Monthly Archives: January 2009

Sarah’s Creative Occasions at Ayrshire Wedding Show

Sarah at the Ayrshire Wedding Show

Day 1 has closed at the Ayrshire Wedding Show, and it’s been a fun-filled day meeting the visitors and describing the Wedding Planning services that Sarah’s Creative Occasions offers in Ayrshire.

Tomorrow evening Sarah will announce the lucky winner of the Free Prize Draw to win a free Overview Service (worth ‚ £75).

If you intend to visit the Show tomorrow, then do pop by to see us.

Ayrshire Wedding Show 2009

The Ayrshire Wedding Show 2009 ‚  is here, and today I’ve spent the day setting up my beautifully co-ordinate display for Sarah’s Creative Occasions. ‚   It’s been a long tiring day, but well worth it and I can’t wait to meet everybody tomorrow.

So do come along to the Princess ‚  Royal Conference Centre by the ‚  Ayr Racecourse. ‚   The show starts at 10am, and I’m one of over 100 exhibitors.

The Catwalk times are:

  • 11am
  • 12:30pm
  • 2pm
  • 3:45pm

There will also be a Band showcase on at the following times:

  • 1130am
  • 1pm
  • 2:30pm
  • 415pm

See you there. ‚   Over the weekend I’ll add a few photos from the Show.

Ayrshire Wedding Show this Weekend

Sarah's Creative Occasions Wedding Guide Countdown

Just 4 more days until the Ayrshire Wedding Show, which takes place this coming Saturday and Sunday at the Ayr Racecourse, opening at 10am on both days.

Sarah’s Creative Occasions will be exhibiting there, and Sarah is just making the finishing touches to her display. ‚   Her stand will be co-ordinated ‚  in ‚  cream and black, accentuated with lots of different ideas including ‚  table settings, wedding favours and floral decorations.

So ‚  do come and find us at Stand 58, and ‚  you will also be able to pick ‚  up a free copy of our ‚  “Wedding Guide Countdown”.

Ayrshire Wedding Planner prefers Charity Donations

British Red CrossNSPCCRSPBCancer ResearchRNLIThe Royal British LegionRSPCA

Are you stuck for a gift list for your birthday, wedding or ‚  anniversary? ‚   Most of us have all we need at home, and if you are struggling to decide upon your own gift list or a gift for another, then please think about charity donations and helping others.

For my own wedding, we each chose a charity dear to our hearts, which were Cancer Research and the RNLI. ‚   Our wedding guests were honoured to donate to our favourite charities, and it just made it that little bit special for them as well as for us.

Some national charities to consider are:

And some local Ayrshire charities:

Ayshire Wedding Planner recommends Potted Shrubs

As an alternative to buying large fancy floral pedestal arrangements to decorate the ‚  focal point for a wedding ceremony, ‚  christening or confirmation, consider the use of potted shrubs and small trees like those above.

For extra colour and sparkle, you could hang glass beads or butterflies from them. ‚   A pair of these beautifully planted containers standing either side of your main area would be something that little bit different.

And rather than having to bin them when they die, or preserve them, they could be ‚  taken home to your garden at the end of your ceremony ‚  to last a lifetime. ‚   Perhaps they could ‚  even be given as gifts for the mothers-of-the-bride!

AABW’s New Year Speed Networking Event

The Ayrshire Association of Business Women (AABW) programme of events for 2009 starts this Tuesday evening, with a speed networking event.

Getting face to face with a potential client ‚  or supplier is the only way you really know whether you can do business with them or not. ‚   Networking is all about building relationships and people prefer to do business with people they have met, they like and who show an interest in their business.

The evening starts at 1830 on Tuesday 20th January, at the Gailes ‚  Restaurant & Hotel by Irvine, and bookings can be made on-line.

Ayrshire Party Planner to visit St. John’s Primary

Sarah’s Creative Occasions has been asked to come and speak with some P7 pupils at St. John’s Primary School on Tuesday, as part of their challenge to organise a Burn’s Celebration.

In particular, I’ve been asked to speak to the children about:

  • What a Planner is and what I do
  • Which skills you need as a Planner
  • Advantages and disadvantages of self employment
  • Highlights of my job

This will give them an insight to the opportunities open to them ‚  in their future.

Robert Burns’ 250th Celebration

Robert Burns 1759 - 1796

Robert (“Rabbie”) Burns was born on 25th January 1759 in Alloway, Ayrshire, and died on 21st July 1796 by Dumries, in Dumfries & Galloway. ‚   2009 is hence, the 250th anniversary of ‚  the birth of Scotland’s Bard.

He is the best known of the poets who have written in the Scots language. ‚   He is regarded as a pioneer of the romantic movement, ‚  and after his death he became a great source of inspiration.

Burns suppers are a traditional night out on or around Rabbie’s birthday, which celebrate ‚  his life and ‚  his poetry. ‚   They may be formal or informal, but they should always be entertaining, having in common haggis, whisky ‚  and a recital or two.

If you have a Burns supper already planned for next weekend, then enjoy, and if not, and you would like a selection of venues that will be holding traditional Burns suppers then please do get in touch.

Seasonal Flowers for January

As you know, each month we provide a shortlist of garden flowers that are in season, so that you can consider these alternatives to using all-year-round flowers that come at a cost to the environment as well as your budget.

Here’s a ‚  selection ‚  for January and if they aren’t yet up in the gardens around you, they won’t be far off.

Amanda Holden’s Winter Wedding

Amanda Holden's Winter Wedding

Last month Amanda Holden married her music producer fianc ƒ ©, Chris Hughes, ‚  at a local chapel by ‚  Babington House in Somerset. ‚   The chapel entrance was adorned by a floral ‚  arch of white, ivory and silver roses and ‚  amaryllis, and the walk up to the chapel was lit up with candles flicking in lanterns laid either side of the pathway.

After the ceremony, guests were greeted to a “Narnia” setting outside, with fake snow falling and reindeers waiting by a sleigh. ‚   Chris’ bestman was local-man (he’s from a village near Dumfries) and Formula One driver David Coulthard, and they were joined by a number of celebrities ‚  including: Anita Dobson; Mick Hucknall; Sarah Parish and Noddy Holder.

Amanda chose a 30s style Elie Saab gown, with a lace overlay and lace bolero. ‚   Chris wore all-black and a velvet suit by William Hunt. ‚   The Bridesmaids were in full-length copper coloured dressed. ‚   The cake was an eight-tiered array of brightly coloured cupcakes.

If you are celebrating a Winter wedding and would like some inspiration, then check out Issue 656 of Ok! magazine.

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