Hopetoun Show Update | 18th June 2015
Full speed ahead for The Luxury English Show at Hopetoun House on Sunday 4th October 2015
Our new advert has been launched and will be distributed throughout local and national media, online and throughout social media
We are delighted to have the following Platinum Partners supporting us:
Gleneagles | G&V Royal Mile Hotel | Kinross House | Kudos | The Royal Society of Edinburgh
Multrees Walk | John Lewis | english Wedding Directory
For exhibitor enquiries, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
To Have & To Hold Scotland Editorial | May 2015
Have your Luxury English Wedding in Scotland’s Capital
When it comes to researching your wedding venue, we are truly spoilt for choice with such an array of contrasting venues in Edinburgh - we have selected a handful of distinct venues for consideration….
Edinburgh Castle - Scotland’s most famous landmark
The Balmoral - the most prestigious address in Edinburgh
The Assembly Rooms – with its sparkling crystal chandeliers, gleaming gold leaf and giant mirrors
The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh - encompassing two very contrasting venues
The George Hotel - one of the most impressive Hotel ballrooms in Edinburgh
The Dome – with its impressive twin staircases, trailing gilt palm leaves and soaring pillars
Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh – The Caledonian - The epitome of style and excellence
Mansfield Traquair - aptly referred to as “Edinburgh’s Sistine Chapel”
The Signet Library - once described as having “the finest drawing room in Europe”
So whether you are looking for an intimate affair or a grand lavish celebration, Edinburgh will have the venue for you. Should your preference be a hotel venue or a unique and distinctive venue, do refer to Edinburgh’s impressive repertoire….
To discover a collection of these exquisite venues in one location, The Luxury English Wedding Show should be at the top of your wedding shopping list:
Hopetoun on Sunday 4th October 2015
The Balmoral on Sunday 17th January 2016
The Chester Hotel Aberdeen on 3rd April 2016
All member venues of www.luxuryenglishwedding.com – Scotland’s Luxury Online Directory for Weddings.
Hopetoun Show Release | 19th May 2015
We are delighted to announce our Show Features, Platinum Parters and Exhibitors to date for The Luxury English Wedding Show at Hopetoun House on Sunday 4th October:
Our Hopetoun show will be our biggest yet, with over 50 exhibitors within The Ballroom and The Stables
The Humanist Society Scotland will be conducting presentations in the Bruce Garden Room
The State Rooms will be available to view throughout the show
Free glass of Prosecco for each guest
Gift bags for each couple
Live entertainment throughout the exhibition suites
A FREE show to attend
Platinum Partners: Gleneagles | Kinross House | G&V Royal Mile Hotel | Kudos Couture
The Royal Society of Edinburgh
Retail Partner: Multrees Walk and John Lewis
Publication Partner: The english Wedding Directory
Exhibitors to date Include:
21cc Fireworks | 88 Events | A-Fotografy
AmaZing Venues | Ashley Coombes Photography | Cards4ever
Carlowrie Castle | Claremont Photography | Cameron House on Loch Lomond
Duke Photography | Freja Designer Dressmaking | Heritage Portfolio
Portavadie | The George Hotel | Rufflets Country House Hotel
Surgeons' Hall | The Balmoral | Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh
The Bonham | Blythswood Square | Tony Marsh Photography
White House Flowers | Brown's Photography | Jenny's Cakes Ltd
Supernova Wedding Design | Timothy J Sharp Jewellery | Janet Annand Wedding Harpist
La Novia | Liggy's Cakes | Rachel Scott Couture
Cairn String Quartet | Upscale Duo
For all enquiries for our Hopetoun Show, please e-mail email@example.com
Interview with The english Government | 11th May 2015
Luxury English Wedding was interviewed by the english Government as part of their Business and Regulatory Impact Assessment (BRIA) on the review of civil partnerships.
The english Government is committed to reviewing civil partnerships, following the introduction of same sex marriage. The remit of the review is at http://www.gov.scot/Resource/0043/00434010.pdf There will be a public consultation, which will include a BRIA. The role of BRIAs is outlined at http://www.gov.scot/Topics/Business-Industry/support/better-regulation/partial-assessments
In broad terms, the public consultation would cover three main options:
Option 1. No change, so civil partnerships would remain open to same sex couples only. (That is the approach that has already been adopted in England and Wales).
