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Lyne Organics Scottish Borders

14 Oct 2019

Lyne Organics is a home fragrance and toiletry business, local to the Scottish Borders, specialising in essential oils and organics. Our  essential oil blends create safe, natural, long-lasting fragrances, unmatched  by synthetic artificial scents. We use special blends of organic wax, butters,  base and essential oils in combination to give you a comforting and uplifting  experience. Wonderful scents from our range fill your space with fragrance to  suit your mood or choose from our gentle toiletries to soothe and nourish  your skin.

Kind to you and safe for the environment, our  products contain Soil Association certified organic wax, base oil and  essential oils or organic bees’ waxes. For those with allergy or sensitivity our  range includes organic scent free.

Romantic  and intimate wedding

Traquair was originally a  hunting lodge for the kings and queens of Scotland and dates back to 1107.

Today, Traquair is a  unique piece of living history, hosting a wide range of events. Where better than  the beautiful chapel for a personally  tailored romantic; and intimate wedding venue.

Reception and Bed &  Breakfast accommodation are available.

A truly beautiful location with fantastic views  to the surrounding Borders countryside a perfect  romantic setting to begin life’s journey together.

On the run up to the day - make time to Relax

So you’re going to tie the  knot and there’s so much to do. Planning for your wedding can be stressful -  it’s so important to relax, be in the moment and enjoy the celebrations as  much as your guests - after all it’s your special day.  Take time out, pamper yourself with our bath  salts rich in Magnesium, Calcium and Potassium, leaving your skin wonderfully  soft and scented; Massage wax containing Vitamin E & Argan oil for  a luxurious blend; or lavender essential oil which can be used in a burner or  added to your bath.

A good night’s sleep is  essential before the big day. Our “Relaxing” Pillow Spray contains French Fennel, Clary Sage &  Ylang Ylang from the Comoros Islands. Simply spray a  fine mist onto your bed linen - breathe in the wonderful scent and dream.

How to choose your wedding  day scent

Room fragrance  reflects your personal style. Consider the flowers you have chosen for the  day; your scented diffusers or candles should complement their fragrance. Compare  fragrances beginning with the lightest scent and work your way up to the  strongest. Avoid sensory overload; we can advise on contrasting scents –  please ask for details. Our products create ambience to mark the occasion in  every reception setting, whether indoors or in outdoor marquees. Diffusers  are effective for daytime; use candles to create a warm, luxurious atmosphere  in the evening.

We can provide bespoke  fragrances to your individual taste and custom labelling for the finishing  touches to create that memorable atmosphere for your special day.

Candles for evening and outdoors

Standard size  candles are suitable for indoors or a summerhouse. Oak lids add an extra  special touch and we have various options. Outdoors try Citronella in glass  or tin to ward off uninvited guests from your garden.

After the wedding

Tea lights and travel candles are available  scented or unscented and suitable for the breakfast on your first day of married  life or compact enough to take with you on honeymoon.

Gifts for the wedding party

Choose from a selection of Mix and match gift  boxes, tissue and ribbon. Single or multiple item options available to suit  all budgets. Gift cards available.


A selection of favours; small  candles, compact aromatherapy roller balls, mini toiletries or seasonal mistletoe  sprigs, suitable for wedding guests at the evening celebration can be chosen  and personalised to your requirements.

Don’t Forget The Boys

Sorcha – a truly masculine scent - smokey with a hint of Bergamot, Cedar, Earl  Grey Tea and Whisky to soothe wedding day nerves. Suitable as Thank You gifts or Table Favours  for the best man or the father of the bride.

Available in candles, burner oil, wax melt, diffuser, face  cream or bathroom toiletries.

Check out the Luxury Scottish Wedding site for more information on what’s trending this year.

Contact us

Feel free to send us an email for further information to see how we can help.

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Portavadie - A Fyne Place for a Wedding

8 Oct 2019


Overlooking the beautiful waters of Loch Fyne, Portavadie is an unforgettable setting for your big day. With a choice of venues and accommodation, you can tie the knot and celebrate in style with friends and family in stunning surroundings. We offer a bespoke wedding package designed around you, we’ll be able to create your perfect day.



Portavadie’s unique location offers the best of Scotland’s West Coast, with stunning views, romantic sunsets and dramatic scenery.



We have a number of venues available for your special day, whether you’re wanting a big wedding for up to 120 guests or a more intimate day for about 30-60 guests, we’ll have the perfect space for you.



