We at Timeless White have been lucky enough to be nominated for the FOURTH time at the Scottish Wedding Awards, and we are super excited! This year the awards will be held in the stunning Crowne Plaza Hotel in Glasgow on the 29th of February!
The Scottish Wedding Awards are here to ‘recognise and reward’ those in the wedding industry, be it through wedding planning or catering! All those within the wedding industry work so hard to make all the brides and grooms day so special, they deserve to be recognised for their talent and hard work!
Timeless White have been recognised in the category of Wedding Coordinator of the year, how exciting! We are in the running with some amazingly talented competitors. We are so happy to be nominated again and would like to wish every one who is attending the awards the best of luck on the night!
If you've recently got engaged, you will already be thinking about the most important day of your life, what young girl hasn't since they’ve been five years old?! If you've booked the venue, found the perfect dress and have catering sorted, there is one thing you should definitely not be forgetting about, your luxury Wedding gift list! Here at Timeless White Wedding Planning, we were all too thrilled to be contacted by the lovely ladies from new luxurious Gift list company, Blue Ribbon gift registry.
What is Blue Ribbon?
Blue Ribbon is an exquisite online retailer who supply a bespoke wedding gift list for the modern, newlywed couple. Blue Ribbon offer an elegant and effortless service, from their products supplied by the most elite companies, to the ornate packaging in which each item is individually wrapped. Blue Ribbon stock classic home and giftwares from Frette’s beautiful Macrame bedlinen (which is any new couples must have); Vera Wangs Wedgewood range through to the latest runway household trends from cobalt blue wine glasses from Waterford and monochrome patterned pillows from Missoni.
What makes Blue Ribbon different?
Blue Ribbon was founded in 2015 by two ladies who felt that their gift registry experiences , with well known London department stores were, well, frankly...disappointing. Though Blue Ribbon are relatively new to the market - this gift list is sending ripples of beautiful designer homeware throughout the UK!
Your gifs will arrive spectacularly individually wrapped, along with handwritten notes. Whatsmore, with this amazing selection of items, you are sure not to be disappointed with whats inside! Need we say more?!
All Brides will be lucky enough to receive a lifetime discount of 10% on all Blue Ribbon purchases. Whatsmore, if you are a BrIde of Timeless White, there could be a little something extra in store for you! Are you being married in the UK but live abroad? Not to worry, this international Wedding Registry and Gift list will happily take care of the international shipping on your behalf.
If you would like to start that all important gift list, we suggest you look no further than Blue Ribbon!
Earlier this year Timeless White was announced as a finalist in the prestigious VOWS awards process. It is always so lovely to be nominated in the VOWS awards because a big part of the judging process is based on past client votes and reviews. Luckily for Timeless White, this was our second time as a nominee and we were very excited as we knew what a great night was ahead!
This year I attended with my good friend Emma who has been a superb support and vote of confidence for me over the last few years with Timeless White. We were greeted with some fizz and canapes on arrivals – we actually had to share a taxi with another lovely nominee, LouLou flowers as the one we ordered didn’t show up!
Once we took our seats we were pleased to find our good friend and fellow nominated North East Supplier, Logan Sangster of Deeside Photographics on our table as well as Rachel Scott Couture, Candy Heaven and the Alona Hotel.
We were also super lucky to meet up with fantastic new luxury gift list brand, Blue Ribbon, who had specially decided to attend the event from London.
Following all of the chatter, the awards began! We were delighted to have a winner on our table by way of Rachel Scott Couture who also won last year and was on our table that evening too!
We ended the night shaking it on the dancefloor before making our way back home for some Beauty sleep!
Unfortunately this year Timeless White was not crowned the voted outstanding wedding supplier in the Independent Wedding Coordinator category but a huge special thank you goes out to all of our wonderful clients who took precious time to make a vote for us. That in itself means so much.