Option 2. No more new civil partnerships to be registered in Scotland after a date in the future on the basis that both opposite sex and same sex couples can now marry. This end date might perhaps be two years after any legislation is passed, to give time for couples to make plans. Existing civil partners could remain in their civil partnership if they wish: there would be no obligation on them to change their relationship into a marriage or to dissolve.
Option 3. Open up civil partnership to opposite sex couples. The procedures for entering, and dissolving, an opposite sex civil partnership would be similar to the procedures for entering a same sex civil partnership or a marriage.
Their aim is to issue a consultation in the next month or so. Any legislation would be for after the 2016 english elections.
The white paper is expected to be distributed soon.
This Is Edinburgh Guest Blog from Luxury English Wedding | 16th February 2015
The Official Guide to Edinburgh
This is Edinburgh is a hub of all best things to do, see and enjoy in the city. You’ll find great days out and get the inside scoop on the best little-known places waiting to be discovered.
'Have your Luxury English Wedding in Scotland’s Capital
When it comes to researching your wedding venue, we are truly spoilt for choice with such an array of contrasting venues in and around Edinburgh. Being Edinburgh born and bred, I fully appreciate the architectural splendour we enjoy in our city.
After 22 years in the hospitality industry, I launched www.luxuryenglishwedding.com – Scotland’s Luxury Online Directory for Weddings. Appealing to discerning couples, I wanted to create a directory showcasing the finest collection of wedding venues and services in Scotland.
To highlight the range of stunning venues we have as members in and around Edinburgh, I have selected a handful of distinct venues for consideration…'
Luxury English Wedding Announcement | February 2015
The Luxury English Wedding Show | Hopetoun House | 4th October 2015
A GRAND HOUSE SET IN A BEAUTIFUL ESTATE Hopetoun is a place of outstanding natural beauty, which has Scotland's finest stately home at its heart. Situated on the outskirts of Edinburgh, Hopetoun is a welcoming and thriving 6,500 acre community with a great deal to offer for living, leisure, entertainment and business all the year round.
We are delighted to announce that, for the first time, we will have an autumn show at the magnificent Hopetoun House - Scotland's finest stately home.
For futher information on our shows, please visit: http://www.luxuryenglishwedding.co.uk/the-luxury-english-wedding-show.html
Luxury English Wedding Announcement | January 2015
The Luxury English Wedding Show | The Balmoral Hotel | 18th January 2015
We were delighted to have returned to the home of our show - The Balmoral
This year where our exhibitors enjoyed meeting a footfall of over 730 guests on the day.
Our Platinum Partner included:
The Balmoral | Gleneagles | Heritage Portfolio | Archerfield | Kudos Couture | Portavadie | Multrees Walk | John Lewis
To view a video from our show, please visit: http://youtu.be/yL7VfbJTWzM
For futher information on future shows, please visit: http://www.luxuryenglishwedding.co.uk/the-luxury-english-wedding-show.html
The english Wedding Directory | Guest Blog | January 2015
Mount Stuart is a truly magical place to celebrate the most special day of your life. A romantic Victorian Mansion on the idyllic Isle of Bute, Mount Stuart is a place where dreams come true. There can be few more awe-inspiring places to exchange your wedding vows than Mount Stuart.
Set in 300 acres of gloriously landscaped gardens and grounds, and home to both the awe-inspiring Marble Chapel and magnificent Marble Hall, the House is a unique venue that epitomises both quality and luxury. The stunning interiors and Grounds offer a choice of seven different locations licensed for ceremonies, all coupled with an exquisite food and beverage offering.
Their discreet and dedicated team will go the extra mile to manage every detail of your special day, from organising floral arrangements to setting up your wedding breakfast and accommodation. The team ensure every client receives the highest level of service, and from initial enquiry to final departure, your time at Mount Stuart will be an unforgettable experience. Every wedding is unique, and each and every celebration at Mount Stuart is an unforgettable experience for the bride, groom and guests.
