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Your wedding is probably the most important day in your life. You want everything to be perfect. That is why finding the perfect venue is the most significant aspect to planning your wedding. It is an exciting part of wedding planning, but choosing a great venue is also one of the things that take a considerable amount of time. You need to consider many things before deciding on which location to choose. First, you need to locate the wedding venues available in your area, you need to check if it is available on your wedding date and you need to visit the venue. Before choosing a venue you need to consider the following:

1.) What kind of ceremony you will be having. You need to decide where you want to get married. If you are planning to have a church wedding you need to find a venue within a reasonable distance from the church where you plan to get married. If you are planning on having the ceremony at the venue where your reception will be then you will have to meet with the wedding co-ordinator to discuss your arrangements.

2.) The number of guests you plan on inviting. This is important because you need to choose a location that can comfortably hold all your guests. You need to check the venue’s maximum dining capacity. You want your guests to be able to enjoy themselves and sit comfortably during the ceremony and the reception.

3.) You need to consider the location. If it is an out of town wedding or in a remote location where your guests will be travelling from different parts of the country, you need to make certain arrangements to make sure they do not get lost.

4.) Check if the venue has a wedding co-ordinator. This can make your wedding planning easier. They may be able to recommend good suppliers and they are the ones who know what works best with the venue’s layout.

5.) You also need to check if the venue has an in-house caterer or if you need to hire caterers. You need to be able to find a caterer that is familiar with the site. You also need to check with the management if there are added to costs for the catering tents or equipment.

6.) Check the venues amenities like parking, toilets, access and even their staff. Check if there is parking at the location since you need to inform your guests if the parking happens to be restricted so they will know in advance if they need a taxi etc. If parking is restricted it is advisable that you should provide transport for your guests.

7.) Lastly, make sure you ask what you can and cannot do at the wedding venue. There may be activities that they do not allow or that they charge extra for. You do not want to be stuck paying for a very expensive bill that you would have otherwise avoided had you asked the necessary questions.

So, one year on, is there any difference in your views on what the most effective advertising is for your wedding business? Lets see what this year’s results are!

Wedding Magazines 1.15%

Newspaper Advertisements 0%

wedding directories 8.05%

Word of Mouth 19.54%

Features on Blogs 8.05%

Your Website 21.84%

Discussion Forums/Chat Rooms 5.75%

Flyers/Business Cards 2.3%

Wedding Fairs 13.79%

Recommended Supplier lists 4.6%

Facebook 11.49%

Twitter 2.3%

Bebo 0%

pay per click 1.15%

google adverts 0%

Other: 0%

As you will see, the most popular advertising option is ‘website’. In second place is ‘word of mouth’ with ‘wedding fairs’ in third.

It seems the least expensive, or zero cost, options are the most successful for you.

Facebook, blogs and directories have seen a wee increase on last year whilst we suspect some wedding businesses have yet to try Twitter (you should, its very effective!)

Any surprises? Any comments, please post them below!

Last year we asked wedding suppliers to let us know what types of advertising they found most effective and to comment further to let us know what does and what doesn’t work for you.

One year later, we are asking the same question, to see what’s changed in one year.

Please take part!

Scotland has long been a very popular holiday destination for tourists from around the world. And now it has a growing reputation as a favourite destination to tie the knot.

Here are some of the reasons:-

1 There are no residency requirements. So wherever you and your fiance come from, you can get married in Scotland. You don’t have to live here. You don’t need UK citizenship. All you have to do is complete the necessary legal formalities and you can marry within 24 hours of arriving here.

2 You can get married anywhere!! On a beach, in a castle such as Stirling Castle, up a mountain, in a hotel such as Duck Bay Hotel, by a loch such as our very own Loch Lomond… your choices are limitless.

3 You can have either a civil or a religious ceremony. The civil ceremony does have to be licensed by the local authority. But there are now so many venues licensed for civil ceremonies that you should have little difficulty finding somewhere.

4 A religious ceremony, conducted by a minister can be held anywhere – boats, beaches, hotels etc. Willing and adventurous ministers can always be found, like our very own Reverend Miller!

