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The Herald Business - - Venues - Nuala Naughton

COU­PLES look­ing for a unique and out-of-the-or­di­nary venue don’t have to fly thou­sands of miles around the world to find it. Why trek half-way up the Hi­malayas or brave the Euro­pean air­port melee to glide along the canals of Venice, when the ro­man­tic hills, is­lands and wa­ter­ways of Scot­land hold their own magic.

In any case, with fuel emis­sions play­ing an in­creas­ing role in the pol­lu­tion of the en­vi­ron­ment, the lus­tre of long-haul travel is be­gin­ning to tar­nish for many eco-con­scious cou­ples.

How­ever, al­though you might eas­ily find a dreamy lo­ca­tion on home turf, many re­quire a li­cence for a civil or re­li­gious cer­e­mony to be cel­e­brated, so it is im­por­tant to check out the le­gal­i­ties well in ad­vance.

But it is not un­com­mon for a cou­ple to pri­vately ex­change vows at a reg­istry of­fice or church be­fore join­ing fam­ily and friends at their cho­sen venue for the re­cep­tion.

And it need not cost the earth – or break the bank.

Cou­ples can take them­selves off to the Holy Is­land, off the coast near Ar­ran, and in Eskdale­muir, in the south west near the Borders, now home to the Ti­betan re­treat Samye Ling Bud­dhist sanc­tu­ary, to have their union blessed by monks. Spe­cial per­mis­sion must be sought be­fore­hand.

Oth­ers might choose to in­vite a few friends to join them among the heather of their favourite Scot­tish hill­side, with panoramic views and the sounds of the coun­try­side as a back­drop.

One cou­ple re­cently sealed their union by the canal where they met walk­ing their dogs, be­fore tak­ing a short stroll to the lo­cal pub­lic park with friends for a pic­nic.

In fact, the open­ing up of Scot­land river­ways has given rise to an in­crease in the hir­ing of nar­row­boats for a small, but more for­mal, din­ner party while cruis­ing leisurely along the canal.

And for a right old knees-up, oth­ers choose to don the garb of me­dieval lords and ladies at a Scot­tish cas­tle ban­quet.

Check out the in­ter­net for more in­ex­pen­sive wed­ding venues and lo­ca­tions, with lo­cal cel­e­brants, in­clud­ing na­tive Amer­i­can shamen, Ti­betan monks and Scot­tish chief­tains will­ing to add their bless­ing to your union, so that cou­ples can have the best of both tra­di­tional and spir­i­tual worlds.

What­ever your bud­get or be­liefs, with a lit­tle imag­i­na­tion it is pos­si­ble to cre­ate a truly spe­cial and mem­o­rable event, with­out the ex­pense of putting on a lav­ish show.

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