Destination I Do
Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Destination Wedding: Edinburgh Castle

Words by Courtney Kellar
Words by: Kelly Ryan
Photography by: Robin Nathan Photography

When Sarah and Calum decided to tie the knot, the first thing to pop into their mind was to make it a destination wedding. The couple wanted a magical setting which would make their big day all the more special. Calum's father had gotten married in Edinburgh, Scotland just 12 years prior. With strong ties to his heritage, Calum and Sarah decided Edinburgh would be the perfect scenery for their wedding ceremony.

"We chose Edinburgh because of how beautiful of a place it is," says Sarah. "Every time I have been to Edinburgh I fall in love all over again." The invitations were sent out and Sarah and Calum's magical castle wedding was in full swing and planning began right away. Though some guests protested, the ones who really wanted to attend made it work.

Sarah was able to get a significant amount of help from her friends who work in the wedding industry. "One of my bridesmaids, Rebecca, is a professional wedding planner and Robin, my photographer, is one of my really great friends as well." Between the two of them, Sarah was able to plan the wedding all while staying grounded by her friends. She used email to coordinate venue details and found it was the most efficient way to communicate from far away.

Along with the help of her two confidants, Sarah used multiple wedding websites to get ideas for her dress, shoes and decorations. She made do-it-yourself place cards which were held up by champagne corks she saved from her job. With the help of her bridesmaids she made save-the-date cards based on an old Edinburgh postcard which was able to give her guests a real feel of what the wedding theme would be.

The couple made sure all who were important to the wedding ceremony arrived a few days ahead of everyone else so they could get properly acquainted. Family and friends flew into England and the couple was able to pick up their guests via car or train. When it came down to wedding costs, the couple says having a destination wedding cost about the same amount as a traditional wedding they would have had on the home-front.

"Have fun planning!" Sarah exclaims. "Don’t commit to anything too soon, but don’t wait too long to accomplish everything. Make it unique to you and your husband and let him help with the planning!  Enjoy the whole process!"


Wedding Location:  Radisson Blu, Royal Mile, Edinburgh
Photographer: Robin Nathan Photography
Ceremony/Reception Site: Radisson Blu, Royal Mile, Edinburgh
Gown Designer: Galina Signature for David’s Bridal (long dress) & DollyCouture (short dress)
Florist: Lavender Blu, Glasgow
Groom’s Clothing Designer: McCalls Kilts
Bridesmaids Designer:
Groomsmen Designer: McCalls KiltHire, Edinburgh
Ceremony: Kevin Thompson, “Ceremonies You Want”
Hair and Makeup: Janice at JD Bridal Hair

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