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Jervaulx Abbey Venue Review

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Jervaulx Abbey is a wedding venue with a difference – not least because it’s completely open air!

If you’re looking for a beautiful place to hold a marquee or tipi wedding, then this might be the one for you.

I met with Gayle from Where the Ribbon Ends a few weeks back at the Jervaulx Abbey tearooms where her business is based.  We talked everything cake related (you can read the cake blog here.) While I was there she gave me a guided tour of the Abbey which also belongs to their family.

 

 

 

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The History

The Abbey dates back to 1156 but has been privately owned by the Burdon family since 1971.  The Abbey was almost destroyed during Henry VIII’s Dissolution of the Monasteries.  The last abbot of Jervaulx Abbey, Adam Sedbergh was imprisoned in the Tower of London.

The family worked with English heritage in the 1980’s to restore and conserve the remains of the Abbey. The family now rely on donations in their honesty box to maintain the Abbey and the grounds.  So if you go to visit, don’t forget to leave a donation.

 

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The Wedding Info

The Abbey isn’t licenced for weddings as the Abbey grounds are all open air.   Weddings in the UK can only be held within a permanent roofed structure.

You can however, have a blessing on one of the pretty lawn areas within the Abbey ruins overlooking the old Chapter House and Cloisters.  As this is outdoors, many couples arrange to have a stretch tent on standby.  This can then be erected over the lawn if it rains.

The neighbouring tea rooms, which are owned by the family, are licenced for weddings though.  So you could get married in there and then have your reception across the road in the Abbey grounds.

Alternatively you could have a registry office wedding at some point before your blessing and reception.

The booking is basically ‘Land Only’  so you need to bring in your own suppliers, although the family can recommend suppliers for you.

You can arrange to have a marquee, tipi or yurt on the neighbouring park land for your reception and evening celebration.   This makes a beautiful setting for your wedding party.

And obviously Gayle is on site to make you an awesome wedding cake!

 

Marquee Wedding Venue - Jervaulx Abbey

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The Setting

The Abbey ruins are really peaceful and tranquil.  There’s something soothing and calming about them.  It’s also a really pretty space with wild flowers growing amongst the stone.

I think it’s a very relaxed, natural environment, partly because there’s no ticket office, very few signs and they don’t have guided tours everywhere.    You can just wander around at your own pace and enjoy the parkland around the Abbey too.

You can see and read more here about the Abbey.   I really think this is a great choice if you want something different for your wedding.

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With this type of wedding, you can design it how you like.  But remember, you need many more suppliers to bring together a marquee or tipi wedding and this is when us planners are worth our weight in gold.

Trying to manage all those suppliers in the run up and on the day of your wedding is a serious challenge. Hiring a planner to do that for you means you can sit back and relax on your big day.  Marquee and tipi weddings are my absolute favourites so do get in touch if you’d like to talk about how I can help you with this, I’d love to hear from you.

Louise

Louise Wearmouth, Founder of Your Fabulous Wedding