Valentine’s day is normally filled with nights away at your favourite hotels and a bottle of vino at your favourite restaurant. However, due to coronavirus restrictions still in place over Valentine’s day, it comes to no surprise it will be a little different this year. There are still plenty ways you can celebrate in style at home this Valentines day, read more to find out.
Stay at home date night ideas
Valentines meal delivery
Most of our suppliers and local business’ have had to close due to the pandemic, but this doesn’t mean you still cannot support local this Valentines Day. Instead of your typical takeaway food, why not splash out and treat yourself to some chef made f
Scott’s Catering Services
Our recommended caterer Scott is offering a mixed meat, seafood and cheese sharing platter! This would be perfect for your date night at home.
Or why not purchase a lovely valentines 3 course meal made especially for you by our amazing recommended caterers Lazy Sunday. Only £33pp and delivery between Edinburgh and Dundee! Perfect treat for you and your loved one.
All of the proceeds are enabling the Lazy Sunday team to provide 150 meals a week to vulnerable people in our community.
Or why not surprise your other half to an Afternoon Tea from the fairmont hotel?
Five-star Fairmont St Andrews have launched their ‘At Home’ range for the local East Neuk community. From their infamous Fairmont Afternoon Tea for two, to specially selected items from their flagship restaurant St Andrews Bar & Grill, there is a variety of options to choose from. Collection from the hotel and delivery to the town of St Andrews is available.
Who doesn’t love a bouquet of flowers on Valentines day? Whether it be for your Mum, Granny or your partner that you are not allowed to see during this time, why not surprise them with a lovely homemade bouquet of flowers.
Amy Annand Flowers
One of our very talented Florists, Amy will be offering contact free deliveries to your home with beautiful bouquets of flowers for your loved ones. These bouquets start from £30!
This year our amazing Cath at Blue Poppy is offering the finest locally-grown, seasonal flowers delivered to your door every month starting May. These deliveries will be made on the 1st of the month available from May to October.
They will choose the best from their seasonal gardens, arrange them naturally and wrap in our Eco wrap.
3 month subscription £75 including delivery
6 month subscription (May-October) £150 including delivery
Delivery available throughout the East Neuk and St Andrews.
A gift voucher for your subscription will be sent in the post.
Want something different? Gloam offer beautiful valentines gift bundles and flowers that are perfect for everyone. All of their Valentines Flowers come gift wrapped in recyclable paper, with a flower care card an with the option to add a handwritten note for your recipient.
Delivery is available to central Scotland on 13th & 14th February. www.gloam.co.uk
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We have had the absolute pleasure of working with Scott & his team for a number of years now. Nothing but great laughs when we are working together. Scott has kindly answered a few questions about his services and what they offer.
What is the story behind Scotts Catering Services?
Scott’s Catering has been trading for 12 years now, Scott’s is managed by Scott himself but run his his amazing team, and without them we wouldn’t still be operating today. Some of our staff are young and only worked with us for a year or so and others have been on this great adventure with me and have been by my side for many many years.
My personal background is a young boy who failed at school goes to college to become a chef, Two years later I left and started working at the Old Course Hotel in St Andrews. Big job for such a young and naive kid, still only 17 years of age.
Over the next 15 years or so I had the pleasure of working in some amazing establishments, from the Old Course Hotel St Andrews, Grosvenor House Hotel Park Lane London, Old Manor Hotel Lundin Links, Balbirnie House Hotel Markinch, Craigsanquhar House Hotel Fife, Fairmont Hotel St Andrews.
Once I was done working long hours and no family life, I decided I wanted a change in direction, and got a job lecturing hospitality at Forth Valley College in Falkirk and Stirling.
As the next 10 years passed, I realised there was something missing from my life. I missed the buzz and excitement of the commercial kitchen, so while lecturing during the day in the evenings I found myself doing small private dinner parties, which grow into bigger events and then to weddings, Balls, Students Events, Sporting events, and to be honest all kinds of event.
So I decided then to move into the outside catering business full time as the demand was so great.
As the business grew I started purchasing some cutlery, crockery, glassware etc, to help event organisers keep costs down and to make it easier getting it all under one roof.
12 years later we are now in our 5th premises and we continue to grow. With that, our event knowledge is so much better, our delivery is much smoother, our staff are much more experienced and with over 300 different products to hire for your events, our package is much more complete.
What services do you offer?
We offer a one stop shop, with over 12 years in the outside catering business.
We can offer –
Designated Event manager to oversee your event from first meeting to Event Day
Tasting service of menu prior to the event.
Full tour of our premises, showing you all our products and how we operate
Full set up / dressage of the venue and break down at the end.
Event management and front of house staff on the day
Full kitchen team of qualified chefs, porters and logistic staff
Canape receptions, Grazing tables, full dinner service, Evening buffets
Full caterhire available to compliment your event
Most important of all – we only do one wedding a day, you are our main priority for today.
What is your style?
Due to our skills and knowledge we can offer several styles.
3 course plated food menu with a Scottish / French Influence
Family Service – sharing boards / grazing boards / Host The Roast
Street Food Market style Dining
Where does your inspiration come from?
At Scott’s we try to use local produce and suppliers where possible. Food is such a fashion and by the time an event comes around that crave can have already passed. We very much like to listen to our couples and create something around them, while we have many food menus and ideas on offer its so much easier working with the couples and creating something that works for them.
What has been one of your favourite dishes to make?
