7 reasons to get married in Scotland

Well, being born and bred in Scotland and having lived here all my life, I  must say there is a high chance that I am a little biased towards the many reasons why Scotland makes a fantastic destination to host your Wedding. That said though, there are some really important practical and emotional reasons why you should seriously consider Scotland as the place for your marriage to begin.

1.     Historic castles AND AMAZING VENUES

Have you ever had your heart jump into your throat on seeing the beauty of somewhere? Well, there is simply no arguing that Scotland has some pretty immense, ancient places where you can be married. Historic castles, luxurious estates and even castle ruins are all feasible places that you could choose to tie the knot. Many couples choose to get married in Scotland because of a family heritage tie to a particular castle, clan or district and this can be a really meaningful event for many families who have perhaps never visited Scotland. Many castles offer an incredible setting for your Wedding too – inside and out, typically very grand in nature and adorned with many historical pieces of furniture and art – which are usually timeless in beauty. Whether your vision is a pink turreted castle, an exclusive castle or clifftop castle ruins, there is almost certainly bound to be a place which is the perfect fit, many even have their own Chapel which means you can host a religious, humanist or civil ceremony in these stunning locations.

2.     You can get married anywhere and there is no “time in country” requirement

I know, this sounds too good to be true but trust me on this one, it’s the truth. Here in Scotland, so long as someone legally ordained to marry you agrees to marry you in the place of your choice, you can be married there. So for example if you want to take your vows under an ancient Fir tree in the middle of a forest, yep you can do it (So long as you are willing to do it despite any potential weather mishaps!).

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In addition, uniquely to the rest of the UK, here in Scotland there is no law about the time you should have been in the country before you are married. So you don’t need to arrive here several days or weeks in advance before the Wedding date – You can literally arrive the day before the Wedding and leave the day after it if you so wish (However we do always recommend giving yourself 2 nights before the Wedding day for things such as hair/make up trials, dress steaming and collecting that all important kilt!)

3.     It really is romantic

The chances are, if you are already reading this article, you’ll already have found some incredible images of the natural beauty of Scotland – perhaps you’ve already spotted an elopement in Skye or an intimate destination wedding at a lochside castle. What could be more romantic than a Wedding in a location like this, with a picnic basket to hand (and perhaps an umbrella just in case) to enjoy afterwards?

While Scotland is a contemporary country with all of the regular amenties you’ll be used to, we are very lucky that every major city is just 15 minutes drive from a beautiful view. You could find yourself married between two mountains or on an estate with a herd of deer - or if  you have a hire car you could stop by a loch with a packed lunch or even drive to a remote location outside of the cities at night to gaze at the beautiful stars.

4.     Food and drink...it's not just Haggis but you ought to give it a try!

Yes yes, we all know the old myth about the man who is employed as a haggis catcher and whisky and haggis are probably what most believe to be the traditional Scottish diet! Not forgetting Irn Bru and Fish & Chips of course!

In fact though, Scotland offers a really outstanding variety of cuisines and is one of the finest producers of local produce in the UK. Seafood in particular is of an excellent, fresh standard – Langoustines, Oysters, Mussels and lots of varieties of fish are all examples of seafood you could eat one evening that had been caught that morning!

Scotland is also the home of the world famous “Aberdeen Angus” beef and is also a producer of some excellent cheeses. Scotland is also home to the now world-famous craft beer producer, Brewdog as well as of course the delicacy that is the deep fried Mars bar!

5.     The Weather

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Of course, Scotland is famous for the rain and there is no denying, it can be rainy on any day of any month but when the sun is shining on a lush Spring or Summer evening or a crisp autumn or winters morning, really Scotland’s weather can be stunning.

Many of our clients come to Scotland with hopes for a particular type of weather, whether that is moody mist in the mountains (February, March & October are probably best months for this), sunshine (May through to September are good times of year for this) or even Snow (It’s a common misconception that it snows in Scotland around Christmas time, its acutally usually late Janaury/Early February and sometimes even March that we see snow).

Believe it or not, Scotland also has some stunningly beautiful beaches, some by the ocean and some by the many lochs.  

Besides, they say rain on your Wedding day is good luck here!

6.     Friendly culture

In Scotland, while the weather may not always be warm, the hearts of the people here usually are and you can expect nothing less than a warm welcome from the population. It is not uncommon for people to strike up conversation while waiting at the bar for a drink or waiting in a que at a shop.