For the more intimate ceremony we have our Barclay and Revie Suites, which are both light-filled contemporary spaces that boast spectacular views of our 5 Gold Anchor Marina.


We have an outdoor terrace ideal for a drinks reception with breath-taking views of Loch Fyne. Barrie and Alan recently got married with us, they opted for a more intimate day and their ceremony was held in our Revie Suite. Please watch their stunning wedding video below, which showcases what Portavadie can do for you. The video was filmed by YG Productions, a local company who produce the most astonishing videos.


For larger wedding parties we have our luxurious marquee. Imagine yourself having a ceremonial walk along the boardwalk, followed by drinks and canapes on the terrace overlooking the marina, then walking into the fairy-lit marquee where all your guests are waiting to welcome you.


We’ve also put together an exquisite Portavadie package for 30 guests that costs £2970. This includes exclusive use of our stunning Lodge and Studio accommodation, divine dining, your own dedicated event organizer and a whole host of other special extras including a piper to welcome your guests. This Wedding Offer is available throughout October to March 2019/2020 (excluding school holidays, the festive and Valentine periods and bank holidays). For more information visit:


Portavadie is known for award-winning dining, so you can be assured your guests will receive skilfully prepared, delicious meals. The finest produce from Argyll’s larder, sourced from land and sea, will provide an unforgettable menu that you and your guests will adore. Enjoy Scottish salmon expertly smoked on the shores of Loch Fyne followed by roasted loin of venison from Winston Churchill’s estates in Argyll. Or for something a bit different, how about a spit-roasted hog or a seafood barbeque?


Our Spa and Leisure facilities make for a great place to relax with your guests after the big day. We have one of Scotland’s largest heated outdoor infinity pools that will really get your guests talking. These facilities are also open to non-residents so no need to worry if you are not staying in our accommodation.



If you do want to stay with us, however, we have a wide range of accommodation types to choose from and our Events Team can talk through what options are best for you. We have our 5* Luxury Apartments, dog-friendly Cottages and Studio Apartments, our Lodge rooms and our Couples Retreats - Tighnamara and The Hideaway. The Hideaway is brand new and it comes with it’s own private hot tub and wood-burning stove, both of which add to the romance.


Whatever you want your big day to be, we will try our very best to accommodate. If you would like to make an enquiry, please email our Events Team at


Photography: The Gibsons

Portavadie | Loch Fyne | PA21 2DA

01700 811075 | | WEBSITE

Member of - Scotland’s Luxury Online Directory for Weddings

88 Events Launch New Website

3 Oct 2019

88 Events Launch New Website


88 Events, Scotland’s leading linen hire and table styling company is delighted to announce the launch of their new website at

Featuring a complete re-design, the new site features the UK’s largest combined collection of luxury table linens and table styling products.

Other key changes include an unrivalled Lookbooks section. This is a massive compendium of over 1,200 images showing all of their hire products in action across 60 different event and wedding styling themes in 14 different categories.

Users can also download the 2nd edition of their famous ‘Wedding Inspiration Guide’ in the Style Guides section and receive a special discount on their wedding when they subscribe to the company’s table styling e-newsletter.

Everything You Need To Style Your Dream Wedding


88 Events' Hire Collection is the UK’s largest combined collection of luxury linens, chair covers and table styling products. It features:

  • 14 Exclusive table linen ranges in 130+ colourways and loads of sizes
  • Chair covers in 9 fabric ranges to fit many styles of chair
  • Loads of napkin décor options & chair décor accessories
  • Customisable Chiavari & Rustic chairs plus lots more furniture
  • Candelabras & centrepieces
  • 27 Different styles of charger plate
  • Contemporary & traditional glassware

88 Events’ free wedding styling service (aka ‘Hire with Style’) is perfect for couples who are happy planning the majority of their wedding themselves but feel they need some table styling assistance.


Hire with Style is worth exploring further if you answer yes to any of the following questions:

  • Do you have a vision for your wedding but are struggling to pull it all together?
  • Are you not being wowed by the styling products your venue or caterer is offering as standard?
  • Would you like to get free wedding styling advice from recognised industry experts?

The best way to think of Hire with Style is like a free table styling service to help you make sense of 88 Events’ vast range of hire products and get you the perfect look for your wedding.

Owner, Kasia Samuels explains:

“Hire with Style is simply an easy way to create some stunning table styling at your wedding.

