Getting Married in Scotland


Wedding Venues

Those planning to have a destination wedding in Scotland would find that they made the right choice. Whether a religious church wedding ceremony will take place or an intimate civil ceremony is in order, the would-be couple would not run out of venue options for their dream wedding.

For church weddings, various churches, synagogues and quaint chapels provide the sanctity for religious wedding vows, whether Christian, Protestant, Jewish and other religions. Would-be couples can choose from almost 1,500 ecclesiastical parishes and hundreds of chapels in the Scottish districts. Some of the popular church venues include the St. Machar’s Cathedral in Aberdeen, the Glasgow Cathedral famous for its “great bell,” the medieval-styled St. Magnus Cathedral in the Orkney Islands and the Dunfermline Abbey and Palace in Fife, dubbed the Westminster Abbey of Scotland. Smaller church venues include the Abbey Church in North Berwick, St. Nicholas Buccleuch Church in Dalkeith, Holy Trinity Church in St. Andrews and the St. John’s Parish Church in Perth.

Beachfront properties are also popular wedding spots. A nice beach venue is the Camusdarach Beach in Morar which provides the romantic sea-and-sand backdrop for the event. The sandy beach is now a popular wedding spot since it was granted a permanent license for civil weddings in 2005. It has also been featured in some Scottish romantic movies.

Garden weddings are popular for large entourage weddings. While castles have their own sprawling gardens, picky brides and grooms may opt to marry in any of Scotland’s famed private or public garden estates with lush botanical collections, lagoons, streams and horticulture arts. Garden venues include the Dumfries and Galloway gardens in Bloom, the Argyll and Bute gardens, Big Tree Country gardens in Pertshire, and the hundreds of gardens owned by the National Trust of Scotland.

Boat and cruise weddings are increasingly becoming Scotland’s new offering when it comes to destination weddings. The Eala Bhan in the Scottish Highlands is ideal for small intimate wedding, with options for sit-down or buffet reception, while the RRS Discovery in Dundee, rich with historical trips to the Antarctic, provides a ship bridge ceremony and an onboard or seashore reception.

One Comment

  1. vanessa black
    Posted November 6, 2008 at 6:57 am | Permalink

    me and my partner are wanting to get married and would like some venues to have a look and prices we want to get married around or not to far away from own home in helensburgh please help thanks.x

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