It’s been a cold, wet, windy Tuesday and a little ray of sunshine has just arrived in my inbox! Just over a year ago we were listed in the Top 10 Wedding Planners of the UK list which was put together by Alive network - one of UK's most popular networks of Wedding Entertainment and Celebrity acts for Weddings.
We are delighted to have been selected as one of the UK’s top Wedding Planners in one of the latest blog posts from global Hen Party Planning website, Gohen.com. I particularly like the part where they liken Wedding Planners to “Event Rescuing Superhero’s” ….that is a title I could get used to!
Recognition is always such a lovely thing to receive and being listed here along with a number of other businesses that I aspire to, I am feeling very proud of Timeless White and its amazing achievements since we launched back in 2010
Having been a Wedding Planner in Scotland for over five years, my Wedding planning routine and style have evolved over the years. Part of this is the natural process of learning and discovery (and hopefully getting a little more “expert” at what I do) and the other part is down to necessity – a need to be able to do things more efficiently because the volume of business I am doing is growing and I also need to keep up with what my Brides are expecting me to do for them.
I’ve been trying to perfect the process of planning a Wedding for some time – having worked with clients who are unnaturally well organised and have taught me a thing or two (I love seeing people put so much energy into planning the big day) and some clients who are happy to leave the majority of the planning and organising to me – I’ve picked up great tips from my clients, other professionals and my own research along the way.
So here are five of my top tips for Planning your Wedding, ways to make it stress-free, enjoyable and some cool apps you can consider using along the way.
1. Budget first – I’m not going to preach about the importance of setting and sticking to a budget because I’m thinking you’ll already know that by now but what is important is that you set realistic expectations from the outset. This is important not just to save yourselves stress but it is also critical for actually booking your wedding in the first place. If you want the best of everything but you’ve not saved a penny for your Wedding at the moment that proud new diamond is placed on your finger... well, you’re probably best to put eighteen months between the proposal and your “I Do’s” so that you can have the Wedding you want without any financial woes or debts. It’s also important to have the all-important contribution conversations with Parents or any other people who may wish to contribute towards the Wedding as early as possible so that everyone knows what to expect when it comes to making the payments.
2. Get pinning – One of the simplest and easiest ways to compile your thoughts, ideas and quirky details that you stumble upon while reading blogs is to Pin them on the app “Pinterest”. Some of my Brides are concerned that their friends will be able to follow them and see all of the great ideas they have but fear not, there is a Private board option so that you can be sure to keep those Wedding secrets safe from prying guests! It’s also super useful to share your Pinterest username with your Planner, Florist or other Décor related Wedding suppliers because they can keep a track of how your theme or ideas are evolving and make even better suggestions for you. Another concern for Brides is Pinning overload - I suggest that you pin EVERYTHING you like and then once you feel you’ve been pinning for a few months, go back through the pins and delete the ones that don’t add up to your perfect Wedding vision.
3. Putting your guests in a row – Table plans always seem to be a sticking point for Brides – I can say with some certainty that I don’t think I’ve worked with a couple who have found this an enjoyable part of Wedding planning! In my efforts to ease the stress for them, I have found a really useful free app that helps to arrange the layout of your room (to scale if you can send them a floorplan) and secondly will allow you to input the names and order of guests on each table as well as note their dietary requirements. Getting signed up to AllSeated on your computer or laptop will give you all of this functionality as well as the ability to add your Venue/Caterer and Planner into the app so that they can see your latest seating plan work of art! Hoorah for great apps!
4. Delegate to the Pro’s where possible – Often Brides like to keep all the details they care so much about to themselves and then find themselves feeling the pressure and stress as the day gets nearer. Don’t be scared to delegate to the professionals a little – For example instead of doing lots of googling and browsing wedding photography shot lists to compile your own one to send to your Photographer, why not ask him/her to send you their own recommended list and then add anything you feel is missing to it, or ask your Planner to come up with the timeline instead of spending hours trying to figure out what will happen and when. As professionals who are employed by you we are happy to help and give our advice, so please don’t be shy to make use of this.
