Level 4 COVID-19 Restrictions in Scotland

Tracey McNally : November 20, 2020 11:06 am : COVID-19

For those areas moving into Level 4 restrictions of the Scottish Government COVID-19 Strategic Framework later this evening, including South Ayrshire & East Ayrshire, here’s a simplified graphic of what we can and cannot do through to 11th December 2020.

Wedding ceremonies can still take place with up to 20 attendees.  However wedding receptions are on hold for the next 3 weeks.  Stay strong and most importantly stay safe.

Further details can be found on the Scottish Government website HERE

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Wee Scottish Weddings

Tracey McNally : October 1, 2020 10:00 am : COVID-19, General News

We are all getting used to the idea that life is going to remain a little different for some time yet.

Do you just want to get married though and don’t mind that only the very best of your family and friends will be attending?

If you want to say “I do” in a few weeks and need some help to organise it in accordance with the Scottish government COVID-19 guidance then we can take that stress away and make it happen for you.

For the next 6 months we are offering our Full Planning & Management Swallow Package for a reduced price of –

£495 for a date before 30th November 2020 (usually £795 in 2020)

£595 for a date before 31st March 2021 (usually £995 in 2021)

Sarah and Tracey can be available to you every day in the lead up to your big day, offering our personal attention to:

  • Guide you step-by-step
  • Source & secure your suppliers
  • Manage your budget
  • Design a complementary decoration scheme
  • Help with the submission of your legal paperwork
  • Co-ordinate proceedings of your day
  • Offer a personal welcome, looking after you & your guests

Get in touch to check availability and let’s make it happen together!

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Small Weddings in Scotland

Tracey McNally : September 14, 2020 3:00 pm : COVID-19, General News

Today small wedding ceremonies and receptions limited to 20 persons can go ahead!  The 20 persons does need to include all guests including children and any suppliers you secure, with one exception and that’s the person officiating your marriage, i.e. a Minister, Celebrant or Registrar.

This is great news as you can now organise an intimate celebration with your most important family and friends following your legal vows.

Receptions however can only take place in regulated environments, such as a hotel or other such wedding venue which has permission to re-open with safe and secure covid-19 measures in place.

The Scottish Government guidance is changing regularly, sometimes daily or weekly, but we are on it and if in any doubt on what you can or cannot do please refer to the full publication HERE or contact us for some one to one advice.

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The Excitement of a Menu Tasting

Tracey McNally : August 28, 2020 12:03 pm : General News, Venues
















It is with excitement that we can tell you we have an event taking place tomorrow, a group menu tasting at Harelaw Farm in East Ayrshire.

We usually organise two tastings each year for this fabulous barn venue and 5 months ago we were all ready to go when lockdown came and the tasting had to be cancelled.

Now re-scheduled and planned to the nth degree, we have all the yumminess coming our way in less than 24 hours, whoop whoop.

Including haggis bon bons, mini Yorkshire puddings, Scottish starter platter, farmhouse steak pie, braised lamb, vegetable wellington, dauphinoise potatoes & the infamous sticky toffee pudding!!!


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Guidance for Small Marriages & Civil Partnerships in Scotland

Tracey McNally : July 18, 2020 9:54 am : COVID-19, General News

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.”

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