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20 Of The Best Wedding Venues In Edinburgh

Published date: 18th November 2021 | Author: Gracie Pritchard


From romantic hidden gems to jaw-dropping castles, the city of Edinburgh has something for everyone, whatever your dream wedding venue looks like. When you think of Edinburgh what’s the first thing that comes to mind? The castle? The nightlife? …The perfect wedding destination?

Whether looking for a wedding venue in Edinburgh has crossed your mind for your big day or not, the beauty of this Scottish city is undeniable, and if you’re looking for a city centre location that not only has plenty of romantic wedding venues as well as ample activities for your guests to get excited about then this stunning Scottish city should be a serious contender for your big day.

Here is a list of 20 of our favourite wedding venues in Edinburgh for 2022. 

1. Edinburgh Castle

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We’re willing to bet that there’s plenty of brides and grooms to be out there that dreamt about getting hitched in their very own castle. Now, this historic venue might belong to the city of Edinburgh, not prince charming, but for your wedding day, it will be all yours, plus we couldn’t make a list of the best wedding venues in Edinburgh and not feature the historic Edinburgh castle.

With exclusive use on offer, you’ll be able to host up to 170 guests in one of the castles larger reception rooms, or if you’re dreaming of a more intimate ceremony, there’s the tiny chapel that can house up to 30 guests, plus you’d be saying “I do” in the oldest building in Edinburgh!

2. The Witchery By The Castle

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A list of the best wedding venues in Edinburgh wouldn’t be complete without mentioning this hidden gem. The Witchery by the Castle boasts two magical settings for a stunningly enchanting reception that is sure to really wow your guests. Situated in heart of Edinburgh within a collection of historic buildings this magical wedding venue is not only a stunning reception venue, it is frequently mentioned on lists of the most wonderful places to stay not just in Scotland, but the world!

This unique Scottish wedding venue is perfect for an intimate reception, housing 50 guests in The Witchery and up to 60 guests in The Secret Garden. It also has 9 indulgent and romantic suites available for you and a lucky selection of your guests to stay at for a spot of exploring Edinburgh city centre before or after your special day.

3. Mansion House Edinburgh Zoo

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Prices starting at £6,850 for their 2022 wedding package

There are not many Edinburgh wedding venues that are more unique than the Mansion House at Edinburgh Zoo. Located a stone’s throw away from the Edinburgh city centre this wonderfully wild wedding venue will offer a truly memorable experience for your wedding day.

With the ability to house up to 100 guests and packages to suit every budget, this twist on a classic wedding venue might be just what you’re looking for if you want a unique twist on a traditional wedding venue.

4. Marlins Wynd

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One of the few fantastic spaces used as part of the business Unusual Venues (that’s an understatement) in Edinburgh, Marlins Wynd is truly one in a million. Located in the heart of the cities Old Town, you couldn’t be closer to the action!

Originally built in 1787 as a cellar, it’s a piece of Scottish history, modernised for the exclusive celebrations, from weddings to private dining. And once all is said and done and the memories have been made, you’re right in the middle of the city centre, famous for its pubs, clubs and nightlife. Such a unique space but fantastic nonetheless!

5. The Glasshouse

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Prices starting at £5,000 for their standard wedding package

If you’re a fan of history with a modern touch, you’ll fall in love with The Glasshouse. Known as one of the best wedding venues in Edinburgh, this venue is well and truly a stunning historical building. Before being converted into the beautiful place it is today, it was once 170 year old place of prayer called Lady Glenorchy Church.

With 77 luxurious bedrooms, superb views of the city centre and a fantastic two acre rooftop garden to boast, it’s no wonder The Glasshouse is considered as one of the finest places to stay in Edinburgh. And to think, you could spend your special day with your nearest and dearest, for a great price too!

6. The George Hotel

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There’s a running theme with a lot of the fantastic venues available for weddings in Edinburgh, and it’s that they all expansive historical backgrounds. Of course, The George Hotel in the city centre is no exception. Welcoming guests since 1888 and consisting of five Georgian style townhouse, be prepared for a day of pure luxury if you do plan to book your special day here.

And once the big day is over, you can carry on the celebrations by exploring the city (we couldn’t recommend it more) which is full of stunning, cafes, shops, restaurants and museums (and the ghost tours are second to none too) as it all seems to be right on the hotel doorstep. Sounds like an amazing place to spend your big day if you ask us!