5. Share the experience – There is a variety of exciting new apps on the block which will allow your Wedding guests to share their Wedding day Photos and Videos with you – so that you don’t miss out on any of the special moments of the day! Your guests simply download the app, search for your Wedding and upload their media for you to see. I find this particularly good because it keeps couples Wedding images off of Social media if that is their wish. Wedpics app is perhaps the most popular of these apps and also offers some event itinerary functionality.
Over the last 10 months or so I have made great friends out of Marina and Sergey who were working with Timeless White Wedding Planning to arrange a fantastic destination Wedding in Edinburgh at an exclusive use castle.
Marina and Sergey booked our Prestige Planning package which encompassed help with virtually everything they could want for their Wedding in Scotland.
Together as a group we arranged three days of fun packed activities including Afternoon Tea, Whisky Tasting, Kilt demonstration and Hire, Luxury dinner in a dungeon restaurant, a Hog Roast and a Ceilidh! They also then went on to bring their group to the Edinburgh Tattoo for world-class entertainment right in front of Edinburgh castle. Phew!
The décor of the Wedding was a soft theme enhanced with Royal Stewart tartan linens and stunning rustic florals. Luckily the sun shone and their small Wedding party of just 22 guests were able to enjoy the drinks reception outdoors and admire the art of cooking a hog roast!
Congratulations to Marina and Sergey on their fantastic elopement to Scotland and I wish them all the very best for their married life together from the bottom of my heart!
If you would like to know more about our Destination Wedding Planning services in Scotland, please click here.
Working with Carolyn throughout her engagement was fantastic, she and I often held Skype and face-to-face meetings to discuss how her plans were coming along and ensure that all of the details were covered as the Wedding approached. Fasque house is an amazing venue with so much potential that we wanted to ensure that the Wedding party had a chance to make the best of the location!
I arrived early on Friday to ensure that all of the small details of the day were looked after – including seating plan, placement of table plans, arrangement of Ceremony decoration and that all suppliers were informed and on hand when required.
The sun shone for the special couple and they held their Wedding ceremony outside at the front of Fasque House followed by Champagne and beer on the patio and lawn. To add something different and personal to the Ceremony, we lined the aisle with pictures of the Bride and Groom through their lives for guests to enjoy as they arrived! The Bride had also arranged surprise singers for after her Ceremony to sing a rendition of “When I’m 64” by The Beatles. This was a lovely surprise for the Groom who was smiling from ear to ear!
For the dining reception the couple had put together gorgeous boards of Polaroid pictures for guests to find their own image with seating plan information. The flowers were pink and white hydrangea and roses complimented with the use of pearls in vases.
After Dinner guests were treated to the use of a Photobooth and excellent live entertainment by a Dundee based Wedding band. Finally, the evening was topped up by a fantastic spectacle of Fireworks provided by Fireworx Scotland.
The images below are kindly provided by James Kelly Photography who offers packages to Timeless White Brides who are being married at Dunnottar castle. The day was also heartily captured by Scott Cassie from Scott video who is someone I have known since Timeless White launched five years ago but who I had never quite crossed paths with until on Friday! I look forward to sharing both James and Scott's finished media for Carolyn and Mark later in the year.
What a wonderful day and congratulations to the new Mr and Mrs Toshney – Wishing them both love, laughter and happiness in their future together with their gorgeous son.
Carolyn and Mark booked the Timeless White Wedding Day Management package for their Wedding, if you would like more information please fill out the opposite form.
For the last 14 months I have had the sheer pleasure of working with the lovely Ashley and Austin who have been planning their Elopement Wedding in Scotland from Colorado, USA.
Our paths collided through Ashley and Austins resounding desire to be married at Dunnottar Castle - a castle that in fact holds some historical tie to Austins family. Dunnottar and its remarkable, rugged setting provided a totally unforgettable setting for the couples nuptials with their 14 guests.
