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Planning a 2021 Wedding?

As we ease out of lockdown, it is a time to look forward and start to make plans or pick back up on the plans we had before.  So much has been put on hold; events; conferences; concerts; marathons; weddings; family celebrations and much more.

 

At Conifer Events we have been quietly working on some fantastic wedding events for early 2021, we understand that planning any Special Event takes a lot of work, care and consideration and our events will certainly help!

 

Planning a 2021 or beyond wedding or still looking for that perfect venue?  Either way our Wedding Events can help, we have planned them perfectly to be as beneficial as possible to all your wedding planning needs and of course a great day out for all!

 

#1 Roodlea Barn Wedding Showcase

 

 

Our first event is a Wedding Showcase Day at the beautiful Roodlea Barn, this stunning Barn is in South Ayrshire and is only 10 minutes from Ayr Town Centre.  On Sunday 17thJanuary we will take over this beautiful Venue between 12-4pm, the full Venue will be set for a wedding, perfect if you are looking for a wedding Venue, come along, have a look around and chat to Roodlea’s wedding team who can give you all of the information on their Venue and packages. We will also have a host of fantastic wedding suppliers who will be exhibiting everything from cakes to flowers and much more.  Enjoy complimentary drinks and nibbles and you won’t want to miss our fantastic prize giveaway with the winner being announced on the day. Reserve your complimentary space – BOOK NOW

 

#2 Get Wedding Ready!

 

 

Our next event is out ‘Get Wedding Ready’ event which will be held in The Old Dr Bells Baths in Edinburgh on Sunday 7th February between 12-4pm. This will be a wedding event with a twist, not just your typical wedding show! Our Get Wedding Ready Event will have everything and more to get you ‘on point’ for your special day. We are working with very talented Dr Nestor Demosthenous, who will giving his expert advice on the day…. now that is not to be missed! We will also have a host of our finest wedding suppliers including florists, photographers and many more! Ohh and did we mention the live music, fashion show and make up masterclass! Tickets for this event are only £10 per person and are selling fast…BOOK NOW

 

#3 Fruin Farm Wedding Showcase

 

 

Then, on 7th March as Spring creeps up upon us we have another wedding showcase in the stunning Fruin Farm.  Fruin Farm is set on 5 Acres of beautiful Countryside amongst the foothills of Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, it is only a 30 minute drive from Glasgow Airport,  again whether you have booked your venue or not, this event is for you, no venue yet, come and check out this beautiful barn in the picturesque setting or if you already have your Venue but still some final bits to organise, come along and browse our selection of hand- picked wedding suppliers who will be delighted to assist you. This will be a fun filled day with complimentary drinks and nibbles, live music and much more!

Reserve your complimentary space – BOOK NOW

 

If you’d like anymore information or have any questions don’t hesitate to get in touch. You can reach me at louize@coniferevents.co.uk

 

We look forward to welcoming you to fantastic events!

 

Love

Louize x

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Scotland – A Destination Wedding

Famed for its breath-taking landscapes, majestic ancient castles and stunning natural beauty, Scotland is the perfect destination to host a wedding. 

 

 

For many US citizens, getting married in Scotland would be a dream come true! And it can definitely become a reality, but there are a few steps you need to take first.

So, what exactly do you need to know before you begin to plan your dream wedding in Scotland as a US citizen?

The first thing you need to know is: you’ll need to apply for a marriage visitor visa. This will enable you to get married in the UK and will be valid for 6 months so you can use it to explore the country after your wedding. The earliest you can apply for this visa is 3 months before your date of travel, you should have your visa within 3 weeks of applying. The application will cost you £95 or roughly $115.

 

Registering your marriage in Scotland

To get married in Scotland you must by law lodge marriage notice forms and the associated documents to the registrar in whose district you intend to be married. After completing the forms, they must be posted (emails will not be accepted) to arrive between 10-12 weeks before the date of marriage, and at the very latest 29 days before. All of the forms are available from the National Records of Scotland.

 

 

The Ceremony

There are two different types of ceremony you can have in Scotland:

  1. A Civil Ceremony- This can take place in a registration office, or anywhere agreed with the registrar, with the exception of a religious premises.
  2. A religious or belief ceremony- This can take place anywhere approved by a registered celebrant.

The most popular option is the civil ceremony as most wedding venues have already been approved for civil ceremonies. Once you have found the perfect venue, it is important to confirm your date with both the venue and the registrar’s office to make sure both have availability.

 

Conifer Recommends

If you’re coming all the way to Scotland for your dream wedding you will want your venue and its surroundings to pretty spectacular. Somewhere unique, somewhere that wow’s you, somewhere you can’t wait to create memories to last a lifetime in.

Here at Conifer we specialise in making this happen! Whether it’s an old converted barn, one of Scotland’s exquisite castles, or a small intimate venue steeped in Scottish history. We’ve got you covered.

 

Crossbasket Castle

 

 

A luxurious affair, Crossbasket offers the perfect backdrop for an unforgettable wedding experience for you and your guests. Complete with a four-storey private bridal tower and an array of opulent public rooms including a Grand Roosevelt Ballroom with space enough to welcome over 250 people, Crossbasket Castle promises a truly magical experience.

The spectacular 16th century tower and 18th century castle is tucked away on the outskirts of the bustling city of Glasgow overlooking the stunning waterfalls on the River Calder transporting you to the tranquillity and beauty of a vast country estate.

