Fondly known as ‘the Granite City’, Aberdeen has a plethora of great wedding venues for your 2017 celebrations.
Whether you’re looking for a chic city centre venue or want to venture out into the Aberdeenshire countryside with its pick of castles, country houses, barns and distilleries, we’ve rounded up 24 of the best venues in the area.
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Perfect for a DIY wedding, this 16th century restored blank canvas barn is a unique venue with flexibility to create your dream day, your way.
Hire the venue on an exclusive-use basis and choose where to have your ceremony, from the Victorian barn overlooking the River Deveron valley to nuptials al fresco in the beautiful gardens.
Invite your wedding party to stay on-site in the self catering cottages close to the venue. The venue can also hold up to 300 guests for a wedding reception your guests will never forget!
PITTODRIE HOUSE HOTEL
Nestled against the dramatic backdrop of Bennachie’s impressive peak, this venue is the perfect setting for a country house wedding.
If you want to feel like Laird and Lady of your own manor for the day, Pittodrie is ideal.
CASTLE FRASER GARDEN AND ESTATE
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If you’re looking for a grand baronial castle for the day this could just be the venue for you. Set in 120 hectares of beautiful gardens and woodland near Inverurie the castle dates from 1575 and there’s an unmistakable French chateaux influence.
Couples seeking a little bit of Hollywood glamour will fall hard for Cluny Castle as it was once used as a film set for The Queen, starring Helen Mirren.
Dating back to the 14th century, the castle is steeped in history. The venue, by Sauchen village, boasts its very own beautiful chapel, East and West Wind and over 200 acres of beautiful parkland.
Visit Cluny Castle’s website
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This exquisite four star Regency mansion by Lonmay is a picture-perfect spot for your I Do’s.
You can take the entire building with its 12 bedrooms, central atrium and stunning glass cupola on an exclusive-use basis, allowing you all the privacy you could wish on your big day.
THE CRAIGELLACHIE HOTEL
Located in the heart of Speyside The Craigellachie Hotel offers an intimate and chic setting for your big day.
Whisky-loving couples in particular will adore this venue, as it comes with The Quaich. Founded in 1893, it’s the world’s leading whisky bar and houses over 900 single-malt whiskies from across the world – the ideal spot to entertain your guests we reckon.
CRATHES CASTLE GARDEN AND ESTATE
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This Royal Deeside 16th-century castle is a gem of a find with its beautiful walled garden, grounds and a new dedicated event space – The Horsemill.
The former home of the Burnett family, history-buffs will love Crathes and its connections with Robert the Bruce.
Located within a 400-acre estate by Fettercairn Fasque Castle was built to entertain and impress.
Once the home of Prime Minister William Gladstone, the castle is a properly grand setting for your nuptials.
Visit Fasque Castle’s website
GLEN TANAR BALLROOM
This delightful property sits within a sprawling 25,000-acre estate in Royal Deeside so expect to be impressed.
The wooden beams of the ballroom’s ceiling are decorated with over 700 stag antlers, a reminder of the venue’s former days as a hunting lodge.
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Designed by William Adam in 1732 and home to the Gordon family for over 250 years this stunning stately home sits amongst Scotland’s grandest Palladian-style mansions.
If Georgian architecture coupled with Victorian interiors sounds like your dream wedding venue, this is the place for you.
Visit Haddo House’s website
HOUSE OF TURIN
If you’re after a luxurious home you can hire exclusively in the heart of the Scottish countryside definitely check out House of Turin.
Couples are encouraged to take the house for three nights and truly make it their own.
Visit House of Turin’s website
Built in the 17th-century this stunning National Trust for Scotland property has been home to 10 generations of the Leith-Hay family.
The building blends all the characteristics of a Scottish tower house and a French chateau effortlessly and you’ll have the choice of elegant public rooms in which to tie the knot.
Visit Leith Hall’s website
Just a stone’s throw from Aberdeen city centre you’ll have a choice of three wedding rooms at Malmaison Aberdeen.
Couple’s looking for an uber-stylish venue, this could be the place for you.
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When it comes to a venue with a true taste of the Highlands Mar Lodge is ideal.
Set amidst 29,000 hectares in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park, the venue is surrounded by ancient forests and rolling glens.
Visit Mar Lodge’s website
MARCLIFFE HOTEL AND SPA
This relaxed and elegant five-star hotel is set in its own grounds on the outskirts of the city.
The hotel can accommodate all sizes of wedding, from just the two of you to 400!
MARYCULTER HOUSE HOTEL
This hotel on the banks of the River Dee is brimming with history and character.
In the 12th and 13th century it was built as a home for the Knights Templar and more recently was owned by one of the few male survivors of the Titanic.
NORWOOD HALL HOTEL
Ideally situated just a stone’s throw from the Bridge of Dee Norwood Hall Hotel sits in seven acres of beautifully landscaped gardens and woodland.
The stunning Victorian mansion is the picture of elegance with dark wood panelling and sumptuous interiors.
PALM COURT HOTEL
Situated in Aberdeen’s West End this hotel is a stylish choice for couples favourite a city wedding.
You’ll have a choice of four stylish rooms – the Hudson, Sanderson, Clayton and Blake – to celebrate your big day in style.
One of Aberdeen’s most iconic ballrooms the Beach Ballroom has been the setting for many a happy memory over the years.
Plus you’re in the perfect location for some post-ceremony beach shots.
Visit Beach Ballroom’s website
THE CHESTER HOTEL
Set in Aberdeen’s Queen’s Road the five-star Chester Hotel offers the last word in luxury – ideal for couples with an eye for the finer things in life.
The wedding suite holds up to 300 guests and the designated wedding team can help create the wedding of your dreams.
DUTHIE PARK (DAVID WELCH WINTER GARDENS)
One of Europe’s largest indoor gardens, this floral paradise is a cool and unique place to have your Aberdeen wedding.
The Temperate House is a beautiful location for a ceremony, with enough room for 70 guests.
Visit Duthie Park’s website
THE COOS CATHEDRAL
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This venue has taken the Aberdeen wedding market by storm, with couples flocking to get married in its unique surroundings.
In the grounds of stunning Aboyne Castle, the interior of this former cow’s barn will blow you away.
UNIVERSITY OF ABERDEEN
Choosing King’s College, University of Aberdeen will ensure a memorable setting for your big day!
Take your pick of intimate spaces for small parties, to large historic settings like Elphinstone Hall.
THE BARN AT BARRA CASTLE
Create the wedding day you’ve always dreamed of at The Barn at Barra Castle, a versatile space in Oldmeldrum, nestled in the Aberdeenshire countryside.