aikwood tower

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.

Paxton House  @Alex Aikman Smith

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.


Get Knotted is thrilled to introduce the newest (and oldest!) of our wedding venues in the Scottish Borders: historic Aikwood Tower near Selkirk.

Aikwood Tower was for many years the stylish home of Lord Steel and his wife Judy, and has now been lovingly renovated by their son Rory as an exceptional venue for weddings, events and gatherings. The 16th century tower is in the heart of Borders reiving country in the Ettrick Forest, just 40 miles south of Edinburgh, and is perfect for intimate weddings of up to 40 guests. It can also easily accommodate larger weddings with a marquee on the lawn and or in the courtyard. The gorgeous grounds include a wall garden, orchard and terrace, and the whole setting is wonderfully peaceful and private.

Aikwood Tower Great Hall

Aikwood Tower

Rory and his wife Victoria have overseen the refurbishment with great care and respect for the tower’s quirks and charms. Each room is a delight, with unusual period features, wonderful work by local craftspeople and artists, and luxurious boutique styling. All facilities are state-of-the-art, and designed for outstanding comfort. It’s a thoroughly endearing place, steeped in history and romance, and will be the talk of your guests for years to come!

For larger weddings, Aikwood has excellent relationships with local hotels and B&Bs, who can provide special rates for guests travelling from further afield. We also work regularly with a range of fantastic local suppliers. Visit the Aikwood Tower website for more on the story of this fabulous wedding venue, and its long connections with the worlds of literature, politics and even magic! And take a look at Get Knotted’s other beautiful wedding venues in the Scottish Borders.

Aikwood Tower

Aikwood Tower

Aikwood Tower


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