Kristina & Craig's Wedding
Kristina & Craig married at the beautiful Kirkmichael Church (about a 10 min drive from here); then returned to Dalduff for the festivities on Wednesday 26th October 2016! It was our biggest wedding of the year and what a wonderful event they created! There were 150 guests for the full day and around 100 guests for lunch in The Barn the day after, so we just had to ask them all about it!
They hired a marquee from Finesse for the Wedding Feast and used The Barn for the fizz & canapé reception, then the Ceilidh later on. This allowed plenty of space for their guests throughout the day and here is their wedding story…
We were looking for something original, a place where we could put our own ideals into action. We wanted a beautiful venue but it was also important for us to feel relaxed and at home. We both fell in love with Dalduff as soon as we visited; it has an understated elegance, surrounded by beautiful Ayrshire countryside and provides a blank canvas for you to create your ideal wedding.
AS YOU SAY DALDUFF IS A BLANK CANVAS VENUE; DID YOU HAVE A PARTICULAR STYLE IN MIND?
We didn’t really have one particular theme in mind but liked vintage and bohemian styles and the idea of a traditional Scottish country wedding. I think we probably had aspects of all of these themes in small ways, which again made us feel like we had achieved a unique style.
DECORATION DOESN’T HAVE TO BE DAUNTING AND YOU MADE IT SEEM EFFORTLESS, TELL US ABOUT SOME OF YOUR IDEAS?
We kept the barn quite simple with tea lights, church candles, wild flowers and fairy lights. This was used for our Reception drinks which included large bell jars filled with cocktails, jam jar glasses and plenty of fizz. In the evening the T-shaped barn was perfect for the bar and Ceilidh band. We used the large side board as a sweetie cart, filling various glass jars and tea-cups with old fashioned sweets.
The marquee was used for our meal which had ivory drapes, festoon lighting and long trestle tables. The trestle tables had hessian runners and were decorated with different sized candles and wild flowers. Home-made heart shaped shortbread made up our favours.
A small gazebo attached to the back of the barn was used to create a small outside area. On the evening we had a converted VW van as a photo booth parked in the courtyard, this was hired from Bluebird Event Hire.
KRISTINA & CRAIG CHOSE TO GET MARRIED AT KIRKMICHAEL CHURCH, WHICH IS ONE OF THE CLOSEST TO DALDUFF…
Kirkmichael is a beautiful country church, which is steeped in history. Although the church looks a little bit grey from the outside, inside it is warm and welcoming and the Reverend Gerald Jones echoes these traits. The church takes a T shaped structure, allowing your friends and family to almost encircle around you as you get married. Behind the pulpit there are three impressive stained glass windows casting a beautiful light within the church. Reverend Jones gave us a beautiful ceremony which was relaxed and personal. We had a harpist inside the church, along with the parish organist and a piper outside to welcome the guests. As you leave the church the bell is rung in the lichgate to signify a newlywed bride and groom, this along with having our rings blessed and singing our favourite hymns gave us a real sense of ceremony to our marriage. The church grounds provide a beautiful background for photos.
IF YOU HAVE MORE THAN 120 GUESTS ATTENDING FOR THE FULL DAY THEN A MARQUEE IS REQUIRED FOR DINNER. KRISTINA & CRAIG HAD 150 GUESTS AND HERE IS HOW IT WORKED FOR THEM….
We used Finesse Marquees and they have the perfect solution to fit alongside the barn. The main marquee fitted 150 people comfortably. In addition to the main marquee we had an additional awning attached to the front of the barn. The awning was an absolutely fantastic addition to the space. This area was utilised for the dessert table, where we had a range of self-serve cakes, fresh fruit and cream and then later a ‘cheese’ cake with crackers and pickles.
WE HAVE MANY DIFFERENT SPACES AND AREAS INCLUDING THE ADDITION OF YOUR MARQUEE (THE BARN, THE COURTYARD, THE COURTYARD ROOM), DID YOU FEEL YOUR DAY FLOWED WELL?