It’s not about one dish but maybe the style of Cooking, I personally love the street food market theme we can create at Kinkell Byre.
All the stalls are built around the food options on offer, and all the guests get a great dining experience with a twist. Just the faces of the guests as they walk into the food court area is memorable.
Why do you like working at Kinkell Byre?
That’s easy, Everyone at Kinkell has one goal, and that is to make the day the best it can be for all couples. We all get on well and work hard to achieve the same goal, we help out where needed and no one is not prepared to help support each other.
Do you have any advice for couples planning their day?
Everyone should have a checklist.
I would advise all couples to start as early as possible. Find the suppliers you connect with best and who you know will deliver what you’re looking for on your big day.
Don’t be frightened to ask your suppliers lots of questions, Make sure they know exactly what you want your day to be like
How do couples book you and what is your process?
Our process is simple.
Once we have discussed the big day and agreed on quotes etc we send out the agreement papers which couples read, sign and return with the non refundable deposit of £500.
Quotes may change as couples do change their minds on things, or numbers increase or decrease.
Due to the position we are in now with Covid all deposits paid are transferred to a new date if we have to reschedule.
It is always an absolute pleasure having Bespoke cater weddings at Kinkell Byre. Kelly and the team really do put the couples best interest at heart and will cater to any of your needs! Kelly has kindly answered a few questions about Bespoke and what inspires them to do what they do.
What is the story behind Bespoke Catering?
We are a small family run business that puts its clients at the heart of everything we do. We have two main parts to our business. The wedding side and the TV and film side where we have been fortunate enough to cater for some really amazing productions including, Outlander, Jurassic World, Outlaw King, and The grand Tour.
What services do you offer?
We offer a fully bespoke catering service designed around you. We also offer on the day event management, crockery and glassware hire and everything else that is needed to bring the day together.
What is your style?
We don’t have a set style and because we haven’t put ourselves in a certain catering category, this allows us so much creative freedom when it comes to designing our couples menus.
Where does your inspiration come from?
Our inspiration comes from our couples, we genuinely believe in getting to know our couples, and never know what we will be serving until we know who we will be serving. From individual dishes to entire events, every experience we create is truly unique, because each of our couples are unique
What would you say is your favourite dish?
I love tasting menus because there isn’t one single dish that is my favourite. Creating a journey and an experience through a tasting menu brings me so much happiness!
Why do you like working at Kinkell Byre?
Kinkell Byre is an amazing space, it really is the perfect blank canvas venue to start creating your dream day. It also has a large kitchen space which is such a treat when it comes to plating up your meal and because there is more kitchen space it does allow up more flexibility on what we can do and achieve in the space.
Do you have any advice for couples planning their day?
Make sure you plan the day you want, not the day you think you should have or your friends and family think you should have but the day that represents you as a couple!
How do couples book you and what is your process?
Everything we do is super flexible, and we will work with your food loves, ideas and budget to create the perfect dining experience for you and your guests. No matter your ideas we would love to hear them! Your wedding should be all about you, and we are here to help support that anyway we can!
To get things started we will send you our menu inspiration guide to help give you a feel for us and the flexibility you have working with us. Then once you are ready we will start working on a personalised proposal and quote for you.
Lazy Sunday are the epitome of fine dining and grazing tables. They offer exceptional service on the day of your wedding and make sure everything runs smoothly. Kasia from Lazy Sunday has kindly answered a few questions to give you a better understanding of what services they have to offer.
Tell us a little about Lazy Sunday?
Lazy Sunday feeling is all about sharing generous and simple homemade food. We want our guests to eat with their eyes first! Our motto is “we make everything beautiful”. What this means is: “beautiful to look at it and beautiful to eat “. We love to create the most relaxed ( but organized ) atmospheres and make your wedding one to be remembered! However, it’s not about us – it’s all about our lovely couples and the way they want to create their beautiful day . We are there to step in to help make it all happen!
What services do you offer and what is your style?
Whenever you are planning a wedding, birthday or any other celebration we can offer one of our fabulous and nicely styled up grazing tables which would definitely have a wow factor!
What is your favourite dish to make?
Many fantastic sharing dishes like; Salt dough Perthshire shoulder of lamb with Persian lentil salad, Sumac spiced cauliflower heads with herbs, pomegranates, yummy Pavlova with orange curd and caramelized apples. These are all perfect for any celebration.
Why do you like working at Kinkell Byre?
Every time we come back to Kinkell Byre it is always a joy. Fantastic views, great space, lovely staff that are always very helpful. We have many happy memories at Kinkell Byre and cannot wait to make more.
If you need some help with planning a wedding or organising any other celebration check our instagram/facebook page for daily updates or contact Carole or Kasia at
We have a fantastic choice of on-site locations for your unique ceremony. Inside and outside!
Here at Kinkell we have 3 indoor and 3 outdoor locations for your ceremony.
Indoor locations at Kinkell Byre:
Indoor Location 1. Our most popular Ceremony option is in the “Tattie Shed”. This shed that was added to the Byre in more recent years for storing potatoes in the winter. This is why this part of the building looks different to the rest of the Byre and has very little natural light. The Tattie shed is a large square room with red brick walls and a tin roof. However, it is also home to the custom-built starlight canopy, which Kinkell is well known for. This beautiful lighting canopy was built by Stephen Leslie of i-light to create a striking focal point in what originally was a very industrial looking shed.
