The Fun of the Fair

With an iconic Test Your Strength machine (the actual one from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang no less!), chair-o-planes, a coconut shy and head-in-the-hole boards, James and David’s wedding guests were treated to a Victorian steam fair. This is the kind of wedding party we would not want to leave…

Our wedding day was inspired by…

…an old time steam fair. I am a volunteer at the Local Steam Railway (The Royal Deeside Railway) and I drive steam engines as part of the Bon Accord Steam Engine Club.

I wanted to have a wedding with a  difference, and decided that a fairground themed wedding would be more fun, the steam engine was almost an afterthought. It was a bit of a struggle to find companies to provide the fairground rides and then to pull it all together, I ended up relying on people I knew to provide the leads. The vintage fairground equipment was supplied by Mike Carroll, Events with a Difference supplied the Chair-O-Planes and my Husband and I own the High Striker.

We thought the theme would be a bit of fun. We’ve been to quite a lot of weddings and felt our guests needed something to do in the afternoon.

Tell us about the day itself…

We got married at 11am and went for a simple ceremony, complete with a reading of the Velveteen Rabbit Poem. We decided to have a three course sit down meal for lunch. It’s quite unusual to have a lunch at weddings but we wanted our guests to enjoy the day and to be fed at a reasonable time.

We planned it around doing something fun after lunch and that’s where the idea of a funfair came into play.

We wore Grey Crombie Tartan that was hired from a local company in Aberdeen. Although we have our own kilts, we wanted to match on our wedding day. My Husbands Best Man was actually his sister, who was the lady in the Red Dress, and I had my best friend Jon as my Best Man. We asked our guests to dress in Victorian attire.

We made up the invites ourselves, and kept them with the theme. The Gin Inspired Table Plan was a joke, as my Mum did not think that we were going to have flowers, and so I decided on a tongue in cheek ‘Mothers Ruin’ theme…..

How was your photography experience?

Donna was recommended to us by friends, and despite being on maternity leave, Donna still said that she could make herself available for our special day.

The photos from the day are something else, and record the fun that we had.

Any surprises?

It went past far too quickly, before it started it seemed to be over!

What did you do for evening entertainment?

In the evening we put on a mixture of miniature food market stalls serving up everything from make your own burgers, fish and chips, and different types of pies. We chose a ceilidh dance as our first dance, as neither my husband or I wanted to be put on the spot.

Any advice?

Make the most of it, you only plan to do it once, so make it the best day of your lives! We did, and we remember it every day!

Why Scotland?

We love Scotland, and have made Scotland our home, we wanted to marry near to home.

What’s the one truly unforgettable thing about your wedding day?

I had kept some secrets, the look on people’s faces when the steam showmans engine appeared…… They were amazed!

Er, wow! How much fun does this wedding look? Alie x


VenueLogie House, Aberdeenshire
PhotographerDonna Murray Photography
FloristTrina’s Arts and Flowers
Grooms’ OutfitsMillsom and Main
Wedding BandGraham Geddes Band
Chair-O-PLanesEvents With A Difference

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