Edinburgh itself is a gorgeous historical city with lots of hidden gems and unique places to visit, and arguably one of the most romantic cities to tie the knot in. It’s location is also second to none – you need just take a short drive to the surrounding areas to find more hidden gems – Scotland is bursting with unusual wedding venues!

When wedding planning, you want to find the perfect space, and something that will make yours different to your friend or sister’s wedding. Let us tell you about some of our favourite spaces that you can get married in throughout Edinburgh and beyond.

In the bustling New and Old Town, you can find some incredible and unusual wedding venues.

Dovecot Studios

Ever imagined getting married in a Victorian Bathhouse?? Dovecot Studios is the most beautifully restored Victorian Baths and is another unique and historical venue in Edinburgh’s Old Town. Working with top international artists since 1912, the studios are home to a world-renowned Tapestry studio, and are a hub for creativity. With five spaces on offer, there is something for everyone, including the resident weavers, who have been creating works of art at the venue for over 100 years. Whether you have a wedding guestlist of 20 or of 250, your big day can work perfectly in this cultural and historical space.

Royal College of Physicians

Located in the New Town, The Royal College of Physicians is truly a unique and historical wedding venue, and is home to one of the largest collections of medical history in the world. The college history begins in 1617 and the beautiful venue has been around since 1844. The three spaces on offer exhibit differing charm, the New Library, has an amazing collection of historical books, a marble fireplace and balconies making it a perfect spot for your ceremony. The Cullen Suite is a stunning Georgian room with period artwork and a flood of natural light, an idyllic space for your ceremony or reception. For bigger celebrations, The Great Hall is exactly that! With its amazing pillars and statues and specially sprung flooring it is the best spot to party the night away. All of this means you can have your wedding in the most perfect space for you and your guests.

Greyfriars Kirk

Founded in 1620, Greyfriars Kirk is situated in the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town. A stunning historical venue with beautiful features, stained-glass windows and a magnificent Collins Organ, it provides the perfect backdrop for a unique wedding reception. Plus, with this venue you’re in the heart of Edinburgh and there is no end to the number of quirky locations you and your newlywed can go to for photos on the day. With a capacity of 150 for a sit-down meal and up to 250 for lots of evening dancing, you won’t be limited on guest numbers.

Assembly Rooms

Being one of the city centre’s largest venues, the impressive scale of the Assembly Rooms is the only reason we love it. With a history dating back to 1782, the venue holds nothing short of grandeur, the Georgian building restored to its former glory holds spectacular unique features throughout. With famous, glistening crystal chandeliers, shimmering gold leaf details and the impressive mirrors, a wedding party of 10 or a staggering 750 can be hosted perfectly with its walls. And it doesn’t stop there, with impressive discreet technology throughout, you could really have the most unique wedding personalised to you in the heart of Edinburgh’s city centre.

Moving slightly further out the city limits, more hidden gems can be found. Plus, the rolling Scottish countryside presents an epic backdrop for those key wedding snaps, and these historic venues are the perfect place for a party.

Newhall Estate

Constructed in 1703 and located on the outskirts of Edinburgh, the stunning Newhall Estate is a Scottish Baronial home full of history and elegance. Offering accommodation for up 40, each room is unique and tells a story relating to the Estate’s history. The reception rooms of Newhall are characteristic of its past with stunning modern additions. The Coach House can hold up to 160 for larger weddings in its modern open space, and the gardens can be enjoyed by all and make the perfect spot for some unique photographs in the peaceful scenery. The grand estate and grounds offer modern and traditional features throughout to make for a wedding day unique to you and your guests.

Neidpath Castle

The spectacular retreat that is Neidpath Castle sits overlooking the River Tweed in the Scottish borders. A short drive from Edinburgh, this private estate is full of Scottish history – Mary Queen of Scots even stayed at the castle in 1563! The stunning venue is perfect for a unusual and unforgettable wedding, home to some amazing unique features like hidden stairways, stone walls and archways with carvings of ancestral emblems. With striking views and indoor and outdoor ceremony options it is the perfect spot for a unique wedding outside Edinburgh.

Thirlestane Castle

One of the oldest inhabited castles in Scotland, Thirlestane Castle has been home to the Maitland Family for over 400 years. Your dream wedding could come together in the historic rooms and stunning landscape, with the striking stone exterior and magical turrets, and is a spectacular and unique backdrop for your big day. Grand Staircases, detailed high ceilings, and impressive portrait collections make up just some of the unique and amazing details within the gorgeous venue. With the ability to host up to 150 guests, the Castle holds many options to tie the knot in the way that most unique way to you.

These are just some of the unusual wedding venues in and around Edinburgh we are lucky enough to work in. We hold great respect for all these incredible, unique venues, and when it comes to bringing your vision to life, no space is too much of a challenge. Our team will bring our honest, seasonal, and local menus to life wherever your dream wedding takes place.

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