Wedding in Edinburgh


Sunday, October 22, 2006

Choosing a wedding venue in Edinburgh

The two most common questions I got when I told people that we had got engaged were:

1) Can I see your ring?
2) Have you set a date yet?

You can read all about choosing an engagement ring in Edinburgh here.

As for the date, I have the idea in my head of the end of September or beginning of October 2007, but it's impossible in my opinion to set an exact date until you have decided on a venue. If you have one single date in your head, then you may find that your favourite venue isn't available on that date.

You'll have to decide where you would like to get married first. Do you want to have a religious ceremony in a church, or would you prefer to have a civil ceremony. in a registry office, hotel or other venue?

Personally, we decided to go for a civil ceremony. The main reason for this is that neither of us are really religious and we don't attend church so we would feel more comfortable having a civil ceremony.

If you have decided to have a civil ceremony you will find the following list very useful. This is a list of all the approved places in Scotland for civil ceremonies. Scroll down to find all the Edinburgh civil ceremony venues.

We decided that we'd like to have the ceremony and the reception in the same venue so I've spent some time over the last few weeks researching possible wedding venues. There are various ways to do this:

(1) Phone up all the potential wedding venues in your area and request a wedding brochure. Most hotels have a pack that contains photgraphs and information about holding a wedding including prices for the meal, room hire, drinks package, buffet, canapes etc.

(2) Use Google to search for the hotel & venue websites and find the section of the website that has wedding information. Most venues have some information on their website about this. At the minimum you'll find a brief overview and a contact number, but some websites have full details of wedding packages in downloadable PDF files.

(3) If you are looking to hold your wedding in a hotel I really recommend looking at TripAdvisors list of Hotels in Edinburgh. This list is ordered by popularity of the hotel based on actual traveller's reviews. If you have a venue in mind you can check out the review comments here - you probably won't want to get married in a hotel that had lots of shoddy reviews!

Make a list of all the potential venues. I find it really useful to use an excel spreadsheet. First you'll need to make a list of the guests that you'd like to invite and add up the totals for the number of children and the number of adults both during the day and in the evening.

Most hotels will separate out the costs for the meals, drinks, venue etc so all you need to do is multiply the drinks & meal package cost together and multiply this by the number of adult day guests, then multiply the childs meal cost by the number of children day guests and add all of this together with the cost of the venue hire if applicable. Finally most venues ask you to cater for at least 80% of the guests for the evening buffet so you'll need to add the day and the night guests together, take 80% of this and multiply it by the buffet costs. Phew! You'll then be able to compare the different venues easily and quickly find out whether or not they are within your budget.

Make sure you have a look at the packages that the hotel offers. Many of them include extras in the package which can save you money e.g. a Piper, flowers on the top table and/or all the tables, cake stand and knife, red carpet, a room for the bride & groom etc.

Finally you need to make a short list and start making appointments to go and see the hotels.

Watch out for my next post where I will tell you the list of my possible wedding venues.



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