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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.

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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

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If you are planning a wedding in Scotland and/or are hoping to have a Scottish theme throughout your wedding, perhaps our latest collage will help inspire you!

Suppliers:

Dream Day Flowers
Totally Tartan Kiltmakers
Caledonian Piper
Beautifully Wrapped
CIA Photography
Duck Bay Hotel & Marina
The Shepherd’s House B&B
Carrs Loch Lomond
Dub Stitch
Your Wedding Consultant

http://www.yourweddingatlochlomond.co.uk
Loch Lomond’s FREE wedding directory

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Big Wow Weddings is THE online Scottish wedding directory to help you find the best wedding suppliers in Scotland.

Big Wow Weddings is now under new management and small changes are being made to the site over the coming months – images, categories etc. However, advertising rates will remain the same!

Whether you reside in the Highlands, in Loch Lomond, in Edinburgh or the Borders, you will find all you need within our directory to give your wedding the WOW factor.

At Big Wow Weddings our aims are simple….

* to offer brides an online one stop shop to plan the biggest Big Wow of a Wedding Day.
* to help make their planning experience stress free, enjoyable and memorable.

Our easily navigated online directory boasts the best of the best wedding suppliers and venues in Scotland. We’ve brought together a directory of Scottish suppliers that brides can only dream of accessing all in one place.

Planning a wedding should be one of the most enjoyable and memorable experiences of a lifetime….but we all know it can be one of the most stressful. Our online directory is run by individuals both experienced in the wedding industry and qualified in wedding & event management. Big Wow Weddings is designed to lend a calming, helping hand; to help make planning your big day a breeze.

Big Wow Weddings lists a wide variety of suppliers including venues, stationery designers, photographers, musicians etc. We also post details of upcoming wedding fairs and other wedding related events.

Coming soon!!! A special offers category – detailing current special offers and discounts our suppliers are offering.

Our aim is to offer the ultimate one stop shop in stress free planning….
…its that simple!

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You can plan most things for a wedding with a good degree of certainty but in the UK, and especially in Scotland, you can’t know in advance what the weather will do. Providing your wedding ceremony and reception venue are indoors the weather shouldn’t provide that many problems – but indoor photography can be restrictive and not representative of the day. No doubts about it – there are moments during the big day when you would like to be outside.

Natural light and the charm of your surroundings at that very special venue you hired – at great expense – will be important elements of your wedding photographs. If you have hired a venue in a Scottish castle with views out over mountains and sea or at a country house hotel with its beautifully manicured gardens then you will want to capture them in your photographs.

An experienced photographer will have a “Plan A” and a “Plan B” (bad weather). And (s)he’ll be prepared for both plans to go “out of the window”! Your photographer should have researched the location and know which locations to use in any weather.

On what is merely a grey, cloudy day a skilled wedding photographer will know how to make the best of the light. In fact for outdoor portraits this is the best sort of light – beautiful even light that’s kind to any face. Stormy skies add drama and a professional will know how to balance artificial light but retain that drama in the sky (just one more argument against leaving the job to friends and amateurs, but that’s another wedding photography story!) More problems present themselves when the rain starts to fall and the wind starts to blow, and for the bride, problems for her dress and hairdo in particular.
There are several options available to the wedding couple if the weather should turn against them and their wedding photographer’s best efforts.

One obvious strategy to insure against heavy rain and having to be photographed in interiors indistinguishable from a thousand others wedding venues is to choose a venue where exteriors protected by a high roof are available. Think pergolas, bandstands and canopied doorways. Photographers love doorways; the light falls off quickly and that beautiful soft light is back.

Indoors by a window is the next best thing. Window light makes for dramatic images – a large window with a wood panelled or stone wall and all sorts of possibilities open up. Photography is about light and this setting is wonderful.

In the absence of roofed exteriors it may make sense to have large white umbrellas on hand – I always carry several. Apart from protecting against the rain they diffuse the top light and reflect back the bottom light – soft light again! You may even want to bring your own umbrellas in other colours to match the bridesmaid’s dresses. Plenty of clips and pins for holding hair in place and battening down gowns won’t go amiss either. The wind can be used to our advantage too – with a bit of cover that natural wind machine can be useful!

