It is time for a change for our company founder Sarah Plant, who after 13 years of establishing and running a successful event management business, is off to pastures new from today.
“I have passionately put my heart and soul into Sarah’s Creative Occasions and worked with a wonderful array of clients both locally and across the globe to plan and manage their occasions at all the fabulous venues we have in and around Ayrshire.
I will forever keep a million amazing memories and hold dear many of the connections made as friends for life. Thank-you to everyone for their support, custom and entertainment over the years, we have had many laughs and I will miss the build-up of excitement to all the special days ahead.
I leave you in the very capable hands of my trusted friend and business partner Tracey, with whom I have worked with for six years. Tracey is based in Prestwick and will, for this year at least, retain the company name and brand. I wish Tracey well for the year ahead and I can’t wait to see all the wonderful weddings and events take place, I’ll be watching out for them all.
I am becoming a full-time artist with my company Sarah Louise Art based from my country cottage in South Ayrshire with my husband and miniature Dachshund. Our travels and surrounding wildlife will continue to inspire my creativity. From next month you may also spot me volunteering in the Coach House Gallery on the Culzean Castle estate, so do not be afraid to pop in and say hi! Best wishes and colour hugs to you all”
HAPPY NEW YEAR from Tracey & I! It may not feel like a happy start with Scotland in lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but 2021 will be a better year for the Scottish wedding industry and for all those planning weddings.
Couples constantly ask us for advice on what we think may happen and so we thought it useful to simply share our own personal views on what weddings in 2021 may look like:
- we think we will remain in lockdown until Spring and thereafter Ayrshire is likely to move into Level 3, allowing weddings and small receptions with up to 20 attendees
- we hope the Summer will allow up to 50 attendees at weddings and receptions, but we do think social distancing and face covers will remain throughout the year
- once the majority of the population have been vaccinated, then we could see a return to higher numbers attending weddings in the Autumn but there is a risk restrictions are re-introduced to see us through the next Winter season
- we suspect no dancing or loud music could still be a restriction for some time yet unfortunately and so we need to consider other forms of entertainment for you and your guests after your wedding meal, like; wedding bingo, couple trivia, cosy cinema or toasting marshmallows on campfires
There’s many reasons to embrace a wee Scottish wedding so do not hesitate to get in touch with us for some one-to-one consultation time on how we could make your wedding a safe and very much a special one.
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!
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
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.
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.
Having re-joined the Committee of the Ayrshire Association of Business Women in February 2014, as their Events Organiser and Vice President, this week I’ve been hosting one of our event and I also got the opportunity to present an award.
On Tuesday, we held a joint visit with the Federation of Small Businesses and visited the University of the West of Scotland for a tour of their recently renovated Ayr campus, with networking over refreshments and followed by a seminar on making successful introductions.
I’m pictured here (left to right) with Ada Galloway, Transcribe UK (FSB Ayrshire Branch Secretary); Dougie Boatman, Scotplants (FSB Ayrshire Branch Chairman); myself, Sarah Plant, Sarah’s Creative Occasions (AABW Vice President); and Russell Campbell of UWS.
Thursday evening I attended the Young Enterprise Ayrshire Awards at the Gailes Hotel by Irvine and on behalf of the aabw, I presented an award to the Best Link Teacher, Tracy Allen of Doon Academy in Dalmellington. Tracy supported the Doon Academy company called Focus and Focus went on to win the Company of the Year 2014 award also!
Last week we were proud to be a part of Heather & Chris’s wedding day, by dressing their 2 wedding venues, Culzean Castle for their ceremony and Turnberry for their afternoon tea and evening dinner.
A few photos taken at Turnberry to share, enjoy. The next day my Client text to say “We had the best day ever, I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day. Thank you for being part of helping me achieve my vision. It was like something out of a Disney story!”
Ayrshire Wedding Planner, Sarah’s Creative Occasions, dressed and co-ordinated the wedding of Emma and Dave at the Seamill Hydro on Friday 4th April 2014.
Here’s a collection of shots of the ceremony and wedding breakfast set-up.
Congratulations to Mr & Mrs Logan, it was a wonderful day!