Inspiration

We are delighted with our latest props, particularly these wonderfully quirky maypole tea light holders.  Our beaded candelabra are suspended from a maypole with tea light holders covered in beads, jewels and sequins.  We love adding on more jewels and beads which catch the candle light and twinkle, casting a lovely festive light over any celebration table.  Coupled with our bespoke maypole stands they work beautifully as a table centre and can be adorned with ribbons, flowers and greenery.

 

Charmed tea light holder maypole

The wires that the be-jewelled ring is suspended from can be hidden behind pretty ribbons, left unadorned they give the beaded rings a rather magical look of being suspended in mid-air.  We found pale pink ribbon to match these gorgeous fresh roses and wrapped the pole and covered the wires in the pretty ribbon to create a softer look, which complimented the bride’s bouquet.

Lighting for table centre

Brightly coloured flowers can be used at the base of the maypole tea light holder to match the rainbow of colours up above, and with the addition of multi coloured votive candles we created a wonderfully bright display as a centre piece.  We used a mirror as a base for this table centre.

Maypole with mirror base for table centre

Colourful and quirky the circular tea light holders can hold 4 long burn tea lights – we’ve used white tea lights but you could use multi coloured night lights to match all the different beads, sequins and jewels.

Tea light holders with beaded rings

Or you can suspend the beaded ring holding the tea lights from above.  We used a branch and hung several candelabra from the branch at different heights to lower the ceiling and draw the eye to the ceremony space.

 

Beads and charms on chandelier Suspended tea light holders

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Scotland Shop is the brainchild of Anna White and based in Duns in the Scottish Borders.  We were fortunate enough to collaborate with Anna recently on a series of inspirational photo shoots at special wedding venues in the Scottish Borders with the aim of promoting the use of tartan for weddings – and tartan a contemporary twist.

Having made a substantial investment in state of the art technology, Anna and the team at Scotland Shop aim to become a global leader in “e-tailoring”.  The software allows online shoppers to see their chosen item of clothing in one of over a thousand different tweeds and tartans, something that up to now only fashion designers had the tools to do. Read the rest of this entry »

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Here at Get Knotted HQ we are just starting to draw breath after a busy summer of Scottish Weddings here in the Scottish Borders and further afield. Our prop hire department has been going like a fair and this season it has been all about glass jars.  Apothecary jars to some, sweetie jars to others – to us the perfect prop for creating pretty floral arrangements.

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From a stylist’s point of view the beauty of this kind of prop is the versatility that these jars offer.  They come in all shapes and sizes and you can use them with or without their lids to create a wonderful display with varying height and contrasting angles to show off flowers and greenery to their best potential.  The beauty of glass is the way it reflects the light so apothecary jars as a prop come in to their own when you add candles.

Aikwood Tower  @Sara Wight Photography

A simple tea light placed in a plain holder can bring an arrangement of jars to life by providing very simple up-lighting.  And glassware needn’t be restricted to table arrangements; we love using our hanging glass baubles to bring down a ceiling, and with tea lights twinkling inside them they create a magical feel.

Two of our very favourite Scottish weddings this summer have majored on apothecary jars as props to create the style and feel the bride and groom wanted for their reception.  At Aikwood Tower near Selkirk we were able to use a combination of greenery and glassware to create this natural rustic look which complimented the Cart Shed surroundings perfectly and created a lovely romantic feel to the room.

Aikwood Tower @Sara Wight Photography

At a marquee wedding at The Roxburghe Hotel near Kelso we used more than 100 glass apothecary jars to showcase seasonal flower arrangements.  Using different shaped glass jars, moss, candles and an array of hedgerow inspired flowers, fruits and berries as well as succulents and velvety roses the tables looked absolutely breath-taking.  Roses nestled inside the lids of some of the apothecary jars looked just sublime.

Roxburghe Hotel @Duncan Ireland Photogrphy

Thanks to Sarah White Photography, Aikman Smith Photography & Duncan Ireland Photography for these wonderful images.

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You knew we had a new website, right?

