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Planning a wedding can be overwhelming, but we're here to help. This page covers the most commonly asked questions about weddings at Melville Castle, from guest capacity to food and drink, special touches to Scottish wedding traditions...we've got all the answers! We hope this information will help make your decision-making process as smooth as possible.

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All the Essentials

How many guests can the Melville Castle accommodate for a wedding?


Our Viscount and Ballroom are licensed to hold ceremonies for up to 150 and Wedding Breakfast up to 70 guests. Our contemporary marquee and gardens can hold ceremonies for up to 200 and Wedding Breakfasts up to 200. We can host evening receptions for up to 250 people and can accommodate up to 70 guests in our 33 individually designed bedrooms.

You can download our wedding brochure here:


How much does it cost to get married at Melville Castle?


We offer a range of wedding packages to suit different needs and budgets. These include an all-inclusive package, an intimate package for small weddings, and a bespoke package where couples can design their own wedding. Typically, the cost is based on the day you choose, the date you choose, how many guests you will be inviting, and whether you would like exclusive use (which means to have the castle entirely to yourself!)

Our wedding prices are made up of venue hire, plus food, drink, and any special touches you choose. Bedrooms are charged additionally, and these charges can be paid by your guests - if you choose.

Our prices can be downloaded here:


Do you have a specific date available?


Availability varies depending on the date, but Melville Castle has multiple rooms available for weddings and can accommodate a variety of wedding dates. The best way to find out is to send us an email to events@melvillecastle.com.


Can the ceremony and reception be held at the castle?


Yes, Melville Castle can host both the ceremony and reception, or just the reception - if you prefer! You can choose from a range of beautiful rooms to suit your needs.


Is there an outdoor area for the ceremony or reception?


Yes, Melville Castle has beautiful grounds that are perfect for an outdoor ceremony or reception.


Is there a backup plan in case of bad weather?


Yes, we have several indoor areas available in case of bad weather. Our experienced staff will work with you to make sure that every aspect of your wedding is perfect, no matter what the weather is like.


What is our policy on outside vendors and catering?


We have our own in-house catering team who can create bespoke menus for each wedding. We do not have facilities for outside caterers, but you can get a taste for our menus and the wide range of options by downloading our Wedding Brochure:


Is Melville Castle a dog-friendly wedding venue?


Yes, Melville Castle is a dog-friendly wedding venue. We understand that pups are an important part of your family and we want them to be involved in your special day! Your faithful friend can to be a part of your wedding ceremony and reception, and we even offer dog-friendly accommodation options on the estate.


Is there ample parking for guests?


Yes, we have lots of parking available for guests. The castle is hidden away down a winding drive, and has instant wow factor!


Are fireworks allowed?


Absolutely! We can arrange incredible firework displays at the castle. Download our wedding brochure or visit our Special Touches page to find out more about all the amazing things we can do at Melville Castle!


Is there wheelchair accessibility at Melville Castle?


Yes, Melville Castle is wheelchair accessible and has accessible rooms and facilities.


What is the payment and cancellation policy?


The payment and cancellation policy depends on the specific wedding package chosen. Our team will work with you to create a payment plan that works for you, and will provide clear information about our cancellation policy.


Why Choose Melville Castle for your Wedding?

Breathtaking location

Melville Castle is located just 20 minutes from the heart of Edinburgh, making it the perfect location for a castle wedding in Scotland. The castle sits on 54 acres of beautiful parkland, offering stunning views and plenty of space for your celebration.



Unique History


Melville Castle has a rich history dating back to the 18th century. The castle has been carefully restored to preserve its original features, while still offering all the modern amenities you need for your wedding. You'll follow in the footsteps of royalty when you host your celebration at Melville Castle!


Experienced Team

Our experienced wedding team is here to help you every step of the way, from planning to execution. We understand that every wedding is unique, and we'll work with you to ensure that every detail is perfect.



Flexible Approach


We offer a range of customisable packages to fit any budget and style. Whether you're planning a small, intimate ceremony or a grand, lavish celebration, we have the perfect approach for you.


Endless Possibilities


From the Hot Toddy Station to the fireworks display, we offer a range of unique Scottish touches to make your wedding truly unforgettable. We'll work with you to ensure that every detail is tailored to your specific tastes and preferences.


How to Plan Your Wedding at Melville Castle

Contact our Wedding Team


Get in touch with our experienced wedding team to discuss your vision for your castle wedding in Scotland. We'll help you choose the perfect package and customize it to fit your unique style and preferences.


Choose Your Wedding Date

Whether you're planning a winter wonderland wedding or a summer celebration, we have flexible availability to accommodate your preferred wedding date.


Explore our Wedding Packages


We offer a range of customizable wedding packages to fit any budget and style. Choose from our intimate wedding package for up to 20 guests, or our grand wedding package for up to 200 guests.


Add Unique Scottish Touches


Make your wedding truly unique with our range of Scottish touches, including a Hot Toddy Station, Ceilidh Band, Fireworks, owl ring delivery, and Scottish piper.


Enjoy Your Special Day!

Sit back, relax, and let our experienced wedding team take care of every detail. From the ceremony to the reception, we'll ensure that your day is flawless and unforgettable.


Planning a Destination Wedding in Scotland

Can I get married in a Scottish castle?


Yes, you can absolutely get married in a Scottish castle! Scotland is home to many stunning castles that can be hired for weddings, including our very own Melville Castle near Edinburgh. In fact, getting married in a castle is a popular choice for couples looking to add a touch of fairytale romance to their special day!


Is Scotland a good place for a destination wedding?

