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)

9
Jun

Fabulous Drinks Receptions at Dunglass Estate

 

The drinks reception at your Dunglass Estate wedding is a great opportunity for you to chat and share the loving atmosphere with your nearest and dearest. There’s lots of wonderful ways to really make this an unforgettable occasion, and add some little personalised touches to your drinks reception.

Interactive decor

There’s nothing quite like having things for your guests to interact with. In this day and age of camera phones and social media, people love when they’ve lots of things to document, share and take photographs of! How about including a hanging personalised frame with your wedding date and hashtag on it? Or a perfectly pretty swing hanging from the massive tree outside the church, looking out to the beautiful North Sea.

Darling drinks tents

We’ve seen prosecco and tea tents in the past, which have been thoroughly enjoyed by all attending guests and wedding parties. It’s all about creating a talking point for your guests to enjoy and soak in, as well as putting a personal stamp on your big day. How about tents of your favourite drinks, a specific kind of alcohol (e.g. gin) or even a signature cocktail? The options are endless.

Inspiring indoors

Inside our gorgeous marquee, your drinks reception can be equally as magical as an outdoor drinks reception. We’ve a sweet haven for your guests to enjoy, in the form of our candy cart. Besides, who doesn’t like indulging in a sugary treat or two?

Magnificent music

The incredible 15th century church at Dunglass Estate is not only beautiful and atmospheric, it’s also kitted out with a top of the line PA system. This means you can play those songs that have a deep meaning and special connection to you both and help create the right atmosphere for you and your guests.

Hickory are here to make your dream wedding come to life. Get in touch with our talented wedding planners now to discuss your big day.

(Posted by Hickory)

9
Jun

Enchanting Extras for your Big Day

Dunglass Estate weddings are exquisite, unforgettable occasions. To really make it a day to remember, we’ve come up with some luxurious extras to really enhance your magical big day.

Have you thought about having a groom’s reception? The groom can calm his nerves before the ceremony by welcoming your guests in a classy, stylish manner with a delicious pre-wedding drink. This is a truly wonderful way to start as you mean to go on and share the excitement and those butterflies in your stomach with your guests. Everyone can also share in the anticipation of the bride’s grand entrance!

To make sure you capture every second of your fairy tale wedding, get all the girls together for some delectable pre-wedding snacks before the ceremony. While pampering and getting ready for living every little girls’ dream, you can enjoy delicious finger sandwiches, homemade croissants or incredibly tasty sweet treats.

If you want to stay in the wedding bubble a bit longer and soak up all the love in the air, extend your stay and book an extra night in the ultra-luxe Dunglass House, or chic and cosy Stable Cottage and Laundry Cottage. This a great opportunity to make the most of everyone being close and spending quality time together. Time spent with your nearest and dearest is valuable and precious. It in itself creates magnificent memories.

Are you interested in booking one of these splendid extras for your big day? Get in touch with our expert wedding planners now.

(Posted by Hickory)

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