For those that missed it, we have been working hard behind the scenes to make our website even more fun to browse, easier to get around, and full of wedding styling inspiration.

Anyway, enough of that, you’ve got a wedding to plan. Here are 5 things we think you’ll love about our new wedding planning website.

 

#1 Our new wedding styling video showcase

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Our styling video illustrates the preparations, build up and final results at two contrasting locations with very different themes.   An elegant country house and a small riverside barn.  The team worked alongside talented young film maker, Gabriel Greenough.  Fantastic stills images were also taken by Alex Aikman Smith of AikmanSmithPhotography.

 

#2 New styling galleries which you can browse for inspiration and share on Pinterest.

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The galleries, which are in the form of mood boards, feature some of the wonderful couples we have had the pleasure of working with and show the venues in all their wedding day glory.

 

#3 Behind the scenes – a glimpse into the eventful life of a wedding planner

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Some light-hearted moments with lovely people, top tips, current trends and Lindsey’s ‘essentials’ that she cannot survive without!

#4 New props in our new prop hire section

It’s expanding fast! From classic and quirky to cool and rustic. Check out the latest additions to the Get Knotted hire collection here

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#5 A round up of Get Knotted in your favourite wedding magazines,

In case you’ve missed an issue or two!   We are regularly featured in the press including Wedding Flowers & Accessories Magazine, Best Scottish Weddings, The Scottish Wedding Directory, Mollie Makes and Perfect Wedding. We have also featured in a range of online blogs.  Watch out for more in the coming months.

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Finally, some thank you’s.  To Tom Payne at Fullscreen and Viv Seeley at Vivid Design for all their hard work and enthusiasm which made the whole process fascinating and great fun! To Jules Horne at Texthouse and also to Sandra Campbell at Business Gateway for her support, advice and guidance.

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The Vintage Wedding Fair Spring 2012 is the place to go if you are want inspiration for your wedding this year.  Get Knotted is pleased to announce that we will be out on the road this spring at these exciting events  in Harrogate, Chester, Leamington Spa and London with our new range of vintage bridal bouquets.

The events are the brainchild of Keeley Harris, who is an expert on all things vintage and who established Discover Vintage to promote fairs across the north of England in 2009 selling everything from quality clothes, shoes, handbags, jewellery, homeware and furniture.  Keeley also has a wonderful emporium in York.

After success with her first fairs, Keeley decided to launch a specialist wedding fair so that brides who love the look can find everything for their special day including: more than 400 wedding dresses; antique lace; 30’s and 40’s lingerie; classic suits; jewellery; hair and make up advice; cars; specialist entertainment; cakes; floral displays and decorations. We’re really looking forward to meeting some of the makers of these wonderful things.

The new brooch bouquets should provide a fitting addition to your vintage-inspired or influenced wedding day – this is their first outing to a fair so it will be fun to see what people think. Here’s a sneak preview of a couple of new designs that we’ve just created.

There’ll be lots of colour, as well as traditional ivory favourites, and they are all packed with drop-dead gorgeous pieces of jewellery, beads, buttons, feathers, lace and more.

No two bouquets are ever the same and each one takes many hours to create.  You’ll certainly stand out from the crowd.  Even better, you can keep them forever to pass on to the next generation!

The fairs are open from 11am – 4pm and the first one is in Harrogate on Sunday 19 February at The George Hotel.  We’ll also be at:

– Chester Guildhall on Sunday 11 March
– The Assembly, Leamington Spa on Sunday 25 March
– Chiswick Town Hall on Sunday 13 May

For further information, check out The Vintage Wedding Fair website.  Look forward to seeing you there!

 

 

 

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January is a great time to recharge and plan the next adventure, but it’s also a chance to look back and recall the old year.  So before the moment passes, here are some great memories of 2011 and some of the lovely Borders wedding venue couples. I feel very lucky to have been able to work with them and see them celebrate the start of the next chapter of their lives.

Things got off to an early start in February last year with David and Niccie who came up from the Manchester area to celebrate their fabulous wedding weekend at Hoscote.

