Getting Married in Scotland!
Getting married is a once in a lifetime occasion (at least that’s the intention) and Scotland has long been regarded as a romantic location suitable for all lovers – young and old. Gretna Green village just north of the border with England and on the old coaching route from London to Edinburgh was the wedding venue of first choice for young lovers who found Scotland’s more liberal approach to marriage attractive and convenient. In England, thanks to Lord Hardwick’s marriage act in 1754, it was illegal to get married without paternal consent before the age of 21. In contrast in Scotland young couples could be married at 16 years of age and consequently many young lovers ran away to Gretna Green to tie the knot. Nearly 300 years later and this wee Scottish village is still considered to be the marriage capital of the UK as even though the laws on marriage have changed in England you still require parental consent if you want to get married and you’re under 18.
There are other subtle differences between marrying in Scotland and England. In Scotland you can quite literally get married anywhere you like (as long as you can find a willing minister to perform the ceremony). Humanist weddings are legal, gay marriage is legal and for many years the Church of Scotland has been extremely accommodating with marriages of different faiths and has generally allowed divorcees to remarry in church if they wished – something that can still be difficult in England.
Why get Married at all?
Most of the tax benefits of marriage have been reduced over the years, but there is still a Marriage Allowance for civil partnerships and married couples which allows tax allowances to be transferred and saves a few hundred pounds. Marriage does make it slightly easier dealing with the ‘state’ and of course if you decide to migrate then the status of your partner can be crucial as most countries will allow you to bring your married partner only. But let’s face it, most folk marry for love and marriage (or a civil partnership) is a public show of commitment and support to each other.
Getting married can be a quiet, private affair or a lavish ceremony and celebration. Scotland is the home of whiskey and produces some of the best food in the world so your wedding breakfast is sure to impress. If you include some traditional Scottish country dancing and a ceilidh band your guests will be guaranteed a great evening – but do ask for a ‘caller’ to explain the dances and keep everyone right on the night. Throw in a piper to pipe in the top table and your celebration is complete.
Scotland is also blessed with many large country houses that can both accommodate wedding guests and host a marriage ceremony. And with stunning beaches, mountains, lochs a plenty you will always have beautiful wedding photos to remember your day.
There are plenty of Embrace properties which can cater for weddings. The Boat House at Loch Awe highlights the advantage of combining a self catering rental with a small intimate wedding. As they point out on their website there is no cost other then renting the Boathouse for the week, leaving couple in control of their budget by dealing directly with local suppliers and artisans.
Argyll, the Isles, Stirlingshire (6 Miles Taynuilt & 18 Miles from Oban)
Sleeps up to 2
Loch Awe Boathouse is a luxury lochside escape for couples, Honeymooners, or anyone looking to escape the chaotic congested environment we live in. We also cater for Intimate Wedding where we provide all the tools to organise your own wedding on our quay. 7 nights minimum stay.
Argyll, the Isles, Stirlingshire (2.5 miles from Oban)
Sleeps up to 12
Cologin Farmhouse, a traditional Scottish property with five spacious bedrooms sleeps 10/12 people in luxurious surroundings. Cruachan Cottage (one bedroom) is perfect for couples and boasts some of the best views at Cologin. Both properties let from Friday to Friday and both welcome up to 2 pets.
Scottish Borders (Newcastleton)
Sleeps up to 10
5* Lux Manse heart of village. 2hrs Edin/Glas/Newc. Perfect for groups, celebrations, special occasions, sleeps 10; 5 dble beds/4 baths Loads of living space. Dog friendly, secure garden. WIFI, 2 x 50inchTV's. Restaurants, cafes, pubs, catering. Dark skies 30 min, activity centre, 7stanes MTB.
Kingdom of Fife (10 miles from St Andrews)
Sleeps up to 4
Fabulous and quirky Mangle Cottage, perched above Pittenweem harbour, combines nautical surrounds with touches of modern luxury and truly amazing seaviews. This cottage is so much more than your average coastal bolt hole. The ultimate luxury retreat.
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