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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?

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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.

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GALLERY & BOUTIQUE

HANDCRAFTED STATIONERY
FOR WEDDINGS & OTHER OCCASIONS

WEDDING FAVOURS & ACCESSORIES

CONTEMPORARY, AFFORDABLE ARTWORK

SixpennyBlue are having their OPENING EVENT on Saturday April 9th 12-4pm. Come and see our fantastic range of handmade stationery, accessories and favours. Enjoy a glass of bubbly, sample the latest flavours of our fantastic homemade tablet heart favours and experience the taste sensation of cupcakes and cakepops by the cake specialists Cup Couture. Meet some of our friends and suppliers who will be dropping in during the afternoon and will be available for a chat and some friendly advice. We are now stocking flowers and are delighted to introduce our bridal flower consultant from Twenty-Seven Alloway who will be available to discuss your flower requirements. There will be special offers available on the day including 10% off your order if you book a stationery consultation.
We have a selection of contemporary, affordable artwork including limited edition prints, etchings, photography and typography in our gallery area.

Find as at The Farm Shop, Hayes Garden Land
Tarbolton Road, Symington(just off A77) KA1 5PD
01563 831096/07782314839 and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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A vintage wedding theme is one of the most popular trends nowadays. Trends change every year but vintage is here to stay!

If you’re considering a vintage themed wedding, then first you need to think what vintage means to you. When I think of vintage weddings, I think of Jane Austen style weddings but others may think of early Hollywood glamour. 

Also, do you want a full blown vintage wedding, or just a few vintage touches? Do you want genuine vintage, or imitations (which can work out cheaper)?

So really a vintage wedding is a broad subject and you need to find which theme most allures to you.

The dress

An obvious dress idea for a vintage theme would be to ask a relative if they still have their wedding gown. I would suggest asking several relatives, so you can compare and find one that suits you! This is a great cost saving idea. It also helps that ‘carbon footprint’ thing everyone talks about…

You could also try second hand stores or eBay where you will find many dresses for sale or hire.  

If you are happy to have the ‘vintage’ look, as opposed to genuine vintage, then why not consider a bespoke gown if you cannot find what you have in mind? You could contact a designer such as the lovely Mette of Freja Fashions.

www.freja-fashions.co.uk and www.edinburghweddingvideos.com

You can complement your dress with pearls, vintage bags and hair slides or tiaras.

You can also find brilliant vintage suits for the groom. If you find a lovely one that might not fit perfectly then take it to a tailor. Your tailor can also repair any signs of age such as ripped stitching or missing buttons

Decor

Bunting is a great way to decorate your wedding venue for a vintage theme! Have a look at the work of our local supplier Dub Stitch for some inspiration.

For your table centrepieces, you could include ostrich feathers, jewels and mirrors. You could have candles or lanterns.

www.lincolnshirelanterns.com

For the tables themselves choose linen edged with lace if possible and use seat covers so that sashes can be cleverly chosen in taffeta with beading or even dressed with  roses or pearls. 

Finishing touches such as time worn tea light holders, napkins tied with replica pearls and old fashioned crystal glass wear will truly make an impact and depending on whether you want to mix and match eras you could even go for mismatched crockery and cocktail glasses. 

For a real personal touch, consider asking older family members to let you display their old photos around the venue.

 

For your table plan, one idea I saw which I *loved* was to use a chalkboard!

Why not have cupcakes on vintage style cake stands on each table? This could be used as centrepieces, favours and cake all in one! You could serve with tea in vintage tea cups! Have a look at….

Favours

For favours you could try having mini pots of jam for your guests. Perhaps have cigars for the men, and compact mirrors for the ladies. Again, have a look at the work of our supplier Dub Stitch for some vintage themed favours such as mirrors, badges etc.

www.dubstitch.co.uk

Food

Why not hire a vintage ice cream van/bicycle to serve ‘pudding’ to your guests?

A selection of retro sweets in old style sweet jars will keep the kids happy and will also add colour and excitement to your wedding. You could have a candy cart and this could be favours and a buffet in one.

www.juliescandycart.co.uk

Flowers

Flowers for this theme tend to be pale roses which almost look hand painted. I also recommend you display them in vintage jugs.  You can source these easily and very cheaply from car boot sales.

You could have feathers in your flower bouquets which would sit nicely with a 1920s style wedding.

