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18 Apr 2018

How to Create your Ultimate Gift List 

Being engaged is an incredibly fun and exciting time to enjoy with your fiancée, friends and family. It also means that you have now entered a whole new realm of “wedmin”, as you navigate the fine details of planning your special day. There’s a lot to consider and it is possible that creating your wedding gift list might not have crossed your mind just yet.

But don’t fret, the multi award winning gift list provider, The Wedding Shop is the only service you need on your radar. Their gift list is designed for couples who want unrivalled choice, flexibility and exceptional service all in one place. Nicola Gemmell, Manager of The Wedding Shop, Edinburgh, shares her top tips and expert gifting advice to help get you started to create your ultimate gift list. 

Why having a wedding gift list is a good idea:  

Your guests will want to get you something to mark your special day and creating your own gift list full of items you truly love means your guests know that they are choosing from a wide range of gifts that they know are meaningful to you, useful and something you really want or need.

Not only does your list take the stress and worry away from your guests in finding the perfect gift for you, it is also a perfect opportunity to upgrade your home essentials or indulge in something that you really love but wouldn’t necessarily buy for yourselves. 

Where to start:

First thing – register with The Wedding Shop! We think that compiling your list should be a fun and enjoyable experience that you will love doing together as a couple – this is the stress-free part of wedding planning!

It does take a bit of time to build your dream list, so do allow enough time to really think about what you want and need for the future. Whether you choose to build your list entirely online or prefer to visit us in one of our showrooms, your own personal advisor will be there every step of the way to offer advice and tips on how to build your perfect gift list. 


When looking around your home it can be hard to see the need for a twelve-piece dinner set or additional glassware. However, it’s good to remember that your gifts are bought by your loved ones to mark the start of your new married life together and will build the foundation for your future home. So, pick gifts that are going to stand the test of time and that you will cherish in years to come. You won’t regret it, even if your other half does grumble about storage space! 


You will be so surprised at how generous your guests are, so make sure you have added enough so that your guests don’t run out of options to choose from. It is also good to pick gifts at different price points so that everyone can buy you something you’ll love, regardless of their budget. 


Don’t be afraid to add something you absolutely love, but that comes with a large price tag, such as furniture or a piece of art. Group gifting lets your guests contribute as much as they wish towards a statement piece and if it doesn’t get fully purchased you can move your funds or top it up yourselves to make up the remaining cost. What’s more, for any top ups on your first order you get a 20% discount followed by a lifetime discount of 10% off any future orders! 


Guests like to know they are contributing to something special and personal to you.  So don’t feel you need to choose just practical gifts or gifts you think your guests want to buy. Your quirky picks are what makes your gift list completely unique to you! 


Even if you only really want cash, we suggest adding physical gifts to your list too. Guests always prefer the choice of both. Your list is the perfect opportunity to update and upgrade your home essentials, and there will always be something that you need. Or if you’re planning to have a honeymoon fund, why not add a suitcase or beach towel to your list?!

When it comes to creating your cash funds, be specific. Guest like to know exactly what their contributions are going towards and what you have planned for the cash. 



The Wedding Shop is the UK’s most popular fee-free gift list provider who aim to make your gift list experience seamless and stress-free for both you and your guests.

With more than 28 years’ experience in the industry, they are passionate about helping you choose the most perfect gifts and appreciate the importance of creating a truly tailored list that reflects you and your partner’s style. Combine products you love with monthly subscriptions, experiences, honeymoon and cash contributions or even add a charity fund that is close to your heart.

The Wedding Shop’s dedicated APP also allows you to build your list on the go. Using the handy barcode scanner you can scan any item from a UK store and it is automatically added to your list.

They also offer free deliveries within the UK (including Saturdays) and complimentary storage for 6 months. What’s more, you will receive a lifetime 10% discount off all brands The Wedding Shop work with, so that you can continue to update your home long after your gift list journey finishes.    

It truly is the gift list that keeps giving.

The Wedding Shop | 25a Dundas Street | Edinburgh | EH3 6QQ

0131 558 77 55 | | WEBSITE

Member of - Scotland’s Luxury Online Directory for Weddings

The Hub

6 Apr 2018

Set right in the heart of the Scottish capital, Edinburgh’s landmark venue The Hub is the perfect location for your luxury Scottish wedding.