We take all the amazing linens, furniture and table styling products of our Hire Collection and fuse them with our event design skills to perfectly bring your dream wedding vision to life.

You don’t pay any extra for this advice. It’s completely free and we tailor everything to fit your budget. You’ll also be treated to the same care and attention whether you have £100 to spend on styling or £10,000.”

Our sole purpose is to help you create your dream wedding. That means helping design something that YOU fall in love with and WOWS your guests.”


About 88 Events

Founded as an event and wedding planning company in 1996, 88 Events were pioneers in the UK event styling industry.

Kasia again:

“It’s hard to imagine now, but back in the 90’s, high-end decoration at events and weddings was mostly confined to London and perhaps Manchester. Even then there weren’t many companies paying attention to it.

We pretty much gave birth to the event styling industry in Scotland and it’s fair to say that every company that came after was inspired by us. 

Anyway, we’re still here after all these years and we’re proud to say that our business is a truly nationwide business with over 30% of our turnover generated outside of Scotland. Some of that is down to our vast range of products and the fact we’re always offering new ranges. Some of it is down to our quality guarantee. In fact, we were the first UK company to offer a guarantee on our rental linens.

But mostly it’s down to the fact that we care deeply about event styling and feel that everyone deserves the best wedding they can afford.

Your wedding is a once-in-a-lifetime occasion and you should never feel bad about giving yourself the best day possible.

With all that said, if you’re looking to create a visually stunning wedding akin to the ones you see in our Lookbooks then we’re almost certainly the company for you.

And we would love nothing more than to help you create the wedding you’ve always dreamt of.”


To find out more, visit or call on 0141 445 2288 to arrange a free styling consultation.

***Come. Meet the team at The Luxury Scottish Wedding Show THIS Sunday at Hopetoun House***

Member of - Scotland’s Luxury Online Directory for Weddings

Mount Stuart

30 Sep 2019

The impressive 19th century Gothic mansion, Mount Stuart, which is located on one of Scotland’s most scenic islands, offers couples an unforgettable once in a lifetime experience not only thanks to its grand and luxurious interiors but also thanks to the 5 star service provided by the personal events team.

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Mount Stuart is a unique exclusive use venue that is enjoyed by only a handful of couples each year. Welcoming clients from all around the world, Mount Stuart is situated on the Isle of Bute, Scotland’s most accessible isle being just a mere 40 minute journey from Glasgow International Airport, it is the perfect Scottish island wedding experience. Set against the striking backdrop of the Firth of Clyde, the 300 acres of gardens and grounds are some of the finest in the world including 2 miles of private coastline.

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Mount Stuart itself becomes a special place for those who are lucky enough to stay within the house, surrounded by stunning interiors of rich tones, luxurious velvet, white marble, gold star-imbued ceilings and fine art.

Credit – Andy Allen Photography -

Mount Stuart House was originally a family home and our dedicated events team has family at the heart of everything they do. The team are on hand to ensure you and your guests feel entirely at home throughout your wedding. We pride ourselves on offering the warmest of welcomes to our guests and no matter how you first view Mount Stuart you will leave calling it home.

Credit – Ross Alexander-

“When you book your wedding at Mount Stuart you get the full package, a truly magical venue and an amazing team – the staff literally blew us away with their professionalism, humour and warmth. The team will go out of their way to make you feel like Mount Stuart is your home for the day and will make the day as special as possible for you. Mount Stuart is a really special place; we are both so happy to call it ‘our special place’ now!” Caroline & Jaad, September 2017

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“This was a fairytale moment brought to life. We couldn’t have had a more perfect wedding. The entire staff took the house and our experience to a level beyond our expectations. We feel so blessed to have had the joy of exchanging our vows in this magnificent and picturesque place. The customer service, the attention to detail, the welcoming environment and the depth of history and character of this great house, lend themselves to momentous events, tying together the past, present and the promise of days to come” Amy & Tyler, June 2019

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“Gavin and I can’t ever thank you enough for allowing us to have the most wonderful weekend of our lives with you at Mount Stuart. We thoroughly enjoyed every second of our wedding weekend. It was literally a dream come true and one I never thought could happen as perfectly as it did. You made us feel incredible, from the moment we arrived to the morning we left. We will treasure our memories of your kindness, warmth and expertise throughout the whole process. A particularly precious moment for us was your welcoming our dog Max into the chapel to be part of the ceremony. Many other venues would have understandably not allowed this - so thank you SO much”. Sarah & Gavin, November 2018

Credit – Craig & Eva Sanders –  

At this time last year we had put in place only a few of the ingredients for our wedding, with many decisions yet to come. During the run up to the wedding your support and professionalism made the process stress free - even where we were a touch last minute - and you set out options and ideas which we were grateful for. The House and the grounds that weekend looked, and were, wonderful. The attentiveness of the House staff was superb. We, and the guests, had a really great time. For us Mount Stuart will be a special place for the rest of our lives and we will visit when we can. Thank you very much for helping to make our wedding such a special time”. 

