Weddings at Traquair

Traquair is one of Scotland's most romantic castles and a perfect venue for your wedding

Unique & Authentic

If you are looking for a unique setting for your wedding in an authentic castle steeped in history with personal service and attention to detail, Traquair is the ideal setting for the most important day of your life.

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Your Wedding Ceremony

With our own Catholic chapel and a licence for civil ceremonies you can be married in the house or in some of the magical areas of the grounds.

Smaller more intimate receptions can be held in the main house or we can erect a marquee in front of the house or in the old walled garden for larger weddings.

We are happy to provide assistance in finding a local minister or priest, civil ceremonies must be arranged through the local registry office in Peebles and we are always delighted to quote and provide details of our recommended suppliers.

Types of Ceremonies

The ceremony is the most important part of your day and whether you would like a religious or civil marriage we have a wide choice of unique settings in which you can be married.

The Catholic chapel is situated in the 18th century wing and was created in 1829 following the Catholic Emancipation Act. It is a small intimate chapel which can seat up to 50 people but you will also feel comfortable with fewer than 10. There is also a harmonium which can be played. Any religious denomination can be married in the chapel.

For Catholic Ceremonies please see: Advice on Requirements for a Catholic Marriage Ceremony at Traquair

Civil ceremonies must be arranged through the local registry office in Peebles. Please note that the Registry Office requires a minimum notice period of 29 days but highly recommend that you contact them with eight weeks notice. Please take a look at the Information Sheet for Registered Civil Marriage Venues.

The 18th Century Dining Room is suitable for ceremonies of up to 50 people.

The Lower Drawing Room – perfect for small ceremonies of 8 people or less.

The High Drawing Room is the largest room in the house and is suitable for ceremonies of up to 60 people. The room dates back to the 16th century and has wonderful views of the main avenue and Bear Gates.

You can choose anywhere in the Traquair grounds for your marriage ceremony but please see below some of the most popular locations. Suitable for religious or civil ceremonies:

Cupid’s Garden:  A delightful enclosed garden at the side of the house where there is a white theme and a small stone statue of cupid with his bow.

The Traquair Maze: A unique and popular venue for those who want a ceremony with a difference. Be married in the centre of the maze or follow the example of one gallant individual who proposed to his fiancé here, having arranged for a firework display to take place at the very moment of her acceptance.

The Yew Tree Circle:  An extraordinary venue in the woodlands at the rear of maze where a natural circle has formed amongst some of Scotland’s oldest yew trees.

The Walled Garden:  The old walled garden is a favourite choice for many brides and grooms, slightly removed from the House it creates a private space for your ceremony.

Wedding Legalities

For more information please contact Liz Paxton (Peebles Registrar) on 01721 723 817 or sepaxton@scotborders.gov.uk.

Father Kevin Murray - Roman Catholic
01896 752328
Rev Jim W Benton-Evans - Episcopalian (Peebles)
07702 842727
Morag Cameron - Interfaith Minister
01896 750395
Rev. Janice Farris - Church of Scotland
01896 830309
Local Humanism Co-ordinator
07010 714776

Your Reception in Traquair House

We are delighted to hold weddings either inside Traquair House or in a marquee in the Traquair grounds. The maximum numbers for a sit down meal in Traquair’s Dining Room is 34 guests; however we can seat up to 50 by using the adjoining Lower Drawing Room. The Still Room is bright and friendly room which is perfect for very small wedding meals of up to 8 people. The stunning 17th century Drawing Room on the first floor of the house can take up to 50 people for a stand up drinks reception and if your party is under 30 guests dancing can be arranged on a small scale, a perfect room to have drinks before and after dinner.

Grounds Reception

Marquees are advised for weddings over 50 people or if you wish to have music and dance into the night. There are two main areas we would recommend siting your marquee. These are on the wine glass lawn in front of the house or in the old walled garden near the 1745 Cottage Restaurant.

Marquees can be luxurious or as simple as you like. We work with our preferred marquee specialist and we would advise you to contact us at the earliest opportunity to discuss your exact requirements.

The Cottage Restaurant may also be used for a more informal gathering in the evening. Up to 50 guests can be accommodated here and there is some limited space for dancing. A Bar and refreshments can also be arranged.

Wedding Services & Price Guide

At Traquair we pride ourselves on being able to provide a very personal service and every wedding here is a unique occasion. We are entirely flexible and can cater to most individual needs and requirements.

You may hold you ceremony here at Traquair at a cost of £250.00 for an outside wedding and £360.00 if you wish to use the Chapel or House. With the room hire being only £180.00 an hour and the grounds facility fee of £1,100.00 for the day, your dream wedding needn’t cost as much as you think.

To receive a quote, please contact using the contact us form, email us on enquiries@traquair.co.uk or simply call the office on 01896 830323.

Suppliers to Traquair House

We work closely with a couple of marquee companies and generator providers to ensure your day goes smoothly. In addition to this we have a comprehensive list of recommended suppliers including photographers, hairdressers, make up artists, stationers, Wedding Cars/horse drawn carriage, Tiaras, fireworks and much more. We can also source you dress and kilt hire locally and can help with organising a Piper for the occasion.

Honeymoon Suites

There are three luxurious rooms available in the house which are all available on a bed and breakfast basis. See Accommodation at Traquair.

Local Accommodation

Traquair is situated approximately 2 miles from Innerleithen where there are a number of small hotels and B&B’s for your guests. Within 6 miles there are two larger hotels with five star facilities. If you look at our local area website www.visittweedvalley.co.uk there is a full list of hotels and things to do in the area.

Wedding Enquiries

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Reviews

Thank you so so much for all of your help – you did such a fantastic job on the day and we appreciated it so much!

Mr and Mrs Nimmo - Apr '16

Thank you so so much for all of your help – you did such a fantastic job on the day and we appreciated it so much!

Ian and Ann - Sep '16

Many thanks to the staff, especially Sarah and Susan, who made sure our day went without a hitch.

Lisa & Craig - Jul '16

Thank both you and Susan for making the day go so smoothly. We are planning to come back next year on our first anniversary.

Maddie and Dave - Jul '16