Sean and Claire's relaxed humanist wedding at Sloans, Glasgow

Monday, January 11, 2021

Sean + Claire 
14th September 2019 | Sloans, Glasgow | Guests 100
Instagram: @acatcalledsteve @sean.stevenson59 | Photos: In The Name Of Love Photography
And the bride wore... green! Sean and Claire opted for an untraditional wedding at Sloans in Glasgow, they ditched traditions like the cake cutting and only had elements of their wedding that represented themselves as a couple. From their dog's little tux to the dried flowers and motorcycle photos, we couldn't love this unique wedding more!
How did you and your partner meet?
I actually met Sean at an after party in the home we now share together. We’ve been together for over 10 years now!  
Tell us all about your wedding theme and colour scheme...
We wanted the whole day to be as relaxed as possible so we never really went with a proper theme. My dress was a light green colour so I tried to base the bridesmaid dresses around that so we all complimented each other well. We were trying to stick to natural colours like greens, neutrals, blush etc.  
What kind of ceremony did you have and did you have any readings?  
We had a humanist ceremony which we felt best represented us a couple as the whole ceremony was so laidback and personal. We both laughed the whole way through it. We started the ceremony with a Mexican hug which meant all our guests had to cuddle each other in a similar style to the Mexican wave!  
What was your favourite part of the day? 
It’s so hard to choose one part the whole day was honestly perfect. At one point after the meal the whole room spontaneously started belting out Bohemian Rhapsody everyone was banging on the tables and really going for it – not sure if it was the full moon or the shots after the meal that caused that to happen!  
What was the most emotional moment of the day? 
For us it would be not having some of our parents there – I had lost my dad 5 years before and Sean lost his mum 2 years before so we wanted to make sure that they were mentioned during the ceremony and the speeches.  
Any advice for future brides… 
If you don’t want to follow traditions don’t do it! We travelled to the venue together, never did a cake cutting and we had a chip buffet for the evening meal! Also to try and enjoy the planning, and do what is best for you both not what people expect you to do.  
Song you walked down the aisle to: The Beatles – I’ve Just Seen A Face.  
Ceremony Songs: We decided on Kanye West – Gold Digger for signing the marriage licence. Controversial but we thought it would be funny! And we both love a bit of Kanye!  
Song for walking back up the aisle as a married couple:  Fatboy Slim – Praise you.  
First Dance: we never had an official first dance! We had an amazing band Brass Aye? Playing at the wedding so we just started partying as soon they came on.  
Did you make any Wedding DIYs? 
I love crafting and also we were trying not to splurge too much money on the wedding so I hand made our wedding invitations and with the help of one of my bridesmaids we made  all the bridal bouquets and button holes the night before. I also made our favours/name places and our centrepieces. Oh we also had baskets in both the bathrooms with essentials – deodorant, hankies, glitter etc.  
Did you have have anything unusual at your wedding?   
I ordered a load of hotel slippers which the guests loved for the dance floor. The paper fans went down a treat as well!  
What was your favourite wedding purchase? 
Our band Brass Aye? really stole the show! Luckily I’m friends with one of the band members so we got an amazing deal!  
Tell us all about the dress and dress shopping… 
I had been following RowanJoy on Instagram for a while and loved her colourful floral dresses. As soon as I put it on I knew I loved it! I ended up deciding on some Kate Spade trainers for my shoes. As much as I love heels I love dancing more!  
Tell us all about your wedding cake...
We weren’t too fussed about a wedding cake to be honest so ended up having a platter of 120 donuts and an M&S cheese tower. I have been told that these were great but I was too busy on the tequila to actually try any of it!!  
What food did you have at your wedding? 
We wanted to keep the meal simple but tasty! Sloans do great pub food and are famous for their Mac and Cheese which was always going to be my choice!  
For Starters we had Lentil soup, Pate and oatcakes and Haggis bon bons, and for the mains we had Mac and cheese, Steak Pie and Chicken Saltimbocca  
We also chose not to have a dessert and offer our guests a shot of either Tequila, Sambuca or Whisky. We also thought that since there was no dessert the guests would hopefully eat the donuts later on! And for our evening meal we had a chip buffet with curry sauce, gravy etc. Which was also a hit!  
How did you choose your venue? 
We loved Sloans from the minute we stepped inside. It's in central Glasgow which is so handy for all our guests and we just loved the vibe. We wanted a big party more than a traditional wedding and that’s exactly what we got!  
Best wedding splurge:  
Our photographer @inthenameoflovephotography 
It is totally worth spending the money on an amazing photographer – I love looking through all our pics and really captured the day perfectly.   
Funniest wedding photograph:  
The pictures after the ceremony are a good laugh! We ended up jumping on a motorbike that was outside our venue.  
Worst wedding planning moment: 
The DAY before our wedding our bus company called to cancel! We were supposed to have a wee vintage school bus taking us in but the suppliers were a total let down. They called us at 5.30 the day before to cancel. But luckily we managed to get a coach booked through a family friend which totally saved the day! 
Tell us all about your Honeymoon... 
We booked a last minute holiday to Ibiza and went 3 days after the wedding!  
Tell us about your wedding favours:  
I made scrabble name places which doubled up as a magnet so the guests could take home.  
What was your wedding budget – and did you stick to it?  
We didn’t really have a budget in place although we knew we didn’t want to spend a lot and I think in total the whole day cost less than 10K.
Top money saving tip:  
Shop around and if you can make it yourself do it!  

We didn’t have a videographer but we did a marryoke song in our photo booth. 

Venue: Sloans, Glasgow 
Photographer: @inthenameoflovephotography 
Stationery:  The English Stamp Company  
Flowers:  DIY  
Cheese Cake: M&S
Donuts: McGhees Bakery 
MUA: @makeupbylauriewendy  
Hair: @hair_by_hollyaird 
Dress: @RowayJoy 
Shoes: Kate Spade  
Bridesmaids dresses: Asos and Depop  
Suits: Slaters  
Wedding Rings: Etsy 
Celebrant:  Irene Edgar from A Quiet Revolution  
Band/DJ: Brass Aye? Then Buckfast Supernova DJ’d later on.  
Photobooth: Foxy Photo Booth  

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