You’ve ticked all the biggies off your to-do list and can now turn your attention to adding a few little treats for your guests. Here are a few of our favourite ideas…
Planning a winter wedding and worried that the church may be a little chilly? Keep your guests cosy by leaving these hand warmers on the pews.
If your venue only allows real flower confetti, then having a little helper hand out small bags of dried petals will allow everyone to participate in this traditional, very fun, moment.
If you’ve ever spent a night trying to dance in four inch heels, you’ll know just how welcome a sight a basket of dancing shoes will be. A little thoughtful touch that the girls will really appreciate.
During the Champagne reception is a great time to sneak in a little surprise for your guests, to keep them entertained while you have your photos taken. Ice-cream carts and frozen margaritas always go down a storm.
According to etiquette authority, Debrett’s it is crucial that space is allocated for hats at weddings. While we like to break the rules and bend tradition, we do agree that a hat table, or hat hooks, will not only be appreciated by guests but is also a great talking point. And where else would Uncle Fred be able to find himself that big purple number after one too many glasses of Champagnes?
Keep kids entertained during the speeches with puzzles, games and colouring books. Sweets can also be a great way of distracting them, but watch out for the ensuing sugar rush.
These wedding favour badges are a great ice-breaker, and will get the chat flowing during dinner. A Team Bride vs Team Groom dance off isn’t obligatory, but we’d love to see it!
Feeling inspired? We’d love to hear how you plan to give your guests a day to remember.
Gents A/W Style
Autumn’s chilly, sometimes damp, orange-leafed hand has well and truly taken grip here in Scotland. With winter quickly approaching, we’re eyeing up our wardrobe and wondering how it will cope. Well chaps, here are some must haves for your closet and some great pieces that could stylishly be added to your wedding outfit, to keep you toasty this autumn/winter.
These Peter Werth Bloom Boots are incredibly on trend and easily pair up with a dark grey suit, keeping you sharp and toasty on your wedding day. They’ll also go brilliantly with a vast choice of casual wear like these Farah Vintage Checked Chinos (found at Asos), Ralph Lauren denim shirt and this fantastic Topman’s Neppy Jacket. Whether strolling through a crisp Central Park or, slightly soggy, Kelvingrove, you’ll look the part.
This one might be a bit Marmite. But if you’re the type of chap that can pull it off, then you owe it to yourself to wear this Alexander McQueen wool suit (available at Mr Porter). It’s one hell of a statement piece and will no doubt make your wife-to-be green with envy for owning a cut of McQueen’s cloth. Pair it up with a manly beard, some sailor tattoos and a pair of these Hudson Bloomfield Mustard Brogue boots to make an even more kick ass outfit (these will also go great with a blue or brown hue hunting tartan, should you be donning this great land’s traditional wear).
Like to get around on two wheels? Then these jeans from Rapha are for you. With a detailed inside right leg, for when you’re rolled up to prevent those unsightly bike chain grease marks, you’ll roll along in style. Even more so when you’re sporting Vans‘ OTW Howell shoes. We love that Vans has decided to grow up with us all and release this collection of smart yet decidedly cool kicks. Throw this Selected Trench Coat over your favourite plain fitted v-neck tee and you’ll be one hip-looking-ster.
These are just few looks that can be put together from this season’s immense selection of double-take inducing clothing. What are your favourite looks and trends for this A/W? Chip in down below!
Photographed by Blue Sky Photography
at St Andrews Cathedral, Dundee & Rufflets Hotel
What began as a holiday romance, culminated in a celebration that was classically elegant, with a modern twist. A magical, enchanting day and proof that love at first sight can, and does, happen.
LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT OR GRADUAL ATTRACTION?
Love at first sight – in Gran Canaria! I was on a “girls” holiday and Jordan a “boys” holiday. We met in an Irish pub and clicked straight away!
HOW WAS THE QUESTIONS POPPED?
In front of 2000 people on stage at a Jimmy Carr gig in The Caird Hall, Dundee!!
