PLANNING YOUR SMALL GOURMET WEDDING
Your Small Wedding booking letter will be sent by email.
Your non-refundable deposit of £1000 is required within seven days of receipt, along with your photo ID, to confirm your Small Wedding in the Crear diary.
The easiest and most secure way to make payment is by BACS directly to our bank.
We'll email your step by step wedding planning guide to ensure that nothing is forgotten. You can then relax knowing everything is in place and enjoy the fun bits.
When you're ready, please book your initial planning chat. Allow a couple of hours to go over everything in detail.
We'll only recommend suppliers that we'd be happy to book for ourselves, so you're very welcome to ask for suggestions, help and advice.
BOOK YOUR MARRIAGE CELEBRANT
The next step is to book a marriage celebrant to conduct your marriage ceremony. The Registrars conduct civil weddings. All other marriages, including Humanist, are classed as religious or belief weddings.
Same-sex marriages can be conducted by the Registrars, the Humanist Society and the Scottish Episcopal Church.
If your marriage celebrant is unable to attend at the time and date in your booking letter, please liaise with us before confirming your final plans. With the exception of Catholic marriages which take place in church, you can choose your marriage ceremony location on your wedding day.
YOUR LEGAL MARRIAGE PAPERWORK
Contact Lorna Wilson, Head Registrar at our local Registry Office in Lochgilphead, regarding all your legal paperwork and, if relevant, Marriage Visas required to enter the UK.
The earliest you can submit your Notice of Marriage legal paperwork by post is 3 months prior to your wedding date, however please do not leave it any later than 4 weeks before.
A Marriage Visa, stating purpose of visit, may be required to enter the UK for non-UK passport holders.
MARRIAGE BLESSINGS AND VOW RENEWALS
All the celebrants will perform a symbolic marriage ceremony or blessing, including a traditional Scottish handfast.
Many couples opt to marry officially in their country of origin and elope to Crear for their wedding ceremony that includes a traditional Scottish hand fasting.
In these circumstances you can travel and enter the UK on a tourist visa and no Notice of Marriage is required.
ABOUT YOUR CHEF AT CREAR KITCHEN, ALAN BOSLEM
Alan Boslem, our superstar chef who heads up the talented team at Crear Kitchen, has over 25 years’ experience catering in top hotels and establishments across the UK. Winner of the CIS award for Banqueting and Events Chef Award 2019, Alan’s food will be a highlight.
YOUR WEDDING BREAKFAST
The Crear Kitchen Signature Menu is included in the Small Gourmet Wedding Package however you are welcome to substitute a course from our à la carte menus or upgrade to our Scottish Seven with the freshest of local seafood.
Vegan and vegetarian, gluten and dairy free are all easily catered for. Please visit CREAR KITCHEN at www.lovecrear.com for all our menu options including children’s.
CATERING FOR ALL OR PART OF YOUR STAY
We would be delighted to cater for all or part of the rest of your stay. The evening prior to your wedding we suggest a relaxed supper; lasagne, crusty garlic bread, salads and a delicious dessert for example. Ready to go when you are.
Champagne and Prosecco, local beers and ales for your drinks reception followed by carefully selected organic and biodynamic wines from small independent producers to complement your Wedding Breakfast plus soft drinks are included.
We also offer wine flights to complement our Signature Menu.
Crear has a fully stocked spirit bar specialising in Scottish gins and whiskies
TIMINGS FOR SMALL WEDDING DAYS
• 2pm Photographer arrives
• 2.30pm piper arrives
• 2.45pm guests arrive
• 3pm ceremony inside or outside Crear
• 3.30pm drinks and canapés served
• 4.50pm guests invited to dinner
• 5pm wedding couple announced and piped in to cut their cake
• 5.15pm speeches. (Photographer departs unless requested in advance) • 5.30pm Wedding Breakfast served
• 7.30pm tea and coffee served
• 8.00pm first dance.
Evening buffet and honesty bar set up.
Crear staff depart
CREAR HOUSE SLEEPS TWELVE GUESTS
Crear has three twin bedrooms, two king-size double bedrooms and one bunkroom sleeping 12 guests plus the option to have additional pop up beds for children.
All bedrooms have an en-suite bath or shower room. Crear House is fully equipped to self-cater with everything you need for your Small Wedding, including an iron and ironing board, hair dryers, towels and a washing machine. In the kitchen you will find salt and pepper, tea and coffee, cling film and silver foil, washing up liquid, dishwasher tablets and tea towels. As mobile coverage is limited in Argyll a landline is provided.
Small weddings are for up to thirty people plus children, allowing you to invite additional guests over and above your wedding house party of twelve guests at Crear.
We work closely with Barnlongart House sleeping twelve with full disabled access and Keepers Cottage sleeping six.
Pre-booked taxis or mini buses can be arranged to and from your wedding depending on numbers.
BLOOMING WILD CREAR FLOWERS
Your Bridal Flowers Blooming Wild will be created to your specification using seasonal blooms.
Our Small Wedding Package allows for your bridal bouquet and buttonhole plus table flowers.
Add onto this for additional bridesmaids bouquets and buttonholes, a floral arch or a collar for your four legged family and friends!
HIGHLAND WEDDING PIPER
Your Highland Wedding Piper will play to welcome your guests, for your marriage ceremony and to pipe you in as newly weds to your Wedding Breakfast.
YOUR WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER
Your Wedding Photographer One of the talented team at the Crear Collective will cover your day from getting ready to your wedding meal. All the photographers are nationally recognised for their amazing work so you can be sure of an absolute star covering your day.
Please ask on the day if you have any specific requests regarding shots. Your gallery at www.crearphotography.com will be online to download within three weeks of your wedding. Our online Crear Photography Shop offers beautiful handmade albums, framed prints, boxes, cards and prints.
FINALISING YOUR SMALL WEDDING DETAILS INCLUDING YOUR BRIDAL FLOWERS AND YOUR FINAL BALANCE
Your final Small Wedding balance is payable in full four weeks prior to arrival. We will be in touch eight weeks prior to your arrival to finalise all the details of your day including: •
• To confirm the day, time, celebrant and preferred location for your marriage ceremony
• Your choice of colours and style for your bridal flowers.
• Final guest numbers including children, babies and furry four legged friends. • Confirmation of your Wedding Breakfast menu and any additional catering requirements.
Please advise if you or your guests have food allergies.
For all other suppliers for your Small Wedding day including your hair and make-up artists, book directly from our Super Suppliers list.