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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 Kamakawiwo╩╗ole 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.

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.

Celebration at ASB Businesswomen Awards 2019

Whilst Tracey was busy running a barn wedding last week, Sarah attended the glittering Association of Scottish Businesswomen awards at the Corn Exchange venue in Edinburgh city.  It was a night to celebrate success with an array of businesses across the country and here’s a photo of the Ayrshire finalists, including Sarah looking glam in a purple floor length frock.

All the wonderful winners can be seen HERE

Announced as a Finalist at the ASB Awards

Following our venture across to Edinburgh last month for our interview we have made it through and have been announced as a finalist for Business of the Year 2019 with the Association of Scottish Businesswomen.

Full details of the finalists are listed HERE

The winners will be announced at the awards dinner in September!  Now to get the outfit sorted.

When We Attended the Royal Garden Party

Our founder Sarah was the lucky one this month, with an invitation to the Royal Garden Party at Holyrood Palace in Edinburgh. In attendance was the Queen, Elizabeth II, along with Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Under beautiful blue skies, Sarah wore a navy dress, with bespoke fascinator made by local lady Sharon Walker and accessorised with touches of pale blue and sunny yellow, including navy shimmer Shellac nails by Kayleigh McMillan.

Sarah enjoyed a refreshing drink, delicate sandwiches and perfectly round macarons in the tea tent and then watched the High Constables and Archers carry out their duties, before the National Anthem was performed to mark the arrival of the Queen.

She’s eternally grateful to her local community in Kirkmichael for arranging her invitation and here she is pictured above with the Palace in the background and secondly at the foot of the carpeted steps which her Majesty stepped down into the gardens.

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