So my post today focuses on that all important part of your wedding, your venue! Recently I have been noticing such a strong trend in looking for a more unique venue that brides can add their own stamp to, and so thought I would pull together a few of my favourite hidden gems from around Scotland. We didn't realise until we found our wedding venue that a blank canvas was really what we wanted, the bare marquee may not have looked much at first glance, but with a little imagination it could be transformed into whatever you wanted it to be, which is what a lot of brides are looking for now. The more generic venues have some decor and styling that no matter what you do, it's hard to get past. It's about thinking out of the box, we know from Yasmein & Blair's amazing wedding, that this can be done. Their barn wasn't even a wedding venue, but I think Yasmein managed to twist the owners arm, and get her dream barn wedding! I'm not saying you have to go that far, but there are venues out there that you may not have thought of straight away. So let's have a look at my top 10; some modern, some traditional, some quirky...
1. Bogbain Farm - Inverness. I first discovered this venue only last week at the GWC Wedding Show at The Lighthouse (one of our later venues), and I think it will be just up some brides streets right now! This unique barn venue comprises of features like a saloon bar, a cocktail bar, red-stone cobbled flooring, a Desperate Dan pie stove, an accordion collection, original stone walls and timber beams, vintage farm machinery and lots of space to dance the night away! This fashionable space won Best Unusual Venue at last years Scottish Event Awards and I can see why. Let your guests get comfy on hay bales while you come down the aisle surrounded by cute fairy lights.
2. WEST Brewery - Glasgow. If you're sticking to the city, Glasgow Green’s iconic Templeton Building is both beautiful and unusual. Each wedding hosted at the brewery is as unique as the couple and the stunning event rooms of glass and mahogany offer a memorable setting for your celebrations. I have seen some great photos from a wedding reception at WEST from the fabulous Jo Donaldson Photography which make the venue look fabulously atmospheric!
3. Killearn Village Hall - Stirlingshire. The website for this venue could be better, however the brilliant Altitude Film filmed a wedding here very recently; check the clip out here. The village hall has just been completely refurbished and has only held a handful of weddings so far, so you can be sure that it is unlikely your guests will have been at a wedding there before (I'm sure that must be boring for guests!) The main hall has a raised floor so the fabulous views of Loch Lomond can be enjoyed.
4. Kinkell Byre - St. Andrews. Again, another website that could do with a sprucing up, but the venue can speak for itself! Be very aware that you sometimes can't tell a lot about a venue from the web, you must visit! The Byre at Kinkell is a charming and versatile wedding venue. The set of converted farm buildings can be adapted to suit weddings of any size. The Byre is situated in the grounds of Kinkell Farm, a spectacular setting overlooking the beautiful coast of St. Andrews.
5. Timberyard - Edinburgh. Situated right in the heart of Edinburgh, with an uber cool website, The Timberyards amazing, unspoilt warehouse dates back to the 19th century when it was built as a props & costume store. Each space full of character, Timberyard offers outside seating, private dining, an inhouse butchery & smokehouse. They also have their own brilliant Tumblr account where you can be inspired by some gorgeous wedding setups!
6. Sloans - Glasgow. I was surprised to learn that you could get married at Sloans, in the city centre, thinking of it as a sort of old mans pub, but apparantely Sloans have been holding weddings for over 200 years. As one of Glasgow’s oldest and most unique venues, Sloans offers a stunning historic backdrop to your special day. Amazingly it can also hold evening receptions for up to 300 guests, with a variety of different areas available to hire.
7. Glencorse House - East Lothian. Glencorse is more traditional but is lucky enough to have it's own gorgeous kirk which you can get married in, before heading to their marquee for your reception. Nestled in the foothills of the Pentlands, it really is the most romantic setting imaginable for a wedding ceremony. The Kirk stands in the grounds of Glencorse House which offers a magnificent location for your wedding reception and with its lush parkland, lake and verdant rhododendrons provides an idyllic backdrop for stunning photography. This place is a photographers dream!
8. The Lighthouse - Glasgow. Having visited The Lighthouse many times, I am always taken with it's modern style and would really like to go to a wedding here. You can even get married up on the viewing tower overlooking the city (if you have a teensy tiny wedding that is!) which would be so unique and amazing. The venue is contemporary and funky, and always has a buzz going on. Perfect for a modern couple looking to stay in their favourite city for the big day!
9. Dynamic Earth - Edinburgh. Again, another modern venue on the East coast of the country this time, Dynamic Earth offers the spectacular backdrop of Salisbury Crags; the Biosphere features an original stone walled turret with high arched ceilings and imposing windows; the Ozone is a very contemporary space with surrounding glass walls, and for something completely unique, in the Earthscape galleries you and your guests can experience tropical rainstorms and real icebergs!
10. Highland Tipis - Loch Tay. I was wary about this idea, until I had a good look and now I am all over it! The images on the website look fantastic, and the tipis could be personalised however you like! From log fires to lanterns, flowers to fairy lights... the possibilities are endless. The giant tipis can be brought to your chosen venue throughout Scotland and even into cities such as Inverness and Edinburgh. Think of them like a marquee…..only better!
You can see images of all the above venues on my Pinterest board. I know that venue searching can be very overwhelming at first, and it has hard to imagine your day when you visit the venues. I hope this helps inspire you to think out the box a little and visit some different spaces! Let me know on Facebook or Twitter about the amazing venue you have picked for your wedding! Check out my lovely friend Happiness & Hydrangeas, who can help you style your event to perfection!