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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!

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If you are planning a black and white themed wedding, then hopefully our collage will give you some inspiration! If not, however, do not hestitate to contact us for our supplier recommendations and ideas!

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Hopefully this collage will provide you with some ideas if you are thinking of a PINK themed wedding. When visiting any of the websites, and placing an order, dont forget to mention you found their details here!

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Tell us about Julie’s Candy Cart and how you got started.

Julie’s Candy Cart is a new business created by myself and my husband-to-be. It came about when we were looking for unusual and unique ideas for our own wedding. I googled “unusual wedding ideas” and up popped a Candy Cart. I made an enquiry and unfortunately the cart in question was in Essex. I searched for a cart in our area and at the time there were no search results. Candy buffets by the dozen but not a Candy Cart. My husband-to-be, being an engineer, offered to make a cart for our wedding day. That is when my little, white, Edwardian style candy cart was born.

I hire out the Candy Cart, not just for weddings but also for Christenings, Baby Showers, Birthday Parties, Engagements, Hen parties, Bridal showers, Anniversaries, Bar Mitzvahs, Proms, Christmas parties, New Years events, Corporate events and Charity events.  I carefully set it up and dress it according to the colour scheme or theme of the wedding or special occasion being attended.  I attach pretty organza bows and swags to the cart and tie ribbons to a choice of glassware, enamelware or sweetie jars, in which the sweets are displayed. Scoops, tongs and sweetie bags are also provided. There is a choice of different coloured canopy tops from, gold, silver and dark blue to candy stripe pink, bright harlequin and neutral wavy stripes. The type of sweets can be decided after a discussion with the clients. There are many varieties to choose from and I will try to source any special favourites. 

What makes you different from your competitors?

The wedding market is vast and the trends are changing all the time. The new trend is the candy buffet. There are considerably less companies who offer the candy buffet but displayed on an Edwardian type barrow. This is what makes “Julie’s Candy Cart” such an unusual and unique concept. It creates a stand-alone centre piece, a crowd pleaser and an eye catching display. It becomes part of the decoration of the wedding venue. It is the must have wedding item at any modern day wedding.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

I have enjoyed marketing the Candy Cart. I started by advertising with yourselves on YWALL and from that first day I have met so any people, some in person and others over social networking sites. Lots of friendships are forming from this “wedding supplier society” that I didn’t know existed.

Mostly though, I love advising brides-to-be about their choice of accessories and special packages for their special day. It’s great to see their faces when they see the Candy Cart set up and dressed with all its organza accessories and elegant glassware. It’s good to feel that I am helping someone to plan the fine detail of the most important day of their life.

 What have been your main achievements so far?

I only started marketing the business just before Christmas 2010 so it is early days for “Julie’s Candy Cart”.  So far I think my main achievement has been designing the cart and planning its “look”.  A completely homemade cart has is unique, designed and dressed by myself and made by my husband-to-be. Making its different coloured canopies, bows and swags, to achieve the right look, has been great fun. So far there are six different colour schemes and hopefully many more to come. To have enquiries coming in and bookings after only two months- who could ask for more?

If you were getting married this year, which current trends would you adopt?

Oh where do I start?….

 I will be getting married this year, in June.  We have opted for a quite untraditional wedding. As I explained earlier, the search for unique wedding ideas for our own wedding is what sparked the idea of the Candy Cart. So obviously we will have the candy cart at our wedding. It is already creating great excitement amongst family and friends.

We will have the gold cart, with my three tiered shabby chic cake stand as a centre piece, filled with colour coordinated cello wrapped sweets, tied with gold curling ribbon.   We will have the elegant glassware rather than the cream enamelware and we will have the standard sweetie package which includes all the old penny favourites of years gone by.  We will have gold organza bags and I will personalise them with little tags.

One trend we will adopt is purely because I am highly allergic to flowers. I will be having Swarovski crystal bouquets for myself and my matron of honour. I am creative but not creative enough to make them myself. I have however made my daughter a Swarovski magic wand and a tiara to match. The wedding party and close family will also wear bouttonieres to match that I have made myself.

Other trends will be kept as surprises.  I’ll report back after June.

What inspires you?

Since I have started researching  the wedding market and have set up the business, my main inspiration is seeing all the mums out there (mumpreneurs) who are in a similar situation to me, bringing up young families, but still wanting to make a go of their own business. They work long hours, outside of family time, to give a professional service to brides and grooms-to-be. They go above and beyond to make special dreams come true.

What are your plans for the future?

