Paisley Abbey supports a great Wedding Event
Paisley Abbey hosted a wonderfully happy wedding show in April 2016 that featured a wedding dress competition and fashion show. Music, cake decorating and afternoon tea were just some of the exciting things to see.
The magnificent historic Paisley Abbey in Scotland played host to a Wedding Event like no other and it was free to attend!
Although this wedding event at Paisley Abbey (a venue quite used to spectacular weddings) will had an air of a wedding fair about it, Simeon Rosset of Rosset Bespoke Butlers, a wedding and event planner, turned his hand to shaking up the norm. In collaboration with Michael of Zest-Creative, they devised a new formula for a fun day out for everyone, not just the wedding party! Those that attended would have seen not only a bridal fashion show, but a belly dancer performed live too.
Simeon Rosset has years of experience as a private butler and knows exactly how to put guests first at social events and family gatherings. He understands how to take the strain of a wedding day away from the happy couple, enabling them to make the most of their special day, enjoying every moment without the hassle. That was exactly what we experienced at the April 16th Wedding Event at Paisley Abbey – plenty of entertainment and engaging chatter, within the regal beauty of the Abbey, which was all quite extraordinary.
5 experiences the Paisley Abbey Wedding Event gave to visitors.
1.Paisley Abbey is the heart of the town.
Historic Paisley Abbey has made a significant contribution to the culture, trade, industry and the growth of Paisley and makes for the perfect wedding event.
The origins of Paisley Abbey date back to the 6th century when 13 monks travelled from Much Wenlock in Shropshire to set up a priory on the remains of the Celtic church of St. Mirin. It was in 1245 that the priory became an Abbey and with royal patronage it became a wealthy and influential seat throughout the region and beyond, establishing trading relationships throughout Europe, as well as positioning itself as a centre of learning. It is said that William Wallace, who was a major player in the Wars of Independence in the 13th century, was educated at Paisley Abbey (think of the film Braveheart with Mel Gibson).
Thereafter Paisley Abbey became the ‘Cradle’ of the Royal House of Stuart as the daughter of the Scottish king Robert the Bruce died there after a riding accident, giving birth to a son who survived her before she died. He later went on to become King Robert II of Scotland and Queen Elizabeth II is a descendant of his.
The architecture of Paisley Abbey has faced several challenges over the centuries including fire, collapsed towers and the fallout from the Scottish Reformation of 1560 when the monastery was disbanded and handed over to a private family. Restoration works are still ongoing and there are many events held at the Abbey to raise funds for its upkeep, maintenance and renewal.
So whilst attending the wedding event on the 16th April it was easy to take time to stand and absorb the history of a remarkable building.
2. Make The Most Of inspiring British Businesses working together.
As the Paisley Abbey Wedding Event on the 16th April 2016 was a collaboration of many, there was also a designated luxury corner featuring a collective of British businesses who came together to showcase their wedding event reception table ideas, wedding gifts and wedding favour inspirations.
The focus was a decorated, laid up wedding reception table styled around an afternoon tea ‘sweet course’. There was also a picnic feature for those who prefered a ‘glamping’ picnic themed wedding reception. The inspiration behind this table came from British businesses working in unison to showcase how their products work together as part of a wedding event celebration and selection of wedding gift ideas.
Here are some snippets of what was on show at the Paisley Wedding Event on the 16th April 2016.
Slateware – luxury Welsh slate tableware
Welsh slate tableware made from 500 million year old Welsh slate will feature as part of an overall ‘Afternoon Tea’ theme for the wedding reception table. Two tier square slate cake stands will present the ‘sweet range’ of the wedding banquet and would be an excellent way to impress your guests.
Slateware are launching a new rustic product range for the home and it made its first appearance at the Paisley Abbey Wedding Event. By collaborating with local Welsh potters, they are able to offer a wonderful range of durable tableware for entertaining, that make perfect wedding gift ideas too. Slateware is made from a premium Welsh slate which is known for its quality worldwide and as each piece of Welsh slate is unique, a gift of Slateware is something to be treasured and handed down as an heirloom for future generations.
Ducky Dora Ceramics – shabby chic style with a vintage twist
These hand painted pastel coloured ceramics formed an integral part of the ‘Afternoon Tea’ themed display and complemented the darker blues of the Welsh slate to perfection. The tableware is practical, durable and easy to use. The mugs, plates and napkins are all designed by Ducky Dora to mix and match and make fabulous gift ideas for the bride and groom as everyday tableware.
Ducky Dora Designs are the main feature in the picnic scene and have a vintage feel, with bunting and tablecloth throws. Ducky Dora Designs are a fabulous way to brighten up a home and will bring an airy feel to entertaining, wherever it takes place.
Julia Brendel Linen – Dress the table with a beautiful folk art inspired design
The featured antique gold linen tablecloth designed by Julia Brendel was the perfect choice for setting off the rest of the table, adding a country chic style to the rustic theme.
