Dunglass Church


How to Make the Most of your Wedding Weekend

A wedding at Dunglass Estate isn’t just a day to remember, it’s a weekend to remember. Here’s some ideas on how to really enjoy your time at Dunglass Estate, to make your fairy tale wedding become a reality.

On Thursday

Start your weekend off with a classy prosecco afternoon tea. What better way to welcome your guests than with a glass of fizz and some homemade indulgent finger food? You can explore the grounds and see the glorious scenery that surrounding your accommodation at Dunglass house. Afterwards, make yourself at home in this warm and welcoming house surrounded by your nearest and dearest.

On Friday

Fill your day with a trip to the local town, Dunbar, where there’s enough to do to please everyone. Did you know Dunbar is home to a world class golf course? Whether you’re an expert or a beginner, it’ll always be a fun experience when you’re with your loved ones. You could also head down and see the fantastic sandy beaches by the coastline or go on a woodland walk and look for all the different wildlife that reside in the area. Finish your day with a BBQ on the terrace at Dunglass house. What a perfect way to bring family and friends together after a day of exploring.

On Saturday

You can choose to start your wedding day in style with a bride’s reception and nibble on some pre-ceremony snacks while getting ready. While the bride and bridesmaids are busy preparing themselves, the groom can host a groom’s reception and enjoy some drinks when welcoming your guests, in anticipation of the bride’s arrival. The ceremony then takes place in the beautifully historic Dunglass church. After the bride and groom say “I do”, everyone can enjoy drinks outside or in the luxury marquee – which includes a stage, dance floor and even sofas – and let the celebrations of love carry on until the small hours.

On Sunday 

Enhance your last day at Dunglass Estate with a tasty Sunday brunch, before the guests head home with loving thoughts towards a truly memorable weekend. There’s an option for you to have a late checkout, so you can spend some more time together. Nobody wants to have to rush off home after such an incredible couple of days.

If you’re interested in a weekend like this for your special day, get in touch with us.

This blog post was written by Eilidh Mutch, on work experience at Hickory.

(Posted by Hickory)


Intimate Weddings at Dunglass House

We understand that not everyone has their heart set on a big wedding. Nothing is more intimate than just having both your closest friends and immediate family around you on your big day. With this in mind we came up with our Intimate Wedding Package. This lets you celebrate your love for one another around those who really matter to you, and no one else.

Picture it now: you’re settled in for your two night stay at the luxurious Dunglass House and are getting ready for the big day ahead with butterflies in your stomach. You’re then surrounded in greenery as you make your way, with the rest of the bridal party, to the stunningly ruined Dunglass Church to say “I do”.

After the ceremony, you enjoy a canapé and drinks reception with your nearest and dearest. Once you’ve mingled and everyone’s congratulated you both (and wiped away their tears of joy), you all retire to Dunglass House to indulge in a delicious 3-course dinner.

Once dinner is over, you can spend the evening with your loved ones and celebrate with a few glasses of champagne, some cake and of course some music. Our talented wedding planners can organise additional entertainment for you, such as a jazz duo so you can make the most of the house’s gorgeous Drawing Room.

There’s a dedicated team on hand to ensure everything goes smoothly throughout the day, so you don’t need to worry about a thing. You can relax in the knowledge that we’ve got it all sorted for you. We can organise additional things to do as well while you’ve got one of Scotland’s most beautiful country estates all to yourself.

This special package is available from October until March. Prices start at £4,500 and we have one date left for 2016 – Saturday 15th October. For a maximum of 22 guests, you and your guests can stay in all three of the properties on Dunglass Estate: Dunglass House, Laundry Cottage and Stable Cottage. For smaller parties of 10 guests, you can have full use of the beautiful Dunglass House.

If you’d like to know more about our beautiful intimate wedding package, or to book a consultation, please get in touch with us.

(Posted by Hickory)

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The Uniquely Wonderful Gothic Church at Dunglass Estate

The 15th-century Gothic church set in the heart of Dunglass Estate is one of the finest examples of its period of design in Scotland. The church was founded in 1450 by the Lord of Dunglass, Sir Alexander Hume. Originally, it was served by a small college of priests, comprising a provost, three chaplains and four choirboys.

Overseen by Historic Scotland, the warm, grey stone resonates with tales of times gone by, and the half-ruined nature of this incredibly unique cross-shaped church makes it all the more atmospheric. Perfect, therefore, for the most romantic of ceremonies.

Both religious and civil ceremonies* can be held in Dunglass Church, depending on the kind of ceremony you choose to have.

The fine Gothic window arches have been opened out over the years, allowing light to flood into the building, creating the perfect blank canvas for your big day. At Dunglass, couples have an unusual level of freedom here to decorate and enhance the church to suit their style. Just imagine flower petals sprinkled on the floor and an abundance of flowers and foliage. It’ll be everything you’ve ever imagined and more.

Dramatic, romantic and unlike any other venue, Dunglass Church is a place where dreams can come true and unforgettable memories are made.

To hire the church for your ceremony contact our team.



*Both religious and civil ceremonies can be held in Dunglass Church according to the couple’s choice.  Civil ceremonies can be held in the marquee at selected times of the year, or in the conservatory at Dunglass House for smaller weddings.Dunglass Church Ruined Sign Blog


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Stone roses – how to decorate a 15th century church

That moment when guests begin to arrive at the church and step inside is always an exciting one: it’s when everything begins – with that atmosphere of happy anticipation. And at Dunglass Estate, that moment can be particularly dramatic, because our church dates from the 1400s and in its semi-ruined state is the most romantic of backdrops. Combine the faded carvings and beautifully coloured stone with the softness of flowers and even fabrics, and you get a remarkable and utterly unique effect which can mesmerise guests as they wait for the big entrance.

Unusually, we allow brides and grooms pretty much a free rein when it comes to adding their own style to the church; some places can be very strict but although the building is precious (and looked after by Historic Scotland), within reason you can allow your imagination to roam. We’ve seen dark red rose petals scattered on a rustic hessian aisle runner; masses of candles in storm lanterns clustered around the altar; end chairs or pew ends decorated with little bunches of wild flowers tethered with raffia.

For the ambitious, you can hang muslin or tulle to create a draped, tented ceiling effect, or use vintage rugs and bold blooms for a striking look. Dunglass Church is your plain but beautiful canvas to do with as you wish; or leave the ancient stone to speak for itself and make  the bride and wedding party the main attraction.

The church aisle in the sun

The church aisle in the sun


Keeping Cosy at Dunglass Estate

At Dunglass Estate, many of our couples choose to have their wedding ceremony in our 15th-century Gothic-style church. Managed by Historic Scotland, the church is half-ruined, making it look all the more romantic and atmospheric for ceremonies all year round.

The open Gothic window arches have been opened out over the years, which allows light to flood into the building – but also means we need to make sure our guests are as cosy as can be in the autumn and winter weather.

We do this in two ways: we have beautiful, comfy tartan rugs for guests to keep themselves warm while they are watching their loved ones’ nuptials. We also have mini hot water bottles wrapped in handmade tartan fabric. This way we can always be sure that our guests are happy – even when the temperatures drop to Scottish levels!
Find out more about Dunglass Estate’s beautiful church here. And if you’d like to consider a cosy winter wedding at Dunglass, contact Ian, our Planning Director.





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