The flow worked perfectly on the day mostly due to the experience of the Dalduff staff. Canapes and fizz flowed throughout the reception within the barn. We moved into the marquee for dinner and then back into the barn for the evening bar, dancing and cutting the wedding cake. I can honestly say that nothing went wrong with the timings and flow, and that isn’t easy with 150 people to organise. Using the different spaces gave several elements to our day and kept it interesting.
HOW DID YOU FIND WORKING WITH DALDUFF & FINESSE MARQUEES, DID WE COORDINATE WELL?
Both Finesse and Dalduff were great to work with. The organisation of access to the farm and the erection and deconstruction of the marquee was something I didn’t have to worry about at all. I know that Finesse have put up several marquees at Dalduff in the past and so they are used to working alongside one another. Both teams are very experienced in what they do.
WHAT DID YOU THINK ABOUT THE WEDDING FEAST?
This was another aspect of our day, which helped to make our wedding feel a little bit different. The idea of a wedding feast really suits the farm setting. Sharing food with your friends and family gives a real sociable sense of occasion and a relaxed feeling. Each dish was beautifully cooked with good quality ingredients. This gave people the chance to try an array of food rather than one specific meal.
HOW WAS THE SERVICE FOR 150 GUESTS IN THE MARQUEE?
Efficient and relaxed. Wine kept flowing.
WHAT WAS YOU FAVOURITE DISH ON THE MENU?
The haggis balls and mini steak pie canapes were very popular, all of the canapes were delicious.
I personally loved the steak with chimichurri and chargrilled vegetables as a main course.
WHAT WAS THE HIGHLIGHT OF YOUR DAY OVERALL?
It’s so difficult to choose one moment. For me, it was just about taking a moment to look around at how beautiful everything looked, more beautiful than I could ever have hoped for, and that the people who are the most important to you are having the most wonderful time ever. This included our little dog Charlie, who came to the evening reception and fitting in perfectly roaming around the barn getting lots of treats and attention from all the guests.
HOW WAS YOUR STAY IN THE FARMHOUSE?
The farmhouse is perfect for you and your close family/bridesmaids. It’s a real home from home.
KRISTINA & CRAIG HELD A RELAXED LUNCH IN THE BARN THE DAY AFTER FROM 1PM FOR AROUND 100 OF THEIR GUESTS…WOULD YOU RECOMMEND THIS TO OTHER COUPLES?
We had a hog roast the day after our wedding. The food was absolutely amazing. Your wedding day goes so quickly that you rarely get the chance to speak with everyone. The second day gives you a chance to catch up with everyone and discuss the wedding day. It’s a really fun day and a chance to extend your wedding experience.
KRISTINA & CRAIG PROVIDED A FREE BAR FOR BOTH DAYS…. DID YOU FEEL WE HELPED YOU ENOUGH SETTING THIS UP AND MANAGING IT?
Yes definitely. The bar staff were fantastic and when we needed some refills Dalduff helped to supply these with absolutely no problems on the night. Everything was managed really well. The guests made good use of the free bar and thoroughly enjoyed it!!
WHAT WOULD YOUR TOP TIP BE TO OTHER BRIDES THINKING OF GETTING MARRIED AT DALDUFF?
Do it! Get married at Dalduff, you won’t regret it! So many of our guests commented on what a fantastic time they had at our wedding. Be creative and imaginative and make it your perfect day. Ultimately just relax and enjoy every second, Dalduff have it covered!
Photography - Brian Dickson Photography, Whitley Bay, North Tyneside.
Dress - Romantica by ‘I Do Wedding Specialists’, Pelaw, South Tyneside.
Bridesmaid Dresses - Dessy
Groomswear - Own Kilts/Slaters Menswear
Jewellery - Brides own
Hair and Make-up - NV Hair Stylists and make-up, Gatehouse of Fleet
Flowers - Flowers with Attitude, Whitley Bay, North Tyneside.
Cake - Made by personal friend Clare Dickson.
Entertainment - Luan Ceilidh Band - Matthew Gibb. Solo guitarist at second day Hog Roast.