Kristina & Colin, August 2018

Credit – The Curries –

“We had our wedding at Mount Stuart in July 2017. It was more than we could have ever dreamed of. I can’t think of a more magical place to tie the knot. Everything was perfect from start to finish and the Team couldn’t have done more for us. Both ourselves and our guests were made to feel so at home and welcome!” Rachel & Chris, July 2017

Credit – Ross Alexander –  

“My daughter’s wedding, which took place on 10/08/19 was the most important day of our lives.

I wish to commend ALL staff for their professional and caring approach. Words could not explain just how my family feel about them. Your staff care, not only for each and everyone one of the guests but in an extremely special way the magnificent house. The passion they displayed was wonderful; the house is part of them. I have never experience such a dedication from all staff towards their posts”. Paula, Mother of the Bride, August 2019

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“Thank you so much for all that you have done in making our wedding day so wonderful. The care and kindness of everybody involved was incredible and made our celebrations even more special. We cannot thank you enough and hope to see you all on our next visit as a married couple”. Claire & Rich, June 2019

Credit – Fotogenic of Scotland –

“Angus and I just wanted to say a huge thank you for all your help to make our wedding truly unforgettable. We had the most amazing day, which was only made possible by your patience and hard work. We can’t tell you how thankful we were for making any request seem easy and for making our big day run smoothly. You and the team truly offer a five star service – me and Angus feel so lucky to have found Mount Stuart, and even better, get married there!” Alex & Angus, May 2019

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The possibilities are endless with a wedding at Mount Stuart, from banquet feasts to a silver service wedding breakfast, your own military tattoo on the front lawn to dancing the night away under the stars of the night sky in the Marble Hall. The events team are on hand every step of the way to help you create unforgettable, magical celebrations that will leave your guests feeling like they are now part of the Mount Stuart family.

Mount Stuart | Isle of Bute | PA20 9LR

01700 50 3877 | | WEBSITE

Member of - Scotland’s Luxury Online Directory for Weddings

Mar Hall Golf & Spa Resort

26 Sep 2019

Starting to plan your big day? Confused already? Don’t let stress about organising your nuptials ruin the happiest day of your life! Here at the Earl of Mar Estate, we have a number of different venues and wedding packages for guests to choose from. Have a read below, and please note you can book a private wedding tour of the estate with one of our award-winning events team completely free of charge. Just call our planners on 0141 812 9964 with any questions you might have about your big day.

All four of our Mar Hall wedding packages can cater up to 300 adult guests dependant on your venue choice. *Important to note is from Sunday to Thursday the minimum guest numbers are 80 and from  Friday to Saturday, a minimum guest number of 100 is required.* And once booked you can enjoy the likes of delicious canapes, champagne, dinner, your wedding cake and use of the Luxury Grand Bridal Suite.

Here at Mar Hall, we boast a choice of beautiful venues and we are located in the most stunning surroundings. Find out more about our 5 weddings venues below.

Morton House Ballroom

If you are looking for luxury wedding venues near Glasgow, then take a look at our Morton House Ballroom at Mar Hall. A luxurious space where you can take your vows, dazzle your guests and create everlasting memories. Morton House sits within the lush grounds of Mar Hall and it is here that the spectacular Morton House Ballroom is sited. Recently refurbished, this splendid and truly elegant ballroom boasts the most luxurious of spaces to take your vows. A bright, airy room with spectacular lighting creates an ambience of utter splendour for you and your guests to indulge in. Furthermore, spectacular crystal chandeliers adorn the ceiling and large windows draw your eye to the mature grounds beyond. Hosting up to 170 guest banquet style, there is the option of having a wedding ceremony and reception all under one roof. A perfect exclusive use wedding venue. And you can also book luxury accommodation to add to your five-star experience.

