Our friends and family had a trip of a lifetime
My husband James and I wanted to do something different than the weddings we had been to a million times- the golf course, winery or beach wedding. We love to travel and while watching an episode of Outlander, it struck us that getting married in a castle was exactly what we wanted to do. I started thinking I was going to plan the entire thing myself online. We bounced all over continents until landing on the UK as the place for us. I started following all kinds of wedding pages on insta and noticed the same company “Tartan Weddings.” liking all of the same things that I thought were beautiful.” I decided to reach out. Lisa responded almost right away and got on a call with us to better understand what we were looking for. Being that we wanted a small wedding, I thought it would be way too expensive to have an actual wedding planner help us plan our European wedding. Lisa broke it down for us and was totally willing to help us work inside of our budget. She found so many great deals that we would never have found. Once the planning was well on the way, Lisa suggested that I go on a pre-wedding trip, which I was very apprehensive to do. Work was crazy but with a little TLC, she had talked me into making the time. That was one of the better decisions I had made on this journey. She planned the entire trip for me, all I had to do was press print. Lisa booked all of the appointments and actually scheduled a little bit of fun in there for us as well. I was BLOWN AWAY. I could not believe the quality of the vendors that she pre-selected for us. Every vendor was thoughtful and so sincere in loving their craft. Upon returning home, I couldn’t wait for our wedding. My fairytale wedding had come alive in front of me! She worked with my mother in law to plan the rehearsal dinner and throw an incredible surprise for us. I couldn’t believe that this crazy idea in our head manifested into a week well beyond anything we could have ever dreamed of. Our friends and family had a trip of a lifetime and my husband and I started our future together in one of the most special places in the world and I can sincerely say, we would not have found any of it if it were not for Lisa at Tartan Weddings. If you plan on getting married in Scotland, Tartan Weddings is the first phone call or email you should send.
Flawlessly planned every detail
Lisa came into my life shortly after I got engaged. My fiancé and I were strongly considering a destination wedding or elopement to Scotland and I reached out to Tartan Weddings hoping to get answers to a few general questions. After a single phone conversation, Lisa sealed the deal for us. Not only that, but I immediately booked a scouting trip with her to Scotland. That’s how much confidence I had in her from the get-go! It was a dream scenario – a wedding planner who lives in the States (no crazy time change or long distance phone fees!), but from the destination where we were getting married.
We wanted to hire local vendors and Lisa made it happen. She used her existing connections to get expert vendor recommendations. On our scouting trip to Aberdeenshire, Lisa put-together a comprehensive itinerary touring several venues and meeting with potential vendors. I was able to confidently hire almost everyone for the wedding as a result of this trip and Lisa’s help! After deciding to elope, it was extremely important to us that we have kind and professional wedding vendors surrounding us and Lisa created a dream crew! Everyone worked together amazingly and executed their roles to perfection. Even after a scouting trip and hours of planning conversations, Lisa still exceeded all expectations on our wedding day!
As an editor of a wedding magazine, I know the amount of effort and logistical planning it takes to pull-off a wedding. Lisa flawlessly planned every detail and was prepared for virtually every scenario. I was so relaxed on my wedding day, thanks to Lisa, that I was actually freaking people out! I had to pump-up the intensity…
My fiancé is a hard man to please and was absolutely blown away by Lisa. He left all the planning details to the two of us and couldn’t believe what we were able to pull-off. Thank you, Lisa, for making me look like the best wife ever!
Outside of the ceremony, I got the most emotional saying goodbye to Lisa after the wedding weekend. How do you properly thank someone who made all your dreams come true?! We’re already planning a trip back to Scotland and are not-so-subtly trying to have it coincide with one of Lisa’s scouting trips for a reunion!
Could not have been more perfect!
My new husband and I live in Los Angeles, and had never been to Scotland, but we wanted to get married in a castle, and California is seriously lacking in the castle department! We found a beautiful castle about 30 minutes south of Edinburgh, called Dalhousie Castle. About halfway through planning, I decided we needed a wedding coordinator. Lisa Bauer of Tartan Weddings could not have been more perfect! It turns out she was married in the same castle and walked down the aisle to the same Pixies song! How crazy is that? Lisa is Scottish, and was able to help us navigate the world of weddings in the UK. How much do we tip (if at all)? Why is the meal called a Wedding Breakfast when it’s served at night? What do we need to know when we get there? What should we see and do in Edinburgh? She helped us with all of these questions, and she even went to do the meet and greet with the castle staff to go over all of the tiny details, since we couldn’t afford to fly to Scotland to do that. She Skyped us from the castle and sent video so we could see what the rooms looked like and the chapel where we’d be walking down the aisle, etc. The wedding turned out to be amazing, and our guests were wowed. All of our friends who were like “Why Scotland? Why not Hawaii?” were schooled once they saw the epic, fairytale-esque photos! You’re a life-saver. Thank you Lisa
What an excellent event!
My family had the opportunity to attend an authentic Scottish wedding! The venue was the beautiful Dalhousie Castle and it couldn’t have been more perfect. Everything was handled professionally for 60+guests, more than half coming internationally. Our itinerary including flights, transportation, hotel reservations, event schedule and extracurricular activities were well managed. My six year old son personally loved the evening lantern light-off, the castle ghost tour, and the spectacular delivery of the wedding bands by owl! The event was a three day affair, and everything, including greeting for international guests, kilt rentals, spa treatments scheduling, rehearsal planning and the actual wedding was managed beautifully. The ceremony itself really catered to the couple and included both traditional Scottish traditions (sharing of the whiskey cup) and personal requests (daughter of the bride singing). Lisa was our lovely Scottish local connection to all the area had to offer. The entire experience was more like a fabulously planned vacation. Some of our extracurricular activities included falconry, castle tours, shopping, trying local cuisines, whiskey and gin tasting, the Fringe Music Festival, and Edinburgh’s nightlife scene. Lisa has so much experience with event planning and her knowledge of Scotland and personality are valuable assets in creating that one of a kind experience, with attention to detail and flawless event execution. I can recommend Tartan Weddings enthusiastically without reservations. If you want a luxurious and unique destination wedding, let Lisa do her magic and give you a thoroughly genuine Scottish experience!
Attention to every detail!
I attended a Tartan weddings event in a castle outside of Edinburgh. The wedding was full of beautifully organized activities for the guests that made the experience memorable. From an arrival dinner at the castle dungeon restaurant, to an after wedding falconry class (we learned how to handle falcons.) Tartan Weddings even gave us tips on how to get reasonable priced plane ticket from NYC to Edinburgh. And those were only the small details. The wedding was an event to be remembered forever. My newlywed friends looked like a dream. The setting was spectacular from the ceremony to the dancing to a great band everything was exceptionally planed beautifully.