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New Tipi Wedding Venue in the Heart of the Cairngorms

The new wedding tipi at Inverdruie at Rothiemurchus Estate in the Scottish Highlands where Wide Sky Weddings will be creating magical weddings.

New Tipi Wedding Collaboration As a Highland Wedding Planner it is always exciting when a new wedding venue opens up here in the Highlands of Scotland.  I was delighted when the team at Rothiemurchus, contacted me to tell me about their fantastic, new Tipi wedding venue. This splendid Tipi is now being offered as a Highland wedding reception venue that goes together with an intimate loch side ceremony. Rothiemurchus Estate Rothiemurchus is a Highland estate set in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park in Scotland. The estate offers the visitor a 13th century castle, spectacular...

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Top 5 Tips for Planning an Unforgettable Wedding Weekend

Save the Dates

These days it is quite common for couples to live a distance away from their close friends and family, seeing them only at important occasions.  Weddings are one such event in a couple’s life where favourite people should be present.  Because these loved ones may have to travel a long distance for the wedding, there is a trend emerging to hold a “weekend wedding” instead of a “wedding day” which ends once the clock strikes 12. Weekend wedding celebrations become more of a mini holiday allowing you to spend more quality time with the people you care about the most. If you are...

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Why an elopement might be right for you

An elopement couple enjoy a walk in the mountains on their wedding day

Over the last few years, thanks to the pandemic, the perception of elopements, or eloping, has changed.  The past stigma of running away to Gretna Green to get married has thankfully faded. Now elopements are celebrated as a beautifully intimate choice for couples to make and start their marriage. Saying that, an elopement isn’t for everyone. Many couples still want the big wedding. But an elopement can be a stunning adventure and a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience.  If you are currently engaged and on the fence about eloping, read on, to find out whether it’s the right...

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A Mystical, Magical, Styled Highland Wedding Shoot in the Cairngorms Part 2

Couple at Castle Roy in Nethy Bridge

‘Team Wide Sky Weddings’ in Action! Jewels We arrived at the first location for my styled Highland wedding shoot, a stunning loch in the Cairngorms National Park. Here we met Catriona Parmenter, the photographer, and Amy Ferguson who provided the most beautiful jewellery. Amy from The Third Aye uses only Fairtrade and recycled silver and gold and ethically sourced gemstones which made her the perfect jeweller for my shoot. Sylwia’s ring was both an engagement ring and wedding band lined up together to depict the contour lines of the Cairngorm Mountain range. James’s wedding band featured...

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A Mystical, Magical, Styled Highland Wedding Shoot in the Cairngorms – Part 1

Elopement with Wide Sky Weddings at a loch in the Scottish Cairngorms

One autumnal day in September a team of talented wedding suppliers led by a Cairngorms wedding planner – me - appeared in a few magical locations in the heart of the Cairngorms. This was to become a styled Highland wedding shoot with three aims: Firstly, to provide fresh images for the gallery on my website; Secondly, I wished to highlight the beauty of the Cairngorms in the autumn. So many couples automatically decide on a summer Highland wedding. However, each season in the Cairngorms can be spectacular with the different colours and looks. Autumn is also my favourite season. Colours...

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Tackling Unpredictable Weather On Your Wedding Day

Tackling a rainy wedding day

Scotland is famous for its weather and it is this elephant in the room that may be putting you off considering the Highlands of Scotland for your wedding destination.  But stop right there. Do not cross Scotland off your list but consider the positives that Scottish weather can bring to your special day.  Yes, you heard correctly….. Firstly your wedding photos can be incredible in less than sunny weather. Photographers actually prefer the day NOT to be sunny.  You can get the most dramatic images of your day with wind and rain set against a mountainous backdrop or with big...

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What Kind of Wedding Ceremony is Right for You?

getting married in the Cairngorms, Highlands of Scotland

If you are about to read this post, then you are considering your wedding or the renewal of your vows in Scotland. Firstly, congratulations on your brilliant choice of location! The ceremony itself is key to your wedding planning. Yes, the party and all the gorgeous details are special, but it is the ceremony that really holds the meaning and the heart of a wedding day. The great news is, that ANYONE from any country, faith or sexuality can get married, change a civil partnership to a marriage, or renew their vows here in Scotland. What could be more romantic or adventurous than doing so...

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Planning a Summer Wedding in the Cairngorms National Park

A summer wedding with Lindsay, Scottish Highland wedding planner

One of the reasons that I adore living here in the Highlands of Scotland, and especially within a National Park, is the amazingly different seasons we get here.  Each is special in its own way and any seasonal wedding, whether a winter, spring, autumn or summer wedding will be set against a stunning backdrop. Today I am thinking of the summer months and what makes a summer wedding so special.  The clincher has to be the amount of daylight we get, it is around 18 hours each day, and who can say that this isn’t a major plus when it comes to enjoying life and celebrating something...

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