If you're looking for a totally unique spot to host your destination wedding, look no further than Scotland. I don’t know what better way to describe this magical place than to just come right out and say it. FAIRYTALE through and through. And as cliche as this may sound, one glimpse of the following options to be wed in Scotland and I think you might agree. It’s not hard to see why celebrities and even members of the Royal Family choose to tie the knot in Scotland, especially when it is the law here that wedding ceremonies can take place almost anywhere - you are only really limited by the stretch of your imagination!
Castle and Stately Home Wedding Venues
If you are all about classic style and old-world charm then you are going to flip your lid over this idea: say “I do!” at loch-side castle ruins surrounded by majestic mountains.... so unbelievably picturesque, right? Scotland has an abundance of castles, with over 300 in Aberdeen City and Shire alone, they are perfect for both ceremonies and receptions and they can often be hired to include exclusive-use accommodation... how amazing is that? Imagine having your first meal as husband and wife in a sumptuous grand hall by a roaring fire before an evening of traditional Scottish ceilidh dancing and you’ll realize that Scotland’s historic buildings lend themselves well to romantic occasions.
City and Town Wedding Venues
Scotland’s cities and towns provide the ideal mix of Scottish tradition and luxurious splendor alongside excellent accommodation and travel options for your guests.
If you’re dreaming of an urban type of nuptials, Glasgow weddings are ideal for a cosmopolitan vibe. The ceremony can take place at stunning venues by the banks of the River Clyde, in trendy West End boutique hotels and even at famous city landmarks such as The House for an Art Lover (designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh). An Edinburgh wedding offers options like the exquisite Georgian townhouse, a ceremony in the shade of lush trees in the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh or even to be wed in the beautiful chapel at the iconic Edinburgh Castle.
Be wowed by the sense of occasion at Gretna Green in Dumfries & Galloway near the Scottish border, which has been the romantic location of weddings for eloping couples since 1754.
Keen to do something extra special on your wedding day? There are many unusual ideas which you might not have considered possible! Arrive in style to your reception by seaplane, be wed in a Highland red deer park, step aboard a boat to celebrate your nuptials on Loch Lomond or even choose a spot which holds a special place in your memories, as in Scotland you can be married almost anywhere - let your imagination go wild and book somewhere different.
Many couples feel drawn to having a Scottish wedding, often because they have fond memories of this romantic nation or they have Scottish roots that they want to celebrate. There are plenty of ways to add some authentic Celtic twists to your wedding, from sourcing a supplier to create celtic wedding dresses, thistle corsages and kilts, to entertaining Scottish wedding traditions which will bring a smile to everyone’s face on the big day. Ohh my!... Scotland has the inner princess in me squealing with delight! What about you? In fact, in 2014 Scotland is celebrating “The Year of Homecoming,” encouraging those with Scottish heritage to “come home” and experience its five themes surrounding the launch: active, food and drink, creative, natural and ancestry, all of which heighten any destination wedding or honeymoon.
You may also wish to honeymoon in Scotland by booking romantic accommodations, or after your wedding, enjoy time touring the country with your guests. There's so much to see and do. Whether you're interested in touring castles or exploring the lush countryside, Scotland has plenty to offer those with all interests. Go sailing, kayaking, white water rafting, golfing or fishing. Take a bike ride or stroll through one of the country's beautiful parks. If you're looking for a destination wedding and/or honeymoon spot full of fascinating museums, incredible historical attractions and unique cafes and restaurants, Scotland is for you. This year, Scotland is celebrating “The Year of Natural Scotland,” inspiring visitors with its outstanding natural beauty, landscapes and biodiversity. With that said, there’s no better time to experience the destination’s natural splendor.
And keep Scotland in mind for the many wedding anniversaries to come.
For more about Scotland, visit www.visitscotland.com
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