I know I always say this, but I do love the fact that my job allows me to frequent some of Scotland’s most outstanding wedding venues.

In September I was delighted to pay a return visit to conduct a humanist marriage ceremony at the stunning Òran Mór in the west end of Glasgow.

Sitting at the top of Byres Road, the former Kelvinside Parish Church is a thriving arts and entertainment venue situated in the heart of the West End of Glasgow, and as a unique venue it is ideal for a wedding of any size. Òran Mór is Gaelic for ‘great melody of life’ or ‘big song.’

Within the converted church, there are several areas that you can hold your wedding ceremony, meal and reception in. The great thing about the team at Òran Mór is that they recognise that each wedding is unique with different requirements and, therefore, they offer complete flexibility including bespoke menus and can accommodate most requests. The venue has a private entrance for your guests and of course the all important arrival of the Bride, but an added bonus is that, even with the layout of the old architecture, with their lift system, Òran Mór has great disabled access.

The Humanist Ceremony that I was there to conduct was in the magnificent Auditorium situated on the upper floors of the building. The Auditorium is an atmospheric room enhanced by the original stained glass, flooding the room with natural daylight, and, as well as retaining many of the original features of the church, offers a contemporary setting in which to hold weddings.

Beneath the celestial ceiling mural by Alasdair Gray, one of Scotland’s largest pieces of public art, guests can enjoy a fine fayre of Scottish food and impeccable
service from one of Glasgow’s leading venues.

Another great advantage of this Glasgow based wedding venue is that it is just across the road from the Glasgow Botanical Gardens. The gardens are a perfect location
for after ceremony photographs, not bad for a city centre venue really. Just remember if you do plan to pop across for photos, you will need to arrange a time and a
permit from the gardens to do so.

I personally can’t wait to be back for another ceremony, or, next time I am up in the west end, I might just pop in for one of their lunchtime Play, Pie & a Pint events.


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