Innes House: 10 Reasons To Choose This Scottish Wedding Venue
As far as wedding venues in Scotland go, Innes House is a real hidden gem.
It is also extremely exclusive, only taking a maximum of 12 booking per year.
Your ceremony can be had in the stunning walled garden, or in one of the mansions historic public rooms.
And your reception either in the superb Dining Room, or in the genuinely unique Garden Marquee.
In addition to all this, there are 7 lavishly decorated bedrooms to accommodate family and friends.
Let’s take a closer look at what a Innes House wedding would be like.
Innes House Location
There are some lovely wedding venues in Moray, and it is a nicely secluded part of Scotland.
Innes House is located between Elgin and the coast, with Inverness 45 miles away.
You can drive from the Highland capital in approximately 75 minutes, and your journey will be filled with beautiful scenery.
Aberdeen is also 65 miles away, with a journey time of roughly 1 hour and 40 minutes.
Once you arrive you will find plenty of onsite parking for your guests, and large vehicle access is good if you intend on using coaches.
Innes House Setting
Innes House has a fantastic country setting, surrounded by extensive wooded parkland.
If you are looking for something peaceful, then this place is going to be idyllic.
It’s also and exclusive use wedding venue, so privacy is absolutely guaranteed.
The historic house creates an atmosphere of anticipation, and you and your guests will be able to relax and enjoy the scenery.
It’s a great place for a wedding.
Originally built by Sir Robert Innes in 1640, Innes House is a wonderful Scottish Renaissance property.
Francis Tennant bought the estate from the Duke of Fife in 1908, and the Tennant family still use it as a private home today.
The East Wing is the area used for weddings, and it has been carefully restored to a very high standard.
It includes the elegant Ballroom, the Drawing Room, the Dining Room, and a series of bedrooms.
You will also have access to the beautiful walled garden, and of course the Garden Marquee.
It’s a very versatile setup, which will allow you to tailor your day to create something truly unique.
Innes House Accommodation
There are 7 lavishly decorated bedrooms at Innes House, each with their own private bathroom.
Six of the bedrooms are doubles and one of them is a single, so you can sleep up to 13 guests.
A full Scottish breakfast is also included in the price.
For alternative accommodation Elgin is only 15 minutes away, and has a range of hotels and B&Bs.
Or if you would rather be on the coast, Lossiemouth has some great choices too.
Innes House Ceremony
Innes House is licensed for religious, civil, and humanist ceremonies both inside the house and outside in the grounds.
If the weather is behaving an outdoor ceremony in the lovely walled garden would be spectacular.
You could have your drinks reception there too, and it would be the ideal place for your wedding photos.
For indoor ceremonies and as a bad weather backup, the stunning Ballroom is the most popular choice.
It can seat up to 120 guests comfortably, and is flooded with natural light from its large windows.
Your wedding photos could then be taken in the Drawing Room.
Innes House Reception
For dinner receptions inside Innes House, there is the superbly decorated Dining Room with its capacity for 60 seated guests.
The Ballroom could then function as a dance floor, for a band or a ceilidh after the meal.
For more space you have the option of the Garden Marquee, with its capacity for up to 150 seated guests.
The marquee is attached to the house and accessed from the Ballroom, making it easy for your guests to enjoy the mansion too.
In fact you can still use the Ballroom for your first dance if you wish.
Innes House Catering
The catering is handled internally at Innes House, and they don’t believe in set menus.
Instead they use the wealth of local produce to custom create exactly what you want.
In terms of the alcohol there is an extensive wine list to choose from, and drinks packages are available.
A fully stocked bar will also be setup, where your guests can buy their own drinks.
Innes House Grounds
There are 3,000 acres to explore at Innes House, largely made up of agriculture and woodland policies.
It is very much still a working estate, with 26 properties leased to various tenants.
More relevant to you however is the wide range of flora and fauna.
From the excellent walled garden to the beautiful surrounding woodland, this is a lovely place to enjoy the outdoors.
It’s also a fantastic place for wedding photos, with stunning backdrops available everywhere you look.
Innes House Unique Feature
There’s a lot to like about Innes House, but the Garden Marquee really is a standout feature.
Lots of venues offer marquee’s of course, but I bet you’ve never seen one quite like this before.
Permanently in place between the months of May and October, the tent has been put up over the memorial garden and is attached to the house.
Inside you will find a fully functioning water fountain, stone walls, flower beds and hedges.
The slate roofed summer house has even been transformed into a fully stocked bar.
It really is a terrific space, and I think you’d be hard pushed to find a more unique marquee.
Innes House Wedding Prices
For accurate Innes House wedding prices, you should contact the venue directly.
Their wedding packages can be tailored to meet your specific needs.
However to give you an approximate Innes House wedding cost:
- Exclusive use of Innes House, price £6,000 (includes marquee).
- Accommodation (13 people b&b), price £1,370.
- Wedding Breakfast, prices from £50 per person.
- Drinks Package, prices from £18 per person.
The prices above are for a summer weekend.
Winter and midweek weddings could cost less.
Innes House Conclusion
So those are my 10 reasons you should consider Innes House as your wedding venue.
Of course everybody has different tastes and opinions.
However if you are looking for an exclusive use country house, surrounded by secluded parkland, with a fantastic walled garden for outdoor ceremonies, and the most unique Garden Marquee for large receptions; then Innes House just might be the place for you.
Whilst you are here, you should take a look at some of the other wedding venues in Scotland, featured on White Rose.
You can also find Innes House’s website here.
Good luck with your wedding planning.