(Closed) Destination wedding in Scotland?

posted 6 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 4
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2003

@MissBea:  How limited is your budget?

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@MissBea:   Well hello to another ‘possible’ Scotland Bride πŸ™‚  I am also a Scotland Destinstion wedding bride – in fact we just booked the venue a couple of weeks ago πŸ™‚  http://www.eileandonancastle.com 

If you want to PM me feel free to do so I am happy to share with you all that I know about marrying over there… It can have hundreds of possiblities from castles (like mine) to Anywhere you like as long as you can get the minister to marry you!  Cost all depends on the Venue (ours is pretty pricy) but it it all about Location Location Location!!  Also don’t forget avout the hidden costs involved like the fact that you must obtain a Visitors Marriage Visa to marry in Scotland from the UK Border Control (Immigration to us) if you are US Citizens..

I am English myself and have lived in Scotland too!! so I know a fair wee bit as they say!! Laughing

We are having a small wedding of approx 20 people and already over budget!! BUT where you have the wedding will determine the price for alot of things too… the more remote the location the pricier things generally are!

Hope this helps and please message me if you would like to know more πŸ™‚ 

 

Post # 6
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Sugar Beekeeper

@Angkinah:  I was just about to recommend this! So gorgeous. πŸ™‚

 

I lived in Scotland for a little over a year and it is such a stunning country. I also knew a lady in high school (she was a teacher) that got married in Scotland and it ended up being cheaper than doing a larger wedding here in California.

I would say first do a little research on the various areas and decide on a general location. While it isn’t a huge country there are loads of places you can have a wedding so a narrowed general area would be a great place to start.

I lived in Crieff and a close by amazing location was the Gleneagles Hotel in Auchterarder. No idea of the costs but it is amazing and the G8 summit was hosted there are one point. Another suggestion would be St. Andrews (GORGEOUS!!!) at the Rufflets Hotel (stayed there once). If you really want to go north you can check out Isle of Skye (my personal favorite).

Good luck with your plans!

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

If you’re looking into a Scottish wedding, then I’d be happy to lend a hand in finding suppliers. I’m a Scottish bride (obviously) but have been very active on planning forums over here and got to know a lot of suppliers, so I’d be happy to help!

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@SpecialSundae:  Oh I am getting married at Eilean Donan Castle next Sept but would love any ideas of anything that might help.  I used to live in Annan many many years ago so know your area too… πŸ™‚ 

Post # 9
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

We got married in Scotland last September at Eilean Donan πŸ™‚  We were expecting about 20 guests, but a lot of people couldn’t make it at the last minute so we ended up having 8 guests.   I highly recommend Scotland, as there is something magical and romantic in that country, and the Highlands were amazing!!  We were there not quite a week before the actual wedding and then left the next day for our honeymoon elsewhere.  We kinda wish we had stayed the week in Scotland and just honeymooned there.  I used Susan Kirkness of Highland Wedding Bells and I recommend her, she helped book a lot of our things, find the minister, and help make it legal, since there’s a bit more going into it then getting married in your home country.  Let me know if you need any advice or names of vendors.  I should add that we stayed at Balmacara Mains and they were absolutely FANTASTIC, we can’t wait to go back.  Adding in plane tickets to Scotland from WA state and all the wedding stuff, it cost about 6 thousand total with the conversion from pounds to dollars.  Not too bad, and we loved how intimate it was.  And besides, look at that gorgeous scenery!

 

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@eleroo02:  Oh HOW exciting to see your post here – as Eilean Donan is our venue also – AND we have booked the Balmacara Mains as our reception… we also invited 20 people but so far (even though we are a little way off yet – we believe only 8 will be able to attend!!!!)

Can I ask who you did use as a celebrant?

PLEASE feel free to PM with anything that you think was useful to know etc…

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

hey it depends what you’ve got in mind. Let me know if you need any help. The west of Scotland is gorgeous. Have a look at Lodge on the Loch at loch lomond or Glenskirlie Castle. Theres so many beautiful places here, good luck! X

Post # 12
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Newbee

I’m so glad I found this thread.  We are recently engaged and looking to get married in Edinburgh if possible.  We are not inviting anybody at all to join us, as we just want to get married and continue on with our honeymoon without any family around us.  I guess we can be open to really getting married anywhere, but my fiance really wants to stay in Edinburgh.  I’m now thinking we could even split the vacation up.  

 

I was confused earlier about the visitors visa for marriage since some websites tell you about it and some don’t mention it.  We are looking to get married some time in May of 2013.  I just don’t know where to start and what to do.  Any and all help is welcome!  We are looking to do a civil marriage and not a religious (all of the other stuff I read on that is a bit overwhelming as well!)

 

Thank you!

Post # 13
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@cas2thom:  When we got married in September of 2011, they had just changed the laws.  We were told conflicting information from all sorts of places, and it basically came down to you don’t need to show the Visa to the registrar to be married, but they still need the Visa to let you into the country to be married, if that makes sense.  It didn’t to us, but we settled on no Visa on the information told us, and they almost didn’t let us past customs.

Post # 14
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Newbee

We are going to get the Visas just to be on the safe side.  We can’t apply for them until 3 months before we are set to leave.  So, I guess I can work on everything and just hope we are accepted!

Post # 15
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Newbee

So happy this thread exists! I haven’t brought up destination Scotland yet, but considering our families are spread out all over th US… everyone travels or somebody “wins” is getting a little annoying so the timing is ripe.  I will come back here.  Please update on how it all worked out. 

Post # 16
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Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2015

It has been my dream to get married at the Eilean Donan Castle since I first saw it when I was 14! I live in NY, my soon to be fiance (just waiting on a ring) lives in the west of Scotland (Rothesay on the Isle of Bute) and has all his life. So for me it would be a destination wedding, but not so much for him. The castle is about a 4 hour drive from his home, so we would be staying up there (probably on Skye) for a weekend. We are extremely early in the planning stages, still tossing ideas around, but will be doing a lot of serious planning once we are physically together again this summer (spending nearly 5 months in Scotland with him; so excited!). He loves the idea of having the wedding here, somewhere in NJ where you get a gorgeous view of the NYC skyline, but I don’t think he realizes how pricey that is! It would probably cost the same to pay for 10 of my closest family/friends to fly to Scotland AND the cost of the whole wedding! I suppose NJ is still an option for us (he’s always thought a NY destination wedding was awesome), but I have my heart set on Eilan Donan. Either way, I may be PMing you Eilean Donan brides/to be in a couple months! Would LOVE to see photos!

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