 

The Brig O’ Doon

The Brig O’ Doon House & Hotel is one of Scotland’s most iconic wedding venues, situated within the historic village of Alloway, an area of outstanding natural beauty. The impressive banqueting hall with its breath-taking views of the famous Brig o’ Doon immortalised in Robert Burns’ famous poem ‘Tam o’ Shanter’ make it a truly unique venue. The banqueting hall can seat up to 180 guests.

 

 

Brig o’ Doon House provides the perfect setting for a distinctly Scottish themed wedding for bridal parties who wish to embrace their Scottish heritage. All arrangements can be made to ensure your wedding has a truly Scottish flavour, including tartan dressings and embellishments, bagpipes, heather, thistles, whisky miniatures and, needless to say, some classic and imaginative Scottish cuisine – something the Brig o’ Doon is renowned for.

 

 

Neidpath Castle

Getting married at Neidpath Castle will be an experience like no other. The Castle is totally exclusive, with entrance to the public only available by arrangement. Couples seeking a romantic and historic setting, will love the atmosphere. The rough stone walls, roaring log fires, sumptuous tapestries and profusion of candles, are breathtaking.

 

 

Situated above the River Tweed and just minute’s distance from Peebles, the interiors and grounds of this venue are beautiful to say the least and will have your wedding photographs looking incredible. Neidpath has, in the past, welcomed diverse people through its doors, from Mary Queen of Scots, to Sir Walter Scott, and Wordsworth wrote a poem about it. It has been used as a film set, hosted medieval fairs, musical evenings, historical re-enactments and so many other exciting occasions – and we can think of no better addition to that list than your wedding.

If you have any queries about getting married in Scotland, or even just want to find out about some of the exquisite venues the Country has to offer. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Drop me an email on Hannah@coniferevents.co.uk

That’s all for now!

Hannah

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Majorca Hen Party Ideas

Attention!!! All hens looking for a chic, warm and glam party spot, Majorca is the ultimate place to be. Notorious for the party hotspots such as Magaluf, Majorca does in fact offer a number of hidden gems along the coast and inland.

The main airport on the island is Palma de Mallorca Airport with Ryanair, British Airways and Jet 2 all offering regular flights direct from the UK throughout the summer season. Out of season flights are a little more limited. 

Palma de Mallorca Airport is less than 20 minutes’ drive from Puerto Portals, Palma Nova and only 15 minutes from a cute little suburb called Bendinat. The upmarket village of Bendinat offers luxury cafes, 5* hotels and is only a short walk from the beach.

This area of Majorca can be pricey but can also be done on a budget. If your girlfriends are looking for a trip that offers a stylish location, lounging by the pool, taking a boat trip, with a combination of relaxed and glam evening fun then Majorca is the trip for you. Read on for our recommended Majorca hen party ideas.

 

Stylish Vibes

 

Head to Puerto Portals where you will find a collection of luxury yachts moored. Enjoy your morning coffee from a selection of stylish cafes & bars and watch the people go by. Fancy a spot of designer shopping? Take your pick from a number of retail stores selling designer ladies and menswear, whilst also spotting the celebrity or 2. Famed for his trips to Puerto Portals, you will usually find award winning hairdresser Nicky Clarke and his wife enjoying the views from the port.

 

 

Where to Stay

 

Nestled between Palma and Palma Nova, Bendinat is an affluent little village with plenty public transport. In fact, there is a bus to Palma Nova every 10 minutes, meaning you have no excuse for not getting to the beach. Bendinat is a quiet village, meaning you have to make the 5-10 minute trip into the village or neighbouring Palm Nova. If you prefer to stay along the Palma Nova “strip” there are a number of 4 and 5* hotels offering all inclusive, full and half board options. Don’t panic. You are a safe enough distance away from the antics on the Magaluf strip.

 

Where to Eat

 

For an upmarket, fancy meal head back to Puerto Portals where you will find a selection of fabulous restaurants from Chinese, Indian, Italian and more. Taxis are very regular, and you can enjoy the evening with a spectacular view of the ocean. Why not wander around some of the super yachts. They look amazing in the evening lit up. If you prefer a night off and prefer something casual there are plenty of restaurants along Palma Nova. Modigliani is a wonderful Italian eatery with outside dining, or if you prefer Thai, My Thai is a personal favourite. First class food, service and the outside dining area is pretty good too. Don’t worry about those next morning hangovers, McDonalds & KFC are located only a stone throw away. 

 

 

Boat Party

 

Why not join the jet set on your private boat… which is very popular with a lot of hens. There are a lot of options for coastline cruises leaving from Puerto Portals, visiting Port Avais, Magaluf and Santa Ponca. Hot Air Balloon trips and swimming with the dolphins are also a good shout too. 

 

Day Activities

 

Take a boat trip from Palma Nova, spend the day visiting the stylish and historic city of Palma, or visit the northern & eastern regions of Pollensa, Soller and Alcudia. Around 40 minutes to 1 hour to the very north of the island, there are a number of activities to be considered. Pollensa is famous for cycling with a number of lovely local cafes and bars. Prefer a spot of shopping, then head to the city of Palma where you will find Zara, Mango & some cute little boutiques.

Our hen party planners really love working with our hens and creating the very best itinerary for them & their girls. Most hen parties are a range of age groups with a broad range of interests. Our planners work wonders in ensuring we can create something for everyone. Drop us a note today and let us start to plan your perfect hen party.