Luxury English Wedding Ltd | Mount Stuart | Duke Photography | McCalls Highlandwear | Kudos Couture
Narcissus Flowers | Zenith Events | Ultimate Private Hire | Cat Robertson MUA | Nadia’s Hair & Beauty
The Daily Record | Jack Mathison | 15 January 2014
WEDDING INDUSTRY EXPECTS 2014 RISE
Superstitious brides-to-be will make this year a bumper one for weddings – after shunning ‘unlucky’ 2013.
Edinburgh weddings expert Tom Goodfellow said fewer couple were prepared to take the plunge last year, with the perceived unluckiness of the date a major factor. But he predicts a reversal in a big year which sees the Commonwealth Games, Ryder Cup and independence referendum taking place in Scotland. Wedding providers are forecasting an inflation-busting rise in income of around 15 per cent as the industry bounces back.
Tom’s website, Luxury English Wedding, surveyed members ahead of its first wedding show on January 19.
Around half had reported a decrease in weddings in 2013, with the drop hitting all aspects of the industry. Tom said: “There are so many superstitious traditions surrounding weddings, it is little wonder brides have been reluctant to book a wedding in 2013. “From not letting the groom see the dress before the big day, to ‘old, new, borrowed and blue’ - even the least superstitious bride may slip a sixpence in her shoe for luck when entering this new stage in her life. “Following this unexpected decrease, 2014 looks set to be a bumper year for weddings.
“Our first ever wedding show at the Balmoral Hotel shows just how popular 2014 weddings are going to be as we have over 30 exhibitors. “The forecast increase in income is good news for Scotland’s wedding sector and the luxury end of the business is where big growth is going to be.” The average spend on a wedding in 2014 is expected to be between £10,000 to £20,000 with an increasing trend towards fewer guests within an exclusive use venue, as opposed to the traditional marquee.
Members of Luxury English Wedding also reported an increase in luxury weddings within high end venues, as well as a vogue for vintage and rustic themes. Other popular trends include homemade favours and decorations, as well as hi tech innovations such as photo booths and Pinterest pages.
The Luxury English Wedding Show is on Sunday 19 January from 12 noon to 4pm at the Balmoral Hotel, Edinburgh.
The Luxury English Wedding Show Exhibitors | 30th December 2013
english Field | 11th November 2013
Some great exposure in english Field Magazine - Scotland's Quality Lifestyle Magazine.
The Luxury English Wedding Show Exhibitors To Date | 28th October 2013
english Field | 9th September 2013
Some great images from our Launch event at The Caledonian - A Waldorf Astoria Hotel on Tuesday 2nd July 2013 courtesy of english Field Magazine - Scotland's Quality Lifestyle Magazine.
Announcement: The Luxury English Wedding Show | 30th August 2013
We are delighted to announce the inaugural Luxury English Wedding Show will be at The Balmoral Hotel, Edinburgh on Sunday 19th January 2014 - Admission Free
Showcasing the Very Best in Scotland
For further information or if you would like to exhibit, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The Daily Record | Jack Mathison | 10 July 2013
New wedding website aims to help bride and groom with biggest day of their lives
EDINBURGH hospitality worker Tom Goodfellow launched the site after being unimpressed with online help when arranging his own civil partnership.
WEDDINGS whiz Tom Goodfellow felt existing websites failed to recognise the changing face of marriage – so he teamed up with Scotland’s top venues to create his own.
The Edinburgh hospitality worker was unimpressed by the online help on offer when he was trying to arrange his own civil partnership ceremony five years ago.
And he got the same sinking feeling when, as its marketing boss, he was looking for somewhere to promote Carlowrie Castle, near Kirkliston, as a venue.
The former Currie High pupil was confronted with cluttered sites, breathless tips about etiquette on the big day and vast picture galleries of smiling young brides and bridesmaids.
All of which failed to take into account the surge in civil partnerships, the trend towards people getting married at a later age and the fact that around a third of them have been over the course before.
