Karen McKechnie: Wedding Coordinator of the Year, Scottish Wedding Awards 2018 and  Sales, Events & Marketing Manager at Macdonald Crutherland House Hotel

A Quick Congrats, then on to Planning!

"I invite all my brides in for a complimentary Afternoon Tea and show round of the venue and grounds here at Macdonald Crutherland House. On the show round they will get a Congratulations plate as a 'surprise and delight' - just something to feel extra special! I also reserve a table in the hotel with a sign 'To the Future Mr & Mrs' for when she first arrives."


Getting Started with the Blushing Bride

"The first questions I ask are: How did you get engaged, how long have you been together, and, how did the proposal go? I like to get to know the couple first before I ask the more specific details of their wedding day.It is so important for me to connect with the bride so that she trusts that I will be looking after her from beginning to end."


Wise Words for Your Wedding

"I have several key pieces of advice: first being NOT to overthink and worry about numbers or a massive guest list - the main worry I get from brides is not having enough guests or fretting about where to seat guests. My second recommendation is to trust us, too many brides unfortunately don't enjoy the day, so at Macdonald Crutherland House we make sure to only have one wedding at a time to ensure that everything goes to plan. Try not to stress out about the weather - it is out with your control. Finally: spreadsheets, spreadsheets, spreadsheets! They will be your best friend in keeping organised - and your wedding co-ordinator will love you for it too! Put together a budget and a list of items to be done in stages. Do not try and book everything all at once!"


The Best Part

"My favourite part of planning a wedding is getting to know the bride and groom - I love listening to the different ideas! You get to know them and about their lives and backgrounds. Some of your brides you meet two or three years in advance - so it is lovely to see them first book with you and then a few years later you then see them get married. A lot of my brides come back to the hotel the next year to say hello at their first anniversary and keep in touch to let me know if they have children!"


Karen's Dream Wedding

"My ideal wedding would be set in the countryside - I love the idea of vintage/shabby chic themes with lots of flowers and a gold and champagne colour scheme. Rather than a typical sit-down meal I would like a more casual setting. I would definitely pay attention to the finer details too, like party favours and all the personalised extras that make the day truly special!"


Sarah Watt Digital Marketing Executive, Macdonald Hotels & Resorts