13
Jul

Fabulous Food for your Wedding Weekend

We associate certain foods with certain occasions, so when we sink our teeth into them, it can bring back memories we hold dear to our hearts. Hickory, the exclusive caterer at Dunglass Estate, have come up with some great foodie features to make your wedding weekend extra memorable:

Friday BBQ

Start as you mean to go on, with a delicious BBQ at the luxurious Dunglass House. Served between 5 and 7pm, you and your guests can tuck into handmade succulent beef burgers, mixed bean burgers, jacket potatoes and sour cream, apple coleslaw and a salad of mixed green leaves, ranch dressing and white balsamic vinaigrette.

Friday 2 or 3 Course Dinner

If you’d rather have a sit-down dinner on arrival at the estate, we’ve a gorgeous selection to choose from, with our menus focused around fresh, local produce. Focusing on good ingredients means the taste is incomparable, and it’ll be a meal that will definitely add a special touch to your magical wedding weekend.

Bride’s Reception

For the big day itself, why not calm your pre-wedding nerves with some delicious food to nibble on while getting ready with the rest of the bridal party? We can bring you a selection of mini croissants and finger sandwiches, seasonal fruit platters and sweet treats to tantalise your taste buds and relax you before you make your grand entrance at the stunning 15th Century Gothic Church.

Sunday Brunch

After the initial wedding celebrations are over, get together with your loved ones and share an incredible Sunday brunch. Enjoy breakfast frittatas and pancakes with bacon, maple syrup, fruit and nut granola. This is all topped off with a seasonal fresh fruit platter and a selection of pastries and muffins.

Prosecco Afternoon Tea

Finish your wedding weekend with a touch of class, with our prosecco afternoon tea. We’ve got a delicious range of finger sandwiches to choose from including ham, cucumber, egg mayonnaise and salmon options. Then enjoy scones with fruit jam and clotted cream, fresh fruit tarts and a medley of classic Fresh macaroons. Topped off with a glass of fizz, this is sure to end your weekend on a high note.

Hickory can also provide a selection of delicious drinks alongside these packages. We can also create food experiences for your weekend that will make your stay at Dunglass estate a memorable one. For more information, please contact us.

(Posted by Hickory)

7
Jul

Parties at Dunglass House

At Dunglass Estate, we do private parties with an elegant twist. Picture relaxing in the luxurious Dunglass House, surrounded by your loved ones raising their glasses to toast you on your happy occasion. It could be anything from a birthday bash to that special anniversary celebration; what doesn’t change is the magic the accommodation on the estate can bring to your special event.

This beautiful house has an impressive drawing room, complete with warming fireplace and a traditional piano. Think of celebrating with live music in the background, if you or one of your guests know how to play, that is! This opens out into a gorgeous dining room, perfect for an intimate sit down dinner or nibbling on some delicious finger food.

The property has all the comforts of home, including Wi-Fi, and offers five generously sized double bedrooms for your guests to spend the night. The master bedroom has en-suite facilities, though there’s also a family bathroom and two modern shower rooms. We’ll happily provide you and your guests with luxury bed linen and soft white fluffy towels, so you can relax and unwind.

The house boasts a wonderfully light south-facing conservatory. It’s a lovely place to relax with family and friends after the events of the night before. Picture indulging in a sumptuous afternoon tea with your nearest and dearest, carrying on the sophisticated celebrations into the next day.  Outside, there are stunning gardens and grounds surrounding the Estate. The house has its own terrace with a BBQ which is heavenly in the summer months. There’s a wood-burning stove to keep everyone cosy, which is great to curl up by in the cooler months.

There are also two additional cosy cottages, Laundry Cottage and Stable Cottage, in close proximity on the estate for your guests to stay in. This way, you can have all your friends and family in the one place, celebrating with you and don’t have to leave anyone out.

We can organise for delicious meals, canapés or sharing platters to be dropped off at the house for you and your guests, so you don’t have any of the hassle of nipping out to the supermarket. It really is the most relaxing and indulgent place to have your private party or weekend get-together.

For more information on our private parties, call us now on 01368 830 927 or contact us online.

(Posted by Hickory)

1
Jul

2016 Bridal Trends & Dunglass Estate

There’s so many wedding trends for 2016 and our fabulous couples have been getting creative with a range of little personal touches. We’ve hand-picked four of our favourites to share with you.

Backless dresses

Backless gowns have been spotted all over the bridal catwalks this year, replacing the ever-popular strapless numbers. Showing your back is incredibly sensual, yet demure enough to be church appropriate.

Intimate weddings

There’s something about Dunglass Estate that makes it perfect for intimate weddings. Whether it’s the romantic church or the luxurious grounds, 2016 has seen a rise in smaller celebrations. We can do this at Dunglass Estate with intimate ceremonies in the stunning ruined church, and cosy wedding breakfasts in the house, as part of our Intimate Wedding Package.

Contemporary dining

An increasing number of couples are going either for traditional Scottish cuisine, or choosing menus that reflect their family’s heritage. As active members of Scotland Food and Drink and East Lothian Food and Drink. Hickory the catering company that manage the events at Dunglass are committed to providing seasonal, local food, and have even created a special East Lothian Menu to celebrate the fantastic local larder of our coastal region.

Woodland Theme

Woodland-themed florals and décor have been hugely popular for 2016. Think all natural, dense greenery, sticks and foliage. We can display your centrepieces displayed beautifully on wood slices to give a real woodland feel to your décor too.

