Lisa Bauer

Mony a mickle maks a muckle. All the small things add up to a lot.

Tartan Weddings is a premier destination wedding planning service that designs unique wedding experiences in historic castles of Scotland. Founded in 2018, Tartan Weddings was born out of a love for Scottish castles, traditions, and the incomparable beauty of the Scottish countryside. A native of Scotland, Founder Lisa Bauer decided to combine her event planning skills with knowledge of her home country to help guide couples to create the wedding of their dreams. Tartan Weddings strives to preserve Scottish wedding traditions such as: Quaich, handfasting, bagpipes, kilts, and many more. Tartan Weddings handles every aspect of a destination wedding from dealing with suppliers, guest lists, passports, travel, officiants, music, decor and more.

Where did the idea for your company come from?

The idea Tartan Weddings came about after I got married in a Scottish castle in the summer of 2017. I wanted to help others have a fairy tale castle wedding at a reasonable price.

What does your typical day look like and how do you make it productive?

My typical day starts at 5:30 am. This is the prime time for me to correspond with vendors based in Scotland, since it’s still morning there. I get my to-do’s ahead of time and stick to my schedule for email responses, research, website work, follow-ups etc. I wait until my work day is over around 4pm to tackle all my mum and wife duties.

How do you bring ideas to life?

At first I think about the situation and put a lot of thought into it. When I come up with a plan, I usually run it by my super supportive husband Craig or sometimes my team. I like to share my ideas with a few people to get a better overall reaction.

What’s one trend that excites you?

I’m excited to see more foliage and less floral for table centers. If done correctly this looks so elegant and can transform the venue completely.

What is one habit of yours that makes you more productive as an entrepreneur?

I don’t give up easily. I have an idea and I see it through. I’m determined and very stubborn.

What advice would you give your younger self?

Mony a mickle maks a muckle. All the small things add up to a lot.

Tell us something that’s true that almost nobody agrees with you on.

I still believe in meeting/networking with people in the flesh. As much as I love the new world of technology we live in, nothing beats a face to face meet and greet. I travelled to Scotland to meet with vendors and venues. Many people said can’t you just do this over the phone and e-mail and I said, “No” It’s not like that for me and I still feel many vendors and venues in Scotland like to create a genuine relationship and chat in-person over coffee. You need to know who you are doing business with. Maybe studying psychology in college has something to do with this.

What is one strategy that has helped you grow your business?

Many components come into play here but I would say hiring my PR company. I met a publicist awhile back and she was the first person I went to for advice when starting my business. After meeting up, her firm came up with a proposal for Tartan Weddings and they have been a huge help in directing me.

What is the best $100 you recently spent? What and why?

Well a little more than $100 but it was a QuickBooks online class. This is key to the smooth running of your own business from the beginning.

What is one piece of software or a web service that helps you be productive? How do you use it? is where I manage my tasks, my projects and my to-do’s. I can share with clients and colleagues. When working on my website it was a great way to share tasks with my web designer.

What is the one book that you recommend our community should read and why?

CRUSH IT! Why now is the time to cash in on your passion by Gary Vaynerchuk. “ It’s never a bad time to start a business unless you’re starting a mediocre business”.

What is your favorite quote?

People who are unable to motivate themselves must be content with mediocrity, no matter how impressive their other talents” – Andrew Carnegie (1835 – 1919)