Monday, 31 October 2016

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween folks. 
Halloween isn't a theme that you'd traditionally associate with weddings, but you'd be surprised...

The ladies at Papeterie Crafts have been asked to design a few Halloween themed wedding stationery packages including these two ranges, they just love a challenge.... 




Being a Make Up Artist, Gosia Weiss is certainly the best person to ask when it comes to spooky make up. Of course everyone knows Sugar Skulls are not just for Halloween ;)







Janyne has a fabulous range of Autumn colour hats, including this beauty for guests, Mother of the Bride/Groom 


And it wouldn't be Halloween without a pumpkin or two, aren't these cakes from Cake That And Party just fabulous?


 Emma from Cake That and Party said "I love Halloween, I always have! But I've never been asked to make Halloween cakes - until this year! One is a full size pumpkin for a special birthday on Halloween and they're having a fund raising dinner at Eat on the Green and the other cake is for twins, whose 1st birthday is on Halloween"


Happy Halloween Folks 👻

Saturday, 29 October 2016

Meet The Supplier - Haven Scent

We've had a lovely chat with Andrea from Haven Scent in Stonehaven this week...

Tell us about your business, what services do you provide for weddings?
I make hand-poured scented soy wax candles and gifts.
For weddings this can be anything from candles for centrepieces, ceremony/room decoration, favours or memory candles. I work with brides-to-be / couples to create candles to fit with their theme, colour scheme or ideas, including scents. Examples of themes I’ve worked on previously include whisky scented candles for a whisky themed wedding, festive glitter candles for a Christmas wedding, and Scottish Heather scented candles for a beautiful outdoor wedding.



What's your favourite part of your job?
Day-to-day, I enjoy developing new scents – that’s the fun part of making candles!
When it comes to weddings, I love working on all of the personal touches.

What sets you apart from your competitors?
I offer a personalised service to every couple I work with – no two weddings are the same which is why all candles are bespoke and made to order, offering a more tailored finished product than something bought ‘off the shelf’.


Do you have an unusual or funny story about your business/previous clients?
I once had two young girls at my stall looking to buy candles for a wedding for dogs! I thought they were just joking to begin with until Dad of one of the girls arrived to pay for the candles and tell me all about the plans for the ceremony and celebration they were organising for the dogs – who had been neighbours and ‘best friends’ since they were puppies! They chose 2 heart-shaped candles and left me, heading off to buy some flowers J

Are you attending any wedding exhibitions? if so, where and when?
So far, I’m booked in for YWE at the AECC in January.


Have you won any awards or accolades? what for and when? Do you have a claim to fame?
No awards/accolades … yet
Although candles / favours are a very small part of a wedding, I’m always grateful to any couple that asks me to make something for their special day.

Do you have a top tip(s) for couples getting married in the North East of Scotland?

It’s never too early to order / book. Details can always be discussed, agreed and even changed nearer the time, but if you leave it too late to get your name in the diary you might be disappointed. I hate having to say no, but without enough notice (like all other suppliers) more often than not I have to.


Thanks for letting us get to know more about you and Haven Scent, Andrea 

Friday, 28 October 2016

30th October Wedding Exhibitions

Hi there, back with a wee round up of this weekend's wedding exhibitions and open days around the North East.


First up is the Jury's Inn (Aberdeen Airport) from 11am to 4pm 
 It's the perfect opportunity to come and get loads of wedding inspiration
exhibiting there from TLWB will be Papeterie Crafts, Silly Snapz and Pear Tree Hat Hire  


Up in the Blue Toon, the Waterside Hotel is having an open day from 12noon until 4pm
exhibiting there from TLWB is the lovely Lyn at Picky Pencil


Back in Aberdeen, Norwood Hall Hotel is playing host to the VEIL wedding exhibition from 11am - 4pm 
Tickets are only £5 and include:
* Glass of fizz on arrival
* Impressive goodie bag for the first 50 brides
* Complimentary wedding magazines
* Automatic entry into the VEIL competition
* Option to join VEIL Members for invitations to exciting bridal events throughout the year
* Your chance to talk directly to Scotland's most stylish of wedding suppliers
VEIL
Scotland's speciality wedding event for fashion and design
Tickets and more info: www.veilshow.com
You can buy tickets online or buy the on the day at the door.


