Who’s going to The Grand Central Hotel’s Wedding Showcase Day?

on Sunday 10th March, 12pm-4pm

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The Grand Central Hotel is having a Wedding Showcase Day next month and it’s a must if you’re still on the hunt for your Glasgow wedding venue! Here are all the deets…

Grand Central Hotel Wedding Showcase

Grand Central Hotel boasts a fab location (it adjoins the city’s Central Station), stunning interiors and a v. prestigious history – Frank Sinatra and Winston Churchill being the most famous guests to visit!

So unsurprisingly, it’s one of Glasgow’s most famous city centre wedding venues.

If you’d like to check it out in person, they’re having a Wedding Showcase Day on Sunday 10th March, 12pm-4pm.

You’ll be able to view the range of stunning function suites on offer for your big day, all beautifully set and decorated by carefully selected and recommended wedding suppliers. Perfect for getting some big day inspo!

The dedicated Grand Central wedding coordinators will also be there to guide you through the journey of your wedding day, offering drinks & nibbles while discussing your plans in more detail.

Renowned as one of the city’s favourite wedding venues, the hotel caters to parties of 70 to 380 guests, with packages starting from £65 per person.

No matter what size of celebration you’re thinking of having, Grand Central’s experienced team will deliver exceptional service standards.

They’ll ensure you end up with a wedding day to cherish and remember, and the upcoming Wedding Showcase Day is a great time to get started.

Fancy heading along to Grand Central Hotel’s Wedding Showcase Day? Tickets are free but register in advance via eventbrite or call 0141 240 3728 for further details.


Book free tickets to Grand Central Hotel’s Wedding Showcase and start planning your dream day

t.  0141 240 3728

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There’s a new Clarins vegan skincare range and it starts from just £15

Designed for women under 30 and perfect for brides-to-be, the new My Clarins collection has just launched in House of Fraser, Glasgow.

SWD’s Rachel Lawler went to check it out. Here’s the products she’ll be adding to her routine as she plans her own big day… 


BUY | My Clarins RE-FRESH Hydrating Beauty Mist (£17)

You know that feeling when it hits 3pm and you’re practically falling asleep at your desk?

My Clarins RE-FRESH Hydrating Beauty Mist is a super hydrating face mist. Fresh, cool and packed with plant extracts, it’s a five-second hack to perk up skin for the ultimate wake-up call.

I’ll be keeping a bottle in my office drawer from now on.



BUY | My Clarins RE-CHARGE Relaxing Sleep Mask (£24)

Whilst the cream moisturisers were amazing, we had to give a special mention to the My Clarins RE-CHARGE Relaxing Sleep Mask, which has been dubbed ‘eight hours sleep in a jar!’

Super soothing, this plant-based overnight face mask is packed with acerola seed, fig and huang qi extracts to detox and hydrate.

l tried it out and noticed a visible difference in my skin overnight – 100% what any bride-to-be needs during a busy time of wedding planning.


BUY | My Clarins CLEAR-OUT Targets Imperfections (£15)

There’s nothing like an unexpected spot to ruin your vibe – seriously, it’s like our skin knows when we have something big coming up and decides that precise moment is when you deserve a giant breakout!

We wish we’d had this anti-blemish hero when we were in our teens! The on-the-spot treatment works to calm breakout areas with 84% of users reporting they saw swelling, soreness and redness reduced within two days.

My mind is at ease knowing no spot will ruin any big occasion in the wedding run up or on the day itself.




To mark the launch of My Clarins, you can choose your free travel-size essential from the range when you purchase a full-size My Clarins product. Plus, receive an additional make-up treat.

You can shop the full collection here and discover all the free gift T+C’s here.



Have you bought tickets to the Edinburgh Corn Exchange Wedding Fair THIS weekend?

It’s not too late to buy tickets to the Edinburgh Corn Exchange Wedding Fair and Fashion Show – it’s on this weekend and we’re super excited about it! Here’s why…

Edinburgh Corn Exchange Wedding Fair

The deets

The Edinburgh Wedding Fair and Fashion Show is on this Saturday 2nd March and Sunday 3rd March, 11am to 4.30pm.

Tickets cost just £6pp, and as well as a chance to chat to some fab wedding suppliers, there’s also a fashion show (featuring the latest bridal, mother of the bride and groomswear trends) running three times a day.


Top suppliers

Whether you’re just engaged and looking for a few ideas, or right in the middle of wedding planning and on the hunt for your final few suppliers, you’re sure to leave the weekend feeling inspired.

There are over 130 specially selected exhibitors attending throughout the weekend, from florists and bridal boutiques to gin bars and casinos, including a few SWD faves like…


Rachel Scott Couture 

Looking for an on-trend, chic wedding dress? Swing by bespoke bridalwear designer Rachel Scott Couture’s stand!


Slater Menswear

Slater Menswear Ralph's Room

Don’t worry, there’s lots of groomswear fashion, too! Get plenty of suit inspiration at Slater Menswear’s stand.


