relaxed wedding ideas
in aberdeen

We have an absolutely GORGEOUS real wedding for you today, sent in to us by Scott Arlow Photography. Sara and Andrew planned a relaxed wedding that prioritised 3 things: people, food and music. What more could you want? Keep reading for an incredible Aberdeen wedding venue, DIY inspiration & a whole lot of cacti!

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'no fuss'
wedding ethos

Here’s what Sara and Andrew told us about their relaxed wedding day: 

“‘No fuss’ was the theme of the day! We got married on a surprisingly warm day in February in the Duthie Park Winter Gardens in Aberdeen with around 60 guests – 5 months and a day after our engagement. We were surrounded by laughter and love during the ceremony with all our close family and friends there to celebrate with us from all corners of Scotland and beyond. During the ceremony, we had two readings, one beautifully written by our friend and a reading of John Cooper Clarke’s ‘I Wanna Be Yours’ by Andrew’s brother. 

Afterwards, we had our reception at Six Degrees North with good beer, good food and good music being the recipe for a superb evening! We hand-picked the songs for our own Spotify playlist with requests from guests and had our tables named after bands we have seen live together. Food was another main part of the day and delicious food was provided by Smoke And Soul. Into the evening, nachos were a hit with everyone, as were the 90s dance routines! Obviously, the wedding ended with Runrig’s Loch Lomond! Is it even a Scottish wedding without it?”

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relaxed wedding

We love a bit of DIY here at UW! Sara & Andrew used their creativity to create some brilliant, personalised wedding moments:

“We decided to do as much of our wedding ourselves as we could in order for the whole experience to be as personal as possible. Andrew made fudge for the wedding favours and Sara made buttonholes for both Mums and her Papa to wear. 

Sara’s craft ability was put to full use, with the seating plan, table signs, buttonholes, and save-the-dates all being of her design. Both of us made them together once Sara had decided on a design. 

In essence, if we felt up to doing it ourselves, we endeavoured to do so.”

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In keeping with ‘relaxed wedding’ theme, Sara bought her wedding dress online from ASOS after visiting a bridal boutique and finding everything ‘too bridal.’ Multiple dresses were tried on and sent back before finding ‘the one’. She paired her dress with a customised denim jacket to show off her new last name! 

Andrew was dressed in his own kilt outfit which is primarily made up of items inherited and passed to him from his Dad and family. 

The bridesmaids all wore forest green, each handpicked to match everybody’s individual tastes. To accent their flowers, and the buttonholes worn by the Groom’s party, they had a length of tartan the same pattern as Andrew’s kilt cut into ribbons which were attached to both sets of flowers, helping tie the whole wedding party together visually.

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Photographer: Scott Arlow Photography 

Wedding Venue: Duthie Park Winter Gardens in Aberdeen

Hair: Hair By Nicola Aitken

Reception Venue: Six° North 

Catering: Smoke And Soul

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