26 Jul 2019

Large Group Catering Tips… “Help, how do I cater for 21 people?!”

So your weekend at Alexander House is confirmed and you’re all set for a fantastic few days away! But hang on, what about food? There will be 21 mouths to feed and that takes some planning. If you’re anything like me, planning a meal for four can be a challenge and I actually enjoy cooking! So how does one cope with cooking for 21 and manage to make the food look interesting and taste great. Don’t panic, it’s all good – we’ve got some top tips that will make catering for a big group so much easier.

Hen Do Ideas | Turkish Food Masterclass Perthshire

We have a lot of experience within our team here at AH, so we thought we’d share our top tips on large group catering to reduce your stress…

1. Plan ahead

Don’t be too laid back, time will pass quickly so it’s important to plan ahead. Once you’ve confirmed numbers you’ll know how many to cater for.

2. Check dietary requirements

Make sure you find out about any special dietary requirements, as well. It may mean a few tweaks in the menu but you’ll still be able to provide a meal that everyone will enjoy.

3. What’s the occasion?

Do you need balloons, decorations, alcohol, a cake?

Small and intimate wedding venue near Gleneagles, Perthshire

4. Many hands make light work

When catering for a large group everyone can have their part to play. Make a list of all party members and allocate jobs. You can even involve youngsters, from laying the table, washing the veg, washing the dishes. Importantly, assign the adults different nights to cook – no one person should have to be stuck in the kitchen all weekend.

5. Order online

Check out which supermarkets can deliver to your holiday home. Start making a shopping list online but choose one that can be added to – that way you can share the login with your group. From your list of names assign who will be cooking what. That way they can add their ingredients so it’s not the responsibility of just one person.

6. Think seasonal

Consider the time of year and what seasonal food is available. With so much variety of different vegetables it’s a good time to try something a little different rather than going for the same choices. The way you prepare veg can also make a difference. Carrots, for instance, can be used in so many ways, such as sliced, cubed, batons or shaped.

Small and intimate wedding venue near Gleneagles, Perthshire | Alexander House

7. Timing is key, so keep things simple

If you’re planning a formal dinner, you’ll need to think about how to ensure everyone gets their food hot. Making good choices will help with this, nothing to complicated otherwise you’ll get into a fluff! Timing is key. When do you want to eat? If you have some younger members you may need to start early so dinner isn’t late, or depending on how little, do they need to be in bed early so you can enjoy yours without it getting cold. Are you planning two or three courses? A cold starter will ease the stress levels, as will cold puddings – but you could then add a hot sauce topping. If you decide on 3 courses, make sure your starters are cold ones this will ease the stress levels.

8. Themes work well

Using a theme can help with ideas – Italian, curry, pizza, barbecue, Mexican etc. An Italian night is one of my favourites, you can do a meat and vegetable lasagne, which makes tweaking them to cover dietary issues not too difficult. Add a few different salads, warm crusty garlic bread and tiramisu for pudding. This is great for a relaxed buffet-style supper. If you choose a curry you can easily tweak to provide 2-3 courses – poppadoms and raita for starters, curries, dhal, sag aloo, bhaji and warm homemade nan bread (easy to make) for the main course, and cool mango rice or coconut ice cream for dessert.

Hen Do Ideas - Fully Catered Activity Weekend | Near Gleneagles Perthshire

9. If in doubt, outsource!

Check out the local options too! You may all fancy a night off from cooking so you could invite one of our caterers or get the mobile fish and chips van to visit!

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25 May 2019
Hen Party Ideas | Dance Class | Make Your Own Dance Routines

Hen Party Ideas: City Dance Parties comes to Alexander House

Happening in locations across the UK, City Dance Parties has captured the imagination of people who love to dance or want to learn to dance. The company provides unforgettable dance experiences for Hen and Stag weekends, corporate getaways, birthdays and girly weekends. Whether you have two left feet or consider yourself a pretty mean mover, this is one dance party that’s guaranteed to get even the most reluctant dancers boogying all night long! And now we’re delighted to announce that these fabulous dance sessions can be booked at Alexander House.

