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Hickory’s Eco-Chic Weddings Package

Image of wedding couple: © Jonathon Fowler

“When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world”

John Muir, Scottish-American Naturalist

At Hickory, we care as much about the environment as we do about your wedding. We are committed to helping you make your wedding a truly stylish and sustainable event and will help you plan your eco-chic day while taking the environment into consideration without compromising on the gorgeous!

Our Eco-Chic Wedding Package offers you all the benefits of a beautiful wedding day with amazing food with an eco-friendly twist – meaning you can enjoy a first-class event while knowing you’re doing your bit for the environment.

Our Credentials

Green Tourism Gold Badge

We are very proud of our status as a Green Tourism Business Scheme Gold Award holder which recognises that we:

  • Achieve the highest standards of sustainability with a strong, broad ethos and excellent practices throughout.
  • Use the latest technologies, from LED lighting to efficient boilers and renewables.
  • Efficiently control resource use and can demonstrate effective monitoring with targets for savings.
  • Implement green procurement across our business, including sustainable fish/meat sources, a range of ethical products and working with local suppliers to provide fresh, local and often organic items.
  • Promote changes in working practices, bringing significant benefits to the business, community and supply chain.

This gives you the peace of mind that we will always work towards minimising operational impacts on the environment through resource conservation and environmentally sound practices.

Each of our venues is exactly the same. Unusual and unique. And our Green Tourism accredited venues carry the same green credentials as we do. We hold partnership status with all of these great Green Tourism approved venues.

  • Eskmills Venue
  • Assembly Rooms
  • Culzean Castle
  • Hill of Tarvit
  • The Georgian House
  • Mar Lodge
  • Haddo House
  • Fyvie Castle
  • Pitmedden
  • Leith Hall
  • House of Dun
  • Drum Castle
  • Crathes Castle
  • Craigievar Castle
  • Castle Fraser
  • Brodie Castle
  • Robert Burns Birthplace Museum

If you have already chosen a venue or are looking at one of our other venues, we can still provide green catering for your big day. We would also be more than happy to talk through ideas for your wedding breakfast, canapes and even managing the bar on your behalf.

Local Food and Drink

Hickory’s reputation for fabulous food is well established, and our business is built on creating delightful menus using fresh, local, seasonal and ethical produce.

For an eco-chic wedding menu we can offer a delectable East Lothian menu which our chef has personally sourced where possible from the bountiful array of local and seasonal produce available from the area around our head office and kitchen.

The East Lothian larder is amongst the finest in the world, with seafood, meat, vegetables and herbs of exceptional quality and flavour. Proud members of Scotland Food and Drink, Hickory are committed to using local suppliers and distributors to support the local economy and have specially-designed menus to ensure our guests are sampling the best food the area has to offer.

This menu is just a sample of what we do. We can take the time to work with you to develop a menu that’s just right for you, whether it’s a dish you would like us to create or a unique ingredient you would like us to include in a favourite meal.


East Lothian Suppliers

Here are some of the local suppliers which our chefs work closely with to source the very best East Lothian produce:

Belhaven Smokehouse Smoked fish Dunbar
Belhaven Fruit Farm Soft fruits in season Dunbar
Black and Gold Rapeseed Oil Rapeseed oil Haddington
Chocolate Tree Posh chocs Haddington
Di Rollo Ice cream Musselburgh
Knowes Farm Seasonal veg East Linton
Ian Mellis Cheese Edinburgh
Mungoswells Flour Drem
Premier Roll Company Morning rolls Loanhead
Shortbread House Shortbread Edinburgh
Welchs Fishmongers Seafood Musselburgh
Yesterfarm Dairy Dairy Gifford
Findlays of Portobello Haggis Portobello, Edinburgh
Hoods Honey Honey Ormiston

We constantly strive to ensure as much as possible is sourced within a 50 mile radius of our headquarters in Musselburgh, East Lothian, but some ingredients may have travelled further.


The Eco-Chic Wedding Package

Our package includes:

  • Paperless billing and event planning system
  • Recycling bins available in venue
  • Recycling our own waste/waste reduction
  • Recommended local suppliers for all venues

For each booking of our Eco-Chic package, we will also commit to planting a small tree in our very own Eskmills Garden in Musselburgh, including Crabapple, Holly and Blackthorn trees.


Top Green Tips for Your Wedding

If you would like to take the eco credentials of your wedding even further, why not consider some of the following.

You can keep the environmental impact of your favours down with some delicious homemade goodies. We can make some lovely Hickory treats for this purpose. Perhaps some Hickory fudge or a homemade elderflower liqueur made with local North Berwick gin?

Alternatively, you could donate money to an environmental charity on behalf of your guests.

If you really want to reduce your wedding’s impact consider a more intimate event rather than one which is extravagant. Fewer people means less travel and subsistence and more personal simple elements could make for a more personal and memorable event.

The time of year of your wedding can help to influence many aspects of your day from the type of venue, the amount of lighting required, and the amount of power used for heating the venue.

This can include everything from the type of food to serve and which colour scheme and flowers to use. Using seasonal and fresh produce gives you the best results and can also be the most cost effective.

Choose a venue that can help you have a Green Wedding by providing advice, support and all the green options for your special day. A Green Tourism certified business can calculate their carbon impact per guest. Based on your guest numbers you can then identify your carbon footprint.

Have you ever considered an antique dress or a family heirloom? You could even hire the kilt for the groom and groomsmen. Or perhaps you could have a wedding dress made which you could use again.

Consider using recycled paper, printing smaller formats (A6 rather than A5), or even send electronic invitations.

Providing a guest pick up and drop off service will help to reduce car use between accommodation, the church and the reception venue.

Consider a staycation, Scotland, England, Wales or Ireland have some wonderful landscapes. Don’t forget the islands, there are Green Tourism approved businesses everywhere from the Scilly Isles to Guernsey, Harris to Shetland and Orkney.



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