Hoscote also made the perfect location for Alison and Paul’s spring wedding.  All the spring flowers were out and we put lovely magnolia buds, beech twigs and small orchids in her natural bouquet.

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Hardeep and Ives married at Mellerstain in May.  A fabulous Sikh-Christian fusion wedding, there were beautiful saris in abundance!

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Susan and David celebrated their special day (with more traditionally Scottish attire on show) at Mellerstain…

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… we couldn’t resist this shot of the bride dancing in more modern footwear!

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Nicola and Paul had a really lovely house party wedding at Hoscote in June. The garden was bursting with colour and a wonderful Barn Owl delivered their rings.

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Wendy and Bernie organised a two day wedding extravaganza at The Buccleuch Arms! An intimate wedding ceremony with closest friends and family and 100 guests for a party with Scottish dancers and local haggis the following day.

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Michelle and Johnny brought along a tandem to their wedding!

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And Michelle and Alan married in the beautiful St Andrews church in Kelso and then celebrated the rest of their day at Mellerstain.

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Candy and Anthony put their medical studies on hold while they also celebrated at Mellerstain.

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And it was great to welcome Jody and Simon up from London for their Civil Partnership at Hoscote.

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Rachel and Jose Maria celebrated their Scottish/Argentinian wedding at Mellerstain and guests sang and swayed to Elvis songs during their humanist ceremony.

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Hilary and Barry celebrated their wedding at Hoscote in style, with Hilary wearing a gorgeous red dress.

Louise and Dan came all the way from Australia to celebrate their vows – we all wanted those fabulous yellow shoes!

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Becky and Nick’s wedding was split between Mellerstain and Hoscote and was our final celebration for 2011.   Becky got her wish with a fairy-tale dusting of snow.

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To all the Borders wedding venue couples whom we had the pleasure of meeting, and seeing married at one or more of our venues in 2011, a huge thanks for having us be part of your day, and the very best wishes for 2012 and beyond.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Guests from further afield can struggle to find your Scottish wedding venue, so how about a custom wedding map? Cute Maps are a new twist on wedding stationery that’s both practical and pretty! They’re designed by artist and illustrator Sheree Hutchinson, who first came up with the idea when planning her own wedding. She says she was on a modest budget, but wanted something with more individuality and personality than an ordinary route map. Cue the first Cute Map!

Sheree went on to launch her website, and her funky, friendly Cute Maps were an instant hit, with orders coming in from destinations as far afield as Austria, Australia and Beverley Hills, as well as places all over the UK. Each one is personalised to the individual couple and the occasion, whether it’s a wedding, birthday or other celebration. Her whimsical illustrations pick out local landmarks and can also add adorable romantic touches that help to tell the couple’s story. No two are the same, and they make a lovely keepsake.

Cute Map

Cute Map designs are versatile, and can be sent as Save the Date postcards, invitation inserts or even the invitation itself. You can order printed cards, postcards or magnets, or simple order the design and use your own creativity! Some of Sheree’s clients have used the designs on posters, signs, stickers and even tote bags – the possibilities are endless!

Click for more fun ideas and personal touches for your wedding from Get Knotted.


Lindsey Hunter of Get Knotted is a wedding planner for Scotland and the north of England. She’s the in-house wedding planner for four lovely Scottish wedding venues: Mellerstain House, Aikwood Tower, Hoscote Estate, and the Buccleuch Arms Hotel. For more wedding inspiration, visit our gallery.

Cute Map

Cute Map

Visit Cute Maps online gallery for more inspiration…

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A Hoscote House tipi wedding with a green theme was a summer highlight for Get Knotted! This was our first tipi wedding, and the atmosphere was very special and individual. Tonia and Ben, our lovely couple from Newcastle, had a clear idea of what they wanted, and the whole day was very laid back and relaxed – as you might expect from a couple who have been together for 15 years!

