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Archive of: March, 2016


There are hundreds of choices for Edinburgh and Central Scotland wedding venues when you start out, so it’s helpful to sort out a few of your priorities first to begin to narrow that search down. Deal with what you know first.

What is your likely number of daytime and evening guests?
All venues have capacities for the wedding, the reception and the evening. They are hard and fast (health and safety, and all that!) and will determine if the venue is suitable for you pretty quickly. If you are planning a huge wedding 250+, then your choices narrow down pretty quickly.

Where are your guests coming from and where will they be staying?
If the venue is also a hotel, then happy days! If there are hotels nearby, then you’re on easy street. If the venue is further afield, you will need to think about running a bus or hiring taxis to get guests back to somewhere central later on.
Many people choose a central, easy to get to and from venue to make life easy for their guests, which is very kind of them, and in no way a compromise in Edinburgh as there are so many fine venues to choose from.

What’s your dream wedding?
If it has to be a barn or has to be a castle, then that does help begin to narrow down the search! Maybe you’re hankering after a cathedral wedding, that’s okay too, Edinburgh has three to choose from!

What’s your budget?
It’s never easy at the very start of a search to have a definitive budget, I know that. I’d recommend going to a wedding fair or speaking to a few venues just to get an idea how they price up their wedding packages and then take it from there. You may be able to use that information to come up with a figure, e.g. £70 per person for a decent amount of food and drink. Multiply that number by your number of guests and add any room hire charges and you know what it’s going to cost you. If you can afford it, get booking. If not, then move on, there’s plenty more venues to choose from.

Another great idea is to ask me! Us photographers have a vast array of experience working at so many venues around the city and having an awareness of many others. We are a repository of all sorts of (hopefully) useful information, so if you’re looking for a candle-lit castle or stunning seaside wedding then ask me for advice, it’s free after all.

The Royal Scots Club - In Depth

Douglas Room
Douglas Room Royal Scots Club
Royal Scots Club Edinburgh
Princess Royal Suite Table Setting
Princess Royal Suite
Queen Street Gardens
Douglas Room


Location: 29-31 Abercromby Place, Edinburgh EH3 6QE
0131 556 4270

The Royal Scots Club is in an ideal location literally two minutes away from Princes Street. It’s a venue full of hidden surprises, and has a quirkiness about it due to its layout inside. It is far, far bigger than it looks from the outside, and has a great selection of rooms for weddings of different sizes. It’s also a hotel, so many of your guests can book in to stay, but being so central in Edinburgh that’s not a big concern, as there are so many places to house guests nearby. There is a fine military history of this club, but you don’t need to be connected with the military to come in and enjoy its food and drink or to have your wedding here. Any type of ceremony can be held here, whether civil, humanist or religious.

The three main function rooms are the Douglas Room, the Hepburn Suite and the Princess Royal Suite, all very different and they also have different capacities for guests, which is such an important factor in picking a wedding location, so I’ve detailed them here:

Douglas Room
Weddings – Up to 60 guests
Meal – Up to 44 guests

Hepburn Suite
Weddings – Up to 120 guests
Meal – Up to 110 guests

Princess Royal Suite
Weddings – Up to 160 guests
Meal – Up to 160 guests

Clearly more guests can arrive after the meal for the evening reception, with the Princess Royal Suite allowing up to a maximum number of 200 guests (seating for 120 plus dance floor).

Other Benefits
As well as the main function rooms, there is a library, which can be used for drinks receptions or couple photos. Literally across the road is Queen Street Gardens, which you have full access to for family and couple shoot photos. It’s always nice to get outside and the space feels like the countryside, rather than in the heart of the bustling city. The bridal suite is gorgeous, with a luxurious four-poster bed, which is great for bridal preparation photos if you are getting ready there.

Quick Note about prices – Clearly the number of guests at your wedding and the amount and type of food and drink you provide for them is the biggest factor in varying the price. You can also embellish table settings, chair coverings and many other things that again will alter the price, so please don’t take these prices as definitive. Speak to the wedding planner about your day and they will quickly give you an accurate quote.
Room hire at the Royal Scots Club is from £1000 – £1500.
Food and Drink is approximately £70pp for a fairly inclusive package i.e. canapés, 3 course meal and coffee, full drinks package and evening food.
Based on a wedding of 80 day and evening guests the total price would be around the £7100 mark.

Three great things about the Royal Scots Club from Weddings Manager Ayesha:
1. Because we are a members club we offer that rare combination: the charm of a country house hotel with a cosy club atmosphere. We are the perfect home from home to relish the character and culture of Scotland’s capital city. Making the guests feel at home and welcome is in our nature.
2. Even though we are a city centre venue couples get access to the vast Queen street gardens for photos so they get the benefit of being in the city centre and the beautiful backdrop of the gardens.
3. As we have many different size rooms and suites we can cater for all sizes of weddings. From small intimate affairs to larger receptions. Our management team has a vast experience of organising events ranging from small intimate Dinner Parties to sumptuous Weddings. Nothing is a problem as everything is under one roof – we can even organise and hold the ceremony here.

Final note from Phil
I’d sum up the venue by saying it never fails to impress me, and also surprise me, I’m still finding new rooms and viewpoints every time I visit and that means plenty photo opportunities. Having the outdoor space available is also a huge bonus, as I’ve led many a wedding party over there to enjoy the fresh air, sunshine and greenery, as well as get some incredible photos.

Hepburn Suite Wedding
Queen Street Gardens Confetti
Hepburn Suite Speeches
Hepburn Suite Dancing
Hepburn Suite Kids and singing
Douglas Room Ceremony
Royal Scots Club Military Wedding
Hepburn Suite Evening Lighting
Royal Scots Club Library


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