WooHoo Band

wedding band

The customisable 3-14 piece WooHoo Band are experts at filling a dancefloor! Get your wedding entertainment sorted by chatting to them.


Team SWD will also be there handing out complimentary copies of our latest issue, so stop by to say hi – we’ll see you all there!

Buy tickets for Edinburgh Corn Exchange Wedding Fair and Fashion Show

Oscars 2019 best dressed for wedding style inspiration

We’re taking inspo from the Oscars 2019 red carpet for wedding day style. 



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Take a peek inside Dear Diary’s stylish ‘I Do’ wedding journal

Because your wedding plans deserve to look *this* pretty.

BUY | ‘I Do’ Wedding Planner by Dear Diary

Ever since I got engaged last summer, I’ve been on the look out for a beautiful wedding journal.

As the queen of stationery (seriously, my now-fiance can’t understand my love of a pretty notebook), I wanted my big day planning book to be something different.



I came across the Dear Diary company, founded by three friends who wanted a daily agenda that could organise their lives in an inspiring way. Following on from the success of their planners, they launched the ‘I Do’ Wedding Journal – and it ticked all my boxes.

For a start, the journal even comes in its own cotton back with ‘all I see is magic’ printed on – such a cute presentation, making it perfect as a gift for a bride-to-be!

The quotes continue inside, with love and relationship quotes at the beginning of each section.



I love that there’s space for the practical info, like budgeting and guest list, but there’s also extras, like moodboards for different aspects of your wedding and even a post-big day wedding reflection section to give space for highlights and favourites moments of the special day.

The team created the journal to be your keepsake that holds all the wedding excitement in one place, with their hope being that it stays with you as a treasure that warms your heart every time you open it, even years after that beautiful day you said ‘I do’ to each other – such a sweet idea!

My wedding planing has officially started!



Win your bestie a designer treat for Galentine’s Day 2019!

Let your best friend know how much you love her with our Galentine’s Day competition.

Your bestie is there for you through everything and, chances are, she’s your bridesmaid too and helping you plan your big day!

For Galentine’s Day 2019, we thought she deserves a little ‘thank you’, so we’re giving away a bottle of Jimmy Choo Blossom Special Edition for you to gift your bestie.

Plus, we’ll even add in a little treat for you too. Well, it is Galentine’s Day after all.


Taking note of the bright colours and delicious scents that begin to emerge after the long winter months, the fragrance comes complete with a seriously Instagram-worthy pink glitter box and bottle.

Opening with a sweet accord of exotic fruits, the new fragrance is given a sparkling edge with its heart of frangipani flower. The scent mellows to a sensual base of sandalwood, offering up a simultaneous evocation of sophistication and warmth.



Simply head to our Facebook or Instagram page and leave a comment under the competition post, tagging your bestie and the emoji that is most suited to them.

Winner will be randomly selected and notified via direct message. For full T+C’s, click here.

Good luck!

*This* Scottish castle is nominated for two prestigious wedding awards

Is Blair Castle your wedding venue? We’ve got good news…

IMAGE | Eilidh Robertson Photography

Blair Castle and Gardens, has been shortlisted in the ‘Romantic Venue of the Year’ and ‘Venue of the Year’ categories at the forthcoming Scottish Wedding Awards.

Situated in the heart of Atholl Estates in Perthshire, the picturesque white castle and stunning grounds create the perfect backdrop for a fairy-tale wedding and welcome brides and grooms from around the world each year.

Blair Castle offers a range of options inside the castle, or outside in the grounds to host a variety of weddings with the perfect mix of opulent grandeur and unique spaces.

The castle has hosted intimate weddings with six guests to huge celebrations welcoming over 200 guests. Whatever the size or challenge, the dedicated wedding team go above and beyond to ensure each occasion has its own flair and exclusivity.

Nominations were cast by the public, and will now go forward to a panel of judges who will research each entry in depth before announcing the winners at a ceremony hosted later this month

Good luck to the castle – we can’t wait to hear the results!

Our favourite award season 2019 dresses that give serious inspo for wedding style

Award season is fully upon us – and it’s giving us lots of big day ideas.

From the BAFTAs to the Grammys, here’s the looks that have caught our eye this week and provide great inspiration for wedding day style.



The Duchess of Cambridge

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Embracing a one shouldered gown with delicate floral detailing, Kate is giving us all the elegant bridal vibes in this Alexander McQueen dream. Top marks for her very glamorous Jimmy Choo heels too!



Millie Mackintosh

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The always stylish star opted to wear a Kate Halfpenny blush pink dress. Millie’s wedding dress was also designed by Halfpenny and we think this look is a perfect alternative bridal look. Just look at those ruffles!


Olivia Colman

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Sleek and chic, Olivia’s monochrome masterpiece makes a serious style statement. We especially love the train – major big day inspo!


Eleanor Tomlinson

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We’re taking style notes from this Ralph & Russo asymmetric design. The bow, the embellishment and the flattering panelling could all inspire an a-ma-zing bridesmaid look.


Laura Whitmore

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Presenter Laura went for a metallic gown from British bridal designer, Amanda Wakeley. Simply gorgeous!





