The Scottish Wedding Census 2018, which asked more than 500 people about their 2018 weddings, revealed that when it comes to choosing a venue for the ceremony, the hotel remains at the top of the list and is chosen by almost a third (30%) of all brides-and-grooms-to-be.
A place of worship is the second most popular choice for hosting the ceremony, while castles are third. And when it comes to choosing a venue for your reception, a hotel is also the most popular, with almost half (45%) of all couples opting for this, followed by castles, barns, public use building and stately homes.
Of course, one in eight (12%) couples tying the knot choose something completely different. In 2018, some more quirky wedding receptions were held at a zoo, a pub and a football stadium! Whatever your preference, here is a list of 7 amazing venues that could be the answer to your destination dilemma:
Where more romantic to celebrate your nuptials than a wedding venue overlooking the beautiful coastline of the East Neuk?
The Old Manor Hotel is nestled into the rolling hills of Fife with an awe-inspiring view out over the Firth of Forth.
If you’re looking for the perfect wedding venue in Fife or the Central Belt then you need look no further. Take this picture perfect venue, add a warm welcome, a choice of beautiful wedding suites and a delicious menu – and you’ve found the ideal place to tie the knot.
Wedding coordinators at The Old Manor can help with all the details, even hosting of the ceremony at the hotel. And of course, your guests can stay over so you can keep the celebrations going into the next day too!
*To request a wedding brochure for The Old Manor or visit the website, click here.
Blairquhan Castle is Scotland’s jewel. Situated in the beautiful Ayrshire countryside on an estate with over 200 acres of private parkland and gardens, this remarkable piece of Regency architecture is far more than just a wedding venue – it has history, it has character, but most of all, it has charm. You couldn’t wish for a more romantic setting for your wedding day. Couple this with the phenomenal food and service that you will receive from its experienced team and you have the perfect recipe for the perfect day.
Featuring four stunning function rooms, Blairquhan Castle is ideal for weddings between 20 to 100 people (up to 120 for evening guests). Accommodation is also provided onsite with the provision of 15 beautifully designed luxurious Castle bedrooms within the Castle itself and 8 self-catering cottages sitting on the same estate. From the beautiful flower garden, the picturesque garden pond, to the magnificent walled garden, Blairquhan estate offers wedding couples unlimited photo opportunities to capture their most memorable day.
Rated as a 5-star exclusive use venue by Visit Scotland for 5 years running, Blairquhan Castle hosts fully exclusive weddings. This means you and your guests will have exclusive use of the Castle and its immediate surroundings, with a fully dedicated service team to look after your party and your party only. The exclusivity offered enables wedding couples to relax and fully enjoy their big day without interruptions.
If you would like to find out more about hosting your wedding at Blairquhan Castle, go and visit their stand 409B at the upcoming SEC Scottish Wedding Show on 12th and 13th October. Or why not join their next in-house wedding open day taking place on Sunday 27th October from 1pm – 4pm? The Castle will be fully set up for weddings, and the Blairquhan team will be on hand to answer any questions you may have. Complimentary glass of fizz and canapes on arrival for all guests and there will be many local wedding suppliers exhibiting, too!
**You can also click here to view a stunning video of the venue.
Comrie Croft is a wee bit different from a typical wedding venue.
A 200-year-old farmstead, house and barn set around a courtyard, together with 231 acres of fields and woods. Most of the time it’s an award-winning green destination for people camping, hostelling or mountain biking, then someone asked the venue if they could get married there and they thought that sounded like a lovely idea.
Weddings at Comrie Croft tend to be informal affairs with a relaxed house-party or even festival atmosphere with two nights included to spend time with your nearest and dearest.
Pop along to their Cosy Winter Nosy on November 16, from 12noon until 3pm for an afternoon of live music, tasters and marshmallow-toasting.
*For more details about Comrie Croft, click here to visit the website.
Consider Drimsynie Estate for your wedding venue, and let its team make your dream wedding a reality.
A special and unique setting located amongst the idyllic hills of Argyll, Drimsynie Estate Hotel is nestled away in secluded Lochgoilhead. Located just an hour outside Glasgow, the journey to Drimsynie is like travelling to a different world, making it difficult to believe how picturesque it is so close to the city.