7. The Merchant's Hall

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Another stunning venue located right in the heart of the city centre (the best place to be), The Merchant’s Hall and their dedicated team of staff are there to cater for you and up to 150 guests if you book your wedding day here! And their court rooms are also made to cater to smaller weddings if that’s more your style.

With history dating back to at least 1620, the company in charge was once used as a place to look after the cities water supply, which eventually resorted in them becoming one of the biggest landowners in Scotland – The Merchant’s Hall being one of their primary homes. Talk about being a piece of Scottish history, if you’re a lover of the olden times, The Merchant’s Hall could just be the venue of your dreams.

8. Craigmillar Castle

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A historic Scottish landmark that has earned it’s place in many traveller’s guides and leaflets about the city, even if you don’t choose to get married here, it’s somewhere you simply can’t leave Edinburgh without visiting! Craigmillar Castle, known as Edinburgh’s ‘Other Castle’, coming in close second to the infamous Edinburgh Castle of course, has a rich history (that’s an understatement). Even being used as a safe haven by Mary Queen of Scots before her imprisonment in 1566.

With stunning views of the city centre and Edinburgh Castle, we think Craigmillar is a fantastic place to spend your big day. And whilst it is only a stones throw from the city, it is far away enough to have that exclusive feel, for anyone looking for a more private occasion.

9. The Caves

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If you know anything about Edinburgh, then you know it’s famous for its caves and underground tunnel systems that run beneath the entirety of the city. And Unusual Venues are giving you the chance to book your big day there now too! As they say themselves ‘there’s no venue more Edinburgh/Scottish than the caves’, it’s true that every room you enter has a story of it’s own to tell.

Making up the sub-structure of the 18th Century South Bridge and once known as the hidden vaults of Edinburgh’s Old Town, The Caves have since been converted into a stunning venue, fit for the most luxurious of weddings. With a unique twist of course. If you want that historical feel, but aren’t interested in historical homes, this venue may just be the solution to all of your problems!

10. The Rowantree

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The third and final wedding space provided by Unusual Venues on this list, but by no means the latter. The Rowantree, known for it’s cosy atmosphere, is a venue truly like no other. Once famous for being the ‘watering hole’ for many of the Scottish Enlightenment’s key figures (Rabbie Burns, David Hume, Adam Smith and Deacon Brodie to name a few), the space has since been converted into a beautiful ceremony/reception space.

Previously known as Lucky Middlesmasses’ Tavern, it goes without saying that this fantastic space has a rich historical background. Such an amazing space to spend your big day with your nearest and dearest. We’d get booking now if we were you!

11. Mansfield Traquair

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Prices starting from £3,500 for their summer/spring 2022 wedding package

Talk about the ‘wow factor’, this stunning venue really speaks for itself when it comes to the reasons it’s the perfect place to spend your special day. As an exclusive use venue, seeped in beauty and history, Edinburgh’s own Mansfield Traquair is well and truly one in a million. Often referred to as Edinburgh’s Sistine Chapel, prepare to be stunned by what this amazing venue has to offer.

Versatile, flexible and spectacular are just a few words used to describe Mansfield Traquair, and as it’s located on the edge of Edinburgh’s New Town, it’s not far from the city centre. Making for the perfect wedding location if you’re looking for somewhere quiet and private that’s also not too far from the hustle and bustle of the city.

12. Doubletree by Hilton

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Built in 1892, just 10 minutes away from Edinburgh Castle and the Royal Mile, and only half a mile away from a few other famous landmarks, Doubletree by Hilton in Edinburgh city centre is a fantastic place to spend your big day. And when it’s a Hilton Hotel, as a brand known for it’s luxurious spaces on a global scale, you only imagine the kind of day you’ll spend here. And we can guarantee it’ll be an absolute treat!

With space for up to 150 people, and around 138 rooms for accommodation, you won’t be disappointed by the standard of service at this amazing venue!

13. The Old Dr Bells Bath

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If you’re a fan of Victorian history, The Old Dr Bells Bath located in Leith, just outside of Edinburgh city centre, could just be the wedding venue of your wildest dreams. But don’t let it’s historical background fool you, as its also the epitome of modern luxury. What was once a Victorian swimming baths is now a stunning space for your special day!

With high vaulted ceiling windows, the natural light bathes the space in a way that can only be described as magical, which is a vibe we can imagine only a select few couples would turn down (no judgement here of course). Genuinely a fantastic, flexible space that asks as a blank canvas for the wedding of your dreams!

