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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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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!


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

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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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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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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