Updated: Nov 22
Eloping in Scotland for your wedding is a wonderful and romantic idea. Scotland's stunning landscapes, historic castles, and rich cultural heritage make it a popular destination for elopements. Here are some tips & recommendation's to help you plan your perfect wedding elopement in Scotland:
1. Legal Requirements: Research and understand the legal requirements for getting married in Scotland. You'll need to give notice to the local registrar at least 29 days before your wedding date. This notice period can be longer for non-UK citizens. Ensure you have all the necessary documentation, including passports, birth certificates, and any required visas. 2. Location: Scotland offers a variety of breathtaking locations for your elopement, from ancient castles and rugged cliffs to serene lochs and charming villages. Choose a location that resonates with you as a couple and fits your desired atmosphere.
Recommendations from us:
Isle of Skye - Quiraing, Old Man of Storr.
Maybe even on top of a Munro mountain like Amy & Gary Here ...
3. Weather: Scotland's weather can be unpredictable, so plan for all seasons. Even in
summer, it's a good idea to have warm layers and waterproof clothing on hand. Consider the weather when choosing your attire and any outdoor ceremony locations.
We do love dramatic and moody situations/landscapes and the more wet and wild the better we always reckon. Check out Scott & Dom braving the crazy weather in Glencoe in December 2022 for their intimate couple shoot.
4. Accommodation: Research and book your accommodation well in advance. Whether you prefer a luxurious castle stay or a cozy countryside inn, Scotland offers a range of options to suit your taste. 5. Photography: Hire a professional photographer who is experienced with Scotland's unique lighting and landscapes. The stunning scenery is one of the highlights of a Scottish elopement, and you'll want your photos to capture its beauty.
Consider the photography style that aligns with your vision. Do you prefer a documentary/photojournalistic approach that captures candid moments, or are you drawn to a more artistic and editorial style? Look for photographers whose work matches your preferences.
If you're working with a wedding planner or other vendors, ask for recommendations. They might have worked with photographers in the past who they can vouch for.
Remember, your wedding photos are lasting memories of your special day. Take your time in researching and selecting a photographer who not only captures beautiful images but also makes you feel comfortable and confident throughout the process.
Recommendations from us:
We have worked with Rachel & Tonie on a few occasions now and they are both amazing. They will make you feel comfortable and relaxed with posing and create some stunning shots.
I have had the pleasure of working with these guys but they are one of Scotland's elite elopement Photographers and know Scotland like the back of their hand.
Corrine is a bag of fun and again another one who will make you feel like you've known her all your life and put you at ease instantly. We have worked together in Glencoe before on a wild day at the Kingshouse Hotel for Dom & Scott.
6. Local Vendors: If you're not familiar with the area, consider hiring a local wedding planner who can help you navigate logistics, recommend vendors, and provide insights on the best spots for your elopement. 7. Transportation: Plan how you'll get to and from your chosen location. If you're exploring multiple sites for your elopement, consider renting a car to give you flexibility and convenience. 8. Intimate Guest List: Elopements are known for their intimate nature. Decide whether you want any close friends or family members to join you, or if you prefer it to be just the two of you. 9. Personal Touches: Incorporate personal touches that reflect your relationship and style. Write your own vows, bring meaningful decorations, or choose a special symbolic ritual for the ceremony. 10. Ceremony Celebrant/Humanist: Choose an officiant who can perform a ceremony that aligns with your beliefs and preferences. It could be a local celebrant, a humanist officiant, or even a religious figure if that's your preference.
Recommendations from us:
https://clairethehumanist.com/ One of the best story tellers in the industry and most charismatic characters you will ever come across. You will honestly love Claire who is well sought after and highly respected in this field.
https://www.instagram.com/andrewdscottcelebrant/ The myth, the legend, THE MAN!! who conducted our couples ceremony at 998 Metres up on top of a Scottish Munro. I can't speak highly enough of this fella, one of the most loveliest people I have ever met with incredible humour and stories to keep you going for hours upon hours throughout your special day. Andrews quote is "We meet as stranger and departs as best friends"
https://www.thescottishcelebrant.com/ Paul actually conducted my own wedding and is just another beautiful soul who will deliver a breathtaking service for you. Paul along with the guys I have mentioned above will be able to tell your story in the most perfect way.
11. Cultural Experience: Immerse yourselves in Scotland's culture by including traditional elements such as bagpipers, kilts, or a ceilidh dance. This can add a unique and memorable touch to your elopement. 12. Explore the Area: Make the most of your time in Scotland by exploring the surrounding area. Plan some activities and sightseeing to create lasting memories beyond your elopement ceremony.
Remember that eloping is all about celebrating your love in a way that's meaningful to you. Whether you're exchanging vows on a misty hillside, in a medieval castle, or by the shores of a tranquil loch, your Scottish elopement is sure to be a cherished and unforgettable experience.