SOMETHING OLD, SOMETHING NEW, SOMETHING BORROWED, SOMETHING BLUE?
My mum surprised me by getting the ring my Gran had left her, restyled and shaped to fit me. It is a beautiful diamond and sapphire ring and this acted as my old, new, borrowed and blue. It was so special to wear on my wedding day.
ANY UNEXPECTED MOMENTS?
After the meal, Niels (from Blue Sky Photography) suggested we do more shots. He pointed to the field across from the hotel. I was immediately up for this , the sun was beginning to go down and the sky looked beautiful. So Niels went off to the hotel reception and returned with a pair of green wellies (4 sizes to big). I popped them on and off we went.
Some of my favourite moments from the day were during this time – it was surreal and quite magical and the shots turned out great!
HONEYMOON OR MINI-MOON?
We opted for a lovely mini-moon in the romantic city of Paris. We had visited a few years back and couldn’t wait to return. As we have a young daughter, we couldn’t imagine being away from her for more than a few days but also felt that after all the wedding chaos some time away as a newly married couple was required.
DID YOU EMBRACE OR DITCH TRADITION?
We fully embraced the tradition of the day – the only exception to this was our collective free-style first dance to Rihanna’s “We fell in Love” -suitably named for this blog! It was amazing and such good fun to see all our wedding party really go for it.
We love the story behind how Joanne & Jordan met and the soft, romantic feel to their beautiful big day. What’s your favourite part?
Ceremony venue – St Andrews Cathedral, Dundee
Reception venue – Rufflets Country House Hotel, St Andrews
Photographer – Blue Sky Photography
Filmmaker – Cherry Tree Films
Wedding dress – Nora by Maggie Sottero from Emma Roy
Shoes – Dune
Groom’s outfit – McCall’s of Broughty Ferry – Platinum Pride of Scotland tartan
Bridesmaids’ dresses – Dessy Collection from Suelise Bridal Collection
Make-up Artist – Karen Bowen
Florist – Planet Flowers
Cake – Sienna Sparkle by Special Days
Band – The Strides, booked via Music for Scotland
Additional musicians & entertainment – Select Strings, St Andrews Pipe Band, John Harrower – magician, Dundee University Choir.
Wedding transport – Chauffeurs of Carnoustie
Images copyright of Blue Sky Photography
Despite his ‘official’ drink of Martini, you’ll find Bond quaffing a fair few glasses of fizz. As the Skyfall season is in full-swing, we’re wondering if you know your Brut from your demi-sec, and what Champagne is top choice for your wedding celebrations…
Tattinger gets the Bond seal of approval as it’s his drink of choice in one of the romantic dinner scenes in Casino Royale. It’s known for being fresh and fruity and quite a dry Champagne.
Bollinger has also featured in a fair few Bond films over the years, starting with Roger Moore. Its Champagne has a lot more Pinot Noir than other labels, and is extra-aged, which makes it a strong, structured Champagne.
Or Moet & Chandon – this is a hugely popular, world-leader in the Champagne houses. An elegant colour, sparkling bouquet with a generous palate – beautiful served chilled with canapes or strawberries
Veuve Cliquot is the gorgeous orange label so often associated with celebrations. We love the sweet taste of this champagne. It has a bit more Chardonnay in its mix, so is quite rich and golden in colour. If you close your eyes you can probably taste vanilla and fruit.
The essence of Pommery is lively, fresh with finesse – a more balanced mix of 35% Chardonnay, 35% Pinot Noir and 30% Pinot Meunier. The fashion-conscious will probably be aware that Pommery POP is the Champagne to be sipping through a straw at your favourite nightspot. The distinctive blue glass should help everybody to know exactly what you are drinking!
And, just so you can impress your friends and relatives, here are a few definitions to help you weave your way through the champagne cocktail hour:
The word Brut when used to describe Champagne means dry; Sec covers anything medium dry to medium sweet and Rich or Doux refers to a champagne that’s sweet to very sweet. And don’t forget – when opening that special bottle, twist the bottle not the cork.