 

 

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Hen Parties In Arabian Paradise

With the plethora of luxury shopping, ultramodern architecture, hotel rooms fit for a queen and a lively nightlife scene, Dubai has over the years become every hen party planner’s paradise. Since planning our first event in Dubai back in 2008, the city has seen a number of changes, and continues to do so even in 2020. The ever impressive Burj Khalifa, standing at 830m tall dominates the skyscraper filled skyline. At its foot lies Dubai Fountain, with jets and lights choreographed to music, which is particularly beautiful in the evening, enjoyed whilst dining in the many terrace restaurants overlooking the fountains. The middle east is very accessible from the UK with daily direct flights courtesy of Emirates. British Airways, Qatar Airways and KLM also offer return flights to Dubai; however, these are not direct and will require a stop over at either London Heathrow, Doha or Amsterdam. If you can afford the extra to fly Emirates, we would recommend doing so. Not only for the ease of travel, but the flight experience is the start of your hen party. Fly in luxury. Economy class is excellent and with one of the highest baggage allowances too. Make sure you pack those extra dresses. Once on board enjoy a hot cloth to clean your hands, a nibble or 2 with a glass of wine and choose your meal from a menu card. Unlimited music and movies on demand, meaning your 7 hour flight will fly in. Quite literally. Once you land in the plush Arabian playground, is when the fun really begins.

Read on for a few of our hen party ideas and tips whilst in Arabian paradise…

 

 

Buy Your Alcohol At The Airport

 

You’ve landed and your week long hen party awaits. One tip you cannot forget is to buy any alcohol you will need for the duration of your stay at Duty Free as you head out of the airport through arrivals. In Dubai you cannot buy alcohol of any kind in supermarkets, retail stores and off-licences don’t exist in the Emirates. You can only purchase alcohol within your hotel, other hotels and restaurants. For any in-room drinks you are best to purchase as many bottles of wine, gin or vodka as you think you might need prior to arriving at your hotel. The in-room mini bars are of course available but will set you back a fair few pounds each day. You can also pack your alcohol in your suitcase prior to flying. Emirates do allow 2 bottles of wine and 1 bottle of spirit per person. If you’re not flying Emirates, I would double check with your airline for their rules around this.

 

Where To Stay

 

Dubai is split into a number of districts. Old Town, Sheikh Zayed Road, Jumeirah, Dubai Marina, Jumeirah Beach Residence & The Palm Jumeirah. It really depends on the activities you are looking to do whilst on your trip to choose where to stay. The Old Town is next to the airport and doesn’t offer too much in the way of nightlife. I wouldn’t recommend the Old Town if you’re looking for a lively stay. Sheikh Zayed Road on the other hand is awesome. Think of a 6 lane motorway with hotels, restaurants and bars either side. Fairmont, Hilton Conrad, Jumeirah Towers & Rotana are a few of the luxury hotels on offer along Sheikh Zayed Road. In particular Hilton Conrad is super amazing with gardens and swimming pool to die for. A night in the Conrad will set you back £300 and is worth every penny. I would also recommend the PornStar Martini’s. Delicious. The metro is easily accessible and is around £2 return to places such as Dubai Mall, Dubai Marina and Old Town. Dubai Mall is around 7 minutes from Sheikh Zayed Road. Dubai International Airport is around 15 minutes also. Dubai Marina is now more accessible than in recent years, however is a little further from the mall. Dubai Marina, Jumeirah and The Palm are towards the other side of Dubai with limited access to anything out with their complexes. If you choose to stay on Sheikh Zayed Road, The Hilton Conrad is my recommendation. If you choose Dubai Marina, I recommend Five Palm Jumeirah. An absolutely stunning hotel with private beach, pool and a number of bars and restaurants on site.

 

 

Shopping, Burj Khalifa & Dubai Fountains

 

Your hen party will fall in love with Dubai Mall. You can literally spend a whole day and night in the mall and still not see everything the mall has to offer. Browse Fashion Avenue and shop till you drop with over 100 stores across 4 levels. Worth a visit is Dubai Aquarium and Dubai Ice Rink plus you can catch the latest films on offer at one of the many cinemas. With so many new and exciting eateries you will forget all aspect of time whilst in the mall.

Outside of the mall you can take in the Dubai Fountains whilst enjoying your evening meal. View the Burj Khalifa and even book a tour to the top if your not afraid of heights. Take the diamond encrusted lift all the way to floor 148 and see for yourself the outstanding views of the city. Best to book on a clear day to make sure you can see as much as possible. A trip to the top will cost around £100 per person, however we would recommend adding this to your budget when planning. You will not want to miss out.

 

 

 

Where To Eat

 

There are many restaurants across the city whether you are eating at the Dubai Mall, within your hotel or along Sheikh Zayed Road. Lebanese and local Arabian cuisine is popular as well as Italian and Thai. The Grosvenor House Hotel located by Dubai Marina as one of the best Chinese restaurants and would be a must. A little pricey but perhaps your last evening to celebrate a fun filled hen party trip? Many of the celebrities stay in the Grosvenor and would be a good opportunity for a sneaky celeb selfie to round off your hen party.

Friday Brunch is a classic event and must be done if your trip is over a Friday. Basically, you pay a fee per person and eat as much as you can all day from the buffet on offer. This is a buffet like no other, with seafood, salad, pasta, breads, cheeses, meats and much more. You will not need to eat for 24 hours after!

 

Spa, Nightlife & Bars

 

Most, if not all of the hotels are equipped with a fabulous 5* spa and swimming pool. Why not join the elite and book a spa day with your girls and enjoy lunch by the pool thereafter? A hen party is not complete without a relaxing spa day complete with back massage and luxury facial. Spend the rest of the afternoon lounging by the pool before retreating back to your room to pull out the little black dress and hit the town. Most of the hotels all have nightclubs located in the basement floors with wine bars and cocktails bars on the 2 and 3rd floors. Most clubs all close at 3am and be careful not to wander outside of the hotel slightly intoxicated, as you may be picked up by the police. Keep within your hotel and don’t overdo the alcohol consumption & you will be just fine.

