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On Hitched.co.uk since 2020

Last update: May 2024

Unique Historic Venue

Located only 25 minutes from Edinburgh and situated on the main London to Aberdeen train line, The Harbour Chapel is an intimate, historic and unique East Lothian wedding venue for up to 120 guests. We are a diverse and inclusive venue, perfect for weddings, ceremonies and celebrations. This spectacular former church and elegant reception bar create an exquisite destination in which to celebrate your love.

The Chapel retains all of its original features which have been lovingly restored, from the scallop shelled oak pulpit and balcony to the ornate Victorian stained-glass windows. The reception bar and social spaces have a modern and contemporary feel and our well-maintained garden allows for guests to sip champagne whilst enjoying the ambience of the sunny east coast.

Facilities and Services

We know from experience that no two weddings at The Harbour Chapel are the same and as such we would create a specific quote for you based on your requirements.

Our venue hire includes:

  • Exclusive use of the venue – Historic former church, garden and reception bar
  • Fully set up with the use of tables, chairs, party lighting, candle holders and candles, cake table and knife
  • Planning and coordination both before and on the day
  • Use of the PA system for inhouse music via Spotify
  • Liaison with any suppliers – live music, flowers, cake, photographer etc
  • Fully stocked bar with staff

This truly unique and beautiful space allows for your ceremony, drinks reception, dining and evening reception for dancing all to be in one place. It has an ideal location in that it is only a 2 minute walk down to the picturesque harbour with spectacular coastal views for your photographs.

Catering

Our excellent caterers produce high quality food using fresh local ingredients, we offer a range of catering packages and will provide everything that you need to create your special day.

Our Promise

We have an excellent reputation for our event planning, customer service and catering and have an excellent team of suppliers who share our ethos and like us, promise to create a truly special day and look after you and your guests exceptionally well.

  • Woman-owned

Frequently asked questions

Venue type:

In the country
Coastal weddings
Unusual weddings
Historic
Landmark
Church
Outdoor license
Unique weddings

Ceremony options:

Chapel or temple on-site
Civil ceremony licence

Dining options:

Seated meal facilities
Private catering allowed
Alcohol licence
Buffet meal facilities
In-house catering

Evening entertainment:

Dance floor
Entertainment licence
Live band facilities
Evening reception facilities
DJ facilities

Venue staff assistance:

Master of ceremonies/toastmaster
Wedding coordinator

Other features:

Exclusive use
Accessible facilities
Car parking
Confetti permitted
Changing room for wedding guests
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Reviews for The Harbour Chapel

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13 reviews
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Lauren R. Sent on 05/10/2023
5 out of 5 rating

September wedding

Genuinely not sure where to start with the Harbour Chapel.

We booked the Harbour Chapel over a year and a half ago with Fiona, when we both fell in LOVE with the venue, it's really breathtaking when you step inside, with its stained glass windows and vibrant colours (inside and out). But it's the level of detail! every inch of it is stunning and intricate.

Throughout the year Fiona answered every email, answered any call, no question was too big or small. Fiona even called suppliers for me if I had any problems and let my family visit as many times as they wanted to see the venue again. The costings are unbelievably reasonable compared to other venues we viewed. And most importantly we really trusted Fiona, the Harbour Chapel does not feel like a corporate wedding in any shape or form, every step is treated with so much care, and every couple is made to feel very special.

We originally had a separate wedding venue for our evening reception and this fell through, and Fiona was straight to the rescue and helped sort our catering and band to organise the wedding to be the full day, I felt like we were in such safe hands as she reassured me about the day, (we had originally very big guest numbers, but we had around 90 guests on the day and the chapel was more than enough room - huge dancefloor!).

In the weeks leading up, there were prep meetings and calls, Fiona even accommodated us to have a short rehearsal. It felt like she was just as excited as we were! I am quite an anxious person, but on the day I just knew the chapel had everything in hand, so those weeks and the morning before the wedding was a relaxed experience.

