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12 Dec 2018

‘’It was everything and more from what I hoped it would be’’ – Diane McGavin

‘’I tear up looking at my décor alone’’ – Tilly V Templeton

‘’I was absolutely blown away, it was nothing short of spectacular’’ - Nicole Warren McGillivray

Every bride dreams of walking into their wedding and having their breath taken away, and here at Supernova Wedding Design, we work hard every day to ensure this dream becomes a reality for our clients.

Specialising in luxury weddings throughout Scotland we have a Glasgow based studio and an in house team of expert designers, florists & stylists with over 25 years of experience.

The design process begins with an initial chat about your big day to discover your dreams and allow us to define your style.   You have the opportunity to come to our studio in Glasgow for a design appointment, to discuss all the ideas in further detail and see our hire product ranges and table set up’s in person.  We’ll chat through your wedding flowers, decor & centrepieces, accessories and finer details and of course wedding stationery and ensure you really visualise how beautiful your wedding day will be.

Upon booking our award winning team the journey continues.  We work together with you throughout your planning until your wedding day arrives, guiding you the way with seasonal trends & unique styling ideas until eventually we have a detailed final catch up around 12 weeks before your wedding.  We are here to guide, design, plan and coordinate – leaving you to relax and enjoy the whole process!

Generally, the wedding planning process is usually a year or two,  so it is important to choose a supplier that you trust and you know will look after your Big Day with the ultimate knowledge & experience . As a client of Supernova Wedding Design & Flowers, we appreciate the importance of your dreams and we work meticulously in the background guiding you throughout the excitement of your very unique & personal design journey.

Supernova turned 10 Years Old this year! To celebrate this we have a few promotions for you to celebrate with us…

This includes Half Price Charger Plates, Cherry Blossom Trees, Flower Walls, Perspex Candelabras and Cake Swing – they really are deals not to be missed! So get in touch with us today.

To all Brides and Grooms looking for their dream wedding day, get in touch by:
Calling us on 0845 269 2189
Emailing us on: enquiries@supernovaweddingdesign.co.uk

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Glass Bulldog (previously K Graphic Design)

4 Dec 2018

Glass Bulldog, previously part of K Graphic Design, was launched in 2018 to offer a dedicated wedding stationery design service.

Animal themed stationery has been extremely popular in recent years, especially all things stag related. Working in an area of the world where deer are much loved I don’t see that trend dying down any time soon. Bespoke graphics of pets, cows and sheep also made it into the mix and I now know my Suffolk ewe from my Texel! 

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Travel themed stationery is also very popular. I endeavour to make every design different and mock passports are perfect for this. Numerous pages can be added to include lots of useful information, imagery and menus. You can also add a touch of foil, from classic gold to hot pink, there are a huge range of colours to choose from.
 Table plan maps make a great focal point on the day and are also a lovely keepsake. Bespoke icons ensure your table plan is truly unique. From Edinburgh Castle to Big Ben, Nessie, thistles, scottie dogs and The Angel of the North - pick absolutely anything you like! 

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The question I’m asked most often is when should wedding invitations be sent?  Generally speaking, invitations are sent 6-16 weeks in advance, although this is very much a personal choice. Be aware of cut-off dates from your venue and various suppliers, as final guest numbers, menu choices, dietary requirements etc will be required. Make sure guests have an RSVP deadline. Guests may also require annual leave or accommodation, so allow time for that too. You may also wish to consider a save the date card - commonly sent up to a year in advance.  

‘On the day’ stationery (order of service, table numbers, place cards, table plan etc) should go to print no later than one month before the wedding as this allows room for any issues that may arise - such as bad weather affecting deliveries. The time taken to design your unique wedding stationery depends on what you are wanting to achieve….the possibilities are endless! 

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Christmas is my favourite time of year (and also my birthday!). I have plenty of shiny new samples ready for the traditionally busy festive engagement season!
I’m looking forward to showcasing my work at the Luxury Scottish Wedding Show on Sunday 13th January at the Balmoral (Edinburgh). Please come and say hello!

Contact:  hello@glassbulldog.co.uk | WEBSITE

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10 Unique Wedding Ideas courtesy of Norton House Hotel

28 Nov 2018

How do you make sure that your wedding stands out and truly reflects your personality? As an established Edinburgh wedding venue, Norton House Hotel has assisted countless couples in their mission to create their dream wedding day.