Our event planners have been working in Dubai since 2008, we have seen so many changes over the years and continue to create fabulous events and parties in Arabian paradise. Rely on Conifer to provide the best recommendations and provide the most exciting itinerary. Drop us a note coleen@coniferevents.co.uk and let us start planning your luxury hen party.

 

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A Beautiful insight into Barn Wedding Venues

Rewind 10 years and the idea of Barn Weddings probably wasn’t something that many couples would had thought about when they imagined their dream wedding.  This can be said for other types of Venues too including city centre venues, where you’ve maybe spent some of your clubbing days, a ship on the Clyde or even popular visitor attractions like the Science Centre and Kelburne Country Park who have all jumped on the Wedding Venue band wagon…..and why not, isn’t it just amazing to have such a vast and interesting choice of wedding venues available all around us. 

It is great how wedding venues have changed and evolved over the years and I have been lucky enough to be in the industry and see this eloquently happen. All you have to do is take a flick through a wedding magazine or browse their sites to see vast types of wedding venue styles available to suit all tastes and budgets and as my good old saying goes, your wedding should be as individual as you are. This is so true…

 

 Fruin Farm

Image Fruin Farm

 

But…. Barns, these are a front runner for me personally, being a country girl myself, growing up in the beautiful Ayrshire countryside, this is my happy place! I am a keen runner and over the years as barn weddings have evolved, I have seen myself now spotting barns on my routes which were once unused and have been transformed into the perfect wedding venue.  Or the Barns and farms houses I see and think what a beautiful wedding and events venue that could be and find myself visualising and mapping out exactly how it could look.

There are so many wonderful barn venues dotted around not only in Ayrshire but all over Scotland, nestled in the most scenic areas with breath taking views of our beautiful countryside.  Parts of some barns are still named after their original purpose including names like the Hay Barn and Milking Byre, these farm house buildings and barns have been restored to create the venue, however many have kept their original features, which are rustic and worldly!

 

Image Make Believe Events

Image Make Believe Events

 

Styling and Catering for Barn Weddings

Catering in barns can in some cases be provided by the venue themselves. Many of these venues have on site farm shops with mouth-watering locally produced food, in others there is the flexibility to bring in your own catering. Many barns refer to the wedding meal as the Wedding Feast, just what you would expect in this type of venue, a slightly different spin on your typical and traditional wedding menus.  If the venue allows why not have an ice cart on a sunny day or a pimp your prosecco stand for those afternoon drinks in the hazy afternoon sunshine, the possibilities are endless in some of these amazing venues.

One of the main appeal of barns weddings for me is definitely the picturesque surroundings but also what you can do with the venue in terms of décor. You can certainly make it your own and create a real welcoming and warm atmosphere.  At Conifer Events we can create the perfect barn set up including one of my favourites, the amazing fairy light canopy draped from the ceiling adding that delicate lighting, rustic gin bottle centre pieces with a perfect mix of flowers and candles, long tables with chivari chairs perfect for that “Wedding Feast”!  We can take care of the organising and running of your full day with our wedding planning packages working closely with you and your barn venue to create your perfect day.

We are very excited to announce that we will be working with a selection of handpicked Wedding Barns next year…. more details coming soon, keep an eye on our social pages for updates.

In the meantime, if you have any Wedding and Event enquiries please do not hesitate to get in touch!

Love,

Louize x

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Choosing Your Wedding Entertainment

What first comes to mind when you think ‘Wedding Entertainment’?

For most it would be Band or DJ after all these are the sources that are mostly relied upon to offer great entertainment at a Wedding. When discussing weddings common topics are ‘were the band good’ or ‘we danced all night, the DJ was fantastic! The band made the night ect ect… and that goes to show that yes, the evening entertainment is a very important element of the wedding. I’m going to discuss some of my key tips for choosing your wedding entertainment…….

#Band Showcase

That brings me onto the next question, how do you choose between a band or DJ?  I would strongly suggest that if you are considering a band you get yourself along to a couple of band show case evenings. These are the perfect opportunity to sample many different style of bands and of course a great excuse a few extra cheeky little date nights. Band showcase events are commonly held in wedding venues and details of the events can be found through the ‘What’s On’ networks, wedding forums and Scottish Wedding listings, to mention a few. Occasionally the band & band agency themselves. Will advertise each showcase. However, like all events, band show case events will be on hold for now, however I am sure we will have events like these up and running in no time. 29 Glasgow will have a few in the pipeline when they open their doors again; keep an eye on their social pages over the next few months for updates. In the meantime, get yourself onto each band’s own social pages for live demos and information. I am sure some of these will have you toe tapping and singing along from the comfort of your own home.

#Thinking of Your Guests 

More now than ever wedding entertainment does not just consist of your band or DJ, there can sometimes be a whole host of entertainment before reaching that point in the evening. Your guests will be enjoying canapes and cocktails in between the ceremony and meal, so why not entertain them with a singer, magician or double act? During the meal there is a trend for magicians to table jump and entertain guests as they tuck into dessert. Entertaining your guests with good entertainment will be worth the extra cost. You wouldn’t want your guests to be bored would you?

Here is an array of popular choices to keep your guests entertained:

The entertainment can start as early as pre ceremony. Whether that is with your guests being greeted with the fantastic sound of the bagpipes blasting as they arrive at your venue or the soothing sound of that beautiful string quartet playing in the venue arrival room.