When I arrived at the Chapel on the day, Fiona helped me out of the wedding car and gave me some breathing exercises to calm me down! (very needed). And then we had the best day of our lives.

Our ceremony was flawless, every piece of personal decor I wanted was all perfectly laid out for guests to see, the harbour provided the most stunning backdrop to our wedding photos (and because it's so close we were hardly away), our drinks reception had a wonderful ambience and it was lovely everyone was all in the one room chatting, and I got so many compliments for the canapes (Fiona had some set aside for us).

The chapel is then transformed into the most unique dining venue I've ever seen, the speeches felt so intimate with all our guests and yet momentous thanks to the beautiful historic pulpit! No one has wedding speech photos like we do! I've not even got started on the food!! Kris and her team blew us away, someone told me it was one of the best chicken dishes they ever had!! The pizza in the evening was even second to none. The meal felt like a fine dining experience.

My elderly aunt and my pregnant bridesmaid both told me separately that they had been treated like "VIPs" all day, by Fiona and her staff. There were cushions for them on the seats for the whole day. Every member of the team was so welcoming, helpful, and attentive.

The chapel then became the ultimate party, huge dance floor, plenty of seating, and a quick bar, the acoustics provided an amazing sound for the live band we had. Even into the night Fiona and her team made us feel special, grabbing drinks for us, nothing was too much. And Fiona had all our important documents and gifts organised for us leaving.

I genuinely get emotional writing this, as I can't believe how lucky we were to have stumbled upon the harbour chapel. Everyone has been commenting on the beauty of the venue, the kindness of its staff, and the excellence of the food. The venue has so much heart, and I think the Harbour Chapel is a place we'll both miss and hold very dear. We'll always remember it and our truly wonderful day, we'll never be able to thank Fiona and her team enough. Everyone deserves a wedding venue as special as the Harbour Chapel
Patricia
Patricia F. Sent on 10/05/2024
5 out of 5 rating

April 2024 Wedding

I don’t think I can put into words what an amazing venue the Harbour Chapel Dunbar is. We got married there at the beginning of April 24.

From the day we rang and spoke with Fiona about seeing the venue we knew it was the place for us. We were able to have our ceremony and reception all in one place, the space morphed effortlessly from chapel to dining reception and then to dance floor. The chapel is absolutely stunning and has been meticulously restored and renovated to the highest of standards and quality by the owners Ewan and Fiona. Its beauty speaks for itself and everything is totally accessible.

The food was absolutely stunning from the Good Table Catering Company. If you are thinking of booking your wedding here I would also recommend keeping the suppliers local, it was all seamless. We used Pixie Rose Florist, Morris-Jones Photography, Jill’s Cakes and the Sweetie Bank for our favours.
Louise
Louise M. Sent on 24/04/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Beautiful Wedding Venue

We had our wedding reception at the Harbour Chapel in March and can't recommend them highly enough. Fiona and Holly were so kind and helpful in the planning of the event. The venue looked amazing and we felt so looked after start to finish. We had such a happy and relaxed day!
Vikki
Vikki Sent on 06/04/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Just perfect!

My husband Donald and I cannot thank Fiona, Holly and the rest of the team at The Harbour Chapel enough for ensuring we had the wedding day we’d always imagined. We both fell in love with the venue immediately, it most certainly has the wow factor and is just stunning inside. The attention to detail is exceptional.

In the lead up to the wedding Fiona & Holly’s continual guidance meant we felt in very safe hands. In addition to answering any adhoc queries we had via phone or email, regular contact was also maintained. No request was too much and we really felt everyone at The Harbour Chapel went above and beyond to make sure our day was just perfect.

All our guests thoroughly enjoyed themselves and commented on just how fantastic the venue was and how smoothly everything ran.

We would highly recommend The Harbour Chapel to anyone looking for somewhere for their special day. It will always hold some very special memories for us and we will be back in the future!

