Venue Choice & Damage Control
We chose to get married at Crear because it was the most remote location that Charlotte thought she could get away with, without the family renouncing her. It was the only point of contention in the whole wedding planning process. At least it wasn't Everest we kept saying... Many people worried that Crear would be too remote. This issue was easily solved by creating a wedding weekend. It had to be worth the guest’s while to travel to the ends of the earth (we had guests travelling from Glasgow, Norway, California and beyond). We also made a huge effort to facilitate accommodation. The immediate family stayed at Crear and the cottage associated with Crear, and many more were placed in local cabins. Most guests were enthusiastic about their enforced short break. Friday night we had dinner with family and Sunday we had a BBQ for all guests remaining in the area, both catered by Crear. On the day, everyone understood our choice. Just look at the photos - the venue speaks for itself.
A Destination Wedding
Organising a wedding in Scotland while living in New Zealand was a daunting task. Surprisingly, it mostly went without a hitch. Thank goodness for email and skype, or else the time difference would have been prohibitive. It became exciting to trawl the internet for options. We developed a rule when contacting vendors – if they took more than 36 hours to reply we wouldn’t use them. Organising an event from across the world requires good communication, and, realistically that's going to be mostly email. It is, however, important to meet with everyone involved to have a face-to-face discussion of the details. We did this in the week and days before the wedding. This definitely helped iron out a few misunderstandings that email contact inevitably causes.
Now, 5 months later, we realize that the most important choice on our wedding day was our photographer. We could had gotten married anywhere, in dungarees with fish & chips for tea, and truly, surrounded by our family and friends, we would have been happy. Looking back on the photos still makes us goofy and smiley because the photos capture the true ambiance of the day down to sneaky details of parents kissing, guests teetering after 'one too many’, and kilts whirling upwards. Neither of us can quite believe that we got away with the whole thing – over 90 family and friends from across the world, multi-cultural opinions, last minute ceremony decisions, the list goes on. But it was real, and we have the photos to prove it, and just about every guest has been captured by a snapshot.
Thank you Nick. Because of you friends and family who didn't make it can truly relive the wedding and, one day, so will our children and grandchildren.
"Thank you Nick. Because of you friends and family who didn't make it can truly relive the wedding and, one day, so will our children and grandchildren"