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Situated in Aberdeenshire, Aberdeen & Deeside, Cluny Castle is a historic wedding venue perfect for soon-to-be newlyweds who desire an unforgettable celebration in Scotland. Dating back to the 14th century, this beautiful castle has set the scene for countless fairytale weddings. Its charming grounds and opulent interior are bound to delight your friends and relatives. With a talented team dedicated to realising your perfect day, this getaway has everything you need for a special occasion like no other.
Facilities and Capacity
Upon arrival, your nearest and dearest will likely be enchanted by Cluny Castle's rich and romantic aesthetic. Its welcoming atmosphere and vintage appeal have been drawing in happy couples and history enthusiasts alike for many years. Whether you plan on hosting an intimate event for 20 people or a larger celebration, this venue has the means to accommodate your requirements. Ceremonies can take place in the ornate chapel, an ambient space replete with stained glass windows and dark oak pews. If you would like to host your reception outdoors, a large marquee can be erected.
At Cluny Castle, the staff aims to bring every detail of your ideal wedding to life. You can work with one of their experienced wedding planners, a professional who can guide you through the planning process in a fun and worry-free manner. The venue has a number of exclusive catering partners, all of whom are passionate about completing milestone celebrations with exquisite dining experiences. When the festivities draw to a close, you can spend the night in one of the 14 luxurious guest bedrooms.
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Our Fairytale Wedding at Cluny Castle
The estate's stunning features, from the intimate chapel and grand library to the luxurious four-poster bedrooms, set a backdrop of timeless romance. The West Wing’s self-catering kitchen and lounge areas, along with the fun-filled games room featuring a table tennis table, added a perfect balance of grandeur and homeliness.
The night before our wedding added a special touch to our experience. In the warmth of the castle's kitchen, our bridesmaids and groomsmen helped us prepare a delightful dinner of frozen pizzas and finger food from a local supermarket. This intimate gathering was filled with laughter and joy, serving as a pre-wedding celebration where all our guests could relax and bond. The evening wrapped up before midnight, keeping with the tradition of not seeing each other before the ceremony.
The day of our wedding at Cluny Castle was nothing short of magical. As the morning sun complementing the castle in a soft glow, anticipation and excitement filled the air. The castle grounds, brimming with natural beauty, served as a serene haven for our guests, who were captivated by the picturesque views and historic elegance of the estate.
The ceremony in the chapel was a heartfelt affair, illuminated by the stained glass windows and echoing with our vows. Post-ceremony, the castle grounds transformed into a lively celebration space, where guests mingled, laughed, and enjoyed the stunning scenery.
As evening fell and the castle lit up in its full glory, we transitioned to a beautifully set up marquee by Elegant Pitches, allowing our guests to appreciate the grand beauty of the castle in a new light, adding an extra layer of magic to our celebration.
Fundamental to the day's success was the team at Cluny Castle. Natalie, our remarkable coordinator, orchestrated every moment with perfection, ensuring a seamless flow from the chapel ceremony to the reception in the marquee. Her unwavering attention to our vision was evident in every aspect of the day.
We must also acknowledge Jill, who provided invaluable assistance to the groomsmen and guests, her warmth adding to the day's charm. Michael, our butler with his welcoming presence, ensured everyone felt at ease, adding sophistication and a personal touch to the proceedings. Cosmo’s involvement and the overall welcoming atmosphere he fostered made our day not just an event, but a cherished memory.
For anyone dreaming of a castle wedding, Cluny Castle stands out as the epitome of romance and elegance. The castle offers stunning accommodations and event spaces, and a team dedicated to making each wedding unique and unforgettable.
With heartfelt gratitude,
Jack and Lilly
A fairytale setting
From the minute you enter into the castle grounds, the view is absolutely breathtaking.
We spent the weekend of our wedding residing at the castle (Friday - Sunday). We highly recommend doing this to others! It was a great way to allow both sides of our families to mix and get to know each other prior to the wedding day itself.
All the bedrooms within Cluny Castle are fantastic and we’re more than adequate for everyone getting ready the morning of the wedding.
The castle bedrooms have a timeless decor and make for beautiful getting ready photographs.
