The Scottish Wedding Show is back at the SEC in Glasgow on 14th and 15th October! Our Let’s Talk Tying the Knot stage makes a welcome return to the show with another fantastic programme of talks from our industry-leading experts. Read on for the full details on each session and speakers over the weekend…
We’ve collaborated with Scotland’s biggest wedding show to put together another impressive programme of talks from some of the best in the biz. The curated programme will cover major steps in your decision-making, from how to pay tribute to lost loved ones on your big day, advice on finding your perfect venue and how to nail the finer details on your day.
11:25 Your wedding venue vetting guide, with Manorview Hotels and Glen Tanar Estate
What questions should you be asking when you are shortlisting and visiting venues to ensure you’re selecting the right one for you? Wedding venue experts from Manorview Hotels and Glen Tanar Estate offer guidance and suggestions.
Susan Spence (appearing Sunday only) is group wedding and events manager at Manorview Hotels. She has over 14 years’ experience in the wedding sector. Sharon Mullen (appearing Saturday only) is Head of sales and revenue and has over 20 years’ experience in hospitality and events. Together, they lead the wedding teams across Manorview’s eight venues. Both have a wealth of knowledge and a passion for helping couples plan their big day.
Manorview own and run boutique hotels and wedding venues throughout central Scotland, each with their own style and personality. They have eight venues in their collection: Boclair House, Bowfield Hotel & Spa, The Busby, Brisbane House, Cornhill Castle, Lynnhurst, The Redhurst and The Torrance. Whether you envision a magical castle, romantic and rustic countryside hotel or modern seafront venue, Manorview has something for every couple to fall in love with!
Manorview’s all-inclusive package – available across their venues – takes much of the fuss and stress out of wedding planning as it includes lots of key things needed for ceremony and reception, such as the cake, floral package and DJ.
Known for their wow-factor honeymoon suites, Manorview will also ensure you end your big day in style!
About Glen Tanar Estate
Aoibhinn Martin is Glen Tanar Estate’s wedding co-ordinator. She loves the excitement involved in preparing the perfect wedding, and the variety of responsibilities at every stage, from chatting with couples to delivering the special event many months later. Watching the couple say “I do” and having the day of their dreams, is simply the icing on the cake she says.
Widely regarded as one of Scotland’s finest exclusive-use wedding venues, the magnificent Victorian Ballroom at Glen Tanar in Aberdeenshire has hosted celebrations for over a century. From its vaulted ceiling adorned with over 700 antlers, to its original oak floors, the Ballroom is airy, atmospheric and spacious. From dining to dancing, you and your guests will have exclusive use of this venue, experiencing Victorian grandeur the minute you cross the threshold.
12:35 The devil is in the detail: making your wedding you, with LBS Event Design & Wedding Planners, The Kilted Cake Company and Caledonian Cowgirl
Big-ticket items all booked? It’s time to drill down into the decor and details. A panel of three pros – LBS Event Design & Wedding Planners, The Kilted Cake Company and Caledonian Cowgirl – discuss how the seemingly little touches can have a big impact and make your wedding stand out.
About LBS Event Design & Wedding Planners
Pauline Borris from multi-award-winning company LBS Event Design & Wedding Planners has been supplying wedding decoration to the most prestigious venues around the central belt of Glasgow for 13 years. She loves everything about weddings and getting to know all about every couple. She promises to work with you to design the vision you require to create the wow factor for your day.
About The Kilted Cake Company
Alison McCabe founded the multi-award-winning cake studio The Kilted Cake Company in 2015. She specialises in fondant and creates contemporary, creative cakes for couples looking for a high-end, modern luxury wedding cake designed especially for them. Alison is a self-taught baker who has invested a lot into making sure her skills and knowledge serve her wedding clientele allowing her to offer the best product and service.
