Winter’s a magical time of year in which to tie the knot. Picture roaring fires, hot mulled drinks, not to mention Christmas decorations in December!
Scotland has some amazing venues that lend themselves particularly well to this time of year, whether you’re looking for a cool city centre spot with fairylights glimmering off exposed bricks, a stately home with frosty grounds or even your very own castle.
We’ve rounded up our pick of some of the best out there for all your wedding venue inspiration.
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Voted Scotland’s most stylish venue, 29 Glasgow has everything you could wish for from a wedding venue in the very heart of the city.
Housed within a 19th-century building, the venues combines old world sophistication with chic decor and modern day attention to detail. Plus your wedding breakfast will be oveseen by 29’s multi-award-winning executive chef.
You could even host your exclusive celebrations in Glasgow’s only rooftop terrace. Wedding packages are available from £2,995.
OPEN DAY: Come along to 29 Glasgow’s Wedding Open Day on Sunday 21st January between 12-3pm. This is the perfect opportunity for you view 29 Glasgow fully set up for a wedding.
During Winter this 500-year-old Reiver Tower really comes to life, making it the ideal setting for an incredibly special and memorable wedding.
Nestled within the castle walls you can forget the elements outside and immerse yourself in romance with the roaring fire, twinkly candlelight and rustic decorations. The castle has been renovated in a sumptuous 21st century style to create a cosy, welcoming atmosphere. All you need is a sprinkling of snow outside to add the finishing touch!
SPECIAL OFFER: Couples can take advantage of a special Winter Wedding 2018-9 offer with a wedding ceremony and reception for 40 guests and wedding party accommodation for just £7,500, or 60 guests for only £10,000.
The large baronial fireplace at Aswanley sets the tone for an intimate Highland wedding.
Everything is under one roof: the three adjoining rooms, with a marquee-sized space for dining and dancing for up to 300 guests as well as the loos and a catering kitchen. So it doesn’t matter what the weather is like!
The wedding venue includes everything you need for a wedding – from chairs and tables, to crockery and glassware. They even have a generator so the winter weather won’t get in the way of the party!
ATHOLL ARMS HOTEL
If you fancy greeting your guests to your winter wedding with a warm Highland welcome then the Atholl Arms Hotel is the ideal spot. Set in the picturesque village of Blair Atholl, the baronial-style hotel has everything you need for a festive celebration.
You can enter your ceremony to the strains of a traditional piper, have some atmospheric photos taken in the grounds of Atholl Castle and enjoy your drinks reception in the cosy bar before hosting a wedding breakfast in the magnificent baronial dining room, resplendent with stags’ heads and armour.
Then when it’s time for bed your guests can repair to one of the 31 bedrooms, each one elegantly decorated in its own unique tartan.
BALBIRNIE HOUSE HOTEL
If you dream of a stately home setting for your perfect winter wedding Balbirnie House Hotel could be the place for you.
Nestled in 400 acres of beautiful parkland, it’s no wonder it consistently scoops the Scottish Hotel Awards accolade as Scotland’s Wedding Hotel of the Year – a title it’s held for 11 years. And following on from success in 2016, it was named Europe’s Top Destination Wedding Retreat 2017 at the recent Haute Grandeur Global Awards.
The venue is an ideal setting for a Fife winter wedding with opulent décor and sumptuous furnishings throughout. Host your ceremony in the beautiful Orangery with its mirrored tinted glass ceiling, dine in the beautifully lit ballroom or simply relax in the newly-renovated drawing room with its bespoke Bute Fabric tweed wall. The staff will help you co-ordinate your perfect day!
Set in over 200 acres of private land and gardens in the heart of unspoilt Ayrshire, Blairquhan Castle is the ideal venue for a romantic wedding.
Listed number 14 by the Independent newspaper in their list of the 50 best places to get married in the world, this magnificent 19th century baronial castle boasts four stunning function rooms seating up to 100 guests, and 15 individually designed bedrooms. There are also eight holiday cottages on the estate, offering further accommodation for up to 46 people.
Blairquhan Castle gained its five-star status by the Scottish Tourism Board in 2015, making it one of the top exclusive use venues in Scotland.
Having your wedding here means you have the use of castle and its grounds exclusively for the entire duration of your stay.
SPECIAL OFFER: Weddings held January to March 2018 and 2019 will receive a 15% discount.
CARRICK CASTLE ESTATE
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Set on 3,500 hectares between Loch Goil and Loch Eck, Carrick Castle Estate’s lodge is a fabulous new built eco-themed venue that would truly make the most of the frosty surroundings for an amazing winter wedding.
The main lodge provides luxury accommodation with spa facilities and antique furnishings making it the last word in comfort. Just imagine a pre-wedding sauna on the morning of your wedding. Plus you’ll love the lodge’s balcony and terrace – the perfect setting for an outdoor ceremony on a crisp winter’s day if the weather’s kind.
Small and intimate weddings are the main focus of the lodge but if you’re after holding a larger affair the estate barn is ideal.