5 Ceremonies can even be conducted by non-religious celebrants, including certain officers of the Humanist Society.

6 The choice of venues is staggering. From modern Glasgow to historic Edinburgh; from the rugged, breathtaking beauty of the Highlands to the tranquil Loch Lomond; from istunning castle to the small village church, Scotland has it all.

7 You can fly into Glasgow, Prestwick, Edinburgh, Aberdeen or Inverness airports and be close to your wedding venue from the start.

8 So many people around the world have Scottish ancestry and love to search out their roots.

9 What better clothes to wear at your ceremony than the kilt, made especially for you in your own tartan. Why not contact Totally Tartan Kiltmakers to help?

10 And what better accompaniment as the bride enters the wedding venue than a Highland wedding tune played on bagpipes!

These are just some reasons to get married in Scotland, and if looking for a particular location, why not consider having your wedding at Loch Lomond?

In a perfect world, all bride and grooms would have a blissful, stress-free wedding with a remote to control the weather, among other things. But even with all of the planning leading up to that special day, the reality is that some things are just out of our control. Not to worry—with the right attitude and some preparation, your day will be bright and shiny no matter what the forecast. Consider these wedding decorations ideas and tips for the winter wedding of your dreams. 

Rain or Shine

Whether you chose the wintertime because you’ve always envisioned a snowy white wedding or you’re hoping to save money in the “off season,” don’t let the weather stop you from creating a winter wonderland. The weather is something that every bride thinks about no matter when or where the wedding will take place. Summer and autumn brides worry about the day being too warm, while winter and spring brides are easily put off by just the thought of rain or snow. The fact of the matter is that Mother Nature is stubborn and unpredictable, so you really should plan for all forecasts and have a backup plan for any outdoor affair. Especially for guests who are travelling, consider advising guests to dress warm and prepare for any bad weather. 

The Venue

Picking an indoor venue can eliminate a lot of unnecessary worry about the weather, but keep in mind that winter weather can impact travel time significantly. Keeping to a schedule is important for a smoothly flowing wedding, but remember to have an attitude of flexibility and just go with the flow no matter what the conditions. This is your day to shine, so enjoy being surrounded by loved ones and remember to laugh if anything goes awry. 

If you haven’t decided on a venue yet, consider those with an indoor option in case the weather decides not to cooperate. But if you’re like many brides, you may have your heart set on an outdoor ceremony or reception area, which could be risky if your wedding date is during the winter season. You don’t have to assume the worst, but prepare a backup plan in case the park with the pretty view turns into a muddy field. Having umbrellas that complement your wedding decorations are an increasingly popular choice that add fun and excitement to your day (not to mention that they look amazing in photographs). 

The Wedding Decorations

When choosing the right wedding decorations to complement your winter celebrations, keep in mind all of your favorite memories that make you adore the season so much. The snow falling, the crackling fireplace, ice skating and sledding, hot chocolate, snowball fights —these are all things that make winter so delightful, so incorporating them into your wedding accessories and theme will warm the hearts of all. 

Snowflakes are one of my all-time favorite winter wedding decorations because of how it draws on the uniqueness of your love just like a one-of-a-kind snowflake. You can be well-assured that snowflakes will be loved by all, so play up this theme with snowflake tea light holders scattered throughout your venue. You can even send your guests home with snowflake themed wedding favours or mini snow globes. You can use Christmas Tree Baubles as centrepieces or even just mini Christmas trees.

Staying Positive

No matter what weather your big day brings, keep in mind that if it’s just the ceremony that gets a little rain or snow, you will likely end up with the most gorgeous and memorable wedding for you and your guests. Not only will the lighting be perfect for your photographer, but you’re sure to end up with some of the most unique and beautiful wedding photographs that you will cherish forever. There’s just something about being caught in the rain or snow that takes reminds us of being kids again, so keep a smile on your face and enjoy the wonders and beauty of nature on your winter wedding day.

A Blue Themed Wedding

Your Wedding at Loch Lomond are absolutely delighted to have been shortlisted for an ‘Incredible Wedding Supplier’ award within the category of ‘Most Supportive Wedding Supplier’.

Many thanks to all who nominated us. In order to become a finalist, we require you to keep voting for us, and you can do so here: http://www.icethecake.co.uk/Awards/supportive/semifinalistsupportive1