Tipi wedding, Hoscote House

The tipis are absolutely magical, and made a wonderful alternative to a wedding marquee. Tonia and Ben had two Sami-style ‘kata’ tipis joined together, making a spectacular silhouette against the backdrop of Hoscote House. Inside was friendly and welcoming, with soaring tipi poles, wooden tables and pretty natural flowers from Wiggly Wigglers carrying through the rustic theme, and a fantastic fire pit which was lit after dinner and threw beautiful flickering shadows on the canvas. The tipis were provided by Highland Tipis, who are bringing a wow factor to weddings all over Scotland with their unusual ‘hat’ tipis.

Tipi wedding, Hoscote House

Tipi wedding, Hoscote House, tipi fire pit

Tonia and Ben chose to get married under the sweeping copper beech in the Hoscote gardens.  ‘We’d been looking for beautiful wild scenery, a long way from anywhere,’ says Ben, who is a craftsman and cabinetmaker based in Newcastle. ‘Enough modern comforts for older guests, but relaxed enough to throw a great big party for all our friends, where they could all feel at home.’ Solicitor Tonia came across the website after looking for a special wedding venue in the Scottish Borders. Lovely scenery was also a factor when Ben decided to pop the question: ‘4,200m above sea level in the Peruvian Andes, looking down a stunning valley, with a diamond I’d brought out to South America – not perhaps totally spontaneous, but very memorable!’

In keeping with the natural, artisanal theme of the day, Ben also made the cake stand and the cake table, and Borders-based Sizzling Piggy provided a succulent hog roast from their quirky rotisserie trailer with its pigtail-shaped chimney and on-board computer! The Settledown Café in Newcastle manned the barbecue and provided delicious salads, desserts and accompaniments, while the bar was provided by Wilson from the Lauderdale Hotel in Lauder. Excellent music came from The Fabulous Shire Boys – superb multi-instrumentalists who can play everything from ceilidh to funk and have supported top rock and pop artists including Texas, Hue and Cry and Fish.

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Hog roast, tipi wedding, Hoscote House

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Tonia and Ben spent their honeymoon travelling around Italy by train, taking in Florence, Pisa, Venice and the northern Tuscany mountains, where, as Ben describes, ‘we kicked back under the clear blue sky for a week in a little stone hut, scrumping fresh figs from the trees. Dumped the hire car and took the train to Venice for a few more days of ‘Bling’ before a slow train back to Paris, England.’ Their ‘little Yorkshire dumpling’ is due to arrive in November, which they say will be a breeze compared to organising a wedding!

All the best for the future to a lovely couple from Get Knotted!

Suppliers:
Wedding tipi: www.highlandtipis.co.uk
Flowers: www.wigglywigglers.co.uk
Hog Roast: www.sizzlingpiggy.co.uk
Catering: www.thesettledown.com
Bar: www.lauderdalehotel.co.uk
Music: The Fabulous Shire Boys, available through www.ceilidhconnections.com


Lindsey Hunter of Get Knotted is a wedding planner for Scotland and the north of England. She’s the in-house wedding planner for four lovely Scottish wedding venues: Mellerstain HouseAikwood TowerHoscote Estate, and the Buccleuch Arms Hotel. For more wedding inspiration, visit our gallery.

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Natural flower petal confetti is hugely popular with Get Knotted brides, and Shropshire Petals are especially close to my heart, as they come from my home turf! What’s more, they’re offering Get Knotted blog readers a special deal of £65 for two of their lovely Shropshire Boxes (see pic below) if you mention the discount code GN2011 when ordering. This is a special ivory dispensing box with 25 floral embossed confetti cones and 2 litres of delectable natural confetti of your choice. The box is tied with satin ribbon, and makes a great keepsake for wedding memories and photos!

Shropshire Petals Natural Wedding Confetti

Shropshire Box of natural wedding confetti - special Get Knotted offer of 2 for £65 if you mention discount code GN2011!

They’ve also just launched a new range of exclusive colour confetti cones, which come in white, pink, blue and green, and are embossed with the Shrophire Petals flower, giving a lovely texture to the confetti cone. They’re perfect for any wedding theme, from an English country garden to chic Tiffany blue colour schemes.

