Congratulations on your engagement and thanks for looking at my blog!

Congratulations on your engagement and thanks for looking at my blog!

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PLEASE NOTE THAT I AM NOW COMPLETELY RETIRED, SO I'M NO LONGER TAKING ANY WEDDING BOOKINGS. I'M LEAVING THIS BLOG ONLINE IN CASE IT'S OF ANY HELP TO YOU IN PLANNING YOUR WEDDING, BUT I WON'T BE MAINTAINING IT, SO APOLOGIES FOR BROKEN LINKS OR OUT OF DATE INFORMATION! This blog is structured as a series of questions and under each posting, I've provided what I hope will be helpful advice for you in planning your humanist wedding. All of the posts are on one page, but each one has been condensed in size, so to read the full details, just click on the post title or 'read more'. When you get to the end of the post, just click on 'home' to get back to the full page of posts or 'older post' to move on to the next post. If you're interested in a particular subject, you can also click on the list to the right or you can do your own search by using the box below.

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How do we choose a venue?

So, how do you choose a venue? Many couples choosing a humanist ceremony decide to have the whole day (ceremony and reception) in one place and this has lots of practical advantages (not having to move your guests from A to B being a big one!) Because humanist ceremonies are non-religious (I should stress here that they are never anti religious!) a church building isn't usually an option. But there are so many other places to choose from - hotels, historic buildings, stately homes, National Trust properties or Historic Scotland properties. Mind you, please note that Historic Scotland have decided that weddings will now only be allowed at 21 of their 300+ properties and if you need more information about this, phone the wedding team on 0131 668 8686

There are of course many lovely outdoor places - in fact, you have the whole of Scotland at your disposal and don't forget that an authorised Humanist Celebrant can conduct a legal marriage anywhere (yes, anywhere!) in Scotland without the need for a civil licence!

Choosing the right venue is as much about the right 'feel' of the place as it is about the practicalities (size, location, cost and so on). You may be looking for something formal or something informal or something in between, but there's a huge choice out there, from the elegant splendour of The George Hotel Edinburgh to the rustic charms of Comrie Croft!

Glenskirlie Castle at Banknock is one of my favourites and a very popular local venue. They do weddings both in the main house, which is very nice and in the castle, which opened in 2007. Of course, the food at Glenskirlie is fantastic and it has a superb restaurant. The castle, although modern, certainly has the wow factor, both inside and out:

This is the room they use for wedding ceremonies at the castle. With the big stained glass window to the side and the wee turret that is perfect for signing the Marriage Schedule, it has a lovely feel to it.

How fabulous did it look at Xmas time too:

If the weather is good, the terraced patio area at the back is lovely for drinks and photos after the ceremony too:

Glenskirlie House is just as lovely inside as the castle:

Whichever option you choose, the excellent Wedding Coordinators at Glenskirlie will make sure that everything is organised behind the scenes so that all you have to do is enjoy your special day!

Another fabulous local venue is Culcreuch Castle  at Fintry: 

Many couples choose to marry there because of it's lovely buildings and grounds, the fantastic food and possibly above all, the friendly and helpful staff. The team includes Mary Anne, Robert and Allyson and between them they will ensure that your day not only goes well but is also great fun! 

The Roman Camp Hotel in Callander is also nice.

Shona, the wedding planner there, is so friendly and helpful - she'll look after you really well and as well as being stunning, the hotel has a wonderfully warm and relaxed atmosphere - you have to visit to see what I mean. The food is superb too by the way and the canap├ęs are the best for miles around! Weddings are conducted various parts of the hotel, including the lovely old library:

 It also has a tiny chapel off it where the Marriage Schedule can be signed:

Or you can sign in the library itself:

There are other rooms within the hotel that can be used for wedding ceremonies including the main restaurant:

The grounds are beautiful too, so an outdoor wedding down at the river is another option in good weather:

This is the wedding of Mike and Kirsty and we were lucky that the rain stayed off and we were able to hold the ceremony by the river where it's lovely and peaceful. The hotel staff put out wooden benches for the family and the wedding party to sit down and everyone else gathered around informally. The stone table makes an ideal place for the signing of the Marriage Schedule. This was a great wedding and Mike and Kirsty made sure that it was full of fun and laughter!

As did Amy and Adrian - and the sun certainly shone on their big day too: 

By the way, if you're interested in historic properties, there are some lovely ones to choose from in this area, including Doune CastleCastle Campbell or Stirling Castle. By the way, if you're having a small wedding, a lovely historic venue near to Stirling castle is Argyll's Lodging:

The Laigh Hall, pictured above, can accommodate up to 60 guests for the ceremony and the stunning dining room  on the first floor, shown below, can accommodate 30. 

For more information, go to the Historic Scotland website.

You might choose a venue because it's in a lovely location with great views, because of it's sense of history, because of the quality of the food or because the staff are friendly and helpful - or all of those things! But whatever your main priorities are, there are some lovely places to be married in central Scotland.

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