Last week I was lucky enough to visit a truly blank canvas for your Scottish wedding - The Byre at Inchyra. I took along Emma from Betty Bluebell, and Gail from Rooftop Mosaic. Gail took the most gorgeous photographs on the night, which I think give us a great idea of this stunning venue and it's grounds.
Recently refurbished, the venue feels secluded and exclusive, even though it is only just off the motorway past Perth. It's super easy for your guests to get to, and you can almost guarantee no-one will get lost or be late!
The venue comprises of a beautiful large, square barn, built of stone with timbered roofs, with the original stone and wooden walls. The sunken area that would originally have been for over-wintering cattle now provides an area that can be used for dancing or for the wedding ceremony itself. Surrounding this are large raised areas perfect for seating your guests. The Stable Room, a separate large room to the side, can hold ceremonies or a separate bar. With the original cattle troughs and timbers, a truly unique space can be created for your perfect day.
We were welcomed warmly to the Byre by the owner Caroline, who has overseen the refurbishment and I must say the attention to detail is second to none, even down to the toilets! We were treated to delicious delights from En Croute Catering. The grounds are exceptionally beautiful and there are so many scenic photo opportunities, including the unusual moongate; a circular opening usually found in traditional Chinese gardens. Created by acclaimed willow sculptor Trevor Leat, it is situated at the entrance to a tunnel of rhododendrons leading from Inchyra House to the Chestnut Walk. Also tradition has it that it is good luck for newly weds to walk through.
One of the biggest benefits of this venue in my opinion is the 'blank canvas' idea. When you book the venue, you pay for the hire only, for either one day or three days; the Byre does include EVERYTHING thats required before something goes on a table – heat, light, sound systems, disco lighting, tables, chairs, toilets (very nice ones as I mentioned!) . . . meaning you can add additional services to suit your budget like your catering and drinks. My own wedding venue was like this, and on balance this really helped our budget, as we were not paying a set 'package' price which is usually forced upon you by most hotels (Outside caterers are usually a good bit cheaper than the hotel packages!) There is also three options for your drinks including an unlicensed private party where you just buy in all your beverages from the supplier of your choice and pay the caterer to serve it. This is an extremely economical way to keep your guests well liquored up! So even though the initial venue hire can look expensive, on balance you can save on your other services.
And I haven't even started on what you can do with the decor! The Byre has a rustic feel and what you can do with it in terms of styling is limitless! On the launch night, the amazing Pyrus provided the flowers which looked stunning in the original cattle troughs. Fairy lights adorned the ceiling, really softening the look of the byre and giving it a dreamy feel. You can as much or as little as you'd like to this venue, whichever way it will still look stunning. I'm sure Emma had a million and one ideas while we were there!