Congratulations on your engagement and thanks for looking at my blog!

Congratulations on your engagement and thanks for looking at my blog!

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PLEASE NOTE THAT I AM NOW COMPLETELY RETIRED, SO I'M NO LONGER TAKING ANY WEDDING BOOKINGS. I'M LEAVING THIS BLOG ONLINE IN CASE IT'S OF ANY HELP TO YOU IN PLANNING YOUR WEDDING, BUT I WON'T BE MAINTAINING IT, SO APOLOGIES FOR BROKEN LINKS OR OUT OF DATE INFORMATION! This blog is structured as a series of questions and under each posting, I've provided what I hope will be helpful advice for you in planning your humanist wedding. All of the posts are on one page, but each one has been condensed in size, so to read the full details, just click on the post title or 'read more'. When you get to the end of the post, just click on 'home' to get back to the full page of posts or 'older post' to move on to the next post. If you're interested in a particular subject, you can also click on the list to the right or you can do your own search by using the box below.

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How do we set the room out?

It's a good idea to have some form of focal point in the room (or space if it's outdoors) and this could simply be in the form of a table with a flower arrangement on it such as the one above which is at Castle CampbellBy the way, on the subject of flowers, make sure that your florist removes any stamens with pollen! I recently got red pollen from a floral display all over my dress before a wedding and I had to keep the bride well away from it! 

Of course some venues afford a spectacular views that might be all you need for a focal point! This is the lovely view over the loch view from Kinlochard Village Hall for example:

Other ideas would be to use a natural feature such as this lovely tree in the grounds of the Strathblane Country House Hotel:

Or this one at Culcreuch Castle in Fintry:

Balloon or flower arches are a nice idea too (watch that pesky pollen though!):

And if you happen to be passionate about something, as Anne and Gavin are about their American Airstream trailer (a beautifully renovated 1964 Bambi Mark II if you're interested!), then why not include it as a backdrop or focal point for your wedding ceremony!

Make the most of your grand entrance too. Many hotels provide a red carpet such as this one in the stunning gardens at Alloa's Gean House:

Or you can personalise things as Dee and Gordon did to decorate a room beautifully at Glenskirlie House:

If you're outdoors, you may simply have people standing, gathered around you informally (though you might want a few seats at the front for grannies and grandpas!):

  (picture by Angus Forbes)

But indoors or outdoors, it's also a good idea to think about how you want to have any seats set out and many couples choose to have a central aisle, with straight rows of seats either side, as in this picture of  Glenskirlie Castle at Banknock:

If you want the space to look less formal, you could arrange the seats in an arc and still retain the aisle, such as here in the grounds at The Roman Camp Hotel in Callander:

(Photo by Trevor Wilson at Silver Photography)

If you don't want to have an aisle, you don't need to have one of course and you can create a nice inclusive feeling for your guests when the seats are arranged in a circle or horseshoe shape. This is at Castle Campbell:

Even just having the seats at an angle rather than in straight rows can give the space a different feel, as in this picture of the Harviestoun Country Hotel in Tillicoultry:

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