Culcreuch Castle dates back to 1296 and is the ancestral home of the Galbraith Clan.
The castle has is perfect for couples looking for a venue with easy elegance, as it has beautiful interiors coupled with extensive green parkland which grows even prettier with each passing season. The estate, which was nominated in the 2017 VOWS Awards, is the perfect backdrop, at any time of year, for those all-important outdoor wedding photos.
You can hold a lovely ceremony in the Galbraith Hall which features stone walls dating back to 1735, not to mention the atmospheric flickering candles in sconces, ensuring that you enjoy the ambiance of the hall immersed in the warmth of your family and friends.
SPECIAL MID-WEEK OFFER: Book your wedding from Monday to Thursday any month in 2018 and get a fabulous discounted package for just £3,000! This includes a two-course buffet meal and a drinks package. Add-ons are available for a small supplement. Enquire for more details.
FORBES OF KINGENNIE
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Set in the heart of Angus, just outside Dundee, Forbes of Kingennie Country Resort boasts views of rolling countryside and its very own fishing lochans – the perfect view to look out on from the comfort of the cosy wedding suites.
Say your vows against the spectacular floor to ceiling windows in the beautiful Buddon Burn ceremony building before moving to the Inglesmaldie Suite for your reception. Both suites overlook the beautiful landscaped grounds which are particularly charming in the winter creating a frosted backdrop to your Wedding day.
What’s more, there’s plenty of room for your nearest and dearest to stay over in the resort’s welcoming lodges, just a stone’s throw away from the main building. Perfect for when the winter nights draw in.
The magnificent Gilmerton House has been home to the Kinloch family for 12 generations and this stunning venue would be the perfect setting for getting your own family together for a magical winter wedding.
Booking your wedding at Gilmerton gives you the complete run of the mansion, making it your own stately home for the duration. You’ll have your choice of the elegant reception rooms and with 100 acres of woodland to explore there are plenty of options for some beautifully frosty wedding photos.
Plus, with 10 luxuriously appointed bedrooms you and your nearest and dearest can get cosy and make yourselves at home in this gorgeous exclusive-use venue. There’s even a full butler service for overnight guests.
GLENSKIRLIE HOUSE AND CASTLE
A lush, boutique castle situated in the heart of central Scotland, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Stirling are all less than an hour away from Glenskirlie Castle.
Each of the castle’s 15 bedrooms have been individually styled and have their own distinct charm and personalities – and don’t forget you have two honeymoon suites to choose from!
Glenskirlie have two properties on site, Glenskirlie Castle and Glenskirlie House, and you can celebrate your big day in whichever one you prefer.
Whether you’re having a big bash or a small, intimate celebration, Glenskirlie Castle will provide the fairytale wedding of your dreams.
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Warm lighting, lots of candles and views of snow-covered hills make Kinkell Byre the perfect setting for a winter wedding.
Kinkell offers separate areas within the venue meaning each part of your day can take part inside the venue without being stuck in the same room all day. You can host all your loved ones for your wedding reception in the main wooden floor area, and hold your wedding ceremony and drinks reception in the adjacent spaces.
With beautiful sandstone walls for photographs there isn’t even a need to go outside for photographs – perfect if the weather isn’t on your side.
LODGE ON LOCH LOMOND HOTEL
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The Lodge on Loch Lomond Hotel truly is a unique destination located on the beachfront at Luss and enjoying magnificent panoramic views over Scotland’s favourite loch.
The hotel’s facilities make it an excellent choice when considering the perfect wedding venue and the hotel has been very lucky to host many interesting and exciting marriage proposals helping couples bring their romantic ideas and dreams to reality.
The atmosphere at The Lodge is intimate, warm and charming and the team are focused on delivering a casual friendly approach.
MAR HALL GOLF + SPA RESORT
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If you’re looking for a luxurious venue for your winter wedding Mar Hall is definitely worth checking out.
This gorgeous five star Edwardian mansion is the last word in opulence and with 53 individually designed bedrooms and a Decléor Spa, it’s the perfect place to keep warm and stay cosy for the days surrounding your wedding.
You’ll have a choice of four magnificent banqueting suites, each one boasting ornate ceilings and exquisite chandeliers – perfect for a glittering winter celebration.
Outside there’s 240 acres of tranquil woodland, meaning you’ll have plenty of options for your wedding photography. All you need is a dusting of snow on the nearby Kilpatrick Hills!
Set in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park near Aviemore, Nethybridge Hotel is a traditional Highland manor hotel guaranteed to give you and your guests a proper Highland welcome.
Couples wishing to hold a winter wedding with a backdrop of snow-covered mountains and frosty grounds will love the charms of Nethybridge.
PACKAGE OFFER: The hotel offers a Romantic Highland Winter Wedding Package for only £2,500 subject to availability from December to March (exclusion dates apply).
The package includes a Highland piper, a candlelit ceremony, mulled wine and hot toddies, roaring fires and a ceilidh to celebrate as well as a delicious three course Strathspey wedding menu for 60 guests.