You’re bound to find just about everyone you recruit for your Wedding will have a light-hearted approach to dealing with you and will make you feel really comfortable, all the while remaining completely professional. Even the most upmarket of venues and restaurants will make you feel very at home indeed.

7.     Value for money

Of course, by making the decision to host a destination wedding, you will almost certainly be likely to see that your estimated spend will reduce in quite a number of areas. In addition to that though, here in Scotland we can offer stunning exclusive use venues which while expensive will offer an incredible experience for you and your relatives but we also have a truly superb selection of 4 and 5 star hotels which will accommodate yourselves and your guests at a very reasonable value.

As is common in the Wedding industry, you will certainly benefit by considering a mid-week or out of season Wedding and I’d certainly suggest seriously considering the weekday option if you are to travel from a time zone with a difference of more than three hours. This will mean that you and your guests can travel on the weekends, will have enough time to overcome jet lag and you’ll benefit from a better rate at your chosen venue as well as much better supplier availability too! You could literally have your pick!

7 THINGS A WEDDING PLANNER WILL DO FOR YOU

Something that I am commonly asked when exhibiting at Wedding Fairs is “So what is it that you actually do?” and for a while, I found this a challenging question to answer concisely. In truth, it is so wide and varying as well as so unique to each couples requirements that it can be quite difficult to summarise.

In todays blog I summarise the seven key things that most Wedding Planners will do for you, depending upon the service package that you arrange to book with them.

However this list is by no means exhaustive – for example I ran out of items before I could suggest “Get extra loo roll from the local supermarket when the venue runs out” and “Dash back to your Parent’s hotel to get your Marriage schedule because your Dad actually forgot it”….

1.     Recommend vendors in industry – value for money

 Want to see how you can save money with Timeless White? Take a look at our Exclusive Dreamlist.

Your Wedding Planner will be able to make recommendations for you on suppliers who fall into your own unique requirements – budget, style and approach all in mind. Perhaps you really hate having your Photograph taken but really want beautiful keepsake images of the day, the chances are that your Planner can recommend someone with a very relaxed attitude who falls within your budget and still captures amazing images. This saves you spending time meeting with suppliers that you just won’t consider a good match for you and also means that your Planner has already suggested people who fall within your budget so that any vendor meetings don’t fall apart when the talk of money comes up.

At Timeless White, we are pleased to give all of our clients access to our incredible Dreamlist of some of Scotland’s very best suppliers, hand-picked by us as genuine and whole hearted recommendations. Nobody pays to be in there and nobody pays us if you book them – You simply have access to incredible recommendations and discounts from the outset, sometimes able to save the equivalent of our entire Wedding planning fee!

2.     Help you to understand legal process

Lets face it – your unlikely to have been through the paperwork process of getting legally married before and all those fancy words on government websites can make it look and sound a bit complicated! Your Planner will be able to guide you on the papers you need to submit, the timing of your submission and to advise you on which documents you will need to provide.

This is something that really has so much value, because it can be a real worry and headache – especially if you are being married in a foreign country. At Timeless White, we give our international couples access to a guide to getting married in Scotland that we have prepared specifically to help our clients through the process.

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3.     Co-ordinate and liaise with suppliers

It’ll come as no surprise to you that everyone involved in your Wedding day will be keen to learn as much as they can about the day. Interested suppliers – Great. Lots of questions – Not always so great.

This is when your Planners role comes in to play – Your Planner can advise all of your Suppliers on most of the detail of your Wedding and act as a bit of a shield between yourselves and more questions than you care to repeat the answers to.

Something that is important to remember is that any good Planner will never assume answers for you or make decisions without running the questions by you first – so you are never cut out of the decision making process, only some of the administrative/organisational pressure is removed from you.

4.     Help with budget

The B word has a lot to do with everything to do with your Wedding – The timing, the styling, the number of guests, even what you eat and drink on the day are all commonly affected by the budget.

At Timeless White we issue our clients with a Budget planning spreadsheet to assist you in understanding typical costs of each Supplier (From Bagpipers to Fireworks and everything in-between) allowing you to then see the bigger picture, before tweaking things to get to the figures you wish.

An experienced Wedding Planner should be able to give you advice on creative ways to save and spend money, as well as give you an honest opinion about whether that £500 candy bar is really going to have as much of an impact as you think.

