The Most Romantic Places in Scotland
Scotland, the land of tartan and whiskey can also be a very romantic place to get married at.
A wee country full of big surprises!
Scotland is packed full of surprises. From legendary cities, historic regions and secluded isles, there’s a bit of myth and romance wherever you turn. No doubt, many lovebirds fall head over heels for this northern land and choose it for their big day celebrations. Scotland is a perfect wedding destination for just about anyone. The selection of wedding locations is endless - you can marry by a ruined castle in the magical Highlands, in a charming byre in the Scottish Lowlands, as well as, at the edge of a cliff if it tickles your fancy. There are plenty of off the grid wedding locations, and if you prefer to go down a more traditional route, elegant and majestic venues are all over the map.
The great aspect of getting hitched in Scotland is that you can exchange vows just about anywhere, and every couple can celebrate a religious or civil ceremony in the country, in any language required. Performing warm, inclusive, and intimate weddings for the couples she meets along her path, Karen Farquhar Celebrant is our favoured celebrant in Scotland. Working in Aberdeen and across the northeast of Scotland, Karen Farquhar is your go-to expert for bespoke humanist ceremonies. Count on her to conduct legal weddings and civil partnerships, as well as, non-legal weddings for couples who married abroad and want another significant ceremony surrounded by loved ones.aberdeencelebrant.co.uk
The awe doesn’t end here, aside from the gorgeous views and spectacular settings, Scotland offers rich gastronomic delicacies that will delight your palates. Thanks to varied weather, rich soil and surrounding water, this country is a culinary paradise. Serve succulent Aberdeen Angus beef or Stornoway black pudding on your day, and for the pescatarians, there’s plenty of fish and seafood, like the Shetland salmon and shellfish to savour.
Not to mention, the incredible choice of drinks and spirits, from the local ales to the world-renowned Scottish whiskies and gins. If you are a true whiskey lover, you can also plan a one-of-a-kind wedding in one of the many Scottish distilleries.
For a lavish and memorable menu, confide in Kate’s Bespoke Catering. The team works throughout Scotland, bringing the best fresh produce to the table. facebook.com/katesbespokecatering
And, for the icing on the cake, contact Gorgeously Sweet Cake Emporium to get your cake ready for your big day. Cakes, cupcakes and all things sweet, you name it and the pastry professionals will prepare exactly what you’ve imagined for your wedding reception. Using the best local ingredients, you can be sure that Gorgeously Sweet Cake Emporium will bake the loveliest and tastiest cake you’ve ever had.
Where to Wed
With so many breathtaking regions to choose from, here are our leads for the perfect Caledonian wedding:
Incredibly idyllic in Spring and mysterious in Winter, Edinburgh is a romantic city to explore with your love. Composed of medieval Old Town on one side and Georgian New Town on the other, the city, combines the story of two eras. If you are looking for the pulsating heart of Edinburgh, head towards the streets of Old Town. Walk along the Royal Mile, where on the highest peak you’ll find the majestic Edinburgh Castle and at the bottom of the Mile, you’ll stumble across the opulence of Holyrood Palace. On the other side of the city, is the elegantly built New Town. Make your way to Princes Street, where the Princes Street Gardens emerge from the terrain where once flowed Nor Loch. Stunning all year round, the manicured park offers beguiling views of the castle.
Did you know you can also plan an intimate wedding at Edinburgh Castle? A dream for many. If you need a hand with the daunting task, there’s one expert in town that can take the stress away. The Wedding Guru-Oskar is an independent wedding planner and wedding venue consultant in Scotland. You might need a day-of planner or someone to guide you every step of the way, whatever your needs, The Wedding Guru will be there to help. theweddingguruoskar.co.uk
Vibrant and up and rising, Glasgow is a cool wedding destination for those interested in a bustling city vibe and numerous cultural attractions. If you’d like to extend your celebrations, you can keep your guests busy with plenty of cultural sights and many neighbourhoods filled with trendy restaurants and hip art scenes. At the same time, not too far, you have the stunning countryside to explore. The city is home to some amazing venues, from chic hotels and historic buildings to charming houses set just a stone’s throw away from the centre. You won’t run out of options when in Glasgow, for sure.