Who better to make the introductions than Jenny from City Dance Parties…

We have a huge range of styles to choose from, whether you want to sizzle with a sultry Salsa or Strictly-themed dance class or fancy stepping back in time for a Roaring 20s, 80s or 90s Masterclass. How about learning the moves from your favourite film – maybe a routine from Grease, Dirty Dancing or a Disney film. Or you could learn a new style of dancing and choose a Bollywood, Burlesque or Belly Dancing class, there really is something for absolutely everyone – the hardest step is choosing which class you want. There’s also the option for a bespoke masterclass if there’s a style you think the bride/birthday girl would really love! In the past we’ve run sessions with a Billy Elliot theme, an Elton John Masterclasses, even a Magic Mike-inspired dance class.

Hen Party Ideas | Dance Class | Make Your Own Dance Routines

We aim to make our dance sessions relaxed, fun and confidence-building experiences that are suitable for ALL ages and abilities (we mean it….we’ve run a Beyonce dance class for a 70th birthday before!), and is guaranteed to get everyone having a giggle and building some special memories altogether.

Turn Alexander House into your very own personal dance studio

“As you’ll be staying at Alexander House, it’ll be in a lovely relaxed setting, with gorgeous scenery, and you can even pour yourself a glass of bubbly or a G&T during the break – perfect for anyone needing a bit of Dutch courage to get their dancing shoes on! To add to the fun, longer sessions include a prize of a bottle of champagne for whoever is judged to be the best dancer or, if yours is a hen party, given to the bride-to-be as part of the hen party gift bag she’ll receive at the end of the class.

Hen Party Ideas | Dance Class | Make Your Own Dance Routines

“City Dance Parties is all about creating the best experiences possible. We have a 5-star rating on TrustPilot, Facebook and Google Reviews for our classes.

Not only that, we recently won the British Wedding Award for ‘Best Hen and Stag Provider’.

Wow, we’re so excited to welcome City Dance Parties to Alexander House – their fun dance sessions are going to make weekends away go with an even bigger swing. So get booking and don’t forget to pack your dancing shoes!

07 Jan 2018
Wedding Stationery - Freefall Design | Tartan

How to Wow your Guests with Unique Wedding Stationery

Your wedding day is like a story. Or more accurately (as the saying goes) one that’s about to begin. But with so much to tell, where do you start?

Should it be with the perfect ceremony or with a decadent drinks reception?

Some tales are best told from the beginning. Invite your guests to embark on your wedding day journey with subtle ‘save the dates’ to give them a taste of what’s to come, followed by beautiful invites before the big day, and finally delight them with heartfelt thank you cards to summon fond memories of your special day.

Just like your flowers and your finishing touches, there’s something special about beautiful wedding stationery that’s been designed especially for you.

Wedding Stationery - Freefall Design | Tartan

Kirsten combines beautiful fonts and unique illustrations to create bespoke stationery packages at Freefall Design, from save the dates to your thank you cards (and everything in between). Here are some of her top tips on how to design and deliver your own designs, for wedding stationery that’s uniquely yours.

Venue sketch

A sketch or illustration of your special venue will let guests see your location from a unique perspective.

Wedding Stationery - Freefall Design | Buttons

Colours

Incorporating the colours from your wider theme (like your flowers and bridesmaids dresses) into your wedding invites will ensure that the pre-wedding experience is in keeping with the big day itself.

Tartans and fabrics

Transforming your favourite fabrics into a digital background is a fantastic way to add depth to your invitations. There are so many textured papers and cards to choose from now, that you really can make receiving your invites a tactile experience for your guests! Combining a fabric inspired background with a textured card will give your guests a lovely surprise when they pick your invite up to read it.

Wedding Stationery - Freefall Design | Tartan

Flowers

Having your flowers illustrated on the front of your invites is a lovely touch that’s both colourful and in keeping with the day. It’s a great way to add a personal touch, if you don’t want to give away too much about the venue or the overall theme before the big day arrives.

Seasonal scenes

Drawing on seasonal themes to inspire your design is a beautiful idea and one that works particularly well if you’ll be having seasonal flowers, colours schemes or table dressings.

Hand-finishing

Everything from cut-out flowers and laser cut designs to bows, glitter and diamantes, can be added to your invites by hand, to create something that’s uniquely yours.

Wedding Stationery - Freefall Design | Hand Finishing

Presentation

How will your invites arrive? Once your chosen design has been tailored and refined for you, it’s time to think about how your guests will receive it. Do you have a lot of information to send out to guests? If so, a pocket-fold style may be the answer.

