Let’s Talk Tying the Knot: we’ve collaborated with The Scottish Wedding Show on a programme of talks for its October event

The Scottish Wedding Show is back at the SEC in Glasgow on 8th and 9th October and we’ve put together a host of wedding industry experts for its feature stage called ‘Let’s Talk Tying the Knot’…

Let's Talk Tying the Knot stage at the Scottish Wedding Show
Susannah Dale of wedding planners Revelry Events was one of the stage’s highlights when it launched in February 2022

The stage will host a curated programme of drop-in talks and Q&As covering various aspects of your wedding day. With industry experts and trendsetters on hand, pull up a pew when you’re there and get set to make your wedding planning a breeze. Read on for the full details on each session and speakers over the weekend…

11.50 – 12.10 Bridal styling masterclass: from hanger to aisle with Rachel Snedden, Rachel Scott Couture

You’ve found the dress, but these are the ways you can make it you. Our expert talks through how alterations, customisations and accessories can transform/elevate a gown and leads a mini live styling session.

Rachel Snedden Rachel Scott Couture on left; a model wearing a Vivienne Westwood wedding dress on left
Left: Rachel Snedden, owner of Rachel Scott Couture; Right: A Vivienne Westwood gown available at the Edinburgh boutique

Having built her multi-award-winning bridal business from scratch almost 20 years ago, Rachel personally hand picks each dress in its couture collections from designers such as Sassi Holford, Suzanne Neville, Vivienne Westwood and Halfpenny London. Rachel has remained true to her original concept of providing the very best quality product and service, with the customer’s happiness at the centre of every decision she makes. With her trusted reputation, Rachel knows what it takes to style your complete bridal look.

12.40 – 13.00 How to make your wedding stand out with Michelle Estall-Summers, Wee Tait Events and Decor (both days) and Oskar Gilchrist-Grodnicki, The Wedding Guru (Sunday 9th only)

With many couples experiencing a concentrated ‘burst’ of weddings over the course of a few years, it has become more and more important for them to offer their guests something ‘different’ from other nearly-weds in their friendship circles. Our experts suggest ways you might not have considered to bring the fun, add personality and make your wedding memorable, from bang-for-buck décor ideas to unexpected entertainment.

Michelle Estall-Summers of Wee Tait Events and Decor on left and Oskar Gilchrist Grodnicki on right
From left: Michelle Estall-Summers and Oskar Gilchrist-Grodnicki know a thing or two about making weddings stand out

Since launching in 2010, Wee Tait Events and Decor has gone from a delicatessen and cake shop to one of the leading event and decor firms in Greater Glasgow. Creating unforgettable memories is what Michelle and her team do best, providing decor styling and event planning to bring your wedding vision to life. Its prop portfolio includes chair covers, floral walls, centrepieces and LED dance floors, alongside bell tents, igloos, inflatable pubs and more.

The Wedding Guru Oskar is a multi-award-winning wedding planner who has been planning, running and delivering over 600 weddings since 2009, anywhere from the Isle of Skye on the west coast to Dunbar on the east coast.

Oskar not only plans weddings, he’s also a legally binding humanist wedding celebrant and an Associate Wedding Business Coach with Kelly Mortimer! Since 2021, Oskar has also co-directed the Edinburgh Wedding Directory with his husband.

13:20-13:40: ceremonies: symbols of love with Humanist Society Scotland

Claire Dignace and David Smith, celebrants at Humanist Society Scotland
From left: Claire Dignace (Saturday) and David Smith (Sunday) will be chatting about popular ceremony rituals (Photo of David by Mark Wild Photography)

If you’ve been to a Scottish wedding recently, chances are you’ll have witnessed a handfasting – the symbolic ‘tying the knot’ with tartan or cords that’s hugely popular with couples right now – but did you know there are many other gestures and rituals that can put personality into your ceremony? From jumping the broom to quaichs, and everything in between, we run down the options.

Humanist Society Scotland are the largest and longest standing provider of humanist ceremonies in Scotland. They have over 100 registered celebrants across Scotland, performing thousands of ceremonies each year. All of its ceremonies are covered by the Humanist Society Scotland promise.

Claire Digance (aka Claire the Humanist) is younger than Chuck Norris, older than Kendall Jenner but the same height as both. She specialises in creating ceremonies filled with love, energy and extraordinary storytelling delivered with warmth, humour and a smattering of sarcasm and stupidity.

After 15 years as a wedding planner, David Smith trained with Humanist Society Scotland in 2017 to become one of its network of celebrants across Scotland creating truly personal ceremonies.

15:15-15:35 #nofilter: wedding photography and videography 101 with Martin McLellan, McLellan Photography and Jason Hunter, Afterglow Wedding Films

We’re all used to posing for Instagram Stories and Tik Tok, but your wedding photos and videos are going to be around a whole lot longer than 24 hours, so it pays to get them right. Two camera pros talk us through the importance of finding the right person to capture your wedding; what to expect on the day; key shots; timings and top tips for those who get nervous the moment a lens is pointed at them.

Headshot of Martin McLellan of McLellan Photography on left and Jason Hunter of Afterglow wedding films on right
From left: Photographer Martin McLellan and wedding videographer Jason Hunter will answer your questions about big-day photography and film

Martin McLellan is a Glasgow-based wedding photographer whose style is rooted in photojournalism, documenting the unaltered story of your wedding day. He aims to tell your story in the most relaxed, candid, honest and authentic way and to accurately capture you and your partner’s personalities. He blends in unobtrusively, capturing small moments and interactions throughout the big day. He loves to work with couples that see their wedding photos as an investment and really want to get creative to help make incredible memories.

Jason Hunter founded Afterglow Wedding Films, the Glasgow based alternative wedding videography option for couples looking to capture the messier, fun filled, party vibe from their wedding day. Jason has over 12 years’ experience in the industry, having worked with some of the most established videographers in the region before launching his own business back in 2018. His wedding clips have amassed over 55 million views online focussing on the light-hearted and hilarious parts of your wedding day.

Models on the catwalk at the Scottish Wedding Show
Don’t miss one of the catwalk shows, on three times a day

The Scottish Wedding Show is the perfect event for couples across Scotland who are preparing to walk down the aisle, with over 200 of the UK’s leading wedding suppliers in attendance offering a wide range of ideas and inspiration to make your wedding day even more special

Don’t miss one of the Catwalk Shows, see a programme of live performers at the Live Band Showcase, indulge in a bespoke cocktail or glass of fizz at the Cocktail Bar and get inspired with outdoor wedding ideas at the Field of Dreams.

Tickets* are priced from £16 (or £15 for groups of four or more).

*Tickets for the catwalk fashion show must be booked separately at a cost of £3.50 for anyone occupying a seat, including children. All tickets can be booked online up to and during the show period, subject to availability.

We’ve got a special limited offer for 15% off VIP tickets

Tie the Knot Scotland readers can claim 15% off VIP tickets to the Scottish Wedding Show. Tickets are strictly limited per catwalk. Offer ends 23.59 on Sunday October 2nd, or when sold out (whichever happens first).

Head over to the website and get your tickets today, using code TTKSVIP.

VIP ticket holders access the ultimate show experience with access to the VIP Lounge throughout the day (where you can enjoy a complimentary glass of bubbly); a seat in the front two rows of your selected catwalk; an exclusive Clarins sample goodie bag and a copy of Tie the Knot Scotland to take home.

VIP ticket holders must be 16+. Terms of entry apply, full details of which can be found here.