If you find yourself in Glasgow and need the perfect company to do your makeup on your big day, you can count on our recommended supplier, The Bride to Be. Having a bridal look that you love will boost your confidence, and that’s why it’s important to work with one of the best. After the first consultation and trial, the team of specialists will be able to meet all your needs are create the perfect finish for your bridal look. thebridetobe.co.uk
Not far from the city, Fleur and Blume crafts bespoke wedding flower compositions. From vibrant bouquets to classy boutonnières, you can expect only the best for your special day. You’ll be able to work hand in hand with your florist, and designers will be there to make your dreams come true, no matter how big or small your floral requisites are. fleurandblume.com
Only a 40-minute drive from Glasgow, in the splendid resort town of Ayr, Strictly Bridal is the go-to shop if you’re looking for high-end designers at affordable prices. Whether you're a bride or you're picking out a dress for your child's first communion or their role as a flower girl, Strictly Bridal has a huge range of stunning dresses that combine style, sophistication, and affordability. And to make the dress come alive, the atelier has a wide selection of shoes, veils, shawls, and sashes to help you stand out on your big day. strictlybridal.co.uk
A glorious region filled to the brim with beautiful settings for your vows, Perthshire couldn’t be left out of our list. The area is fast becoming one of the most visited areas in the country, with its picturesque towns, myriad of lochs, forests and glens, in addition to well-preserved venues, elegant hotels and top-notch eateries.
For a picture-perfect wedding, The Byre at Inchyra is an award-winning wedding estate set in the heart of Perthshire. With many locations to choose from and a professional wedding team on-site, planning your party on these 150-acres is awe-inspiring. During the warm months, you can plan your event outdoors, amidst the enchanted woodland, or if you prefer indoors, the barn is a picturesque option. A blank canvas for you to adorn and transform into your dream setting, the Byre is the jewel in the crown of the estate. thebyreatinchyra.co.uk
4. The Scottish Borders
A spellbinding district, distinguished by rolling hills, perfectly manicured gardens and a stunning coast to the east, the Scottish Borders won’t leave you disappointed. A treasure trove for couples searching for the perfect wedding location, you’ll be stunned by the plethora of ancient abbeys, grand manor houses and majestic castles. There’s plenty to uncover and you can follow the literary itineraries set by the great writers, as Sir Walter Scott.
To make it on time to your venue, pick from the timeless wedding cars of Borders Vintage Experience. Go that extra mile on your special day and arrive in style in one of the numerous classic cars, which can all be decorated externally to fit your wedding theme and colour palette. bordersvintageexperience.co.uk
The Kingdom of Fife is the regal county out of the bunch - a fairytale-like territory on many couples’ bucket lists. Just image getting hitched in the ancient town of St Andrews, amidst astonishing ruins and with the soothing sound of the waves nearby.
Fife is home to Fennes Jewellery, an award-winning company that can create your dream jewellery piece for your important event. Wedding bands, bridal jewellery or beautiful gifts, you can count on them to find the perfect gem. fennesjewellery.com
If you’re in quest of dramatic sceneries and remote destinations, then you’ll be smitten by the striking Highlands, blessed with glens and lochs as far as the eye can see. Here you’ll find the bonnie Highland cows, Ben Navis (the highest mountain in the UK), and charming towns like Inverness. This sublime part of the world is a mesmerising backdrop for outdoor weddings. Brimming with local culture and ancient folklore, you can incorporate a few Scottish traditions on your special day. One of the most popular would be for the bridal party to wear kilts, or why not book a piper or ceilidh band to accompany you down the aisle.
To capture your magical day, White Feather Filmmaker is the wedding film company in the Highlands you should count on. The founder Tom Alner, who has years of experience in the filmmaking business, has decided to dedicate his talent to the world of weddings. His naturalistic, cinematic style sets him apart from the competition and makes him a great choice to help you store your beautiful wedding memories. whitefeatherfilmmaker.com
Looking for the perfect mother of the bride outfit or special occasion wear? Then, visit La-Di-Da Fashion in Inverness. The boutique offers designer pieces for all tastes and sizes. And that’s not all, you’ll find a great selection of accessories, hats and shoes to complete your look. la-di-da-fashion.co.uk
Angus has it all. Whether you’re looking for a stately countryside home or a sandy beach to say ‘I do’, you’re bound to find the perfect place in this Scottish region. Make your nuptials stand out with our hand-picked florists, who will add the finishing touches to your wedding prep. Looping Lillies Flowers & Gifts is a new venture for its owners and they’ve made quite the first impression with their selection of fresh flowers. Go bold or go home, Sanpado crafts unique bouquets which will surely pass the test of time.
For miles and miles, you’ll find unparalleled coastline views and unspoiled rolling hills when in Aberdeenshire. This northern county has a lot to offer, and it’s a blissful wedding destination to celebrate your day away from the crowds. To make it ever the more special, reach out to From Forty Five. The stationery company will craft not only your invites and personalise signage, but incredible installations, from customised photo areas decorated with balloons to decorative walls - you name it! facebook.com/fromfortyfive
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