A wedding is all about celebrating the love between two people and sharing this with your nearest and dearest but whilst some elements will remain non-negotiable (most guests will expect to be fed!) more and more couples are moving away from the usual time-honoured traditions and introducing a contemporary twist to proceedings.  

Here is a list of some of our favourite special touches that you can add to your ceremony or reception to ensure that your wedding is as individual as you are and that it leaves a lasting impression well after the day is over.

Unique venue

Choosing an interesting setting for your celebrations will get you 90% of the way in terms of creating an unforgettable experience. Thinking slightly outside the box and going for a unique wedding venue is a great way to inspire your guests and provide an unforgettable backdrop to those all-important wedding photographs.

Venues with character and space are on a lot of couples’ wish lists. Set in 55 acres of private grounds in the Edinburgh countryside, Norton House Hotel’s Edwardian manor house effortlessly combines enchanting period features with contemporary elegance to provide a charming backdrop to your wedding.

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Located just 5 minutes from Edinburgh airport, guests will be pleasantly surprised on arrival to journey past the stone gatehouse and up a stunning tree-lined drive to the romantic manor house entrance. Original features include marble fireplaces, wood-panelling and delicately painted ceilings with ornate cornicing in soft shades of gold. Tall windows let in plenty of natural daylight and look out across the lush grounds and gardens.

Those looking for a modern, versatile space will be enchanted by our spacious Ballroom, complete with striking chandeliers and a neutral palette to complement any theme or move through to the Walled Garden suite where streams of natural daylight spills in from above. There’s something for every taste!

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Signature drink

Instead of the usual reception drink of Champagne or prosecco, why not serve your favourite cocktail or work with a professional to create a completely unique concoction, giving it a creative name you come up with together as a couple. It’s a great way to add a really personal touch to your wedding and get your guests talking!

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Norton House Hotel’s experienced bartenders are on hand to help you create a delicious drink that is unique to you and your partner.

Hangover cures

Creating a hangover kit as your wedding favour could be an amusing and useful way of helping your guests get back to their best selves the morning after the revelry. Gathering together sunglasses, a nutrient-packed smoothie and energy boosting snack bar in a pretty pouch with a personal note are likely to brighten up everyone’s day.

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Guests staying over on the night of a Norton House wedding are invited to use the hotel’s comprehensive leisure facilities where they can work off the hangover in our health club, soak in the spa pool or unwind in our relaxation lounge. And then there’s always our signature Scottish breakfast to set guests up for the day!

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Song requests

Wedding DJs and song requests go hand in hand – everyone loves dancing to the songs they know and love! Encourage guests to write a song on a card and place it in a large bowl next to the DJ so they can all be added to one ultimate playlist. Your guests will feel included and enjoy the anticipation of knowing their favourite song is lined up.

Charging station

Technology is unavoidable and the chances of someone bringing a separate camera are slim to none. Since the day will be long, your guests will appreciate the chance to recharge their phones, so they can carry on capturing the special moments of your day.

Late night snacks

You might think that dinner and dessert will be more than enough to keep your guests well fed but if you’re planning on partying late into the evening then a few snacks will be very welcome. It does not have to be a fancy affair; your guests will probably appreciate mini pizza more than scallops at that time of night. Milk and cookies, the classic late-night snack, will likely put smiles on quite a few of your guests’ faces.

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Let our wedding coordinators talk you through some fun and quirky ideas for your evening supper, or choose from a selection of our homemade specialities such as honey-glazed chicken skewers and vegetable pakoras.

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Anniversary piñata

Have a piñata ready for your guests to fill with messages, predictions, well-wishes, and jokes that you take away at the end of the night. Vow to break it open on your first anniversary, ensuring that you keep that newlywed spirit going well into your marriage.

Cameras

Even though everyone is likely to be capturing the day on their phones why not encourage your guests to try their hand at old-school photography? Provide Polaroid or disposable cameras for each table and a designated place to drop them off. You’ll appreciate having some pictures to look at as you wait for your official photographs to get developed, and will enjoy getting to see the wedding from your guests the point of view.