Image by Duke Photography

At The Hub, we pride ourselves as being one of the most eye-catching wedding venues that central Edinburgh can offer. Set in a building steeped with great architecture, we are one of the most unique places to get married in Scotland. Sitting on the historic Royal Mile, we are a city-centre venue that promises your special day to be the most memorable experience, and one that is truly tailored to suit every wedding dream.

Image by Duke Photography

We can cater for whatever vision you have for your special day, with a special attention to detail for a stress free day. If you are after a more quirky and memorable occasion, we pride ourselves in being able to offer events with unique and unusual themes; from Halloween to Harry Potter themes, the possibilities are endless when it comes to your big day. It’s safe to say we’ve seen it all! Planning your unique wedding with us means that your day is sure to stand out from the crowd.

Image by Duke Photography

If unusual weddings aren’t your thing and you’re opting for a traditional white or Scottish wedding, our superb team will take the pain out of the planning process, and offer a dedicated, personal service. There are many stunning spaces within our venue. Whether you opt for a large gathering set in our Main Hall, or whether you are after a more intimate day in the more private Dunard Library or Gallery, we ensure that you and your guests will enjoy a level of service second to none. Our Sculpture Hall, featuring a dramatic sweeping staircase provides a magnificent setting for your photographs regardless of the weather, while our private fourth floor terrace boasts breath-taking views across the city.

Images by Duke Photography

We work alongside hand-picked highly experienced suppliers who we trust to deliver your wedding vision in our luxury venue, and our in-house team offers the best service and is totally flexible, helping you create the wedding you want, whether it’s traditional or completely unique.

Image by Duke Photography

The Hub | Castlehill | Edinburgh | EH1 2NE

Contact Fay Hardwick | 0131 473 2015 | | WEBSITE

Member of - Scotland’s Luxury Online Directory for Weddings

Your Dream Wedding in Edinburgh City Centre

5 Apr 2018

Combining Edinburgh’s finest history and City Chic lifestyle, The Glasshouse Hotel is the perfect venue to say ‘I do’ with a choice of four elegant spaces, each offering a unique setting for your big day.

The Brasserie is bathed in natural light and is perfect for ceremonies of up to 60 guests.

For our pièce de resistance hosting up to 80 guests, hold your ceremony on the lawn, under the pergola, on the roof terrace or within the Calton Suite.

The two-acre roof top garden features premier views of Calton Hill, offering the ultimate backdrop for your wedding photos.

Wedding breakfasts can be hosted in The Calton Suite or The Brasserie, both are bathed in natural light and offer stunning views of Calton Hill.

All packages are inclusive of wedding decorations such as chair covers & ties, centre pieces, fairy light curtain, wedding stationary and dancefloor. Items such as the dancefloor can be upgraded to a LED dancefloor for your evening reception offering an extra sparkle for your guests to dance the night away.

In January 2018, the hotel lobby was refurbished, creating a modern, bright welcome for your guests.

Our Snug bar, centrally located in the heart of the hotel, saw a new bar being installed, now offering a range of over 90 Scotch Whisky’s, premium cocktails and other beverages.

All rooms and communal areas also underwent a soft refurbishment, seeing all carpets, flooring and wallpaper throughout the property replaced.

Our dedicated events team are on hand to take the stress out of planning your big day. With a range of packages available, we are confident we can find a package to suit your requirements and budget. Off peak and last-minute packages are now available. Contact the team today to organise a personal show around of the property or for further information: or call 0131 525 8331 | WEBSITE

Member of - Scotland’s Luxury Online Directory for Weddings

Bespoke Catering & Events

24 Mar 2018

Image by The Curries 

Bespoke Catering & Events is a well-established and highly respected catering and events company based in Stirling. We provide mobile catering and bar services to private and corporate clients based throughout the UK, as well as on location catering for the television and film industry. 

The Bespoke team is filled with some of the most creative and experienced professionals in the industry, bringing with them a wealth of experience in high-end catering, event styling, mixology and event management.

The Bespoke Group was founded in 2014 by husband and wife team Kelly and Chris Naylor. With an extensive background in catering and events they had felt frustrated by the lack of flexibility offered by many caterers when planning their own wedding. At Bespoke we start with the couple who are getting married at the very forefront of what we do. There are no set menus or rigid service plans, instead we take the time to sit down and get to know our couples – what was the best meal they ever ate? What do they love to eat together on a Saturday night? When they close their eyes and imagine their wedding what do they see? We then work with this information and their own budget to create a menu that is totally bespoke to their own wedding celebration.

