Venues - Harburn House, West Lothian
"Weddings at Harburn begin by sweeping through magnificent parklands and past lochs to an elegant Georgian mansion you can call your own. Whether it be just one night or a whole weekend, spend the evening strolling through beautiful water gardens before a sumptuous dinner with your nearest and dearest. Then drift off in a luxurious four poster bed, awakening to birdsong and a champagne breakfast. In the house and grounds things may start to get busy. But not for you. No stress, no fuss. Just time and space to begin the final countdown to your dream wedding."
A Regency gem set in its own parkland given over to the exclusive use of one party for the day. There are not many venues that will offer exclusivity and certainly not many that have the space and scope to handle an intimate wedding or one that has over 100 guests. Not the easiest venue to find but then many country venues are tucked away where they can't be found; that's part of the appeal of Harburn. Another part of the appeal is that this is actually a lived-in home, albeit, not your everyday detached house. As Georgian mansion houses go there are larger ones around the Lothians and Edinburgh but I think this one gets my vote as one of the most welcoming and unobtrusive for such a personal life-event as a wedding
It operates almost like a hotel but its not. The wedding party of the day have it to themselves and have the run of the place, more or less. Georgian mansion homes, those that made it through the years, tend to be enormous, worn, draughty piles because the days of 50 staff running after a family household that staggered from ball to deer shoot are long gone. Harburn is small enough that its still in use today for the purpose for which it was built - to be lived in. But don't take my word for it, go on to their website and check it for yourself.
As a photographer Harburn offers me the best of all worlds; if its fine outside it has ponds, woods, gardens, ruins and a summer house to play with. If its wet outside there are large, high-ceiling rooms with wonderfully light windows to use along with appropriately regal furniture. And a billiard room. And a grand staircase. So, plenty of options to choose from and any bride would just love to be draped over the sofas in the drawing room.
Pros: Wide open spaces (3,000 acres), fabulous grounds, can take large or small wedding parties, exclusive use, Regency style house & interior, overnight stays, ideal for wedding night, catering with private chef in-house, wet bar, 1 hour from Edinburgh City Centre.
Cons: Country location, not easy to find, private transport necessary, no chapel.