Another one of those things on your ‘to do’ list is no doubt wedding favours.
There are a multitude of things out there from the traditional to the quirky. Today’s blog introduces some of the old and new out there on the market just now.
A little bit of Favour history….. Wedding favours have been around for centuries. They started with sugared almonds in Italy. They were given to guests to say thank you for coming to the wedding and as a symbol of good luck. They traditionally have five sugared almonds. Each delicious almond represents something different. People are always confused to what they are. So let’s set things straight from here. The five things are Health, Wealth, Happiness, Fertility and Longevity. The number of almonds, five, also has a significance. Five is an odd number and cannot be split, hopefully, like the married couple.
Speak to your wedding co-ordinator as they will always have some good ideas you haven’t thought of!
If you’re getting married in Scotland (or even if you’re not), why not surprise your guests by incorporating some traditional Scottish elements into your big day.
Haggis, Neeps & Tatties
Not just for Burns night! Traditional Scottish food is coming back in a big way, and it’s easy to see why. Try incorporating a haggis, neeps and tatties tartlet into your starter, Scottish salmon in your canapés or a creamy cranachan cheesecake for your dessert. All washed down with a dram of Scottish malt whisky! If you think haggis is a bit too adventurous for your guests why ask for vegetarian haggis? Its just as tasty and most people won’t even know the difference!
One of the simplest and most romantic ways of adding a Scottish flair to your day is by hiring a piper. Traditionally the piper will play for your guests as they enter the church, play the bride down the aisle and then pipe you out of the church as husband and wife. They can even lead your guests from the church back to the reception. Makes for a gorgeous photograph as your guests follow the piper in procession.
“Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, and a sixpence for your shoe”
A sixpence in the bride’s shoe is an old Scottish tradition meant to bring good luck and is customarily placed there by her father as a sign of his hope for prosperity, love and happiness in her marriage.
The kilt is the traditional male formal dress and comes in many different forms and thousands of tartans. If your family doesn’t have a tartan you can choose by colour, style, or even the tartan of your favourite football team! Compliment this by adding the Scottish thistle to your button holes and bouquets, or keep your colour scheme a traditional Scottish purple.
Its not just for the men either! There are some amazing dress designers out there that incorporate tartan into their wedding and bridesmaids dresses.
A ceildih can be one of the highlights of your reception. To please all your guests choose a band that will play both ceilidh and modern music, and hire a ‘caller’ who will explain the steps before every dance. Your guests may never have ceilidh danced before but by the end of the night they will be hooked!
For more tips on adding a Scottish flair to your day just ask your Fairy Godmother.
We would love to hear how you captured the Scottish spirit in your wedding day.
So Valentine’s Day has passed and with the romantic engagements now comes the lovely glossy magazines with all things Wedding related to inspire you for your big day. If you have recently got engaged and looking for trends for the year ahead, then we’ve compiled the top 10 key trends for 2014/15.
1. Vintage – it’s still with us and if anything it’s filtering through to all aspects of a Wedding from flowers to stationery and even entertainment
2. Steampunk – coming to us from the US and Austrailia is this fusion of Victorian Art and fashion with science fiction. Think corsets, top hats, steam engines and Alice in Wonderland. Sound bizarre, this Wedding executed the theme perfectly!
3. Flowers – not just on the tables and in the Church but think encorporated into a hairstyle, on the dress and as accessories. The trend is becoming more wild and natural and we love the bohemian romantic look.
4. Doughnuts – not just for Homer Simpson! According to the Scottish Wedding Directory, cupcakes are being replaced with beautifully decorated doughnuts in a variety of indulgent flavours.
5.Hitch up that hem – Keira Knightly’s 1950’s inspired dress split opinion here in the office but if you can carry it off, it really is chic and different.
6. Homemade favours – get everyone involved in making something personal and original. Handpacked sweets chosen by the bride and groom go down a treat.
7. Art deco rings – we’ve previously seen the return of the coloured stones in homage to Kate Middleton’s rock however more ornate metals and jewels are returning with intricate detail.
8. Metallic – accessories and even cakes. We’ve seen some gorgeous metallic icing online
9. Photobooths – ‘staged photography’ is becoming quickly overtaken by themed booths and instant snaps. Why not collect your favourite memories in a homemade scrapbook.
10. Return of the black tie – very dapper for the gents and taking inspiration from Downton Abbey. You simply can’t go wrong gentlemen.
If we can help you execute any of the above, then contact your Fairy Godmother who will be delighted to assist.