Rachael has written and excellent guest blog! Have a read it, she has some great advice at the end about trying to keep your day personal. Thank you Rachael. 

Ross and I got engaged on Christmas Day back in 2013. We had planned to spend Christmas at Maryculter house hotel but plans changed however he didn’t want to wait any longer and popped the question and allowed me to celebrate with all my family.


Wedding planning was pretty easy for us, I knew exactly what style of wedding We would like but finding a venue was always going to be the hardest part. We went to several wedding shows and viewed a fair few places before going to see Thainstone House Hotel. I knew straight away it was the perfect place to spend our big day.

As soon as we had set a date I was ready to start planning I picked my four bridesmaids Amy, Abbi, Rachel and Kim and got the show on the road. During a client night the previous year we had the Big Show as our entertainment and loved them so we didn’t even look at any other bands so that was the first thing we booked and they were amazing on the day!! We then looked at photographers and both thought Janie was so nice and both felt as ease around her so that was tick number two.

From there we worked through a check list and started planning everything else (I say we it was more me). Flowers and stationery was always going to be a big thing for me I had always had visions of huge flower displays and cute little place names and a stand out table plan and I was lucky enough to be able to have them all! My centrepieces were more than I could ever have imagined when we first walked into the ballroom to see it finished it was my dream come true not one thing would I have changed.

Our cake was made by a family member who worked in a local cake shop. She worked on making our cake perfect and she did the best job, even though I never got a bit on the day which I’m gutted about.


Choosing the dress was difficult I went with my bridesmaids, mum and grandma and sometimes Ross’ mum. We started by trying on pretty much every style before narrowing down the best shape and then worked from there. As soon as I put on my wedding dress I knew this was the one and paid it there and  then I didn’t even need to think about it. It made me feel like a princess and exactly how a bride should feel. I would definitely recommend going with your gut feeling when picking your dress.

Bob Johnstone was our humanist on the day and we loved him such a lovely person and made us feel so relaxed! Our ceremony was very very person and was quite emotional I have never seen my husband cry so much. Bob explained how we met ‘me asking some random (my husband) to get my blue wicked bottle from under the bush I left there the night before, his reply was get away you mink’ I was 14 him 15 and we have never looked back….was so funny on the day and a little bit embarrassing.

Thainstone House was amazing and we could not have asked for a better day everything went exactly to plan, we defiantly had the best day of our lives and have amazing photos and a DVD to look back on.


My advice to any couple is keep it personal, don’t think about what anyone else would enjoy do what you want at the end of the day it you and your partner’s day no one else’s and relax about it. Have fun planning it, we had great fun trying our cakes, date night meal tasting, free hotels stay etc. Make the most of it.

Hennys and staggers are also such an important part. We both could not thank our parties more for making them the best weekends ever. Well what we remember of them anyway!

It’s hard work saving up for a wedding because everyone knows how expensive it can be but every penny is worth it. You will never get the memories back.

We then headed off to Vietnam on our honeymoon giving us time to reflect on the wedding…. I definitely think you need to plan sometime together afterwards, we needed it!!

We got married on the 15th August 2015 but written this has made me want to do it all over again. Nearly a year later I still think about our wedding day all the time and how I would love to do it all over again.

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