Jada Pinkett Smith

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Want your wedding dress to have the wow-factor? Take inspo from Jada’s Robert Cavalli gown. How gorgeous would a feather train like that look when you walk down the aisle?!


Dua Lipa

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Can Dua Lipa’s dazzling dress be our ‘something blue’ please? Her Atelier Versace gown even has the most amazing train – 100% wedding day style inspo!


Maren Morris

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You will know and love bridal designer Galia Lahav from some of our fave real life weddings, but their designs are red carpet ready too as American singer Maren shows us. That pop of colour is giving us bridesmaid style goals!


Alicia Keys

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Showing style doesn’t need to be over-complicated, we think Alicia’s understated long-sleeved red dress is perfect inspo if you’re looking for an on-trend, elegant style for your ‘maids.


Ariana Grande

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Although Ariana ended up not performing at the Grammy’s as planned, the star still decided to show off this princess-worthy Zac Posen creation. Well, if we had a dress that looked that good, we’d just wear it around the house too!




Handmade by Mirka Bridal Couture, this new wedding gown is a sheer delight!

Bridalwear designer Mirka Bridal Couture in Kirkcaldy has created three beautiful new wedding gowns and two flower girl dresses, and they’re seriously dreamy.

All handmade by Mirka and completely exclusive to the boutique (like all of the dresses Mirka creates), we’re crushing hard on this gorgeous Carmen gown (below).

With its stunning heart-shaped back and an illusion train, it’s a complete show-stopper.

‘CARMEN’ | A very elegant fishtail gown. Decorated with beautifully beaded Pronovias lace on the tattoo style back and sleeves.

The train features an illusion trim of the same lace

Visit Mirka Bridal’s website for more information – you could find your dream wedding dress! 

The Girl with the Big Hair: Cheap date night ideas to help save for your wedding

Our guest blogger Yasmin isn’t letting saving for the big day put a halt to date nights with her hubby-to-be.

It’s the final few months before the wedding.

We’re now officially under the six-month mark (eek) and as you can imagine, the savings pressure is building, there’s still a to-do list longer than my arm and I honestly don’t feel like I have the time to even think about wedding plans right now.

Wedding planning burn-out

I’m sure I’m not the only bride-to-be to that is burning the candle at both ends in the run up to their big day.

Not only are we planning a huge event for our nearest and dearest (which has to be as perfect as we envision it) but we’re also likely to be taking on more shifts to help bulk up the savings account, trying to squeeze in (or kick-start) gym sessions and attempting to maintain a steady pace in work so that time off for the wedding really is as enjoyable as it should be.

During this period, it’s so easy to get caught up in the prep and planning that you forget to actually enjoy the time with those around you.

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Taking time for us

This is something I’ve been aware of more than ever recently and is why I entered 2019 with a personal resolution to make more time for my loved ones – and for me.

I started this year doing just that with a New Year’s Day getaway to the Fairmont St Andrews with my fiancé, Liam. It was the perfect way to begin the year that we will finally marry each other.

It not only gave me a chance to just press pause for a second, but it also reminded us of just how lucky we are to be planning a huge event to celebrate with our family and friends.

It was during our getaway that I made my little resolution to make more time for us before July 4th comes around.


Cheap date night ideas

Unfortunately a lavish overnight stay won’t always be on the cards this side of the year, but I’m not worried as there are so many other things you can do together that are free or don’t cost much at all.

I thought I’d share a little round-up of just some of the ways I plan on making our final memories together as fiancé and fiancée.


Car trip – sometimes some of the best trips are unplanned. There’s nothing better than jumping in the car with no plans of where you’re going and just seeing where you end up.

A trip to the beach – it may not be tanning season yet, but visiting one of Scotland’s beaches in the winter has its perks. Just remember to wrap up warm!

Enjoy a movie-marathon – my fiancé was gifted with an at-home projector for Christmas (which is amazing, btw) so back-to-back movie marathons on a Sunday with some of your favourite snacks is perfect on a rainy day.

Cooking – making dinner together from scratch can be a fun at-home date option even if you’re no Gordon Ramsay. Don’t forget the bubbles – cooking is thirsty work.


The above are just a few cheap date ideas that I’m sure my hubby-to-be and I will be embracing over the next few months.

Regardless of how stressful, all-consuming or overwhelming wedding planning (and everything else that comes with it) can be, just remember to make time for you and your partner as you’ll never get back these excitement-filled moments as you prepare for married life together.




Yasmin is a 20-something fashion, beauty and lifestyle blogger, sharing her interests, passions and general life-happenings on her blog, The Girl with the Big Hair. Following a romantic Loch Lomond proposal last autumn (you can read more about that here), Yasmin is now an excited bride-to-be and will be sharing every step of her wedding planning journey with SWD.

Yasmin lives in Glasgow with her fiance, Liam, and their Instagram famous pug, Indie. She loves fashion, beauty, dancing, travelling, food, movies, sleeping, and cookies “ a girl after our own heart!