Catherine Melaney and Iain Wheeler

17th December 2016

Venues | 29 Glasgow
Photography | McLellan Photography

“Our first wedding decision was the venue. We wanted to pick a location that our family and friends (who were visiting from all over the UK and world) could get to easily and have access to accommodation nearby that suited their budget. We also love the city we live in, so 29 Glasgow on Royal Exchange Square ticked all the boxes.

We had use of the venue’s rooftop marquee for the drinks reception. It’s a very cool space; it feels like you are in Manhattan, and it made a great backdrop to some photos. Wedding planner, Louize, and Leanne, the food and beverage manager, were both unbelievable.

As we married in the centre of Glasgow the week before Christmas, when we went out to have our photos taken around the city’s landmarks, people were cheering, clapping, taking photos with us and singing ‘Congratulations’. People make Glasgow!

I wanted to avoid a ‘Christmas’ theme, instead aiming for a rich-toned winter wedding look. I wanted things to be beautiful, natural and the flowers to be abundant. Our florist, Little Botanica, went above and beyond for us. They filled the Supper Club at 29 with flowers. In particular, our candelabra arrangements were spectacular; a real ‘gasp’ moment walking into the room for dinner.

Our photographer, Martin McLellan, offered a ‘USB-only’ option that suited us. It meant we could pay extra for a second photographer on the day, which I think is a must. Get the best photographer you can afford and worry about the albums later (it’ll help keep your costs down).”

Top tip: “Book the top-end food and drink packages at an affordable venue and make it amazing by spending your big money on flowers, photographer, outfits, decorations and adding personal elements to your day. I am so pleased that we did that.”

Dress and veil La Novia
Shoes Rainbow Club
Rings Chisholm Hunter
Bridesmaids’ dresses JJ’s House
Groomswear House of Fraser
Flowers Little Botanica
Stationery Artcadia 
Cake The Enchanting Merchant Company
Favours Goody bags with mini Molton Brown shower gels, Stolichnaya vodka miniatures, personalised Lovehearts, and homemade tablet
Makeup Leigh Blaney