Romantic Weddings in the Borders
Photo: Branxholm Park House
There is something magical about getting married in the Borders, apart from the ancient tradition of weddings at Gretna there are some stunning historical venues, romantic fairy tale Victorian mansions set in the most spectacular scenery you can imagine. The Borders are also close enough to the major population centres and airports of the central belt to make them accessible for travelling guests but it still feels like a world apart. If you said Yes! to that Valentine’s day proposal then now is the time to start planning for the big day.
Gretna is probably the one venue that people think of immediately when they start considering a romantic Borders wedding. The famous Blacksmiths Shop is probably one of the most iconic and sought after venues for actually tying the knot in the whole country with the attraction of being part of a part of a romantic tradition that stretches back hundreds of years. Berryburn is a spacious Victorian villa ideally placed for wedding guests to prepare in the morning and then have a wedding buffet after the ceremony. It sleeps up to 14 people with a number of the bedrooms featuring king size four poster beds and it’s gorgeous, romantic gardens are ideal for capturing the perfect wedding photographs. All generations are catered for, the well-equipped games room will entertain children, the short walk to the nearest hotel will be a big draw for younger parties while those who want to have a quiet and relaxing time after everyone else has gone to bed can relax with a dram beside one of the wood burning stoves.
Branxholm Park House is a romantic Victorian country mansion offering fully catered wedding, from start to finish spread over 3 days! Weddings of up to 72 people can be arranged whilst 22 people can stay overnight at the house for the 3 nights. During this time you have exclusive and private use of all Spa facilities and the main house. The facilities for wedding guests staying here are second to none with 2 hot tubs, barbecue hut, cinema room, full size snooker table and exercise pool as well as massage room, karaoke room and wine zone. There is no extra charge for corkage and a wedding coordinator is on hand to organise everything down to babysitters for the children. The wedding packages can be tailored to your exact need and with an experienced hand overseeing all the important things such as flowers, the wedding cake and the champagne fountain. This means you are free to enjoy the big day instead of stressing out over the details. Lastly, so fond of the family dog that you can’t bear to leave her out? Just bring her along to the party! A 3 day wedding, all inclusive can be as little as £5800 and include a 3 day holiday.
Gateshaw House would be a great option for a self-organised wedding. It is a large 19th century country house, family friendly, spacious and stylish, but with a huge modern kitchen/dining room that would make catering for larger numbers a breeze. With a large games room, outdoor play area and extended indoor social spaces it is also ideal for families with children. The house sits in two acres of mature gardens amid the Cheviot Hills where a marquee can be erected to cater for up to 40 reception guests. For people visiting for the day there is plenty of parking and the proximity to Kelso and Jedburgh make travelling here straightforward.
Greenhill Lodge is set in 7000 acres of heather clad hills not far from Howman and offers peace, tranquillity and total privacy. The recent luxury refurbishment ensured its status as one of the few LHH Elite properties and its elegance and ambience will make for a memorable day. A small marquee can be erected in the grounds and the walled garden would make a stunning location for wedding photos whether a traditional religious ceremony or an informal civil one. With the addition of the adjoining cottage 20 guests can be accommodated in comfort and it is highly recommended that those coming for a wedding stay a few days and explore the myriad outdoor attractions of the area. Caterers, marquee hire and florists can all be arranged locally. Call LHH now to arrange a visit to any of the above properties, to check for availability and for more information on facility fees, packages and numbers.