Here we have the amazingly creative and beautiful Linzi! Thank you so much for this and her money saving tips are brilliant.
After an absolutely lush holiday in Morocco, we came home with the big announcement that we were getting hitched!
As soon as we got home the wedding plans were pretty much underway, with us having the intention of marrying the following year – 2015. This felt like quite the rush to put everything into place in under a year, but we got it done.
Where we would get married was out of the question as we always said when the day came that we would do our upmost to make it happen at the absolutely breath taking Castle Fraser. The Castle has a lot of sentimental memories for Jason as working in the trade as a roofer has always spoke about working on the roof alongside his dad Andrew who is sadly no long with us.
We were married by John Mack who is a old family friend and who also married my Mum and Stepdad in 2013. I always remember John saying to me at my mums wedding ‘so when are you getting married? Let me know’! So that I did and he was great, he has such a fun sense of humour which took our minds right off of our natural wedding day nerves!!
When it came to the music we had been dead set on the band ‘Mustang’, having seen them twice previously at friend’s weddings and knew they were our cup of tea. At all of the weddings we have seen them the dance floor has been packed, that’s exactly what I like to see.
I contacted Rhea at Janie Barclay studios for the photography, I have known Rhea for many years as we used to Highland Dance together. When I had seen she had joined Janie’s team I knew she would be excellent, and rightly so her work spoke volumes. Rhea and David were fabulous and I couldn’t thank them enough, they made us feel at ease. I must not forget and mention they felt like part of our day – like guests!!
Videographer in my opinion is an absolute must have, there were so many things on the day that we missed or forgot. We used Andrew at A.V.E who is such a lovely guy. Andy really explained all the equipment, how it would work and where it would be throughout the day to ensure he managed to pick up as much as possible. The end result was very pleasing- something we can keep for many years to come and will help us reminisce.
My Flowers were done by my old neighbour Lorna at Floral Request, I highly recommend using people you know and trust and Lorna I trusted completely. Lorna worked with me to draw an end result based on what I was looking for and it all seemed like such a doddle.
We added a bit of fun to the evening with a photobooth from Silly Snapz, if you have a spare bit of money I would recommend this for sure! In the evening you see all your guests a few drinks later and are feeling a bit mischievous. This was such a fun touch and again some extra pic’s to look back on- my ‘grinny and granda’ even went in for a snap, they are in their 70’s!!
The cake or should I say cakes, I made myself. Some people would call me crazy, but I’ll admit I can turn my hand to some good vanilla sponge cupcakes. I had every faith that I could do it and 250 cupcakes later and a very sore hand from piping the icing on them all I was so pleased with myself – that I had saved a fortune!
Unlike some, our bridesmaid dresses and kilts were an easy decision for us as we knew the colour scheme we were going with and I knew what bridesmaid dress I wanted. This was just a case of sourcing who stocked them.
My dress was not what I thought I wanted so I would say to listen and take on-board the opinion of the staff in the bridal shops- they really do know what they are talking about. I had a lovely time trying on dresses and ended up choosing the very first dress I tried on in the shop. My advice would be however to check alteration prices at the bridal shops before going ahead. There are some great independent dress makers out there and often some of the shops will use them and act as a 3rd party. It would be much cheaper to go direct.
All in all a wedding is a lovely day and more than likely the one and only time that everyone you love and care so much for will be in the same room. So try and take some time as a newly married couple to take it all in and enjoy it as much as possible. Time really does fly when you’re enjoying yourself.