Aberdeen is an enigmatic, vibrant and awe-inspiring country powered by centuries of sweeping history and cinematic culture. As a wedding site, it's hard to beat with ruins, castles and rewarding retreats that make the ideal wedding venue. If you're on a tight budget, fret not, Scotland is a surprisingly finance friendly location. We've amassed a collection of luxury venues to suit larger budgets so if you're thinking of wedding in Aberdeen, take a look at our compilation.
1. Leith Hall
For a location that looks fresh from the films, Leith Hall is a glorious expanse situated amidst celebrated grounds, ideal for couples with a penchant for privacy and a sheltered, far-flung locale. Located 35miles from Aberdeen centre, this venue retains a sense of secrecy as though you're stepping into your own private oasis reserved solely for your wedding party. Be prepared to have your camera at the ready to capture the striking opulence of the grounds. The building itself dates back to the 17th century although the inside has been restored and renovated to reflect the best of modernity.
The house itself has been owned by the same family for more 300 years - Leigh-Hay, giving a glittering view into the past of such a heralded household. The exquisite music room can accommodate more intimate ceremonies, reception parties and dinners, catering for 40 guests maximum. The grounds outdoors are vast and in immaculate condition making them ideal for marquee weddings with a maximum capacity of 750 guests.
Leigh Hal looks like a French Chateau with plenty to explore and endless nuances and hidey holes to uncover. Our friends got married here, it set them back a pretty penny but it was worth it. The entire wedding party had a ball and still talk about the event to this day.
2. Cluny Castle
01330 833 302
If you've planned a princess themed wedding then Cluny Castle is an ethereal environment to transport you to regal realities on your day. Elitist and award winning, the castle is one of Scotland's most successful wedding venues and hotels. The castle is enmeshed within acres of manicured, verdant gardens and offers a real retreat from the hustle and bustle of the big wide world. The castles team are highly experienced and able to cater to your tiniest whim to help the day go off without a hitch. Cluny Castle specialises in exclusive and fairy-tale weddings so if you feel like being a pampered princess for the day, then this setting will help you lose yourself in the landscape.
Having won the Scottish wedding venue of the year in 2014, Fasque House is a firm favourite for extravagant and wedding couples and the staff knows how to accommodate to all requests. Every size and style of wedding is catered for in a sumptuous rural country home that encapsulates an attractive, escapist vibe (imagine the pages of your favourite story book). As an easily accessible traditional and stately-mansion, Fasque House is suited to all couples looking for a grand affair and long lasting memories. You can arrive in your own private helicopter, horse and cart, Mercedes or limousine. Either way, you will feel like a pampered celebrity from the moment you arrive in this elite and famous venue. zingweddings.co.uk will provide you with quiet a few celebrity style wedding inspiration and ideas if that's the overall theme you want to create.
Aberdeenshire & Grampian
If romance is what you require then Drum Castle is a prime spot. Situated between Drum Park and the Royal ancient Forest, the castle was built in the 13th century and possesses its own Victorian charm. The venue can be used for a private wedding experience within the walled gardens. Intimate and larger parties are all catered for and the grounds and castle are wonderfully worthy for your nuptials. If you want a medieval vibe, this is the place for you. Wedding couples have only only ever had positive things to say about Drum Castle - it's a magical wedding venue.
Mercure Aberdeen Ardoe House Hotel
South Deeside Rd
Not too far away from the heart of Aberdeen city centre, this extravagant 19th century hotel has been updated to look modern marrying the best of both worlds. Immersed within the countryside and surrounded with free running abundant wildlife, the venue is well suited to those who want a rustic romantic wedding.
Couples can hold their ceremony at Mercure's romantic Ogston Suite, which overlooks 30 acres of breath-taking and peaceful scenery. Or, you can choose from 8 other suites/meeting rooms that can be decorated to suit your own taste. In addition to their classical and all-round banquet rooms, restaurants and bars, the hotel has a wonderful terrace, gardens and pool area where you can hold your reception party, have some celebratory drinks and take plenty of beautiful wedding pictures.
The ballroom which features luxurious carpeted dining area plus a large extended solid wood floors installed for dancing and other wedding entertainment uses will go down well for couples looking for a more vibrant and activity packed wedding.
For wedding couple and guests who wish to stay, the hotel itself has 119 nicely decorated and incredibly cosy rooms with bridal upgrades upon request.
Mercure offer the finest wedding buffets or set menus depending on your needs, you need to discuss your options with them initially and sample some of their dishes to make sure that you're 100% satisfied.