Author Archives: Sarah Plant

Guidance for Small Marriages & Civil Partnerships in Scotland

On Thursday the Scottish Government issued the following guidance clarifying what “small marriages and civil partnerships” are.

You can view the full publication HERE

An excerpt of this publication is copied below:

“Ceremonies and registrations should be kept as short as possible and be limited, as far as reasonably possible, to the elements required in order for a valid marriage or civil partnership to be constituted. We are advising that no more than 20 people should attend a marriage ceremony or civil partnership registration, provided they can safely be accommodated with physical distancing in the venue. This suggested maximum includes all those at the ceremony, including the couple, the celebrant, the witnesses, any interpreter and guests. It also includes any carers accompanying an attendee. It includes as well any staff who are not employed by the venue, such as a photographer, musicians or others a couple has employed for the purpose of the ceremony or registration.”

“This guidance does not deal with any separate celebrations, such as a reception, that might typically follow marriage ceremonies or civil partnership registrations. Small celebrations can only take place if following physical distancing guidelines and other guidance on gatherings and meeting in hospitality venues.”

Scottish Weddings to Take Place Indoors

Scottish Government Routemap Update 9 July 2020

Today the Scottish Government confirmed that from Wednesday 15th July 2020, a maximum of 20 people can attend a Scottish wedding ceremony either outdoors or indoors but the space must be able to accommodate each household socially distanced.

After the ceremony, an outdoor reception may be held for 15 of those guests across 5 households or an indoor reception may be held for 8 of those guests across 3 households.

The Scottish Government expect to review attendee numbers at the end of July 2020.  Another step closer to larger gatherings for special occasions.

Small Outdoor Weddings Allowable in Scotland

Scottish Government Routemap Update 25 June 2020

Today we heard the wonderful news that small outdoor weddings can take place again in Scotland from Monday 29th June 2020.

Minimal attendee guidance is no more than 8 persons including yourselves to be married and across no more than 3 households.  The person who will conduct your ceremony is in addition to the 8 over 3 households.

So the 3 households needs to be based on:

  • 1st household = the couple to be married, assuming they live together
  • 2nd household = witness #1 who will sign the marriage schedule
  • 3rd household = witness #2 who will sign the marriage schedule

If your two witnesses live together, then you can invite others from a third household, so long as the maximum number of guests does not exceed 8 persons.

Apart from the couple getting married, everyone needs to retain 2m social distancing.

The person conducting your ceremony will be able to guide on what symbolic gestures you can or cannot incorporate into your ceremony.

So we can be creative with choosing your ceremony location, be it; in your home garden, at the beach or on a hilltop.  In Scotland you can be married anywhere at a safe location of your choice.

In July we should hear steps and indicative dates for when:

  • weddings can take place indoors
  • receptions can be planned with food & drink served after the ceremony
  • when more than 8 guests can attend 

Small steps, but we’re heading the right direction.

Somewhere Over the Rainbow

Somewhere Over the Rainbow sung by Israel Kamakawiwoʻole was my own wedding song for walking up the aisle towards my husband at Blairquhan Castle in September 2007.

We’ve all been waiting for the rainbow and today we have hope for larger wedding celebrations to resume.

No dates yet, but this is a screenshot focussed on the Gatherings aspect of Scotland’s Routemap issued today.

To all our couples, this is great news and although Phase 4 may seem some way off, we’ll get there.

Appreciating Our Core Values

Tracey O’Neil & Sarah Plant

Looking back over the last twelve years of experience in Ayrshire events, we pride ourselves in demonstrating the following core values:

  • passionate about the planning being an enjoyable experience
  • navigating you through the noise
  • personalising an event plan which is right for you
  • efficient use of your budget
  • readily available & attentive to your day-to-day queries
  • reliably respond to you within twenty-four hours
  • open & honest with our supplier recommendations
  • passing supplier discounts directly to you
  • developing relationships across your network of suppliers
  • caring for you & your guests

If you also appreciate these customer service values, then please get in touch to enquire how we may help you with your very own special occasion!

Don’t Worry in Isolation

If you’re feeling overwhelmed in these extraordinary times, needing to air or just wish to share what’s going on for you and your wedding or special occasion, then we’re here for you.

Getting married or celebrating in Scotland, please just pick up the phone and call Sarah anytime on 07754 369780.

As an independent event manager based in Ayrshire, Sarah is happy to offer her time on the end of the phone, completely FREE of charge.

Please don’t worry in isolation – let’s talk

Recently Engaged & Don’t Know Where to Start

February is another popular month for getting engaged, with Valentines for the romantics and this year, it’s been a leap year and the tradition is for the lady to bend down on one knee and propose to her partner.

So congratulations if that’s you!

Now you want to get married, but you’ve never planned a wedding before and have no idea where to start, then we are the answer and can help you with our Getting Started package.

Just contact Sarah & Tracey for further details and to arrange an initial consultation.

Ayrshire Wedding Fayres this Spring

It’s a new year and the wedding fayre season is upon us!

Various wedding fayres and open days are taking place in and around Ayrshire at a number of the local hotels, farms and estates, so do keep an eye out on social media.

Wedding shows are a great source for securing a range of suppliers, taking advantage of discounts on offer and seeing what’s on trend as inspiration for your own occasion, all to truly kick-start your wedding planning.

The largest of the wedding shows to be taking place in Ayrshire are detailed below.

Firstly, the Ayrshire Wedding Show at the Ayr Racecourse on Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th January 2020.

Secondly, the Ayrshire Wedding Exhibition taking place on Saturday 25th April 2020 at Trump Turnberry.

Wow What a Year for Ayrshire’s Event Management Duo

Wow, what a year we’ve had! With Tracey joining the team a year ago, we’ve created, supported

and managed a total of 57 very special occasions at various venues over the past 12 months, including Ardgowan House, Culzean Castle, Dalduff Farm, Harelaw Farm, Piersland House Hotel & Trump Turnberry.

A huge thankyou to all our clients, their friends and family, our own friends and family, everyone’s suppliers and to the venues for having us, it’s been a pure pleasure and we can’t wait to do it all again in 2020. BRING IT ON

Images from top left clockwise by Kellee Quinn Photography, Top Table Photography, Imac Images Photography, Bygone Photobooth, Tommy Cairns Photography, Euan Robertson Weddings, Grant Parfery Photography & Karol Makula Photography.

Group Menu Tastings Are The Best

This month we organised and hosted our seventh group menu tasting at one of our favourite venues, Harelaw Farm in East Ayrshire.

We had 18 wonderful couples join us for an afternoon of trying various food delights including:

  • Canapes of roasted gnocci, tomato & olive stack canapes, haggis bon bons, mini Yorkshire puddings with beef fillet, seared scallop & chorizo skewers and mini bruschetta
  • Starters with the antipasto, seafood and Scottish platters served on deep wooden boards
  • Main courses of hog roast, sirloin of Scotch beef, garlic & rosemary braised lamb, roast turkey and farmhouse steak pie
  • Side dishes of dauphinoise potatoes, peas with pancetta, roasted potatoes, root vegetables & macaroni & cheese
  • Desserts with sticky toffee pudding, apple pie, fruit crumble, white chocolate & raspberry cheesecake & hot pineapple with a lime and passionfruit mousse

In addition, we had a fabulous selection of 26 wines for everyone to try. I don’t think they’ve eaten since!

Thankyou to the team of Chefs, bar staff, front of house and waiting staff.