A fly­ing start

The Herald Business - - New Beginnings - Ann Wal­lace

AS Liz Far­rant heaved a huge sigh of re­lief on the plane tak­ing her and new hus­band Rolfe on their hon­ey­moon, she also felt “a lit­tle weird”. “Sud­denly, I didn’t have any­thing to or­gan­ise,” she smiles. “Not a sin­gle thing.”

Liz achieved what many be­lieve is nearim­pos­si­ble – the or­gan­i­sa­tion of a wed­ding in just over three months.

There are rules, af­ter all, when you de­cide to get mar­ried. And one of the big ones is you seem to have to spend at least 12 months in a flurry of flo­ral ar­range­ments, ta­ble plans and big dresses.

Liz bucked the trend, how­ever. She got en­gaged in April 2005 and was mar­ried in Au­gust the same year.

“It’s very do-able,” she says. “I’m not say­ing it wasn’t hard work, but it is achiev­able if you have a bit of fo­cus and a lot of or­gan­i­sa­tion. I had lots of lists, but it’s quite easy, as all the wed­ding mag­a­zines have check­lists and or­gan­is­ers, so you can’t go wrong.

“I’d rec­om­mend a short en­gage­ment to any­one. I don’t re­gret it for a sec­ond.”

The 29 year old from Shaw­lands, in Glas­gow, says she and Rolfe, 28, Euro­pean op­er­a­tions man­ager for an IT com­pany, sim­ply de­cided a long en­gage­ment was not for them.

“It was partly be­cause I’d watched my friends have a two-year, or three-year en­gage­ment, and it seemed like that was a very long time to have a wed­ding tak­ing over your life,” says Liz.

“Be­cause it does take over your life, there is no doubt about that. We just didn’t have it in us to spend two years or­gan­is­ing it all.

“And I was also think­ing about chang­ing my ca­reer from mar­ket­ing to pri­mary school teach­ing, which ob­vi­ously started in Au­gust. So it made sense to have the wed­ding, take a cou­ple of weeks off for the hon­ey­moon, and then come back to start my new ca­reer.”

There were no last-minute pan­ics, she says. “Most peo­ple in­volved in a wed­ding want you to work to their timeta­bles, par­tic­u­larly dress de­sign­ers and man­u­fac­tur­ers,” Liz ex­plains. “But if you do want it all done quickly, most will. Our big­gest dif­fi­culty was find­ing a venue, as so many are booked up well in ad­vance.”

Liz reck­ons she spoke to around 20 places, but even­tu­ally set­tled on Bal­birnie House Ho­tel in Fife.

“I saw it in a mag­a­zine and it looked stun­ning,” she says. “At first, I had been con­cen­trat­ing on the west coast, but when I saw the pho­tos, I was re­ally taken with it.

“And we were lucky enough to have their fab­u­lous wed­ding or­gan­iser, an amaz­ing wo­man, Gaynor.

“I re­mem­ber our first con­ver­sa­tion with her, when I told her the date we were think­ing of, and all she said was ‘okay, we have quite a lot to do, then.’ From that point on, she took care of ev­ery­thing. It was won­der­ful, and meant we could re­lax on the day, know­ing ev­ery­thing was un­der con­trol.”

Liz and Rolfe de­cided to get mar­ried on a Tues­day, but be­lieve the mid­week date did not put any­one off.

“Your friends and fam­ily are go­ing to want to see you get mar­ried, what­ever day it is, so they will al­ways make the ef­fort,” she says. “And more and more peo­ple are opt­ing for mid­week wed­dings – it’s no longer just a Satur­day af­ter­noon thing.”

Ev­ery­thing went very smoothly – and the hon­ey­moon pro­vided the per­fect fi­nal flour­ish.

“We spent some time in Bali, and then Sin­ga­pore, where we stayed at the Raf­fles Ho­tel,” ex­plains Liz. “We had men­tioned we were on our hon­ey­moon, but didn't think any­one had picked up on it.

“But on the way up to our room, we were told there was a sur­prise wait­ing for us. We as­sumed it would be a bot­tle of cham­pagne or some choco­lates, which would have been very nice.

“In­stead, we had been up­graded to the best suite in the ho­tel – the one Michael Jack­son has stayed in. It was out of this world – a 12-seat din­ing ta­ble, a bal­cony that went on for miles and an on-call but­ler. It was fan­tas­tic.”

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