For more wedding advice and any enquiries, feel free to contact our talented wedding team.

(Posted by Hickory)

24
Jun

How to Make the Most of your Wedding Weekend

A wedding at Dunglass Estate isn’t just a day to remember, it’s a weekend to remember. Here’s some ideas on how to really enjoy your time at Dunglass Estate, to make your fairy tale wedding become a reality.

On Thursday

Start your weekend off with a classy prosecco afternoon tea. What better way to welcome your guests than with a glass of fizz and some homemade indulgent finger food? You can explore the grounds and see the glorious scenery that surrounding your accommodation at Dunglass house. Afterwards, make yourself at home in this warm and welcoming house surrounded by your nearest and dearest.

On Friday

Fill your day with a trip to the local town, Dunbar, where there’s enough to do to please everyone. Did you know Dunbar is home to a world class golf course? Whether you’re an expert or a beginner, it’ll always be a fun experience when you’re with your loved ones. You could also head down and see the fantastic sandy beaches by the coastline or go on a woodland walk and look for all the different wildlife that reside in the area. Finish your day with a BBQ on the terrace at Dunglass house. What a perfect way to bring family and friends together after a day of exploring.

On Saturday

You can choose to start your wedding day in style with a bride’s reception and nibble on some pre-ceremony snacks while getting ready. While the bride and bridesmaids are busy preparing themselves, the groom can host a groom’s reception and enjoy some drinks when welcoming your guests, in anticipation of the bride’s arrival. The ceremony then takes place in the beautifully historic Dunglass church. After the bride and groom say “I do”, everyone can enjoy drinks outside or in the luxury marquee – which includes a stage, dance floor and even sofas – and let the celebrations of love carry on until the small hours.

On Sunday 

Enhance your last day at Dunglass Estate with a tasty Sunday brunch, before the guests head home with loving thoughts towards a truly memorable weekend. There’s an option for you to have a late checkout, so you can spend some more time together. Nobody wants to have to rush off home after such an incredible couple of days.

If you’re interested in a weekend like this for your special day, get in touch with us.

This blog post was written by Eilidh Mutch, on work experience at Hickory.

(Posted by Hickory)

24
Jun

Intimate Weddings at Dunglass House

We understand that not everyone has their heart set on a big wedding. Nothing is more intimate than just having both your closest friends and immediate family around you on your big day. With this in mind we came up with our Intimate Wedding Package. This lets you celebrate your love for one another around those who really matter to you, and no one else.

Picture it now: you’re settled in for your two night stay at the luxurious Dunglass House and are getting ready for the big day ahead with butterflies in your stomach. You’re then surrounded in greenery as you make your way, with the rest of the bridal party, to the stunningly ruined Dunglass Church to say “I do”.

After the ceremony, you enjoy a canapé and drinks reception with your nearest and dearest. Once you’ve mingled and everyone’s congratulated you both (and wiped away their tears of joy), you all retire to Dunglass House to indulge in a delicious 3-course dinner.

Once dinner is over, you can spend the evening with your loved ones and celebrate with a few glasses of champagne, some cake and of course some music. Our talented wedding planners can organise additional entertainment for you, such as a jazz duo so you can make the most of the house’s gorgeous Drawing Room.

There’s a dedicated team on hand to ensure everything goes smoothly throughout the day, so you don’t need to worry about a thing. You can relax in the knowledge that we’ve got it all sorted for you. We can organise additional things to do as well while you’ve got one of Scotland’s most beautiful country estates all to yourself.

This special package is available from October until March. Prices start at £4,500 and we have one date left for 2016 – Saturday 15th October. For a maximum of 22 guests, you and your guests can stay in all three of the properties on Dunglass Estate: Dunglass House, Laundry Cottage and Stable Cottage. For smaller parties of 10 guests, you can have full use of the beautiful Dunglass House.

If you’d like to know more about our beautiful intimate wedding package, or to book a consultation, please get in touch with us.

(Posted by Hickory)

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16
Jun

How to Choose Your Wedding Colour Scheme

Choosing your colour scheme is a major part of the planning for your big day. Once you have your wedding colours, all other decisions seem fairly straightforward!

The complexity or simplicity of the colours you choose is down to your personal taste as a couple. One great consideration is the season you’re having your wedding in. Sunflowers are always stunning in summer, as are daffodils and tulips in spring. Why not let mother-nature guide you with natural beautiful complimentary colours?

Another popular theme is to use your favourite colour. If you’ve been in love with baby pink or lemon yellow since you were little, this is a good place to begin. You can tastefully incorporate any colour into your wedding decorations by picking the right hue and marrying it with the right accents.

Try looking at colour inspiration or mood boards to give you some inspiration, like on our Pinterest. You can also use paint colour charts to help you match the beautiful hues and to get subtle shade variations.

Your colour theme can be seamlessly incorporated in to the bridesmaid dresses and wedding bouquets along with the groomsmen and table centrepieces. Use your colour theme on the invitations, your place cards, in the flower girl’s hair and on your wedding cake.

It’s best not to overdo it. There should be enough colour that your chosen palette is clear but no so much that it’s take the focus away from the celebration of both you sharing your love. If you find the idea of a colour theme overwhelming, go with a different theme, e.g. rustic. This way you don’t have to worry about colours co-coordinating, as long as everything goes with the theme you’ve chosen.

If you’d like to speak to our experienced, talented and creative wedding planning team, get in touch with us.

(Posted by Hickory)

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