How to choose
One of the best things about getting married in Scotland is the huge range of wedding venues – from beaches to castles to libraries, there are so many incredible places to choose from! And yet, we hear over and over again from you lovely folks that one of the toughest things about getting married here is the staggering choice. If you’re armed with a bulging folder of brochures or Pinterest board packed with places, and are starting to feel a little lost, then here’s our guide to picking the wedding venue that’s exactly right for you.
Fall head over heels
It might sound an obvious one, but pick a venue that suits you as a couple. Whether, it’s down to-earth and laid back, or uber-stylish and sophisticated, there will be a wedding venue that is perfect for the two of you. Sit down and brainstorm the kind of place you’d get married if money was no object. Think barn, stately home, city centre spot, or middle-of-nowhere bolthole. And remember, much as opinions and ideas from family & friends are helpful (sometimes at least!), it’s about you two, and what suits you. Go for the one that gives you the spine tingles – then you won’t be wrong.
The magic number
Then, once you’ve done the brainstorming as though money were no object remember that, unless you’re a Kardashian, you do (sadly) have a budget! And when it comes to budget, one of the easiest ways to keep it tight is to pick a guest number and stick to it. We’d suggest sitting down and creating an ideal guest list (maybe both of you independently) and then reviewing it together. If your parents are contributing financially towards the day, it may be worth having a chat sooner than later with regards to their expectations. We’ve all heard about the FOB who invited the entire Rotary Club to his daughter’s wedding…
Think of your guests
When picking your wedding venue, one of the key considerations should be that of accommodation for your family and friends. Does your venue have any onsite or are there plenty of options close by? If lots of your guests are travelling, add the accommodation equation into the mix.
Weatherproof your day
Be sure to pick a wedding venue that has great inside, as well as outside, options. This is super-important for your wedding photographs, but also for your guests. If it’s going to be a wet and windy day (it is Scotland after all!), then best to pick a space that doesn’t mean that the alternative to drinks on the lawn is all your guests squashed together making small talk in a tiny space. Again when thinking numbers, make sure your inside space works for your target number of guests as well.
Put in the mileage
If you are planning your Scottish wedding from overseas this can be tricky, and may be a case of trusting instinct, websites or a cracking wedding planner. But if you’re picking a wedding venue and have the opportunity, then prepare to put in some wedding venue mileage. We’d suggest narrowing it down to a handful first by using blogs and venue websites, then hitting the road for a proper nosey.
On the venue hunt at the moment – any questions you’re dying to ask? Just shout, we’re always happy to help! Christina x