Together we planned their dream Scottish castle Wedding as part of the Destination Wedding Planning services that Timeless White offer. Ashley and her Mother had lots of fantastic and personal ideas that were built into the arrangements including Monogrammed chocolates from yummy Cocoa Ooze as favours for guests in their Bedrooms at the hotel, a tartan shawl for the Bride to match the grooms kilt, a Handfasting during the Ceremony, a delicious Croquembouche from Cakes by Design and some fantastic Scottish themed games made and provided by myself for the groups entertainment in the evening.
So, with that, I am delighted to be sharing these gorgeous, stunning, fabulous images of a beautiful Bride in a beautiful setting, taken by the fantastic Nicholas Frost Photography. A big thank you to Nick for allowing me to use these images.
With love, Emma x
Last week, I was lucky enough to be invited to an exclusive event hosted at the wonderful chic new bar and restaurant on the Aberdeen bar scene, Rye & Soda.
Rye & Soda is a part of the well-known and multi-award winning 10 Dollar Shake drinks company who started their business as a mobile bar supplier with a twist. Following a couple of super successful years supplying luxury and bespoke bars with the best handmade cocktails around, the owners Adrian & Andy took the leap into bar ownership. Launching their first bar, The Tippling House in 2012 with their well-known and respected reputation as well as many drinks industry friends in tow, the bar was quickly a huge success with the public and industry experts alike. Following on from this, they have since launched two further bars, Rye & Soda, a chic, rustic venue with a concentration on Gin, Wine and classy comfort food and Bos’n, a quirky, tiki-style, South American themed bar where iced margaritas and recycled wooden pallets for seating are very much the norm.
The Piper-Heidsieck champagne tasting was hosted in Rye & Soda, with Adrian & Andy doing some good old fashioned food and drinks service and Helen Mackenzie, UK Brand Ambassador for Piper-heidsieck for our hosts.
We were super lucky to get to sample a Non-Vintage, a 2006 Vintage, 2002 “Rare” vintage, Non-Vintage Rose and Demi-Sec. My personal favourite of the group was the 2002 “Rare” Vintage Champagne, typically it was the most expensive of the options but was so light and bubbly! For a (very) special occasion, this will be my Champagne of choice for the future!
DID YOU KNOW: Piper Heidsieck “Rare” 2002 Vintage was the champagne that the Oscar Winners sipped on this year while they awaited the engraving of their Oscar!
Champagne is obviously a very big feature in my role as a Wedding Planner, most of the days I am working, the people around me are drinking it! So, I decided that I should share some of what I considered to be the most useful tips and knowledge I shared on the night with the many Bridal couples who are trying to get their heads around the wonderful product that is Champagne!
DID YOU KNOW: Heidsieck Monopole is the Champagne that was on the Titanic
What makes Champagne different from other popular Sparkling wines?
Champagnes can only be produced in the region of Champagne in France. This gives the wine a different flavouring to all other wines because of the chalky substance in the soil there. Champagne naturally becomes bubbly because of “second fermentation” of the Wine, where as most Sparkling wines have man-made fizz.
What is the difference between a Vintage and a Non-Vintage Champagne?
Vintage Champagne can be identified as Champagne that has a year on the label. This means that the Champagne has to have been stored for a minimum of 3 years before it can be sold as a Vintage. Vintage Champagne is also made of a smaller quantity of blends.
Non-Vintage Champagne won’t have a year on the bottle and can be aged for a minimum of 15 months before making it to the shelves.
Which is better, Vintage or Non-Vintage Champagne?
The truth is – it’s the one you prefer! You may find that you can’t resist a Non-Vintage that is a Supermarket brand, yet for special occasions really love a special Vintage that you’ve discovered.
Vintage champagnes are generally more expensive because there is a limited amount in existence and every vintage will taste different to the last. Whereas Non-Vintage champagnes are generally the “signature” flavour of the brand, so these should always taste the same!
How should Champagne be stored?