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Petting zoo

This is a great idea if you’re expecting lots of little guests at your wedding! There’s a lot of time for your guests to fill whilst you’re off taking pictures so help them out with the assistance of some furry friends. It’s sure to keep kids and adults entertained alike – just think of all the adorable photo possibilities.

Quirky cake

Are you a cheese fanatic? Or maybe you’re more of a meat pie kind of person? Maybe your heart belongs to sweet and savoury doughnuts. Don’t be afraid to forget about the traditional cake and go with your own favourite treats. You can now get cakes made out of wheels of cheese, doughnut walls, or just about anything else you fancy. Have fun with your ‘cake’ and don’t worry too much about what’s traditional.

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Visit handpickedhotels.co.uk or call 0131 333 1275 to learn more about Norton House Hotel and Spa and to speak to our friendly team about our fun and unique wedding ideas.

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Laurel Tree Events

23 Nov 2018

Creating happy wedding days is our passion and it brings us a huge amount of joy and satisfaction to support couples and their families whilst planning their wedding day. Our job is to take the pressure off, not take over! We feel it is important to get to know you and understand your personality and style so that we can help to create a wedding that reflects you as a couple. 

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There was a time when a wedding planner was considered an extravagance, reserved for the rich & famous….today things have changed! With the stress and demands of flourishing careers and busy family lives or simply the geography that separates you from your chosen wedding destination, planning a wedding can be difficult.  Laurel Tree Events will calmly guide and assist you with your wedding plans and inspire you with stunning design ideas to create the most beautiful wedding. 

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Our tailor made wedding planning and design service offers a unique and enjoyable experience. We provide impartial advice and will seamlessly plan your wedding in a friendly and discreet manner. We will assist you in selecting the right venue and best suppliers to suit your wedding, whilst helping to manage your budget and wedding schedule. 

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With our exceptional eye for detail and a desire to exceed your expectations, coupled with years of invaluable wedding industry experience, we will ensure that you and your guests enjoy the most wonderful wedding day. 

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Contact us for an initial chat or to arrange a free consultation - we would love to hear from you. 

Tel: 07779 181334 | info@laureltreeevents.co.uk | www.laureltreeevents.co.uk

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Karen Thorburn Photography

19 Nov 2018

Natural, stylish and emotive images from Karen Thorburn Photography

As 2018 draws to a close, I find myself reflecting on a busy year of wedding photography. I’ve had the pleasure of working with many lovely couples at some stunning venues throughout Scotland. Most of my weddings this year took place in the Highlands and Islands and Moray; from Inverness to Kinloss; and from the shores of the spectacular Loch Coruisk on Skye to the iconic Eilean Donan Castle in Wester Ross. I’ve also had the privilege of capturing some beautiful weddings further afield, at Abercairny Stables in Perthshire, the Old Fruitmarket in Glasgow, the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh, and Balinakill Country House in Kintyre. Most of the couples were local but I also had the pleasure of photographing brides and grooms from Australia, Brazil, China, Germany, the Netherlands, Romania and the USA!

The smallest wedding had only four guests and the largest had around 200. Most of the couples were blessed with sunshine during the warmest, driest summer during my lifetime, but there were a few occasions when my white wedding umbrella came in useful! Every wedding was unique but what they all had in common was lots of love and laughter, which I had the pleasure of capturing on camera. I love telling the story of a couple’s wedding day with candid images, detailed shots, group photographs, and relaxed and naturally posed couple shots and look forward to another eventful year in 2019.

Here is a selection of images from some of this year’s weddings. For more information, images and testimonials, please visit my website www.karenthorburnweddings.com and don’t hesitate to contact me at karen@karenthorburn.com or on 07761 985752 to discuss your wedding plans. I would be delighted to hear from you!  

Web: www.karenthorburnweddings.com
Email: karen@karenthorburn.com
Tel: 07761 985752

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Create Lasting Memories at Assembly Rooms

13 Nov 2018

Everyone dresses to impress for the big day, and the Assembly Rooms is no exception. Flooded with natural light, the breathtaking Georgian building provides a spectacular backdrop for your special day.

Steeped in historical significance and located in the heart of Scotland’s capital city, Assembly Rooms Edinburgh is a magnificent venue, and one in which you will create lasting memories.

