Since the days of eloping to Gretna Green, Scotland has been synonymous with romance. While you no longer need to head across the Border to make your nuptials legal, many people still consider Scotland because of its wild landscapes, fascinating history, and the romance of the tartan, heather and hills. And where better to choose in Scotland, than the beautiful Scottish capital, which perfectly combines history, culture and a cosmopolitan feel. From the incredible setting to the world class venues, here are our four top reasons why beautiful Edinburgh is the perfect place for your nuptials.
A photographer’s paradise
Described by Prince Charles as ‘the most beautiful city in the United Kingdom’, Edinburgh has something very special to offer when it comes to the all-important wedding photography. The setting is naturally striking: perched on a series of extinct volcanoes, with rocky crags to the south and the shoreline of the Firth of Forth to the north. Edinburgh, with its stunning architecture, medieval lanes and elegant, sweeping terraces makes for some truly stunning wedding photography.
A venue as individual as you are
You really are spoilt for choice in Edinburgh when it comes to wedding venues. The world’s second oldest botanical garden, the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, The Signet Library – which was described as “finest drawing room in Europe” by King George IV – or The Hub, Edinburgh’s Festival Centre, with its imposing spires and contemporary interiors are all possibilities. You could also follow into the footsteps of Madonna and get married in a castle: perhaps in Scotland’s most famous landmark, Edinburgh Castle, or family-owned Dundas Castle. For those who dream of making a stately pile their home from home, Hopetoun House and Gilmerton House offer Georgian luxury on a grand scale.
The chance to extend the festivities
For the most determined Bon Vivants, Edinburgh offers a perfect location for the increasingly fashionable two or three day wedding. Stags will love exploring the city’s manifold whisky bars, whilst hens can indulge in retail therapy, spa therapy, or both, before coming together for an unforgettable rehearsal dinner in a quirky location like the Diageo Claive Vidiz Whisky Collection. And after the ceremonies, you and your guests might like to spend some quality time together – how about extending your stay at exclusive venue Winton House and organising a frenetic Highland Games in the grounds?
Celebrate Scottish style
Scots really know how to throw a terrific party! From the men in kilts, the piper who walks the Bride to her ceremony, to a foot stomping ceilidh, Scotland and in particular Edinburgh does weddings better than anywhere else in the world!
Douglas Walker is Chair of Unique Venues of Edinburgh.