Have your Luxury Scottish Wedding in Scotland’s Capital
16 February 2015
When it comes to researching your wedding venue, we are truly spoilt for choice with such an array of contrasting venues in and around Edinburgh. Being Edinburgh born and bred, I fully appreciate the architectural splendour we enjoy in our city.
After 22 years in the hospitality industry, I launched www.luxuryscottishwedding.com – Scotland’s Luxury Online Directory for Weddings. Appealing to discerning couples, I wanted to create a directory showcasing the finest collection of wedding venues and services in Scotland.
To highlight the range of stunning venues we have as members in and around Edinburgh, I have selected a handful of distinct venues for consideration….
Let’s start with the Scotland’s most famous landmark, the mighty Edinburgh Castle, where you can celebrate your ceremony and reception in an unforgettable setting. The 19th century Gatehouse and the beautifully preserved 12th century chapel are ideal for small, intimate wedding ceremonies. St Margaret’s Chapel is the oldest building not only in the castle but also in Edinburgh.
With one of the most prestigious addresses in Edinburgh, we have the iconic Balmoral. Host to the most glamourous weddings since 1902, The Balmoral boasts a selection of beautiful suites, all of which overlook Edinburgh Castle and the historical Old Town. Michelin-starred cuisine, discreet service and outstanding attention to detail add the finishing touches to your special day
The Assembly Rooms
Now, everyone dresses to impress for the big day, and The Assembly Rooms is no exception! If you’re looking for timeless elegance, this A-listed building could be the venue for you. Sparkling crystal chandeliers, gleaming gold leaf and giant mirrors reflect the history and tradition of the 18th century building, while a fresh neutral theme provides a sophisticated backdrop for your wedding.
The Royal College of Surgeons
The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh is a beautiful elegant building, opened in 1832 and steeped in history. Surgeons’ Hall encompasses two very contrasting venues – the grandeur of the flagship Playfair Building and the modern Quincentenary Building, an artwork of stonework, granite and steel.
The George Hotel
One of the most impressive Hotel ballrooms in Edinburgh is at The George Hotel with its stunning King’s Hall with ornate ceilings and distinctive chandelier. As a contrast, you have the beautiful Panorama Suite offering spectacular views over the city and across the Firth of the Forth.
Twin staircases, trailing gilt palm leaves, pillars soaring upwards past the jewel-lights of stained glass and a waterfall of crystal chandelier set the scene of the luxury to be found in The Green Room at The Dome. Rather than a wedding breakfast, why not consider a 1930’s afternoon tea? The Dome has the most impressive festive decoration in the city - great for a festive wedding!
The Caledonian, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel
Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh – The Caledonian or the “Caley” as it has become affectionately known in Edinburgh, was and still is the epitome of style and excellence. The hotel has not only remained a focal point for more than one hundred years, but also as a symbol of the very best of Scottish hospitality.
Wildly romantic, graced with the most beautiful art and steeped in history, a wedding celebrated here is destined to join the realms of the fairy tale. Aptly referred to as “Edinburgh’s Sistine Chapel”, Mansfield Traquair is an awe-inspiring hidden gem which holds within its magnificent stone grasp the kind of thoroughly modern versatility which truly enables the transformation of simple dreams into a fully-fledged fantasy come true.
The Signet Library
Once described by King George IV as having “the finest drawing room in Europe”, The Signet Library, in the centre of Edinburgh’s old town, is synonymous with prestige and Georgian elegance. Steeped in history, the building, with its lower and upper libraries, was completed in 1822 in time for the celebrated visit of King George IV to Edinburgh.
Heading over to East Lothian, you can discover your own 5 star luxury private retreat at Gilmerton House, a grade A-listed Georgian mansion - Home to the Kinloch family for over twelve generations. Gilmerton House has recently been refurbished to offer a high level of accommodation and service - this could be your ideal opportunity to be ‘Head of your Household’ in this magnificent country mansion.
On the edge of the city, Scotland's finest stately home welcomes you. The majestic Hopetoun, set in 6,500 acres, is a place of beauty, tranquillity and architectural magnificence dating from the 17th century. It has been home to the Hope Family since the late 1600s and the present Lord Hopetoun. Classical, elegant and prestigious, Hopetoun House never fails to impress. From the first breath-taking glimpse of the grand façade, Hopetoun will capture the imagination of your guests.
So whether you are looking for an intimate affair or a grand lavish celebration, Edinburgh will have the venue for you. Should your preference be a hotel venue, stately house, country mansion retreat or a unique and distinctive venue, do refer to Edinburgh’s impressive repertoire….
All member venues of www.luxuryscottishwedding.com – Scotland’s Luxury Online Directory for Weddings.