The “Tattie Shed” can sit up to 200 guests comfortably for a ceremony and there are 3 different layouts in which you can choose from.
The most popular is the “horse shoe”. This is when the chairs are positioned in a semi-circle facing the red brick wall.
The second setup follows the flow of the canopy, sitting your guests in a full circle with the bride and groom saying their vows in the centre of the room. This is a very modern and unique setup for a wedding ceremony, which will leave your guests in awe and ensures that your wedding ceremony stands out from others.
The third and final setup in this room is a more traditional option with a long grand aisle for the bride to walk down with guests seated in rows at either side. At the bottom of the aisle the wall would typically be pipe and draped to create a beautiful white or coloured material backdrop adding a grand and luxurious look your wedding ceremony.
Indoor Location 2. The Entrance. This area, as you may have guessed is typically used as the entrance but it is the most charming room in the building. With lots of natural light flooding down the walls and its simple church-like shape, this is the most traditional looking ceremony location at Kinkell Byre. This area can sit 80 people in the lowers section and an addition 40 seated in the raised section.
Indoor Location 3. The glass door located in the bar area is our newest feature added to the Byre and has given the venue a slight modern twist framing our amazing sea views. This area is ideal for a small wedding under 100 guests and will allow you to say your vows in front of our spectacular sea views while fully protected from the Scottish weather.
Outdoor locations at Kinkell Byre:
Outdoor Location 1. The Country Garden with views of trees, a beautiful rustic field and an old 1800 water tower ruin forms a very pretty yet quirky setting for a ceremony. This lovely area is perfect for smaller, more intimate ceremonies.
Outdoor Location 2. There are two options outside the front of Kinkell Byre, which are the raised gravel area and the lower grass field. Both areas have breath-taking sea views. We are of course slightly biased, but I am sure many of you will agree that the view from outside Kinkell Byre is simply stunning and without a doubt one of the venue’s main features.
We have views right up the North East coast of Scotland, Carnoustie, Arbroath and Red Head and as far as Cruden Bay visible on a clear day. We are blessed with a unique micro-climate here on the east coast of Fife, granting us as many sunny days as the south of England, it’s surprising we do not see more ceremonies taking place outside!
Outdoor Location 3. Woodland Backdrop. This is an area that we have not yet had a ceremony but it would be STUNNING! For romantic boho wedding vibes we have the perfect wild flower garden which sits in front of the woodland area at Kinkell. This area would be simple yet beautiful and require very little or no decor. It is quite a small area meaning it would be best for ceremonies under 80 people.
We got together with an amazing florist who we see quite often here at Kinkell Byre, Blue Poppy Flowers. People regularly ask us about flowers and wedding floral arrangements, but it’s actually a subject we don’t actually know too much about! So with this in mind today’s blog has been put together to help us all out, with some amazing advice and information from a professional wedding flower specialist.
Question time with Cath, from Blue Poppy Florist:
What should a couple consider when searching for their perfect florists? (Are all florists the same?)
It’s important that you find the right florist for you. Each florist has their own style. You can get a good idea from looking at their website or social media. This way you can find someone who is on the same wavelength as you.
Our style is natural, leafy, colourful and garden-inspired. This style works perfectly with barn venues like Kinkell. We update our Instagram regularly (@bluepoppyflorist) For a lot of couples flowers are not something they know much about. How do you know what you want/can have?
It’s fine if you don’t know your flowers. We wouldn’t expect you to know everything- that’s our job. It’s more important that we get an idea of your style. Photos are really helpful as we can see immediately the look you want to achieve e.g festival, woodland, leafy or romantic and then we can guide you through the options and flower choices.
Does time of year of a couple’s wedding dictate what flowers they can have?
Yes, to an extent. You can get flowers out of season but they can be hugely pricey and can be of low quality. It is better to look at the seasonal varieties and colours available.
What is the cost of wedding flowers?
The total cost will include the following: flowers, VAT, sundries (e.g ribbons, foam, pins), packaging, containers, insurance, staff wages, vehicles, mileage. We tend to decorate larger wedding venues for which we can be arranging upwards of 1500 stems, so florist’s time is a big factor. Most weddings take our base team (of 4 people) a minimum of 90 hours in total. That’s a lot of flowering!
We create completely bespoke designs so there is no set price. We do have a minimum spend of £1200 to cover our costs. For a quote you can get in touch via the contact form on the website www.bluepoppyflorist.com.
How can a couple save money on their flowers or make their budget go further?
We always do an itemised quote for all arrangements on your wish-list initially. If that comes to over your budget we look at options. I would suggest going for a few key high impact arrangements over lots of little arrangements everywhere. Also reusing ceremony arrangements in the reception area is a good way to save money e.g aisle flowers and candles can be used to create a lovely top table display.
To save money you can DIY some things if you are confident and have plenty time. Sometimes couples will DIY little jars to dot around tables etc and we do the bouquets and bigger arrangements such as arches, ceremony arrangements.
What is the process after booking?
After booking us for your wedding flowers, we are on hand to answer any questions over email. Usually I would suggest a meeting at the venue at some point before your wedding where we can discuss arrangements. If you don’t live in the country, we arrange wedding flowers over email/phone.
Dates usually book up a year in advance so it’s likely you will see new ideas in the interim. It’s fine to a change a few arrangements along the way and we can re-quote for these. We ask for the final order to be confirmed 1 month before the wedding although understand you may need extra emergency buttonholes for a family member or friend you have forgotten about.
