11 of the best Scottish venues for a winter wedding 2022
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The days of everyone clamouring for a few limited dates to get married in summer are over with many couples choosing to say “I do” in the winter.
And what’s not to love about a winter wedding? The darker and longer nights give you plenty of scope for welcoming fires and candlelit ceremonies, not to mention all the rich and luxurious décor options and the excuse to serve mulled wine or have a hot chocolate bar.
With chic hotels, rustic retreats and castles aplenty, Scotland is brimming with venues just perfect for a celebration in the cooler months.
Read on for all you need to know about 11 of the best venues for a Scottish winter wedding in 2022.
Have you always dreamt of a beautiful, romantic winter wedding in Scotland? Do you imagine getting married as the sun goes down surrounded by candles and fairy lights? With guests celebrating your nuptials with toasty hot-gin punch, mulled wine and big heart-warming food? Then the Aikwood Tower Winter Wedding package is the one for you!
While we can’t always guarantee snow, Aikwood Tower really comes to life in winter, making it the ideal setting for an incredibly special and memorable winter wedding. Nestled within the castle walls you can forget the elements outside and immerse yourselves in a castle romance. The roaring fire, twinkly candlelight and rustic decorations create a wonderfully romantic atmosphere.
The Aikwood Tower Winter Package includes two nights accommodation for 10 guests, wedding planning service, wedding breakfast, reception and meal drinks, bridal flowers, lights and table decorations. Prices for Winter 2022/2023 start at £10,000 for 40 guests.
The Weaving Shed
Looking for an unconventional, industrial chic-style wedding venue? Look no further than The Weaving Shed, Old Glamis Factory, a building with roots deep in Dundee’s historic textile industry, offering fantastic natural daylight throughout and with all the aged charm of a barn style wedding but in a city location with easy access and accommodation for those travelling.
This unique venue is spread over a spacious ground floor area and can be dressed exactly as you wish – we’re thinking neon signage, festoon lighting and loads of greenery. The venue layout naturally presents as three defined spaces – the ceremony room, the reception drinks area and the wedding breakfast/dining space which also incorporates the main bar and dancefloor.
Currently accommodating up to 200 guests with room to spare the venue also features an outdoor courtyard space which can also be dressed and lends itself to street food style catering.
Unusual Venues of Edinburgh
Unusual Venues of Edinburgh is a collection of three award-winning venues, The Caves, The Rowantree and Marlin’s Wynd and they are situated in the heart of Edinburgh’s historical Old Town. These unique and atmospheric wedding venues with their ancient stone walls, flickering candles and twinkling fairy lights are the perfect magical setting for a Winter wedding.
The venues only offer exclusive-use so your special day can be celebrated with your nearest and dearest. Your winter wedding will be one to remember from the beautiful décor of the venues, to the innovative menus and exquisite food, to our friendly and knowledgeable wedding team.
Named one of the best wedding venues in the UK by Harpar’s Bazaar, it’s not hard to see what makes Achnagairn Castle such a treasure. This unique, five-star venue in the heart of the Highlands has everything you could wish for for your big day, from a vaulted ballroom fit for royalty and 30 acres of stunning grounds to luxury bedrooms and all the space you need for everyone to stay over, both within the castle itself or in one of the “mini manors” in the grounds.
This premium venue looks stunning all year round but we’ve a real soft spot for Achnagairn in the winter, under a light frost or a dusting snow, with soft candlelight dancing off the walls in the ballroom. Talk about the stuff of fairytales.
New for 2022, who wouldn’t want to be one of the first couples to host their stunning wedding here? The historical courtyard has been transformed into a new space, ready to host luxurious celebrations dripping with rustic charm. The exposed brick walls and original features are the perfect backdrop for your big winter wedding. Just imagine festoon lighting, fairylights and candles twinkling away and reflecting off the exposed brick.
The bright and airy space includes a stunning ceremony chapel, a separate wedding gallery, an exclusive bar, a picturesque outdoor courtyard perfect for a firepit and toasting marshmallows, and a private bridal suite.
