer days."

Interested? Then check out BOUTIPI's website or simply contact them at the address below. We at U.L.C. feel sure that you, and your guests, will be as 'wowed' as we were!

01482 870154

Unit 1A, Grovehill Industrial Estate, Annie Reed Road, Beverley, East Yorkshire. HU17 0LF

Also find us on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram

Wendy & Howard x

*We can do 'spooky' too, if that's your preference!  Just ask us for some suggestions, we'll be happy to oblige :-)

Thursday, 22 September 2016


Hi everyone :-)

Apologies for missing the August Blog Post, but Howard and I have had a pretty 'scary time' these past few weeks, on account of Howard's ill health.  The good news is...I'm so happy to announce that he is now 'on the mend', but we are taking a year out from Ceremonies (2017) to give him the time and space to properly recover.

HOWEVER, 'Unique Life Ceremonies' is very much, still in business! To this end, we are now taking bookings for all Ceremonies taking place in 2018.  If we are as busy in 2018 as we were in 2016, it will prove to be a bumper year, so please BOOK EARLY, in order to ensure you have the date you want in 2018 or 2019.

Also, watch out for future Blog Posts which will continue through 2017.

Wendy & Howard x

Friday, 1 July 2016

DIARY of a CELEBRANT – July – ‘TIARA or NOT TIARA...that is the question’

Sorry about the terrible Shakespearian pun...just couldn’t resist...LoL
What brought this blog post ‘to mind’, was, we have performed many beautiful Wedding Ceremonies this year, and I have particularly noticed that the majority of our Brides have abandoned any form of headdress, apart from the traditional veil.  Sometimes, minus a veil too.

Of course, throughout history, Bridal Headdresses have been subject to the current ‘Fashion’ of the day.  But concentrating on more recent times, it’s interesting to see how the once popular ‘Tiara’ went from 'huge' to 'small' and has now virtually disappeared. For example....(courtesy of Katie Price aka 'Jordan')

So what replaced the Tiara...

I wonder what the next ‘big thing’ will be...

Or even........

 Or if you are very daring, how about these....

Hope you've enjoyed this wander through head fashions for Brides.  See you in August!


Wendy & Howard x

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

DIARY of a CELEBRANT – June 2016 – ‘COMMITMENT CEREMONIES’ you’ve been living together for “like, forever”.  You also know that you love each other, 'truly, madly, deeply', and intend this relationship to be a commitment for life.  However, you are also, quite sure, that a legally approved marriage, whether by Church or State, is not for you.

But (big ‘but’ here) perhaps one or both of you are beginning to think, it would be wonderful to be able to express your love and commitment in a Ceremony either privately or in front of family and friends.  Well, you can!

Your U.L.C. Celebrants would be delighted to craft and conduct a beautiful, memorable ‘Commitment Ceremony’ just for you.  It can be as moving, romantic, quirky or funny as you want it to be. Your Ceremony would reflect you, and only you, the wonderful and unique couple you are.

We Celebrants at U.L.C. have absolutely no objections, nor would pry into the reasons you don’t want to make your union ‘legal’.  We just love the fact that you want to celebrate your commitment to one another.

In fact, if you wish, your ‘Commitment Ceremony’ can flow along the same lines of a ‘Wedding Ceremony’; Attendants, aisles, vows, rings, flowers, readings, music, signing, and those ‘Special Elements’ that Celebrants are famous for – Handfasting, Unity Candles, Sand & Wine-Box Ceremonies. 

Plus, as with all Celebrant led Ceremonies, you can hold your Ceremony, literally *any place, any time.

So.... you are both liking this idea, of a ‘Commitment Ceremony’, but how to explain this plan to your family and friends.  Here’s what one of our lovely clients said to us...

“It did take some effort to get all our friends and family on board with the whole not-technically-a-wedding thing, but we felt good about making people think… Saying our vows to each other was the high point of the evening and, in many ways, the high point of our lives thus far. It was powerful and weepy and unforgettable, especially when you (ULC  Celebrant, Wendy) told everyone it was okay to applaud and ‘whoop’ if they were ‘moved’ to do so”

 So, go ahead, be brave, be different, be true to your beliefs, be true to your a ‘Commitment Ceremony’ with ‘Unique Life Ceremonies’ followed by a celebratory party.  When you ‘look back’, in the years to come, you’ll be pleased you did.

Wendy & Howard x

Sunday, 1 May 2016


Just as the ‘world of weddings’ is changing, from the pre-prescribed Ceremonies of the past to ‘if you can dream it, we can make it happen’ Celebrant Ceremonies, so too are the outward symbols of  marriage.

It’s no longer necessary for one or both of the couple to receive a precious metal ring/s.  Nor do they have to be ‘conventional’ rings.  Nowadays, more and more couples are choosing to have unusual designs such as the ‘skull rings’ below.

 Or how about something ‘sparkly’...after all, ‘Diamonds are a girl’s (& boy’s).....B.F.F.’!

Of course you may not wish to wear a ring at all, perhaps for ‘safety at work’ reasons,  in which case, how about a ‘Ring Tattoo’?  You can have a traditional ring design tattooed on your fingers, or the date of your marriage, or a design that is ‘special’ to you.

And if none of these appeal to you, perhaps an engraved bracelet?

As experienced Celebrants, we at ‘Unique Life Ceremonies’ have incorporated all these ideas into our past Wedding Ceremonies.  We carefully craft the words so that the ‘gifts’ that are exchanged, and blessed, during the Ceremony become forever, sacred, outer symbols of our couples deepest commitment to one another. So what will you choose......?

Please join us again in June...with more 'Ceremony' news....

Wendy & Howard x