Friday Loves

OK so we’ve passed Blue Monday and now 2017 is only going to grow from strength to strength – yes? This week we’re sharing competitions we’ve spotted; guest blogger excitement, wedding news and even some earlybird Valentine’s pressies. You’re welcome.

January Competitions Scotland

Competition Wins
Anyone else still feeling in need for a bit of a January pick-up? We have spotted a few competitions this week that we reckon might be worth a wee entry (but shh don’t tell everyone or they’ll all enter).
To celebrate the 10th anniversary (how is that possible?) of JK Rowling completing Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows in room 552, the Balmoral Hotel are offering one lucky winner the most amazing 2 night stay including breakfast, Afternoon Tea at Palm Court, dinner at Hadrian’s Brasserie, a spa treatment, an owl (mascot not real!) and tickets for the Edinburgh Potter trail tour. This is quite literally a magical prize. Pop on over to their Facebook page to enter and if you win, remember you need to take a friend…
Or how about some gin? (always a good idea). Edinburgh Gin are offering you the chance to win a bottle. It’s easy you just have to get your entries in by the end of the month. And if you win share it with your favourites…
And for film buffs what could be better than winning tickets to the the opening Gala of the Glasgow Film Festival? We have already clocked the David Tennant film which sounds superb…

Guest Bloggers

Bring on the Bloggers
Did you spot our new ace expert Blogger Team? We have been overwhelmed by the excitement level as these gals take to our humble little blogging stage. Seriously their stories, ideas and sheer talent are going to rock your worlds. First up, this week is the uber-creative Gemma from Planet Flowers. Trust us, you are not going to want to miss this…


Venue Hunting
Newly engaged, or newly energised to progress your wedding plans? If you’re still on the hunt for the perfect space to hold your wedding then why not pop along to two of Edinburgh’s most special and unique wedding venues?
Both Mansfield Traquair and The Signet Library are throwing their doors open this Sunday, 22nd January to brides and grooms who are after their perfect wedding venue. Spots to visit for sure.

Valentines Gift Ideas

Lastly we have already spied some top-notch Valentines’ Gifts (check us!). L-R we are swooning over these Klippan Yllefabrik throws, available from one of our favourite Scandi shops Spektakulär (remember winter is all about snuggles).
And how cute are these snack pots from Paperchase (perfect for maximising yummy snacks)?
Or you could book in for a Drive Through Movie through Itison (it’s the stuff top dates are made of!)
Let the weekend begin… Alie x
Got something you’d love to share with us? Email to tell us all about it.

WFIL guest bloggers

DIY Decor


This month Shiona is sharing her ideas on DIY decor. We are already loving her bright lemons and oranges, tying in with her mediterranean theme, so we are eager to follow her into her wedding styling world. The question is to be truly DIY, or to enlist help…

lemon as wedding colour

“It wasn’t a top priority when I began the wedding planning journey, but now we are counting down the months my mind has turned to decorations and making our wedding pop and zing.
As you know the theme is a Mediterranean mix of oranges and lemons, and so those will be heavily featured in the room. My question initially was fake or real fruit and how to display them? Would fruit alone look a bit odd without flowers?
I’ve looked at glass bowls, large vases and plinths. I’ve cut fruits up so you see the flesh, and kept them whole. I’ve mixed the colours and kept them separate. There are so many options, which ultimately makes it more difficult to decide on what to do!
My reception venue St Andrews in the Square has lofty ceilings and my reservation with fish bowls filled with fruit is that they might not be tall enough…

DIY wedding decor
DIY wedding flowers

We want our wedding reception to show off our personal style and make a statement and I guess the one way to do that is have amazing centerpieces. After all, they’re one of the first things guests will notice when they walk into the room! I think I’ve decided that I’ll have to take a bowl of fruit to the venue and see if it works.
I then decided to take a trip to Country Baskets in Roystonhill (off the M8) and see what they have to offer and this is where my mind was totally changed! Girls, if you are in Glasgow and you need wedding décor inspo, look no further! They have everything from jewels and scatter petals, fake bouquets to floral canapes, candelabras to electric flickering flames and a full aisle set up so you can see how your sashes and colour themes work together. I loved it!
When I was there I saw some artificial ranunculus spray flowers in a bold orange – I thought maybe bunches of those could look great next to the fruit or in the same vase. If they are fake then I don’t need to worry about water, which is a big advantage when you want things to last and not to wilt.
I also saw some beautiful bouquets. Now I’m not sure whether or not to stick to fresh ones for myself and the bridesmaids. Real flowers are obviously lovely, but I’m not sure if you’d really know the difference? These fakes are definitely contenders and they are so cheap in comparison! I will need to go back and really look at them with the girls and see what they think but I am sold. As you can see in the pictures, you can literally choose any flowers you want and make your own bouquets and centerpieces the way you want. Some of the rose bundles are gorgeous, and look super authentic. They also do lots of foliage, which made me think I’d like to get some trailing ivy for the aisle at the chapel and also for round the base of the fruit bowls.
So although I haven’t decided whether or not to go for DIY décor, it’s a real consideration. My mind now turns to time and stress factors. I don’t want to have lots to do on the run-up to the wedding, and I’ll need to ask the venue how much they will help in terms of set up. Let me know what you think, I could really use a hand!”
Loving these ideas. Anyone got any advice for Shiona on DIY tactics and how much to embrace, or delegate? Alie x
Shiona & Michael are getting married at Glasgow University Chapel, followed by St Andrews in The Square, Glasgow. Think Oranges and Lemons and a whole lot of city chic…