We had our wedding at Guthrie Castle July 10th 2014. We had booked the castle for exclusive use from the 9th till the morning of the 11th. We arrived at the castle on the most gorgeous day. The weather was magnificent and showed of the castle and the gardens in all their glory. We had 30 of our closest family and friends living with us at the castle. We checked in and then had afternoon tea/coffee with delicious scones, cake and other pastries in the caste library. All of our guest loved their rooms and the cottages. They are decorated in a very authentic and beautiful way. You just fall in love with every little detail.
We had plenty of time to settle inn and take a walk in the gardens and explore the castle. At 6:30 we had our BBQ at the pavilion. We had invited everyone for a BBQ get together on the 9th, so we had about 70 guest both days. It was a great way for people to meet and strike up a conversation the day before the wedding in a very informal environment. The food was amazing, and the service was great. I was blown away by how nice the buffet BBQ was. Everything looked delicious. We had a little quiz for the grown ups and a bouncy castle set up for the kids. I think everyone had a great time.
We had 7 kids staying at the castle. Its a perfect place for kids, lots of space to run around, things to see, no cars, and gated. The kids had a great time. I do recommend getting a bouncy castle with a slide like we did, it was a hit :-)
The wedding day was also great. Of course! The girls and boys were split into girls and boys breakfasts and then the ladies went of to get ready. We had hair and makeup done in Arbroth, and then got ready in the ladies lounge with Champagne and lots of laughter :-) From the windows of the ladies lounge we could watch as the guest were greeted at the castle as they arrived with champagne and piping music.
We were lucky and had another beautiful sunny day, so we could get married in the walled garden. Everything from there on inn, was little bit of a blur to me. But I am fairly certain I said «I do» and signed some papers. We where then whisked away for photos, while the guests enjoyed lawn games, champagne, delicious canapés, and pimms. The staff where nice enough to save some canapés for the hungry bride and groom when we arrived back :-) then the reception, with more yummy food, speeches, dancing and more laughs. It was the most perfect day, and I wish we could do it all over again.
The staff at Guthrie are amazing. From when we booked the wedding in 2012 till the day we checked out they were fantastic. Answering emails, making recommendations and suggestions and generally being a big help. Especially since we booked everything without ever setting a foot in Scotland. The Web page does not do the castle justice, it is far more impressive in real life. The girls Meaghan and Fiona do their utmost in order to make sure everyone is happy. The are Scottish hospitality at its best. The spirit and the excellence of Guthrie castle would not be the same without these two ladies, they make it the wonderful wedding venues that it is. I would also like to mention the night porter Alan, who was also very helpful and inviting. Especially when I had to run up and down heating up milk for our son, who would not sleep. He was a sweet man, and a great help.
Thank you Guthrie Castle, we would do it all over in a heartbeat!
Love Elizabeth and Thomas.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Guthrie Castle is a perfect setting for your special day. The estate, which is offered on an exclusive basis to ensure your privacy and security, really is a fantastic location for wedding receptions, set, as it is, in 156 acres of outstanding natural beauty. The Castle grounds include the stunning Walled garden, a private 9 hole Golf Course with its own private loch. Guthrie Castle can provide wedding packages to suit all guest numbers from Just the Two of You up to 250 guests in our purpose built elegant Pavilion. Overnight accommodation is also available on the estate. Guthrie Castle also accommodates a range of corporate events such as senior management meetings/ conference dinner - dances and team building days. For further information please contact the Castle co-ordinators. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Guthrie Castle Forfar, Scotland