From there the next decider on entertainment is ceremony music. Have you got a track you have always wanted to walk down the aisle too? Or a quirky blast of ‘sign, sealed, delivered playing as you sign your register…. yes, very fitting! Next up is the exit from the ceremony as a newly married couple? What would you choose? And who would you choose to play it? A pianist, a singer, string quartet or simply your venues sound system? Whichever you choose, I can bet deciding on the song or piece of music will prove trickier than you had anticipated…

#Live Music 

If you do decide on live music for your ceremony, your musician will normally offer a package which includes continuing into your drink’s reception. Many venues offer a lovely setting for this part of the day and this coupled with the beautiful musical entertainment really sets the tone for a perfect afternoon.

#The Perfect Drink’s Reception 

A few venues springing to mind with the perfect post ceremony drink reception areas include 29 Glasgow with their stylish marquee and roof top terrace with its Manhattan vibes, The Seamill Hydro with its beach setting or Boclair House and its stunning grounds.

You will notice that all of the entertainment I have mentioned so far includes music; however, wedding entertainment comes in many different forms including magicians, caricaturist and even an oyster man serving his delicious oysters from a serving tray attached to him by a belt. (This is a lovely addition to your drink’s reception) Something for the little guests, cute little tepees are a new firm favourite, giant games, a kid’s corner with activity packs and much more….

#Something New & Different 

Why not think about something new and different? Something you don’t often see at a wedding and something your friends will most definitely not have heard or seen before. How about a saxophonist playing a mix of blues, jazz or a “power hour” of 90s classic dance tunes with your DJ? Your guests will sure to be up on their feet and filling the dancefloor.

Whatever ideas you have or decisions you make, Conifer Events can help you along the way. Looking for the best band showcase to attend? Demo videos or live performances? Or a little help in recommendations? Remember we have a huge selection of suppliers and can recommend a number of fabulous entertainers.

Weddings are fantastic occasions filled with joy and happiness and now it seems with a little entertainment too….!

For advice or costs on any of our entertainment options, please get in touch and I will happily organise a skype or WhatsApp call with you.

Talk soon,

Love Louize x

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Coping In Lockdown

The Coronavirus pandemic has certainly torn through our lives like a tornado. Most, if not all of us can relate to some degree. Whether through the loss of family or friends or the impact on our businesses and general day to day life. The first thing we would like to say is our thoughts are with all the people that have been hit in the very worst way.

The pandemic has taken a huge toll on most, if not all businesses. I’m so very proud & humbled to see how everyone has dealt with the situation. It’s been wonderful to see non-essential workers spending their new found free time helping others and raising money for great causes. Whilst refreshing to know that many businesses are taking a proactive approach, and although most cant actually run their business they are making proactive steps to be more than ready to get started again when we get that majorly anticipated green light!

Proactive is exactly what we are at Conifer Events. We took the decision very early on to respect the Government’s advice and postpone some of our earlier events. Although we have postponed some of our events including our eagerly anticipated “Get Wedding Ready” event, we have secured provisional 2021 dates with our venues, which will ensure the event is given the added time and planning it deserves to deliver only the best events for our wedding clients.

Although we have pressed the pause button on some of our activist for the moment, we have not entirely downed tools. In fact we have got around to doing things that have been on our ‘to do’ list for quite some time including catching up with our marketing materials, we have a brand new website in motion which will be live very soon…..exciting!!! As well as all of our back office jobs, we have still been receiving our lovely wedding & events enquiries and have secured some very excited couples with their 2021 wedding dates, of which we cannot wait to start planning.

We are a team of 3 strong and hardworking ladies at Conifer Events. Our determination to succeed is what has got us through this challenging time & given us the motivation to carry on. We manage to schedule in several weekly team video calls to which we all bring along our rapidly growing ideas and chat over our very exciting plans!  We truly are a very close team and keep each other’s spirits high!

We cannot wait to share details of our 2021 events with you all. We will keep you posted on our social pages and through our blogs. Keep an eye out for more news…………..

We hope that you are all staying as positive and proactive as team Conifer!

Love

Louize x

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A Snapshot of our Supplier Network

At Conifer we work with an amazing network of wedding suppliers. We believe in building and maintaining excellent relationships which means we work as a team enabling us to deliver a wedding or event seamlessly.

Having been in the wedding business for over 10 years our “little black book” of contacts is bulging at the seams. Our couples are always asking us how we know so many fabulous suppliers and how we can negotiate the best prices with them. The answer is simple. Loyalty & trust. Without the dedication and quality of our suppliers we would not be able to deliver the sheer number of exceptional weddings year after year…….. Our couples really can rely on Conifer to recommend the most exquisite and reliable suppliers.

Here is an insight into a couple of the fabulous suppliers we work with for our weddings and events.

 

Ad-Media – Wedding Photographers

Choosing the perfect photographer for your wedding is an important and daunting task. You need to make sure you have done your research and found the ideal style of photographer to best fit your wedding day. You want to make sure you can trust your photographer to capture all the right moments perfectly. After all this is your big day and these memories will last a lifetime, so you want those memories captured in an image that will tell your story forever.

Aryan is the founder of Ad-Media, specialising in Photography & Videography. He loves creating visually stunning content, especially at Weddings where every moment is so emotionally charged. Wedding photography is very personal. Aryan aims to capture not only the important moments, but also the best moments which often go unnoticed.

“….As a wedding photographer and videographer, I find it fascinating, challenging and extremely satisfying to create photos and videos that ‘speak’ to you as they tell the story of your day – in an honest and tasteful way.”

Check out his blog “Here’s everything you need to know about Wedding Photography” which will give you an insight into the different photography styles there are and how you go about deciding the perfect one for you!