Guided by our highly experienced in-house staff, explore the flexible event space’s endless layout possibilities and choose the right tailor-made theming options to fit your style.

Licensed and event ready, see your stunning ceremony setting transform into contemporary seating for weddings of all sizes. With the seating plan a success, let our specially selected panel of five caterers wow your guests with serves suited to every taste.

Relax in any of our nine complementary breakout spaces as The Ballroom transforms into a glamourous evening reception, where you’ll make the first dance truly unforgettable underneath our glittering chandeliers.

We are proud of our green credentials and are committed to operating as sustainably as possible so talk to us about how to turn your big day green. We would love to show you around.

For more information about holding your most special of days at Assembly Rooms, visit www.AssemblyRoomsEdinburgh.co.uk or contact us on 0131 220 4348 / enquiries@assemblyroomsedinburgh.co.uk | WEBSITE

Here’s a look at how John and Caitlin Robertson celebrated their wedding at the Assembly Rooms Edinburgh alongside 235 of their closest family and friends: VIEW HERE

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The Starlight Experience

12 Nov 2018

We feel incredibly lucky to be working in such a vibrant, creative and fun industry.  With almost 20 years experience in marketing, promotions and events – it’s safe to say that we are no stranger to throwing (or attending for that matter) an unforgettable party or creating a brand experience that stands out from the crowd.    No matter what the event we strive to go beyond the ordinary and our Mirror Photo Booths, Rustic Donut Walls, Vintage Candy Carts, Giant Retro Cabochon Light-up Letters (plus a load more unique and interesting ideas) will certainly turn heads and are the perfect addition to any wedding. In fact, if you want your special event to shine brighter then it’s time to call in The Starlight Experience. We know that every event is unique, so we’ve armed ourselves with the most beautiful, innovative, jaw dropping impressive technology, decor and guest experiences that can be customised and tailored to your brief, everything we provide will not only create the wow factor but is elegant and beautiful on the eye too.  Throw in a huge dollop of our energy and passion to please, we go the extra mile to ensure everything we create for you is irresistible, enjoyable, shareable and memorable - because that is exactly how to stand out from the crowd and make your events shine brighter!

At Starlight HQ, we are hugely proud of our beautiful and immensely smart animated Vintage Photo Mirrors built with the most advanced photo booth technology hidden behind the reflective mirror.   They are hilariously good fun and are designed to entertain and bring all your guests together in a unique interactive experience that will create real talkability which will quite literally never be forgotten. In fact, our mirrors should really come with a warning as once you’ve picked a prop and struck a pose there’s just no turning back –it is highly addictive.     So let your guests unleash their playful and creative side with a truly unique atmosphere.

Our epic treat filled installation is a sensational show stopper standing 7ft high by 3ft wide and holds 72 donuts (you can double up for an extra cost).  Complete with vintage colourful doilies and a cute donut pun sign “Donut Leave Me Hanging” (or we can create a sign just for you for an extra cost). We can decorate the donut wall to suit your theme or colour scheme. Our donut walls really are a fun, yummy and interactive element that all your guests will love. In fact you may find most of your guests hanging out round this tasty melt in the mouth masterpiece.

We will deliver these beautiful retro letters to your venue the morning of your big day. Plenty of photo opportunities during the day and throwing a sparkle and romantic backdrop to your evening reception. Our letters are exceptionally elegant and gorgeously glamorous because these bulbs are super special - Cabochon Fairground Lights giving off a gorgeous nostalgic flicker of light - pick from  “L O V E"  or "I  DO” we can even customise these to fit in with your colour scheme

Who doesn’t love a bit of glamour.  You’ve agonised over the seating plan, so make sure the finished article looks  seriously stylish and elegant, first impressions really count.  We will work with you to tailor your seating plan stationary, the photo below showcase some of the different styles you could choose from. 

This understated elegant vintage bird cage is a unique twist on the postbox or wishing well. This can be used to either collect your cards or for guest wishes for the happy couple’s future. Guests will be encouraged to “Leave a Card for the Lovebirds” - vintage romance

These are just some of the great products we offer at The Starlight Experience, for a full list please visit our WEBSITE or check out our 5*reviews on our FACEBOOK 

We hope you enjoyed hearing about what we have to offer and we look forward to making your event shine brighter!