The employment of umbrellas can dovetail nicely with another important strategy for wedding photograph success in inclement weather. That strategy is, in three words, “Go with it!” Embracing the conditions can not merely save the day – it may make the day. You can’t change the weather but you can change your attitude to it. A strong gale, a refreshing shower or even snow will make your wedding day a memorable one and add to the fun. I’ve seen the Bride arrive in “wellies” and it’s a great photograph. Who knows – perhaps that awful weather will forever be associated with happiness?

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StarWeds Wedding Organiser App for iPhone & Android

Enjoy the benefits of organising your wedding on your Android or iPhone. Search through our wedding suppliers anytime, anywhere or even find nearby suppliers wherever you are.

Organise your wedding through the convenience of your Android (2.2+) or iPhone. Get a point in the right direction to the very best suppliers for your wedding.

Search for StarWeds on the Android Market or the Apple App Store to download the StarWeds app for FREE.

Amazing features:
Find out what’s around
Source local wedding suppliers around your area. Perhaps finding your nearest florist or venue that’s convenient for you. You’d be surprised by what’s around!

Directions from your location
Find the way to your selected supplier by following the on-screen directions within the map. Organise your day by visiting supplier to supplier with peace of mind that you can find them easily.

Organise your wedding
Build up a list of your wedding suppliers to create your perfect wedding all in one convenient place. Bookmark your favourite suppliers so you can easily contact them. You can even attach notes to save quotes and appointments. There is a countdown timer to your big day, a to do list and a budget planner.

Call or Email
Contact a wedding supplier by phone or by email all through the convenience of your Android or iPhone device. The StarWeds app is the quick, easy and FREE way to source the very best suppliers.

Offers and Events
We have our own dedicated IT team working on the app, on a daily basis, which means that we will be bringing a lot of exciting and unique features which are not available elsewhere in the market place. We will be bringing you the very best offers and keeping you informed of events across Scotland. If you have any feedback or features you would like to see, then please don’t hesitate to contact us at contact@starweds.co.uk.

For more information, visit our website: http://www.starweds.co.uk/directory

Scottish suppliers – get listed & receive 10% discount

The StarWeds iPhone/Android Directory can widely expand your reach to potential clients. The smart phone industry is booming with millions of iPhone and Android users in the UK and this is rising at a staggering pace. To maximise your exposure, the StarWeds App is available FREE of charge to couples via the Apple App Store and Android Market.

We are the market leader of wedding apps in Scotland as no other wedding app offers the same amazing features on both Android and iPhone. This will maximise your business exposure to brides with smartphones for the best possible value.

It is only £29.99 per year to be listed on the app. For further information and to sign up please visit http://www.starweds.co.uk/advertise.

**DISCOUNT! Enter the promo code 8YKZM29L when you sign up to receive a 10% discount, so you will get a year’s listing for only £26.99.**

PLEASE QUOTE YOUR WEDDING AT LOCH LOMOND WHEN CONTACTING ANY OF OUR GUEST BLOGGERS!

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Research – check which suppliers will be exhibiting at the show, then have a look at their website to see what kind of products and services they can offer in advance. Most good shows will have a website with exhibitor details. Find our wedding show website at www.thelochlomondweddingshow.co.uk

Discounts – Many exhibitors offer a discount if you book at a show so take advantage and save a few pounds where you can.

Ask questions – If you don’t see a style that matches your vision, then ask the exhibitioner. Many simply can’t bring all of their samples to the show.

Take someone with you – so that you can get second opinions.

Be patient – if a particular stand is very busy but you know that you are keen to talk with them why not go for a coffee and come back when things are a little calmer. The venue for the Loch Lomond Wedding Show has a lovely restaurant overlooking Loch Lomond. Have a nice lunch or dinner, or simply a cup of tea, whilst admiring the view.

Arrange appointments – if you want a longer chat with an exhibitor, as them if you can make an appointment to see them in a quieter, less busy environment where you will have their full attention.

Be open to new ideas – you may see products or services that you had not even considered.

Wear Comfy Shoes – you could be doing a lot of walking and standing!

Directions – make sure you know where you are going! You can find directions to our Loch Lomond Wedding Show on our website!

Bring money! – You may get a discount if you book on the day and may be required to pay a deposit.

We hope to see you at the Loch Lomond Wedding Show on the 27th February 2011 at Duck Bay Marina. Entry is FREE!

However, if you find this a bit daunting and would much rather stay at home, then Your Wedding at Loch Lomond are collaborating with With Bells On and The Bridal Magazine to run an online wedding fair on the 5th March 2011. Plan your wedding from the comfort of your sofa!

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