Shropshire Petals wedding confetti cones

Shropshire Petals Wedding Confetti Cones in Bo-Peep Basket

Shropshire Petals offer a great pick & mix service, so you can choose colours to fit your own scheme and theme, whether it’s deep red roses, tangy clementines or fragrant lavender. Or you can go for their seasonal mix of the month, such as this ‘raspberry fool’ of hot pink delphinium petals, green hydrangea and yellow rose – so pretty, and would look great decorating your party tables, too! And there’s a special price of £50 for Get Knotted blog readers – just mention the code GN2011.

Natural Wedding Confetti from Shropshire Petals

Shropshire Petals wedding confetti Mix of the Month - Delphinium and Rose/Hydrangea petals, 5 litres for £50 - just mention discount code GN2011!

Shropshire Petals Natural Wedding Confetti

You’ll also want to check out the Shropshire Petals Fields of Ideas page for inspiration and beautiful photographs of petals used in different imaginative ways – for table settings, as dessert and cake decorations, and as an extra-romantic bath fragrance! Do also look out for the cute presentation and keepsake boxes, handmade confetti cones and wheatsheaf decorations in their their online shop.

It goes without saying that all Shropshire Petals confettis are 100% natural, biodegradable and eco-friendly, and the site gives guidance on how much to order, and various packaging options.

Shropshire Petals Natural Wedding Confetti

Shropshire Petals Wedding Reception Ideas

Shropshire Petals Natural Wedding Confetti

Shropshire Petals Natural Wedding Confetti

Visit the Shropshire Petals website for more natural confetti ideas.


Lindsey Hunter of Get Knotted is a wedding planner for Scotland and the north of England. She’s the in-house wedding planner for four lovely Scottish wedding venues: Mellerstain HouseAikwood TowerHoscote Estate, and the Buccleuch Arms Hotel. For more wedding inspiration, visit our gallery.

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Remember Jukebox Jury?

Before your (and my) time perhaps! But how about hiring your own wedding jukebox to help you and your guests re-live whichever musical eras you’re crazy about?

We have added another service for our wedding clients at Get Knotted and teamed up with the phenomenally successful Betterdaze Juke Box Parties who supply historic jukeboxes from the 50s through to the 70s, together with the biggest collection of vinyl singles (remember vinyl?!) in the UK.  We are now able to supply wedding venues all over Scotland.  They are perfect for a vintage wedding theme and create a really fun talking point.

We’ll fill the jukebox with all your favourites hits and requests and you can have dedications written against particular songs for an extra personal touch.  It’s guaranteed to get the after-wedding party going with a swing.   Choose from music from the 1950s through to the mid-1990s – so anything from Andy Williams to Robbie Williams – and you can get friends and family involved by asking for suggestions and favourite songs.

Betterdaze Wedding Juke Box

There are five different models of the famous Wurlitzer 1015 Dometop Bubbler, which holds 100 7-inch singles, giving you a choice of up to 200 songs from an amazing 30,000+ originally vinyl singles from the last 50 years. For true vinyl buffs, there are also rare records from non-chart artists, including American rock-n-roll and European rock. And if you’re overwhelmed by the sheer choice, we can help out by recommending records around your chosen theme. Maybe a chance to indulge your passion for Northern Soul, 70s Disco, or punk bands?!

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No DJ required

The great advantage of your own jukebox over hiring a DJ is that it’s yours for the whole day and into the night if desired and you have control over the volume!  So if you’re planning to party into the wee hours, this is perfect! Great fun, and a style icon of music history that will get the generations talking!

Feeling groovy? Try these GK site searches for more fun wedding ideas, vintage wedding inspiration and wedding prop hire for Scotland and the north of England.

Betterdaze Wedding Jukebox

Betterdaze Wedding Juke Box

Visit the Betterdaze website for more on vintage music hire for weddings.


Lindsey Hunter of Get Knotted is a wedding planner for Scotland and the north of England. She’s the in-house wedding planner for four lovely Scottish wedding venues: Mellerstain HouseAikwood TowerHoscote Estate, and the Buccleuch Arms Hotel. For more wedding inspiration, visit our gallery.

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