As Pavarotti once said:
“One of the very nicest things about life is the way we must regularly stop whatever it is we are doing and devote our attention to eating”
This particular quote of his really resonates with us at CineMate- it just seems the older we get the more strongly we feel about good food. We know we can’t be alone in thinking this, so have decided to dedicate this blog to those of you who might be planning a DIY wedding and outsourcing caterers!
We know how difficult it can be to try to choose a wedding venue that ticks all the boxes. It can seem a daunting task trying to find somewhere that resonates with you but also fits your budget, and isn’t located halfway to Timbuktu- and when you’re quite particular about food, it can seem like trying to solve a 30 sided Rubik’s cube. If this sounds familiar, then ask yourself this: have you considered a DIY wedding venue? While it may sound like a lot more organisation, you might be surprised about how many great DIY venues there are across Scotland that are more than happy to help you find the providers you need, giving you that flexibility both in terms of budget and provisions. And anyway, you’ve already managed to find your wedding filmmakers (wink wink)- so you’re already off to a winner!
So just to prove that we’re Scotland’s most considerate wedding filmmakers, here’s a starting point for you: a little list of great DIY venues across Scotland that offer you the flexibility that you’ve been wishing for!
Numero Uno: Woodside Warehouse, Glasgow
Where better to start than Glasgow’s Woodside Warehouse? If you were wondering how this new and alternative venue managed to perfectly encapsulate the Wedding Collective spirit, it’s probably because it’s owned by The Curries- the brains behind the Collective itself! If this doesn’t fill you with confidence about the style and vibes of the venue then we don’t know what else will.
It’s best to let the photos do the talking for this one, but we will say that if you’re looking for an urban retreat that’s built upon the trendiest bones around, this is the spot you’ve been looking for. We speak from personal experience on this one- the 2014 TWC christmas bash was held here, and it was a cracker!
A Big Number Two: The Byre at Inchyra, Perthshire
Though this venue doesn’t allow for just any old Kitchen Kenny to roll up with his band of merry men and cream-splattered apron, they do offer a list of approved caterers “from the conventional to the imaginative” and a fully equipped kitchen. Could this be the happy medium your stomach was rumbling for? Once you add into the equation the rural countryside setting right in central Scotland (Perth 10 mins, Dundee 20 mins, Glasgow 75 mins, Edinburgh Airport 50 mins), and then consider that it’s a barn wedding but with luxury lavatories- the Byre at Inchyra starts to sound like the happiest medium ever!
Three (that’s the magic number): Comrie Croft, Perthshire
Another Perthshire barn venue to consider- a bit more of a blank slate with Comrie Croft, as they have no catering restrictions but do offer some suggestions. Many choose to hold their ceremony outside (weather permitting) and then migrate down to the barn for the reception. Accommodation is available for up to 74 people, and then there are some camping options for the more outdoorsy types- this venue is great for those couples bursting with imaginative ideas for decorations while not wanting to break the bank in order to express them. Plenty of wildlife too- would recommend going with a photographer without a nature background, as you may find them getting distracted trying to snap artsy shots of perching sparrows.
A Fourth 4 U: Kinkell Byre, St Andrews
Another “blank slate” venue but in St Andrews this time, featuring a seaside setting, aad swanky barn and a serious selling point: no corkage fee! If ever a sentence was music to the ears of a to-be-wed couple in search of an agreeable venue, that has surely got to be it. What’s more, they even boast “143,000 memories made” on their website; which is a pretty remarkable calculation considering the amount of variables. Does this mean you’re able to station yourself by your uncle’s homebrew stall for the duration of the evening and still manage to contribute to their memory counter by the next morning? There’s only one way to find out.
Best of luck to you all!