What could be more spectacular than swapping vows in fairytale Scone Palace, surrounded by your family and friends.
It might be a venue fit for a king and queen, but you don’t have to be royalty to get married at Scone.
And although a spring wedding is always a favourite with couples, it’s worth bearing in mind that the grounds at Scone are equally beautiful in summer, autumn and winter.
Just two miles north of the Fair City of Perth, Scone Palace provides an unique setting which, coupled with excellent food and service, guarantees you and your guests a special and unforgettable wedding reception.
From your initial enquiry, expert staff will ensure your special day lives up to your dreams. Left in their capable hands, they can either create your entire experience or simply advise on a variety of different options.
Either way, your wedding will flow perfectly with minimal fuss, leaving you and your friends and family free to bask in the stunning scenery.
From your arrival accompanied by a single piper to the romantic breakfast in the candlelit Long Gallery every step will be a memorable one.
The possibilities are numerous, why not consider:
Scone Palace is also licensed for civil marriage ceremonies and has played host to a number of these before.
The happy couple and their guests also have the option of booking five star luxury accommodation at Balvaird. Ideal for the wedding night or for a “girls only” zone for the bride and her bridesmaids the evening before.
Located in the north west wing of the Palace, this beautifully appointed apartment, with magnificent views over the Parks to the River Tay, is one of Scotland’s best kept secrets.
Perfect for wedding parties, it sleeps up to six guests in three beautifully decorated, en-suite bedrooms. The MacGregor Room has a superking bed with en-suite bathroom, Colonel Andrew’s Room is a twin bedroom with kingsize beds and en-suite bathroom with separate shower, and Lady Carnegie’s Room is a twin bedroom with kingsize beds with en-suite bathroom with shower.
As well as a lovely sitting room, there is a fully equipped and spacious dining kitchen, and the Palace can even arrange a private cook for you.
When her daughter Siobhan set her heart on a spring wedding, Heather McArthur sprung into action.
In her role as the Palace’s Sales and Events Manager, Heather was ideally placed to help create the perfect day.
Siobhan (25) from Perth and her fiancé Ed (28) from Down Patrick in Northern Ireland, met while backpacking in Queensland, Australia.
Surprisingly it took a bit of persuasion from the happy couple to convince Siobhan’s mum Heather that Scone was the right venue.
“She thought it would be a bit of a ‘busman’s holiday’ for her,” laughed Siobhan.
“But Ed and I wanted somewhere that meant something to one of us, and Scone Palace was somewhere I spent a lot of time as a child.”
From the moment the couple’s limo drove down the gravel drive, which was spectacularly lined with blazing torches, to the moving ceremony conducted by the Rev. Bruce Thomson in the Long Gallery, and the final dance in one of the historic state rooms, it was a wedding to remember.
Eighty day and 100 evening guests enjoyed a right royal banquet, starting with Prosecco and canapes on the lawn (including the legendary haggis bon bons with a mustard cream dip) followed by a lavish three-course meal with vegetarian and children’s options also provided.
Heather said: “It was a pleasure to help my daughter plan her wedding. Knowing the venue and all our suppliers so well, coupled with the professionalism of our caterers (Heritage Portfolio) and our own Scone Palace Team, I was even able to relax and enjoy the day.”
And what was the best thing about getting married at Scone?
Ed and Siobhan singled out the staff: “We didn’t have to worry about anything on the day as the staff were over it all.”