Choosing a venue for your wedding can be difficult unless you know the options open to you. I’ve realised it can be a struggled to find a list of wedding venues around Edinburgh, Fife and the Borders that is impartial and not not influenced by advertisers so I’ve put together a list of the best venues as I’ve seen them through my wedding photography.
I’ve created a list of wedding venues here with a little information on each and plan to add to that list by creating a blog post for each of the venues to go into more detail and add some photographs I’ve taken from real life wedding days. The venues listed below will link to their own websites and also to my more detailed posts as and when I add them. You can follow my page on Facebook to be notified as venue details are added by clicking here.
WEDDING VENUES IN AND AROUND EDINBURGH, FIFE AND THE BORDERS
Gordon, near Kelso (click here for map)
01573 410225 (Jane)
Ceremony (80 guests), reception, dinner (80 guests) and dancing (80 guests)
Mellerstain is a grand country house in spectacular gardens. A wonderful setting for a wedding in the Scottish Borders around 45 minutes from Edinburgh. They hold exclusive use weddings of up to 120 guests, offer accommodation, ceremony, in house catering and experienced wedding planner Lyndsey at Get Knotted. One of my favourite country house venues…grand surroundings, plenty of space and beautiful grounds at a venue specialising in a maximum of 10 weddings a year.
Haddington, East Lothian (click here for map)
firstname.lastname@example.org (click here for enquiries form)
Ceremony and reception (84 guests), with dinner in marquee (120 guests), April-Oct marquee (250 guests)
Over 700 years old and recently refurbished this is a wedding venue that offers a huge amount of history festooned with antique furnishings, paintings and sculpture. Set in wooded grounds about 30 minutes from the centre of Edinburgh the house is grand without being overwhelming in size. With it’s own chapel for wedding ceremonies, enough rooms to accommodate your family, exclusive use, spectacular Great Hall, comfortable sofas and open fires Lennoxlove has a great atmosphere.
South Queensferry, near Edinburgh (click here for map)
Enquiries (Jennifer Pirrie) 0131 331 2451
Hopetoun House is a very grand house in extensive 6.500 acre sculpted grounds and near the beaches on the shores of the Firth of Forth with views of the Forth Road and Rail Bridges. Built in 1699 the house has a grand staircase to the front a chapel in the right wing and tapestry room with bar and enormous ballroom for dinning and dancing in the left wing.
With pillars, statues, ornamental lake, wildlife and unbeatable service this is a wedding venue you should consider.
Parliament Square, The Royal Mile, Edinburgh (click here to see map)
0131 225 0651
ceremony and reception (220 guests)
As wedding venues go, the Signet Library is one of Edinburgh’s best kept secrets. With a location second to none the Signet is on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile in the heart of the Old Town, a few minutes from Edinburgh Castle and right next to St Giles Cathedral.
Completed in 1822, King George IV described the upper library as “the finest drawing room in Europe”. Home to the WS Society, one of the oldest professional bodies in the world, the building has only recently been open to the public for wedding ceremonies and receptions. Made up of the Upper and Lower Libraries, it can accommodate up to 220 guests in grand Georgian style with excellent catering provided by favourites Heritage Portfolio.
Edinburgh, By Holyrood Park (click here to see map)
0131 662 2323
Prestonfield House is a glamourous five-star hotel not far from the centre of Edinburgh but feeling like a country retreat in spacious grounds with views of Arthur’s Seat. Those that know owner James Thomson’s other ventures (The Witchery and The Tower) will not be surprised by the hotel’s lavish chic and luxurious decor and top class service and food.
Edinburgh’s highest rated hotel with the AA’s highest grading, Visit Scotland’s five gold stars and Trip Advisor’s only Scottish hotel in their list of Europe’s top 25 luxury hotels.
Staff wearing black kilts can welcome guests to either a smaller wedding in the main hotel with drinks in one of the drawing rooms and dinner in Rhubarb Restaurant, or a larger wedding in the stables next to the main house.
Hotel rooms are boudoir like with sumptuous decoration and with peacocks roaming the grounds this is a wedding venue that will leave you feeling spoiled.
Princes Street, Edinburgh (click here for map)
Enquiries form (click here)
0131 556 2414
Ceremony and reception (40-260 guests)
An Edinburgh landmark, the Balmoral Hotel is a wedding venue at the heart of the city on Prince’s Street with views of Edinburgh Castle. The Balmoral holds ceremonies both large and small with reception and dining in a choice of suites from 40 to 260 guests. Top quality dining, ornate cornicing, period decoration and chandeliers with one of the biggest and best ballrooms in Edinburgh. A special treat is the traditional MC who will do a wonderful job making sure your day runs smoothly.
Queen Street, Edinburgh (click here for map)
0131 225 7324
Ceremony and reception (120 guests)
The Royal College of Physicians has a great address in the centre of Queen Street and centre of Edinburgh. The grand townhouse entrance leads onto a very attractive wood paneled corridor, atmospheric library with balcony and large and grand ballroom. With a choice of reception rooms for drinks, space for well over 100 guests, dinner and dancing as well as separate room for the wedding ceremony this is a rare, exclusive use, city centre venue with room for a large wedding party and centuries of history in a grand and impressive location. Don’t forget the access to Queen Street Gardens for photographs.
Columns, oil paintings, wooden panels history and plenty space in a city centre location.
More venues to be added…