On Sunday 7th of October we hosted the second Òran Mór Wedding Fayre of 2018. Since starting at Òran Mór I have met and worked with so many amazing suppliers, making it extremely difficult to pick who to invite to the event. It is important to me that the suppliers who exhibit at our wedding fayre are the best in the business, as these are the companies that my current and future wedding clients could potentially book for their weddings. After two very successful fayres last year, we have received a high increase in enquiries from wedding suppliers looking to attend our event, and this year I have regrettably found myself having to turn away some amazing Scottish suppliers. Our Auditorium can hold approximately 25 exhibiting spaces and I really try my best to offer as varied a selection of suppliers as possible, including florists, musicians, photographers, stationers, confectionery, hair and beauty.
The wedding fayre is a fantastic day for our current wedding clients to introduce their friends and family to their wedding venue. I am always available all day on the day of the fayre to catch up with my bride and grooms, allowing them to ask any questions they might have since our last meeting. However, our event is completely free and is open to members of the public, allowing newly engaged couples to come along and have a sneak peek at our venue.
Throughout the day we had live entertainment from wedding band Amplifive who are regular faces in our venue. Ceilidh band Kilter also performed on our stage and provide a variation of ceilidh and modern music. John Rankin, Glasgow Piano Man joined us with his portable baby grand piano. Declan Hegarty – who regularly performs in our main bar – also attended and serenaded on the harp and guitar. The girls from Doric Duo also performed throughout the day showcasing their talents for couples looking for strings at their wedding.
Our first 100 couples through the door received a glass of fizz and a goody bag. This year Georgina Steward kindly donated lovely handmade bands for our brides. Gillian from Eventful Delights provided bespoke sweetie bags and Emma from Give Good Face gave us some artificial tattoo stickers with the date of our wedding fayre made on to them. Thank you ladies for all of your help in filling our goody bags – all of your support is really appreciated.
Our neighbours on Great Western Road Designer Cakes by Paige kindly made us some bespoke Òran Mór cupcakes that went down an absolute treat with our brides and grooms! Lesley and Cara, were so kind to keep me a cupcake in my own individual box for the end of the event. This was such a lovely surprise after a long day of standing on my feet – thanks girls.
Photographer Mark Wild, who is one of my favourite people in the world to work with was our dedicated photographer for the day. Mark is always great at keeping the suppliers enthusiasm up on the day of the wedding fayre and always sends me a gallery of fantastic pictures from the event. Mark ensures to capture exceptional pictures of our exhibitors, our customers and even some of me in action! Thanks again Mark for agreeing to shoot the event, and for always keeping a smile on your face.
My final thanks is for Hayley at Angelkin Cards, a fellow Vow Award Nominee, who got in contact a couple of months before the fayre looking to exhibit. I hadn’t ever worked with a stationer closely before, but noticed that Hayley – who hand draws bespoke invitations, thank you cards and other stationary products for brides and grooms – incorporates images of the wedding venue. After confirming an exhibiting space for Angelkin cards, Hayley kindly agreed to draw a card for myself standing at the front of Òran Mór. I was completely blown away with the final product as were my friends and family. Thank you so much Hayley for taking the time to do this, and I look forward to seeing you on the 19th of November at the Vow awards!