Time to relax
MARRIAGE in the 21st century is still the most popular way of expressing a lasting commitment to your partner. It might be the next step for a couple who have lived together for a while, or they might have been married before, or the couple may be taking part in a civil partnership ceremony.
So budgetary or lifestyle requirements mean an elaborate wedding celebration and tropical island honeymoon are not top of the priority list, and a simple intimate ceremony followed by a few days alone together is the preferred option.
On the other hand, couples who are setting up home for the first time will probably have spent months planning their big day, and possibly years of saving.
Whatever your situation, the whole experience of organising your special day can be rewarding and exciting as you map out the perfect start to your future together.
However, even when things are going well, it can still be a stressful and frustrating process trying to bring all the pieces successfully together.
So, to get the very most out of your honeymoon, why not book an extra day or two’s break, to chill out, wind down and relax in the beauty and tranquility of a romantic countryside setting right on your doorstep.
On the beautiful banks of Loch Lomond, the Lodge on Loch Lomond Hotel offers the full wedding package – civil licence for the ceremony, catering, entertainment and beautiful scenery for the photographs. There is also a dedicated wedding co-ordinator who can advise on table stationery, flowers and music.
Couples who prefer a religious ceremony can even choose to get married on the nearby beach.
The Lodge on Loch Lomond is nestled within some of the most tranquil and exquisite countryside, ideal for spending a couple of days to wind down from all the wedding preparations.
You could also spend your wedding night in the stunning Cuillin suite with sweeping views from the balcony, touchtone bath, massaging shower, 42-inch plasma screen television and plush decor.
The hotel markets itself as a premier ‘destination venue’, where guests can enjoy activities such as walking, water sports, fishing and golfing, in addition to visiting some of the local historic sights. Or you can simply unwind in the hotel’s spa, where you can treat yourselves to aromatherapy massage, reiki hot stone therapy and the specialist shirodhara treatment, followed by an uplifting jet stream hot-tub session.
Another spectacular destination is in the dramatic and historic countryside of Ayrshire, birthplace of one of Scotland’s most romantic heroes, Rabbie Burns.
The versatility of Lochgreen House Hotel makes it a popular choice, where large groups of up to 100 guests can be catered for in the garden suite overlooking the lawns – its stunning fountain an ideal backdrop for photographs.
For a more intimate celebration catering for up to 30 guests, the Turner room is ideal.
With advance planning, a whole wedding party can take over the hotel entirely. The ‘exclusively yours’ package is designed for couples who want to celebrate their marriage in privacy with friends and family, including the ceremony itself in the renowned Tapestry room.
Of course, the growing trend for destination wedding venues extends to city locations too, and Glasgow’s vibrant west end allows couples to extend their wedding celebration to include a few days in the city’s cultural hub and enjoy the buzz of the world famous Ashton Lane.
This eclectic and bustling area has been home to the Ubiquitous Chip restaurant for more than 35 years and it remains a popular choice for stars of stage and screen, many of whom have celebrated their wedding in the award-winning courtyard restaurant, recently upgraded to include a rooftop al fresco mezzanine area.
The restaurant holds a civil licence for couples to exchange vows and has a reputation for outstanding contemporary dishes using locally-sourced Scottish produce.
Recently, Joe McGann, of the Irish acting dynasty, celebrated his wedding at The Chip and wedding guests are sure to rub shoulders with at least a few celebrities as they continue their celebration in one of the venue’s popular bars.