 

Blooms – Wedding Flowers

 

Whether you are clueless about carnations or a pro on peonies, choosing your wedding flowers is a big task. There are so many questions to be answered… What’s in season? What kind of flowers will match my theme and colour scheme? Will my budget cover the flowers I want?

A lot of couples think that it will be more cost effective to organise the flowers themselves. However, sourcing and arranging flowers is a lot of work and would leave the bride and bridal party exhausted and stressed out. Although it might initially seem cheaper, by the time all the supplies have been sourced and delivered, and all the time and effort has been put in, it actually doesn’t work out cheaper. Using a professional florist doesn’t need to break the bank and will ultimately leave you with an amazing set-up that you couldn’t have put together yourself.

Elaine from Blooms has been in the industry for 34 years and specialises in creating bespoke floral arrangements for a multitude of clients. Elaine says that there is no ceiling to floristry varieties or design. Whether you want something grand, contemporary or something with more of a personal touch she will create a unique floral style which will reflect yours and fit perfectly into your wedding day.

Contact us about our Wedding Supplier Network

Just remember, your wedding photos will last a lifetime, your flower choice can make all the difference to the look of your day!

Of-course, we cannot name each and every one of our suppliers otherwise we would be writing a story and not a blog! Keep tuned for future blogs where we will give some new insights into some more of our wonderful supply network.

For now if you would like more information on any of our suppliers and to know how Conifer Events can help with your wedding planning, drop us an email and let’s chat. You can reach me at hannah@coniferevents.co.uk

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A Day In The Life Of Conifer Event’s Wedding Planner…..

When we ask Conifer Events Wedding & Events Manager, Louize Hollywood, what the strangest wedding request she’s ever had was, she laughs. “If there’s one thing that I’ve learned it’s that weddings are a deeply personal thing,” she says. “So I would never think of a request as ‘strange’. Although recently, a few couples have wanted to have their dog present for the ceremony and photographs, which was new to me!”

Louize is totally right. Weddings are such a personal thing to a couple and, even though those working in the industry deal with weddings every single day, it’s so important to remember that for the couple, this is the first (and only) time they’ll ever plan such a special event.

“Many of us have been dreaming of our big day since childhood, and it’s my job to make those dreams a reality,” says Louize, “and for that, you need boundless creativity, understanding and attention to detail. I need to pull everything together and absorb any stresses that the couple may have. It’s lucky that I’m calm under pressure!”

There’s no such thing as a typical day at work for Louize; her role at Conifer Events means that every day is unique, even after planning Weddings for a decade.

“The main aspects of my working day are conducting Venue visits with clients, helping and advising them into finding the perfect Venue for them, having details meetings with clients and suppliers, arranging menu tastings and so much more,” Louize tells us.

My favourite part of this job is watching the bride walk into her Venue on the big day and see her vision has become to reality,” Louize smiles.

“But, I feel really deflated when the wedding is all over! We take such an interest in each couple to ensure that their wedding is a true reflection of them that you end up with many friendships; you’ve got to know them so well.” However we do we keep in touch with many of our couples and they come back to us to arrange their future family celebrations.

For more information on the the services we can provide drop me an email @ louize@coniferevents.co.uk

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What Do Your Wedding Favours Say About You?

What Do Your Wedding Favours Say About You?

As a wedding planner I am often asked advice on many aspects of a wedding. For example, should the speeches be in a particular order? How many pieces of ceremony music will I require? Is there a correct seating order for my top table and many more. Rightly so. Although these answers come very easily to me, we must remember I have been planning weddings for almost 15 years and for most couples this is their first experience of a wedding planner. I also tell my couples no question is a silly question…………….

Ask most couples and I am sure they will agree that one of the main sticklers when planning your wedding is, favours? That one little piece of the planning seems to cause quite a bit of debate, with questions such as:

Shall we do favours?

Are favours for female guests only?

Shall we do the same favours for male and females, or something different?

Does our venue permit alcohol favours?

Yes!! Who would have thought something that is probably considered a minor part of wedding planning would bring so many questions?

Well let me try and answer some of those questions for you now.

My Advice

I would give one piece of advice for most of the planning and that goes for favours also, only organise favours if these are really something that you want to do and don’t fall into the trap of “it’s a wedding, we must have favours” or “every wedding I have been to have had favours so we must have them”. No, as you have heard me say many times before, a wedding should be as individual as you as you are and if you don’t want favours or are really stuck for an idea of favours, again that probably tells you that they’re not on your wedding priority list and you probably shouldn’t have them.

Are favours for female guests only, well if you are asking yourself this question then yes you have probably heard this from parents or grandparents as this was a tradition many years ago and was usually a little bag of sugar almonds, yes those little tasteless pieces of candy with an almond in the middle, how many eye rolls do you think were made to these little sweet treats! (I apologise if you are a fan of sugar almonds)

Shall you do the same favours for male and female guests? Well that depends on what you are offering. If you are giving the ladies nice scented candles, then I’d probably say yes the majority of men would prefer a little whiskey miniature. Or what about the traditional Scottish “Buckfast Miniature”? Granted not to everyone’s tastes but a quirky little idea and normally gains a few giggles around the table. Plus, I’ll let you in on little secret, these never get left on the tables…..! 😊

However, that brings me nicely onto the next question. Does your venue allow alcohol favours? Believe it or not, not all venues do so therefore my advice is to ask this question early on. You don’t want to be disappointed or purchase 100 miniatures and realise you can’t use them!

Some Quirky Favour Ideas I Have Seen Over The Years

Getting married on the date of the Grand National? Why not pick a horse for your guests and ask your venue to play it on a screen, this adds a lot of fun to the day.

