Edinburgh Castle will be opening its gates, on Sunday 26th October 2014, to couples looking for a unique wedding venue within the heart of the bustling capital.
The castle’s wedding open day, taking place from 11am to 4pm, will showcase everything required to plan the perfect day from the cake and the photographer to the wedding band, all in the surroundings of one of Edinburgh’s most atmospheric buildings.
Visitors to the wedding fayre will be able to experience the castle’s distinctively individual and special venues which range from St Margaret’s Chapel, the oldest building in the capital, dating back to the 12th Century which provides the perfect setting for a small, intimate ceremony to the impressive Queen Anne building, which can comfortably accommodate up to 120 day guests.
Commenting on the wedding open day, Executive Manager of Edinburgh Castle, Nick Finnigan, said: “With a colourful history and stunning cityscape views, Edinburgh Castle is a truly unique setting for saying ‘I do’.
“Our wedding open day is always popular with those looking for that special somewhere to hold their nuptials, with a wide range of local exhibitors and our dedicated and experienced events team on hand to answer any questions.
“Throughout the day we’ll also be offering exclusive advance booking opportunities for 2015 and 2016 weddings in our Queen Anne Building, The Gatehouse Suite as well as the Jacobite Room – all catering to a variety of wedding party sizes.”
Attendees will also have the chance to take a tour inside the castle’s four unique ceremony and reception spaces, including:
The Gatehouse Suite – A 19th Century, wood panelled room which caters for religious, civil ceremony, civil partnership and humanist ceremonies.
The Suite also has an ante room perfect for a drinks reception and boasts a private terrace for sole use of the wedding party, with views stretching to the Pentland Hills.
The Gatehouse can host up to 40 guests for a ceremony and drinks reception, or 20 guests for a seated wedding breakfast.
The Jacobite Room – This room, available for evening receptions only, pairs an 18th Century building with contemporary design features. The venue can host seated dinners for up to 100 guests and up to 150 for an evening reception format.
St Margaret’s Chapel – Edinburgh’s oldest building, dating back to the 12th Century, is complete with a barrel ceiling and exposed stone altar, the Chapel holds religious ceremonies only and can seat up to 25 guests, or 30 with space for five guests to stand.
The Queen Anne Building – Placed at the heart of the castle, this space hosts religious, civil ceremonies, civil partnerships & humanist ceremonies.
The venue can cater for up to 120 guests for both the ceremony and wedding breakfast and up to 170 for an evening reception.
The Queen Anne Building also comes complete with an indoor courtyard, providing the perfect backdrop for canapés and drinks reception for guests, in addition to this a private viewing of the Scottish Crown Jewels can be arranged for those within the wedding party.
Due to the expected popularity of this event, guests will be asked to pre-register in advance by visiting www.edinburghcastle.gov.uk.
Tickets will be available for collection at the castle from 10.45am until 3.00pm from The Gatehouse.