Pocket-folds allow you to add more surface area to your cards without losing their neatness, and add in elements like RSVP cards, accommodation details or venue directions.

If you prefer to keep things short and sweet, a simple yet stylish postcard invite tucked away with an RSVP is the perfect way to deliver your invites. Have them loose in a simple envelope or fasten all your elements together with twine, tartan ribbon or a belly band – whatever goes with your theme!

TOP TIP: Whether you’re working with a bespoke designer or crafting your own invites, it will definitely help you to ‘idea gather’ along the way. Put together a moodboard (Pinterest is just perfect for this!) with all of your favourite designs, colour schemes you love and anything else you find inspiring. This will give both you and your designer an idea of what you like, making it easy for your designer to craft your perfect invites!

Bespoke or not, it’s a good idea to have a really good think about what you want from your invites. Do you want to give guests a sneaky taster of the big day? Or do you want to share something beautiful that appealed to you right away?

Creating your own design is an exciting and rewarding journey of beautiful fonts and unique illustrations, luxurious cards and pretty finishings. It’s a journey that you’ll love taking, but one whose results you’ll enjoy sharing even more.

Looking for more invitation inspiration?

Browse some of Kirsten’s unique wedding stationery at Freefall Design.

10 Nov 2017

Make your Hen Do a Pool Party!

Pool parties are a great idea for Hen parties, which makes Alexander House the ideal venue!

Stay with us for the weekend and you have full use of our heated pool. Should the weather decide to be unkind you can still have plenty of fun under the retractable glass cover.

Hen Party Ideas | Pool Party | Inflatables

Float to your hearts content…

Don’t forget to plan your party theme and prepare ahead. We find that inflatables are a must for any discerning Hen pool party and ladies who love to lounge and float around with a cocktail in one hand. A trawl of the Internet is bound to throw up fun floats to suit your theme – from pineapples and donuts to swans and unicorns.

No party is complete without some tunes!

Put together a great playlist of girlie favourites – maybe ask each guest to choose songs that have relevance to her relationship with the Hen, you’ll end up with a fabulous and eclectic mix of music. Props for photo opportunities are also a good idea – now is not the time to wear your Prada sunglasses, go crazy with fun glasses and top off with flower crowns for everyone. You’ll be in and out of the pool, so personalised robes are a really nice touch. Tie them into your theme by choosing an appropriate colour or get personalised ones with your names or pool party ‘persona’?!

Planning to give everyone a keepsake from the Hen do? Forget paper bags, send them off with a child’s beach bucket full of goodies.:-)

Need ideas for your pool party theme?

How about one of these:

Go Moroccan
A great idea if your Hen loves to travel and makes for a very stylish look. Jazz up the pool area with rugs and scatter cushions and have metal lanterns ready for nightfall.

White Out
The celebs love white parties, so how can you possibly go wrong! Make all of your accessories white, get the girls to dress in white – it’ll be très sophistiqué!

Hot like Hawaii
Dress up in grass skirts and leis, put flowers in your hair, inflatable palm trees around the poolside and plan some cool cocktails.

Beach Club
Put up the sun umbrellas, fire up the barbie, fill the pool with beach balls, make sure you have the Beach Boys playing on a loop.

Bond Girls
Dress as glam as you can for in the pool and on the terrace, serve Martinis – shaken not stirred!

Why not check out our Hen Pool Party Pinterest Board for some accessories and theming ideas!

Ready to book your Hen pool party at Alexander House? Check out our availability or for more details give us a call on 01764 680205.

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12 Oct 2017
Wedding Wooden Bench Hire | Festival Wedding Venue Perthshire

Relaxed Wedding Styling for Festival Yurt, Tipi and Outdoor Weddings

Are you fed up with the coloured bows and chair covers? Are you looking for a more rustic relaxed wedding experience?

Choosing Wedding Furniture

If so where better to start than some unique rustic furniture. Wooden tables, benches and chairs provide the perfect backdrop and are a great way of bringing your guests together and encouraging them to mingle.

When set up in rows they are also space saving and this set up enables all guests to have a great view of the happy couple if the top table is set across the top of the rows.

If concerned about elderly guests sitting on benches perhaps go for a mix of chairs and benches.