Drimsynie Estate Hotel’s dedicated team can cater for gathering of any size, from private and intimate to larger occasions with parties of up to 200 guests. On your big day, you don’t want to worry about all the little details. The Drimsynie team are dedicated to make sure every need of you and your guests are catered for.
Picture the scene, your guests arriving at Drimsynie being greeted with a glass of champagne as they wait for the ceremony, with the ceremony itself taking place before a backdrop of the spectacular mountains.
So, consider Drimsynie Estate, and create great wedding memories that your guests will never forget.
*For more information, click here to visit the website.
Your wedding day is the most important day of your life and everything will be done to ensure that it is individual and exactly how you would like it.
The experienced team at Elsick House are on hand to guide you through the process, ensuring that you have everything that you wish for and that no detail is missed – whether you choose us for the marriage itself, the reception – or both.
The day can be as elaborate or simple as you prefer. Experience has shown them that when it comes to the preparation side of things couples are grateful for a simplicity of approach. They aim therefore to offer all the necessities that are essential to the service and reception as standard within the quoted price, whether it be the marquee or the house only option, including all tables, chairs, heating, wedding coordinator, PA system, projector and screen, cake table and signing table and a handful of outdoor tables and chairs.
Garden lighting also adds to the festive atmosphere and comes as a normal part of the wedding preparations. For the following day garden tables and chairs and a summer house provide an ideal start for a family barbecue or you may just prefer a relaxed lunch and catch-up within the house.
Anything special or unusual can be added but there will not be any hidden charges.
The garden and grounds also offer a picturesque backdrop for your photographic memories. Whether it be under the trees or on the bridge over the pond or with the backdrop of the wall, the choice is endless. They also have a marquee up for the summer months of the year in the walled garden so a ceremony can be held inside or out under the rose arbour.
For those wanting midweek or winter weddings a reduction of up to 50% may apply and flexibility on one-night stays can be offered out of season. Please ask Alison by clicking here for more details.
*To find out more about Elsick House, click here to visit the website.
Blair Castle is a regal venue that offers an inspiring range of rooms, opulent backdrops, romantic interiors and the most spectacular of gardens in which to celebrate your special day.
Its incredible ballroom, with open fires, can comfortably seat up to 220 people and yet is still welcoming and intimate enough to seat 60. With the secret door opening from our Ballroom into our Banvie hall, a modern glass room with stunning views over the gardens, it really is the perfect mix of modern versus traditional grandeur.
For a smaller intimate wedding of up to 50 people Blair Castle can offer the dining room based on the first floor of the castle, this stunning room offers views over the surrounding countryside and creates an ambiance of intimacy and splendour.
Looking for something different? Then the Castle can also offer ceremonies on its West Lawn or in its RHS partner garden, Hercules, which is a nine-acre walled garden. You could also host your ceremony in St Brides Kirk, which is a ruined Kirk set a short stroll away from the Castle.
The extensive grounds offer the perfect backdrop for your wedding photography with landscaped areas, walled gardens, the tree lined driveway and bridges over rivers to explore. The estate also has a selection of varied accommodation to suit all the family: 1/2/3 bedroom woodland lodges set at the foot of the driveway of the Castle and 2/3 bedroom Caravan Holiday Homes and family camping pods in the Blair Castle Caravan Park. The Estate also boasts stunning hunting lodges with between 2 and 11 bedrooms so plenty of room for family and friends.
Blair Castle provides a fully bespoke wedding service, so each event is unique, working alongside Prestige its sole caterers. Menus are chosen to suit your theme and tastes and it can incorporate all sorts of options and styles for your wedding breakfast and evening buffets. It can also pass on a list of recommended suppliers to help you with your planning.
Being situated 90 minutes from Edinburgh and Glasgow, Blair Castle really is the perfect venue to start your new life together so get in touch with Jackie Stones, Wedding and Events Coordinator, by clicking here.
*For more information, click here to be taken to Blair Castle’s website.
*Now you almost have the venue sorted, it is time to think about everything else you need to organise. To find out all you need to know, click here.