Eilidh & Peter's wedding
Eilidh & Peter married on Tuesday 18th October 2016 we wanted to ask them all about their style and the pros of choosing a mid-week date!
WHAT TYPE OF VENUE WERE YOU LOOKING FOR AND WHAT MADE YOU CHOOSE DALDUFF?
As a Highland Girl, I romanticised about a Barn Wedding with a banquet feast and rolling farmland surroundings. Pete’s a country boy from Ireland, so we instantly fell in love with Dalduff – it suited us perfectly. We loved having the freedom to create our own theme for the day, and the laid-back vibe of the venue. I knew straight away it was the location of choice.
WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO GET MARRIED MID-WEEK?
The initial decision to get married midweek, in all honesty, was because we wanted to marry within the year; one midweek date during the school holidays was all that was available to us! We have no regrets.
DID YOU EVER THINK YOUR DAY MIGHT HAVE A DIFFERENT FEEL/VIBE BECAUSE IT WASN’T AT THE WEEKEND?
Initially we worried about a midweek date, thoughts of “will all my guest list be able to come?”, “will guests leave early and not stay for the party if they have work the next day?” . These sorts of conundrums go through your head for a while. A reduced cost for vendors, better availability for the band/photographer we really wanted, and insisting everyone took the next day off lessened the blow! In the end, I don’t think it made much difference having a midweek date, no one grumbled to us anyway! A few guests from overseas couldn’t come due to midweek work commitments... but I think you have to accept that not everyone can accept your invitation whether its midweek or not.
AUTUMN IS BEAUTIFUL AT DALDUFF WITH ALL THE COLOURS AND LOW EVENING LIGHT, DID YOU CHOOSE OCTOBER FOR THAT REASON?
Autumn is one of my favourite times of year - cool & crisp, burnt sunsets, and the colours are absolutely beautiful at Dalduff – we viewed the venue in September the year before, as the leaves were changing. The seasonal tones made for wonderful pictures. It ended up being pretty wet and wild weather wise on the day, so I had to pick up my dress...Traipse through the mud and get on with it for pictures! It was brilliant fun. But a summer wedding in Scotland doesn’t guarantee you the weather, so I wouldn’t get too precious about the ‘seasons’. We attended another Scottish wedding in July and there was snow and hailstones! I’m really glad we organised a Marquee, which measured 9mx9m at the side door to the barn. It was an afterthought, as the forecast looked fairly grim and I worried guests would be cold when they left the Barn after the ceremony and dinner, when the tables are being turned around. It provided good shelter, and kept the heat in the barn making it really cosy. The marquee company provided a gas flame blower too which kept the surroundings dry.
DID YOU HAVE A THEME IN MIND FOR YOUR WEDDING?
Our chosen ‘theme’ was simple: have a damn good party! Plenty laughter, fun, food and frolics with your nearest and dearest. What ended up on show was a Scottish barn wedding filled with meaningful vows, beautifully smelling flora and fauna foliage, lanterns and a musical rumpus with our ceilidh-rock band at night. One guest said they felt like they were in a whiskey advert; I liked that. We both wanted a completely relaxed, countryside-chic vibe, with the flexibility to choose our own ideas. Dalduff Farm allowed our wedding dreams to become reality.
HOW DID YOU DECORATE THE BARN AND OTHER SPACES?
Barn and marquee decor was inspired by autumn-fall Pintrest boards galore. I spent a great deal of time sourcing lots of decoration (sneaking in some Christmas!), red berries, gold leaves, White Company ‘Winter’ candles, cinnamon, lavender and lots of loose leaf & wildflower foliage with splashes of plum and orange - expertly put together by the florist. We toasted marshmallows by the firepit, put on our own bar, had sparklers as favours, candid-style photography, confetti cannons, Hog Roasts, wedding feasts, and a band that don’t ‘do’ weddings... that’s what made our wedding special.
WHO MARRIED YOU AND DID YOU HAVE ANYTHING ADDITIONAL AS PART OF YOUR CEREMONY EG. HANDFASTENING, MUSIC, SPECIAL READINGS?
