11 fabulous Scottish venues for a winter wedding 2024
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If you love the idea of marrying when there’s frost (or snow!) lying outside while you’re warm and snug indoors, then consider a romantic winter wedding.
There are so many wonderful things about getting wed in the winter months – just think about that early sunset while there’s a fire roaring or you’re surrounded by gorgeous candles and shimmering fairy lights.
Then imagine warming yourself after the ceremony with some delicious, hearty cuisine and even toasting some marshmallows by the fire – bliss! And let’s not forget the gorgeous wintry shots you’ll get with some snowy hilltops or sparklers as the sun sets.
Winter weddings can also help you spend less, with January, March and November considered low season.
Take a look below at some of the stunning winter wedding venues where you can tie the knot …
Beautiful Broxmouth Courtyard, with its elegant finishes and rustic charm is a purpose-built, exclusive use venue located in the grounds of Broxmouth Park Estate. The venue provides a luxury setting for weddings, and comes with its own private chef team, in place to deliver exquisite wedding dining options.
It is especially gorgeous during the winter months, with its original features such as exposed stonework offering a backdrop for ambient and cosy lighting and decor – just imagine fairy lights, candles and festoon lights as the skies grow dark.
The rustic grounds as well as the wider estate’s private woodland, parkland and a secluded loch are ideal spots to capture some magical wintry wedding day pictures.
As the festivities get into full swing, your guests can warm themselves round the fire pits and enjoy the glow. When the celebrations are over there are several beautiful self-catering cottages on site where they can bed down for the night.
What could be more romantic than a city wedding in winter against the backdrop of one of Glasgow’s grandest buildings?
Situated in Merchant City, Citation is the epicentre of elegance. Originally the Sheriff Court building, its sandstone columns dominate the prominent B-listed exterior, dressed in fairy lights that will bring a real sparkle to your day.
The interior space simply exudes sophistication with exposed blonde sandstone and rustic wooden floors, and exciting features such as an elegant staircase. It will be a welcoming space for your guests as they escape from the cold and get set to celebrate.
And let’s not forget the amazing heated balcony, which is nestled amongst the towering, glittering columns. It’s a perfect spot for your wedding photography – and you won’t even feel the chill!
With beautiful grounds and gardens, a historic house, charming chapel, stunning private dining rooms and endless photo opportunities, Cromlix in Stirlingshire is a storybook backdrop for your winter nuptials.
Owned by tennis star Andy Murray and his wife Kim – who is the creative force behind the venture, personally curating every last detail – you can rest assured it will be a warm and welcoming space for your guests, with the fire crackling on their arrival.
Cromlix has its own consecrated Episcopalian chapel which comfortably seats 36 for a small wedding and can also host non-religious ceremonies. But if your numbers are larger, the tastefully furnished drawing room seats up to 80 for a ceremony or 50 for dinner. Couples hosting weddings for 50 guests or more, or with an evening reception, take over the entire hotel on an exclusive-use basis, with meals for up to 80 being served in the restaurant.
Just imagine having the run of this gorgeous hotel for your winter wedding, complete with billiards room, stylish bar and luxurious suites.
Set in the foothills of Loch Lomond, only a 40-minute drive from Glasgow and a mile from Loch Lomond itself, Fruin Farm is utterly charming. Specialising in small, intimate weddings for a maximum of 60 guests.
During the winter months, the backdrop will be stunning with snow on the hills, frosty fields and fairy lights aplenty. There is a choice of settings in which to say “I do”; nothing could be more cosy, atmospheric or romantic than the 200-year-old stone barn. With good food at the heart of everything they do, look no further for wholesome, hearty cuisine guaranteed to banish the outside chill.
There’s a fully stocked bar to warm the cockles and help get the party started. Want to take your drink outside? You’ll find a fire pit, blankets and marshmallows provided as standard.
Make your winter wedding dreams come true at Trump Turnberry, Scotland’s ultimate wedding destination. Nestled along the breathtaking Ayrshire coast with magnificent views of the Ailsa Craig and snow-capped mountains (just think of the wedding photos!) Turnberry provides a magical backdrop for your special day.
From the sparkling chandeliers of the Grand Ballroom with its panoramic vistas, to the intimate elegance of the Ailsa Craig Suite, the versatile event spaces accommodate weddings from grand celebrations to intimate gatherings.
Turnberry Resort also offers a range of opulent accommodations including the lavish Turnberry Lighthouse Suite, plus an abundance of recreational activities for couples and guests to enjoy. Tee off on championship golf courses, indulge in relaxing spa treatments or experience thrilling outdoor pursuits.
