If you’ve decided that the rolling hills of Scotland are the perfect location for your destination wedding, take a look at some of our Scottish wedding inspiration to get you started.
You’ll never be limited on choice of venue in Scotland, with grand hotels, country houses and castles at your fingertips. If you’re looking in Edinburgh, Mansfield Traquair is a hidden gem you should certainly go to visit at the very least. Often referred to as Edinburgh’s Sistine Chapel, this stunning stone building is wildly romantic and an art-lovers dream, looking particularly beautiful draped in elegant lighting. The team at Mansfield Traquair are also experts in planning weddings for couples coming from overseas with excellent knowledge on local suppliers who can help organise your fairytale wedding.
If you’re thinking of heading out into the highlands for some spectacular views, there are a number of wedding venues available with their own grounds for you to enjoy during your stay. The Isle of Eriska Hotel, Spa and Island offers a traditional and contemporary fusion with the added magic of staying on your own private island. Its 300 acres overlooks Loch Linnhe and the dramatic Morvern Mountains beyond, whilst the hotel itself was built in the 1800s and filled with open fireplaces and oak panelling, giving a welcoming warmth to the place.
For a grander affair, you’ll also find plenty of castles available – Crossbasket Castle near Glasgow dates back to the 16th century. It’s impressive stature is crowned with a four-storey bridal tower for your pre-wedding preparations and a beautiful Grand Ballroom, perfect for wowing your guests on your wedding day.
Achnagairn Castle is another exquisite Scottish wedding venue, named the Best Wedding Venue in the UK by Harper’s Bazaar magazine. Steeped in history, this castle in Inverness isn’t far from the infamous Loch Ness, and retains some detailed period features including open fireplaces and an ornate ballroom with so much scope for luxurious decoration and floral arrangements.
Once you’ve chosen your Scottish wedding venue, it’s time to consider which traditional Scottish elements you’d like to include in your wedding. Tartan is one of the most common choices couples decide to incorporate, whether as small additions to wedding invitations to give guests a taste of what’s to come, or the donning of a traditional kilt. Siobhan Mackenzie Kilts are highly praised for their bespoke kilt collections, perfect for a one-of-a-kind outfit for the wedding.
If you’re more comfortable in a pair of trousers, why not opt for a tailored three-piece tartan suit for the occasion.
And ladies need not be limited in choice either. There are many options for tailoring tartan materials into your own wedding dress, and you could even coordinate with your bouquet. Why not choose flowers to match the colour of the tartan or even tie additional ribbons or material into the bouquets for a unique touch.
With the thistle as Scotland’s national flower, why not add them into your flowers – from the bouquets to the centrepieces to the buttonholes.
The table decoration is the perfect opportunity for incorporating tartan. We like the idea of a simple table runner and napkin, giving more focus and leeway for larger centrepieces. The colours of tartan are often warm and inviting which is ideal for the wedding breakfast when the families come together to enjoy the food and speeches.
The real question is will you be serving haggis at your wedding breakfast?
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