Getting married on or around Easter? Give your guests a cream egg, everyone loves a cream egg!

A lucky dip lottery ticket…………….however maybe include a clause that the winnings have to be split with you!

I love the idea of a lovely wine charm for the ladies and perhaps a quirky bottle opener for the men?

One of my all time favourites. A Christmas bauble with the wedding date on and then every year when you hang it on your tree you can remember the fantastic wedding that you attended.

Macarons Ohh La La

Macarons are fast becoming the sweet of choice for many weddings and events. Each macaron can be personalised and coloured to blend in with your colour scheme. Such cute little favours when boxed up with a nicely coloured ribbon and message.

Whichever you choose, ask yourself the important question first. Would I leave this on the table……….?  I’ll leave that thought with you.

For any favour ideas, please do not hesitate to get in touch at louize@coniferevents.co.uk

Love Louize x

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Something To Look Forward To

Keeping Positive 

Let’s be honest, this pandemic has really taken its toll on the majority of us. Whether you are a key worker stacking shelves to keep us all fed, whether you’re on the frontline of the NHS risking your life every day to save others, or whether you’re simply doing your best to stay home and help stop the spread of Covid-19. We’re all in this together and there is a light at the end of the tunnel!

Team Conifer are working on creating some absolutely fabulous events which we will be hosting in the latter part of 2020 and trust me, they are not to be missed!

So, here’s a few things to look forward to:

 

#1 Get Wedding Ready

When: Sunday 30th August 2020

Where: The Old Dr Bells Baths, Edinburgh

Conifer Events are teaming up with some of Edinburgh’s finest Beauty and Wedding suppliers to present this fantastic “Get Wedding Ready” event. You can expect some beauty and cosmetic demonstrations, as well as some excellent discounts. We are also collaborating with a fab make-up supplier who will be delivering a make-up masterclass on the day, a local Bridal Boutique and many more.

You’ll pick up a glass of fizz on arrival and make your way into this exquisite venue, not forgetting to enjoy some of the delicious canapes also on offer. After taking advantage of some of the excellent discounts and offers, you’ll be able to take part in the make-up masterclass before enjoying the fashion show from our Bridal Boutique. And of course, not forgetting to pick up your free Gift Bag before you leave packed with goodies and discounts from all of our suppliers worth up to £75!

Tickets for this event will be available very soon via EventBrite. Keep your eyes peeled for us to release them, as there will be limited numbers available.

 

#2 The Gincident

When: 18th September 2020

Where: Conifer Events HQ. 1 West Regent Street, Glasgow.

Conifer Events presents “The Gincident”. For this gintastic event we are teaming up with Craig from Merchant’s Heart, and Pilgrims Gin to bring you more than just your average Gin Tasting.

Craig doesn’t just produce a “mixer” for your spirit, he has created a Spirit Enhancer, every flavour in the collection is designed to perfectly complement premium spirits, and elevate drink-making and drinking to a whole new level of enjoyment.

And what better spirit to pair with Merchant’s Heart than Pilgrims Gin, a small batch handcrafted gin, made using Scottish spring water and carefully selected botanicals to produce a unique, yet smooth taste.

Tickets will be available shortly via EventBrite so keep your eyes peeled!

 

#3 The Annual Conifer Ball

When: 5th November 2020

Where: The Marriott Hotel, Glasgow

Our Annual Conifer Ball is our biggest and glitziest event of the year and this year it’s 007 themed! We’re proud to be partnered with the Beatson Cancer Charity for a second year running and will be fundraising for them on the evening, to help support more of their phenomenal work.

Red Carpet Arrival along with an extravagant Bubbly Reception. You’ll then make your way into the Clyde Suite where Gina McKie will kick off the evening 007 style! After your delicious 3 course meal accompanied of course by a couple of glasses of wine, expect some world class live entertainment, drink an exclusive Conifer Martini from our pop-up bar, and try your hand at some blackjack or roulette. And who knows, you may even get the chance to meet Mr Bond himself!

You’ll also get the chance to win some fantastic raffle prizes donated by some of our valued partners. We will be running a silent auction throughout the evening too, where there will be some amazing items up for grabs. And remember, every penny raised will be going to such a wonderful charity!

Tickets are available now on EventBrite. Don’t miss out, click here to book now!

If you have any questions about any of these events, or simply want to get in touch don’t hesitate to drop me an email on hannah@coniferevents.co.uk

That’s all for now. Stay safe and take care!

Hannah x

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Wedding Trends of 2020

“Wedding Trends”

I must have heard the phrase “wedding trends” a million times over the years in the wedding industry and for sure, trends come and go and then bounce back again in lots of aspects of our lives; fashion, music, food and many more.  When it comes to a wedding, I believe each wedding should be as individual as the couple themselves and that can be done by taking a ‘current trend’ and putting your own stamp on it.

Here I’m going to talk about the most current wedding trends of 2020, how to use them and make them your very own…

 

#1 Venues

There are various different styles of wedding venues from your traditional hotel, castles, converted barns, converted churches, old chapels to stylish and chic city centre venues. This is where the decision making starts for a lot of couples. Sometimes a split decision where one partner has always had their heart set on a castle and perhaps the other yearning for the rustic barn venue.  This part of the planning should be enjoyable, and my advice is always visit as many different style venues as possible as I promise you, when you know you’ll know!  The venue you choose will absolutely set the tone for the decor trend you follow…

 

#2 Decor

Decor really depends on your venue. Your venue will determine many aspects of your décor requirements; how much decor you require, whether you’re going for more candles or flowers, even down to the chairs you choose. Hotel function venues will usually have most of your decor included within your package. I always think of hotel functions rooms as a soft type of decor, more whites and florals. However, with that said you can put your own stamp on these venues, even with little bits of detail like the favours. If you’re a couple that likes your photos, why not add in photos of yourselves throughout the year’s in the theme? Whether that be on the tables or next to your guest book? Or why not have a polaroid guest book where your guests can take their picture and pop it in along with their message? This is a lovely touch…..and not forgetting the glue dots, you don’t want to be guessing who’s photos goes with what message…..!

