There are so many wonderful parts of our job. We get to work with amazing couples and get to create incredible styling magic – and, we get to see some of the best wedding venues in Scotland. What’s not to love?
But there’s no point in keeping these incredible venues to ourselves; so we asked our stylists for their favourite wedding venues of 2022 and wanted to share their answers with you. Here are the 8 wedding venues in Scotland that have blown us away across the board, and that we think (and hope!) might blow you away too…
Our standout wedding venues in Scotland, for 2023 and beyond
Lauren: Guardswell Farm
If you’ve been with us for a while, you’ll almost certainly have heard us profess our love for Guardswell Farm; if not, if you’re in for a treat. Guardswell is a farm venue but so much more, too: it’s a mix of different spaces, indoor and outdoor, with a really beautiful aesthetic throughout everything.
There’s no bad angle at Guardswell Farm; attention to detail and quality finishes abound. Plus, they have an eco ethos, so you can look great and feel good whilst doing it!
Guardswell Farm is also one of my favourite versatile wedding venues in Scotland, because it suits a range of colour palettes and wedding styles. Of course, the contemporary rustic charm suits a modern boho vibe, but colour also really pops against the muted backdrop.
If you’d like to incorporate a bit of colour into your day without going the whole hog, having styled moments around this venue works super well.
Guardswell Farm, Perthshire
Images of Guardswell Farm by Claire Fleck Photography
The Bothy is another one of Lauren’s standout wedding venues in Scotland; this time, in Glasgow’s West End.
The private hire function room is the perfect setting for a microwedding, with its large wooden table, hanging lighting aboard and ornate fireplace means the room has a maximalist modern Scottish style with a grounded feel.
It also has a small outside area that can be hired for events for drinks receptions etc.
The Bothy, Glasgow
Images of The Bothy by Lena Sabala
Ange: The Engine Works
As the name suggests, The Engine Works is an old industrial space in Glasgow. Retaining its original charm, it’s been renovated to an impeccable standard, and still shows off the features of the building so well whilst creating a contemporary events space.
The scale of the main space is so impressive and the individual spaces all connect so well so the styling, and the day, don’t feel split up. In the past year or so they’ve also added the ‘Lounge’ room, which is a great extra space for drinks receptions and room sets – with some epic windows!
The Engine Works, Glasgow
Image of The Engine Works by P.J. Phillips Photography
National Mining Museum
Sure, we’re wedding stylists, but this list of our favourite wedding venues in Scotland isn’t based only on looks: it also includes the teams who work there, as they’re such a big part of it. The team at The National Mining Museum are the best, and the venue itself has a great atmosphere, which is exactly what you need when you have a quick room turnaround on the day!
…but having said that, it’s also a beautiful venue. Original windows make up one whole side of the main space, so the light in the room is next level. Much like the above, the scale of the old, industrial building is also super impressive, whilst the courtyard outside is perfect for an outdoor drinks reception.
National Mining Museum, Dalkeith
Images of National Mining Museum by Wonderful and Strange
Gordon Castle Estate
Again, this venue deserves its spot on our 2022 round up of our favourite wedding venues in Scotland not just because of its aesthetics but for its staff and team too (especially Kyra). If you’re looking for a full-on estate wedding, Gordon Castle could be just the ticket, with sweeping grounds, a grand, jaw-dropping building, and a stunning orangery to boot.
This makes it the perfect setting for a wedding weekend. For Fiona and James, we set up an intimate dinner in the Orangery for the night before, then transformed the space into a drinks reception for the main day.
Another incredible feature is the dome ceiling in the Tower Hall: when lit up at night, it’s a sight to behold. Imagine spending the evening of your wedding dancing under that…
Gordon Castle Estate, Moray
Images of Gordon Castle Estate by The Curries
The Cow Shed
We’ve also been known to be partial to a Cow Shed wedding in our time here at Gloam. It’s a space we know well, so there’s no hassle when it comes to comms and set-up; but that doesn’t mean we ever get bored of it, and we love doing something new in that space every time.
The Cow Shed has exactly the right balance of a rural wedding location, but without feeling overly twee: it retains all the iconic original features that we want from a barn wedding, but also works so well as a blank canvas wedding venue. With the beach just moments away, it’s the perfect location for some breathtaking photography too.
In particular, the roundel room is a lovely space and lends itself well to different aspects of the day, while the courtyard has a bit of an Italian vibe on a sunny day.
The Cow Shed, Crail
Images of The Cow Shed by Claire Fleck
Floristry team: Cambo Estate
Cambo Estate is one of our favourite wedding venues in Scotland, forever and always – and is a total playground for florists.
Ranging from the Blue Ballroom to the rustic courtyard, Cambo Estate boasts not only so many stunning spaces, but it boasts a list of features to die for too. The majestic staircases, ornate fireplaces and focal point mantelpieces are all perfect spaces for wild, wonderful floral installations…and don’t get us started on the epic doorways.
The lawn and grounds present a brilliant opportunity for a marquee wedding (…and therefore floral marquee installations!), whilst the forest and walled gardens which surround it are a wonderful source of inspiration. They can even be used as a venue space, too: this year we were lucky enough to create an outdoor ceremony space that was the most dreamy autumnal hoopla we’ve ever been involved in.
Essentially, we could do something magical in every room – and we plan to!
Cambo Estate, Fife
Image of Cambo Estate by James Frost Photography
Last but not least on our list of favourite wedding venues in Scotland this year is Gosford House.
Gosford House is a spectacular historic building filled with magnificent antique furniture, paintings, and magical decor (hallway and mezzanine made entirely of marble, anybody? In-situ marble urns? A medley of mantle pieces?)
Combine this incredible environment with the breathtaking sea views, and you have everything you need for the wedding venue of dreams.
The unique vibe means that playful styling works especially well in this setting, and the features are just crying out for a florist’s touch. We’re pretty sure we danced around the venue whooping with joy when we went for a wee look around…and are very much looking forward to returning in 2023.
Gosford House, Longniddry
Images of Gosford House by Caro Weiss Photography
And there we have it! Our top 8 wedding venues in Scotland from this year: and what a bevy we had to pick from. If you’re planning to get married in any of these wedding venues in Scotland and are looking for styling that will transform the space and your day, then we’d love to hear from you; you can get in touch here. Alternatively, you can check out the blog for our work at other venues!
All that’s left to say is: happy new year to you and yours, and here’s to an incredible 2023!
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