5 reasons we're excited to open a Scottish office

Later this year one half of Revelry events will be heading north, past her Yorkshire roots to her husband’s home town in Scotland. We’ll make a big song and dance about this when the time comes and we start taking bookings for 2020 but in the meantime, here are just 5 reasons why we’re super excited to be bringing Revelry to Scotland.

The Castles

Gary Bonar Photography

Gary Bonar Photography

The Scenery

Jo Donaldson Photography

Jo Donaldson Photography

The Elopements

Kitchener Photography

Kitchener Photography

The Language

Archibald Photography

Archibald Photography

The Cows*

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*Not necessarily at weddings!

6 Wedding Traditions to Trash

A wedding is full of traditions and superstitions, but it's the 21st century and as rulebook-free wedding planners we firmly believe in breaking traditions and making your own rules. With that in mind we've come up with six wedding traditions which we think belong in the trash.

1. Not seeing the groom the night before

They say, it's bad luck. We say, it's never been cited in a divorce yet! This is a very old tradition, long before co-habitation came along. Most of you find out if you can cope with your other half's snoring long before you get hitched, why should this night be any different. Enjoy your last night as a betrothed couple, but we're still big fans of getting ready separately so you get some individual time with your friends and family.

Revelry Events , Image by Maryanne Weddings

Revelry Events, Image by Maryanne Weddings

2. Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue

You've got a wedding to plan, you haven't got time to find something blue to slip into your garter (and just to be clear, that's another thing to go in the trash pile). Look, if you've got people around you who firmly believe in this and you don't care either way then fine, go with it, but don't spend your last weeks of engagement trailing the antique shops looking for the perfect something old, it won't make a blind bit of difference to your day.

3. Cutting the cake

The classic picture of a couple cutting an over sized, multi tiered cake is what springs to mind. Fair enough your cake (and your dress) might have moved on in style but can you honestly say the best wedding photos involve a couple holding a knife! We think there are better photo opps to be had during the day. Let the cake be admired untouched and leave the cutting of it to the professionals.

4. The processional song

Traditionally this was Wagner's Bridal Chorus but nowadays the shackles have lifted and for a civil service you can strut your stuff down that aisle to anything that isn't a hymn. This is one of the first parts of the day where you can let your personality shine so make it count.

5. Throwing the bouquet

We rarely see this now, it just doesn't seem to come up with our couples and it's not something that guests are expecting to see. Catching the bouquet is a tradition that seems to have died out on its own, and we're happy for it to stay that way.

6. All male speeches

Now this is one tradition that definitely needs to change and we're seeing that movement already. Lots of brides, mother's of brides/grooms and bridesmaids are making speeches on the big day. If you want to get up there to say thanks and tell some stories then go for it. Long live equal opportunity speeches!

 

Getting Married On A Budget

A Wedding For £5K

Welcome to the first of our getting married on a budget series. In this series we'll give you an example wedding for a set budget to show you how to make the most of your money and how much things really cost.

We're starting out with £5,000 which is 1/6 of the average budget according to 2016 research from Brides Magazine. Don't despair, if your total budget is £5,000 we've got some tips on how you can have the day of your dreams. However, we'd suggest following these two rules - keep it small and keep it simple. 

Wedding Location

Firstly let's get the legal stuff out of the way, if you get married in your local registry office or church you can do away with a high venue cost.

If you head to a local restaurant for dinner instead of an events space most will charge you a minimum spend rather than a hire fee. Keep your guest list small, by small we mean about 20 people and you can afford to feed and water people with good food and good wine.

Rent an area in a bar or a local hall for the evening and stick to a playlist if you're providing the entertainment and a cash bar for the drinks. You've already had a hot meal so go for sandwiches, crisps and other snacks for the buffet food. Enlist the help of some of your friends to make them in advance and you've got a low cost buffet that everyone will enjoy. 

Attire

Brides have never had it better for budget bridal wear, in the past couple of months alone Top Shop and Boohoo have both announced a bridal collection. This gorgeous gown from Phase Eight is only £595, and try the department stores for shoes on sale like these from Jenny Packham.

The high street is also great for bridesmaid dresses. Asos has a brilliant range and everyone knows New Look knows how to do a budget shoe.

And let's not forget the boys, back to the high street again. Next do a brilliant range in suits, you can get the whole shebang for about £200. When it comes to the best man, pick someone with a suit and they can wear their own!

Stationery

Buy off the shelf rather than getting them made. Paperchase do a great range of invitations, place cards and thank you cards. 

Flowers

Keep the bouquets and buttonholes sweet and simple and just enough to dress the tables. Always go seasonal and work with a local florist or assign a trusted member of the wedding to buy flowers beforehand and create your own bouquet, buttonholes and centrepieces. Some flowers are cheaper than others, try Baby's Breath, Roses or greenery. Flowers and foliage cost more on scale so keep the volume low.

Other bits

Keep the wedding rings cheap, you can always upgrade in the years to come. If your DIY or call in favours for your hair and make up and cake you'll save a fortune. And there is no need to splash out on a fancy wedding car, stick to taxi's, they might not look as pretty but they'll still get you to the church on time. That should leave you with a decent chunk or change for a photographer. This is a place where it's best not to skimp too much as the photos will be the keep sake of your day. 

The breakdown

Registry Office: £1000

Attire (including rings): £987

Catering for 20 people: £1550

DIY Evening Buffet: £200

Stationery: £40

Photography: £1000

Flowers: £200

Transport: £20

Total: £4997

Wedding Trendwatch: Spring

Ideas for spring weddings

When you think of spring it might be florals and pastels that come to mind and yes that might seem a bit traditional for rule-book free weddings, but it's what you do with those florals and pastels that really make the difference. Besides spring is also the perfect time to stay on trend with the colour of the season - green. Take a look at 3 ideas that give spring 2017 a modern twist.

Show off some prettiness by adding florals and herbs into your food and drink 

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Add some romantic touches to your day

And finally, go big or go home