Getting Married in Scotland
Scotland is renowned for hospitality and beautiful scenery, what better place to have your wedding? This romantic land of rolling mists and mountains is unique. Famous for whisky, golf and tartan (as well as being the birthplace of many modern day inventions) this little country packs a big punch.
The different types of scenery encountered in a relatively small distance is outstanding. From the rolling hills of the borders and wide skies of Dumfriesshire to the Central Belt with the beautiful city of Edinburgh full of historical interest and Glasgow the best example of Victorian architecture in Europe, to the west coast islands and craggy bays and east coast fishing villages looking out to the North Sea. Further north the tree clad mountains turn barren and majestic. All this in just a few hours drive from one end of the country to the other. A tourist’s dream to pack so much diversity into a short space of time.
Derelict ancient fortresses perched on headlands overlooking stormy seas, haunted castles, beautiful country houses, Scotland has all these in abundance. There are so many unique wedding venues to choose from. We have added links to a few of our favourite 5 star venues below.
Apart from one of a kind Scottish venues here are a few traditions to add to your wedding that are uniquely Scottish.
- Hand Fasting
- Drinking from a Quaich
- Wearing tartan in the form of a kilt or trews or wedding dress
- Piper and bagpipe music
- Scottish traditional music
For more information on getting married in Scotland visit the comprehensive guide on Scottish Wedding Directory.
Hand Picked Locations
My Heart’s in the Highlands… my favourite place to be is Lochgoilhead in Argyllshire. My family lived there for many happy years and it is forever in my heart. My number one wedding venue is The Lodge at Lochgoil. This Arts and Crafts House has been transformed into a 5 star private use venue with the most amazing tree house and boathouse. You can even go out on the loch on a lovingly restored vintage dinghy. No matter what time of year or weather the views are always spectacular.
Meet other talented brands to help on your special day
With 25 years in the wedding industry in Scotland we have met and worked with many talented designers, musicians and companies whose services will personalise your Scottish wedding and make it so much more special. Many have become friends over the years and we have no hesitation in recommending their services to you.
The list is long but we have started it with some friends who we have worked with on many functions and weddings.
Clan an Drumma – clannandrumma.co.uk
Get the party started. Your guests will be blown away with these guys, their wild and historic look and raw Scottish tribal sound is hypnotic. Perfect as a surprise for the bride and groom before or during the reception. Watch Clann An Drumma performing at Scone Palace.
Moodflowers – moodflowers.com
Brian Wilton – tartanambassador.co.uk
“Your very own Wedding Tartan! In the ‘old days’ in the tightly knit communities of the Scottish Highlands, couples would often mark the great event by asking their local weaver to produce a special ‘wedding blanket’ — with the bride’s clan tartan on one side and the groom’s on the other — an incredibly romantic way of celebrating their union! But in these modern times, we can offer you an even more romantic and life-long celebration of your wedding — your very own bespoke tartan combining personal elements from the bride and groom and even the event itself. And if you have any Scottish blood (which you don’t have to have, by the way) there can be colours or design features from your clan or district tartans. Brian Wilton MBE is regarded by many as the world’s leading tartan designer with almost 200 completed design commissions for individuals, couples, businesses and even royalty; designs that are spread over 27 countries. And it is with Brian that we have an exclusive arrangement that could see you celebrating your wedding with a unique and beautiful tartan. Yours for the wedding (kilts for the boys perhaps!) and yours for ties, scarves, cushions and even carpets. Your own unique family tartan for generations to come. If the idea excites you, please don’t delay; whilst your design drafts can be produced within a couple of weeks, weaving can sometimes take up to three months, so do start the process in good time – especially if you want to get some kilts made.”
Houstons of Paisley – kiltmakers.com