 

#3 Barns and DIY Venues

Rustic barns are a hot trend this year. And is one you can certainly make your own. Basically you have a blank canvas to do what you want with, although as exciting as this sounds, remember it is a lot of work and definitely requires the help of a wedding planner. The team at Conifer Events love working on a barn or blank canvas enquiry as we can certainly make your vision become a reality, by undertaking all of the ground work, whilst you enjoy the experience.  Barns and old churches  are always very rustic and to me the word “rustic” only means one thing; fairy light canopies and copious amounts of candles!! Gorgeous sleek chairs lined along long banquet tables!

Stylish city centre venues, like my two favourites 29 and the new kid on the block Citation, have an abundance of style, class and sophistication rolled into one (I am biased ofcourse) The city centre theme can be followed very easily with the bridal party arriving in a traditional white cab, your photographer can lap up the city centre shots, down our little lanes, outside the grand buildings and for some photographers even on the city centre roofs. There are so many beautiful city centre wedding venues dotted all around our gorgeous city and city centre weddings are on the rise.

#4 Backdrops

As we have all gone selfie daft, we need a cute background more than ever to showcase those perfect “insta” ready selfies and group shots. Whether it’s illuminated letters, flower walls or shimmer walls, these are now a “must have” wedding item. They really do add that WOW factor to any style of venue and act as the backdrop not only for selfies but for various important elements of your day, including signing your register and cutting your cake.  Conifer Events have a beautiful array of shimmer and flower walls, all available for a sneaky peek on our website and social pages for images of these show stopping pieces in action!

If you any questions regarding help with choosing a venue, planning or styling your special day please drop me a line – louize@coniferevents.co.uk
Love
Louize x

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5 Reasons You Should Hire A Wedding Planner

The question that probably crosses every newly engaged girl’s mind ‘do I need a wedding planner’ then the thought is probably very quickly batted down from the misconception ‘wedding planners are too expensive’.

Kim Kardashian had one, Coleen Rooney had one but no you don’t need a celebrity status or a huge celebrity bank balance to get an expert involved in your planning. Hiring a wedding planner will save you time, stress and money. Yes, I repeat ‘save you money’.

Which when planning your big day is exactly what you need! Right?

I am going to give you 5 reasons why hiring a wedding planner will be the best thing you’ve ever done, except of course saying yes to that lovely fiancé of yours…

 

#1 Securing The Best Deals

A wedding planner’s role can be exactly what you want it to be. During a consultation with your wedding planner, you can both decide on the level of support you need, which might only be help with finding the perfect venue and  negotiating the very best deal for you. Or you may need help finding the perfect supplier? Did you know your wedding planner is in touch with the current wedding market, venues and suppliers, plus has exclusive access to a variety of discounts and packages? Us wedding planners have a fabulous bundle of contacts! Or perhaps you need help with the full shebang, all aspects of the planning and to the day itself? You decide, you are in control of your special day. You wedding planner is simply there to give you the help you need and create your vision.

 

#2 Keeping Within Budget

Wedding planners will work to your budget more than anything else you will organise. I promise you; your wedding will be the one thing you find hard to budget and you will probably run way over. This is where your wedding planner can really help you. Allocate us a budget and we will ensure you stick to it, maybe pulling a few strings along away. Did I mention we have contacts? We have a long list of friends in the industry and can hand pick the perfect suppliers to suit your budget. We will also bring you back down to earth after your visits to the uber glamorous wedding shows that offer everything, asking the age-old question ‘do you really need that’? Or finding a compromise, maybe ‘DIY’ing’ something you really want in order to stick to budget.

 

#3 Making A Plan

The one thing I hear couples say time and time again is ‘we just don’t know where to start’ or ‘our engagement was much longer than anticipated because we just couldn’t get started’. Create a plan. Imagine you had an expert making a plan and getting you started! The excitement of starting the planning phase would be all yours as your wedding planner would be doing all the groundwork.

 

#4 Less Stress

When planning a wedding, family, friends and yes even the bridesmaids will have an opinion on everrrrything and although they all have great intentions it can sometimes lead you to doubting decisions you are making which in turn leads to stress. Who needs stress when planning a wedding? You want to look back at an enjoyable planning experience. Your wedding planner is key to ensuring your stress levels are at zero and you have a glass of prosecco when needed! Your wedding planner will be at the other end of the phone to put your mind at ease, plus advise you on the best decisions. It is like hiring your very own PA in the world of weddings.

 

#5 Fun, Laughter and An Enjoyable Engagement

Becoming engaged is hugely exciting. The prospect of marrying your handsome, smart and sometimes funny best friend; plus, the thought of choosing your wedding venue, designing your invitations, and selecting your suppliers. Planning your wedding will be one of the most exciting, joyful and memorable things you will ever do. Make sure your engagement is too. You want to enjoy a stress free engagement too right? Hire your wedding planner early on and you will have the chance to enjoy a magical and wonderful time completely stress free and full of fun and laughter.

 

Contact Conifer Events and have an initial chat with one of our wedding experts!

 

Love Louize x

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