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Nikki
Nikki B. Sent on 14/07/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Our wedding June 2022

The Harbour Chapel is a stunning venue and our dream wedding destination. Fiona , Holly and the team went above and beyond to make our dream day. They recommended fantastic local businesses to complete our day. Perfect!
Ashleigh
Ashleigh H. Sent on 11/11/2021
5 out of 5 rating

We’d do it again and change nothing,

I wouldn’t even know where to start……..Fiona was nothing but fantastic!!! Always at the end of the phone, nothing was a trouble and she just always was there to listen! The staff were so cheerful and chatty and made the day so special too. Everyone commented on how beautiful the venue was and how easy everything ran! Nothing was a hassle. I’d do it all over again! Thank you for making it the best day ever.
Lucy
Lucy R. Sent on 11/11/2021
5 out of 5 rating

Stunning venue, fabulous team, great location!

We could not recommend Fiona and her team enough! The Harbour Chapel is a stunning venue and the most magical place to celebrate a wedding! Nothing was too much to ask and everyone was made to feel very special. If you want a unique, beautiful and friendly venue then the Harbour Chapel is for you!
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Tanya S. Sent on 06/10/2023
5 out of 5 rating

A Magical Place

There is something quite magical about the Harbour Chapel, it is almost like stepping outside of time. Simply beautiful.

We didn't know quite what we wanted when we decided to elope but when I saw this venue online, I knew it was the one for us. We have a private and elegant ceremony in the most beautiful of places.

Fiona and her colleagues were incredibly helpful and made sure that we were completely at ease on the day. Nothing was too much bother and they even acted as our witnesses!

I will always think fondly of the Harbour Chapel and the people who have made it so special. Thank you so much Fiona for a wonderful day.

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Monique L. Sent on 21/09/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Our Perfect Wedding

The Harbour Chapel is a gorgeous venue and made our day very intimate and special. We loved the location and everything that we wanted were all under one roof. Fiona and the team made the day go so smooth. We cannot thank Fiona enough for all the help on the run up to our special day.
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Hayley B. Sent on 06/04/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Beautiful venue

Holly and Fiona could not have been more helpful when we booked their beautiful chapel for our secret elopement. They checked in regularly with us, helped us with small details to consider, recommended local suppliers, and even read some blessings and volunteered as witnesses! Our day was gorgeous and their warm welcome and professional calm made our ceremony stress free.
We can’t recommend them enough! The venue is delightful too.
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Laura Sent on 28/11/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Outstanding

Well where do I start! As soon as we stepped into the Harbour Chapel I just knew it was our venue. Everything about it is just stunning! We had the most amazing wedding on the 15th October. Fiona and Holly were an absolute dream to work with, nothing was a problem and they are both so lovely. We had the most perfect wedding that completely exceeded all our expectations. It was everything we could have dreamed of and more! We loved every minute of the day and everything went so smoothly thanks to Fiona, Holly and all the team. All our guests commented on how beautiful the venue is and how lovely all the team were. Now Dunbar and the Harbour Chapel hold a very special place in our hearts. We have wonderful memories to last a lifetime! Xxx
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Roisin T. Sent on 20/04/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Absolutely stunning venue and a warm and efficient host in Fiona

We couldn't have been happier with the beautiful, intimate venue that looks even better in person than the photos. Fiona, the host, was warm and welcoming and ensured that everything ran smoothly and beautifully (even with our last minute music!) Could recommend her and her beautiful location more!
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Louise L. Sent on 16/04/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Wedding Day - 22.01.22

The Harbour Chapel is the perfect venue if your looking for a unique setting with the most beautiful surroundings. Fiona and her team were a pleasure to work alongside and couldn't have been more helpful with planning our special day. From start to finish we had the most amazing day and we still have guests commenting on how beautiful the venue was. We can't thank Fiona and her team enough for making our day exceed all our expectations and to all future couples having their wedding at The Harbour Chapel - your in the best hands!
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Victoria St, 10, The Harbour Chapel EH421ET Dunbar (Lothian & Borders)
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