Destination Weddings: Say ‘I Do’ in Romantic Scotland
June 1, 2018
Rolling hills, grand estates, charming castles, windswept islands and men in kilts … Scotland oozes romance. Be swept off your feet by the wild landscapes and warm hospitality which make the country a wonderful choice for an utterly romantic destination wedding.
The Best Destination Wedding Venue in Scotland
The perfect place to say ‘I do’ in Scotland is CLC Duchally Country Estate. This romantic resort is nestled deep in the spectacular Perthshire countryside, close to the famous Gleneagles golf course. Less than 60 miles from both Edinburgh and Glasgow airports, this cosy rural escape is the ultimate destination for bespoke, intimate weddings for up to 40 guests. Brides and grooms-to-be can relax in the knowledge that the friendly team have every aspect of your big day covered, from a mouthwatering wedding menu using only the finest and freshest Scottish produce to the 27-acres of parkland, an incredible setting for unforgettable wedding photos. Wedding guests can choose from luxurious rooms or exceptional lodges and prepare for the big day in the resort’s leisure centre, games room, snug wood-panelled Whisky Bar, and open fire. It’s all part of the traditional highland hospitality!
The Scottish Touch
One of the best things about a destination wedding is that guests are able to turn a one-day event into a much longer and more memorable experience. To choose CLC Duchally Country Estate as your wedding venue is to have one of the best golf courses in the world, Gleneagles, at your doorstep. Yet no Scottish wedding experience would be complete without raising a toast to the happy couple at the Tullibardine Whisky Distillery, located in the neighbouring village of Blackford. This connoisseur’s distillery was founded in 1949 on a site believed to have brewed ale for the 15thcentury coronation of King James IV!
Scottish Wedding Traditions
To add a local flavour to your big day, why not incorporate one of the traditional wedding customs and rituals that continue to be practiced today across Scotland?
Did you know that a bride should always put her right foot forward when leaving her house for the wedding venue?
In the Scottish Borders, a sprig of white heather in the bride’s bouquet is considered to bring good luck.
Or you may prefer the popular tradition in Aberdeenshire and Angus to place a sixpence in the bride’s wedding shoe.
The Traditional Grand March is often the first wedding dance where the bride and groom march to the sound of bagpipes or a live band, before being joined by the bridal party and then the guests.
It is tradition that the groom’s shirt, the ‘wedding sark,’ is gifted by the bride. In return, the groom pays for the wedding dress.
As with any wedding, at home or abroad, there are certain requirements to follow when planning to get married in Scotland. For all weddings, whether civil, religious or belief, couples are legally required to submit a marriage notice form to the registrar of the district where the marriage will be held, no earlier than three months and no later than 29 days before their wedding date. The registrar will then prepare a Marriage Schedule, which must be presented to the person performing the marriage for it to go ahead. Non-EU residents, such as Australian, Canadian and American nationals, who want to get married in Scotland must apply for a Marriage Visitor visa in the lead-up to the wedding.