Ask the expert | Citation, Glasgow
Pauline Muir’s wedding industry journey started in 2017 when she got a job as an in-house wedding coordinator at a unique Glasgow wedding venue.
“Previous to this I had worked in different areas of events and hospitality including bar and late night venues and in the boxing world.”
Talk about a different field to the world of romance!
However, she always had an interest in weddings so knew the move into that industry was the perfect next step.
“My passion for the wedding world stems back to when I first say Jennifer Lopez in her 2001 blockbuster The Wedding Planner,” she smiles.
“I loved how much she loved her job and how interactive the role seemed, and I can confirm it definitely lived up to my expectations when I finally stepped into the role myself.”
Recently Pauline has taken on a new challenge in her role as weddings manager at Citation and she’s loving it!
“My passion is for unique city venues and Citation is a historic venue which is loved by so many,” she explains. “It was previously the old Glasgow court building and is so grand and unique, making it the perfect backdrop for a wedding day.
“The exposed brick, rustic wooden floors and an elegant staircase radiates charm, overlooking the beautiful Merchant City with its fairy lit pillars and heated balcony.”
Whether you favour an intimate wedding package or want an all out grand affair Citation has something for everyone.
You can even choose from midweek wedding packages, evening receptions and winter wedding packages.
“The diversity in our packages and bespoke catering alternatives means we meet so many different types of couple from all walks of life – definitely one of my favourite things about working at Citation,” smiles Pauline.
Added to its obvious aesthetic charms there are other elements that really make Citation stand out as a wedding venue.
“It’s fully accessible for wheelchair users or guests with mobility issues,” Pauline points out.
“Children and dogs are welcome all day, meaning every member of the family can attend a wedding at Citation.” Good to know if you’re desperate for your fur baby to be by your side!
So why have a wedding coordinator or manager?
With Pauline in charge of your day from the initial enquiry you can be sure she’ll bring your plans to life and she tells us why her role is invaluable.
“There can be many plans made and changed in the year leading up to the wedding and having a wedding manager helps take some of the weight off a couple, bridging the gap between venue and suppliers,” she explains.
“A couple can plan every inch of their day to the smallest detail. However, when the day finally arrives they need to trust and rely on their suppliers to work together and pull it off.
“The process of wedding planning should be fun for a couple, and a wedding manager can help keep the to do list in check and help with any unexpected hurdles along the way.”
The process at Citation
Pauline has planning down to a fine art and from the initial enquiry couples are in direct contact with her.
She’ll welcome you in for a show round and chat through your plans.
Once you book Citation she’ll also schedule in a planning meeting for around nine months before your big day, allowing you to plan, discuss timings, menu options and the general format of the day.
And then the fun jobs really kick in.
“The next step is menu tasting where couples get to sample our menu and wines, meeting our head chef and in-house team,” says Pauline.
“It’s the perfect opportunity to get familiar with our wonderful team.”
A final meeting happens approximately two months before the wedding where you firm up all plans.
“The day before the wedding I will meet couples again for the last time before the big day, where they will likely drop off any personal items and discuss any last-minute changes,” adds Pauline.
“This allows couples to finally hand all of their plans over to myself and our managers.”
But if you’re desperate to see inside Citation outwith these meetings, don’t worry.
Once you’ve booked you’ll be invited to all the in-house events including wedding fayres and open evenings, allowing you to see round again.
When the big day dawns
When your wedding day at Citation finally arrives your suppliers will be able to gain access from 10am for any set up and Pauline will be there to greet them and assist them.
Then an hour before the ceremony everything will be set up ready to go and you can relax.
Ceremonies in Citation are held in the stunning Merchant Suite upstairs which is beautifully dressed with chiavari chairs, lanterns, fairy lights and pillar candles and you can have anything between 15 and 130 guests.
Then following the ceremony you’ll enjoy a drinks reception with your guests downstairs in the Taverne bar.
It’s back upstairs again for dinner and speeches in the Merchant Suite before the evening entertainment kicks off back in the bar for celebrating and dancing.
With years of wedding planning under her belt Pauline has some invaluable tips for couples, the first being to schedule time for yourselves!
“Your wedding day will go by so quickly and it can be hard to not get caught up with guests and family members on the day, so making plans for some time to yourselves is important and will often be a couple’s favourite point of the day,” she says.
Secondly, she advises having the day you want and dispensing with any so-called traditions that don’t suit you.
“There are many traditions couples feel uncomfortable with including speeches, cake cuttings, first dances and formal photos,” says Pauline. “Don’t do it if you don’t want to!
“The end goal is to get married and celebrate. Do what feels right to you and your partner.”
And finally, enjoy the process!
“Remember why you are getting married and let your suppliers be the ones to work hard for you,” she adds.
“Couples can often get caught up in pleasing others or obsessing over small details which they will likely not care about on the day.”