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  • Writer's pictureGlynis Woodhead

A romantic Scottish wedding

Updated: Apr 11, 2018

There’s little more romantic than a full-blown Highland wedding and whether you want a completely private ceremony where just the two of you are declaring your love for each other or you’re intending to have 500 guests, the possibilities are limitless.

If money really is no object, and you're looking for a splash of ultimate luxury, there are several exquisite Scottish venues which can be hired for your wedding day and in some of them you’d be following in the footsteps of some very rich and famous names. If tradition is your aim, and you’d like to have your ceremony in the ancient ancestral home, then you could have your wedding at Dunvegan Castle in Skye, the seat of Clan McLeod, or perhaps at Inveraray Castle in Argyll if your ancestors are of the Campbell clan.

There are magnificent Scottish offerings range from the beautiful Glentruim Castle in the Cairngorms to Eilean Donan Castle on the shores of Loch Duich. And if even those sound a little too formal, then Scotland has incredible outdoor locations and you could exchange your vows to the sound of a magnificent waterfall tumbling beside you, or even at the top of Ben Nevis if you’re feeling particularly fit. Other unusual venues range from a wedding beside the Clava Cairns (and any Outlander fan will know about those), to a sunset wedding at the Callanish Stones on the Island of Lewis.

There really are no limits if you choose a civil celebrant to conduct your ceremony. That’s because, in Scotland, a civil celebrant cannot take care of the legal formalities of a marriage contract, although this is no different from many European countries where you must complete the legal declaration in a registry office before having your wedding ceremony itself, usually with a Celebrant. That actually makes things a whole lot easier, and much more flexible. Take, for instance, the scenario of a sunset wedding on the shores of a loch where just the two of you want to make vows to each other. No-one who is licensed to marry you legally could actually do that because you must have witnesses. Making your vows to each other privately, followed by a trip to the registry office the following morning to register it, gives you total freedom to have what you want.

So what's it going to be? Exchanging your vows with your nearest and dearest as the dawning sun peeps over the horizon? A magnificent castle where you are surrounded by hundreds of years of tradition and history? Or perhaps a completely natural setting - wild and untamed. A Scottish wedding really is limited only by your imagination … Why not take a look at the Scottish weddings page on my website.

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