The Starlight Girls

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Whisky Kiss : Ceilidh Kings & Queens, from Dubai to NY, Shanghai, Gleneagles & More

10 Nov 2018

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“The one thing you absolutely need at a wedding is a brilliant ceilidh, right after dinner, to get everyone up on the dancefloor!“ That was the view of TV’s Gok Wan, after we performed at a wedding with him at the fabulous Strawberry Barn (East Lothian) earlier this year. "What a difference, as it’s usually so hard for a DJ to get people up for the first hour. With a ceilidh the dance floor was packed from the first dance onwards”.

It was the first time Gok had seen Whisky Kiss in action, and he later told us “I really didn’t know what to expect, but, wow, I couldn’t believe the energy. It was amazing!" 

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At Whisky Kiss we just love a ceilidh! You have to be passionate about what you do, right?

To that end, our two main pipers had the rare honour of BOTH making it to the final of the BBC Young Trad Musician of the Year Award 2018, and our fiddler (Murray Fergusson) is the only Scots musician to have led an orchestra at the Sydney Opera House, and played the Pyramid Stage Glastonbury and live with Jools Holland on the beeb. We are really proud of all their individual achievements, and grateful to them (and their predecessors) and indeed all the lovely brides & grooms who book Whisky Kiss for their weddings, that they have given us such a lot of amazing experiences, all around the world.

We love to put in the attention to detail…and to see the results all come to fruition on our brides’ and grooms’ Big Day.

If you were to ask "what do you mean by that” or “ok, give me an example”, we just love to go the extra mile for our couples! We had one wedding, a truly spectacular affair, where the bride wanted a modern twist on the old Scottish traditions. This was a real family celebration, so she also had a lot of young nieces and nephews coming and wanted something that would grab their attention in between the ceilidh dances. We worked up a show with the Scottish champion breakdancers, where our band played hip-hop & bagpipes, while the 3 acrobatic breakdance champions wowed the crowd with their moves. When a couple of the toddlers, getting carried away with the noise and the drama and the excitement of it all, started to wander onto the dance floor, the bride, Megan Davidson, later told us “we were worried the young kids might interrupt the performance, but, before we knew it the Whisky Kiss team had incorporated the kids into the show, and made them feel really special. They made a fuss of the wee ones, it brought the house down. It could not have been more perfect if it had been planned”.

Ceilidhs are amazingly popular social occasions worldwide, way beyond Scotland’s shores, and we have been so lucky to have the amazing opportunity to perform at venues such as the Dubai Polo Club, Atlantis the Palm in Dubai, Shanghai in China, on Broadway in Manhattan, Beijing, Singapore and Florence.

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One of those, for Carissa Cowley (an Aussie with Scottish heritage) and her Syrian husband Bassem Nimah, at the Dubai Polo Club, was on paper one of the more challenging sets of requests…we were to bring a ceilidh (which next to no guests in attendance would have danced before); and then to bring a DJ set; and, finally, to incorporate some traditional Syrian tunes and dancing in one segment of the night too! We were like “wow”, how cool [but how challenging too, right!]. 

What. A. Night! It was totally unforgettable and we still keep up with Carissa & Bassem, who are now working over in Thailand and the Maldives (tough shift!) and we keep hinting that an anniversary ceilidh would be just the ticket (well, shy kids get no chocolate!)

The key to a good ceilidh (apart from the passionate and lovely musicians, dancers and performers) is a good ceilidh dance caller. Our dance caller, Iain, happens to be the current “voice of Visit Scotland”, narrating on three videos/adverts for VIsit Scotland showing worldwide. 

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We were honoured to be asked by Visit Scotland to produce their international hit video “Ceilidh Experience”. Our drummer, Laurence with the filmstar looks, even jumped out from behind his kit to be the “leading man” and showed off his acting (and dancing) skills. Visit Scotland often show him and the rest of our team on the giant advertising screen at Waverley Station, so, on behalf of all the band, we apologise to commuters everywhere for having to witness that.