And last but not least is the Aberdeen Altens Hotel from 11am to 4pm There will be wedding menu tasters, complimentary tea & coffee and even a man-cave for the Grooms. We'll have a great selection of suppliers on hand too. Come along and see how we can make yours a day to remember.

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Meet The Supplier - Zoe Rae Photography

Today we're talking to the lovely, and very talented Zoe of Zoe Rae Photography...


Tell us about your business, what services do you provide for weddings?

I am available to cover weddings across Scotland from full day coverage or just a few hours. I offer bespoke, flexible packages that include  digital images, framing and albums.

What's your favourite part of your job?

Showing the finished images to couples and seeing their overjoyed reaction. It gets me every single time!


What sets you apart from your competitors?

I  focus heavily on good customer service from meeting couples initially in their own home right through to delivery of the end product.  I don’t add on extra fees for editing requests or perhaps the odd USB. I offer products from a wide range of suppliers to get the exact frame or album a couple may require instead of inflexible packages from just a few choices.


Are you attending any wedding exhibitions, if so, where and when?

I was at Lochter on 23rd October for the Love Local Wedding fair.  I like the fairs focus on local suppliers and ethos of keeping services client focused and close to home. This makes planning a wedding much easier!

Have you won any awards or accolades? what for and when? Do you have a claim to fame?

I’m delighted to have just been awarded Qualified Member Status with the Guild of Photographers, UK



Do you have a top tip(s) for couples getting married in the North East of Scotland?


Find a photographer that you can relate to  on a personal level. They will be with you ALL day and the relationship you have with them will help you be yourself and bring out the emotions of the event. And find one that is flexible – after all it’s your day!

Thanks Zoe, for talking to us at TLWB Blog


Saturday, 22 October 2016

Meet The Supplier - Papeterie Crafts

Today's post has fallen rather nicely on our next supplier's birthday, so happy birthday Charlotte, from Papeterie Crafts - hope you're having a great day.



Tell us about your business, what services do you provide for weddings?

We are a stationery business based at Stoneywood paper mill. We are the largest independent craft shop in Scotland and are proud to be the winner of Best Craft and Creative Business Scotland 2016.
We are slightly different from other stationers with what we provide our customers with, we offer a free, no obligation consultation in our  show room which has literally hundreds of invitations. At the consultation we discuss the client's ideas for their wedding, show them the samples we have and discuss how we can create the stationery that is perfect for them. We then design a free of charge custom sample for them.
We can supply everything from save the dates to invitations, table plans and even quirky signs.


What's your favourite part of your job?

I absolutely love working with clients to create their dream stationery and hearing their ideas for their wedding. I love a challenge and find it great when a couple come in and say "oh I’ve got a bit of a quirky idea". 
As each and every couple are different, each day is different in the shop so there’s always a new challenge which is great.



What sets you apart from your competitors?

We create invitations for our clients rather than saying this is what we have and you can change the colour. We also offer a DIY package. Some people look at me like I have 2 heads when I first suggest the DIY option but it’s a great option for people who either want to save a wee bit of money, get more involved in the creative process or simply want the satisfaction of saying they made their own invites. With our DIY packages we print everything, cut everything, score everything, provide all materials needed and show the clients how to put them together. All they need to provide is a smile and their time.


Do you have an unusual or funny story about your business/previous clients?

One of the weddings which always stands out in my mind is an appointment where the couple wanted their invitations to be based on their tattoos and to show me his tattoos the groom took off his top in the wedding area. That was definitely an unusual day.


Are you attending any wedding exhibitions ? if so, where and when?

We will be attending the Jurys Inn Aberdeen Airport Open Day on the 30th of October, the Your Wedding Exhibition at the AECC in January and the Dedicated 2 Weddings exhibition in April at the moment, but we add more during the year . 
We are also hoping to do a special show at the shop but that’s top secret just now.


Have you won any awards or accolades? what for and when? Do you have a claim to fame?