Image by The Curries

Our approach to menu planning for our couples means that we get to work with a huge variety of styles of cuisine and presentation. There is never a dull day here at Bespoke which keeps all of our team feeling really motivated and enthusiastic. Our chefs all have very diverse backgrounds, having trained all over the world.  This comes in very handy when we are asked to recreate some far-flung dish that one of our couples has tried while travelling. We are also increasingly being asked to cater for fully vegan or gluten free menus and we really enjoy rising to these new challenges.

Presentation is also something which is really important to us here at Bespoke. Many of our team also have a background in event design which is something that we utilise to make sure our food and venues are styled to perfection for our clients.

Last year we also launched Bespoke Bars, we take the same bespoke approach to planning your drinks lists as we do your menu. From stylish cocktail recipes named after the bride or groom to a different shot for each toast – let your imagination run wild and we will bring your vision to life.


Bespoke Catering & Events
01786 357 620 | | WEBSITE

Member of - Scotland’s Luxury Online Directory for weddings

A Gift from the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh

22 Mar 2018

You’re about to fall instantly in love all over again. Our dashingly attractive range of wedding venues can accommodate ceremonies whether they’re large or small, traditional or modern, civil or religious. Excited? We certainly are and promise to make your special day not just special, but completely unforgettable.

Everything we do, we do with you in mind. This is why we put customer service first and turn what could be a stressful process into an enjoyable and personable experience.

Want to hear more? We have a very exciting opportunity for couples and we can’t wait to host you on your wonderful wedding day and help create life-long memories. Our ‘perfect wedding package’ takes the ‘plan’ out of ‘wedding planning’ and aims to provide an all-encompassing experience and go that extra mile.

What’s included in our package?

A dedicated events designer,

Menu tasting

Canapés & drinks reception

Tantalising cuisine

2 glasses of wine per person

Complimentary stay in our luxurious Skyline Room-in our 4 star Hotel

Bedroom rates for all of your guests to ensure a timely and stress-free arrival

As well as this, our couples will have exclusive access to our trusted suppliers list meaning less time planning and more time enjoying the run-up!

The best bit? All of this and more would usually be £95 pp, however we are currently offering our couples £1000 off the price of their wedding (that’s the same as 10 guests coming free on us!)  If booked before the end of April of this year- for available dates in 2018 or 2019.

If this offer interests you, then please do contact us on our email address where one of our friendly wedding co-ordinators will be happy to help you and invite you for a show-round. 

To ensure you get this great deal, please quote ‘luxury scottish wedding’ on enquiry!

We can’t wait to hear from you- take a look at this happy bride of our previous happy couple’s testimonial below:

“Just back from honeymoon. We had a fantastic day on the 11 June and can’t thank you and all the team at Surgeon’s Hall enough. It all went so smoothly and everyone at the venue and the hotel were brilliant”

Beyond making day amazing, there’s a higher purpose to what we do. We believe that everyone should be entitled to the very best surgery available to them. That’s why we share the success of Surgeons Quarter in the development and availability of surgery around the world. It’s our way of honouring the progress we’ve made through the centuries, and ensuring further progress is made in the future. So while we’ll make you feel great during your time with us, you’ll feel better still, knowing you’re helping make a difference to the lives of people who don’t ordinarily have access to surgery.

The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
Nicolson Street | Edinburgh | EH8 9DW

0131-527-3434 | | WEBSITE

Members of - Scotland’s Luxury Online Directory for Weddings

SuperNova Wedding Design & Flowers

21 Mar 2018

‘’Life is not measured by the breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away’’.

This is our company ethos and one that is so appropriate for your wedding day. You dream about this day, and you want to walk in to your venue and for your breath to be taken away.

That is what we do.

We are experienced wedding venue stylists with a huge in house decor hire kit, including luxury linens, chair hire, draping and beautiful ranges of decor accessories to personalise your day.

Our wedding florist team specialise in creating all your wedding flowers, bridal party bouquets, ceremony flowers, centrepieces and reception flowers - using freshly ordered flowers from the world’s best suppliers.

We are not purely decor suppliers, we are designers, our wedding design process takes any pressure away from you so you’re not worrying about your decor or flowers and how they work together with your venue.

