Venues - The Balmoral Hotel, Edinburgh
By Brian Wilson, Wedding Photographer
The Balmoral Hotel, 1 Princes Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2EQ
Phone: 0131 622 8809
Contact: Elizabeth Bell
Key highlights for the ultimate wedding:
- Set in a stunning city centre location, the iconic Balmoral Hotel has been the setting for the city’s most glamorous weddings since 1902
- The Balmoral’s lavish banqueting suites are unrivalled in the city, with breathtaking views of Edinburgh Castle and the historic Old Town. Suitable for all sizes of weddings, the wedding packages cater for 40 to 260 people
- The signature Sir Walter Scott Suite is the most romantic Ballroom in the city, featuring ornate cornicing, original chandeliers and magnificent castle views
- The Wedding breakfast menus have been designed by Michelin–starred Executive Chef, Jeff Bland, who will be delighted to create bespoke dishes
- The Balmoral’s award-winning Sommelier will guide couples through the extensive wine list
- The Balmoral is licensed for both civil and religious ceremonies
- Personalised Services for the Bride and Groom include a Rose-Petal Turndown and a Champagne Breakfast-in-Bed in a magnificent suite
As an up-scale city-centre venue, they don't come much better than this. Multiple function rooms are available to suit most any size of wedding and the internal décor is modern and bright, yet in keeping with the history and style of the hotel.
The Balmoral coped easily with 150 guests yet there were still public areas to go to when you wanted a wee bit of space or air. As a photography venue its all inside so the weather isn't a concern. The west-facing side (seen above) gives great light and there's enough internal features and spaces to use for group or intimate shots.
Pros: Big venue catering for big weddings; good food; excellent service; wedding co-ordinator available throughout the day; Princes Street venue; elegant décor; MC available; weather-independent; good photography locations; overnight stay available; within walking distance of Waverley Station and all Edinburgh attractions.
Cons: City Centre bustle; expensive; no outside photography locations (except to use the City) and no outside terrace; its a hotel - public access at all times; non-exclusive use of the hotel.