5.     Design your wedding – perfect props

Every Bride-to-be has a Wedding Pinterest board or a good old fashioned book of inspiration – It would be silly to pretend that your Wedding Planner is going to be your only source of inspiration. Of course not! But she will be able to get a sense of the overall vision and look that you want to present on the day and will be able to tastefully work with your budget to achieve that look. Whatsmore, your Planner will know where you can get something that seems impossible to find, be able to suggest new trends that your Friends might never have seen before and will also be able to suggest unused spaces at Wedding venues that make cute corners for themed Drinks trolleys or suit some adornment.

6.     Deal with last minute stress

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It’s the week of your Wedding and something, anything goes wrong (Your boiler decides to die for example!) – Your stress levels are going to be really high. Suddenly your time is consumed with worry and trying to keep ontop of various beauty appointments, visiting family, last minute DIY projects for the day and collecting dresses and kilts. This is where your Planner suddenly becomes your Fairy Godmother – Your Planner will typically deal with anything that comes up the week before your Wedding as far as possible.

So no matter what happens in the lead up to the day or on the day itself, you can be assured that an experienced professional is handling any and all questions, issues and changes that might arise in relation to the event itself.

Something that we are told at every Wedding is how much of a huge relief it is to just know that someone trustworthy is there in the backround in the lead up to the day and on the day itself, quietly taking care of anything and anyone that needs it.

7.     Find best wedding insurance

 Insurance? Boring you say! Well, there’s no denying that but its also something that should be seriously considered when you are in the process of Planning your Wedding. The chances are you don’t imagine spending your Engagement reading the many dry pages of insurance T&C’s but as with anything, the time invested in something like this can be hugely beneficial should you actually need to rely on it. Luckily for you, your Wedding Planner should be relatively well versed when it comes to the downfalls of some insurance providers and be able to make a recommendation based on the best level of coverage. Of course, Wedding Planners are by no means insurance experts, so you should always just double check the details before going ahead yourself.

7 Reasons to hire a Wedding Planner

Here at Timeless White Wedding Planning, we are proudly passionate of how what we do for our clients is so helpful to them in the process of planning their Scottish wedding.

Many wedding venues and catering companies commonly mislead Bridal couples into believing that they will have the services of a Wedding Planner once they book their wedding with them – however, in reality no venue or caterer provides the backround support in the lead up to a wedding day or the fully rounded support on the day that a Wedding Planner can.

Read on to understand how a Wedding Planner can help you and if it’s something that you think you could benefit from.

1.    Remove pressure and stress

So not only is this one of the most emotionally important days in your life that your organising, it’s also likely to be the most expensive day of your life – no matter what your budget.

It’s also likely that you’ve never really worked with or in the industry to know who’s who and what’s what. In addition to that you’ll also have family and friends’ needs to consider in the process, especially if you are to receive contributions from your parents. Whether you want to admit it or not, weddings naturally come with quite a lot of pressure.

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Hiring a Wedding Planner is like having your very own experienced, knowledgeable PA in the world of weddings- you can have them help you as much as you want. No-one wants to be sat at their laptop at 2 in the morning searching 500 local Photographers and wondering when everything will feel fun and magical again. Your planner can schedule appointments, deal with suppliers, and work through the nitty-gritty issues of your day such as delivery logistics and bus route timings. No-one wants to be sat at their laptop at 2 in the morning searching 500 local Photographers and wondering when everything will feel fun and magical again.

No matter which package you book with Timeless White Wedding Planning will organize every supplier and liaise with them two weeks in advance of your wedding so all queries are dealt with and everyone turns up to your wedding fully knowing what to expect and ready to do their very best for you!

2.    Experience and expertise of area

In most instances, this will be your first time planning a wedding. A rooted and established local Wedding Planner has likely been in the wedding industry for years, having planned possibly hundreds of weddings, and are industry experts when it comes to wedding day protocol, etiquette, and what it takes to put on a successful event of this magnitude.

“Thank you so much for all your help with the wedding! You removed SO much of the worrying and we really appreciate your professionalism and hard work, you are an impressive young lady Emma Douglas!

Wedding Planners know the latest trends and are inspired daily by other brides, suppliers and the industry. They can visualise what will work in your venue and know how to bring your vision to life as well as how to best achieve that look with your budget.