We have just moved into our Brand New Design Studio based in Glasgow which we run by appointment so you can sit down with one of our designers and have an in depth meeting, view our products and portfolios and discuss your must have items and wedding style.

We have some exciting new products being released throughout 2018 including our stunning new Cherry Blossom Trees which are now available for hire in Blush Pink and White. We also have our floating candle candelabras being custom made for us. Make sure you sign up to our mailing list on our website to be one of the first to know about our brand new pieces -

The wedding planning process is usually a year or two long and so it is important to choose a supplier that you trust and you know will look after your Big Day. As a client of SuperNova Wedding Design & Flowers, we understand the importance of your Big Day and you will be closely guided throughout the excitement of the design process.

To all Brides and Grooms looking for their Dream Big Day, get in touch by:
Calling us on 0845 269 2189
Emailing us on: | WEBSITE

Member of - Scotland’s Luxury Online Directory for Weddings

House of Turin

16 Mar 2018


A warm Scottish welcome awaits you at the House of Turin, where you will enjoy stylish design and luxurious comfort throughout.

The House of Turin is a luxurious home sitting within twenty acres of lawns. Private, majestic and exclusively yours for the wedding of your dreams. For any brides booking this space – we can seat up to 120 guests in our Wedding Room.


The house is situated perfectly in the heart of Scotland – between Edinburgh and Aberdeen. We are a blank canvas and invite any brides to create a wedding of their dreams.


Sleeping up to twenty guests, the house is an elegant mix of traditional and modern décor whilst remaining close to its Scottish roots.

The property offers ten large bedrooms, all fully fitted with Clive Christian furniture and accessories including three four-poster suites.

All bedrooms have either en-suite or dedicated bathrooms - we have just completed a makeover and added four more bathrooms. Our signature mini bathroom with gorgeous mini claw foot bath is a conversation stopper!


We believe your privacy is essential and you are invited to enjoy the freedom of all ten bedrooms and public rooms within the twenty acres of woodlands and lawns. 

You may hold your wedding ceremony or private party in any part of the property or grounds.

Our mission is to make your stay at House of Turin as perfect as possible and we will do everything we can to make it happen!

We invite you to contact us to view the house and cannot stress how important it is to see it to appreciate how special and unique it is - welcome!


“House of Turin is magnificent and will live in our memories as one of the great destiny’s we’ve had the privilege of visiting. You and your staff could not be more charming. It’s so obvious when walking into a home that is cared for with love and attention” - Steve, California

View their FABULOUS video HERE

House of Turin, Forfar, Angus, DD8 2UF

01307 830463 | | WEBSITE

Laurel Tree Events

23 Feb 2018

Your wedding day is one of the most special days of your life. Standing with the one you love, in the perfect place, with friends and family or just you two, vowing to love each other forever. It’s a beautiful and unforgettable experience.

Creating happy wedding days is our passion and it brings a huge amount of joy and satisfaction to support couples and their families right up to, and including, their wedding day. Our job is to take the pressure off, but never to take over. That way, you get to enjoy the wedding you’ve always wanted, without the stress of co-ordinating everything.

Hiring a wedding planner is not as expensive as you might think & we can even save you money! We will help you to source the right suppliers and bring creative ideas & inspiration whilst helping to negotiate rates and keep the budget on track!

Our tailor-made wedding planning and design service offers couples a unique and enjoyable wedding planning experience. Guiding and supporting you, we provide impartial advice and will seamlessly plan your wedding day in a friendly and discreet manner.

The bespoke service we offer ensures that you have the wedding day of your dreams, without the stress of planning everything yourself. We provide a very personal, yet professional approach to wedding planning by listening to your wedding day vision, understanding your specific requirements and getting to know you, so that we can create a wedding that is as individual as you are.

We are with you every step of the way, from your initial consultation with us to the evening of your wedding day. We will introduce you to the very best wedding suppliers within the industry, who we know, work with and trust to deliver the same impeccable service for your wedding day that we do.

If you don’t have a specific vision for your day, don’t worry – we will help you to visualise it! We will inspire you with stunning design ideas to create the most beautiful wedding day, in a design-led service that is unique to you. With our exceptional eye for detail and a desire to exceed your expectations, coupled with years of invaluable wedding industry experience, we ensure that you and your guests will enjoy the most wonderful wedding day.

Contact us for an initial chat, we would love to hear from you.