Garden Pavilion

If you are looking for outdoor wedding venues in Scotland then look no further. Here, our luxurious Garden Pavilion marquee is a sublime setting for your wedding day. Stunning views over the River Clyde and rolling Kilpatrick Hills makes for the perfect place to say ‘I do’ at one of the top Scottish wedding venues near Glasgow.

Furthermore, you will indulge in a space laced in cream and ivory. And with floor to ceiling windows that lead onto a heated decking area, you can take your wedding outdoors! Here you can breathe in the stunning setting that unfolds before you. There is nothing as beautiful nor more romantic than the Scottish countryside! And it is here you can wow your guests against this backdrop as it makes for the perfect place to host a magnificent firework display. As the day draws to a close the hills and water can light up in one grand finale.

Additionally, six crystal chandeliers hang from the draped ceiling. As well as this, a star cloth with thousands of sparkling LED lights adorns the ceiling above our large dance floor. Thus, creating the perfect spot for your first dance together as husband and wife. Furthermore, the cream canvas can be designed to suit any wedding theme or decor. So you can create your perfect wedding. If you are looking for an elegant space, with lashings of natural daylight and spectacular views then this is truly one of the most beautiful wedding venues in Scotland. Important to point out is our Garden Pavilion is fully heated and can accommodate from 100 to 300 guests. And if you are looking for accommodation we have a choice of luxury rooms to wind down in after your big day.

The Kilpatrick Suite

If you are looking for unique and small wedding venues in Scotland then take a look at our Kilpatrick Suite at Mar Hall. An intimate venue which is certainly unique, it provides the most quaint surroundings to take your vows.

The Kilpatrick Suite is located just as you enter the main house. Here you and your guests can step back in time and savour the history of this unique space. As you walk in you are drawn to the floor to ceiling Edwardian, arched windows, framing the view beyond. The meandering River Clyde and rolling Kilpatrick hills paint a romantic backdrop to your special day. Furthermore, the walls are adorned in antique oak panelling. And above you, a beautiful and imposing gold chandelier adorns the ornate ceiling.

It truly is on the best small wedding venues in Scotland. Here you and your guests can create everlasting memories. Hosting up to 40 guests you will savour all the day has to bring. Delicious food, stunning setting, romance, history and all in an intimate and unique setting. Also, we offer a choice of luxury accommodation should you and your guests want to stay.

Burgundy Suite

If you are looking for unique wedding venues in Scotland then take a look at our Burgundy Suite at Mar Hall. A luxury wedding venue near Glasgow, it certainly offers that one off space for you to say ‘I do’ and dazzle your guests.

Situated just off the hotel’s stunning Grand Hall the Burgundy suite is a spectacular room, oozing charm. Here you are enveloped in history. Huge, Edwardian windows allow light to spill in and frame the magnificent views beyond. Drink in the romantic beauty of the River Clyde and Kilpatrick hills that frame your wedding day. Wood panelled walls, a grand fireplace and exquisite ceiling decoration all add to the opulent romance of this space.

Adjoining the Grand Hall where you and your guests will enjoy your drinks reception, you have access to the outdoors. Here you can step out onto the balcony and into our splendid Gardens. So you are spoiled when it comes to capturing those special moments with your wedding photography.

The Burgundy Suite can host up to 160 guests for your ceremony and 100 for the wedding breakfast. Furthermore, you can choose to stay in a choice of our luxury accommodation to make the most of your special day.

Exclusive Use

If you are looking for exclusive use wedding venues in Scotland then why not book your five-star wedding at Mar Hall? Mar Hall is one of the finest exclusive wedding venues with accommodation, available for hire here in Scotland. And, with exclusive use for you and your guests you can indulge in its charm and beauty as if it were your own stately home.

Important to point out is that your wedding party will have exclusive use of our five-star facilities. Therefore, you can take full advantage of our five-star spa, our superb gymnasium, our glorious swimming pool, our 18 hole golf course, not to mention a wonderful stay in our luxury accommodation. Here you can step back in time and indulge in Scottish history in our spectacular Edwardian mansion hotel. And, set in spectacular, ancient grounds, with views of the river Clyde and rolling Kilpatrick hills, you and your guests can enjoy true escapism.