14. The Hub

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Described as ‘one of the most striking buildings’ on Edinburgh’s infamous Royal Mile by it’s many visitors, The Hub is a fantastic space to spend you special way. And while they aren’t currently accepting bookings due to COVID-19 restrictions, it’s a venue worth keeping your eyes peeled for!

Located within Edinburgh’s Old Town (famous for it’s cobbled streets plus a wide variety of shops, restaurants and ghost tours – which we couldn’t recommend more), this stunning building couldn’t get any better in our opinion.

15. Royal Botanic Garden

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Is there anywhere more magical than a botanical garden to spend your special day? We don’t think so (although Edinburgh is famous for being very magical, especially if you’re a Harry Potter fan), and the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh is a perfect example! And they’re also located right in the middle of Edinburgh, so you don’t have to worry about long travels either, unless you live outside of Edinburgh of course, but that goes without saying.

The Botanic Garden boasts 6 stunning wedding spaces to spend you big day in, whether that be your ceremony or your reception (or both). From the John Muir Grove which is surrounded by cedarwood for an outdoor wedding with a cathedral-like atmosphere, to the John Hope Getaway which is a sustainable space with both indoor and outdoor ceremony rooms and views of the garden – there is well and truly something for everyone!

16. The Signet Library

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Prices starting from £3,500 for spring/summer 2022 wedding package

A fantastic place to solidify your everlasting love with an elegant touch, The Signet Library is a wedding venue perfect for even the most luxurious of weddings. Located in the heart of the Old Town (you can already guess where this is going), of course this amazing space has a rich, historical background, with more than one lovely library space to use on your special day!

If you’re looking for an exclusive use, unusual wedding venue that is multi-faceted and flexible, with an elegant touch, look no further. And being in the Old Town, it’s just a stone’s throw from the gorgeous St Giles Cathedral if you’re looking for a more traditional ceremony space.

17. Ghillie Dhu

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Recently restored in 2010, The Ghillie Dhu may just be the perfect space for your special day. With an idyllic, traditional Scottish setting, located in the West End of Edinburgh’s city centre, this venue really does have the wow factor! Originally built as St Thomas Episcopal Church, the building was restored so as to keep as much of the original architecture as possible, with a modern touch.

And you can rest assured that the team at Ghillie Dhu have your best interests at heart, with their flexible, open-minded approach to wedding planning. Sounds like the perfect place to say ‘I dhu’!

18. Dundas Castle

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Another stunning castle venue to spend your special day, Dundas Castle is known as one of Scotland’s most beautiful, historical locations and it rated one of the top 5 star exclusive use venues. So as you can imagine, this space definitely will not disappoint! And the Dundas planning team are there to help you plan every step of the way, so as to achieve your dream wedding.

With space for up to 110 people for an indoor ceremony or 200 outdoors, it’s safe to say you wedding is set to be big and bold. And the many different ceremony spaces means that whether you’re looking for a more rustic vibe or plan to have a more traditional ceremony, there’s something/somewhere for everyone!

19. The Balmoral Hotel

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Prices starting at £750 for their standard ceremony package

Located where the Old Town meets the New, The Balmoral Hotel is a venue unlike any other. With amazing views of all of the cities most famous landmarks, from the Scott Monument to Edinburgh Castle, you aren’t just paying for the space here!

And they boast multiple ceremony/reception spaces for you to book for your big day, meaning there are no limits when it comes to planning your dream wedding with them. And to make it better, you’re right in the middle of the city centre, so the party quite literally never stops!

20. Orocco Pier

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In South Queensferry, just outside of Edinburgh is Orocco Pier, the perfect place to get married if you’re looking for a seaside wedding, not far from the hustle and bustle of the city. It can only be described as the ideal location for couples looking for a wedding by the sea without going abroad!

And not only that, being by the water, Orocco Pier offers fantastic accommodation and food unlike any other venue in Edinburgh. The perfect combination of city life and seaside scenery – what more could you want?

 

Want to see more stunning wedding venues in Edinburgh? Check out our full list of wedding venues in Edinburgh here.

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Gracie Pritchard

Gracie is our Marketing Assistant. She recently graduated from Nottingham Trent University, studying BA Broadcast Journalism and is passionate about anything and everything to do with writing! In her spare time, Gracie enjoys creating playlists, eating good food, drinking cocktails, and spending time with her favourite people; her family and friends.

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