For more comfort on your benches: bench pads, sheepskins, or blankets offer a great festival feel.

Wedding Wooden Bench Hire | Festival Wedding Venue Perthshire

Dressing Tables

This may seem daunting but its so simple to achieve beautiful table dressing without the need of a florist.

If you wish a larger area in the centre of your tables to dress or display food platters its a good idea to double up on the tables.

If doubling up tables – a runner of hessian, linen or coffee sacks provide a great base to your dressing whilst covering the join giving the appearance of one solid table.

Moss and greenery also provide a great camouflage centrepiece. Lace doilies, tilly lamps, antlers and candles also compliment wooden tables.

Wedding Wooden Bench Hire | Festival Wedding Venue Perthshire

Flower Styling

Trawl Pinterest for unique and simple flower styling ideas. Arrange your flowers, twigs, cones, herbs, plants or dried flowers in jam jars, glass vases, clay pots, tins, old bottles, milk bottles, metal goblets, teapots, or urns. The list is endless!

Use oasis in your containers if looking for structure i.e. with tall stems. Small logs can be used as stands for your containers to
give a variety of height.

Bear in mind when styling to keep arrangements out of eye level, either below or above so your guests can still chat freely.

Single long stems are great for this, they give height without obstruction.

Finish off with rustic handmade favours for that personal touch. Great ideas teamed with hessian ribbon, raffia, brown package labels, fruit, home made produce, plants, or vintage pegs. 🙂

Thanks for these wedding styling tips from our friends at www.woodenbenchhirecompany.co.uk who supply wedding tables, benches, chairs, tableware, props and vintage accessories to style your event. They have depots in Essex, Taunton, Sheffield and now Glasgow (All stock tables and benches).

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18 Aug 2017
Wedding Music Ideas | Photo and Karaoke Booth | Photo Pop

Photo Pop is here to make your wedding, hen or stag do go with a Pop!

Let’s face it your guests will want to have a fun time at your wedding and music or entertainment is a vital ingredient at most weddings these days.

Whether you want a music themed wedding or you just love Karaoke – our friends at mobile photo and karaoke booth Photo Pop can give you what you need.

Wedding Music Ideas | Photo and Karaoke Booth | Photo Pop

How about selecting your top tunes that your guest can sing on your very own Wedding Playlist. We can theme your props to match your playlist – so whether it’s an Elvis collar, Tina Turner wig, Elton John’s glasses, Abbas long flowing hair or even Axl Rose bandana – we can match the props accordingly.

Wedding Music Ideas | Photo and Karaoke Booth | Photo PopWedding Music Ideas | Photo and Karaoke Booth | Photo Pop

What about using POP to keep your guests amused while you get your photos taken, the POP team can entertain the crowd while you ‘Pop a Pose’. They can get them to create your very special guest book with their pictures that print out from the photo booth, they can stick them in at the magnificent sticking station and add their own personal message to you both, the best bit is they get a copy too. The POP team can send your guests their pictures too via email or Facebook straight away.

Wedding Music Ideas | Photo and Karaoke Booth | Photo Pop

The POP team love a challenge!

If you give them a theme and challenge them to come up with the props to match. The Prop Box Challenge! Go on set them a challenge for your wedding.

POP love to get involved and so will your guests. Snap It! Sing It! Share It!

Wedding Music Ideas | Photo and Karaoke Booth | Photo Pop

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08 Jul 2017
Mobile Wedding Prosecco & Gin Bar

Wedding Drinks – A Little Ginspiration!

A whole new meaning to ‘Pimping your Prosecco’

‘Pimping your Prosecco’ is a concept that has been around for a while, especially at weddings and special events, it looks great, tastes great and adds a fun DIY element. Although we still love a simple glass of Prosecco straight up, the ever-increasing options of things to add to your glass of bubbles is just to tempting to resist.

Where do you start?

Simply with fruit and garnishes, edible glitter and flowers or go all out with crazy colour, bursting bubbles and moving swirls from Popaball.

We have to say that by far our favourite option, and we think all our fellow ginthusiasts will agree, is the growing selection of fruity and floral infused gins which when combined with our other favouirte (of course!), Prosecco, make some fab wedding day cocktails. ENJOY!

