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A Toast to Love: Navigating Alcohol Free Weddings with Confidence

Many delicious mocktails can be offered at an alcohol free wedding

Considering an Alcohol Free Wedding? Here's What You Need to Know Are you currently considering your wedding drink options and wondering whether you dare hold an alcohol free wedding?  Are you part of the growing Sober Curious movement, but think your guests may not attend if they are only being offered sparkling water and mocktails? The Changing Landscape: Alcohol Free Weddings are On The Rise Well, the statistics are proving quite interesting. A few years ago in a Hitched survey, they found that 11% of all couples getting married considered having a totally alcohol-free wedding,...

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Getting Married in Scotland’s Majestic Highlands

Bride and groom enjoy their outdoor Highland wedding in the Cairngorms National Park in Scotland

Are you dreaming of a fairytale wedding set amidst the breathtaking landscapes of the Highlands of Scotland? Picture this: exchanging your vows with your fiancé against a backdrop of mystical mountains, ancient castles, and sparkling lochs. If this sounds like the wedding of your dreams, then let me guide you through the exciting adventure of getting married in the heart of the Scottish Highlands. Choose Your Highland Hideaway First things first, you'll need to select the perfect venue to set the stage for your love story. The Highlands of Scotland boast a plethora of romantic settings,...

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5 Tips for Planning a Christmas or New Year’s Wedding Proposal

A man has surprised his girlfriend with an engagement ring that he has given her by their Christmas tree

As the festive season approaches, love is in the air, and what better time to take the plunge than during Christmas or New Year celebrations? If you're contemplating making this holiday season extra special with a wedding proposal, consider these five top tips to ensure this special moment becomes a cherished memory that will last your lifetime. Capture the Magic of the Season Christmas and New Year radiate magic and joy, providing the perfect backdrop for your proposal. Consider proposing somewhere that sells real Christmas trees that fill the air with the delicious smell of pine. Or...

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How to Plan a Wedding

Planning a wedding should be fun and this cutting says so.

When couples first get engaged, they are soon faced with the big question, “How do we plan our wedding?” They are bursting with romantic visions of their big day, the romance, the sparkle, the adventure.  Suddenly these dreams have to become a reality, and this takes careful wedding planning.  If you are at this stage right now, read on and I will light your way along this magical journey. Firstly, and Most Important - The Wedding Budget This is your first decision and key to the wedding planning process.  Only once you know how much you can realistically spend, will you...

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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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Sustainable Wedding Catering

Aggie is preparing a sustainably produced wedding meal in the Highlands of Scotland

Being a Wedding Planner sustainability is something that I am very conscious of.  On average a pre-pandemic UK wedding was emitting a shocking 14.5 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions and a third of a metric tonne of solid waste. So, I make it my business to find ways for my wedding couples to be as sustainable as they can when planning their wedding. Sustainable wedding catering is a HUGE consideration when planning your wedding if concern about the climate is an important issue to you. In this blog I am chatting with Aggie Galicka, owner of Heavy Metal Munchies, based in Carrbridge,...

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Sustainable Wedding Rings

A sustainable wedding ring made by The Third Aye in the Cairngorms National Park, Highlands of Scotland with Wide Sky Weddings

Within my wedding planning business I try to be as sustainable as I can be.  I also like to work with suppliers who share my respect and love for the natural environment.  Businesses who aim to be as sustainable / green / eco-friendly as they can be. Weddings are known to have particularly high carbon footprints and I am always looking for ways that my couples can cut their footprint down. Wedding jewellery can be a contentious issue these days. However, there are ways to avoid these issues.  In Nethy Bridge, in the Highlands of Scotland, I am privileged to share the...

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Vow Renewals…. Could This Be For Us?

A group of friends celebrate with a couple who have renewed their wedding vows

Have you been married a while but would like to re-live the romance of your wedding day?  Are you approaching  a ‘milestone’ anniversary and looking for a memorable way to mark the day? Was your wedding day a disappointment? You didn't get the day you both really wanted, because your parents had paid for it? Perhaps you've been through an extremely tough time in your lives and are in need of something incredibly special to cheer you and your family up? Or are you just simply a pair of romantics? If any of these scenarios sound like you, maybe you should consider Vow Renewals....

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Just Engaged? – Do We Hire a Wedding Planner?

A wedding planner at her desk helping newly engaged couples plan their weddings.

Have you recently got engaged? Huge congratulations firstly. Now the bubbles have been drunk and the initial euphoria subsided, are you feeling a touch of overwhelm and looming stress when thinking about the planning of your big day? Are you worried that you just won't find the time necessary to create the wedding you have dreamed of since you were young? Would you perhaps hire a Wedding Planner to help you with one of the most important days of your life?  Perhaps you want to elope, just the two of you, and get married somewhere that you have never visited before? But you have no idea...

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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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