About Kinkell – What do you like about Kinkell, what works best and what are your favourite things to do at Kinkell?
Kinkell is a truly unique venue which is not comparable to any other. It’s amazing to see the space starting as a beautiful, blank canvas (with only Archie the highland coo as décor) transformed to a twinkly wonderland. Our favourite part of the set-up is seeing family and friends come into the venue and hearing the gasps and seeing the joyful reactions. There is no doubt Kinkell has the wow factor!
For us it is about enhancing the space, not hiding it. We love to dress the beautiful stone doorways with cascades of greenery and flowers. One of our favourite arrangements to create are hanging flowers. These look really magical in the ceremony area or above the top table. We love to use colour and feel it really brings the space to life. If colour isn’t your thing incorporate lots of greenery for impact.
We are lucky enough to be doing the flowers at Kinkell at least once a month so we know every nook and cranny- what works well and what makes impact. Flowers add life and warmth to the space and we always try to bring the feel of the garden indoors. The finishing touch is the lighting. The i-light team spend hours creating the perfect lighting which transforms the area into a fairy-tale venue.
What services do you offer?
We offer all flower arrangements ranging from wired hair flowers up to large scale installations and everything inbetween. We also hire props as part of our floral arrangements e.g milk churns, woodland props, rustic crates, vases, candles etc. Our delivery, set up and removal service is always included. That way you can relax and enjoy yourselves before and after the wedding.
What is Blue Poppy’s story?
We started selling garden flowers at farmers’ markets and Christmas stalls 6 years ago and steadily grew as a business over time. Although we started doing all florist work we now specialise in weddings due to demand. To date we have provided flowers for over 200 weddings.
We are a little different to the usual florist as we also have a family flower farming business. From April-October, we grow thousands of flowers in a 2 acre garden which are added to our arrangements.
We really do love our job. Meeting our couples, listening to their plans and bringing their ideas to life is an incredible honour. Every week we enter the workshop bursting with enthusiasm and ready to create something beautiful and unique.
And finally, Cath’s personal advice on what type of flowers to have at your wedding:
Go with the season and you will always have beautiful, timeless wedding flowers! In Spring, use delicate scented bulbs and blossom; in summer, wild flowers, roses and sweet peas; in autumn rich coloured dahlias and textures look amazing and in winter, the warm glow of candles amongst garlands and pinecones provide simple elegance.
All images are of work that Blue Poppy Flowers did for a wedding in May 2018 here at Kinkell Brye. Images are by Robin at i-light.
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We have a preferred bar supplier and here are the reasons why.
Our preferred bar supplier – Event Bars St Andrews
Here at Kinkell Byre we have decided to have a set bar supplier, Event Bars St Andrews. Event Bars is run by two gentlemen, Brian and Ross who we have come to know very well.
By having a set bar supplier, we feel this gives our clients a bar set up which appears to be a permanent feature and also provides a very high standard bar service without sacrificing the flexibility of the venue.
What do they offer that other mobile bar companies don’t?
Well… Event bars are based here at Kinkell Byre so this means that it works out cheaper for the client. They also have all their stock on site which allows them to stock more,
They have over 45 different gins in stock as well as 35 different malt whiskys!!
Stocking ‘Big Al’s Pale Ale’! Named after the 17yr old pet bullock at Kinkell Byre, hand reared since being orphaned at birth! Many thanks to St Andrews Brewing Co. for producing this stunning ale!
How it works
The way Event Bars work is pretty straightforward really. As long as you have more than 100 adult guests attending your wedding there is no charge for their services. If however you have less than 100 adults attending there is a small setup fee applied which is in place to ensure they cover all of their costs.
They will provide and install a fully equipped bar which includes draught Tennents, Guinness and, depending on guest numbers, a real ale from St Andrews Brewing Company. The extensive drinks list includes approximately 40 different gins, 30 malt whiskies as well as various vodkas, rums, bottled beers/ales, ciders etc.
Event Bars can also proudly boast to having their very own bottled ale, named ‘Big Al’s Pale Ale’ ,which is brewed in memory of the much loved pet bullock, here at Kinkell Byre.
As well as the bar provision, Event Bars also offer another great service which has proved to be extremely popular…
They can supply you with fantastic wines and fizz for the reception and breakfast at extremely affordable prices. They take care of the ordering, delivery and chilling of the wines so it is one less thing for you to think/worry about. Added to this, they will happily advise you on quantities required and can even offer you samples to try at your leisure!!
Their wine list is comprehensive to say the least and definitely worth considering!
Get in touch
If you are planning a Kinkell Byre wedding, here is how to get in touch with Event Bars St Andrews.
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Everything you need to know about wedding decor at Kinkell Byre
There is a lot of advice out there when it comes to wedding decor and a huge array of suppliers offering their services, to help make sure you get it right. However, when it comes to a barn wedding venue like Kinkell Byre, there really isn’t much information out there to help you. Our barn is a beautiful rustic old building, creating a perfect backdrop that allows each couple to design a wedding around their personal tastes. We understand it can be a little daunting knowing exactly how to achieve the look that you want and with this in mind we have asked the professionals (who have worked at Kinkell Byre) what their advice is, and what services that they can offer a couple getting married at Kinkell Byre.