Our wedding was held within the Chapel. Although we chose to have a humanist wedding, the chapel was the ideal ceremony, decorated as you’d expect a traditional chapel to be. The stain glass windows were beautiful and the hall provided the prefect acoustics for our string quartet. The entire ceremony felt enchanting.
Natalie from Cluny was absolutely brilliant. She helped us along the way and made sure our wedding day ran smoothly. She took so much stress away from us both on the day and leading up to it.
Cluny provided a butler over the weekend who also did and excellent job. He helped all the guest navigate their way around the castle and to their bedroom. In addition he helped everyone with their bags, prepared a lovely breakfast and was always in hand to offer any assistance.
Highly recommend Cluny Castle to others looking for a fairy tale wedding.
The most magical wedding venue!
The perfect wedding venue!
The castle is absolutely stunning and it provided the perfect setting for us to celebrate our wedding weekend with our friends and family.
Natalie was amazing, both in the planning stages and on the day itself. Everything went perfectly and that’s down to how brilliantly Natalie co-ordinated everything. It meant we could relax and enjoy the day which we are very grateful for. Nothing was too much trouble and she gave us so much helpful advice in the run up to the wedding which made the planning process so much easier.
As part of the wedding hire of Cluny you get your own butler for the weekend. Steven was so helpful and couldn’t do enough for us, carrying bags, tidying up, making sure everyone had what they needed and keeping us entertained.
The whole team at Cluny are wonderful - Cosmo and Bronya were so accommodating and Jill, the house manager, is so lovely and did so much for us on the day!
Everything about Cluny is quite simply magical. The grounds are stunning, the castle itself is Disney-esque and the chapel is breathtakingly beautiful. If you are considering Cluny as your wedding venue we would HIGHLY recommend booking. We wish we could do our big day all over again.
wedding day mr & Mrs sutherland
it really is like something from a fairytale
very accommodating and happy to help
An Absolute Dream!
Natalie was so helpful and amazing throughout the weekend, as was Fiona, Jill and all the amazing staff at Cluny. As far as exclusive use venues go, it really doesn't get better than this. If you are considering Cluny Castle as your wedding venue, I cannot recommend it enough and wish we could do it all over again! Thank you to everyone at Cluny for a truly magical weekend we will never ever forget,
Fiona was amazing from the start and gave such wonderful support and guidance but Natalie you really did step in and did the most amazing job! I have tears in my eyes writing this but you really are such a bright light and your patience and composure really helped bring ease and comfort to the entire day! Your a credit to Cluny Castle ♥️
It was a pleasure to meet every single person we met and have our special day in such a beautiful place. Il never ever forget it. Thank you, so so much!
The perfect Scottish wedding venue with the most helpful staff
In addition, the Cluny staff (event coordinators, housekeeping, etc) are extremely helpful, communicative, professional, and insightful. They will make sure your event goes off perfectly.
It was so worth the wait! Beyond perfect.
Be careful when booking
We have made so many happy memories
We were blessed with the lovely autumn weather and can’t wait to see all the photos now.
Thank you for letting our family use your magnificent home and for making us so welcome yet giving us “ free run”, the tips on cooking with the aga were vital!
Your housekeeper and Gavin the butler were beyond helpful particularly with my elderly father.
Your beautiful home and castle are now part of my family’s history and we made so many happy memories there, thank you!
The PERFECT experience
Make the long story short: ALL of the guests said this was the ultimate experience of their life, the castle rooms are AMAZING, and the service we got from Fiona, Jill, John and the other staff was 10 out of 10. And most important: The wedding exceeded expectations in every possible way. In my opinion, and after I checked many venues, Cluny Castle is the top venue in Aberdeenshire and maybe in entire Scotland.
So THANK YOU Cluny Castle. We will visit again for sure in our anniversary.
The whole weekend was such an experience.
Fiona & Emma - thank you so much for your organisation and support in the run-up and on the day. The timings of the day ran seamlessly and there was no stress.
Cosmo - thanks so much for trusting us with your lovely home. The whole weekend was such an experience.
Huge thanks again!
Fiona and Richard
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