We are very fortunate to have won some amazing awards in our time:
Best Craft and Creative Business Scotland at the Scottish Business Awards 2016
Best Craft and Creative Business Aberdeen 2016
Achievement of Excellence from British Airways for work with their charity
Best Craft Shop Scotland
Best Independent Craft Shop Scotland 2013, 2014, 2015
We have also received a highly commended from the AECC organisers for our exhibition stand.

Along with the shop awards I have been featured as a Best of British Card Designer. Both myself and Debbi have had numerous work published in international craft magazines.



Do you have a top tip(s) for couples getting married in the North East of Scotland?

A top tip for stationery is to be organised. 
It may sound like a simple tip but stationery takes longer to organise than people realise and it is the first indication people will see of your wedding so you want to get something you are definitely happy to send.


I recently got married so now see things for weddings from both a suppliers perspective and a bride's, and I would say that my top tip is not to get stressed out and make sure your day is about the pair of you and what you want not what someone else wants you to have. 


Thank you for taking the time to talk to us here at TLWB Blog, Charlotte - enjoy your birthday 

Friday, 21 October 2016

23rd October Wedding Exhibitions

Looking for some inspiration? there are a couple of Wedding Exhibitions this Sunday...

First up, Ardoe House Hotel are having an Open Day from 11am - 4pm



Further west, LoveLocal are holding a wedding exhibition at Lochter Activity Centre, Oldmeldrum



Enjoy your weekend, and look out for another Meet The Supplier post tomorrow 

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Meet The Supplier - Gosia Weiss

Welcome back to our regular Meet The Supplier feature, this week we met up with the lovely Gosia Weiss, Make Up Artist


TLWB Blog: Tell us about your business, what services do you provide for weddings?

Gosia Weiss: I provide:
·        make up for a bride and bridal party,
·        make up for wedding guests
·        make up trials before wedding
·        make up lessons if wedding is away and bride would like to do her make up herself on the Big Day
·        make up for engagement party/photoshoots
·        brow shaping (wax) and tinting
·        brow shaping during months of preparation for wedding
·        choosing a proper skin routine starting few months before wedding


 TLWB Blog:  What's your favourite part of your job?

GW: I absolutely love wedding morning atmosphere! The happiness and excitement and this extra adrenaline which adds even more to the feeling of how special the day is.  Sometimes with a big bridal party I can have a really early start,  but I don’t mind as the positive vibes are so infectious that I feel like a part of it! And an element of surprise-when suddenly from a make up  artist I become a little helper, lacing up dresses, fitting veils, sticking false nails and fixing trains….multitasking at its best!
Another favourite would be at the time of trials when I meet my brides for the very first time to talk about their wedding, ideas and expectations regarding their make up for the Big Day. It’s a time we can try their make up and create a look that they would be happy with on the wedding day, even choosing a wedding lipstick is great fun!
I must mention one more thing, venues! Travelling to the most beautiful hotels, castles…it feels so special and it’s a great opportunity so see many places I would have never been to if it wasn’t  for weddings.




TLWB Blog:  What sets you apart from your competitors?

GW: I have always worked with people and I’m a really friendly person. I’ve been told before that I can make my clients feel at ease, they stop being stressed about their look and they feel taken care of, especially on the wedding morning as I am calm and well organised.  I’m passionate about make up and I love seeing my clients pleased.


TLWB Blog:  Do you have an unusual or funny story about your business/previous clients?

GW: It was my first wedding with 7 ladies in a bridal party so I knew it was going to be a rather busy morning. We were busy, but make up went smoothly and I was finished by 1.30pm and the ladies went off to another room to get dressed and be ready by 2.30pm, so plenty of time.
I packed up all my make up, went to the car with my suitcase, but I really wanted to see the bride ready, so I went back upstairs and when they opened the door I could see a bride and 5 bridesmaids holding dresses close to their chest and almost crying: all dresses had laces at the back and there was no one who could properly do it for them!!!
Next half an hour was spent with me lacing up 6 dresses and once I finished I was exhausted but they were all ready for 2.45pm so just 15 min late….
  


TLWB Blog:  Are you attending any wedding exhibitions in Oct-Dec 2016 or Jan - April 2017? if so, where and when?