There’s something seriously special about indulging in a glass or two of champagne – don’t you think?
Photographed by Soraya Photography
at St Columba’s Church & Stornoway Town Hall
Isle of Lewis-Scotland
From missing wedding favours to a dog gate-crashing the ceremony, not quite everything ran smoothly on this big day. But Helen & David took it all in their stride and had a romantic island wedding that will be remembered for all the right reasons.
WHO SAW WHO FIRST?
David and I had known each other through friends for years before we ‘met’ …we were both living between Stornoway and Glasgow with work and university, but I properly met him when we both moved back to Stornoway in 2008 and he turned up to fix my computer at work! Not exactly romantic, but it worked!
WE WERE INSPIRED BY…
Getting married! I love all the lovely and beautiful vintage type weddings you see in magazines, but it turned out that wedding planning didn’t fit very well with everything else we had going on – we had just bought a house together and I was more worried about rewiring than table settings! But I think that actually helped. I became less worried about the little things – we had a beautiful church and reception venue, fantastic caterers, picked bands with a huge variety of music we love, and invited as many of our family and friends we could – everything else was just happy extras.
HOW DID YOU PERSONALISE YOUR WEDDING DAY?
Our whole day was pretty simple and easy going – personalising was just having so many people we know involved. The weeks up to our wedding involved a friend of my father’s working tirelessly to alter my wedding dress, my colleague Mairi making delicate chiffon cover-ups for the bridesmaids …she even drove my father and I to the church on the day!
FIRST DANCE – CHOREOGRAPHED ROUTINE OR SEDATE SHUFFLE?
David and I were out for dinner one night and this song popped into our heads that we thought was perfect – Yoshimi by the Flaming Lips. Our fantastically talented friend William Campbell sang and played acoustic guitar and segued it beautifully into Love Me Tender which we felt was a more recognisable tune for the rest of the family to join us on the dancefloor.
WHAT IS YOUR ADVICE FOR FUTURE BRIDES?
Don’t panic! If you get an idea in your head it can be hard to relax or be flexible if you find it’s not achievable. One personal touch I wanted for the day was our favours – photos taken by friends and family of places we love in the islands, beautiful beaches and views – and they didn’t turn up. But what can you do? I managed to amaze myself by not even flinching – these things happen. The most important part of the day, corny as it sounds, is getting to say your vows to your other half – and even then, a dog managed to gatecrash the wedding and run down the aisle mid-way through our service! But it just all added to the fun of the day.
Oh and definitely get a photographer – I had hoped to just ask one of my very capable friends, but it takes so much know-how and patience to get the photos that really capture what the day was like and our photographer, Margaret was brilliant. We barely knew she was there some of the time, yet the pictures she captured are just so perfect and will help me remember all the wonderful things about the day.
WHAT WAS THE ONE THING YOU’LL NEVER FORGET ABOUT YOUR BIG DAY?
David can be a bit shy about public speaking and was so nervous about giving his speech, but as soon as he started speaking he had the whole room laughing and hanging onto every word – he was brilliant, and I was so happy everyone was seeing just how great my new hubby is.
We love this romantic wedding setting. Tempted to have a Scottish island celebration of your own?
Ceremony venue – St Columba’s Church, Stornoway
Reception venue – Stornoway Town Hall
Photographer – Soraya Photography
Wedding dress – Benjamin Roberts at Wedding Daze
Accessories – David’s grandmother’s platinum and pearl bracelet
Shoes – Irregular Choice
Bridesmaids’ dresses – Coast
Hair Stylist – Emma at Tangles
Make-up Artist – Joanne at Beautilicious
Groom’s outfit – Celtic Clothing
Stationery – “Our invite (pictured, second image from top) was created with a photograph by our friend, Lauren Maitland. It was an engagement present hand made in Harris Tweed by a friend of a friend, and the photo is taken at Dalmore beach, where David and I would go for walks and to watch the amazing sunsets – using the photo was probably the only kind of ‘theme’ or romantic-type thing we did!”
