Historic buildings, a magical castle and some of the UK's best bars and eateries combine to make Edinburgh one of the best places to get hitched. Not only is there a wealth of gorgeous wedding venues (we'll get onto that in a minute!) there's also plenty of places to stay and cool things to do that will allow you and your guests to spread out the celebrations and make the most of the city.
When it comes to the setting for your big day, Edinburgh offers a varied and eclectic selection of wedding venues. From traditional, story book Scottish castles just a stone's throw from the city centre to ultra-modern hotels and quirky underground hidden gems, Edinburgh has something for every couple.
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1. The Balmoral Hotel
Located in the heart of Edinburgh, The Balmoral Hotel is a magnificent example of local architecture with its imposing frontage and iconic clock tower. With views of the Scott Monument, the Old Town and Edinburgh Castle as well as an interior packed full of traditional tartan and local artwork, your wedding here will be an unmistakably Scottish affair.
With the country’s traditional warm hospitality combined with luxury hotel elegance, your wedding will hit all the right notes here. From the Sir Walter Scott Suite and its panoramic views of the city to the charming Holyrood Suite and its heritage features, each and every space has been thoughtfully designed to give a grand yet welcoming feel that’s perfect for weddings.
Classic Scottish dishes are at the core of the catering offering here, with locally-sourced ingredients at the heart of every menu. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to sample the food with Michelin starred dining and an award-winning afternoon tea on offer to those who wish to make a weekend of the celebrations.
2. Dundas Castle
An Edinburgh wedding venue round-up just wouldn’t be complete without a castle! Dundas Castle gives us all we crave when it comes to traditional Scottish castles, from the fairy tale exterior complete with towers and turrets to the atmospheric Auld Keep and the stunning library. If you want to feel like royalty for the day, Dundas won’t disappoint.
You can marry here within the Great Hall, after ascending the spiral staircase and entering the vaulted hall with ancient stonework and bags of medieval charm. If that doesn’t take your fancy, you can always opt for an outdoor ceremony within the serene gardens or elegant courtyard.
Although a grand castle, Dundas offers plenty of opportunity to host intimate weddings thanks to inviting and cosy spaces such as the Stag Chamber. If you’re thinking big, the Croquet Room or Pavilion, with space for up to 200, are also available for receptions.
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3. The Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh
The scholarly vibes of The Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh’s Georgian and Victorian rooms make for an atmospheric and unique wedding venue. The New Library, with its book-lined walls and balconies, is a popular choice for most ceremonies but the impressive Grand Hall is also available for large scale weddings and the Cullen Suite offers the perfect spot for intimate nuptials.
You don’t need to say ‘I do’ here to enjoy the historic surroundings though, The Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh is happy to welcome couples marrying elsewhere for a show-stopping wedding reception. You’re also welcome to make the most of the nearby Physic Garden and Queen Street Gardens for your wedding photos following your ceremony.
At the end of the night, you can head back to one of the city centre hotels and enjoy a night’s stay at preferential rates, exclusive to this historic venue.
4. The Wine House 1821
If you love the idea of getting hitched at a historic Edinburgh venue but love your contemporary comforts, The Wine House 1821 is our top pick for you. Situated in the vibrant St James Quarter, this 19th century building has been tastefully restored to modern day standards, giving it the perfect blend of character and style.
You can host up to 75 guests for a sit-down ceremony and meal here or 100 for a standing reception, making it a great pick for medium to large weddings. The impressive wedding suite is flooded with natural light (ideal for those candid wedding snaps!) and offers views of both Calton Hill and Firth of Forth.
The Wine House 1821 also boasts four boutique bedrooms, allowing you and a lucky selection of loved ones to spend the night in the plush contemporary comforts of the boutique hotel while enjoying a night cap as you take in the breathtaking city views at night.
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5. Village Hotel Club Edinburgh
Originally opened in 2015, Village Hotel Club Edinburgh is a sleek and modern city centre venue with capacity for up to 200 guests. Licensed for civil ceremonies in its light-filled suite, you can say ‘I do’ and celebrate your nuptials, all under one roof.
Following on from your ceremony, you can take advantage of the hotel’s fantastic location and walk the five minutes to the city’s beautiful Botanic Gardens where you can snap your all-important wedding photographs. Upon your return you’ll be greeted with drinks and a menu of your choice.
Following the celebrations, why not unwind in style and take advantage of Village Hotel Club Edinburgh’s ESPA Spa and leisure facilities? With 120 bedrooms on-site, you can invite as many guests as you like to join you for the weekend!
6. The Caves, The Rowantree and Marlin's Wynd
Comprising of not one but three unique venues, Unusual Venues Edinburgh’s The Caves, The Rowantree and Marlin’s Wynd are ideal for quirky couples looking for an Edinburgh wedding venue that’s a little out of the ordinary.
Nestled in the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town in the depths of the 18th century South Bridge, these venues are like no other. Think exposed brickwork, stone floors and arches combined with state-of-the-art lighting and you’re along the right lines.
Marlin’s Wynd is suitable for 20 to 50 day guests and 130 for an evening reception, while The Rowantree can accommodate 30 to 60 during the day and 110 for standing celebrations. Finally, The Caves can hold 65 to 150 day guests and has capacity for a massive 450 for an evening party. Each space is booked on an exclusive basis and boasts its own unique and fascinating history.
7. Riddle's Court
This 400-year-old former merchant’s home has been recently renovated, allowing couples to host city centre wedding days within its historic walls. With a history of hosting royal and high society guests for banquets, it’s no wonder Riddle’s Court lends itself so perfectly to wedding celebrations.