Mobile Wedding Prosecco & Gin Bar | Tipple in a TukTuk

Here are Tipple in a Tuk Tuk’s Top 5 Gin & Prosecco Wedding Cocktail Ideas to raise your tipple to the next level…

1. The Gin Bothy – Strawberry infused liqueur

Summer in a glass, made with fresh Angus and Perthshire berries in the award winning Gin Bothy. Simply pour 15ml of strawberry gin into a flute; top up with Prosecco; finish with a strawberry slice and a couple of mint leaves.

Wedding Drinks | Gin Cocktails | Gin Bothy Strawberry & Prosecco

2. Strathearn Heather Rose

Turn your Prosecco to a delicate blush pink with a shot of Strathearn’s Heather Rose Gin and just for fun float a couple of rose petals or raspberries on the top.

Wedding Drinks | Gin Cocktails | Strathearn Heather Rose Gin & Prosecco

3. Boë – Peach & Hibiscus Gin Liqueur

For an exotic touch to your cocktail set up, try the tongue tingling Boë Bellini – a shot of Boë Peach & Hibiscus gin liqueur topped with Prosecco, and garnish with a peach slice.

Wedding Drinks | Gin Cocktails | Boë Peach & Hibiscus & Prosecco

4. Solway Spirits – Raspberry Ripple Gin Liqueur

A true micro distillery, producing only 50 bottles a batch – this Raspberry Ripple Gin is the perfect addition to your glass of fizz, and add a whole raspberry to finish this off.

Wedding Drinks | Gin Cocktails | Solway Spirits Raspberry Ripple Gin Liqueur & Prosecco

5. Edinburgh Gin – Elderflower Liqueur

Made from freshly picked elderflowers Edinburgh Gin’s Elderflower liqueur goes beautifully in a glass of Prosecco, with a slice of cucumber or green apple to garnish.

Wedding Drinks | Gin Cocktails | Edinburgh Gin Elderflower Liqueur & Prosecco

We hope you like Tipple in a TukTuk’s Gincredible Top 5. We do at AH and plan to road test a few of these ourselves very soon! 🙂

PS If you love Gin don’t forget we offer Gin Tasting Experiences here at AH and it’s a great idea for your Hen Do too!

Mobile Wedding Prosecco & Gin Bar

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26 Jun 2017

Have a dry Festival Wedding with the help of Brolly Bucket!

Alexander house is the perfect location for your festival-themed wedding. With a large luxurious country house as your base with a cosy glamping yurt with wood-fired hot tub for your wedding night –  it’s a blank canvas for your festival wedding day, what more could you wish for as you begin your wedding planning?

With the option to add a fun party size tipi, pretty sperry, large wedding yurt and bell tents, your magical day can spill from the main house into the amazing grounds in relaxed festival style!

Wedding Sperry Venue Perthshire Scotland | Alexander House
Image courtesy of our friends at www.papakata.co.uk

Be sure to prepare for the weather, however, and pop jolly selections of brollies around to allow guests to wander outdoors with ease.

Our wedding friends at BrollyBucket are the UK’s premier umbrella hire service for weddings and events. Established in 2011 they are now industry leaders in providing elegant, high quality umbrellas to events and weddings nationwide. They’re a friendly bunch with a truly personal service which has been highly commended by past clients and hiring their umbrellas is an ‘essential service’ for wedding industry professionals. We highly recommend them here at AH.

Festival Wedding Umbrella Hire Perthshire Scotland | Brolly Bucket

Choose beautiful, elegant umbrellas from their extensive colour range for you and your guests.

A wedding day essential, your wedding umbrella will not only keep you dry, it will look elegant in your photographs and will add a lovely feature to your wedding film or video. Having a crisp bridal umbrella on hand is the perfect ‘just in case’ solution to any Scottish rainy day woes. Their umbrellas can also be used as a styling ‘feature’ and they love nothing more than supplying brollies to suspend from the roof of a gorgeous yurt, sperry, tipi or traditional marquee – the ideas are endless!

They are quick too! They aim to deliver your hired brollies 3 working days before your wedding date and collect them 2 working days after your big day finishes – so you can be sure to be well prepared! Their signature umbrella stand, or ‘bucket’ has been specifically designed to display the umbrellas beautifully.

