As a recently engaged couple, wedding planning can feel like a daunting task from venue hunting to table cards, seating plans and not to mention the dress. However, all you need to do is close your eyes, take a deep breath of fresh East Lothian sea air and gather your thoughts. If you think back to your dream wedding that you’ve been picturing since you were a child, you’ll see a big open green space leading up to a historic church. Your guests will be gleaming in the romantic setting as you arrive for the ceremony, which will be perfect, along with the celebration afterwards on a beautiful Scottish country Estate.
The truth is that most of us have already planned our wedding. We know exactly what we want and how it will run from start to finish. Together with your partner, you have a detailed itinerary ready to roll to celebrate the best day of your life and start your marriage journey together. Therefore, the next step is to make your dream wedding achievable.
Dunglass Estate is a picture-perfect venue in East Lothian that merges your plans with a beautiful church, grounds and cosy accommodation. The popular venue is available to book exclusively so you can ensure a private event that’s extra special for your friends and family with a dedicated team to run your special day and take care of everything.
Securing your date is a challenge for many couples so it’s best to make enquiries as soon as possible, regardless of the season. Weddings are a beautiful occasion at any time of the year, but we have a great Spring Offer wedding package available now. A glorious time to get married amongst blossoming flowers and to start a new beginning together.
Dunglass is also ideal for an intimate wedding and therefore we are offering an Intimate Wedding Package. A small, simpler celebration may be just what you need for your perfect day and this is a great option for Winter Weddings on a budget. Read more….
Alternatively, you could take advantage of our Midweek Offer. This gives you the opportunity to have your dream venue sooner than you think with more available dates. The relaxed setting and all-inclusive package could be ideal for you and your party. Read more…
Whatever your plans for your dream wedding, Dunglass will do their best to accommodate you and our talented team will guide you through the process. We take pride in a personal touch to tailor your day to your requirements.
Recently engaged herself, our exceptional Sales and Planning Coordinator Fiona Somerville knows what it takes to organize truly inspirational events.
Fiona joined the Hickory team last year, having previously worked in the creative industries. Since beginning her role, Fiona’s artistic talents have been put to the test. Turning her hand to anything Fiona is proud to have influenced innumerable creative directives. Whether she’s been choosing interiors, sorting center pieces, deliberating staff uniforms or reupholstering furniture, Fiona is determined to go over and above to ensure each of her bride’s weddings is unique and meets our award-winning status.
Fiona fell in love with Dunglass Estate early on, and is delighted to be spending most of her time here this summer as dedicated planning coordinator. Never one for being stuck in the office Fiona is elated many of her meetings now occur against an idyllic backdrop and sees this role as the perfect fit.
For those of you yet to meet Fiona, you will have the opportunity at the Wedding Showcase Weekend at Dunglass Estate on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th March. We hope to see you there!
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It’s your big day, and you want everything to be perfect. You want your guests to be comfortable, happy and well fed, you want everything to look fabulous, and you want the proceedings to run like clockwork. One of the most important decisions you’ll make is where to hold your special event. We’re here with a helping hand, so take a look at our guide to choosing the perfect venue:
You want your wedding venue to stand out, and to be memorable for you and all your guests. Many couples want their venue to have a sense of history and character, which makes for a great talking point. This also gives your wedding a great sense of atmosphere, as well as unique and beautiful photographs. Our 15th century gothic church, with its ruined entrance, is the perfect example of a unique venue.
We understand you’re most likely to choose a venue for its visual appeal, however, there are a few other factors to consider. Can your wedding and reception be held in the same place? Is transport convenient for you and your guests? Is there the opportunity for a Plan B if proceedings are affected by the weather? Is there accommodation nearby for guests who have travelled the distance?
Your wedding and reception can be held at Dunglass Estate, in our marquee during the warmer months or a close-knit celebration in the luxurious Dunglass House. We can accommodate 31 guests within a close proximity and help you to organise a bus either locally or into Edinburgh.
Your wedding should be a romantic, magical day, but considering a few practical factors will make everything run smoothly. To do this, you need to consider what’s important to you – do you need enough space for a sit down meal for 150? Or is it intimate enough for a small party of 20? Is there a well-stocked bar serving drinks at reasonable prices? Dunglass Estate can accommodate both small celebrations of 22 guests, to larger parties of up to 250 for evening marquee receptions. Have a chat with our Wedding Planner to organise your dream wedding..
Whether you’re going for a traditional dinner or having a hot finger buffet, getting the best caterer is essential. This will allow you to create a personalised menu that reflects your tastes and prevents the rumbling of stomachs! For example, Hickory can create a bespoke menu, using the best seasonal and local produce around, suited perfectly to your taste and theme.
Value can mean making your money stretch further, or paying that little bit extra for spectacular scenery or a particularly memorable location. Make sure you ask all of the right questions when discussing this with your wedding planner – getting the right answers will give you the chance to make decisions suited to you, your partner and your budget. We’ve a range of wedding offers to suit all tastes and budgets. Have a chat with our talented and experienced Wedding Planners about your big day.
Are you thinking of having a magical Dunglass Estate wedding? Discuss all these options with our Wedding Planner.
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There’s so many wedding trends for 2016 and our fabulous couples have been getting creative with a range of little personal touches. We’ve hand-picked four of our favourites to share with you.
Backless gowns have been spotted all over the bridal catwalks this year, replacing the ever-popular strapless numbers. Showing your back is incredibly sensual, yet demure enough to be church appropriate.
There’s something about Dunglass Estate that makes it perfect for intimate weddings. Whether it’s the romantic church or the luxurious grounds, 2016 has seen a rise in smaller celebrations. We can do this at Dunglass Estate with intimate ceremonies in the stunning ruined church, and cosy wedding breakfasts in the house, as part of our Intimate Wedding Package.
An increasing number of couples are going either for traditional Scottish cuisine, or choosing menus that reflect their family’s heritage. As active members of Scotland Food and Drink and East Lothian Food and Drink. Hickory the catering company that manage the events at Dunglass are committed to providing seasonal, local food, and have even created a special East Lothian Menu to celebrate the fantastic local larder of our coastal region.
Woodland-themed florals and décor have been hugely popular for 2016. Think all natural, dense greenery, sticks and foliage. We can display your centrepieces displayed beautifully on wood slices to give a real woodland feel to your décor too.
For more wedding advice and any enquiries, feel free to contact our talented wedding team.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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