Just Vintage Hire provides a prop hire and styling service. I would describe the style as alternative with a mixture of rustic, vintage, boho and industrial props. Couples can choose to just hire props by visiting the website or making an appointment to view at Just Vintage Hire HQ. Alternatively, I offer 2 styling packages to help couples bring their styling vision to life or just lend a helping hand and take some of their stress away.
I would really love a Kinkell Byre couple to hire my Peacock chairs to create a full on boho seating or chill out area. Used with rugs, tables, lanterns and floor cushions it would definitely make a real statement as well as being somewhere nice to relax. I love the Kinkell Byre tractor area, because well who doesn’t want a tractor at their wedding? It makes a great background for seating areas, photo stations and games zones.
My favourite source for wedding decor inspiration has to be Instagram, I follow some fantastic pages like @barnweddings, @junebugweddings and @greenweddingshoes. There is a constant stream of new ideas and lovely images to be inspired by.
My advice for Kinkell Byre couples is don’t be afraid to be different and if you think something is a great idea then just go for it. I am always up for helping couples create something special that is just them. Kinkell Byre is a gorgeous backdrop and blank space to let your imagination run wild!
At The Little White Cow we make DIY venues a little less naked and a little more you. We can take a space like Kinkell and make it yours with our props, finishing touching and styling skills. It’s not about traditions, trends or what others think – we’ll listen to you and help bring to life that little inkling, dreamy notion or vibe that you’ve been holding onto. It’s important and we get it.
Our large selection of chesterfield sofas look epic in the long room, turning the bar into a lounging space, and our selection of archways means that each ceremony can be completely different.
Our fave part of Kinkell Byre is personalising the entrance way so that your guests get a feel for the day, and your personalities, as soon as they enter!
Our favourite source for inspiration is your pinterest boards! We love to see what our couples are pinning, we are less trend led and more interested in what it is YOU like and makes sense for YOUR day.
Our advice to Kinkell byre couples is, take a deep breath. And call us.
Carnival Chaos are a leading event design and production company. We are a creative team of designers, scenic artists and florists dedicated to transforming venues such as Kinkell Byre into striking and unique environments for our clients. Creativity is key, and with our own dedicated studio and workshop in Edinburgh, there’s no limit to the creativity we can bring to your wedding or event. Initially we suggest meeting at our studio or are equally happy escaping to Kinkell Byre, whichever suits you best – it’s a starting point so we get to know you and a chance to discuss the design inspirations.
What we have that we thing looks amazing at Kinkell Byre is a forest of trees specially grown for weddings and events. All the greenery we use is composted; we really make the world go round!
We love to dress everything at Kinkell Byre including all the nooks and crannies, both inside and out but sadly we can’t dress the sea! If we really have to choose it would be the main dining and dancing area, we like the scale of this space and the elevation leading the guests into it.
Where do we find inspiration? – An abundance of nature and a touch of bling – we love trees, trees, trees, flowers and plants mixed with a giant whirling mirror ball.
Our advice to Kinkell couples is every season is lovely so don’t necessarily be driven by a summer wedding – spring, autumn and winter are equally special with the added rustic cosiness of Kinkell Byre.
As Kinkell’s recommended supplier, they have kindly done some of the hard work for you in finding a creative supplier you can trust. SuperNova are award winning venue stylists, wedding florists and wedding planners who have a huge in house hire section, over a decade of experience and a talented and dedicated team. We offer a wide range of luxury linens, chiavari and occasional chairs in Gold, Silver, Mahogany, lime-wash, Black and Perspex, 7 different types of candelabras, various flower vessels for every type of display, cherry blossom trees plus charger plates and table top decor ranges. We have a range of free standing draping kit and arches, décor accessories and props so hold stock of just about every decor item you could wish for!
Our award winning in house florist team create stunning bridal party flowers, ceremony flowers and reception flowers from bouquets, to floral arches to table top to hanging installations and have over a decade of knowledge to guide you to get the most out of your chosen budget.
We work in two ways, you can pick and hire the items you wish and we come and set them up for you on the day of your wedding or we can design the look of your entire day with you. We have an initial consultation over the phone then start putting together ideas and options for you to come see at our studio or by email/skype if that suits you better. We work closely with our couples to ensure they feel supported throughout their planning with us and are flexible to changes along the way.
We hold a huge variety of styles to personalise your wedding day. Our cherry blossom trees are stunning in Kinkell and we can create any beautiful florals to suit your chosen wedding day, there are so many places for these to go.
What is your favourite part of Kinkell Byre to dress? – It all! We love creating an entrance to excite your guests as soon as they arrive. The ceremony room with all those fairy lights is just so romantic!
Our inspiration comes from our team, we have weekly brainstorming meetings and play days at our studio to find new creations and styles and we look ahead to new fashion trends for inspiration.
Our advice for is; as much as it’s not fun, creating a wedding budget is really important, it ensures you are matched with products and suppliers accordingly as they’ll work to get the most out of this for you once they know what this is. For your decor, flowers and styling decide on your must have items first then you can always add other items on but it’ll help you stay focus on what you both agree are important features and elements on your day.
Here at GO2 Event Hire we provide various items to enhance your chosen look or theme. You can choose from our I LOVE LETTERS 5ft Light Up Alphabet. Entertain your guests with Vintage & Retro Games from our JUST FOR FUN range or add the little details form our PROP ME UP items. All of our items are Delivered and Installed at Kinkell Byre by our own team to insure they are positioned correctly and are of the best quality. We can also arrange to set up the display prior to your wedding. This allows you the chance to see your items in place before the big day!