GW: 15th of October Crowne Plaza Hotel Aberdeen Airport
6th of November Ardoe House Hotel


TLWB Blog:  Have you won any awards or accolades? what for and when? Do you have a claim to fame?

GW: I haven’t been awarded, but it happens quite often that people recognise me in public places. It’s always nice and with a shy smile they ask: are you Gosia? Make up artist?
And normally there are few options:
·        I've seen your facebook page
·        you did my friends make up for a wedding/prom/party
·        my friend booked you for her wedding next year
·        I've seen you at the wedding exhibition etc
Lots of people don’t know how to pronounce my name so it can be funny sometimes.


TLWB Blog:  Do you have a top tip(s) for couples getting married in the North East of Scotland?

GW: Before you book a make up artist have a good look at their work as everyone has their own style, so it's good to make sure you like what they do, that you like the look of previous brides and read reviews on their pages, maybe have a chat with a bride who had already her make up done?  They can give you some good tips too.
Book a trial, it will really help your day to go smoothly, you’d be confident that you will look perfect and wedding lipstick shopping can be fun too!

And remember that your face will be on most photos and your make up has to be perfect and long lasting and is as important as your dress and hair! 


Thank you so much for taking the time to get to know you Gosia 

Saturday, 15 October 2016

Meet The Supplier - Taylor Made Events

Hi again, this week we met with Jill at Taylor Made Events to have a wee chat...




TLWB Blog: Tell us about your business, what services do you provide for weddings?

Taylor Made Events: I offer a variety of flexible packages to support clients when planning an event. One of the Helping Hand packages can be purchased if they only require support with a few elements or one of the detailed packages can be purchased to ensure their event is tailored to their requirements.  

TLWB Blog: What's your favourite part of your job?

TME: I love being out and about meeting new people and visiting different venues.

TLWB Blog: What sets you apart from your competitors?

TME: I have recently started my business therefore I am currently offering half price packages to hopefully get my name out there while offering the same level of professionalism and attention to detail if clients were paying full price.


TLWB Blog: Do you have an unusual or funny story about your business/previous clients?

TME: I didn’t think I would be so lucky as to be helping a couple from the States plan their wedding in Scotland so soon into my new business venture.  I am loving it!

TLWB Blog: Are you attending any wedding exhibitions in Oct-Dec 2016 or Jan - April 2017? if so, where and when?

TME: I don’t have any more exhibitions booked at the moment however have a section on my website of the exhibitions coming up that I am aware of that couples may be interested in.

TLWB Blog: Have you won any awards or accolades? what for and when? Do you have a claim to fame?

TME: Not yet!


TLWB Blog: Do you have a top tip(s) for couples getting married in the North East of Scotland? 


TME: You can never start your planning too early.  Research is key therefore ensure you are doing this in plenty time, however when you know the venue, photographer, florist, etc is the one for you, don’t delay in booking them.  You don’t want to be left disappointed.

Thanks for joining us Jill

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Meet The Supplier - Hair - Marianne Gibb

Welcome back to our regular "Meet The Supplier" feature, this week we had a chat with the lovely Marianne from Hair - Marianne Gibb.


TLWB Blog: tell us about your business, what services do you provide for weddings?

Marianne Gibb:  I  started working for myself in 2015 as a freelance hair stylist for weddings. I offer a hair-up or styling service. I visit the venue or your home and I also offer trials before the big day.
  

TLWB Blog: what's your favourite part of your job?

MG: My favourite part of my job is meeting the brides and finding out everyone's stories of their true love adventure. 
It is an absolute pleasure to share the morning with them.



TLWB Blog: what sets you apart from your competitors?

MG:  I offer a variety of different looks, catering for all. I primarily do wedding hair and concentrate and keep my certificates up to date and on trend as far as possible.
  


TLWB Blog: have you won any awards or accolades? what for and when? do you have a claim to fame?

MG:  I took part in the Hair and Beauty Festivals and won 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prizes for cutting, colouring and bridal. 
I also won a 1st place for styling.
  


TLWB Blog: do you have a top tip(s) for couples getting married in the north east of Scotland?