Festival Wedding Umbrella Hire Perthshire Scotland | Brolly Bucket

Gone are the only options white or pastel umbrellas for weddings, inject some colourful festival vibe with the summer event wedding package – and keep your guests dry as they move from the house to your or tipi, explore the fabulous grounds, relax on the lawn or turn their hand to some fairground games!

A rain shower will simply add a splash of colour to your day as the umbrellas spring up in wonderful bright shades across the grounds, as your guests continue to have a ball! To maximise the festival vibes, match the brollies to festival flags, food truck catering and don’t forget your wristbands!

Simply position the willow umbrella stands or classic clear acrylic buckets around the venue and let your guests come and go as they please. Make your guests feel loved… hire lots of lovely umbrellas!

Festival Wedding Umbrella Hire Perthshire Scotland | Brolly Bucket

Brollybucket only use high quality, elegant umbrellas of classic design, from Italy. Your umbrellas are sent to you individually sleeved in cellophane to ensure they are in an excellent condition ready for you to use. Hiring umbrellas of this quality is cheaper than buying and you only have them for the time you need.

The cost for the delivery and collection service is the same, no matter how many brollies you hire!

We know you will want to plan your festival wedding day down to the last detail.  You will have agonised over colours and themes, you will have spent hours choosing the things that will make your day really special. So don’t let unpredictable, wet Scottish weather spoil your day.

20 Apr 2017
Wedding Lighting Ideas | Outdoor Festoon Lighting

Wedding Lighting Ideas – Let there be Light!

Light

Noun

1.    the natural agent that stimulates sight and makes things visible.
2.    an expression indicating a particular emotion or mood.

 

Power

Noun

1.    energy supplied to a particular area or building.
2.    the capacity or ability to direct or influence the behaviour of others or the course of events.

These two definitions are what make us at The Arkwright Group believe that Light and Power are the two most important things at your wedding (except a bride and groom of course!).

Without power it’s simple enough – you just can’t run your event. And light is one of the most important elements to influence the mood and emotion of those attending your wedding day, especially if you are outdoors or creating a themed wedding, like a festival or rustic yurt wedding.

Some practicalities first!

So firstly you need the generator booked…we can do that and tell you exactly what you need for your wedding lighting vision. After that you can move on to some fun ….the lighting.

We love to hear your ideas and will then help create the lighting to your specifications and within your budget. We can share our experience of what works well to create the vibe you want and also what features at your venue can be accentuated with lighting and used for your wedding photography.

Indoor Wedding Lighting Ideas

Whatever vibe you are looking for we can help with the design and layout whether it is inside a marquee, yurt or tipi.

Festoon Lighting is an increasing popular choice nowadays especially with the increase in festival style weddings (Alexander House love festival weddings with their wedding yurts and great grounds – so you’ve picked the perfect place as a festival themed wedding venue!).

Festoons are larger light bulbs, which add a rustic feel to your occasion. The glow creates a relaxed and romantic atmosphere and they hang slightly lower than fairy lights. They look fantastic both inside and outside and you can have as few or as many as you desire in various design layouts.

Wedding Lighting Ideas | Indoor Festoon Lighting

Fairy Lights are another popular option…

They are smaller, more subtle and give off a gentle sparkle creating a special, intimate atmosphere. We provide strings of various lights that can be requested as short or as long as you want. Whole ceilings can be carpeted or draped in lights which looks really romantic and magical. If you have a yurt or tipi – this can look really special and create a lovely backdrop for your wedding evening celebrations.
Wedding Lighting Ideas | Indoor Fairy Light Lighting

Light up the Dance Floor (and that’s not with your dancing moves!)

Are you looking for some colourful lights for your dance floor? Why not try our spotlights in various colours which you can choose. They are fun and vibrant.

Wedding Lighting Ideas | Coloured Dance Floor Lighting

Or why not have your first dance underneath a sparkly glitter ball. They are a great feature and can easily be included in your budget.

Wedding Lighting Ideas | Dance Floor Lighting Glitter Ball

Outdoor Wedding Lighting Ideas

Floodlights are great at lighting up particular parts of your outdoor space or garden. The grounds at Alexander House have some stunning backdrops and spectacular trees which would work brilliantly for this – just look at this image below and imagine this lit up like the image below it.