You can say ‘I do’ within its panelled ceremony room before snapping some wedding photographs against the backdrop of this characterful corner of the Scottish city. When you return, you can enjoy a feast chosen by the suppliers of your choice before partying the night away with up to 100 guests.
When the DJ stops, you can kick off your dancing shoes and rest your aching feet in the stylishly decorated suite, available exclusively for the happy couple.
8. Hopetoun House
Located in Queensferry, within easy reach of Edinburgh city centre, Hopetoun House is a country estate with all the convenience of the city. From the moment guests approach the sweeping driveway and lay eyes on the imposing exterior, they’ll feel a million miles from the hustle and bustle of Edinburgh’s busy streets.
Licensed for ceremonies, you can settle in for the day here, beginning with a ceremony in the Adam Stables with up to 200 guests, the Adam Ballroom with up to 250 guests or one of the more intimate licensed rooms. After the ‘I dos’ you and your guests are welcome to make the most of the extensive and immaculate grounds for photographs and drinks before enjoying an opulent wedding breakfast.
If spending just one day at this breathtaking estate just doesn’t feel like enough, fear not, Hopetoun is home to two stunning four-star holiday properties. The Thatched Cottage is the ideal romantic hideaway for the happy couple while Parkhead House, the former gamekeeper’s cottage, is ideal for larger groups of family and friends.
9. Hilton Edinburgh Carlton
Hilton Edinburgh Carlton is the ultimate in modern luxury. From the sweeping monochrome staircase to the seven stylish and airy event rooms, every corner of this iconic building has been given an opulent twist.
Neutral décor and light-filled spaces lend themselves perfectly to both paired-back and muted themes as well as colourful schemes, allowing each and every couple marrying here to add their own personality to the venue.
Capacities are large here, making it an excellent choice for Asian weddings. You can host a full wedding with ceremony and sit-down meal for up to 160 guests or an informal reception for up to 220. After the festivities, you and your guests can retire to the 211 rooms and suites on offer here.
10. DoubleTree by Hilton Edinburgh City Centre
Imagine saying ‘I do’ directly in front of one of the best views of Edinburgh Castle that the city has to offer. At DoubleTree by Hilton Edinburgh City Centre, you can do exactly that in their magnificent Penthouse.
The modern space features floor to ceiling windows that perfectly frame the famous castle behind you as well as flood the neutral space with plenty of natural light. You can line the aisle with flowers, adorn the altar with foliage or simply let the view speak for itself – your guests will be wowed whatever you choose!
Following your ceremony, you can enjoy drinks on the rooftop terrace – available exclusively for you and your guests – before heading back into a transformed Penthouse for an unforgettable wedding reception.
11. Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh - The Caledonian
As a former Victorian railway station, Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh – The Caledonian is packed with character and charm. Its Permian sandstone façade makes it one of the most iconic buildings in the West End and an unbeatable backdrop for wedding snaps.
This venue boasts three licensed spaces: The Boardroom with space for up to 85 guests, The Versailles Suite with capacity for 35 and The Pompadour Room with capacity for a massive 140 guests. Following the ‘I dos’, you can enjoy drinks in the Castle Lounge – named due to its spectacular Edinburgh castle views – before making your way into your reception in the Castle Suite.
Weddings here aren’t all about the day itself, one of our favourite features of this venue is the fact that its home to the only Guerlain Spa in the UK – the perfect place for pre-wedding pampering!
12. The Old Dr Bells Baths
If quirky and unusual are keywords on your wedding venue must-haves list, then The Old Dr Bells Baths is worth a look. This former Victorian bathhouse is situated in Leith, just outside of Edinburgh, and features a gorgeous vaulted space that’s flooded with natural light.
You can say ‘I do’ in the all-white space before allowing the expert team to transform it into an Instagram-worthy wedding reception. When you book here, you’ll get the services of a dedicated wedding designer and manager who will be able to get the most out of the quirky space and bring your perfect wedding vision to life.
You can book a package here, although it will be totally tailored to you. Packages are designed to take the stress out of planning your wedding but if you fancy going DIY, there’s a dry-hire option too.
13. Ghillie Dhu
Sitting in the shadow of Edinburgh Castle, this former church is ideally located for couples wanting to be in the centre of it all on their big day. Built back in 1842, Ghillie Dhu has bags of character and an atmosphere quite unlike anywhere else in the city.
Quirky chandeliers and hanging lanterns create a magical ambience while a majestic organ makes for an amazing backdrop as you stand at the altar. Mood lighting and candles look right at home at a wedding reception here and the team are more than happy to help design the look.
You can select a package and keep things fuss-free or get creative and design your own bespoke day – anything goes at this unique venue!
14. Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
Dreaming of saying ‘I do’ in the great outdoors? You can do just that at Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. This tranquil city centre oasis offers you the chance to get hitched under the shade of a towering Californian Redwood tree, within a luxury marquee or in the vaulted Caledonian Hall.
Whichever ceremony venue you choose, you’re free to explore the grounds and make the most of the breathtaking backdrop for photographs after saying your vows.
You can then head into your chosen reception space for a seated or buffet meal (the choice is yours!) all pulled together by the experienced team under the guidance of your very own wedding planner.
15. Carberry Tower
Become Lord or Lady of the manor for the day at Carberry Tower, one of the great mansion houses of Scotland. Established over 500 years, the estate stretches across 35 acres of private land, situated less than half an hour from Edinburgh city centre.
You can marry in the private chapel with up to 150 guests in attendance. The chapel’s floor to ceiling windows ensure that even while indoors, you and your guests can continue to take in the stunning gardens and grounds.
The Champagne Terrace (a gift from the late Queen Mother, no less) is the perfect spot for post-ceremony drinks and The Banqueting Pavilion is an unforgettable setting for a lavish wedding feast.
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