Planning Diaries: Scottish groom Declan shares his wedding plans

Scottish groom Declan is planning his wedding to Jonathan at Kimpton Blythswood Square in Glasgow for September 2024 and shares their engagement story and how they have kicked off their plans…

Ten months to go! Declan Hattie, who runs Hat & Tie social media management agency, will marry policy and governance writer Jonathan Larkins on 15th September at the iconic five-star Glasgow hotel

Declan and Jonathan at Kimpton Blythswood Square Hotel's front door
The happy couple pictured at their Glasgow wedding venue, Kimpton Blythswood Square Hotel

Jonathan and I met in autumn 2014 after we both swiped right. It nearly didn’t happen, though. I only had the basic version of the app, which meant you could only meet people within a ten-mile radius – and Jonathan lived 11 miles away.

I had decided the app wasn’t for me and went to delete it – at which point it prompted me to download the full version for the hefty sum of 79p. I decided to splash out – and the very same day I only met the guy who would turn out to be Mr Right! What are the chances? And what a barg!

We chatted for a few weeks before meeting for lunch in Glasgow’s Merchant City and that was that. We moved into our first place together in 2017, bought our first home in 2018, then sold up and moved into our current place in 2021. This all led to our Instagram account, Hattie Larkins Home, giving us something to focus on during the pandemic.

Lockdown was a test for a lot of people, but we felt it was an opportunity to get creative with decorating and to organise Zoom quizzes with our friends. All that vigorous planning would certainly come in handy for the wedding!

The engagement story

In 2019, when we’d been together for more than five years, I booked a trip to Las Vegas and Los Angeles (we both love West Hollywood – it’s ‘our’ place) and began secretly liaising with the hotel for months beforehand about how I was going to drop to one knee and ask the most nerve-wracking question of my life.

What happened was this… A poolside table was booked for 6.45pm at the swanky Skybar with panoramic views to catch the sun setting over the City of Angels. With 15 minutes to go, I could see from our room window that there were still human beings frolicking in the pool. This should not have been happening right now!

I remember pacing the room, clutching a bottle of Moët, with Jonathan asking me what the hell was up! Eventually we got to the table in matchy-matchy navy and black outfits, the waiter came over (as arranged) and asked if he could take our photo and… I did it! It was such a lovely set-up, and the sunset was just spectacular that evening.

Declan and Jonathan's proposal at Skybar in Los Angeles on left and a white floral wedding arch from Pretty Little Details on right
Left: Champagne, poolside, sunset, LA Skybar – how could he say no! Right: The guys fell in love with this floral arch from decor company Pretty Little Details

The planning so far…

We started off thinking we’d marry at a stunning venue in Cyprus, then we changed to New York with fewer guests. But after considering the logistics (and the stress) of getting everyone there at the same time, we settled on the gorgeous Kimpton Blythswood Square Hotel, right here at home in Glasgow. It’s all booked for 15th September – a great date for us, as when we wake up the next morning, we’ll be celebrating ten years together.

the reception lobby at Kimpton Blythswood Square Hotel
The wedding is booked for September at Glasgow’s ultra-chic Kimpton Blythswood Square Hotel

We took six of our closest girls for brunch to Cocktails & Steaks in Uddingston. We’d made up personalised bags asking ‘Will you be our groomsmaid?’ Thankfully, they all said yes!

Next, we had to sort the entertainment. That’s a biggie for us as we have a musical family. We’re going to have Chelsea from Velvet Noir and Neil from The Copyrights doing an acoustic set. The bagpiper is booked, as is Amarone Music, a sax player and Ace Tribe’s Disco Ball Dancers. It’s going to be all go!

We then had multiple voice notes with the team at Pretty Little Details for our event decor, and it was their white floral arch that sealed the deal. The gorgeous Gemma behind it all is currently planning her own wedding while putting together the dream for everyone else too. That’s a superpower.

Kimpton Blythswood Square table set for wedding dinner
Just a little taster of how Declan and Jonathan’s wedding might look at Kimpton Blythswood Square

Next up is… meeting with Gilt Edged for our kilts

Our outfits. We’re booked in for a chat with Gilt Edged in Glasgow to talk about kilts. We might still go for tuxedos, though. Decisions, decisions… Then it’s the rings, and the all-important decision of finding a celebrant who will be the best fit for us and our intimate, non-traditional ceremony with 45 of our closest friends and family.

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