We have a large stock of items that can help create Kinkell Byre into a wondrous venue. Our lighting ranges suit the rustic charm of the stonework walls and add that something personal to the already outstanding lighting features at Kinkell. The Dance floor is a great space to let your guests know what your day is all about! You can light it up with 5ft letters DANCE?, PARTY?, your INITIALS? or even your new SURNAME? ‘ St Andrews ‘ is also the home of golf! Why not entertain your guests with our mini-golf holes? These can be set up in the Bar area to enjoy through out the day!
It’s hard to choose a favourite part of Kinkell to dress, because its all great! The high ceilings and open space of the main area always create a warm feeling of ‘ wow, how amazing does this look! ‘ when its time for you guests to arrive. If pushed, we would say that having lighting set against the brickwork and barrels would be our favourite!
We always look at what inspires us to do what we do! Our workshop is always coming up with new ideas on what would look great & different! We strive to create items that compliment each other together or sit as a single piece that no-one else has seen before. Whether it be a fully restored 5ft Light up Star from a old fairground ride or a new hand made light box for your wedding schedule? We love looking around antique fairs, craft fairs, reclamation yards and sourcing items that we can give a second life to, especially if it involves a few days in the workshop!
Our advice – Enjoy the great space on offer! One of the charms of Kinkell Byre is that there are no set rules to go by! You can make the main entrance a wonder of light & foliage to welcome your guests or let the rustic walls & natural light do the talking! We would always recommend trying to create a story or theme and let your guests find out a little bit at a time.
We are an East Neuk based Prop hire and styling company. We specialise in organic, rustic and boho style events. We love to decorate barns, tents, outdoor spaces and interesting places. Every wedding is bespoke. We work with you to design your perfect day. We offer options for all budgets and requirements from diy “dry hire” of our props up to a full design styling and setup service. We can make bespoke props and source most things. Contact us by email email@example.com or you can find us on instagram and facebook too @throughthelookingglass. We will call you back to discuss your requirements. We often share a pinterest board with you too so we can really get to know your style!
Our straw bales are the ideal rustic seating option for Kinkell Byre. We can even make them into huge comfy sofas complete with cosy wool blankets and tweed cushions!
Our favourite space is the ceremony area at the back of the main barn, it has a very special feel. When the fairy lights are on and the alter space and aisle are dressed it becomes a really magical space. We love an organic foliage and flower backdrop! Saying that the “chill out” areas and bar areas are always great to dress as they are about comfort and lots of fun while of course looking good too!
Nature and the beautiful landscape of the East coast is definitely where we find inspiration. We are so lucky to live in such a special part of Scotland. We source as many of our materials locally as we can including our flowers which come from local growers, our wooden tree rounds cut from local estates and our straw bales from local farms.
Advice to couples, don’t underestimate the time it takes to dress a big barn venue like Kinkell Byre. If you opt to go for the DIY option and simply hire your decor then remember to book in lots of helpers and give yourself time. It’s totally achievable with a trusty team of hardworking friends and family and a useful option if your budget is tight. Alternatively take the pressure off and go for the styling and set up option with your prop hire supplier. You wont lose any control over the styling yet you will have time to enjoy the day before you wedding, catch up with family and pamper yourself before the big day!
i-light stands for Individual Lighting Production and that is exactly what Stephen and his guys offer. A bespoke lighting package to make each event at Kinkell unique.
i-light do not just provide decorative lighting which makes the barn look pretty, they provide a full production service along with lighting which works well for ALL your suppliers and plans. This allows your wedding to be the highest possible standard and run like clockwork.
i-light is our preferred lighting supplier and this is because we know it works, we know the service that is offered by this supplier is exceptional and great value for money.
We have 15 years experience hosting events at Kinkell Byre and we have seen a lot and learned a lot in that time. Our advice is talk to us and discuss your plans with us so we can provide you with the best guidance possible without getting too involved.
A brief guide based on our experiences with caterers at our barn wedding venue
Choosing a caterer will be one of your most important tasks when organising a barn wedding.
A good caterer will work with you to create the perfect schedule for your wedding day and for the majority of the day, they will manage that schedule and make sure things go to plan.
So, what do you need to consider when choosing a caterer for your barn wedding?
Firstly, you need to think about what type of food you would like. There are so many options out there, so think long and hard, as a couple, about what type of food you and you’re guests would enjoy. If you are not sure, a good caterer will be able to advise based on your tastes.
Secondly, you need to have a rough idea of what your budget is (per head). Caterers, just like restaurants, can vary hugely in price.
Thirdly, a barn wedding is different to a standard hotel wedding. You need a caterer who understands this and can work just as well, if not better, within a barn setting.
What types of Caterers do we work with here at Kinkell Byre?
The All-in-One caterer – This is a very popular type of caterer and one that we see most often here at Kinkell. ‘All in one’ essentially means they take care of it all for you – they have their own cater hire, décor, staff, and front of house coordinator. They also set up everything for you, take care of all the catering during your day and stay until the end to clear up. This option is a low hassle option for couples, especially if you are planning your wedding at a distance from the venue. They also often work out to be the cheaper option as they sometimes offer reduced rates on cater hire.
