The Parsonage: 10 Reasons To Choose This Scottish Wedding Venue
The Parsonage at Dunmore Park has to be one of the most exclusive wedding venues in Scotland.
Beautifully situated overlooking the Forth Estuary, it plays host to a limited number of events each year.
And having just undergone a million pound makeover, this Victorian mansion is the last word in luxury.
In addition to the fabulous grounds where you can have an outdoor ceremony, there is also a choice of two pavilions for your reception.
Combine this with 10 luxury bedrooms, and you’ve got a pretty unique place for your special day.
Let’s take a closer look at what a The Parsonage wedding would be like.
The Parsonage Location
There’s something very convenient about wedding venues in Falkirk, given its proximity to Scotlands too largest cities.
With The Parsonage located just outside the village of Airth, approximately 10 miles from Stirling.
Glasgow is only 30 miles away, and can be driven from in roughly 40 minutes.
And although Edinburgh is fractionally further, you can still manage the journey in less than an hour.
When you arrive you will find plenty of parking for your guests right outside the mansion.
In addition to this large vehicle access is not a problem, if you would like to put on coach transportation.
The Parsonage Setting
Not only is The Parsonage an exclusive use wedding venue, it also only hosts a limited number of events each year.
Its setting is one of absolute tranquility, with views across the Forth Estuary and the Ochil Hills.
And with over 20 acres of wooded parkland and manicured lawns, it’s a wonderful place to enjoy the outdoors.
In addition to the peaceful surroundings you also have everything you need all in one place, so you can just settle in, relax, and enjoy your time.
The Parsonage is a grand Victorian mansion, which has recently undergone a one million pound upgrade.
Retaining many of its original features, it now combines the historic with the modern.
Just imagine the luxury of a 5 star boutique hotel, with the privacy of your own home.
In addition to the bedrooms there are a variety of public rooms which include: the Drawing Room with cocktail bar; two further sitting rooms; the dining room; and the dining kitchen.
There’s even an outdoor hot tub.
Access is granted from 1pm on your day of arrival, with checkout at 11am on your day of departure.
And as well as being allocated a dedicated wedding coordinator, there is a team of experienced people to help create your perfect day.
The Parsonage Accommodation
There are 10 luxurious bedrooms at The Parsonage, which can sleep up to 20 guests.
Each of the rooms has an ensuite bathroom, tall ceilings, and fabulous views over the gardens.
In terms of the decor, it’s a fusion of opulent boutique hotel and relaxed country house.
And without question, everything is done to the highest of standards.
Virtually all of the rooms could be used as a Bridal Suite, and even hard to please guests will enjoy staying the night here.
The Parsonage Ceremony
You will have the option of both an indoor and an outdoor ceremony at The Parsonage.
The beautiful gardens provide the perfect backdrop for an alfresco wedding, with the historic mansion in the background.
However if you would rather get married inside, or if you need a bad weather backup, the Gallery in the house has a capacity for 120 guests.
The options don’t stop there either, with the Marquee able to seat as many as 250 guests.
Or for absolute maximum space, the Pavilion can seat up to 400 guests comfortably.
The Parsonage Reception
For your drinks reception there is the most incredible terrace at The Parsonage.
It has comfy seats, tables, and umbrellas to give your guests some shade.
You’ll just need to hope the weather is nice.
Your dinner reception can then be had in either the Marquee or the Pavilion.
Both are spacious with large windows revealing beautiful views over the gardens.
And they can seat 150 guests, and 250 guests respectively.
Included in your wedding package are: tables, chairs, linen, crockery, and cutlery.
The Parsonage Catering
The catering is handled internally at The Parsonage, by a team of award winning chefs.
They have created a variety of set menus, however there is also a menu selector.
This is where you are given a range of options, and you can pick and choose which ones you want.
All dietary requirements can be catered for, and there is a good choice when it comes to vegetarians and children.
You can even have the chefs prepare all of your meals for the duration of your stay.
However the state of the art kitchen in the mansion, does allow for self catering too.
With regards to drinks there is a 24 hour bar in the house, plus a bar in both the Marquee and the Pavilion.
Resident guests can bring their own alcohol for after hours, but there is no corkage option for during the day.
The Parsonage Entertainment
Whether you choose to use the Marquee or the Pavilion, you will have more than enough space for a dance floor.
A full band can easily be accommodated, and either venue is a great space for a ceilidh.
There have been a number of noise complaints from the neighbouring village of Airth, so there’s a good chance a sound limiter may be installed.
However at the time of writing, even fireworks displays were still allowed.
The Parsonage is also licensed until 1am, which means you can keep the party going into the early hours.
The Parsonage Wedding Photos
Country wedding venues are idyllic if you are looking for scenery and tranquility.
However they also provide the perfect backdrop for great wedding photos.
With 20 acres of beautiful grounds on offer at The Parsonage, your wedding photographer will have no problem finding stunning photo opportunities.
And should the weather be unpleasant, the mansion house with its big windows and natural light, will provide a suitable indoor alternative.
The Parsonage Wedding Prices
For accurate The Parsonage 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 The Parsonage wedding cost.
- Exclusive use of The Parsonage (sleeps 20), price £6,000.
- Wedding Breakfast, prices from £38.95 per person.
- Drinks Package, prices from £22.50 per person.
The prices above are for a summer weekend.
Winter and midweek weddings could cost 15% less.
The Parsonage Conclusion
So those are my 10 reasons you should consider The Parsonage as your wedding venue.
Of course everybody has different tastes and opinions.
However if you are looking for an exclusive use country house, conveniently located for both Glasgow and Edinburgh, with a Marquee and a Pavilion, and luxury accommodation for 20 guests; then The Parsonage 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 The Parsonage at Dunmore Park’s website here.