Time to re­lax

The Herald Business - - Venues - Nuala Naughton

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.

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