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”
Today the Scottish Government released a timetable for the easing of restrictions which can be read in full HERE.
Included is an extract showing that wedding ceremonies with receptions may indicatively take place from 26th April 2021 with 50 attendees, but unfortunately no alcohol is to be served.
We await further guidance on what this means in terms of for example; social distancing, face covers, live music and dancing. It’s also not yet clear when alcohol can be served and if that may be from the 17th May 2021.
What is great news for us all is that 2021 will be better for us and weddings shall be returning to normal over the next few months if the case and vaccine data continues to improve.
This week Scotland’s First Minister released an updated strategic framework detailing the planned easing of COVID-19 restrictions.
Below is an extract of the Framework which can be read in full online HERE.
For now it clarifies the aspects being relaxed first whilst we remain in lockdown through to 26th April 2021. Thereafter it is expected each Council area will return to the tiered Level 0 to 4 system.
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 and I would like to wish all our past, present and future clients, suppliers, their families and friends a very Merry Christmas!
It’s been an extraordinary year for each and every one of us, so we all deserve a rest to enjoy a peaceful time over the holidays.
Here’s a snap from our most recent wedding, which saw Fiona & Michael say their “I Dos” at Harelaw Farm in East Ayrshire.
This was their delicate wreath place card for their guests around the dining table at their wee Scottish wedding.