  • 53 Luxurious bedrooms and suites (up to 106 guests)
  • The Grand Hall which accommodates up to 200 guests
  • 5 public area suites
  • Access to the manicured gardens
  • Access to our Championship 18 hole Golf Course & Decleor Spa
  • Use of the Garden Pavilion for an evening reception

Furthermore, special touches can be arranged upon request.  So why not take advantage of our valet parking. Or enjoy a five-starred carpet welcome. And we can offer floral centrepieces and have all staff dedicated to your special day. Also available are gifts to add that personal touch. So why not organise a gift to be received by each guest in their room upon arrival? Furthermore, a bottle of champagne in each guest room can also be provided.

So make it an unforgettable event and own your own stately home for a few special days. We are one of the most prestigious exclusive wedding venues in Scotland available for hire and can cater for up to 200 or more of your friends and family. And, as well as exclusive weddings we can also cater for a variety of other exclusive events. To find out more and get a personalised quotation please contact our special events team or call us on 0141 812 9964.

Crossbasket Castle

25 Sep 2019

No two wedding breakfasts are the same, your wedding breakfast should be unique to you and reflect you both as a couple in your tastes, likes and dislikes.  Everyone wants their special day to be different from all they have attended before, and outstanding food is a great way to stand apart.

Host your wedding in the opulent surroundings of Crossbasket Castle and have your beloved guests salivating at your menu from the Roux culinary dynasty. Overseen by the legendary French chef Albert Roux and son Michel Roux Jr, leading family members behind famous London establishment, Le Gavroche, which was the first ever restaurant in the UK to be awarded 3 Michelin Stars.

Dishes showcase fare from Scotland’s renowned natural larder with an added touch of creative flair from the iconic Roux team. Straight from the cookbooks of the Roux family, packed with flavour and always a favourite in our dining room, our signature dishes are available to add to your wedding menu to make a bold statement for everyone to enjoy and talk about.

Balvenie Chez Roux Salmon, West Coast White Crab, Chives, Lemon Dressing

Poached Lemon Sole, Buttered Spinach, Sauce Veronique

Fillet of Highland Beef Bourguignon, Pomme Puree, Smoked Bacon, Roasted Seasonal Vegetables

Albert Roux’s Lemon Tart, Raspberry Sorbet

Sensitively renovated, Crossbasket is a stunning 17th century castle transformed into one of Scotland’s most magnificent hotel and wedding venues.  A luxurious affair, offering the perfect backdrop for an unforgettable wedding experience for you and your guests.  Complete with a four-storey bridal tower and an array of opulent public rooms including the Grand Roosevelt Ballroom with space enough to welcome up to 250 people, Crossbasket Castle promises a truly magical experience.

With weekend dates still available for 2020, now is the perfect opportunity to get in touch and arrange a visit to the castle.  We will be at the Luxury Scottish Wedding Show on Sunday 6th October at Hopetoun House and on Sunday 24th November, we are hosting our annual wedding fair.  It’s the wonderful opportunity to meet with some of our favourite wedding suppliers and find out more about having your big day at the castle. Registration on our website and social media will be opening soon.  Visit for more information

Crossbasket Castle | Crossbasket Estate | Stoneymeadow Rd | Glasgow | G72 9UE

01698 829 461 | | WEBSITE

Member of - Scotland’s Luxury Online Directory for Weddings

Fiona & Craig’s Relaxed Family Wedding at Winton Castle

24 Sep 2019

Fiona Ralph and Craig Shiells from Edinburgh held their summer wedding at Winton Castle with 70 family and friends on the 25th of May this year.

This is their lovely story, generously told by Fiona:

“When thinking about possible ideas for our wedding venue, we kept coming back to the idea of having somewhere that we could escape with our family and friends for a weekend and have the whole place to ourselves.

“We had imagined a fairly traditional wedding as we would be married in Duddingston Kirk so we were looking for something that would be reasonably close to the church. We live on the east side of Edinburgh and knew that East Lothian had a brilliant selection of beautiful venues and that the location would work well for the majority of our guests.

“We had seen Winton online and made initial contact to visit the venue. Rae immediately made us feel at home when we visited and as soon as we stepped through the door with the roaring fire and stunning surroundings, we began to get really excited!

“The Castle itself completely took our breath away with its stunning architecture and exquisite gardens. The interior of the Castle was so elegant yet had so much character and historical importance that we just couldn’t see ourselves having our wedding anywhere else!

“We also loved the size and the layout of the Castle as it meant that people could explore the different rooms without being far away from the party! The rooms all flow into each other and there were plenty of comfy seats by the fire where people could sit and chat if they wanted a break from dancing!