About Caledonian Cowgirl
Fiona Gauld set up the multi-award-winning Caledonian Cowgirl in 2016 after deciding to use her expertise as a graphic designer to create design-led wedding stationery. When Fiona started her business, she realised there “wasn’t much out there that didn’t have glitter”, so decided to take matters into her own hands! She has always loved being creative and works with a wide range of clients, from small businesses to charities, but especially enjoys working with couples planning their own special occasions.
13:20 It takes a village: how to incorporate friends and family into your ceremony and remember those who have passed away with Humanist Society Scotland
Scottish celebrants from Humanist Society Scotland discuss the various ways you can make your nearest and dearest feel included in your ceremony. They’ll talk about rituals like sand ceremonies and ring warmings, share tips for picking wedding readings and speakers, and suggest thoughtful ways that you can commemorate dearly departed loved ones so that they still feel part of your wedding.
About Humanist Society Scotland
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.
Ross Wright (Saturday only) is a very experienced celebrant who says he’s “seen it all” when it comes to weddings! He started conducting ceremonies in 2008 and loves what he does because “even though I have conducted hundreds of weddings, as every couple is different, every ceremony is unique.” He was involved with Humanist Society’s equal marriage campaign and was given the privilege of conducting the first ever marriage of two people of the same sex in December 2014. Last year, he got married himself to a lovely American, and now lives between Glasgow and Fort Lauderdale.
David Elder (Sunday only) lives in Dalkeith with his husband, two cats and a very excitable Golden Retriever! He’s been a registered celebrant with HSS for a little under two years and has been conducting weddings for the past year. For David, working together with couples to plan a ceremony that is authentically “them” and reflects everything which is important to them, is one of the most rewarding aspects of being a celebrant.
David will be joined by celebrant Helen Tuohy (Sunday only), who lives in Cambuslang, near Glasgow, with Cookie the cat, but travels the length and breadth of Scotland to help couples ‘tie their knot’. She feels privileged to be in a position to help her couples celebrate ‘their’ relationship in a way that is meaningful, personal and authentic to them.
14:10 From aisle to dancefloor: how brides can switch up their bridal look on the big day, with Pretty Woman
Are you having a two-part wedding? Do your ceremony plans have a different feel from your reception? Or do you simply want to push the boat out with two or more bridal looks? The wedding stylists at Edinburgh bridal boutique Pretty Woman show off on-trend transformable gowns, share ideas for second dresses, and demonstrate how changing accessories can totally change the look, too.
About Pretty Woman
Mum Lynn Reilly and daughter Alex Reilly run Edinburgh bridal boutique Pretty Woman. They cater to all women and sizes, and whether you’re looking for something traditional or elegant, they aspire to ensure brides feel effortlessly empowered, confident and, most importantly, beautiful. They put dedication and scrupulous attention to detail at the heart of everything they do. The store plays host to dresses from an esteemed range of bridal designers, including Chosen by KYHA (which they are first in Scotland to stock), Justin Alexander, Jane Hill, Eva Lendel and Jesús Peiró.
15:15 Your pre-wedding beauty prep roadmap with Clarins and HAUS of Dentistry
Thinking about perfecting your smile or upping the ante on your skincare routine before your wedding? The beauty gurus at Clarins talk through perfecting your pre-wedding pampering routine with their new products, while HAUS of Dentistry chat about the options available to help you improve your smile and boost your confidence.
Sandra Coetzer is Clarins business manager and brand ambassador with over 25 years knowledge in skincare. Stephanie Gardner, assistant business manager, is a qualified Clarins beauty therapist and beauty coach specialist.
About HAUS of Dentistry
Adam Morgan is clinic director at HAUS of Dentistry. He has a background in hospitality as an award-winning business consultant and speaker, and his experience in quality and care is second to none.
This unique dental clinic in Prestwick combines five-star hospitality, world-class care and exceptional service with a passion for creating incredible smiles. You won’t feel like you’re at the dentist when you visit HAUS of Dentistry! The highly trained team take excellence seriously and have a wealth of experience within the dental industry, focusing on cosmetic and restorative care, implantology and more. No matter the treatment, you’ll be in the best of hands!
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