For your bouquet, I absoulety adore this Vintage heirloom bouquet by sarah marks of Tiny Gems. If you and/or your relatives have old brooches etc, you could turn them into a bouquet such as this. It would be your bouquet, your ‘something old’ as well as sticking with your vintage theme. You could also use such a bouquet as a centrepiece at each table.

www.tiny-gems.co.uk

Hair/Makeup

If you are thinking of old style Hollywood glamour, then your makeup should big lashes, eyeliner and red lips! Red lips is the ultimate vintage glamour must! Ask your hair stylist to create 20s inspired hair styles.

Music

Again, the music will depend on what era you want to emulate. You may consider using the likes of Louis Armstrong, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin etc.

Whatever era you decide to go for, and just how vintage you decide to go, never forget its your wedding and how you do it is up to you!

If you decide to contact any of the suppliers featured on our blog, please inform them of where you saw their work!

www.yourweddingatlochlomond.co.uk

Loch Lomond’s free wedding directory

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Host your Winter Wedding at the Isle of Eriska Hotel, Spa and Golf in December 2011 or January 2012 and take advantage of our special rate!

We are offering you the opportunity to host your Winter Wedding on your own private island on certain weekends in December 2011 or January 2012.

For £15,750 enjoy 2 nights dinner bed and breakfast for up to 50 guests on your own island.

The Isle of Eriska is located only 10 minutes from Oban and 2 hours from Glasgow International Airport, connected to the mainland by a small bridge. Arrive in style via helicopter on our lawn or seaplane at our pier.

We can provide you with local contacts to ensure everything is perfect for your occasion.

With 4 types of rooms, we have something to suit all your guests:

Standard Double

Deluxe Double

Spa Suite – with own private garden and hot tub

Cottage Suite – with own private garden and hot tub

You will have full use of our leisure facilities:

  • 17m heated indoor swimming pool
  • Sauna
  • Steam room
  • Jacuzzi
  • Gym
  • Croquet Lawn
  • Tennis Court (soon to be replaced with a multi-purpose hall, due for completion February 2011)
  • Golf Course and Driving Range
  • Access to our ESPA Spa (treatments additional charge)
  • Clay Pigeon Shooting (additional charge)

The Isle of Eriska also have a honeymoon package available.

 Visit our website 

www.eriska-hotel.co.uk Phone our office 01631 720371 or email office@eriska-hotel.co.uk 

  

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If you aren’t using social media to advertise your wedding business, then you are making a huge mistake. Similarly, there are many businesses using social media, but using it wrongly. Another huge mistake.

Almost everywhere you look on the internet, you will see people arguing that traditional advertisements are dying out. Newspaper and magazine advertisements are still important, but for how much longer?

Social Media is pushing out traditional advertisements, especially because most social media sites are free to use. Do you remember only a few months ago, when there were property advertisements filling up pages of the local newspapers? Where are those adverts now? On websites such as Rightmove, on discussion forums, Gumtree, and social media sites such as people’s facebook page

This is ideal for new or small businesses in particular. Underestimating the power of social media is missing out on a great opportunity to increase your customers.

Its called SOCIAL media for a reason. Dont just post about your shop/business and thats it. Network Network Network!!

Lets look at some of the main social media sites.

  • Blogger/Wordpress etc

Everyone and their auntie seems to have a blog nowadays. Blogging can get faster results than traditional Internet marketing. This is an excellent way to boost your online brand, increase your website’s rankings on the search engines, reach new potential clients, communicate with current customers and to publicize information about your company. Include links back to your website as this will make your website’s SEO results rise.

The focus of the blog should be on presenting information, tips, advice, commentaries and opinions. Avoid direct selling and self promotion. The forthcoming Royal Wedding will give you loads of material to blog about! Furthermore, you could try to submit entries to other well known blogs.

  • Facebook

Facebook is probably the best known social media site and the most used by businesses (not just wedding businesses). Yet it is only successful if you use it properly!

There are personal Facebook pages and business pages. Do NOT get the two confused! Dont use your business page to ‘chat’ with all your friends. Its not a gossip column. Remember, your business page is public. Potential clients can see everything you write. Talking about your recent shopping trip, or even worse, slagging off your competitors either directly or indirectly, may very well cost you potential customers.  Once posted, its on the net forever, deleted or not.

Keep it relevant to your business. Share your latest news and offers. Post up pictures of your products but be careful that you dont use someone else’s pictures for copyright reasons. Share some interesting wedding facts or jokes. As long as everything you post is professional and relevant.

