What to do on your elopement day? Planning the timeline of the day
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Now the paperwork is being cared for and your heart is set on a location, here’s to planning all the details of your wedding!
Eloping gives you so much flexibility that you might not know where to start from when planning your timeline. I’d be happy to help!
You can start off with brainstorming what would you like your day to be like. Being just the two of you, you can do something adventurous and unusual or keep it pretty relaxed:
- sunrise or sunset hike
- kayaking on the sea or loch
- helicopter or plane flight
- & more!
If you have no idea where to start from just schedule a call with your photographer and talk your ideas to start the plan taking shape.
I highly recommend to think about travel time as well – as you don’t want to spend the day driving between places. It’s great to find Airbnb or Hotel close to the are you want to elope.
Elopement timeline in Scotland
- 8 am – wake up in Glen Etive, chilled morning at your Airbnb
- 10 am – make up & hair arrives
- 11 am – photographer arrives
- 13 am – travel to the ceremony location
- 13:30 – ceremony
- 14:00 – group photos & some portraits around the location
- 15:30 – lunch at the local restaurant or picnic at the viewpoint
- 17:00 – sunset hike
- 21:00 – sunset and walking back with head torches
Day 1 (autumn)
- 10 am – relaxed morning
- 12 am – make up & hair & photographer arrives
- 1 pm – hike to the ceremony location
- 3 pm – ceremony
- 3.30 pm – photos around the location and hike back
- 5 pm – intimate dinner & hot tub evening
- 5 am – wake up call for sunrise adventure (hiking or kayaking)
- 12 am – back from the adventure and back to hot tub & fireplace 🙂
- 2 am – wake up call for crazy morning hike up a mountain
- 5 am – sharing personal vows intimately just as the sun rises over horizon
- 7 am – back to the Airbnb for breakfast & a sip of champagne to warm up
- 12 am – meeting up with guests and heading to official ceremony
- 13 am – ceremony at the lake surrounded by mountains
- 13:30 – group photographs and couple portraits at the location
- 14:30 – private catering or meal at restaurant
Scottish wedding ceremony ideas
Now the important stuff – the ceremony itself. Personally I am a big fan of Humanist Celebrants of Scotland as they’re so flexible with the ceremony locations and super fun. They’ll customise the ceremony for you as well, asking a lot of questions to really get to know you.
Some parts of the ceremony are set and need to be in place for everything to be fully legal, but most of the ceremony you can customise drawing from Scottish traditions or some of your own. Of course – Scotland is one of the most open and friendliest countries so feel free to add any of your personal traditions from your country.
- Personal vows – this is a lovely little touch writing your own wedding vows.
- Handfasting – this is a Scottish tradition when you literally “tie a knot”. You can use two pieces of fabric symbolising both families. Family members can also add some personal notes which you can read on your elopement day.
- Quaich – another Scottish traditions of drinking two kinds of whisky (or another beverage of your choice – hot chocolate and espresso was a fun one) to symbolise joining of two families, the cup has two handles so you have to hold it with both hands – symbolising peace and trust (as you can’t reach for a sword during that)-
- You can also get a real bagpiper
Recommended Suppliers for your Scottish Elopement:
- Snapdragon Edinburgh – 146 Bruntsfield Pl, Edinburgh EH10 4ER – 0131 229 1951 – https://www.snapdragonedinburgh.com
- Ochre Botanical Studios – Edinburgh – https://www.instagram.com/ochrebotanicalstudios/
- Wildflower Workshop – https://www.wildflowerworkshop.net/
- Narcissus Edinburgh – http://www.narcissusflowers.co.uk
- Alyson Stewart – https://www.facebook.com/bespokepersonalceremonies/
- Claire Digance – https://www.clairethehumanist.com
- Gary Smith – https://www.facebook.com/HumanistCelebrantCeremonies/
- Dorothy Nowak – Fully booked for 2021 weddings now! – https://www.humanism.scot/celebrant-profile/dorothy-nowak/
Intimate Elopement Venues in Scotland
- Shieldaig Lodge – Torridon – https://www.shieldaiglodge.com
- St. Mary’s Space – Glencoe/Appin – https://www.stmaryswedding.space
Eloping to Scotland FAQ
Yes you do need two witnesses present at the ceremony and you need to provide their details beforehand.
In Scotland you’ll need celebrant and two witnesses and be over 16 years old to legally marry.
Yes it is, you’ll need certified celebrant, two witnesses and be over 16 years old.
Some of the most popular places are Isle of Skye, Glencoe and Glen Etive, Torridon and Edinburgh.