2nd May 2014
“When choosing a ceremony venue we wanted something that was central, visually stunning and a reasonable price. We also wanted something that was unique. We discovered by chance that you could hire the Central Library in Edinburgh at a fantastic rate. They’d never had a wedding before but said they’d be honoured to host us, provided it would be a one-off special event.
The evening reception was at the Summerhall arts venue. We could personalise the hall as much as we wanted and were allowed to bring our own alcohol, which greatly reduced the price per head.We had a civil ceremony with personalised vows; it felt very relaxed and special.
Our wedding wasn’t just a celebration of our love for each other, but of how much we love our friends and family. We asked them to get involved as much as possible: our good friend the folk singer Carolyn Anona Scott sang for us as we walked down the aisle and performed our first song. And we asked an artist pal of ours, Andy Daniels, to design a bespoke mural at the entrance of Summerhall and to draw up the table plan.
In keeping with the book theme that transpired, my dad, Ian Macleod, made personalised place holders in the style of a library card reading ‘overdue’ on it as we’ve been together for many years! He also organised the unique wedding cake shaped as a classic Penguin paperback.
Our favourite wedding detail was the homemade confetti that we made using a hole punch and a copy of Frankie Boyle’s autobiography. There was a private pleasure in knowing our guests were secretly showering us with profanities! We personalised the meal to reflect our nationalities, offering shots of German beer and Irn-Bru sorbet as palate-cleansers between the courses.
A definite highlight was the father of the bride’s speech. Gernot, Susanne’s dad, is a native German speaker, so to deliver such a funny, emotional speech in perfect English was extra-special.
Top tip: Hire the best photographer you can afford – memories fade, but photos will last forever.”