Since Wedding Planners have been there, done that in almost all areas of wedding planning, we have all the knowledge to help you save time and money. If you have a favorite flower arrangement in mind, we can help you find the best florist in town. We also can be full of recommendations for a menu, dessert, or alcoholic beverage selection that will fit with your wedding theme and budget. If you are a committed crafter, we can offer advice on how to order the right materials for some DIY decor for your wedding. Most importantly, none of the questions that you may have concerning your big day will go unanswered:  we know the secrets to getting things done efficiently, which can help save you loads of time that you would have spent researching or asking friends for advice.

3.    Great networks – discounts!

Myth = Wedding Planners cost a lot and build commission into supplier fees.

A Wedding Planner regularly communicates with suppliers in all areas of the industry and can recommend the best vendors for you based on style, budget and reputation. Wedding Planners are also aware of cost-efficient ways to do things – reusing the Church flowers elsewhere for example, or suggesting viable ways to save costs on food and drinks.

At Timeless White our clients benefit from access to our exclusive Dreamlist of discounts and upgrades with some of the very best reputed suppliers in the industry – For example if you were to book our Wedding Day Management service, you could save our entire fee in discounts and upgrades by working with just a photographer and videographer from the Dreamlist.

At Timeless White we take no commission from any suppliers that we recommend.

Myth = Busted.

4.    Avoid common (and expensive) mistakes

Wedding Planners tend to know of the common mistakes that people frequently make. Your Planner is likely to feel less emotional about things in relation to your wedding and will almost certainly give rational input based on experience.

Your Planner can guide you in any area – from invitation dates and RSVP requirements through to time allowances for speeches and contractual queries with your suppliers.

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A Wedding Planner will take into account the bigger picture of your wedding and will be able to advise you where best to invest and where you can spend less and not make mistakes. Maybe you don’t need that £600 3 tier simple wedding cake when a high-end supermarket has a cake that could fulfill exactly that role for half the price?

5.    Share in your overall vision

In this process, you are going to find so much inspiration and have so many ideas for your wedding day and when it comes to making it happen on the day, your Wedding Planner will know exactly how and why things should be done as you’ve suggested.

Working with Timeless White has absolutely seamless. The girls anticipated all our needs and translated our ideas into the wedding of our dreams.”

Perhaps it’s something simple like a napkin fold to accommodate an inserted menu or something more complicated like the exact layout and arrangement of the room and who on each table should have the best view of the top table (Nobody want’s their Granny sat with her back to you during dinner!).

Your Planner will also be a source of inspiration and advice, knowing ways to add to the day or achieve the best look and feel with your budget – or ways that you could tweak your spending in other areas to free up some money for that incredible donut wall you desperately want!

6.    Organisation

Wedding Planners are experts in organization, we can very quickly give you the information that you need regarding anything you might need to know about your wedding. This organization can help to keep you calm and stress free.  Us Wedding Planners love lists! Budgets, timelines, guest lists, spreadsheets you name it, we have a template for it and it will cover every detail you can imagine plus lots that you won’t have even thought of!

Your Wedding Planner will have an itemized list of questions for you about what has been or requires arranging and will ensure each and every possible query has been considered.

At Timeless White, we keep a detailed Wedding file that not only contains details of every Wedding supplier and package you’ve booked but it contains an action tracker –so at any point, we can advise you on how things are progressing or remind you to pay that deposit invoice with your florist if its due.

With all of this assurance, you can sit back and enjoy the process – especially as the day draws near and you find yourself at dress fittings, beauty appointments and perhaps even travelling to get to Scotland for your wedding.

7.    Wedding Day Co-ordination – No last minute problems!

When your wedding day finally comes around, you'll feel great knowing that your planner is taking command of the venue and vendors, coordinating logistics, and ensuring that everything runs smoothly. If any issues arise during the ceremony or reception, your Planner will be the first one on the scene to make a professional suggestion on how to overcome it.

Your Wedding Planner will keep everyone informed on the day and will ensure that anything which needs dealt with is done so, shielding you from the many little questions that can come up on the day.

The whole day went absolutely perfectly and I believe we 100% have you to thank for that. A number of people said it was the best wedding they had ever been too”

Your Wedding Planner is also your practical pair of hands on the day – they will help with the setup of your Ceremony and Reception space, they’ll sound check any music systems, check in with suppliers if they are running late and generally ensure everything is looked after as far as possible. If it rains ahead of your outdoor wedding ceremony, guess who will be on hand to ensure the chairs don’t get wet and you don’t either? Your Wedding Planner of course.

This way, you and your families only concern will be to enjoy every moment.