Yes, Scotland is a fantastic place for a destination wedding. With its rugged landscapes, historic castles, and vibrant cities, Scotland offers a stunning backdrop for your special day. Whether you're looking for a romantic castle wedding, a rustic barn wedding, or a modern city wedding, you're sure to find the perfect venue in Scotland - we, of course, think Scottish castles are best for showstopping weddings!


How does the law differ for weddings in Scotland, compared to England?


The legal requirements for getting married in Scotland are slightly different to those in England. For example, in Scotland, you can get married outdoors or in a place that's not registered for marriages, as long as you have a Humanist celebrant to conduct the ceremony. Additionally, Scottish marriage certificates include the names of both parents, whereas English certificates only include the father's name. However, the process of giving notice of marriage is similar in both countries.


What do you have to do before you get married in Scotland?

Before getting married in Scotland, there are a few legal requirements that must be met. Both parties must be at least 16 years old, not closely related, and not already married or in a civil partnership. Each person must provide proof of identity and residency, and give notice of their intent to marry at a designated Registrar's office. The notice must be given at least 29 days before the wedding, but no more than three months in advance. A fee is required to give notice and obtain a marriage schedule, which must be presented to the person conducting the ceremony on the wedding day.


Do you have to give notice to marry in person, in Scotland?

Yes, couples who want to get married in Scotland must give notice in person at their local registration office.


Can you give notice at a registrar's office in England?

No, you cannot give notice at a registrar's office in England to get married in Scotland. You must give notice at a registrar's office in Scotland at least 29 days before your wedding.


Can you give notice online, to get married in Scotland?

No, at present it is not possible to give notice online to get married in Scotland. Couples must give notice in person at a local registration office in Scotland.


How many witnesses do you need to get married in Scotland?

In Scotland, you need two witnesses to be present at your wedding ceremony. These witnesses can be anyone over the age of 16, and they must be able to understand the language used in the ceremony. The witnesses are required to sign the marriage schedule along with the couple and the person conducting the ceremony. Members from our Melville team can be witnesses, if you are planning a runaway ceremony just for two!


Can you help us plan a destination wedding in Scotland?

100%, yes we can! We can help you design the fairytale wedding of your dreams, all from afar, and we would be delighted to help.


Why Get Married in a Scottish Castle?

History and Romance

Scottish castles - like ours - are steeped in history and romance, making them the perfect setting for a fairytale wedding. Imagine walking down the aisle in a castle that has stood for hundreds of years, surrounded by stunning architecture and breathtaking landscapes!


Unique Cultural Touches

As we mentioned earlier, Scotland offers unique cultural touches that can make your wedding truly unforgettable. From ceilidh bands to Scottish pipers and owl ring deliveries, there are so many ways to incorporate Scottish traditions into your special day.


Stunning Location

Scotland is renowned for its stunning landscapes, from rugged mountains and wild coastlines to rolling hills and ancient forests. Situated in beautiful grounds, Scottish castles offer a truly magical backdrop for your wedding photos.




Memorable Experience

A wedding in a Scottish castle is an experience that you and your guests will never forget. It's not just about the day itself, but also the build-up, as you explore the local area and soak up the history and culture of this incredible country.



What about all the Scottish wedding traditions?

What is the significance of the "something blue" in Scottish wedding traditions?

In Scottish wedding traditions, "something blue" represents love, purity, and fidelity. It is often incorporated into the bride's outfit, such as a blue ribbon tied around the bouquet or a blue garter.


What is a traditional Scottish wedding gift given to guests?

The traditional Scottish wedding gift given to guests is called a "tartan favour" and is usually a small gift, such as a keychain or a bookmark, made with the same tartan pattern as the groom's kilt. It is a way to thank guests for attending and to give them a memento of the special day.


What is the significance of the Scottish wedding dance called the "Strip the Willow"?

The "Strip the Willow" is a high-energy Scottish dance that involves couples forming two lines and weaving in and out of each other. It is often performed at weddings and other celebrations and is a great way to get everyone up and dancing.


What is the traditional Scottish wedding cake called, and what's it like?

The traditional Scottish wedding cake is called a "fruitcake" and is often decorated with intricate icing designs and sugar flowers. One unique feature is that it is often topped with a miniature bride and groom in full Highland dress.


Why do Scottish grooms traditionally wear kilts to their weddings?

Scottish grooms traditionally wear kilts to weddings as a nod to their heritage and to show pride in their clan. Each clan has its own specific tartan pattern, and the groom's kilt is usually made in that pattern.


What is a "Quaich" and how is it used in Scottish wedding ceremonies?

A "Quaich" is a two-handled silver cup that is used in Scottish wedding ceremonies. The bride and groom each drink from it as a symbol of their unity, and it is often passed around to guests as well.

Still Got Questions? We're here to help...

Download a wedding brochure

Our wedding brochure is where you will find all our prices, packages, and special offers.

You can download it here:


Book a wedding tour

A wedding tour is a best way to get a feel for the castle and to meet the team. You will have plenty of time to explore the grounds and the castle, so you can start to imagine your special wedding day. We'll show you our beautiful ceremony rooms and give you a sneak peek at some of our gorgeous castle bedrooms. This is also the perfect opportunity to ask any questions you have.

The castle is just a few miles from Edinburgh train station and Edinburgh airport, so you can start to experience the journey - which is great if you have guests traveling for your wedding - you'll see how easy it is! Parking is also available.

Wedding tours can be booked online:

Explore our wedding packages

Every wedding is bespoke at Melville Castle, and we offer a range of customizable wedding packages to fit any budget and style. Choose from our intimate wedding package for up to 20 guests, our grand wedding package for up to 150 guests, 'All Taken Care Of' with everything included, or design your day - choosing every single unique element.

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Get in touch

You can contact our wedding team by calling 0131 654 0088 or by emailing events@melvillecastle.com.


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