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23 Nov 2020

Contemporary weddings with the National Trust for Scotland

Written by Peter Stewart, Travel Trade & Hospitality
Two brides wearing long white dresses embrace in a woodland.
The way people celebrate weddings is changing, so the National Trust for Scotland has teamed up with our suppliers in the North-East to bring some new ideas to life.

We love the glamour of an old-fashioned wedding! Celebrating tradition is a big part of our work, after all. But we also know that the best customs are revitalised regularly, to reflect our changing world. With that in mind, our North-East event staff have built up a network of outstanding wedding industry professionals who can help you plan your dream day.

Our suppliers can help with every step of your wedding journey, from hair and make-up, accessories and decorations to the benches your guests sit on and the fairy lights over their heads. We’re not afraid to be curious and experiment with different styles. Maybe you’d like to enjoy a socially distanced silent disco instead of live music, with the woodland as your dance floor? Maybe a smoke bomb is just what you need to give your wedding photography a different twist?

Two brides dance beneath a structure covered in fairy lights. They wear large headphones. Behind them are clouds of red and white smoke.
A smoke bomb and silent disco at Haddo | Photography by Rhea

Nor should you be afraid to expand into new terrain. The Trust looks after some of the most beautiful outdoor spaces in Scotland, from the manicured rose garden of Drum Castle to the lush woodland by Haddo House. You can exchange your vows surrounded by nature, enjoy your wedding breakfast in the woodland, and even have a disco under the stars. Our partners in the North-East recently put together the below outdoor banquet, to help inspire you!

And the North-East isn’t the only place you can enjoy a contemporary wedding with the Trust – the diversity of our sites can be seen throughout Scotland. For example, our ground-breaking conservation project at the Hill House has built a temporary chainmail mesh box all around Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s building. The Box has walkways and a roof terrace that offer a spectacular way to experience this amazing example of Scottish design, and provide a wedding venue with a real difference!

A view of the Hill House from inside the chainmail box structure. The roof walkways are visible, with people walking across them.
The Hill House Box

Our wedding venues don’t end with our castles and lovely interiors; we also have woodlands and gardens, follies and chapels, mountains and groves ... and plenty of ideas to fill them all. With the help of our industry suppliers, you can plan the truly original and bespoke wedding of your dreams.

A bride and groom embrace each other in woodland, with very tall pine trees surrounding them.
For more inspiration and info

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A bride and groom stand on smooth rocks beside a gushing river. Pine trees grow on the far bank and mountains can be seen in the distance. Image: Hannah K Photography >