With the whole wedding and blog world mad for vintage, I was sure that brides-to-be would love to hear about the vintage style wedding package offered by The Black Swan in Yorkshire.  The Black Swan is an old coaching inn set in the bustling marketplace of Helmsley, a pretty Yorkshire town.  Having married a Yorkshire boy this is one part of the country I’ve got to know, and Helmsley is lovely.

If you are wanting a quintessential English wedding, with some of that old-fashioned glamour of vintage teacups, dainty plates and silver cake stands, then The Black Swan offers all that.  You can sip on Bramley Apple Pimms, nibble on canapes of mini Yorkshire puddings filled with roast beef and horseradish, and then sit down to an afternoon tea of smoked salmon finger sandwiches, pork pies or even mini fish and chips.  This is finished off with a selection of mini pastries, homemade cakes, and scones and jam.

You can choose from a selection of reception rooms depending on your taste – there is the cosy Tudor Lounge with an inglenook fireplace and oak beams, or the Garden Room overlooking the walled garden.  They even have their own tea blend, exclusively made for them, and last year the tearooms were awarded ‘Top Tea Place’ by the Tea Guild.

For more details visit their website


Hilary Campbell on 5. July, 2011

Lovely pics 🙂 I do wonder with the vintage tea weddings – how appealling is this for the men? Do men really want this?! Just ask as it would seem to be more of a female interest. I love it all, but the thought about the men popped into my head!!

mark on 5. July, 2011

Do I as a man love tea? yes, yes I do. Do I love Scones and cake? You don’t even need to ask. I even appreciate the craft of finely produced vintage crockery. Just go easy on the pink and I’m in heaven.

Jo on 9. July, 2011

We are getting married at the Black Swan and having the vintage tea party package…We can’t wait and my hubby likes the vintage tea party idea not just cos he wants to please his bride but because our home is filled with country bits and bobs and vintage bits so he’s used to it….Its a matter of taste, some want a large hall full of people and a long buffet with samosa’s and crisps while others want second hand china! And yes, too much pink would be a bit much for us too.

CharlieB on 12. July, 2011

Hi Jo – lovely to hear from someone who is having a vintage afternoon tea at the Black Swan – I bet you are really excited. It’s great to hear men are not too fussed by the idea of an afternoon tea party, I mean after all there’s lots of cake and good things to eat! Like you we have lots of old-fashioned bits and pieces around our home, we eat everyday of Nick’s granny’s old crockery, and none of it is pink! Hopefully our wedding will show you can have an afternoon tea style party without there being lots of pink and roses and doillys 🙂

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