Paisley Florist Flowers By Claire – Bespoke Wedding Flower Centrepieces
No wedding reception table is complete without the flower display centrepiece and Paisley florist, Flowers By Claire offers a personal wedding day flower service, working with brides to create exactly what they want. Working to a brief after consultation, Claire will deliver and arrange all of the bridal flowers, including the hand tied bouquets for bridesmaids, thank you flowers for Mothers and groom buttonholes too.
Make The Most Of Anvil Pottery Teapots
Celtic inspired stoneware pottery from Anvil Pottery is perfect for complementing Welsh Slateware and Ducky Dora pastel shaded tableware. It is robust, hard wearing and dishwasher safe. The Welsh Stoneware Teapots are excellent pourers and come highly recommended as an all-rounder for use within the home and hospitality trade. Wedding reception tables should always cater for tea drinkers and by adding a teapot you will be sure to make your guests feel special too.
Enjoy a cup of natural herbal tea with Wise Owl Tea
Not everyone likes to miss out on a light beverage after a wedding banquet and these blended organic herbal teas in silky tea temples offer a selection of tastes and healthy benefits from around the world. As an extra thoughtful touch for your wedding guests, add a small selection of well packaged Wise Owl Teas to the table and inspire your guests to look further. Each small wedding favour size Wise Owl Tea Caddie holds five tea bags and are decorated with ancient maps of the world – you never know there could be a map tea caddie with your honeymoon destination on it! Maybe Japan, Corsica or Jamaica! With teapots on the table it is easy for your guests to enjoy a herbal after dinner tea remedy.
Perfume wedding favours from indie perfume maker Chris Bartlett of Pell Wall Perfumes.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful to offer your wedding guests a different, thoughtful and meaningful wedding favour? Take a look at these Perfume Wedding Favours by Pell Wall Perfumes. The sophisticated choice of Art Deco inspired miniature perfume bottles are perfect for complementing a romantic vintage wedding theme and you can also choose your perfume fragrance to suit your taste. Or consider commissioning your own special wedding day perfume to eclipse the romance of your special day.
Peppermint Lip Balm Wedding Favours from Seascape Island Apothecary
Another interesting, thoughtful and useful wedding favour idea are these luxury Peppermint Oil Lip Balms from Seascape Island Apothecary, an award winning British bath and bodycare brand. After dinner lip care with the ‘peppermint tingle’ is an ideal way to keep your guests awake during speeches!
There is also plenty of choice in the Seascape body care range for a pre-wedding moisturising regime. The award winning Soothe Body Butter is the perfect choice for ensuring the bride has silky smooth skin on her wedding day. Light and long lasting it is a skincare moisturiser that will last the whole day through. Then there is the Seascape Travel Trio, suitable for a bride’s pamper honeymoon gift.
Handmade and bespoke and personalised Wedding Memory Quilts by Lisa Watson
The perfect wedding gift for the bride and groom has to be a bespoke or personalised Wedding Memory Quilt. Lisa Watson makes quilts, cushions and more, all stitched to last, making them ideal heirloom pieces too. A wedding dress quilt is only one bespoke wedding gift idea and other quilt commissions can include a summer weight quilted throw that is personalised with the bride and groom initials – a great gift from the bridesmaids to the bride.
But for those of you who prefer a more relaxed wedding day, with picnic baskets, tents and a glamping theme, then these colourful, easy to use quilted throws and cushions are ideal for picnic blankets, cover-ups during the cooler evening celebrations and as a bohemian accessory to a romantic day.
3. The Paisley Abbey Wedding Dress Competition 2016
To celebrate the culture and textile industry of Paisley, a Paisley Wedding Dress competition took place. The competition was sponsored by Morplan, with candidates being drawn from the local Paisley higher education institutions. After nearly 4000 votes the Paisley Abbey Wedding Dress Design 2016 went to a delighted Leah Carberry (who is now happy to take orders on her ‘Abbey Wedding Dress’ email address email@example.com).
There were also a wedding dress fashion show too!
4. The Wedding Dresser Expert will share their tips on how to dress the part.
The bride and groom are not the only people at a wedding that need help in looking and feeling their best. The live show at the Paisley Abbey included a live demonstration by a Wedding Dresser who disclosed their many expert tips and trade secrets on how to look your best at a wedding event or other special occasion.
5. Live Wedding Music, Afternoon Tea and the Great Wedding Cake display, all part of the Paisley Abbey Wedding Event
The acoustics were fabulous in Paisley Abbey and it was easy to enjoy the very best of wedding music whilst enjoying Afternoon Tea on the go. There were relaxing moments over a cup of tea absorbing the music that filled the nave of Paisley Abbey.
With the fast café culture it was easy to watch skilled artisan pastry chefs decorating their wedding cake centrepieces on the stage, all part of the novel and excitingly different wedding event.
Let’s raise our glasses and toast Paisley Abbey – this wedding show was a great way to raise awareness for Paisley’s bid to be the 2021 City Of Culture.
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