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Here at Edinburgh Wedding Directory, we love nothing more than planning weddings! When we are not planning weddings, we love looking at weddings, and what is a wedding without a venue to get married? Over the course of the next few blogs, we will be looking at the different types of venues and hopefully giving you some inspiration for your wedding venue!

Venues come in many forms from outdoor to indoor and in a variety of locations across the world, but where better than to get married in the old land- Scotland itself? Now I hear you say that there is so much choice across Scotland for where to get wed, so how do I narrow it down? For me, its easy! There has never been a lovelier place than the Auld Reekie- Edinburgh! With its beautiful scenery and vibrant (and sometimes shady) history, there is so much to see and do around every corner!

Have you dreamed of getting married in a castle and feeling like royalty for your wedding day? Well, I have the list of the most beautiful Edinburgh castle venues for your wedding, looking after guest numbers from 2 to 200, you are sure to create memories that will remain for life!

Enough about Edinburgh, what about its castle venues? With a skyline dominated by the biggest castle- Edinburgh castle itself, which is also a working army garrison complete with museum, it is an unmissable landmark often pictured and celebrated. Can I get married in Edinburgh Castle? Of course! So long as your wedding is outside of the festival period (1 June to 30Th September) when the castle plays host to the Military Tattoo. Edinburgh Castle can hold up to 120 people for one of the more lavish affairs, or for smaller ceremonies, you can say ‘I do’ in Edinburgh’s oldest building- St Margaret’s chapel (religious ceremonies only). With sweeping views of the city, it is definitely worth checking out! To find out more, contact the weddings team at (+44)0131 668 8686, email or visit

Borthwick Castle

Situated just outside of Edinburgh, near Gorebridge, lies Borthwick Castle. Sitting on the hillside with uninterrupted views of the Scottish countryside, this 14th century castle rises from the forest like a giant beacon of strength and fortitude. Accommodating up to 80 guests comfortably, Borthwick Castle boasts three reception areas for your exclusive event- the great hall, the garrison and the stateroom. Accompanied by twelve en-suite bedrooms within the castle itself and the private Crookston cottage and gatehouse, your nearest and dearest will have luxury accommodation on site!

With beautiful gardens within the walls of the castle, there is plenty of space for outside activities from drinks to outdoor reception/ BBQ and loads of photo opportunities!

Upon arrival at the castle, your guests will be greeted warmly, and encouraged to relax with a refreshment before the ceremony, all while you get ready in the preparation room for your big arrival. After a truly magnificent wedding, you and your guests who are spending the night at the Castle can relax and unwind in front of the open fire in the Great Hall before heading off to your sumptuous bedrooms. The following morning enjoy a leisurely start to your day by enjoying a delicious full Scottish Breakfast in the Great Hall and reliving the highlights of your fantastic wedding day.

With limited dates left in early 2023 (only 2 dates left in February) and few summer dates still available, the time is now to enquire!

The venue comes fully dressed – tables, chairs, cutlery, crockery, glassware are all included in the hire, accompanied by silk flowers arrangements in each principal room. Candles are permitted throughout the venue.

Get in contact with the wedding team who will ensure your wedding dreams become reality, personalising each and every element to ensure your every satisfaction. The experienced team can offer suggestions to make the most of your day and know the best of suppliers to ensure your day is as stunning as the castle itself!
Phone: 01875 820514

Melville Castle

Melville Castle, located just outside of Edinburgh near Lasswade is set within 54 acres of beautiful park and woodland with the river Esk meandering its way past the castle. Dating back to 1786, Melville castle is steeped in history with Mary Queen of Scots having stayed with her lover David Rizzio, what a claim to fame- to have slept in the same room as Mary Queen of Scots!

Having been recently restored in a multimillion-pound restoration programme, the castle is finished to a high standard with each room uniquely styled to retain the history of the venue, while modernising it to the latest standards. Able to accommodate celebrations from 2 up to 150, between the castle itself, and the contemporary marquee, you needn’t be pushed for space or numbers. Using only the freshest of local ingredients, your guests are sure to enjoy every mouthful from melt in the mouth canapes to wonderful midnight snacks! Each menu can be tailored to reflect your personal tastes meaning your wedding breakfast features your favourite food!

The castle boasts 33 bedrooms, nine of which are suites, are individually designed and finished with unique key features and Scottish artifacts. The newly wed suite is the room Mary Queen of Scots used as her residence with David Rizzio! Fall asleep in the sumptuous Egyptian cotton sheets to awake refreshed the next morning ready to relive your favourite moments with your guests over breakfast!

Get in touch with the team today to organise your dream wedding!
Phone: (+44) 0131 654 0088

Barony Castle Hotel

Situated just 35 minutes outside of Edinburgh in the beautiful Scottish Borders lies Barony Castle Hotel, a 16th century castle originally built for clan Murray of Blackbarony. Featuring stunning grounds including the Yew tree walk, leads to an altar, weather permitting, you can get married at. The altar was built on the site of a 19th century summerhouse- originally the site of private worship for the Murray family during the 17th century. Also within the grounds is the great polish map of Scotland, a 50x40m 3d scale model of Scotland built between 1974 and 1979 by a small group of poles as a ‘thank you’ to the Scottish Borders community for their hospitality after the second world war. You will be spoiled for choice for photo opportunities!

Weather permitting; say “I do “with your ceremony in the castle courtyard or at the Altar. For ‘less fortunate’ days (most days in Scotland) get hitched in the Elibank Suite, a stunning conservatory flooded with natural daylight. Don’t worry about accommodation for your guests, as the hotel boasts 82 bedrooms- from single rooms to junior and superior suites, they even allow dogs! Why not celebrate your day with your best furry friend too?

To enquire with The Barony Castle hotel.
Phone: 01721 730 395

We hope you have enjoyed our blog, and look forward to sharing more hints and tips to help you plan your Edinburgh Wedding the way you want it!

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