Our ceremony was conducted by my friend of 13 years, Kirsty, who is a Humanist Celebrant. She took the time to personalise our vows, and we had a candle-lighting ritual which signifies the coming-togetherness of two families. A local string trio group played me down the aisle to a familiar song and close family & friends did readings. It was really wonderful.
WHAT DID YOU THINK ABOUT THE WEDDING FEAST?
The ‘Wedding Feast’ was perfect! Everyone commented on how briliant the food was. In fact, I’d heard about how great the food was at Dalduff before we’d even booked the wedding! I loved the variety, and choice. We’re real foodies, so this mattered to us. If I see one more wedding menu with chicken Balmoral on it...
WHAT WAS THE FAVOURITE DISH ON YOUR MENU?
We loved the steak Chumchurri, and honey pork. Lovely flavours and cooked to perfection. Guests enjoyed the canapés, I think guests can get hungry after the ceremony during the lull period while photos are being taken, so this option was ideal.
WHAT WAS THE HIGHLIGHT OF YOUR DAY OVERALL?
There were so many highlights of the day... Walking back down the aisle with confetti cannons blasting in our ears was fun! Such excitement and energy surrounded by your nearest and dearest in one room. You’ll never have a moment like it again. I also loved getting ready with my mum and the girls in the morning.
HOW WAS YOUR STAY IN THE FARMHOUSE?
We stayed in the Farmhouse for 3 nights – it truly is a wonderful setting! We were so impressed with the accommodation and hospitality from the team at Dalduff, it felt like we were on a mini luxury holiday. It’s a home away from home, and so handily next door to the Barn. As a bride, you really do want to have easy access to accommodation at the wedding., it takes away a lot of the stress. Believe me, even the most calm bride will feel the pressure. And… a cooked breakfast brought to you the next day! What more can I say.
YOU HAD A BIT OF A “DO” THE DAY AFTER; CAN YOU TELL ME A BIT ABOUT THAT?
We organised a BBQ for the day after the wedding. Given the weather forecast - James and the team at Dalduff suggested changing to a range of hot foods including fresh breads, soup, casserole and macaroni pasta’s etc. The food was just what we needed... despite the terrible Hangovers! However, it ended up a scorcher of a day – how typical. It was great to catch up properly with family and friends, some of whom had travelled from as far as Germany, Dubai and Shetland - the wedding day goes by so quickly! We sat outside in the Gardens and beside the firepit, finishing our keg of beer.
WHAT WOULD YOUR ADVICE BE TO OTHER BRIDES CONSIDERING A MID-WEEK WEDDING INSTEAD OF A SATURDAY?
My advice to brides considering a mid-week wedding is to concentrate only on the positives. You will have a bit more budget to spend on the things that really matter, your most favourite bands and photographers and so on will likely be available (the chase to book popular options for weekends is nigh impossible!). And ultimately, the guests who want to be there... Will. Be. There. No doubts! Ours were more than happy to get the opportunity for a short week at work.
ANYTHING ELSE YOU WOULD LIKE TO TELL US ABOUT YOUR WEDDING EXPERIENCE AT DALDUFF?
My top-tip for other Brides would be to have a look through the pictures of Dalduff weddings held for plenty cool inspiration. Try not to kill the buzz the day before with lots of jobs and D.I.Y projects(!). Ask lots of questions – Kathryn the wedding coordinator was really helpful. James and the team are really flexible and laid back, so you should be too – don’t try to change what essentially is a countryside venue; work with the canvas. Glittering candelabras, table and seat covers with balloons have no place here! Spend the money on a good florist – it’s worth every penny. Oh. And leave the kids at home.
Photograhy: Lynn Ballingall (Photography 78)
Videographer: Monkeybox Films
Dress: Couture Design (Jennie Loof)
Bridesmaids: House of Fraser
Groomswear: Kilt hire at Slanj
Jewellery: Vintage & Katie Lees Jewellery
Hair: Bon Vivant Salon Glasgow
Make-Up: Debbie Black (Blacklash)
Flowers: Sparrow & Rose
Cake: Honeybee Bakery Milnagavie
Entertainment: The Raggaels