So, that’s a brief introduction to what we think makes for a great ceilidh at your wedding - we would typically recommend a first half ceilidh (ideal for first timers and experienced aficionados alike), with then some band-and-DJ mashups/covers, then taking us into a final hour where the DJ takes the full dancefloor and bangs out the tunes through til Carriages. It helps when you love what you do, and I am very lucky to have a team that excel in that regard!

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We hope you liked hearing a little bit about Whisky Kiss - to find out more or make your enquiry please email whiskykiss@hotmail.co.uk or visit Whiskykiss.com or find us on Facebook and Twitter too.

Hope to see you dancing soon!
Iain & all the team at Whisky Kiss

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Boclair House Hotel

31 Oct 2018

Glamour doesn’t always have to come at a price. 

Boclair House Hotel in Bearsden, Glasgow offers the utmost in sophistication and luxury. It’s one of the city’s top venues. It’s also part of the award-winning Manorview Hotels & Leisure Group, who are renowned in the wedding industry.

The hotel group caters for all types of weddings and because they want every happy couple to have the wedding of their dreams, they’re constantly reviewing their packages. 

Boclair House Hotel has launched a new range of wedding packages tailored to all fit all sizes, and there’s something for everyone. 

A new option is the Bespoke package, which is for 50 guests, and priced at £6,500 in 2020. This great value package includes a delicious three course meal with a glass of wine, and a glass of fizz on arrival, as a well as a toast.

Also included is a hot evening buffet for 100 guests, an overnight stay in the honeymoon suite, resident DJ, master of ceremonies, personalised menus, table plan, candelabras, and much more.

And who wouldn’t want to be married in such a beautiful venue?

This beautiful Tudor mansion is decked out in lavish Art Deco opulence. 

Open the doors to Boclair House Hotel and take a step back in time to the golden era of the 1920s. You’ll see exquisite attention to detail in the opulent décor as you’re met with marble and mirrors and a sweeping staircase.

Inside the Grand Ballroom lots of natural light floods through huge windows, while huge chandeliers hang from the ceiling adding style and illuminating your evening dancefloor. Nostalgia is in the air as black and white photos of Hollywood greats surround the walls. 

Boclair is a magical venue all year round, as each season casts its own spell. Enjoy the beautifully landscaped gardens which are awash with blossom in the spring and when the snow arrives, Boclair becomes a spellbinding Narnia wonderland.

The gardens include a Victorian style wedding bandstand and there’s options to say your vows on the lawn or inside the Grand Ballroom. 

The magic continues when you walk up the sweeping staircase. There are 10 beautifully appointed bedrooms each with its own individual stamp, and each named after a Scottish island. And then there’s the Arran suite - the perfect way to end your day. 

The Arran honeymoon suite has its own rainfall shower and spiral staircase, as well as a free-standing copper bath. There’s exquisite attention to detail in this lavish suite where the opulence and grandeur continues. 

As well as the Boclair Bespoke wedding package, there are many other options to choose from which will suit all sizes of weddings. 

The range of packages are elegantly titled and include the Charming package which can cater for 30 guests and under, through to the Devotion, Timeless, Opulence, Elegance and Indulgence.

It’s your special day, enjoy the magic and glamour of Boclair House Hotel.

Boclair House Hotel, Milngavie Road, Bearsden, Glasgow G61 2TQ

0141 942 4278 | events@boclairhousehotel.co.uk | WEBSITE

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A Family Summer Wedding at Gilmerton House

16 Oct 2018

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We are very grateful to Lee and Chris Lothian for this wedding feature, based on feedback on their wedding at Gilmerton House on Saturday 19th of May 2018.

How many other wedding venues did you visit?

“We narrowed our list of wedding venues to 15 and went to look at 5,” say Lee and Chris Lothian, the bride and groom. “Gilmerton House was the fifth and we knew straight away it was the perfect venue for us.

“Exclusive use was really important to us.   We wanted to be in a place where we would only be surrounded by our friends and family.   In the end, we had 58 guests keeping it to our closest friends and family only.

“We also wanted somewhere with beautiful grounds where we could have photos taken, and have part of our day outside if the weather was nice (which luckily it was!).”

Why did you choose Gilmerton House as your wedding venue?

 “It is a truly beautiful venue inside and out with stunning grounds.   The impressive drive up to the front of the house lets you see how grand Gilmerton House really is.  

