If you’re in the throes of wedding planning, you’ll know that the struggle to decide on the perfect venue is real, and this struggle is even further intensified when you start considering style & theme! To combat this, many brides and grooms-to-be find themselves innocently turning to Pinterest and Instagram for a little #weddinginspo only to be tsunamied by an entire ocean’s worth of ideas.
One minute you’ve settled contentedly on a whimsical woodland wedding, but then all of a sudden you’re dreaming of ancient castles, rustic barns, sperry tented wedstivals and even considering saying “I do” in the ruined remains of a medieval church! If this is your current reality, we’re about to throw a major curveball into the mix. What if we told you that it’s perfectly possible to HAVE ALL OF THE ABOVE in one utterly gorgeous venue?! Here’s why we’re loving Tullibole Castle in picture-perfect Perthshire so much:
• The most flexible wedding venue EVER!
• Unending ceremony/reception options
• Situated within 200 acres of glorious garden grounds and woodland
• Jaw-droppingly beautiful, a photographer’s dream
• Approximately fifty-minutes from Glasgow and Edinburgh
• Exclusively yours on your big day
• Freedom to hire the caterers & suppliers of your choice
• Flexible space to accommodate up to 250 (ceremony & reception)
Hidden away amidst 200 acres of enchanted woodland and garden grounds, Tullibole Castle sits on the eastern edge of the pretty Perthshire village of Crook of Devon. With far reaching views towards the rolling Ochil Hills and even boasting its very own moat, maze and peacock population, this 17th Century turreted tower house really is the quintessential fairy-tale wedding venue, plus a WHOLE LOT MORE!
Tullibole Castle was passed to the Moncrieff family in the 1740s, and almost 300 years and several generations later, it still remains under the ownership of Lord Rhoderick & Lady Alison Moncrieff. Over the years, Rhoderick & Alison have adapted their much-loved ancestral home and grounds to offer couples more ceremony and reception flexibility than they could shake a stick at, which, believe us, is both fabulous and incredibly rare!
Spend the morning getting beautified within the confines of an ancient castle bed chamber – check! Enjoy an outdoor ceremony in an enchanted woodland or by the romantic ruins of a medieval church – check! Sip champagne and nibble canapes within the rustic charm of a fairy-lit and oak-beamed barn. Guess what – CHECK!! Couples and their guests can pretty much have it all at Tullibole.
When Shona & Mark were married by marvellous Mo Ackroyd at Tullibole Castle back in 2016, the happy couple chose to exchange vows within the castle’s former carriage house, which has now been transformed into a beautiful barn-style space with all the trappings of rustic bliss. With its arched entrance, whitewashed stone walls & fairy-lit beams, the Carriage House comfortably seats up to 100 guests and is the perfect choice for a romantic indoor ceremony or reception space.
Couples on the lookout for an alternative indoor ceremony space at Tullibole can utilise the castle’s Great Hall, where the deep stone walls and ginormous open fire make for a super-cosy winter ceremony for up to 85 guests. Alternatively, for couples with a much larger guestlist, why not use the front lawn or waterside garden grounds where there’s plenty of room for a marquee for up to 250 guests to be erected.
While the indoor ceremony options are seemingly endless, the outdoor options are pretty spectacular too! Why not head out onto the lawn where 200 guests can witness your union, or how about venturing into the woods where 65 of your nearest and dearests can watch you tie the knot beneath the Cathedral Tree?
While Shona & Mark chose to host their drinks reception in the castle’s perfectly manicured garden grounds where guests enjoyed drinks, canapes and a game or two of croquet, their wedding breakfast was hosted within the bright and beautiful marquee. At Tullibole, similar flexibility is offered to receptions; from intimate candlelit winter wedding receptions in the Great Hall to sperry tented summer wedstivals on the lawns, couples really are spoilt for choice.
When it comes to feeding hungry guests, couples will be pleased to know that Tullibole is not affiliated with any specific caterers; therefore, couples are able to choose a caterer that truly reflects their taste and style. Shona & Mark brought in the great people at King Boar Catering who catered an informal, festival themed reception, but Perthshire and its neighbouring regions are packed with top-class caterers who offer everything from woodfired pizzas to five course fine dining, so once again, flexibility reigns!!
Photographers LOVE Tullibole as it offers so much flexibility for wedding photography (check out Roslyn Gaunt’s fantastic album here). With the majestic castle backdrop, a hidden maze, enchanted woodlands, fishing ponds and so much more on offer, photographers will have a ball capturing your big day.
Due to Tullibole Castle being the Moncrieff’s family home, there’s limited overnight accommodation available, but with two great bedrooms within the castle and a separate holiday let for up to six guests in the garden grounds available, there’s ample room for ten members of the bridal party. There is, however, plenty of nearby accommodation providers as well as oodles of parking and enough space for coaches to park and turn.
All in all, we are completely obsessed with Tullibole Castle! Team Fuze are fortunate to have had the opportunity to marry many couples here over the years and it just keeps getting better. We’re looking forward to a bumper Tullibole year in 2020!
Venue: Tullibole Castle, Perthshire
Celebrant: Mo Ackroyd
Photographer: Roslyn Gaunt Wedding Photography
Couple: Shona & Mark
Catering: King Boar Catering