Well, being born and bred in Scotland and having lived here all my life, I must say there is a high chance that I am a little biased towards the many reasons why Scotland makes a fantastic destination to host your Wedding. That said though, there are some really important practical and emotional reasons why you should seriously consider Scotland as the place for your marriage to begin.
1. Historic castles AND AMAZING VENUES
Have you ever had your heart jump into your throat on seeing the beauty of somewhere? Well, there is simply no arguing that Scotland has some pretty immense, ancient places where you can be married. Historic castles, luxurious estates and even castle ruins are all feasible places that you could choose to tie the knot. Many couples choose to get married in Scotland because of a family heritage tie to a particular castle, clan or district and this can be a really meaningful event for many families who have perhaps never visited Scotland. Many castles offer an incredible setting for your Wedding too – inside and out, typically very grand in nature and adorned with many historical pieces of furniture and art – which are usually timeless in beauty. Whether your vision is a pink turreted castle, an exclusive castle or clifftop castle ruins, there is almost certainly bound to be a place which is the perfect fit, many even have their own Chapel which means you can host a religious, humanist or civil ceremony in these stunning locations.
2. You can get married anywhere and there is no “time in country” requirement
I know, this sounds too good to be true but trust me on this one, it’s the truth. Here in Scotland, so long as someone legally ordained to marry you agrees to marry you in the place of your choice, you can be married there. So for example if you want to take your vows under an ancient Fir tree in the middle of a forest, yep you can do it (So long as you are willing to do it despite any potential weather mishaps!).
In addition, uniquely to the rest of the UK, here in Scotland there is no law about the time you should have been in the country before you are married. So you don’t need to arrive here several days or weeks in advance before the Wedding date – You can literally arrive the day before the Wedding and leave the day after it if you so wish (However we do always recommend giving yourself 2 nights before the Wedding day for things such as hair/make up trials, dress steaming and collecting that all important kilt!)
3. It really is romantic
The chances are, if you are already reading this article, you’ll already have found some incredible images of the natural beauty of Scotland – perhaps you’ve already spotted an elopement in Skye or an intimate destination wedding at a lochside castle. What could be more romantic than a Wedding in a location like this, with a picnic basket to hand (and perhaps an umbrella just in case) to enjoy afterwards?
While Scotland is a contemporary country with all of the regular amenties you’ll be used to, we are very lucky that every major city is just 15 minutes drive from a beautiful view. You could find yourself married between two mountains or on an estate with a herd of deer - or if you have a hire car you could stop by a loch with a packed lunch or even drive to a remote location outside of the cities at night to gaze at the beautiful stars.
4. Food and drink...it's not just Haggis but you ought to give it a try!
Yes yes, we all know the old myth about the man who is employed as a haggis catcher and whisky and haggis are probably what most believe to be the traditional Scottish diet! Not forgetting Irn Bru and Fish & Chips of course!
In fact though, Scotland offers a really outstanding variety of cuisines and is one of the finest producers of local produce in the UK. Seafood in particular is of an excellent, fresh standard – Langoustines, Oysters, Mussels and lots of varieties of fish are all examples of seafood you could eat one evening that had been caught that morning!
Scotland is also the home of the world famous “Aberdeen Angus” beef and is also a producer of some excellent cheeses. Scotland is also home to the now world-famous craft beer producer, Brewdog as well as of course the delicacy that is the deep fried Mars bar!
5. The Weather
Of course, Scotland is famous for the rain and there is no denying, it can be rainy on any day of any month but when the sun is shining on a lush Spring or Summer evening or a crisp autumn or winters morning, really Scotland’s weather can be stunning.
Many of our clients come to Scotland with hopes for a particular type of weather, whether that is moody mist in the mountains (February, March & October are probably best months for this), sunshine (May through to September are good times of year for this) or even Snow (It’s a common misconception that it snows in Scotland around Christmas time, its acutally usually late Janaury/Early February and sometimes even March that we see snow).
Believe it or not, Scotland also has some stunningly beautiful beaches, some by the ocean and some by the many lochs.
Besides, they say rain on your Wedding day is good luck here!
6. Friendly culture
In Scotland, while the weather may not always be warm, the hearts of the people here usually are and you can expect nothing less than a warm welcome from the population. It is not uncommon for people to strike up conversation while waiting at the bar for a drink or waiting in a que at a shop.
You’re bound to find just about everyone you recruit for your Wedding will have a light-hearted approach to dealing with you and will make you feel really comfortable, all the while remaining completely professional. Even the most upmarket of venues and restaurants will make you feel very at home indeed.
7. Value for money
Of course, by making the decision to host a destination wedding, you will almost certainly be likely to see that your estimated spend will reduce in quite a number of areas. In addition to that though, here in Scotland we can offer stunning exclusive use venues which while expensive will offer an incredible experience for you and your relatives but we also have a truly superb selection of 4 and 5 star hotels which will accommodate yourselves and your guests at a very reasonable value.
As is common in the Wedding industry, you will certainly benefit by considering a mid-week or out of season Wedding and I’d certainly suggest seriously considering the weekday option if you are to travel from a time zone with a difference of more than three hours. This will mean that you and your guests can travel on the weekends, will have enough time to overcome jet lag and you’ll benefit from a better rate at your chosen venue as well as much better supplier availability too! You could literally have your pick!