So, Champagnes pretty fussy! It likes to be stored in a place that remains fairly constant in terms of lighting and temperature. So, that cupboard next to the oven…not a great idea, or the shelf that the sun shines on…also not a great location for your favourite bottle of bubbles!
Champagne is best stored in a place such as a Garage where the temperature, although it fluctuates, will generally remain within 2-3 degrees of the temperature the day before.
TOP TIP: Remember to store it on its side though – If you don’t do this, the cork may dry up and this is what causes Champagne to go off!
How long should you keep Champagne for?
Well, this really depends on whether you have a Vintage or Non-Vintage bottle on your hands.
Non-Vintage wines are not scientifically made to “get better with age” like the famous Wine saying would suggest, so really, you’d best drink those within 2-3 years of purchase.
Vintage wines can be kept for much longer, though each one will vary and you’d be best to search the internet for advice!
Phew! What a fortnight!
I have recently moved house and it has been quite a process if I do say so even as my organised self! However, in the midst of the moving-mania, I was delighted to receive an email last week to advise me that Timeless White Wedding Planning has been shortlisted as a nominee for the THIRD year running in the Scottish Wedding Awards. That's the equivalent of every year since it started!
So, with our entry submitted and information provided including customer testimonials and reviews from other Wedding Professionals (Some of which can be seen here) - All I can do is sit tight until awards night on the 24th of February 2015.
Last year was a super successful year for Timeless White when it came to awards, we were Winners of the Life with Style Awards "Elite Wedding Supplier" category, we were shortlisted as a nominee for the first ever time at the internationally acclaimed VOWS awards and we were also shortlisted in the Scottish Wedding Awards.
It may seem to many that entering and being shortlisted for awards is just part of being a small business owner but even after nearly five years I am still baffled every time I am told that Timeless White has made another shortlist. Its a wonderful feeling of comfort to know that as I am busy with lots of Weddings ongoing, that Timeless White is getting recognition and compliments for the work that I do as a part of it. I'm thankful for such great opportunities!
Last week I attended the “Your Wedding Exhibition” in Aberdeen. Exhibiting isn’t something that I often do with Timeless White as I’ve found in the past that there isn’t much time to tell potential clients in depth what Timeless White do – However, given we now have an established Hire Collection, I felt it could be a great opportunity to get our lovely items on show.
This year, I decided to give away a particularly useful freebie! These were Mini Wedding SOS Kits, intended to be given to a Bridesmaid to have in her Clutch bag on the day. Below are a list of things that I included and following that there are a list of things that I recommend are added.
Most of the items within here would be well suited to also include in a toiletries basket which many Brides are now making and displaying in the ladies loos.
Remember, being prepared for the unexpected is always a good thing!
Things to include in a Wedding SOS Emergency Kit
- Pocket tissues – For anyone who may shed a tear!
- Cotton Buds – For fixing eyeliner after said tears!
- Kirby Grips in Blonde/Black shades – Incase somebodys hair decides to be difficult!
- Clear Blister Plasters – Sore feet are a Wedding day no-no! Dancing is most important!
- Floss/Toothpicks – Canapes are delicious but often contain lots of small herbs!
- Wrapped mints – Fresh breath for that first kiss as Husband and Wife is essential!
- Fuses – It sounds ridiculous but you’d be amazed how many blown fuses I’ve had to overcome!
- Pain Killers – Incase all of the bubbles give you a headache!
- Superglue – There are countless uses!
- 2m of Ribbon in Wedding colour – Super handy for hanging signs, covering imperfections between cake layers, attaching flowers to pews/doors etc
- Lash Glue – Lush false lashes are wonderful, until an end comes loose!
Best of all, provided everything goes to plan on your day, you can give your Wedding SOS Emergency kit to a Bridesmaid or Friend who is being married after you. I’m sure any Bride would be delighted with this as a thoughtful little present!
Certainly everyone who took one of these from us at the Exhibition seemed very pleased!
We all love receiving parcels in the post but todays delivery was one I've been eagerly awaiting for over a month now! Our first batch of Sequinned table runners for hire in Scotland have arrived and they are every bit as dazzling as I could have hoped!
