The Scottish Wedding Show was back at the SEC in Glasgow on 17th and 18th February this year! Here's everything about the programme for the Let’s Talk Tying the Knot stage we collaborated with the show on…

Let’s Talk Tying the Knot stage (Photo: Alan Peebles)

The Let’s Talk Tying the Knot stage, in association with Tie the Knot Scotland and designed by Enlighten My Day, made a welcome return to The Scottish Wedding Show floor in February with another impressive programme of talks from our industry-leading experts.

Hosted by our very own Beth Forsyth and Amy Shearer (editor and assistant editor of Tie the Knot Scotland respectively), the curated programme covered significant steps in your decision-making, from making your wedding stand out, to adding those special extras for the big day.

Read on for the content of the stage and its participants…

11:50 I’m engaged – what do I need to do now? A potted beginner’s guide to planning a wedding, step by step with wedding planner Catrina Duthie, Fin Flükra

Catrina Duthie from Fin Flükra (Photo: Walnut Wasp)

Catrina Duthie suggests a timeline for getting your wedding plans up and running and what you should be doing and when throughout your journey to the aisle – including an insider’s guide to making the final couple of weeks, aka crunch time, stress-free!

About Fin Flükra
Fin Flükra specialise in creating personal, one-of-a-kind celebrations for modern couples planning to marry or elope in Scotland. Whether you’re looking for full, partial or hourly planning, its planner-in-chief Catrina Duthie can figure out what best suits you.

From managing your budget, keeping on top of your admin, to sharing her unrivalled book of creative contacts, she’s there to help make sure your wedding planning stays firmly in your ‘things I love doing’ sphere of life.

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12:40 Confidence without compromise: bridal style, your way with Susan Lightbody, Opus Couture

Left: Susan Lightbody from Opus Couture; right: just one of the stunning Opus dresses that visitors saw at the Scottish Wedding Show (Photo: Craig and Eva Sanders)

Worried about meeting societal expectations about what YOU should look like as a bride? Have a certain idea of what you’d like to wear on your day, but you think perhaps you’re too ‘something’ to pull off such a look? We joined Opus Couture as they debunked bridal dressing myths and showed you how to be true to yourself and your style, proving that every body is beautiful and deserves that dream dress experience.

About Opus Couture
Built from passion and ‘Opus values’, this West Kilbride boutique takes brides on a journey from picking her gown, through the fitting and alteration service and then onto the preparation of it for collection on the week of her wedding. For owners Sharon and Stewart, and the team they’ve built since Opus opened in 2003, it starts and ends with customer service. It’s about working with brides to make sure that when they walk down the aisle, they’re wearing a gown that looks spectacular and they feel confident wearing.

The fabulous feathery Keira gown by WONA, available from Opus Couture

About Susan Lightbody
Business manager Susan has been part of the Opus team for 17 years, so certainly knows her stuff when it comes to bridal fashion! With qualifications in design and garment technology, you can find her on the shop floor finding brides their dream dresses, using her years of technical skill to customise beautiful gowns or behind the scenes working her ‘Opus magic’.

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13:20 Ceremonies: bringing your love story to life and wowing your guests with Fuze Ceremonies

From left: Fuze Ceremonies celebrants Sam Conroy; John Tonner; Pauline Muir and Paul Browett

Humanist weddings by Fuze Ceremonies brought their unique ‘Say I Do With Fuze’ podcast series to life on stage. Fuze celebrants covered how, alongside you, they create the most perfect of love stories your guests will be captivated by; the must dos around the legal bit of getting married in Scotland; and talked about what’s trending with quirky modern twists on traditional symbolic gestures, including a demo.

About Fuze Ceremonies
With ‘your day, your way’ as their mantra, Fuze Ceremonies offer 100% bespoke ceremony scripts, spun by sensational celebrants that completely reflect the client. Its celebrants deliver engaging, entertaining and personality-packed ceremonies that reflect their clients’ individuality and tell their tale.

About Sam Conroy
A recent bride herself, Motherwell-based Sam understands the excitement (and stresses) of planning a wedding. She believes you should have fun with your ceremony and will be on hand to support your wedding journey. She’ll get to know you as a couple and guide your ceremony in a way that’s always unique to you – while having some laughs along the way!

About John Tonner
​​As a former soldier and police officer, West Lothian-based John has dedicated his life to helping others. He found great satisfaction when he was married in a humanist ceremony, remembering it as a very special and beautiful occasion allowing him to witness first-hand what a difference it makes to have a personalised ceremony for such an important celebration.

Fuze Ceremonies’ Paul Browett will be on hand come rain or shine!

About Pauline Muir
Pauline is also a weddings and events manager, so it’s safe to say she lives and breathes weddings! After spending the last seven years working with couples in city-centre venues coordinating different elements of their big day, she is delighted to now be able to help couples plan their ceremony.

About Paul Browett
With his tartan suits, kilts, or rather curly moustache, Paul is sure to stand out from the crowd wherever he goes. With a background in business management, becoming a celebrant was a natural step for Paul. Much of his career has involved public speaking and he’s often hosted celebration events and awards ceremonies for hundreds of attendees.

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15:15 Magic in the mix: how to add thrilling and tasty touches to your day with Cameron Young Magic and O’Donnell Moonshine

Left: The crowd was wowed by Cameron Young’s magic tricks; right: Keiron from O’Donnell Moonshine shook up some scrummy samples

Want to leave your guests spellbound on your big day? Saying ‘I do’ is already magical, but that doesn’t mean you can’t add the wow-factor. Bring some pizzazz to your nuptials: Kieron Kelleher from O’Donnell Moonshine will leave you with a good taste in your mouth with a live cocktail demonstration and tasting, whilst Cameron Young Magic blew the crowd away with his award-winning tricks. The audience was shaken and stirred up.

About O’Donnell Moonshine
Since 2016, the O’Donnell team has been producing and selling high-quality wheat-based spirits and liqueurs that are vegan friendly and allergen free. During a road trip through the United States the founders came across the fascinating story of moonshine, and upon arriving home they decided to revive the infamous beverage with a modern twist. They offer extremely flavoursome moonshine liqueurs in vibrant and niche flavours. All their products are free to try before you buy.

About Kieron Kelleher
Kieron is an award-winning mixologist and drinks developer who has spent his days running cocktail bars and restaurants. He has a great passion for people and products and now represents O’Donnell Moonshine at events and market spaces.

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We loved seeing Cameron Young Magic in action! (Photo: Danielle Stewart Photography)

About Cameron Young Magic
Cameron Young is a multi-award-winning magician who graces an impressive average of 250 weddings each year. You may have witnessed the magic unfold on numerous television shows where Cameron has showcased his extraordinary talents. Specialising in the art of mix and mingle magic during drinks receptions and expertly hosting speeches, Cameron adds an unforgettable touch of mystique and wonder to every celebration.

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Watch the talks from Let's Talk Tying the Knot

In case you missed them at the last Scottish Wedding Show, you can catch up with all the tips and stories from the amazing panelists from the most recent Let's Talk Tying the Knot stage.

We've gathered up all of the talks here for you to watch.

When is the next Let's Talk Tying the Knot?

We'll be back at The Scottish Wedding Show on 19th and 20th October with another group of incredible wedding suppliers ready to share their advice. 

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