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We have been shortlisted in the VOWS Awards 2014!

We are pleased to announce that we are a finalist in the Independent Wedding Co-ordinator category of the VOWS Awards 2014!

VOWS Awards 2014 Nominee Logo Absolutely delighted to have been shortlisted and a big thank you to all our supporters and our Clients for nominating us, as we couldn’t have reached the short-list without your own submissions.

The full Awards short-list can be found here and the winners will be announced on the evening of Monday 24th November, good-luck everyone 🙂

We are a finalist for a Scottish Wedding Award for 2013!

Scottish Wedding Awards 2013 Finalist Badge

I am very pleased to announce ‚  that I have been shortlisted as a finalist based on public voting for a Scottish Wedding Award as Wedding Co-ordinator of the Year!

Details of the Scottish Wedding Awards can be found here.

The awards ceremony takes place on Monday 22nd April 2013 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Glasgow, so watch this space 🙂

Ayrshire Party Planner Looks Back Over 2012

The end of 2012 is almost upon us and what a chocca year we have had at Sarah’s Creative Occasions. ‚   We started the year with our first international client ‚  with a Golden Wedding Anniversary to be planned from beginning to end, plus later in the year we took on a second international client who will be getting married early in 2013.

A great year for us, which included:

  • helping out at 11 weddings
  • providing a service to 14 different special occasions
  • attending 4 wedding shows to promote our planning services, prop hire and hand-crafted favours
  • selling party accessories at 5 craft and gift fayres
  • working with 2 new local venues

And on top of this, we moved home and base office for the business, staying within Ayrshire of course. ‚   I couldn’t do all this without the help and support from many, including my husband but also my local suppliers in Ayrshire whom I regard as friends, as giving to others is absolutely key in developing business relationships and the wider network.

So if we say nothing more than a big THANKYOU to all my friends and wishing you all a prosperous 2013!

Hand-Crafted Favours for Christmas 2012

Dave's Red & Gold Christmas Favours ‚  Andy's Blue & Purple Christmas Favours

Debbie's Blue & Silver Christmas Favours Debbie's Red & Silver Christmas Favours

Julia's Red, Gold & Green Christmas Favours ‚  Eamonn's Red & Green Christmas Favours

Here’s a selection of photos from the orders of Christmas favours I made up for Clients over the last couple of months.

I hand-craft each and personalise them with coloured ribbons and embelishments of your choice. ‚   I offer purse boxes, cofanetto chest boxes or larger cube boxes, either filled with a selection of goodies or sweet treats. ‚   Each favour also contains a festive paper hat and trivia card.

Great gifts for guests at the dining table in place of Christmas crackers, or as stocking fillers.

Ayrshire Hospice Winter Fair on Saturday 17th November 2012

Ayrshire Hospice Winter Fair 2012 Flyer

It’s that time of year again, with less than a week to go until the next Ayrshire Hospice Winter Fair, which takes place inside the Ayrshire Suite of the Ayr Racecourse on Saturday 17th November. ‚   Doors open at 10am for all the family, with; Santa’s grotto, musical entertainment, lots and lots of crafts and gift stalls, and a coffee shop for refreshments.

Sarah’s Creative Occasions will be there with a stall selling lots festive treats and dining accessories, including; hand-made Christmas favours, quirky candles, designer place card holders, funky salt n pepper sets including Mr and Mrs Claus!

Pop along for a fun-filled day out with friends and family

Feedback on Venue Decoration for Prestwick Wedding

Top Table Dressed in Purple at RAFA Club ‚  Feedback from Debbie & Jim on their venue decoration service

I’m back from holiday and have received some wonderful feedback from my Client Debbie, for whom I decorated her wedding reception venue in Prestwick back in July.

Debbie and her husband Jim, had a Canadian theme to their wedding day but wished their venue ‚  at the RAFA Club ‚  to be dressed in purple. ‚   We decorated their tables in purple organza laid over white linen, with a purple double-bubble balloon arrangement standing on a mirror plate as their table centres ‚  and we ‚  sprinkled purple and ivory ‚  silk rose petals along each table.

For the top table we created a swag in purple organza fabric and hung a beautiful white heart decoration with diamantes in the centre. ‚   The table names were ‚  Canadian places and each were printed in purple and embellished with a ‚  couple of ‚  purple silk rose petals to match the tables.

Debbie had made her own table plan and favours, so we carefully placed these out onto the tables and positioned the table plan on an easel we hired out for the day.

Just an example of what I can do, if you just need an extra pair of hands on the morning of your wedding day to dress and perfect your venue. ‚   Debbie says in her feedback “all the extra little touches made the hall look amazing”.

Nautical Themed Wedding Favours in Palma Violet Purple

Gillian's Trio of Wedding Favours in Palma Violet Colouring The full set of wedding favours ready to be packaged up for delivery

Earlier this month I created a set of wedding favours for Gillian and Colin who were married up by Ballachulish. ‚   They had a nautical theme, being married by the sea and also wished for a palma violet purple colouring to match the rest of the wedding scheme.

They chose 3 types of favours:

  • Miniature whiskeys for the gents, personalised with each guest’s name, a table trivia card and satin ribon
  • Silver yacht place card holders for the ladies, with a guest name card and a piece of table trivia
  • Cofanetto chest boxes for the girls, lined with coloured tissue paper, filled with palma violet sweets and a table trivia card and decorated with a yacht embellishment and name tag
  • Cofanetto chest boxes for the boys, also lined with tissue paper but filled with chocolate footballs, table trivia and personalised with a name tag and mirrored yacht embellishment

An Intimate 90th Birthday Celebration in Maybole Home

Balloon arrangement for Catriona's Mums 90th Birthday Feedback from Catriona on her mum's 90th Birthday Celebration

At the end of August I helped out Catriona to arrange an intimate 90th birthday celebration for her mum at her home in Maybole.

I supplied the catering and David did a great job for me in crafting a cold buffet of platters of meats, mixed salads, freshly baked breads and a selection of summer sweets.

Catriona needed extra tables, which I hired to her for the day and I also supplied a case of glass champagne flutes, so they could enjoy some fiz in style.

As a welcome to their home and to decorate their buffet tables, I designed a trio of balloon arrangements in her mum’s favourite colours of light blue, lilac and baby pink.

I’ve attached a photo of the coloured foil balloons personalised with glitter writing and also an extract of the wonderful feedback I received from Catriona, advising she was extremely satisfied with our service and creations, thank you!