Many couples feel drawn to having a Scottish wedding, often because they have fond memories of this romantic nation or they have Scottish roots which they are keen to celebrate. It’s not hard to see why celebrities and even members of the Royal Family choose to tie the knot in Scotland, especially when it is the law here that wedding ceremonies can take place almost anywhere - you are only really limited by the stretch of your imagination!
City and town wedding venues
Scotland’s cities and towns provide the ideal mix of Scottish tradition and luxurious splendour alongside excellent accommodation and travel options for your guests.
Glasgow weddings are ideal for a cosmopolitan vibe where the ceremony can take place at stunning venues by the banks of the River Clyde, in trendy West End boutique hotels and even at famous city landmarks such as The House for an Art Lover which was designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh.
If you’re dreaming of an Edinburgh wedding, you might choose an exquisite Georgian town house, a ceremony in the shade of lush trees in the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh or even to be wed in the beautiful chapel at the iconic Edinburgh Castle.
Be wowed by the sense of occasion at Gretna Green in Dumfries & Galloway near the Scottish border, which has been the romantic location of weddings for eloping couples since 1754.
Castle and stately home wedding venues
Scotland has an abundance of castles, with over 300 in Aberdeen City and Shire alone, and as they can often be hired, sometimes including exclusive-use accommodation, they are perfect for both ceremonies and receptions. Imagine being wed at loch-side castle ruins surrounded by majestic mountains, or having your first meal as a married couple in a sumptuous grand hall by a roaring fire before an evening of traditional Scottish ceilidh dancing and you’ll realise that Scotland’s historic buildings lend themselves well to romantic occasions.
There are plenty of ways to add some authentic Celtic twists to your wedding, from sourcing a supplier to create Celtic wedding dresses, thistle corsages and kilts, to entertaining Scottish wedding traditions which will bring a smile to everyone’s face on the big day. You may also wish to honeymoon in Scotland by booking romantic accommodation, and keep Scotland in mind for the many wedding anniversaries to come.
Keen to do something extra special on your day? There are many unusual ideas which you might not have considered possible! Arrive in style to your reception by sea plane, be wed in a Highland red deer park, step aboard a boat to celebrate your nuptials on Loch Lomond or even choose a spot which holds a special place in your memories, as in Scotland you can be married almost anywhere - let your imagination go wild and and book somewhere different.