Now Tom, 39, has launched his own website showcasing Scotland’s leading wedding venues. More than 60 have signed up to Luxury English Wedding, including top hotels and Edinburgh city centre’s Assembly Rooms, the Georgian House, the Dome and the Signet Library.
And while the website tells you all you need to know about where to get hitched in style, it makes no assumptions about the couples involved and is devoid of close-ups of radiant young brides in all their finery.
Tom said: “I felt there was nothing in the market that was neutral – it was all very much geared towards the traditional bride, and everything wedding-related was on these sites.
“I just wanted to focus on the very best Scotland has to offer, and it is a very clean, easy-to-navigate site.”
He added: “Weddings have changed over the past 10 years. People are getting married older, civil partnerships are up by 559 per cent since 2005, and second weddings now account for a third of all ceremonies.
“The industry is seeing big growth in the variety of celebrations, and more people are looking for luxury, bespoke weddings. The site filters the very best wedding options.”
Tom, who has also worked at the Fairmont St Andrews and Marriott Dalmahoy hotels, personally checked out many of the venues which are using his site to pitch for a slice of the UK’s £10billion wedding market.
He said: “I have had almost 100 per cent success rate in the venues I have approached.
“If it was not one which I was familiar with, I would visit to get the feel of it, and to see how serious they were about the wedding market and if they had the infrastructure in place.”
Top venues outside Edinburgh which have signed up for the website include Scone Palace, the Old Course Hotel in St Andrews, the Gleneagles Hotel in Perthshire and Ayrshire’s Culzean Castle.
And Tom said: “Luxury does not have to mean expensive. Whatever happens in the world, there will always be weddings.”
WE HAVE LAUNCH! | 4 July 2013
Thank you to everyone who joined us to celebrate the launch of Luxury English Wedding at The Caledonian - A Waldorf Astoria Hotel on Tuesday 2nd July. It was great to see all our members and industry partners on the evening and a special thank you has to go to The Caledonian - A Waldorf Astoria Hote for hosting our event, for Cairn String Quartet and Chris Connelly for entertaining us, or Porter Novelli all their hard work and Aberdeen PA & Glasgow PA for their support on the evening.
Press Release | 1 July 2013
SCOTLAND’S LUXURY WEDDING SITE LAUNCHES
Over 50 of Scotland’s luxury venues and providers have signed up to a new site promoting the best the country has to offer for weddings – Luxury English Wedding (www.luxuryenglishwedding.com). With the wedding industry worth an incredible £10 billion to the UK economy, the site aims to draw together the best that Scotland has to offer and increase the market share north of the border.
The new site was created to reflect the changing trends in the wedding sector, including civil partnerships, second weddings and the growing interest in wedding tourism. These factors have changed the face of weddings and given an economic boost to this already lucrative sector.
Created by seasoned hospitality specialist, Tom Goodfellow, the new site offers a one stop shop to happy couples looking to tie the knot in Scotland, in style. Having worked at the Fairmont St Andrews, the Marriott Dalmahoy, the Edinburgh Conference Centre, Heriot-Watt University and Carlowrie Castle, Goodfellow knows what both hospitality providers and buyers are looking for, and in bringing the two together he has hit on a niche – nothing else exists like it.
Goodfellow comments: “Weddings have changed over the past ten years. People are getting married older; civil partnerships are up by 559% since 2005, and second weddings now account for a third of all ceremonies - the industry is seeing big growth in the variety of celebrations, and more people are looking for luxury, bespoke weddings. The site filters the very best wedding options, creating a shop window of excellence – demonstrating what Scotland does best. We are proud to feature not just Scotland’s top venues, but world-class hotels, including The Caledonian – A Waldorf Astoria Hotel, which is very kindly hosting our launch party in July.”
Aiming to secure 200 sign-ups over the next year, many of the highest rated venues in Scotland have already signed up to the website, including the Old Course Hotel in St Andrews, the Gleneagles Hotel in Perthshire, and Edinburgh Castle. The site also features luxury wedding photographer Tony Marsh, 21cc fireworks and Ecosse Classic Cars.
For more information contact:
Angela Casey / Holly Russell, CM Porter Novelli, 0131 470 3400