MG: Prepare your hair is the best advise I could give. As much as length being needed to achieve styles, the condition of the hair is most important too.




Thank you Marianne for taking the time to talk to us at TLWB Blog.

Marianne will be attending the Crowne Plaza Aberdeen Airport Wedding Fayre on Saturday 15th October.

Saturday, 8 October 2016

Meet The Supplier - Alba Bagpipes

Today we are starting a series of "Meet The Supplier" posts and first we are going to introduce Alba Bagpipes which is owned and run by brothers Barry and Rikki Evans. The Little Wedding Book was the brainchild of Rikki, so Alba Bagpipes is the perfect place to begin.




TLWB Blog: Tell us about your business, what services do you provide for weddings?

Rikki @ Alba Bagpipes: Alba Bagpipes was established in 2010 and has very quickly become one of the leading piper hire companies in the North East of Scotland.

All of our pipers have at least 15 years piping experience and pipe with some of the top pipe bands in the North East of Scotland which include, Portlethen & District, Grampian Police Scotland and Buchan Peterson.

We offer 2 wedding packages which both include the piper using small pipes which are perfect for piping the bride down the aisle and playing during the signing of the register.

Our packages are - Full Scottish (Full Day) & Wee Dram (Half Day)

Key stages where our pipers perform include;

Pipe for 30 minutes to greet your guests (Full/Half Day)

Pipe to welcome the Bride (Full/Half Day)

Pipe the Bride down the aisle (if required) – smaller quieter pipes can be used for this (Full/Half Day)

Pipe during the signing of the register if required again with the smaller pipes (Full/Half Day)

Pipe for 15 minutes at the conclusion of the ceremony (Full/Half Day)

Pipe to greet the guests on arrival to the reception venue (Full Day)

Pipe to greet the Bride and Groom on arrival to the reception venue (Full Day)

Pipe the Bridal party into dinner (Full Day)

Pipe the Bride and Groom into dinner (Full Day)


TLWB Blog: What's your favourite part of your job?

Rikki @ Alba Bagpipes: The favourite part of my job is getting to pipe outside some amazing venues all across the North East of Scotland.  I love just getting to stand out the front of these venues playing my bagpipes and entertain the guests as they arrive.

TLWB Blog: What sets you apart from your competitors?

Rikki @ Alba Bagpipes: There are very few piper hire companies in the North East of Scotland that can say their pipers play in some of the best pipe bands in the area. Our pipers play at Grade 1, 2 & 3 in the pipe band world and compete against the best pipe bands in the world.

Our passion for piping is clear to see as I was the first piper in the world to hold a Guinness World Record for solo piping.  In August 2015, I attempted a solo piping marathon and set the Guinness World Record at 26hrs 5min 32sec.


TLWB Blog: Do you have an unusual or funny story about your business/previous clients?

Rikki @ Alba Bagpipes: I often pipe the bride & groom to the top table for their meal and on this occasion, both the bride & groom appeared to have gone straight to the bar after their ceremony.  They were both very much intoxicated and even the hotel staff struggled giving them direction.   

TLWB Blog: Have you won any awards or accolades? what for and when? Do you have a claim to fame?

Rikki @ Alba Bagpipes: Our biggest achievement which we like to shout about is my Guinness World Record title.  The actual title is - 'The Longest Marathon Playing Bagpipes' and was achieved in August 2015. I was able to fundraise £7500 for 5 different charities.

I was also the piper for a BBC drama series called Stonemouth.  This aired on BBC 2 in March 2015.  I was featured piping outside the MacDuff Parish Church for a funeral.


TLWB Blog: Do you have a top tip(s) for couples getting married in the North East of Scotland? (relevant to your business, eg: don't forget to .....)


Rikki @ Alba Bagpipes: Best tip I can give couples is book your piper at the earliest opportunity.  We will never overbook ourselves and we often run out of availability when couples try booking us last minute.  One reason we don't overbook is because we feel we lose that personal touch with our clients if we have too much weddings for 1 day.


Many thanks Rikki, for taking the time to talk to us. 

Alba Bagpipes will be attending the  YWE in January.