Even without the autocue, the performance was word perfect.

Despite pre-wedding nerves, news anchor Jackie Bird managed a faultless performance as she exchanged vows yesterday with Robin Weir at Crutherland House Hotel in East Kilbride.

However, Ms Bird, 45, who overcame a stammer to become a household name for her composed news delivery, confessed she had shed tears after marrying Mr Weir.

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Following the traditional ceremony, she said: "I am ecstatic, I am tearful, and I am just glad to have got through the service and become his wife."

Mr Weir, 40, could only add: "I'm so happy, she's just wonderful."

This took his wife by surprise. She quipped: "You never said that before."

The BBC broadcaster, who will retain the surname Bird for her public work, carried white cala lillies to the ceremony, which was conducted by the Rev Georgina Baxendale in front of around 120 family and friends. Among the guests was Atholl Duncan, head of BBC news in Scotland.

Ms Bird, and her husband, who met at a gym, were joined by her daughter Claudia, 14, and son Jacob, 12, from her previous marriage to tabloid newspaper editor Bob Bird.

Jacob, who was in traditional Scottish dress, said: "I am very happy for them both and happy to welcome Robin into our family."

The Reporting Scotland anchorwoman refused to blow the budget on her special day. As the wedding crept closer, she revealed she had developed crafty ways of being economical.

Rather than order wedding cake and flowers, she told shop owners she was having a party in an attempt to avoid extra "astronomical" costs.

She said at the time: "It's not going to be a big do. The prices they charge for anything wedding-related are astronomical. I'm finding myself going into bakers' shops and saying Yes I need a big cake with two tiers and white icing.

"No, it's not for a wedding. It's for a party - a big party'. I'm just avoiding the W word."

The television presenter previously worked on Jackie magazine and as a tabloid journalist before breaking into television.

Her marriage comes as her career has taken a different turn.

She has become a comedy writer and her debut show, Having It All, has won fans on Radio Scotland.