One of the most important parts of a wedding is the venue, and one of the wonderful things about having a humanist wedding is that you can get married anywhere you want!
We are often asked to conduct weddings in unusual settings because the couples want to enjoy Scotland’s stunning scenery and views. I’ve married couples on beautiful pristine beaches on Scotland’s West Coast, in castles and even on top of a mountain.
Yes, the picture above is of me travelling in a mountain gondola on my way to marry a lovely couple on top of the UK’s tallest mountain, Ben Nevis.
If you are someone looking for a venue which is both unusual, breathtaking and unforgettable, Scotland is the place to be! Remember humanist marriage ceremonies are legally binding in Scotland so only one service is required, (as opposed to a civil ceremony followed by a humanist ceremony in other countries).
Here are 10 ideas of both beautiful and unusual places to help your dream wedding in Scotland come true:
1. Tall Ship Wedding in Glasgow
For an adventurous, exciting and fun one-off experience, stage your wedding in the Glenlee, Glasgow’s famous Tall Ship now anchored next to Europe’s Museum of the Year, The Riverside Museum. With fantastic riverside views of Glasgow, your guests will enjoy an unbeatable venue, top quality catering and not forgetting the fantastic view! Some couples have gone the whole hog and created a fantastic pirate themed wedding party for the evening reception.
2. Feature Film Wedding Locations
Certain picturesque Scottish locations are renowned wedding venues as a result of being used in classic and legendary movies. Thus, if you have a passion for Disney, your husband thinks he’s James Bond, you want re-enact the marriage scene from Braveheart or you have an obsession for the supernatural and magical adventures of Harry Potter, look no further than the amazing backdrops Scotland has to offer.
Discover expansive beaches, prehistoric castles, Rocky Mountains, rolling hills, charismatic cities and charming towns and villages – all of which have taken centre stage in many a Hollywood blockbuster. Or why not take a ride on the infamous Hogwarts express line consuming historic photogenic scenery while feeling apart of the action!
3. Ben Nevis Mountain Wedding
For people who want something with spectacular views, why not get married atop the Ben Nevis, the tallest mountain in Scotland. Make sure your guests aren’t afraid of heights though, because there it’s one long cable car ride to the top!
4. Scottish Barn Wedding
On the scenic east coast near St Andrews, is where the versatile venue Kinkell Byre is situated. Space is plentiful and an emotional and grand atmosphere is created with a historic and rustic feel. The setting and grounds are beautiful, and perfect for those all important, life long memories shaped through photographs.
5. Stunning Edinburgh Chapel
Mansfield Traquair is Edinburgh’s Sistine chapel. Be enthralled by this stunning venue which showcases elevated ceilings, covered in spectacular hand painted murals, engulfed in fascinating history and an abundance of beautiful architecture and grounds, this venue guarantees the ‘wow’ factor every time. Situated in the heart of central Edinburgh, this chapel is a hidden gem but easy to locate, its versatility certifies your personal touch, making each wedding unique and exclusive.
6. Coo Cathedral
A visually impressive building, it’s virtually incomparable to the typical barn. This enormous grand Aboyne Castle estate can be designed and decorated to suit all preferences. Dubbed ‘The Coo Cathedral’, this venue is perfect for a rustic, vintage themed wedding; with copious amounts of space you can let your imagination run wild.
7. Get married on a beautiful beach
Caisealrag is the most romantic Highland hideaway on the west coast of Scotland, offering the perfect venue for a wee wedding or civil partnership with a honeymoon combined. They offer a magical setting for your special day including miles of sandy beaches and rugged coast.
8. Scottish Loch Wedding
With breathtaking views from every angle of the bonny banks and glistening water, getting married on board a boat in the Loch is guaranteed to make your guests gush. What better way is there to unite yourself with your loved one in a place so rich with Scottish heritage and stunning natural beauty.
9. Fairy Tale Castle
Dundas Castle is a historic castle set within a grand estate surrounded by beautifully landscaped gardens and is just a short distance from Scotland’s capital city, Edinburgh. It’s the perfect location for a romantic wedding. Dundas Castle has a fairytale tower, a winding staircase to the 15th Century ‘Auld Keep’ and an elegant chandelier lit Croquet room. The Great Hall has a amazing vaulted ceiling and is perfect for up to 100 of your guests.
10. Lighthouse Wedding
Get married in Corsewall Lighthouse Hotel, Dumfries & Galloway. In a beautiful location with breathtaking scenery, this utterly unique lighthouse venue situated on the south-west coast of Scotland is ideal for small intimate speciality weddings. Offering striking, romantic sunsets over the Ailsa Craig and delicious food of the highest quality, it is sure to leave your guests positively glowing.
We work with couples to make sure your ceremony is as personal and expressive as you desire. For more information on our humanist wedding services contact us here.