Wedding Lighting Ideas | Outdoor Spotlight Lighting

This can be done in various colours and provides a beautiful atmosphere. You can choose one colour or various colours creating a multi-coloured garden.

Wedding Lighting Ideas | Outdoor Spotlight Lighting
Location: photo taken at Errol Park, Perthshire
Wedding Lighting Ideas | Outdoors and Festoon Lighting
Location: photo taken at Errol Park, Perthshire

Festoons are also great at lighting up parts of your venue grounds, such as walkways to the marquee or main wedding yurt, helping direct your guests and at the same time adding a little something special!

Wedding Lighting Ideas | Outdoor Festoon Light Walkway

Got some ideas or need some inspiration?

Give us a call. We’re passionate about WEDDING LIGHTING! Please visit our website or send us an email: [email protected]

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24 Mar 2017

Scottish Festival Wedding – Try these great styling ideas…

Guest blog by Elaine Scott of “Make-I-do”

I love weddings, I love glamping, put the two together and you have a beautiful festival vibe wedding.

Choosing to have an informal wedding is becoming very popular, with people holding their weddings in barns, warehouses, marquees, or in the woods (very brave in Scotland).

So what do you need for a glamping/festival style wedding?

Make an aisle (if it’s outside!)

Make a carpet of petals or leaves to walk down, fill wellies, buckets, milk churns, cans and jars with fresh flowers to decorate the aisle. Or have your ceremony under a tree hung with a canopy of muslin and jars of flowers hanging from the branches. Very romantic!

 

Scottish Festival Wedding - Welly Boot Flowers Idea

Scottish Festival Wedding - Flowers Idea

You’ll need a bit of shelter!

A marquee, bell tents, yurts, or caravans. Even a big parachute strung up in trees makes a great shelter. Put down old rugs and carpets underneath.

…And don’t forget to have lots of brollies at the ready!

Festival Wedding Ideas - Brolly Hire from Brolly Bucket

To keep you warm

Provide all day hot drinks, an ottoman filled with cosy blankets and snuggly shawls, use a fire pit or chimenea for the evening (remembering to position carefully and keep children at a safe distance!) – and get those giant marshmallows out for some campfire fun.

Of course if it’s summer you may not need any of these….but this is Scotland after all so be prepared!

Somewhere to sit, eat & drink!

A mixture of chairs, benches, bean bags, straw bales and even old church pews (if you’re lucky) for seating can all be made to look amazing with the addition of some burlap or muslin bows or swags with posies of flowers. Trim inside with handmade bunting to complete the festival vibe look.

Tables can be made from barrels and planks of wood or old doors, even pallets – they make great low tables with a sheet of ply on top covered in a pretty cloth topped off with clear jars of fairy lights or candles decorated with ribbons, buttons and burlap.

Scottish Festival Wedding - Bunting

The twinkle of lights

it can get pretty dark in the open country and a flood light isn’t exactly romantic or pretty – so completely cover the place in fairy lights. Really easy these days as there are loads of battery LED fairy lights available – so you don’t have lots of cables running everywhere or the fire risk of open candles.

Scottish Festival Wedding - Festoon Lighting Ideas

I make chandeliers with hoops covered in fabric and fairy lights that can be hung anywhere. They give off an amazing amount of light and look so pretty when it gets dark.

Scottish Festival Wedding - Festoon Lighting Ideas

I love filling buckets with bright organza and lots of fairy lights to use as uplighters. Tin cans punctured with a pattern and filled with tea lights look really cute up a path or hanging on a barn wall.

Or why not try, brightly coloured zinc buckets filled with LED lights – just perfect for a festival wedding theme.

Scottish Festival Wedding - Fairy Lighting Ideas

Food & drink

Have a hog roast or barbeque and a buffet groaning with salads and artisan breads or make up picnic baskets and hampers for each table. Top off with drinks dispensers filled with fruit punch or cocktails, a tin bath or buckets filled with ice to chill the beer and wine.

Why not ask a local micro brewer to bring a barrel of beer or two?

Finish off with Desserts table full of home-made puddings or lots of cakes. Hire an ice cream  or patisserie van – see our Trusted Wedding Suppliers listing for some great Artisan Food Van ideas.

PS – Do invest in a dance floor of some kind if you don’t have a marquee – dancing on grass isn’t advisable with heels!

Fancy the idea? But don’t know where to start?

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