With sweeping coastal views and attention to detail, Turnberry’s expertise will flawlessly orchestrate your winter wedding so you can relax and cherish each joyous moment as you begin this new chapter together.
Virgin Hotels Edinburgh
As the wintry lights shimmer over Edinburgh’s skyline, just imagine saying “I do” in the city’s historic, luxury hotel.
Housed in the India Buildings on picturesque Victoria Street near the Royal Mile and Lawnmarket, Virgin Hotels Edinburgh has opulent spaces to suit every gathering, marrying its Victorian architecture perfectly with distinctive, contemporary design.
The stunning and romantic Greyfriars Hall is a former medieval church and the perfect place to be for an intimate ceremony, complete with candles and stunning lighting.
Seating up to 100 guests, it is steeped in history dating to the mid to late 19th Century. Its Gothic Revival features have been blended with the hotel’s modern design, creating a beautiful venue that oozes Edinburgh Old Town charm.
Choose from several configurations to best match the size of your party with the winter vibe you want to set.
A winter wedding in Scotland should be the stuff of fairytales – powdery white grounds, roaring fires and all the rest. Whilst no venue can guarantee snow, some can promise a stunning setting should it appear.
At Achnagairn, the ballroom is the centre of all weddings, whatever the season. And in winter it screams intimacy and romance with its beautiful vaulted wooden ceilings.
There are other reception rooms to play with (one for your drinks’ reception, another as a base for your photobooth, perhaps?) plus 24 castle bedrooms and space for over 100 more to stay on the estate. So, you’ll have more than enough space to celebrate all day and stay over afterwards – no need for taxis at midnight!
P.S. All weddings at Achnagairn last two nights or more, to give you time to really drink things in.
A rural venue with modern touches, Bachilton combines chic design with a chilled atmosphere. And with the team passionate about encouraging couples to personalise the venue to suit themselves (we love their catchphrase ‘At Bachilton it’s your wedding, your way!’) you can create your very own winter wonderland.
Keep cosy in one of Bachilton’s superb indoor spaces, complete with high ceilings and original wooden beams, or brave the elements (perfect excuse to dress your best girls up in fur!) and host your ceremony or drinks reception outside – just imagine the atmospheric photos.
With two yurts and five cottages on-site, you can have 40 guests to stay for two nights over your wedding. Oh, did we mention the cottages come with hot tubs? Ultimate winter vibes, especially if it snows!
Fairytale wedding alert! Fyvie Castle is steeped in myth, legend and folklore – isn’t it the most enchanting fortress? Nestled in the heart of Aberdeenshire, this magnificent Scottish baronial castle has architecture to die for – towers and turrets for days!
Step inside and it’s just as grand with lavish interiors, ornate ceilings and a world-famous art collection. With a capacity of 110 for your wedding ceremony and dinner, and 120 in the evening, you’ll be able to invite everyone you know to enjoy your fairytale winter wedding. If you can spare a moment to step into the crisp evening air, the loch is a photographer’s paradise.
Want to cosy up and stay over? The eight-bedroom Preston Tower Apartment offers luxury self-catering accommodation for up to 16 people within the case.
Situated in a 240-acre ancient woodland estate just 10 minutes from Glasgow Airport, this stunning five-star luxury venue dates back to 1828.
As you emerge from the long sweeping driveway, the historic mansion awaits – and just imagine getting inside and into the warmth to enjoy its grandeur!
Positioned imposingly on the banks of the River Clyde, with the Kilpatrick Hills as a backdrop, it’s an area of outstanding natural beauty – and a gorgeous backdrop for your photos.
Attentive staff will greet your guests as they arrive to walk the red carpet with champagne and delicious canapés before gathering in the Grand Hall or private rooms. All of the luxurious banqueting rooms enjoy beautiful views of the Clyde.
With a selection of packages from which to choose, you could have a winter wedding you’ll never forget at Mar Hall.
Unusual Venues Edinburgh
Unusual Venues of Edinburgh is a collection of three award-winning wedding venues in the heart of the capital: The Caves, The Rowantree and Marlin’s Wynd. And guess what? They’re full to the brim with magical flickering candles, twinkling fairy lights, the latest LED lighting and atmospheric Scottish history, making them the perfect background for hosting a unique winter wedding whatever the weather.
If you’re having a cosy, intimate celebration, Marlin’s Wynd is suitable for 40-50 guests during the day and up to 120 in the evening, whilst The Rowantree can host 50-70 day guests and up to 110 for your first dance onwards.
If you’re going big, you’ll want to explore The Caves, which has space for up to 150 during the day and more than 200 at night. The cherry on top? All three offer only exclusive use, making your winter celebration even more special.
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Make sure you check out our round-up of some of the most stunning venues the region has to offer here