Cake – Jane at Eoropie Tea Rooms
Caterer – King Boar
Musician – William Campbell
Images copyright of Soraya Photography
A Velvet Revival
As winter approaches, the fabric of the season is velvet. It’s been seen on the catwalk, from Ralph Lauren’s velvet suit through to Gucci’s floor-sweeping dresses. Here are some ideas for how you can embrace velvet this season…
Think wedding dresses with a touch of velvet. Those that have caught our eye are (top-bottom; left-right): Vera Wang “Eliza” & “Ethel”; Claire Pettibone “Provence”; Caroline Castigliano “Beauty” and Stewart Parvin “Put Yourself in my Place”
Or how about the stunning celtic-inspired wedding dresses from Lindsay Fleming? “Ros” featured here has a boned and fitted red velvet bodice – lush!
And we are swooning a lot over this sumptuous velvet cloak with ostrich feathers from Joyce Young.
For some velvet on your shoes, you could also introduce some colour. We love Christian Louboutin’s and Jimmy Choos’ velvet sandals and for the real ‘wow’ factor Chanel’s red velvet shoes fit for a queen. Christian Louboutin’s velvet trainers are a treat for the boys and Nine West’s burgandy shoes are perfect for winter weddings.
If you’re attending a wedding, or a Christmas party night, here are some outfits for the season. We’ve spotted this black velvet evening dress from Hobbs, which would look great on the arm of Lavin’s Velvet DJ. Or to show off those heels, how about Adrianna Papell or LK Bennet? And for the ubiquitous little black jacket, we like these from Coast and Next.
We love the recent revival in velvet. What trends are you following as winter approaches?…
Photographed by First Light Weddings
at Surgeons’ Hall
A proposal on a blustery day atop Edinburgh’s Calton Hill, followed by a winter wedding in the heart of the city makes for the perfect love story. And there could be no better season for Mr and Mrs Yule to tie the knot…
Love at first sight, or gradual attraction?
We first met at Freshers’ Week at university in late summer 1996 – with the wedding not being until December 2011, I think you have to class that as gradual attraction!
How was the question popped?
We were both back in Scotland (on holiday from the UAE, where we both live) in August 2010. Andrew booked a night for us at the Glasshouse Hotel. After we checked in we went for a walk up a blustery Carlton Hill. Andrew forced/persuaded me to climb the folly at the top – and that is when he went down on one knee and proposed.
Any unexpected moments?
Andrew managed to leave the wedding licence in the pub before the ceremony – either that or he invented the scenario as an excuse to nip back over there to get a final drink as a free man.
Best compliment on your wedding?
We were really pleased that many folk commented that the ceremony, which we wrote ourselves and during which many friends and family gave readings, was very personal.
Heritage Portfolio commented that it was the most social wedding that they had ever catered for with lots of people mingling and getting on well (proving a bit difficult to get everyone back in their seats when the food was ready to be served!).
Close your eyes and think of your wedding day… now – describe it in three words…
Andrew: Real – emotional – happiness
Sarah: Happiest- heartfelt – amazing
Although we live abroad, it is definitely home to us.
The styling of Sarah and Andrew’s winter wedding is just gorgeous. If you’re planning a winter wedding for this year, we’d love to hear your ideas…
Venue – Surgeons’ Hall, Edinburgh
Photographer – First Light Weddings
Wedding dress – from Kavelle
Wedding shoes – Christian Louboutin
Groom’s outfit – 21st Century Kilts
Make-up Artist & Hair Stylist – Preen
Bridesmaid’s Dresses – Dessy
Florist – Planet Flowers
Caterers – Heritage Portfolio
Band – The Ceilidh Experience
Images copyright of First Light Weddings
For classic wedding style that exudes timelessness, think crisp whites, contrasted with dark colours, and team with elegant design and fonts.