A beautiful ceremony space only adds to the romance of your big day. Nicole Conner offers up ten enchanting churches and chapels where you can say ‘I do’ in style
Set within 200 acres of verdant Aberdeenshire countryside, the on-site chapel at 16th-century Cluny Castle boasts vaulted ceilings, intricate stained-glass windows and seating for up to 120 guests, making it a magical place to tie the knot.
Looking to get hitched in a venue that is steeped in history? Dunglass Church should tick the box: the half-ruined kirk on this East Lothian estate makes for the most atmospheric of ceremonies and can cater to wedding parties of all sizes.
The Harbour Chapel in Dunbar is a former Methodist church dating back to 1764 and has been lovingly restored to retain all its original features. The intimate venue can host 80 guests for the reception and dinner, with space for a further 40 for the evening reception.
Right in the heart of Glasgow’s vibrant East End, Saint Luke’s blends a stunning church space with the convenience of a city location. Dating from 1836 and refurbished seven years ago, the venue has retained its impressive pipe organ display and stained-glass windows.
The grandeur of this Edinburgh venue will leave you and your guests speechless: the mural-clad interior, soaring ceilings and walls of fairylights make for a dreamy setting in which to tie the knot. Up to 300 can enjoy a day of celebrations here.
Rosebery House (below left)
Those marrying at this Midlothian venue have access to the private on-site Rosebery Chapel, which boasts far-reaching views over the Moorfoot hills. Both religious and secular ceremonies are possible, and there is room for 100 of your nearest and dearest to witness the exchange of vows.
Haddo House (above right)
Available for all Christian ceremonies, the chandelier-lit chapel in the grounds of Aberdeenshire’s Haddo House is an enchanted space in which to tie the knot. Just imagine saying ‘I do’ in front of those impressive stained-glass windows!
The idyllic Chapel of St Lesmo could have been built for an intimate ceremony, with space for up to 70 guests. Its traditional wooden benches, candles and organ all ramp up the romance. It’s just a short walk from Glen Tanar’s Ballroom, so once the formalities are out of the way, your celebrations at this Aberdeenshire venue can get underway.
Established back in 1862, the former Kelvinside Parish Church has all the traditional religious features you’d expect, now enhanced with contemporary additions. The celestial ceiling mural of this much-loved venue in Glasgow’s West End, for instance, was painted by the great Alasdair Gray and will make your photographer giddy with possibilities. The venue can host up to 275 guests and has an enviably late licence.
Dalswinton Weddings and Events
This little red church, built in 1881, is a two-minute drive from the marquee on Dalswinton Estate in Dumfriesshire. Up to 150 guests can squeeze inside, and it is just as picturesque outside – your photographer will love the chance to use it as a gorgeous backdrop.