28
Jul

5 Things to Consider When Choosing a Wedding Venue

It’s your big day, and you want everything to be perfect. You want your guests to be comfortable, happy and well fed, you want everything to look fabulous, and you want the proceedings to run like clockwork. One of the most important decisions you’ll make is where to hold your special event. We’re here with a helping hand, so take a look at our guide to choosing the perfect venue:

Originality

You want your wedding venue to stand out, and to be memorable for you and all your guests. Many couples want their venue to have a sense of history and character, which makes for a great talking point. This also gives your wedding a great sense of atmosphere, as well as unique and beautiful photographs. Our 15th century gothic church, with its ruined entrance, is the perfect example of a unique venue.

Location

We understand you’re most likely to choose a venue for its visual appeal, however, there are a few other factors to consider. Can your wedding and reception be held in the same place? Is transport convenient for you and your guests? Is there the opportunity for a Plan B if proceedings are affected by the weather? Is there accommodation nearby for guests who have travelled the distance?

Your wedding and reception can be held at Dunglass Estate, in our marquee during the warmer months or a close-knit celebration in the luxurious Dunglass House. We can accommodate 31 guests within a close proximity and help you to organise a bus either locally or into Edinburgh.

Practicality

Your wedding should be a romantic, magical day, but considering a few practical factors will make everything run smoothly. To do this, you need to consider what’s important to you – do you need enough space for a sit down meal for 150? Or is it intimate enough for a small party of 20? Is there a well-stocked bar serving drinks at reasonable prices? Dunglass Estate can accommodate both small celebrations of 22 guests, to larger parties of up to 250 for evening marquee receptions. Have a chat with our Wedding Planner to organise your dream wedding..

Catering

Whether you’re going for a traditional dinner or having a hot finger buffet, getting the best caterer is essential. This will allow you to create a personalised menu that reflects your tastes and prevents the rumbling of stomachs! For example, Hickory can create a bespoke menu, using the best seasonal and local produce around, suited perfectly to your taste and theme.

Value

Value can mean making your money stretch further, or paying that little bit extra for spectacular scenery or a particularly memorable location. Make sure you ask all of the right questions when discussing this with your wedding planner – getting the right answers will give you the chance to make decisions suited to you, your partner and your budget. We’ve a range of wedding offers to suit all tastes and budgets. Have a chat with our talented and experienced Wedding Planners about your big day.

Are you thinking of having a magical Dunglass Estate wedding? Discuss all these options with our Wedding Planner.

Posted by Hickory.

19
Jul

Drinks Receptions at Dunglass Estate

It’s your wedding day so it should be everything you’ve ever dreamt of. Why not make it extra special with some wonderful little surprises for your guests and the bridal party;

A Bride’s Reception

To make sure you capture every second of your fairy tale wedding, get all the bridal party together for some delectable pre-wedding snacks before the ceremony. 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 say “I Do” in the stunning 15th Century Church. It’s the perfect start to the perfect day, living out every girl’s wedding fantasy.

A Groom’s Reception

Have you thought about having a groom’s reception? The groom can welcome both your guests in a classy, stylish way with a delicious pre-wedding drink. This is a great way to start as you mean to go on and share the excitement of the bride’s grand entrance with your guests. We can provide each of your guests with a glass of wine or beer, prior to the ceremony either in the marquee or in the gorgeous grounds of Dunglass Estate.

Signature Cocktails

Whether you choose to have a Bride’s Reception, a Groom’s Reception or both, you could surprise everyone with some delicious signature drinks. If the bride’s favourite tipple is a mojito, why not have one while getting ready for the big day with the rest of the bridal party? If the groom is really into margaritas, serve them to your loved ones too. Your guests will love being pleasantly surprised by these little personal touches.

A DIY Bellini Bar

If your guests love being hands on, then they’ll love a pop up bar during your drinks reception, especially for making their own Bellini. Create your own sparkling beverage with a selection of handmade syrups to choose from (lovingly made by our talented Bar Managers) and fresh fruit garnishes. It sounds delicious, if you ask us.

If you’d like to know more about what we can bring to your big day at Dunglass Estate, please get in touch with us.

(Posted by Hickory)

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)

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