Twinkly but not at all tacky, they look wonderful if paired with Beaded charger plates (as pictured above) and even better if you have an abundance of tealights and glass votives for the flickering light of flames to make them dazzle!
Or why not get creative with them and use them as chair sashes on the seats along your top table, as pew ends or aisle liners at your Ceremony?
Timeless White will have Gold and SIlver sequinned table runners in our collection and we'd love to hear how you would use them!
Prices from £14 per runner. For more information email Emma@timelesswhite.co.uk.
Images are for illustrative purposes only. Images do not belong to Timeless White
Being a Wedding Planner has got to be one of the most desirable jobs there is. I can barely open daily offer emails without there being an offer on a "Wedding Planning course". If only a course could have taught me what I've learned in four and a half years! However, if you put the sparkle of the champagne bubbles and the beauty of the flowers to one side for a moment, it is in fact a very administrative and responsibility heavy job, which involves unsociable hours and long days on your feet!
Typically (and depending on the distance I have to travel) my alarm goes off around 6.15am on the days that I am coordinating a Wedding. After ensuring I have a fully packed "emergency kit", along with several print-outs of my couples Wedding File, Schedule, Table Plan and any other details I may need, I set off. When I arrive at the venue, I always make a point of visiting the Bride as early as I can. This gives me a chance to collect any last-minute details she needs me to set out, find out if she needs me to do anything and to let her completely relax for the remainder of the morning.
I then go on to set-up anything and everything that needs my attention (Place settings, favours, Guest books, Confetti bags, Orders of Service, Favors, Themed decor....etc etc) before any of the other Wedding suppliers arrive. Typically they have some questions for me and I like to give them as much support as I can - whether this means helping transport the cake up stairs or the videographer find a place to keep equipment bags and personal belongings.
Soon, the Wedding guests are arriving and the Piper has found his spot to play the pipes as they arrive. This is usually the time I make a special effort to return to the Bride so that I can understand how much left there is to do to get her ready - I also ensure there is a plentiful supply of Bubbles for the Bride so that she can have a toast with her Bridesmaids. I then return to the Ceremony venue and appease any queries the Groom, Ushers, Officiant or family may have. I always ensure there are 3 glasses of water for the Officiant and the Bride and Groom.You wouldn't thank me for croaky sounding vows!
While the couple are making their solemn declarations amongst their nearest and dearest, I am either quietly at the back of the venue, ready to open the doors (and provide an umbrella if needed!) - or back to the reception venue for some further decoration and coordination.
As the day rolls on, I spend my time ensuring that the newlyweds have a glass of something as they get their photos taken, that the guests are happy (I am always immediately obvious to them as I bare a badge with my title on it) and that the finishing touches are all in place (Candles lit, Toast drinks poured, PA system checked). If necessary I take on the role of Master of Ceremonies and invite guests to take their seats as well as introduce the speeches.
As a general rule, when everyone else has sat down to dinner, I take a quiet thirty minutes to myself somewhere within the venue and have something to eat. Following this, I prepare for the arrival of any evening guests or suppliers and help the venue staff to turnaround any spaces that need it. My work is nearly done for the day!
My final duty for the day is seeing to the Band and ensuring that they have all the things they need to keep the night running to plan. I double check they know the first dance as well as any necessary announcements that need to be made (Buffet, Fireworks, Bus departures and anything else!). Once I am convinced that everyone is happy, I then find a quiet spot with a good view for the first dance. Always my favourite part of the day! I really look forward to finding out what the first dance choice is and seeing the couple completely ease into the evenings celebrations.
A few songs later and when I've taken time to collect my emergency kit and belongings from wherever I have creatively stored them (Near enough so they are at reach, far enough so they are not seen!), I say a quiet goodbye and head home. Usually I arrive home around 11pm, make myself a cuppa and go to bed to review any pictures I may have managed to snap throughout the day!