Have you dreamed of eloping in Scotland? Have you closed your eyes and imagined the feel of the breeze caressing your skin, inhaled the refreshing aroma of the countryside, felt the stones of an ancient castle beneath your feet or listened to the sound of the waves crashing against a cliffside?
Whether you want to elope at the Edinburg Castle, a cliffside, the Island of Skye or an ancient castle – I can’t encourage it enough. Scotland boasts breathtaking scenery and the most romantic, fairytale vibes.
It’s actually easier to elope in Scotland than you might think. All you require to legally marry in Scotland is the couple, a marriage schedule, a celebrant and two witnesses over the age of 16. Check out the link below for visa requirements and the application. You can also do a courthouse marriage before you leave home to skip the paperwork side of things and just have your ceremony in Scotland.
When I visited Scotland I witnessed several gorgeous weddings taking place, as well as the beautiful culture surrounding every aspect of the trip. We walked along the streets of Edinburg and found so many hidden gems, listened to talented pipers playing the bagpipes and even discovered hidden bars! The countryside was incredibly peaceful and I felt like my soul sighed in relief at the sheer beauty surrounding me.
Many couples elope and incorporate the customs of the Scotts such as, incorporating the classic attire of the kilts by the men, the hand-fasting ceremony and having a dram. The day of your dreams may include a walk through a beautiful city, a picnic, a lakeside or ocean side adventure – whatever you’re dreaming up we’ll bring it to life and I will be there to document each moment with you.
Having a dram of whisky is a tradition that is often observed during both traditional and modern Scottish weddings is blessing the marriage with a dram of whisky, drunk from a ceremonial Quaich. A Quaich is a two-handled silver or pewter dish, often give to the couple as a wedding present and engraved with the date of the wedding. If you have a family crest or coat of arms, it can be included on it. The Quaich is filled with whisky during the ceremony, and then once the bride and groom are ‘legally’ married they seal the wedding with a drink, and of course what is a more traditional Scottish drink than Whisky!
Of course, you can elope without the traditions if they don’t fit your wedding dreams. It’s your day so make sure it’s everything you’ve dreamed about!
Did you know? You can even elope at the Edinburg Castle! If you’re thinking this historic gem is the venue of your dreams, make sure to choose a date outside of June 1 through September 30.
Thinking of mountainous areas? The Cairngorms, Wester Ross, Glencoe, Glen Etive, Isle of Skye, Loch Lomond, the far North West, Inverpolly and Assyntm – are all phenomenal options. If you’re considering a beach vibe, the pristine beaches in the Outer Hebrides are perfect.
Bring luck to your wedding with Scottish charms,
Whatever you choose, I would love to be there and capture the elopement of your dreams. In addition to capturing your day I help with vendors, timelines and partner with a travel agent to relieve you of the stress. Contact me today, https://wwww.sacredknotweddings.com/contact
Visa requirements and application –> https://www.gov.uk/marriage-visa/apply
Edinburg Castle –> https://www.edinburghcastle.scot/venue-hire/weddings