Glasgow is one of the best places to get married in Scotland. Not only does it offer a wide variety of venues from which to make your choice, but the people are friendly and welcoming too. Add to this a long history of romance in the city.
The story is that a Scottish queen was given a ring by her husband. However, she gave this same ring to a handsome soldier. The king soon learned about this and when he found the soldier asleep by a river bank, took the ring, threw it in the water and challenged his wife to return the ring to him. St Mungo, who became the patron saint of Glasgow, miraculously caught the salmon with the ring in its stomach and returned the ring. The coat of arms of the city of Glasgow show a salmon with a ring in its mouth
Best wedding venues
Create your own romantic story in Glasgow, home to famous landmarks including Buchanan Street, the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and many other contemporary and historic locations. A variety of wedding venues are available in Glasgow, to suit all budgets.
If you are unsure which venue to choose, visit Glasgow on any weekend in September for Doors Open Days which gives you free access to hundreds of fascinating buildings in Glasgow and across Scotland where you can see some of the city’s mosques, Sikh temples and churches of all denominations as well as other locations where your wedding ceremony can take place.
Here are some of the best wedding venues in Glasgow:
Park Circus registry office
If you plan to have a civil ceremony the Park Circus Registry office is a magnificent town-house that has a selection of marriage suites for you to choose from.
Glasgow University Chapel
Designed by Sir John Burnett, the chapel is built in the romantic Gothic style and combines 550 years of history and tradition. Graduates and current students, members of staff or the child of a current member of staff at the University can be married in this historic city landmark.
Queens Cross Church
Another great location, particularly for fans of Charles Rennie Mackintosh is the dramatic and atmospheric Queens Cross Church, the only church designed by Mackintosh. The church has high vaulted ceilings and wonderful stained glass. The small church hall attached is also designed by Mackintosh and is the perfect site for a champagne reception or small function.
The following approved venues allow you to hold your reception in the same venue as your wedding, making planning a little easier:
This Charles Rennie Mackintosh building in the centre of Glasgow is also Scotland’s Centre for Design and Architecture. Wedding ceremonies here take place on the centre’s viewing platform, with the Glasgow skyline as a backdrop.
The Merchant’s House Of Glasgow
Overlooking George Squire in the heart of Glasgow city centre, the Merchant’s House is a nineteenth century grand mansion that can hold celebrations of all sizes. The Lord Dean’s Room can seat 10 for an intimate wedding day dinner whilst the Grand Hall can hold 130 for a sit down wedding breakfast.
A chic city centre wedding venue on a corner of Glasgow’s Royal Exchange Square, 29 Glasgow is perfect for couples who favour a cool and contemporary vibe. There’s also a roof terrace for an alfresco drinks reception.
Arta in Merchant City is another chic and contemporary place to be married in Glasgow. This grand Spanish town-house, has seven spaces over three levels for you to choose from, including their unique and beautiful indoor courtyard.
Blythswood Square Hotel
Mix modern with historic influences at this hotel where you have private access to the Blythswood Square Gardens for photographs, or even an outdoor drinks reception. There’s also a private screening room if you want to show your favourite movie for your smallest guests.
Boclair House Hotel
This Tudor Gothic listed mansion is as magnificent inside as it is on the exterior. A luxury wedding venue, the hotel has expert chefs on site, helping you choose a wedding menu to suit your budget.
Outskirts of Glasgow: Castles
Culcreuch Castle hotel
Glasgow cannot offer a fairytale castle, but just 40 minutes from the city centre is the Culcreuch Castle hotel in Fintry. The castle has a selection of rooms including Galbraith Hall with stone walls and scones topped with flickering candles. The castle can also be hired for your exclusive use.
Glenskirlie House and Castle
Glenskirlie Castle is a unique contemporary Scottish castle, or perhaps you prefer the Edwardian elegance of Glenskirlie House. Both are only 20 minutes from Glasgow city centre and have wedding teams that will tailor your day perfectly to your style and budget. The honeymoon suites are gorgeous too.