You’ll also find seven beautiful cottages on site with space for up to 40 guests, and more than 150 acres of private parkland, which will make a stunning backdrop for those gorgeous frosty photos.
Nestled amidst Citation’s towering columns is Glasgow’s best kept wedding secret – The Balcony. The iconic yet understated terrace overlooks the grandeur of Merchant City and its delicately lit sandstone columns make the best backdrop for fairytale-style photos. The best bit? It’s fully heated all year round so there’s no fear of catching a chill during your winter wedding here!
The rest of the luxury venue – vibrant yet rustic and steeped in history – is just as impressive. Spread over a large open plan first floor area, The Merchant Suite is warm and welcoming with exposed blonde sandstone walls that’ll give your nuptials a timeless, characterful vibe. Dress it to perfection for the ceremony – and invite up to 130 guests – then pop off to the atmospheric Taverne Bar for drinks before dancing the night away.
How do you fancy saying “I do” in your very own castle, surrounded by expansive landscaped parkland? Located in Aberdeenshire, the 15th century Cluny Castle really does have the wow factor, from its elegant tree-lined driveway, to its sweeping lawns and towers and turrets.
The castle boasts its very own chapel, which comes complete with a private courtyard entrance to welcome your guests. You’ll love the atmospheric stained-glass windows and dark oak pews with room for 100 guests. Directly below the chapel you’ll find the Tenants’ Hall, a beautiful location for your wedding reception while more intimate weddings can be hosted in the splendid dining room and drawing room. And if you get snowed in it’s no problem. There’s room for up to 26 to stay overnight.
Our head of editorial Katie was lucky enough to visit Andy Murray’s famed hotel back in December and it was just magical. Arriving just as it started snowing, a welcome fire was crackling in the grate of the entrance hall and fairylights peeked out from all the Christmas garlands that adorned the grand staircase and mantlepieces.
Cromlix has its own consecrated Episcopalian chapel which comfortably seats 36 for a wee 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 wedding 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 hotel for your winter wedding, complete with billiards room, stylish bar and luxurious suites.
Dalmahoy Hotel & Country Club
Situated only 10 minutes from Edinburgh Airport and 20 minutes from the city centre, this charming and atmospheric baronial manor house is known as Edinburgh’s county retreat. And it’s easy to see why. Set with 1,000 acres of parkland, you’ll find the sumptuous four-star hotel, with views of Edinburgh Castle and the Forth bridges.
Dalmahoy can offer you a choice of both modern and period settings in which to tie the knot. The hotel’s heritage dates back to the 1300s and the original manor house is home to the period suites, cocktail bar and smaller wedding function spaces while the atmospheric St Mary’s church sits at the end of the driveway.
At Dalmahoy you’ll be spoilt for choice and you can rely on the dedicated team to help you plan your perfect wedding day, whatever weather the Scottish winter can throw at you!
Set in five acres of beautiful countryside amongst the foothills of Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, Fruin Farm is a dedicated exclusive-use venue that specialises in intimate relaxed weddings for a maximum of 60 guests.
Fall for the rustic charm of the barn, enjoy the ever-changing winter vista of the hills and loch from the restaurant or use both to create a totally bespoke wedding. You could marry in one and dance in the other and don’t forget to make the most of the high quality locally sourced food. Oh, and did we mention the resident alpacas and llamas!
Macdonald Aviemore Resort
When you think of winter in Scotland the highland resort of Aviemore has to be one of the first places that springs to mind. Set in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park, it’s a mecca for skiers and snow sports enthusiasts so Macdonald Aviemore Resort has got to be on your list of venues to consider for a winter wedding. They even have a Winter Wonderland wedding package!
With breaktaking views everywhere you look, the resort has something for every type of wedding. You can stay in one of the four different hotels within the resort or choose a woodland lodge, while there are plenty of locations for your ceremony and reception. Small religious ceremonies can be accommodated in the onsite chapel or you can say “I do” in a number of venues from small and intimate spaces to the impressive Osprey Arena which has room for up to 450 guests!
And if you’re lucky you may even fit in a post ceremony ski!
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