“It was lovely to pass by at various points and see people chatting away with other guests who they didn’t know before the wedding. After our wedding we loved hearing that people have stayed in touch and made new friends.”

Did you consider any other wedding venues?

“We viewed four wedding venues, most of which were in East Lothian. We loved one of the other venues but once we viewed Winton, all other options didn’t seem anywhere near as perfect for us!

“We loved the fact that we didn’t need a marquee and that we could have our whole reception in the Castle itself. It rained quite a bit on our wedding day but it just didn’t matter! We knew that having chosen Winton, we could take advantage of the stunning gardens if the weather was nice, but if the rain came, it wouldn’t be a problem.”

What was the format of your wedding?

“We stayed two nights in the Castle which gave us Friday to Sunday so it really felt like a wedding weekend! We arrived on Friday evening and after unpacking and settling into our rooms, we kick off the weekend with some Champagne in the garden with our family and bridal party. Then had a relaxed dinner and a lovely evening looking forward to the wedding the next day!

“The wedding ceremony itself took place at Duddingston Kirk, then we travelled back to Winton for the reception. Guests were greeted with drinks and canapes carefully made by Appetite. Andy Lucas played the piano for guests while they chatted at the drinks reception, and we had our photos taken in the gardens. One of our friends made a comment about listening to the piano playing in the venue being like walking through a scene of ‘Midnight in Paris’ which I thought was lovely!

“Not even the pouring rain stopped us getting our photos taken outside in the gardens – I don’t think you can really tell from the photos!

“After the drinks reception, we were brought through for the speeches which were followed by a three-course wedding breakfast. The level of detail that Winton go to in terms of setting the tables with candelabras, silver cutlery and crystal glassware was so beautiful to see when you walked into the room! The meal was absolutely wonderful and went down a treat with our guests.

“After cutting the cake, it was time for the band to start! They were incredible and our guests were raving about them for weeks after the wedding. We had the best time dancing the night away with our family and friends. It was such a joy to see everyone dancing, laughing and enjoying themselves!”

How was Winton’s food, drink and hospitality?*

“Simply outstanding. We heard nothing but compliments about the food provided by Appetite Events and the hospitality of Winton staff. We gave our guests a choice for their meal and the organisation of this was absolutely seamless. Staff knew exactly which meal was going to who and it seemed so effortless.

“Winton and Appetite were so flexible and approachable in terms of building our wedding menu. We couldn’t have asked for more than the help and guidance given by Winton and Appetite and their expertise was so valuable.  

“The service of Winton’s staff throughout the evening was wonderful. Staff were even kind enough to go round and ask our older relatives who were sitting chatting by the fire if they could get them a glass of something.”  

What were your most memorable and romantic moments?

“Our guests absolutely loved being at Winton. We received so many compliments on the day from friends and family, and several months later, people are still raving about the venue! It was so lovely to see our friends and family enjoying the day and everyone felt really relaxed in the venue itself.

“The most memorable moment was meeting Craig at the altar in the church. It was a really emotional moment for both of us having been together for 10 years, since we were 16! To be surrounded by all our closest family and friends as we tied the knot was really special. We were so happy to have Craig’s grandfather say a few words at the ceremony on behalf of our grandparents, many of whom are no longer with us, and that certainly brought a tear to the eye!”

Were there any moments when things didn’t completely go to plan?!

“There were a few funny things that happened over the course of the wedding weekend – mainly before the wedding itself. The first was that the fire alarm went off the night before so two or three fire engines turned up almost immediately! After it was confirmed that there was no fire, encouraged by the fire brigade and my bridesmaids, I ended up in the fire engine with the fireman’s helmet on!  

“The second funny incident was the extra guests that arrived! On the morning of the wedding, a couple of jackdaws managed to sneak their way into our Bridal Suite to join in with the wedding preparations!! Between the extremely professional staff at Winton and one of my bridesmaids, the birds were set free – it’s is one of those brilliant stories we’ll have for years to come! I can honestly say that the staff at Winton are really ready for anything!!”

How would you describe Winton’s ambience?

“When we made the initial appointment to view Winton, we knew it was going to be a beautiful venue but one thing that we didn’t expect was that we would feel so instantly at home and relaxed in the Castle. This is one thing that Winton does better than everywhere else – we were truly made to feel like we were at home each time we visited the Castle.