07779 181334 | | WEBSITE

Member of - Scotland’s Luxury Online Directory for Weddings

Kelly Ann Halliday Makeup Artist

21 Feb 2018

Makeup seems to be one of the last things a bride will organize for her big day, but to me it is also one of the most important. The way you look and feel on your wedding day will be captured in photos, that in years to come you will look back and reflect on. I haven’t came across a bride in my 7 years of experience that does not want to be looking her absolute best on her big day. I offer a completely professional, friendly and reliable service that will take all the stress away from you on your wedding morning.

I also offer makeup trials. This is a great chance for the bride and her bridal party to get to see how they will look on the wedding day. I aim to make this experience completely relaxed so everyone enjoys themselves but also very professional where I let the bride know exactly what will happen on her wedding morning. This is where I start to fill in the Bridal Booking Form and this contains absolutely every detail of the wedding booking which the bride gets sent a copy of. The feedback from my Bridal Booking Form is highly positive and my brides love the fact that timings and details of the day are written in black and white, they know when to expect me to arrive, when to finish and they can also plan other things around it.

Being a fully qualified Beauty Therapist I can also offer skincare advice to my brides on the run up to their big day. I often get asked “I need my skin to be looking the best it’s ever been, how can I do that?” or “Help! I’m suffering from breakouts, what can you recommend?” With my knowledge of all the products the beauty industry offers I can also give you product recommendations to suit your skin concerns and also your budget! 

There is no better feeling than to be a part of a brides wedding morning, it is the most special day of their lives and being able to help them look the absolute best version of themselves is amazing!

07927877771 | | WEBSITE

Member of - Scotland’s Luxury Online Directory for Weddings

Karen Thorburn Photography

20 Feb 2018

Natural, stylish and emotive images from Karen Thorburn Photography

Choosing a photographer is a big decision. The photographs are one of the most important purchases you’ll make for your wedding day; these are the memories which you will cherish for a lifetime. This keeps me on my toes at every wedding and I would love to capture those special moments for you and your families. Whether you’re getting married on a beach, in a church, registry office or hotel, with a couple of witnesses or over a hundred guests, I will be thrilled to be a part of your special day.

My passion is to tell a story with a mixture of candid images capturing all the emotions; as well as the all-important details which you have planned so meticulously; and semi-posed but relaxed and natural couple and group shots.

My approach is enthusiastic and passionate yet unobtrusive, considered and calm, allowing you to focus on the occasion and spending time with your family and friends, safe in the knowledge that I will be discreetly capturing those perfect moments. I understand that you want to spend the day enjoying time with your loved ones and not posing awkwardly for the camera, and so the couple and group shots are captured with minimum fuss and in a relaxed fashion.

I’m based in the Highlands but will gladly travel throughout Scotland or further afield to photograph your wedding. I offer a range of photography packages to suit different budgets. Typically, I start the day with the bridal preparations in the morning and shoot through to the first few dances in the evening reception, but I can offer a reduced fee if you don’t need a full day’s coverage. I’m very flexible, always open to ideas and happy to provide a customised quote as I appreciate that every wedding is unique.

Following the wedding, I will individually edit and enhance all your images to a high standard. These will be presented in an online password-protected gallery and on a USB drive within four weeks of the wedding. I will also create a slideshow of your images set to music to tell the story of your wedding day and bring the photographs to life.

I offer a range of luxury matted wedding albums which are made in the UK and are beautifully finished using the highest quality materials. The images are presented in mounts and offer an alternative to printed photobooks. The albums have oatmeal linen covers with gold foil embossing and have a sumptuous and timeless feel to them. These are top quality albums – future family heirlooms – for you and your loved ones to treasure for years to come.

A bit about me…

Photography has been a lifelong passion of mine; I picked up my first camera when I was six years old and have never looked back. I’m also a dedicated landscape photographer meaning that I love working with natural light and always enjoy the opportunity to capture a wedding in beautiful surroundings.

I was born and brought up in Perth then lived, studied and worked in Edinburgh for ten years before re-locating to the Black Isle near Inverness in 2013. I live with my husband and our two guinea pigs and in my spare time I love exploring the Highlands and Islands, walking, cycling, camping and kayaking, always with a camera close to hand!

Please don’t hesitate to contact me with an enquiry; I will be delighted to hear from you!

Email: | Tel: 07761 985752 | Web:

Member of – Scotland’s Luxury Online Directory for Weddings