Catering & Service – This type of caterer will work closely with you to choose the perfect menu and timings for your wedding. They will arrive on the day of the wedding with staff and deal with all the catering side of your event. The responsibility to organise cater hire and set up tables tends to be left with you but most Catering & Service caterers will help you with this. You may need to organise suppliers to break down the furniture and contribute towards clearing up the venue at the end of your wedding.
Street Food – Food vans or stalls can be located on-site and serve up their speciality food to you and your guests. This is a lovely, fun and relaxed option but street food caterers can vary a lot in terms of what’s included so make sure you understand the package on offer.
All options are fantastic in their own right and they allow you to choose exactly what you want for your wedding day.
I have asked all of our recommended caterers “What does your company offer a Kinkell Byre couple?” and you can read through their replies below.
Scotts Catering Services Scott’s Catering Services, is run by chefs & good friends Scott Dougall & George Scott. Between them, they have over 44 years of the hospitality experience. Scott’s provides the highest level of food production, menus, service & event management for all events, no matter the size. We have a wide range of menu’s to suit all types of events and numbers. Alternatively we are more than happy to work with our clients and develop a menu to suit their needs, events & budgets. We only use the best fresh quality produce from local businesses and suppliers, supplying only Scottish produce when possible. From this we can promise exciting & freshly prepared menu’s to satisfy you and your guests. Scott’s is pretty much a one-stop shop with a great selection of Hiring Products from Sofa’s, tables, and Rustic furniture, Crockery, Cutlery, all you will need to create your event at Kinkell Byre.
Scott’s new menu option, which is only available Kinkell Byre, is a Street Food Court.
Gourlay Events The Gourlay business started as a family butcher in 1946 based in the Perthshire town of Crieff. In 2009 the family business expanded to launch an external catering service for weddings and other events. This venture has been very successful and becomes one of the foremost catering businesses in Scotland.
We can deal with the table setup including tablecloths, crockery, cutlery and the provision of glasses. We also provide a fully operational portable kitchen for cooking your menu onsite. We aim to help you enjoy the wedding day by ensuring all arrangements for the catering behind the scenes are managed in a professional manner and your guests are well cared for.
Patrick Gilmour Event Catering Patrick will plan and undertake your event catering personally. With 18 years experience as a chef and caterer, the menu is always at the heart of the planning, and each and every event he undertakes will be tailored to the client’s personal tastes and favourite flavours, to suit all budgets.
Lazy Sunday Lazy Sunday is the relaxed approach to how food should look, adventurous, generous and happy, colourful and tasty. Perfect for feasting with family and friends, created with joy and smiles.
St Andrews Event Catering We cater at Kinkell throughout the year and have done so for the last 15 years. Every event is different and totally unique to each client – which the venue lends itself to. We do everything from formal dining and casual sharing to street food style, grazing and many more. If the client has a food idea we will implement this for them. We have been told we are very calm and discreet caterers. We pride ourselves in being so much more than caterers as the same team look after our clients from first contact until the end of their event.
Bespoke Catering & Events Bespoke Catering & Events is a well-established and highly respected catering and events company based in Stirling. The Bespoke team is filled with some of the most creative and experienced professionals in the industry, bringing with them a wealth of experience in high-end catering, event styling and event management. Our approach to menu planning for our couples means that we get to work with a huge variety of styles of cuisine and presentation, we feel this makes us an ideal choice for a venue like Kinkell, where you have free-reign in creating any style of wedding that you wish. Our chefs all have very diverse backgrounds and have trained all over the world. This comes in very handy when we are asked to recreate some far-flung dish that one of our couples has tried while travelling. We are also increasingly being asked to cater for fully vegan or gluten free menus and we really enjoy rising to these new challenges.We truly believe that each wedding should be unique to the couple who are tying the knot – in fact, we are yet to do the exact same menu twice for any of our weddings to date!
Wilde Thyme At Wilde Thyme we create menus which are individual to each client and their event. Whether we are producing a canapé menu for a drinks reception, an intimate dinner party menu, a wedding breakfast or a corporate dinner for VIP guests, we always work closely with the client to produce a menu that reflects their food preferences. We only use highly reputable local Scottish suppliers and growers, and we have over the years put great emphasis on using those suppliers who can give us provenance of our food. When you decide on Kinkell as your venue we will work together to ensure that your day goes seamlessly, we jump into your vision and are with you every step of the way to ensure your friends and family will always remember your special day.
En Croute En Croute Catering ltd is an award-winning caterer with 25 years’ experience in the wedding industry. Our talented and progressive chefs, together with our fantastic front-of-house teams, will ensure your day is as memorable as you have always dreamt it would be. We will work with you to create a bespoke menu, which perfectly reflects your tastes and aspirations.
Ginger Snap The ethos of Ginger Snap is to create seasonal food that tastes and looks spectacular, with an innovative, flawless approach to service. Whatever the occasion Ginger Snap can provide you with everything from event management, to food styling, bringing you an unforgettable experience, with memories to savour. Ginger Snap doesn’t do ‘packages’, we think each client deserves more and is special to us. We use our extensive experience, ties with local suppliers, to create unique, faultless events, which work for you. Our top-notch chefs are passionate, driven and experienced, allowing them to push the boundaries of traditional British cuisine to create delicious, seasonal and exciting food inspired by the beauty and diversity of Scotland’s landscape. Our innovative, symbiotic approach to food and service is really starting to turn heads in Scotland.