Some other points –

  • on business pages, you can add a ‘reviews’ or ‘feedback’ tab. This is where your potential customers can see what people think of you.
  • You can also add other people’s pages to your ‘favourites’ and encourage them to do the same back (great way to get people to notice you!).
  • One of our suppliers, CIA Photography, have had their busiest year so far, with  weddings and also bookings being taken for 2013 and 2014 already. The majority of their bookings have come through Facebook.
  • Twitter

Twitter is, in my opinion, better than Facebook. Not least because you can link the two social media sites so your message gets across doubly. However, to simply link the two and leave it at that is ineffective. You should work to grow your followers. These followers can “retweet” all your messages, which could be seen by potential customers, who could then purchase from you.

Twitter is much more sociable than facebook, so you’ll find people posting about all sorts, not just business, unless you want to set up several twitter accounts which can be a real hassle to keep up.

Grow your followers by offering advice and support. Get to know them. Be friendly. Dont be spammy – it will have the opposite effect. Pay attention to what they tweet about and reply with your thoughts and ideas. Post often, not too much or too little.

If you want further advice from some ‘tweeters’ out there, then visit One Big Present’s blog which discusses the benefits of Twitter. You’ll have to go back several pages to read everyone’s opinions (including mine!) – http://www.1bigpresent.co.uk/blog/

Other points

There are other social media sites that you can use. Youtube is particularly great if you want to post videos of say your wedding venue or a wedding fair you organised/exhibited at. Flickr is a fantastic tool for sharing examples of your work. Linkedin is another networking tool and Bebo isn’t just for teenagers.

Social media sites allow you to network with other professionals in your field, and who knows? You might get invited to a social media meetup. These are really popular. I’ve already been invited to several facebook and twitter meetups, which have proven invaluable for promoting my website and for recruiting more wedding suppliers to advertising with us.

I am, for example, the local co-ordinator of the Scottish mumpreneur network. These meetups are organised entirely through social media sites and the majority of mums who come along are now very good friends and suppliers on my directory.

To conclude, the great aspect of social media is with proper attention, it significantly expands the entry points for your brand and business. Now, instead of customers finding you through just newspapers, wedding magazines, or the Yellow Pages, they can find you through Google, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, Flickr, Bebo and many, many more. Its not costing you a penny.

www.yourweddingatlochlomond.co.uk

Loch Lomond’s free wedding directory

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Should You Opt For A Safe Choice Best Man?
Pete Boyland

I made a drunken deal with an old friend back in the day that we’d always be each other’s Best Men. It was probably a very sincere pledge at the time, accompanied by much of the obligatory hugging and “I love you man” statements that guys only do when they are thoroughly slashed. Plus, back then the prospect of either of us finding a woman who was willing to put up with us beyond the dawn was fairly remote.


Best Man (left)

Ten years later, and I’m somewhat unexpectedly making good on my promise. My relationship with my best man hasn’t changed, and we’re usually drunk within a few hours of meeting up, which isn’t usually a problem. But my choice has raised a few eyebrows, mostly from more sensible and straight people who think I would have been better picking someone more, well, sensible and straight.

Now I imagine most grooms go through something like this. As we age, our priorities change, we move away from each other, and suddenly that guy who was your partner-in-crime, top buddy and No.1 wingman at college seems like a distant acquaintance. Perhaps the guy you know through work, one of your cricket buddies, or your brother-in-law might make a far more sensible and straight option?

Don’t be so bloody fickle. So maybe you don’t go out and get wrecked every weekend with your old best friend – this doesn’t change that fact you once did, and in my case, certainly would do again at the drop of a hat.

Your brother-in-law will do a great job of organising the stag do, but he’s not going to be the one who joins you for one last triumphant naked vodka by the hotel pool at 5am. You’d trust Brian from the office not to lose the rings, but Brian didn’t spend three days with you in halls when everyone else had gone home for Christmas on the most almighty rum-and-speed binge. The posh guy in your book club would no doubt deliver the most eloquent speech, but then posh guy wasn’t there to share the sunrise over the city from the roof of that office block you shouldn’t have been on, was he?

At the end of the day gents, you’re doing the sensible and straight thing by getting married. If you allow your choice of best man to be influenced by who is the best speaker or organiser (or-God forbid-who your bride-to-be would approve of), you’re denying everything a best man should stand for. There’s a reason why he’s supposed to organise the stag do – he’s the key link between single you and married you. If the bride’s father gives the bride away, then the best man effectively gives away the groom.

Besides, even if his speech is a mess, at least it will be sincere, heartfelt, and bloody hilarious – at least to the people there that matter.

www.Iamstaggered.com
Weddings:Blokes:Sorted

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