Looking into the future is exciting! I have a talented husband-to-be who has made the cart for me and hopefully will make many more in the not too distant future.  I have an eager 2 year old daughter who loves pinching the sweets and already says “Mummy’s Candy Cart!”

A vision – Mum and daughter working together with a whole fleet of Candy Carts and a special miniature fleet for those little one’s special celebrations.

I will be exhibiting Julie’s Candy Cart at The Scottish Wedding Show, SECC, on Sat 19th and Sun 20th Feb, 10am -6pm, stand 432F. Come and see me there and I will offer a discount for bookings made and deposits paid on the day.

I have 2 other shows that I am exhibiting at and you can find details of them on my website and facebook page.

How can our readers get in touch with you?

My website address is www.juliescandycart.co.uk

My e mail is enquiries@juliescandycart.co.uk

You can contact me on facebook  www.facebook.com/juliescandycart 

follow me on twitter @juliescandycart

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Feet Washing
A tub of water was placed in the best room, in which the bride placed her feet, her female friends then gathered around to help wash them. A wedding ring from a happily married woman was previously placed in the tub and it was believed that whoever found the ring would be the next to get married.

The Open House – “Show of Presents”
Before the bride is married, her mother holds an open house for a traditional “show of presents” which is similar to a bridal shower. After the show of presents, the bride is dressed in long trains made of old curtains or other household materials. Her friends and guests escort her through her town, singing and banging pots and pans, heralding the bride’s upcoming nuptials. To gather luck, the bride exchanges kisses for money, which is dropped into a pot. This still happens at many a ‘hen night’ today!

The Stag Night
The groom gets taken out for a stag night which is the equivalent to the above. More often, he and his friends would find a bar or party place to celebrate by drinking to excess.  The groom may be left in the street in front of his home partially or totally stripped of his clothes, and in some occasions tied up.

The Silver Sixpence
Bride is given a Silver Sixpence to place in her shoe the morning of her wedding. This is given as a token of good luck but hard to find nowadays!

The journey to the church

 If they encountered a funeral on the way to the ceremony, it was considered bad luck and they would return home and set out again.

The Pipes
It would not be a Scottish wedding without the bride entering the venue and the Bride and Groom departing to the sound of the bagpipes. 

Hand Fasting
Hand fasting is a Celtic wedding ceremony from the middle ages. It was a temporary marriage that lasted for a year and a day. Unlike the English that had a friar in most villages, most in Scotland did not a have local minister or priest to perform a marriage ceremony, so, couples would perform a hand fasting which legally bound them until someone of the clergy would pass through the village and could perform a ceremony. In a modern ceremony, a hand fasting is incorporated into many wedding ceremonies in a way to honor their Celtic heritage. The couples hands are bound together in a cord or a tartan cloth during their vows. This is to show that from that point forward, they are no longer two, but are one!

Pinning of the Tartan
Following the proclamation of husband and wife this additional ceremony takes place, ”The pinning of the tartan”. This ceremony is customized to each family depending on whether the bride or the groom is being accepted into the clan. For instance if the bride is marrying into the clan, any member of the grooms family may present the bride with clan tartan in the form of a rosette pin or sash which is fastened with the clan badge. Often this presentation is pinned or dressed to the bride as acceptance into the grooms clan. Many times the groom himself will pin or dress the bride, but it is quite emotional when the grooms mother does the pinning.

The Horseshoe
This Scottish tradition is for a toddler to hand a horseshoe to the bride as she walks out of the church with her husband. The horseshoe signifies good luck in the marriage.

The Scramble
Start collecting your change for this uniquely Scottish custom.  As a gesture to insure good fortune in your marriage, many couples opt to continue the tradition of the scramble.  Upon leaving the church the bride and groom scatter coins to the assembled children to collect. Legend has it that this token will be constantly returned to the bride and groom throughout the marriage.

Traditional Scottish Wedding Cake
The traditional Scottish wedding cake consists of two tiers of brandy-flavored fruitcake. The cake is baked at the time of the couple’s engagement. Only one tier is eaten at the wedding celebration, while the other is saved to celebrate the birth of the couple’s first born

The First, Second and Last Dance
The new couple leads off the dancing with a traditional reel, and the bride’s second dance is reserved for the person of the highest rank among the guests. In modern days, most Scottish couples dance to a song of their choice and the second dance is the bride with her father, groom with his mother. Guests gather in a circle before leaving the reception site and sing “Auld Lang Syne”.

Ceilidh (pronounced Kay-lee)

Traditional Scottish Dancing which is still very popular for music at a reception.

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