King Boar King Boar Catering are recognised as a premier Spit Roast Specialist, however we offer so much more than the Boar!! With a wide range of services available from Canapés, Wedding Breakfasts, BBQ’s, Buffets and Spit Roast’s, we will adapt to any occasion and our menus are tailored to you, not to us. Using local suppliers and seasonal produce, we are passionate about quality ingredients and traceability. Along with our delicious food, we provide crockery, cutlery and glassware hire and we have all the catering equipment needed to create a kitchen at Kinkell! Our friendly team of waiting staff are there to make sure you don’t have to lift a finger, so you can sit back and enjoy your event. We can also help to arrange any additional services that we are unable to offer through our trusted partners.
Street Food is a big trend at the moment so we have put together a list of some great street food suppliers and some info on how to make street food work for your event.
A lot of street food providers do not necessarily provide staff and therefore it is important to ensure the smooth running of your event that there will be sufficient staff available to take care of serving and clearing of food, wine & water. This may also need to include setting tables and clearing at the end of the night.
Wild Rover We would love to bring seasonal, scrumptious, sustainable food to your wedding at Kinkell Byre. Our focus is on sourcing the best quality ingredients from our farmer friends and artisan suppliers and cooking your food fresh on the day with a touch of theatre to boot! With our quirky Land Rover Gracie and our ex-army Field Kitchen, we bring more to your day than scrumptious food. There is something inherently fun about the break out into canapés which are made, cooked on our Field Kitchen and served straight to your friends with a bit of character. Ultimately, we aim to encourage a relaxed, communal approach to eating and an experience you will be talking about long after bellies are filled!
The Crepe Shack At The Crepe Shack we provide freshly made to order authentic French crepes with a Scottish twist. We offer a personalized service to please every palate with a wide range of sweet and savoury toppings. If you are looking for something different, convivial and of high quality with “ce je ne sais quoi”, look no further and get in touch with us!
Wild Fire Pizza Wild Fire Pizza Serves freshly made pizzas from a beautifully converted horsebox. It’s the perfect addition to your wedding day. Ideally suited for your evening buffet or as an addition to a festival style wedding breakfast. We have a range of pizza packages for you to choose from, all to fit your tastes and budget.
The Cheesy Toast Shack The Cheesy Toast Shack is the perfect accompaniment to any wedding. They come in at a time of your choice, and serve a selection gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches to your guests. Setting up in their purpose built popup, it perfectly compliments the aesthetic of Kinkell Byre, with its rustic and raw materials, yet still maintaining the street food element that is ever so popular at the moment. These guys offer thick, generously filled toasties, made with locally and ethically sourced ingredients, which will leave your guests talking about them even after the wedding.
Screaming Peacock Screaming Peacock is a unique and quirky catering company offering the highest quality Gourmet Venison & Pheasant Burgers at events all around Scotland. They bring charm and class whilst serving up top of the range burgers hand-made in Fife using the best Scottish Game, right from their statement Peacock-clad food truck.
Highland Spit Roasts Highland Spit Roasts has been providing FABULOUS spit roasts since 1989. We specialise in producing crispy golden crackling and moist tender meat from locally bred pigs. We are famous for our crackling and were chosen to provide the roast for Prince William and Kate on their recent visit to Strathearn – the crackling definitely met with royal approval! Our roasts are cooked on a spit which turns, letting the juices run through the meat and keeping it tender and moist – ( the knights of old knew a thing or two about roasting meat!). We can carve either straight off the roast or onto platters for table service. The roaster is designed to work indoors so guests can admire the roast turning and then – see it lifted up above the roaster, sizzling and delicious, ready for carving – Great theatre!
Fish & Frites Fish & Frites Anstruther is a Citroen HY Van sure to wow your guests. We serve the freshest local food from the East Neuk of Fife and pride ourselves on being unique.
All of the above caterers have at some point worked at Kinkell Byre and we can confidently recommend them for your event at Kinkell Byre. With over 14 years of experience working alongside many caterers we have got to know many of them very well. However, Just because a caterer is not on our recommended suppliers list, it doesn’t mean they are not great at what they do, we just might not have worked with them enough to add them to our list.
Sandy and Sam are always here to offer their advice, knowledge and experience so do not hesitate to get in touch with any of your catering queries and they will do their best to point you in the right direction.
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An introduction to removing the stress from planning your barn wedding
Planning a wedding can be a very daunting task, especially when you want a unique wedding venue such as a barn.
We are always more than happy to offer our couples guidance and support when they ask for it but couples are not always sure what kind of questions to ask.
So… we thought it might be helpful to pull together lots of wedding advice and information and do a series of blogs about how to plan a barn wedding.
Kinkell Byre has been a venue since 2004 and we now have 14 years of experience in hosting barn weddings. We have held hundreds of weddings in that time and probably witnessed hundreds of varying themes and styles. I think it’s safe to say, we know what works.
The most magical thing about a blank canvas wedding venue is that no two weddings look the same and it provides the foundation for endless possibilities for different themes and styles. It allows you to create YOUR dream wedding.
Where do you start?
There are so many options!
Is it worth the money?
Do we really need it?
It can be pretty scary for some people when they realise how many different options are available and also how fast suppliers book up.
To help you plan a stress free wedding, over the next few months, we will use our experience and gather all the information we think you need to know and create a series of easy to understand blog articles offering all the advice and tips that will make your planning as stress free as is possible..
To get you started, here is an amazing wedding checklist by Confetti.co.uk
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