In December 2017 a very excited couple named Pamela and Graeme visited the venue after returning home from travelling. Graeme had popped the question to long term girlfriend Pamela on their travels and the couple couldn’t wait to start wedding planning.
The couple’s plans were to marry within the year and they were interested in tying the knot the week between Christmas and New Year 2018 with a ceremony in Glasgow University Chapel, followed by a wedding reception in our Auditorium at Òran Mór. The date was booked for Sunday 30th of December 2018 which suited them perfectly, as they were able to take full advantage of the in house Christmas decorations.
After the date was set, planning was well and truly underway with both Pamela and Graeme very involved in all aspects of their wedding day – they even brought along both sets of parents to our April wedding fayre to help with decision making. The first decision that they were possibly having a problem agreeing on was what colour of table linen to go for. Our partner décor company Make Believe Events who attend all of our wedding fayres were able to offer the couple a whole load of different options which really threw a spanner in the works. But after a vote from family members on the day of the fayre, they decided to go for white linen instead of the black and gold alternative – but the fairy lights and hanging lanterns were an absolute must!
From the get go Pamela and Graeme decided that they would have a travel theme at the wedding, as this was something they both loved and they had of course got engaged on their travels. Pamela was picked up at her family home on the morning of the wedding in a large red London double decker bus supplied by The Red Bus Edinburgh which took the wedding party to the Glasgow University Chapel. The bus was then parked up and stationed in the grounds of Glasgow University for guests to enjoy a seat and a glass of fizz after the ceremony, before being taken to Òran Mór. Top Table Photography took full advantage of the bus and the couple got some great shots with all of their guests, accompanied by some colourful smoke grenades which were purchased online with Sfx Supplies
Guests were welcome into the Auditorium with another glass of fizz and entertainment from magician Billy Reid. The Auditorium was dressed beautifully with our in house Christmas decorations and with further travel themed stationary. Each table was set with a gold candelabra provided by Make Believe Events which was accompanied by a selfie of Pamela and Graeme in a different location. Guests had their very own travel case with their name written on the luggage label which was very cute, along with an alcoholic favour. The couple had purchased four large suitcases which were used as a platform for their wedding cake. A top tier with Pamela & Graeme, made by Top Tier Cakes was displayed on top of a tower of individual travel themed cupcakes. The room was finished off with large P & G letters from Big Bright Letters which sat in in the corner of the room and set the dancefloor off perfectly.
Bride Pamela regularly visited the venue on the lead up to the wedding day and really did think of everything. With her finer details including the smoke grenades, individual confetti boxes with a note as of when to throw it and not to forget sparklers.
Pamela and Graeme dropped off 100 sparklers and around 50 lighters and explained the plan for their sparkler shot. A lot of my job is to plan and problem solve, so I explained that on the day we would need to play it by ear to get this shot just right. Byres Road is an extremely busy street at the best of times, and weather dependant, logistically getting all of their guests out to our main entrance of the building – I just couldn’t guarantee to the couple that this would work on the day.
After checking the weather, and with a 15 minute window at 4.00pm just as it was starting to get dark and with the help of videographers Olive and Thistle, the guys at Top Table Photography and the couples bridesmaids and usher, we literally ushered all guests round to Byres Road for this fabulous shot. I must admit this was a stressful 10 minutes, but completely worth it!
As to be expected confetti cannons had also been ordered by bride Pamela to ensure that the couple got the best first dance shot.
The couple continued the party atmosphere on to the early hours of the morning coordinated by Three Card Trick.
After some time off over New Year I returned to work on the 2nd of January to the loveliest email from Pamela and Graeme.
The rest of the evening on Sunday went amazingly. Lots of drinks and laughter and non-stop dancing. My feet were in agony the next day!
Thank you so much for working with us beforehand and co-ordinating on the day, what turned out to truly be the best day of our entire lives. We are over the moon that it was you who was in charge. You were incredible from start to finish, making everything so easy for us and making sure it all turned out exactly as we’d envisioned.
You are wonderful at your job and you can tell you really love what you do. Everyone hasn’t stopped talking about how incredible everything was, from how smoothly things ran, to the food, to the service, to how beautifully Oran Mor was set up and all the little details.
We honestly couldn’t have wished for anything more – it was perfect. Everything just went so well and we are still on cloud nine and feeling so lucky! We can’t stop smiling and will talk about it to anyone who will listen, ha!
Please pass on our thanks to the banqueting manager and all the staff – they were 5 star fabulous.
Thanks again Pamela and Graeme for choosing to have your wonderfully planned wedding reception with us at Òran Mór. I know Pamela followed my wedding blogs regularly and was excited that I was going to write this blog, so I hope you enjoy!
Pamela & Graeme
Sunday 30th December 2018