“When we arrived, we were welcomed into the marble hall with its stunning fireplace and beautiful decor.   We were shown the two amazing rooms we could get married in, together with the 10 bedrooms, and a huge room with amazing light for the bridal party to get ready in.  

“We fell in love with the venue and could picture ourselves having exactly the Wedding we wanted at Gilmerton House. The venue matched our ideas really well which made it easier for us to plan our wedding.  The staff were also really friendly, welcoming and great to deal with.

“The venue is exclusive use and allowed for 24 of our guests to stay with us for the full weekend.   This meant we would be able to have our closest family and friends with us all weekend which is exactly what we wanted.” 

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Did you get your ideal date or did you have to compromise?

“We booked the venue almost immediately after viewing it for the first time.   Gilmerton was extremely flexible when it came to choosing our date which allowed us to have our ideal wedding date: ‘a Saturday in May’.”

How did your wedding day unfold?

“As neither of us have ever been married before we really had no idea how the running order of a wedding should go!   The wedding manager of Gilmerton House and coordinator from the catering company listened to our ideas and helped us to plan and add structure to our day.   We really appreciated their input.  

“We both got ready separately in the house on the morning of the wedding.   Our guests arrived around 2pm for a Groom’s Reception accompanied by music from our string quartet.  

“Our ceremony took place at 3pm followed by a group photo.  We then had drinks and canapés outdoors thanks to the glorious weather where we had a gin bar set up and music continued from the string quartet.  

“Speeches were at 5pm followed by the wedding breakfast.   We cut our cake just before 8pm and then danced the night away to our band with our guests until midnight.   The venue facilitated this really well and made it a stress-free day for us.”

Which rooms did you select for your ceremony and reception?

“Our ceremony took place in the beautiful drawing room downstairs. This leads directly outside into the gardens where we hosted an outdoor drinks reception.  

“Our evening reception took place upstairs in the amazing oak lined Music Room.   We really enjoyed being able to use the full house and grounds on our wedding day.”

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How did you choose your menu?

“The venue provided us with a list of trusted caterers.   Each offered something different and you could really make it your own.  

“The venue was more than happy to liaise with the catering companies to ensure our choices were possible while the caterers worked with us to create the perfect menus.”

What did the staff do to ensure your wedding went smoothly?

“Staff at Gilmerton couldn’t have done more.   From the warm welcome we all received on the Friday, to ensuring we always had a drink and anything else we needed, to the moment we left. It truly was a 5-star experience.  

“They made us feel at home and took the stress away from the day as we knew we were in very safe hands.

“The team was superb.   From day one they were always happy to answer any of our many questions and point us in the right direction.   They dealt with all of our suppliers over the weekend, making it stress free for us.   We couldn’t have asked for a more supportive and capable team at the venue. Everyone was fantastic.”  

To what extent were you able to personalise your big day?

“100%.  The wedding venue was very flexible and happy to accommodate anything you could want.

“The venue is a grand Georgian stately home which needs nothing additional.   We only supplied the personal touches, such as flowers, centre pieces, candles and stationery.”

How long did you stay at the venue?

“We stayed at Gilmerton House for the full weekend arriving on the Friday afternoon and leaving at Sunday lunch time.   We had our parents and bridal party stay with us for the full weekend.  

“The accommodation was outstanding.   There were 10 beautiful bedrooms each with their own bathroom and a separate cottage for an additional 6 guests to stay in.

“Gilmerton House really is a hidden gem.   The house and grounds are stunning and the staff are exceptional.   You can really make the day your own and you feel at home from the moment you arrive.   You get exclusive use of the venue. What more could you ask for?

“We struggle to pick a favourite feature as the whole venue is incredible.”

Any advice for other couples getting married at Gilmerton House?

“Relax and enjoy your day and fully trust the staff to take care of everything.   If you can, get the venue for the weekend.   We loved being there on the Friday and it made us feel at home immediately.   This took away any last minute nerves and helped us have a stress free weekend.”

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There’s more information on Gilmerton House’s website and on their weddings 

Photo credits: Credits and thanks to Lee and Chris Lothian and Ashley Coombes Photography for the beautiful photographs https://www.ashleycoombes.co.uk/

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