Maryculter House Hotel: 10 Reasons To Choose This Scottish Wedding Venue
You may be surprised at how historic certain parts of Aberdeenshire actually are.
In the case of Maryculter House Hotel, its origins date back as far as the 13th century.
Don’t be concerned, this is not about to become a history lesson, but an interesting piece of information I think.
What this article is really about, is what makes Maryculter House Hotel one of the most beautiful wedding venues in Scotland.
After some careful research, and a full tour of the hotel by Scott McGregor, their operations manager, I think I am in a good position to answer this question.
Let’s take a closer look at what a Maryculter House Hotel wedding would be like.
Maryculter House Hotel Location
Maryculter House Hotel provides you with all the benefits of a beautiful and tranquil country setting, with all the convenience of being less than 10 miles from Aberdeen.
Not only do you get the stunning Scottish countryside, but you also have the sights and sounds of the River Dee meandering by.
The golf course at Peterculter is situated on the other side of the river, and gives you uninterrupted views over the manicured fairways.
If you are looking for picturesque scenery, then you’ve definitely come to the right place.
There are some fantastic wedding venues in Aberdeenshire, but this one’s riverside location is pretty unique.
Maryculter House Hotel History
Here comes the history lesson I said I wouldn’t give.
But I will only touch on the highlights, as they all add to the mystery and appeal of Maryculter House Hotel.
In 1187, King William the Lion granted the Knights Templar an area of land alongside the River Dee.
None of the original buildings have survived from this time, as they were constructed in 1227.
However, the current residents lounge does date back to 1460.
What’s really interesting is, the last Gordon laird, Sir Cosmo Duff Gordon, was on the Titanic’s maiden voyage.
And he survived.
The hotel is now family owned, and you have the option to make your own piece of history here.
Maryculter House Hotel Accommodation
Weddings pass by much too quickly in my opinion, and I’m a big fan of extending the celebrations.
Maryculter House Hotel makes this possible, with 40 ensuite bedrooms available, enabling you and your guests to make a weekend of it.
You can choose between rooms in the old house, or the new wing, and your wedding guests will get a preferential rate.
The views from some of the bedroom windows, look over the River Dee and are incredible.
Maryculter House Hotel Bridal Suite
Included in the price of your wedding package, is the bridal suite.
All brides to be should pay special attention to the room they will be getting ready in.
It can become a very busy place, with family members, bridesmaids, photographers, and makeup artists.
Although the bridal suite at Maryculter House Hotel is not massive, it does offer amazing views to help calm your nerves.
Maryculter House Hotel Ceremony
Although Maryculter House Hotel is not an exclusive use wedding venue, they will never have more than one wedding per day.
This of course will mean, no other brides there to steal your thunder.
You will have the choice of both an indoor and an outdoor ceremony, and civil, religious, and humanist ceremonies are all welcome.
The Templar Suite will be your indoor option.
However, if the weather is kind, the courtyard overlooking the River Dee, offers the most spectacular outdoor alternative.
Maryculter House Hotel Reception
The ballroom at Maryculter House Hotel, is called the Templar Suite.
Accessed through its own private entrance, it has lots of natural light, and incredible views over the River Dee and beyond.
The decor is neutral with four chandeliers dominating the room, and you can comfortably seat up to 180 guests for dinner.
The room is air conditioned, but more importantly, the Templar Suite has its own private bar.
Maryculter House Hotel Catering
Like a great many hotel wedding venues, Maryculter House Hotel takes care of the catering itself.
Fortunately they have a team of experienced chefs, who know what it takes to cater for large audiences.
You have the option to choose from a variety of set menus, or if you are looking for something more unique, the team are happy to get creative.
Prices start from £35 per person.
Maryculter House Hotel Wedding Photographs
You should always consider your wedding photographs, when choosing a wedding venue.
Private and picturesque outdoor locations are always preferable, plus indoor alternatives with lots of natural light, in case the weather turns.
Rest assured that Maryculter House Hotel is excellent for taking pictures.
You have beautiful grounds and gardens, with secluded areas overlooking the river.
There are also large flat lawns, for capturing the all important group shots.
Should the weather stop behaving, the “Ha Hoose” offers a medieval indoor photography location, complete with a log fire.
Maryculter House Hotel Unique Feature
Sports probably won’t be at the top of your essentials list, when choosing a wedding venue.
However I did play golf with my best friend, the morning of his wedding, and it was a great way to start the day.
Peterculter Golf Club is a short drive from Maryculter House Hotel.
Or if you are feeling really adventurous, how about some fishing on the River Dee.
Could be a great way to calm the pre wedding nerves.
Maryculter House Hotel Wedding Prices
For accurate Maryculter House Hotel 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 Maryculter House Hotel wedding cost:
- Accommodation (sleeps 80), prices from £55 per room.
- Outdoor Ceremony, price £350.
- Templar Suite (reception), price £3,500 (includes Wedding Breakfast for 100 guests).
The prices above are for a summer weekend.
Winter and midweek weddings could cost less.
Maryculter House Hotel Conclusion
So those are my 10 reasons you should consider Maryculter House Hotel as your wedding venue.
Of course everybody has different tastes and opinions.
However if you are looking for a stunning riverside location, with luxury accommodation, the possibility of an outdoor ceremony, and photo opportunities aplenty; then Maryculter House Hotel 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 Maryculter House Hotel’s website here.
Good luck with your wedding planning.