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Wedding Venue Spotlight – Balfreish Barns

Tables set up for a rustic wedding at Balfreish Barns in the Highlands of Scotland

As a wedding planner in the Highlands of Scotland, it is important to keep visiting venues to increase the options that I can suggest to my clients. This week I discovered an exciting new Scottish wedding venue. Balfreish Barns. Although I usually work within the Cairngorms National Park, I decided to venture out a little further towards Inverness when I heard that there was a rustic barn available to hire for weddings. Credit: Abrightside Photography Credit: Katie Grainger Well, what can I say, I loved it. Balfreish Barns is located near Nairn in the Highlands of Scotland. It is owned by...

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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 decision...

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Is the Intimate Wedding Still the Way Forward?

Groom lifts up his bride at their intimate wedding

As restrictions are lifted again and we shake ourselves down and get ready to live life again, newly engaged couples may start thinking ‘BIG’ for their wedding. The wedding world during Covid had brought about a necessity for an intimate wedding rather than a choice. However, as we now emerge blinking into the sunlight once again, there is no longer a limit to the number of guests permitted at a wedding. The choice is back in the hands of each couple to decide. Pre-Covid, the trend was to have a big celebration. Guests would come from far and wide to celebrate in large expensive venues....

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Planning a Dream Destination Wedding

A destinationA married couple walk through a field of sunfllowers at their destination wedding.

Does your heart yearn to tie the knot somewhere that isn’t your home?  Maybe it is a country where you met each other, or a place you have spent time or travelled together, a place you dream of visiting, or quite simply a crazy vision that you concocted together one romantic night during lockdown. In your rational minds you go through the problems that you envisage..... Could it really be possible?Could we really travel there?Would our friends and family be able to come too?How on earth do we start?Where would the wedding be?What would it look like?How do we find out about the...

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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

Bride and groom toast each other at their Highland wedding picnic

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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Going Green: How to Plan A Wedding That’s Awesome And Eco-Friendly

planning an eco wedding with Wide Sky Weddings

Are you planning your wedding and wondering whether to make it an eco wedding? 'Eco' or 'sustainable' weddings are growing in popularity. With so much in the news about climate change, there has never been a more important time to do our bit for the climate and our future on this planet.  Eco weddings can play their part. Because of this, sustainability is one of the core values of my business (take a look at my Sustainability Policy). As a Highland wedding planner in the Cairngorms National Park I am always looking to work with suppliers who share this same value.   Fact: Did you...

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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 droplets...

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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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