Where did you get married? > We had our ceremony at Kirk of Calder church and our reception at Houston House Hotel
Would you recommend this venue to others?> Most definitely, the service from the moment we enquiried and we’re welcomed to the wedding fayre by the manager Herve, until the morning after our special day, was fantastic! I had a lot of questions but nothing was too much bother. We were invited for a complementary dinner with other couples to sample the hotel before we’d even agreed we were proceeding, it was a very nice touch. We loved the grounds & the character of the hotel, however we didn’t get to use the grounds on the day due to the weather.
What month did you get married in? >September
How far in advance did you start planning your wedding?>
We got engaged on Valentine’s Day in 2015 so had around 18 months planning time.
How did you decide the date of your wedding?> We didn’t want it to be too hot or too cold on our wedding day and I love the colours autumn brings. But the final date depended on hotel & church availability.
What kind of ceremony did you opt for? > We had a religious ceremony conducted by rev John Povey. I wasn’t sure what I wanted, after seeing the hotel set up for a ceremony then visiting church with my fiancé I fell in love with the church and everything that it encapsulated. Kirk of Calder is a beautiful church and our service was perfect thanks to Mr Povey.
After you had chosen your date and booked your venue, what was the first thing you booked?> Our photographer, Emma! My best friend had a bad experience with her photographer & so i knew how important it was to find the right photographer and be happy with the package offered. Emma Gray was recommended to me by 2 couples and after meeting with Emma we understood why. Her work is fantastic and she really is The Mary Poppins of weddings with help in her bag of tricks and helpful throughout the day as well being invisible which is quite a talent!
Did everything go smoothly with the planning of the wedding or did you come across a few stumbling blocks?> We didn’t really have any stumbling blocks, we knew what we wanted to achieve, a day that represented both of us and keep things simple but enough of a splash that our friends and family would enjoy the day and know they had been at our wedding!
If you could do it all again, would you do anything differently? >
I don’t think I would. I truly loved our day from start to finish.
What 3 tips would you pass on to anyone just starting to plan their own wedding?>
Don’t sweat the small stuff – things will crop up on the but really everything comes good. I’m a planner & I loved planning my day, I even enjoyed doing my seating plan.
Make time on the day for you! I got ready at home and with only one maid of honour I will always cherish the couple of hours we had alone in the morning getting ready with Lyn who did our hair & make up, before the rest of the wedding party arrived, it was so chilled & just what I needed. I know my now husband enjoyed time with his best man & ushers too although they were in pub rather than hair & make up!
Do it your way. (Well yours & your groom obviously lol)
Your wedding day really is the quickest day of your life! Think about timing, we got married at 1pm which for me was just right as by the time you factor in everything that has to happen on the day, the last thing you want is to feel rushed or not be able to enjoy time with your guests or some time with your new husband!!!
Who were your favourite 3 wedding suppliers that you used?>
Emma Gray Photography
Lyn McKenzie – hair & make up
Paperama – all our wedding stationary.
I would say my wedding cake and flowers but they were gifted from friends and family which was also a really special personal gift!
Did you go on honeymoon? If so where did you go? >
We went to Moon Palace in Mexico for 2 weeks. It was amazing! My first all inclusive experience and not one we will forget. The hotel, staff, food and facilities where first class and we loved every minute. September/October is quite quiet in Mexico at that time although the weather is still pretty fair! It was around 40 degrees and pretty humid but lovely. It did rain a little but nothing that wasn’t bearable. We will definitely go back and would highly recommend. If you want to go and be active you can or you can just relax and enjoy being served your drink of choice all day by the pool….. bliss!!!
Any other comments:
Enjoy the whole process of planning your wedding! Just realised I’ve not said anything about wedding dresses OMG! As a Say Yes to the Dress fanatic I really must!!! So my advice would be, don’t rule anything out. Go & try on 1 of every style until you find what you like then try on a few in that style. I only visited 2 shops & went home slept on it & went back with my sister for a 2nd opinion & that was it done! I was exhausted after 2 shops & couldn’t have faced going to loads of shops. It takes some stamina trying on dresses so be prepared & don’t go on an empty stomach!! I bought my dress 14 months before the wedding from Anne & Bobbies in Bathgate & didn’t collect it till days before. For a small fee most shops will hold onto dresses for you. Also be prepared to allow for cost of alterations, that is not cheap!! My dress was the one part of my day that I couldn’t envisage happening, me in a wedding gown but I loved my dress and I loved wearing it!
Brilliant advice, thanks for that Gemma. I also went to the Moon Palace for my honeymoon ( 15 years ago!!!) and loved it…well, apart from the last night…there was a mexican tupperware convention going on and the place was swarmed with hundreds of mexican women having a get together. You can just imagine the noise! It didn’t spoil it for us though, still had an amazing time!