ROYAL BOTANIC GARDENS, EDINBURGH
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The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh is a magical place to say I Do in the winter months. With its breath-taking landscape and inviting venues it really is the perfect location for a winter wedding.
The venue offers a fabulous package between October and March that enables you to book your special day for only £6,995 with all amenities included.
Do not hesitate to get in touch with their dedicated wedding planner to find out more. They look forward to hearing from you.
THE BLACK WATCH CASTLE & MUSEUM
The historic Balhousie Castle is located in city of Perth over-looking the beautiful North Inch Parklands.
The Castle’s history dates back to the 12th Century and is now the ancestral home of Scotland’s oldest Highland Regiment, The Black Watch. Balhousie Castle will provide a stunning backdrop to your wedding day.
The venue has a selection of beautiful spaces which are ideal for an intimate wedding or grand celebration.
The Castle’s dedicated team will help to create your unique and memorable day at this stunning Scottish castle.
As one of Edinburgh’s most eye-catching wedding venues, sitting on the historic Royal Mile with superb views of the Castle and the Old Town, The Hub is the perfect location for couples looking for an authentic Scottish wedding in the cold winter months.
The flexible in-house team offers the best service, helping couples to create the wedding they want. Working with some of the finest wedding suppliers, the team goes the extra mile to ensure every wedding is memorable.
From the stunning backdrop of the dramatic staircase, to the vibrant colours of the Main Hall, standout is assured no matter the weather.
THE OLD MANOR HOTEL
Set in the picturesque East Neuk against the backdrop of the Fife hills, The Old Manor Hotel promises to tailor your big day to your wishes.
The sumptuous hotel, with its Lundie and Largo Suites, can accommodate weddings of up to 120 guests and offers a special winter wedding package, making it the ideal location for tying the knot in the chillier months.
SPECIAL OFFER: From only £2,274 you can host 50 day guests for any Sunday from November 2017 to February 2018 (inclusive). The package includes a three course wedding lunch, a glass of house wine and glass of sparkling wine for guests.
Additional day guests are £59.99 each and the evening buffet is from £6.50 per person.
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WESTERN HOUSE HOTEL
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Looking for a luxury Winter Wedding with a difference? Western House Hotel have got all the bases covered to make your big day and night truly unforgettable!
Winter Weddings at Western House are perfect for couples looking for a unique experience. From the crackling log fire and beautiful candelabras to the beautiful gardens and atmospheric outdoor lighting, we provide a warm atmosphere with our wonderful staff on hand to ensure your dream wedding becomes a reality.
Our team of top chefs will ensure you enjoy a beautiful winter feast, drawing inspiration from our Ayrshire surroundings and beyond to create a memorable and exquisite menu.
CAMERON HOUSE HOTEL ON LOCH LOMOND
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Five-star Scottish wedding venues don’t come much better than Cameron House on Loch Lomond. Set on the banks of Scotland’s most famous waterway, the venue can cater for parties of up to 220 guests.
Visit Cameron House’s website
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Set in 11 acres of parkland, this fairytale Scottish castle is the ideal setting for your wintry wedding day.
Have photos taken by the River Esk, and at just eight miles from Edinburgh city centre, your guests can easily get there, whatever the weather!
Nestled away in rural Perthshire, Fingask Castle looks most resplendent in the frosty, wintertime weather. The garden has so many places for picture perfect photographs.
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MUCKRACH COUNTRY HOUSE HOTEL
Looking for a romantic Scottish Highlands wedding? This wedding venue is unique, marrying original Victorian interiors with contemporary touches that’ll wow your guests.
Prestonfield House has just won Scottish wedding venue of the year at the 2017 VOWS Awards, so you know you’ll be in good hands at this luxury Scottish wedding venue.
The spectacular scenery surrounding this Loch Lomond wedding venue is particularly atmospheric on frosty winter evenings. Enjoy panoramic views across the loch to Inch Murrin Island and Ben Lomond.
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Winton Castle in East Lothian looks so warm and cosy dressed for Christmas, and the team there are on-hand to help make your decor dreams come true.
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Achnabreck is a wedding venue in Lochgilphead, Argyll; a unique space for your autumnal or winter wedding celebrations. How gorgeous are the strung up fairylights in the barn?
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Famously owned by Scotland’s own sporting superstar Andy Murray, Cromlix in the snow is just such a pretty picture! There’s even a chapel in the grounds where you can have your ceremony.
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The epitome of true luxury, Crossbasket Castle in Blantyre is available for weddings of any size, from an intimate affair for 10 guests to a good old Scottish party of up to 250 people!
Well known in Scotland for it’s five-star status, every aspect of your day at this hotel, spa and golf resort in Auchterarder will feel completely personal and special. The hotel looks amazing set against a snowy sky too!
Steeped in history and oh-so-romantic, Edinburgh’s Mansfield Traquair is the ideal setting if you love to make a dramatic entrance! Fairytales happen at this versatile venue.
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The atmospheric dining room at Rowallan Castle could be the setting for an intimate, candle-lit wedding breakfast for your nearest and dearest friends and family. The grounds are stunning too!