Weddings at Edinburgh Castle

image courtesy of Historic Scotland

Have you ever dreamt of having a romantic wedding in a magnificent castle? Edinburgh Castle has just made some first-class renovations to their building and they are having a Wedding Open Day on May 22nd from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Here’s an excerpt from a News Release I received this morning:

“Couples can either register their interest beforehand by emailing the Weddings team on hs.weddings@scotland.gsi.gov.uk or just turn up on the day. They will be asked to fill out an enquiry form at Visitor Information where they will be given a Castle map with the wedding locations marked on it and will receive a complimentary ticket, so they can enjoy looking around the Castle.

There are three venues: St Margaret’s Chapel, The Gatehouse Suite and the Queen Anne Room.

St Margaret’s Chapel is the oldest venue, dating back to the 12th century. It is the oldest building in Edinburgh and is available for small, intimate, religious wedding ceremonies with a capacity of 25 guests. The cobbled area outside the Chapel affords spectacular panoramic views across the City and beyond. The Stewards who work at the Castle say this is the most popular place for marriage proposals.

The 19th century Gatehouse Suite, classically decorated with original wood panelling is situated at the entrance to the Castle. It offers an ideal venue for small wedding ceremonies, whilst the adjoining Ante Room is perfect for drinks and canapés. Access is also available to a private terrace which has superb views of the Royal Mile and the city of Edinburgh, which provides a stunning backdrop for wedding photographs. It can accommodate 40 guests and can host Civil, Religious and Humanist ceremonies.

The recently refurbished Queen Anne Room is set in the heart of Edinburgh Castle in Crown Square. It will be set up for a ceremony with a few show tables and refreshments will be served. 80 guests, (seated) can be accommodated here and up to 170 guests for dancing. The Queen Anne Room can host civil, religious and humanist ceremonies and can also include a private viewing of Scotland’s Crown Jewels.

Please click on the link below to access the wedding and events website.

http://www.edinburghcastle.gov.uk/index/events.htm

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4 thoughts on “Weddings at Edinburgh Castle

  1. Bet that open day will be thronged! A lovely place to get married – or to receive a proposal.
    I was married in King’s College chapel at the University of Aberdeen, built a bit later than St Margaret’s Chapel, in 1500. All graduates and staff of the University have the right to be married there. So that is where my heart is!

    1. Linda, it would have been lovely to be married in the King’s College chapel and i think you’re right about Edinburgh Castle being busy on the Open Day. There is a bit of excitement about getting married in heritage buildings these days after the royal wedding.

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