EDINBURGH CASTLE WEDDING VENUE
ONE OF THE MOST STUNNING CASTLE VENUES IN SCOTLAND
One of the most beautiful and busiest castles in Scotland
Whenever people to come to Edinburgh one of the first port of calls is always Edinburgh Castle. After all how many cities have a castle right smack bang in the middle of the city centre. Whether you’re getting married in St Margaret’s Chapel or one of the halls, Edinburgh Castle is an absolutely stunning venue but it does come with it’s challenges.
As I mentioned above Edinburgh Castle is a really beautiful castle but it’s so busy all the time which makes taking photos a challenge but fortunately the staff that work there are great at moving people out of the way. I still think there are other castle’s around Scotland more beautiful than Edinburgh Castle but none come with the same kudos.
ABOUT EDINBURGH CASTLE
Edinburgh Castle sits on top of an extinct volcano and on this volcano a castle of some formation has existed since the 12th century. Edinburgh Castle was a royal residence until 1633 and for years afterwards served as military barracks. Today, under the care of Historic Scotland, the castle is the most visited paid tourist site in Scotland. In 2013 1.4 million people visited and every year this amount increases significantly. The castle also hosts concerts and the Military Tattoo (which is quite spectacular).
An interesting fact about Edinburgh Castle, it’s been noted that Edinburgh Castle has suffered 26 sieges in it’s history, making it the most beseiged locations in the UK and one of the most in the world.
HOW DO WEDDINGS WORK?
Edinburgh Castle is a really interesting place to photograph a wedding. Basically there are several locations within the castle you can get married, the most popular of which is St Margaret’s Chapel at the top, but when you get married there you’re limited to working on the level at which you get married. So if you get married in the gatehouse which overlooks the entrance, you have to stick to that level. If you get married in St Margaret’s Chapel, you’re limited to that area and the main hall.
All of the rooms are completely different and offer something for everyone, whether you want a historic room or something more modern.
If you get married on the upper levels make sure you come in a wedding car or taxi, the drive up the castle is really awesome and makes for a spectacular wedding.
To date I’ve photographed around half a dozen weddings at the castle. One took place in the Gatehouse, several in St Margaret’s Chapel and a couple in the main hall. Regardless of which location you get married, the staff are really excellent. They’ll move tourists out of the way and stop them entering the rooms while you’re getting married, usher guests and keep things moving smoothly.
All of the ceremonies I’ve photographed at Edinburgh Castle have taken around 20-30 minutes. In the case of St Margaret’s Chapel all of the ministers have been absolutely great. Following photos in the castle I usually take couples outside the castle and do a photo tour of Old Town, capturing photo in three or four different locations (depending on how far the couples want to go).
WHAT ELSE IS THERE AT EDINBURGH CASTLE?
Within the castle itself are a couple cafes, a tourist shop and multiple museums. Within the area, well, you’re in central Old Town so there are an infinite numbers of restaurants, pubs, hotels, tourist sites and amazing locations for photos.