How to begin the Venue search?

Hi everyone,
Just started planning and finding it difficult to start lol.
We are looking at about 2016 spring time as a guide, we know we are only having 14 people there (including us) but we don't want a 'typical' wedding venue...
Ideally looking at the central Scotland region (if anyone has any suggestions) but with such low numbers the whole of the UK and Ireland are possibilities if we find somewhere 'perfect'
Don't even know what search terms to throw into google!
Any suggestions? We want something quite simple and understated, we are both quite environmental so something with an outdoor possibility, how do I put that into google hehe


  • FlossFloss Forumite
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    If you want outside, then Scotland is your place as you can marry anywhere.

    What is your budget like? I quite fancied Orocco Pier in South Queensferry near Edinburgh as you can marry on the pier or beach, but it's not cheap.
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  • I would have a look at wedding blogs - maybe start with some of the more alternative ones like Love My Dress, Rock My Wedding or Rock N Roll Bride. There might be Scotland-specific ones as well. Either just browse through them, or type in the location you want and see what comes up. Best of luck!
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  • edrushukedrushuk Forumite
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    I would have a look/drive around and see what building/views you like. Then go and see if the do weddings. As you have such a small group you could get something unique that is not available to larger weddings. Enjoy.
  • cherrubcherrub Forumite
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    Have a look at the Historic Scotland website - you can get married at most of their properties. Castle Campbell is one of my favouite as it is tucked into the beautiful Ochill hills and would definitely suit a small wedding. Inchcolm Abbey is also a lovely venue with the added fun of the boat journey to get there.

    If you want a stunning outdoor location look at some of the beaches around Morar - google "Silver Sands of Morar". If you're up for a bit of a walk there are some almost secret beaches that are usually desserted (but probably not that practical in a wedding dress!).

    Also, remember that Scotland is one of the few countries in the world where you can be married by a humanist celebrant. I've been to a couple of humanist weddings and they have been wonderful and totally built around the couples wishes.
  • heebie-jeebiesheebie-jeebies Forumite
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    It's not in Scotland but have a look at Tunnels Beach in Devon which may suit what you're looking for?
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