Edinburgh is a romantic city. The “Athens of The North”, and has long been used as a wedding location. With numerous hotels across a wide variety of price points, good transport links, and the unique magic ingredient that Scotland’s capital has, it’s future as a wedding destination is continued.
So, assuming that you you are not already living in Edinburgh, this short article will give you some pointers as to local resources that can help you.
If you are not having a church wedding then the Edinburgh Registrar is the likely best place to begin your quest for a wedding venue. They have a list of approved venues in the city, and the Lothian Chambers on the Royal Mile is often a popular choice. Time your wedding at the right moment and you may be saying “I do” to the soundtrack of a marching pipe band, or the gaggle of Edinburgh Festival street performers.
Kilt hire is an option taken by many men visiting Edinburgh, groom and guests. there are a variety of kilt kire shops, including The Kilt Store which is close to Haymarket train station.
The bride will likely have already picked her dress and had fittings, but one thing that can only be done on the big day itself is the all-important hair. Not all hairdressers have the capacity, or the experience to take care of the bride, family and bridesmaids, so it is a very important choice to make.
MacGregor Hairdressing in Morningside have a reputation as specialists in wedding hair, and the salon owner, Janet Nicol, has won numerous awards. All staff are L’Oreal trained. They also do beauty treatments.
If you are a wedding guest and don’t want to transport your gifts with you, then Edinburgh has a huge amount of shops. Rose Street, tucked in behind Princes Street, has a large selection of unique, non-chain, shops where you can browse and find the perfect wedding present. One street along, George Street is a good shopping street.
Ocean Terminal in Leith has a good selection of stores, and you can visit the Royal Yach Britannia which is permanantly moored alongside.
Wherever you shop in Edinburgh, you will find a large variety of coffee shops and restaurants to sustain you.
Being such a popular tourist resort, Edinburgh has the necessary infrastructure to support large numbers of visitors. From hostels to 5 star establishments, from family run bed and breakfasts to luxury chain hotels, there is something for taste and every pocket. A good starting point is the Good Hotel Guide which offers independent reviews.