Oran Mor Wedding Blog

Anna & Tim’s 180° Wedding

Monday, December 23rd, 2019

Anna & Tim’s story is very different from any we have documented before.

The couple got in contact in March 2018 looking for a venue for an intimate wedding reception for around 40 guests. The couple were already in discussion with The Kibble Palace in the Botanic Gardens across the road for their ceremony hoping for an outdoor wedding in May 2019.

Our Private Dining Room is perfect for an intimate wedding reception but unfortunately wasn’t suitable for the couple as the maximum numbers for this space are 32. We discussed the possibility of using our Brasserie restaurant which would be much better suited for their numbers and could actually cater up to 55 for a seated meal.

After a lot of email correspondence Anna & Tim set a date to come in to visit the venue from their home in Yorkshire.  On meeting I took the couple firstly to the Private Dining Room to show them the space we would normally use, then finally to our Brasserie restaurant which were the options suitable for the couple’s numbers. Before the couple headed off Tim asked if it would be possible if he could show Anna our Auditorium, he went on to explain that he was an art student at the Glasgow School of Art and really loved the room painted by Glasgow artist Alasdair Gray.

After seeing our Auditorium Anna’s wedding vision completely changed, and for the first time I had a couple come into the venue with specific requirements which completely changed on their exit. Anna & Tim were now keen to go for a much larger wedding reception with 80 guests to get use of the stained glass windows and stunning artwork in our Auditorium.

The couple booked their wedding ceremony for 2.00pm in the grounds of the Botanic Gardens on Thursday 30th May 2019 followed by a seated dinner and reception in our Auditorium.

Most of the planning was done via email correspondence as the couple were planning from down south and weren’t returning to Glasgow until the week of the wedding. Anna was keen for recommendations for her suppliers and quickly booked Cosmos Floral Design who was confirmed to dress the tables for dinner with foliage and tea lights.

On the week of the wedding Anna called to discuss options for moving the ceremony indoors after news of a horribly wet and windy forecast for the couple’s big day.

All options were discussed and the plan was made to wait until the day before the wedding to confirm a final decision. On Wednesday the 29th of May the weather unfortunately wasn’t turning, therefore Anna & Tim made the decision to move their ceremony indoors in our Auditorium.

At 1.00pm groom Tim arrived to our Auditorium in a crisp blue Ted Baker suit to meet the couple’s celebrant ahead of the ceremony. As the couple were due to marry at the Botanic Gardens we hadn’t discussed a lot of their plans for the ceremony. So at this point Tim informed me that Anna was meeting her groom at the top of the Bell Tower stairs to walk down the aisle together. I thought this was a beautiful idea and it was certainly a first in the Auditorium. Anna arrived from the Hilton after a morning of pampering from Pin up Hair and Cat Robertson Mua, before heading across the road well equipped with umbrellas in the hope of keeping her stunning Luna Bride dress dry.

Anna & Tim were pronounced husband and wife and exited the aisle to a stunningly planned confetti walk with help from their friends, which made for a fantastic picture captured by the couple’s photographer Feelin’ Groovy Photography. The couple then joined their guests in our raised bar for a drinks reception to the beautiful sounds of Ginny and the Tonic, while our team set for dinner.

After her first visit to the venue Anna had envisioned her wedding breakfast to be set with all guests on long trestle tables in the centre of the room. Guest’s names were displayed on a table plan from Papier and spaced out over 3 long trestle tables. Anna & Tim were stationed in the centre of the first table making it the perfect position for speeches, followed by a 3 course wedding breakfast and more fizz.

The couple took to the dancefloor later in the evening for their first dance and cake cutting. The couple’s cake was made and decorated beautifully by Anna’s friend Jackie and again from our recommendation, the couple booked our in house DJ Mark Robb who entertained and kept guests on the dancefloor until the early hours of Friday morning.

Although Anna’s dream was to get married outside surrounded by nature and plenty of greenery, the couple could not have been happier with how their day panned out. It was more important to them that their guests were comfortable and warm. The couples’ wedding plans changed a number of times from their initial enquiry through to the big day, but they dealt with everything superbly! It was very clear on the day that both Tim & Anna only cared about getting married to each other and in the presence of their loved ones.

Before I finish this blog I need to mention also that Tim is in fact a fellow blogger and has his own cycling blog. I know exactly what it’s like blogging about something you’re passionate about so please head over to Tim’s blog to check it out – The Broken Line.

Thanks again for letting me share your story and enjoy your first Christmas as Mr & Mrs!


By Pauline Muir

Pauline is the in-house Wedding Coordinator for Òran Mór.

0141 357 6214