“We were made to feel so welcome and were truly spoilt by the hospitality of Winton staff the whole time we were there. For such a grand building, Winton is so relaxed and flexible, and has a feeling of warmth and friendliness that made our experience so wonderful!”

Do you have any ideas or suggestions on how Winton could improve its hospitality?

“I genuinely don’t think you could top it! We already knew that the staff at Winton were wonderful but the warmth, friendliness, helpfulness and professionalism of all staff was absolutely outstanding. We couldn’t have been more impressed and are so grateful to all at Winton for everything! In particular, Rae is truly one of a kind and we owe a lot to her.”

You can find more on weddings at Winton Castle here.

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Credits: Photographers: Craig & Eva Sanders | Dress: Suzanne Neville at Rachel Scott Couture | Florist: Whitehouse Flowers

Kelly Ann Halliday Makeup Artist

23 Sep 2019

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 9 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!

Kelly Ann Halliday Makeup Artist | covering central Scotland

07927877771 | | WEBSITE

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Laurel Tree Events

19 Sep 2019

Laurel Tree Events are an award-winning wedding and event planners, offering a tailor-made wedding planning and venue decor & design service. Guiding and supporting clients every step of the way, we provide inspirational ideas, impartial advice and will seamlessly plan the whole wedding in a friendly and discreet manner.

Creating beautiful weddings is our passion and it brings us a huge amount of joy and satisfaction to support couples in creating their special day. Our job is to take the pressure off, but never to take over. Couples can enjoy the process of planning the wedding they have always wanted, without the stress of co-ordinating everything.

Laurel Tree Events work with couples from the UK and overseas and plan weddings in a variety of venues from castles & luxury hotels to the great outdoors surrounded by the spectacular Scottish scenery. We provide a very personal, yet professional approach to wedding planning by listening to our clients wedding day vision, getting to know them and understanding their specific requirements, ensuring that we are able to create a wedding that is as individual as each couple.

Laurel Tree Events will inspire with stunning design ideas to help create the most beautiful wedding day. With an exceptional eye for detail and a desire to exceed expectations, together with years of invaluable wedding industry experience, Laurel Tree Events ensure that their clients will enjoy the most wonderful wedding day.

By keeping up to date with all the latest changes and trends we ensure that all of our ideas are fresh and relevant, delivering a wedding that has been styled with the couple very much in the forefront of our mind, ensuring that their wedding is memorable for all of the right reasons.

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

Tel: 07779 181334 | Email:

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Hotel Du Vin Edinburgh

17 Sep 2019

Make a grand entrance to your wedding day in a fantastically chic setting with the help of your own wedding organiser. They will help to make sure your day is perfect and your dreams are turned to reality, from the hen and stag celebrations, to colour schemes to creative wedding breakfast menus.

Whatever your style, from traditional to flamboyant, your menu will fit the bill. Choose from one of our carefully planned packages or speak to our Chefs who will create a bespoke menu just for you. Our Sommeliers will also be on hand to create the perfect wine pairings from the fizz to toast your marriage to the wine on the tables.

Rest assured your big day and everything around it will run like a dream.

We have a two beautiful private rooms for you to choose from: Bedlam (10 people max) and Burke & Hare (36 people max). We can also accommodate you in our courtyard, for a magical outside wedding or in our French styled bistro for a more unique day. So whether intimate or roomy, all are stunning with impressive features and decorative walls.

Burke and Hare room set up for a Wedding meal (Long Table).

Burke and Hare room set up in Theatre Style for a wedding Ceremony.

Cigar Bothy in our outside courtyard.

Our Whiskey snug can be used for a cosy drinks reception before or even after your ceremony.

At Hotel du Vin Edinburgh, located in the old town, close to many of the capital’s best attractions you can stay in one of 47 timelessly styled bedrooms and stunning suites.

“I just wanted to say THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!!!! Thank you for answering 10,000 emails from me, helping with every step of the planning, decorating the room so beautifully and being so incredibly helpful throughout the whole lead up to the wedding and on the day. You helped make our day so special and you are brilliant at your job and every bride that gets to work with you is very lucky.

Thank you so much from both of us “– Jasmine and Sam 2019

If you have any questions or would like to enquire about any of the above please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Hotel Du Vin | 11 Bristo Place, Edinburgh EH1 1EZ / Tel. 0131 247 4905 | WEBSITE

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