DriftBar’s Ultimate Guide to Central Scotland Weddings

a bride and groom getting their photo taken


As the trusted name in superior cocktails and bespoke catering for weddings, DriftBar has had the unique opportunity to collaborate with some of Central Scotland’s finest wedding venues and vendors. Leveraging our firsthand experience and in-depth industry knowledge, we’re thrilled to present this essential guide. From fairy-tale castles to artisanal rum producers and everything inbetween, we’re personally vouching for each recommendation to help you create your ultimate dream wedding in Central Scotland.

Merchants House: Where History and Matrimony Meet

An Overview

  • Founding Year: 1605
  • Specialisations: Wedding ceremonies and receptions
  • Unique Selling Proposition: Customisable wedding packages in a historic setting
  • Digital Footprint: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter
  • Website: Merchants House
a man playing a piano to a wedding crowd in Merchants House, Glasgow


Why They Are a Cut Above the Rest

Nestled in the heart of Glasgow, Merchants House provides an exquisite blend of historical charm and modern amenities for your wedding day. This venue can accommodate up to 120 guests and provides you with an in-house wedding planner to ensure that your special day runs seamlessly.

Wedding Packages

Merchants House offers several customisable wedding packages to suit all types of ceremonies and receptions. The Inverclyde package is perfect for more intimate gatherings, accommodating up to 80 guests in the Director’s Room. The George Craig and McEwan packages offer an all-inclusive experience that can cater to a minimum of 80 guests. These packages include the use of the Grand Hall, Lord Dean’s room, and Director’s room, a three-course meal, celebratory drinks, and even a private bridal room.

The additional perks include a dedicated event manager, waiting staff, and chef team. There is also the offer of a taster session for your chosen menu once your booking is confirmed. And if you’re eloping, they can even provide witnesses!

Family-Friendly Options

Children are not left out of the celebration, as Merchants House offers children’s menus as part of their packages.

Historic Elegance

Founded in 1605, Merchants House offers a rich historical backdrop for your wedding ceremony. The venue is governed by the Letter of Guildry, which has been its foundational constitution for over four centuries. This historic essence is sure to add a unique layer of significance to your celebration.

For more information, you can visit their website or follow them on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. This feature is brought to you in partnership with DriftBar.

Mademoiselle Wedding: Crafting Your Perfect Day with Passion and Precision

An Overview

  • Founder: Savannah, a passionate planner from France
  • Specialisations: Tailored Wedding Planning 
  • Selling Proposition: Customised services with a focus on transparency and client satisfaction
  • Accreditations: Former Associate Member of the UK Alliance of Wedding Planners Ltd (Now Dissolved Organisation)
  • Digital Footprint: Mademoiselle FaceBook Page.  Mademoiselle Instagram Page
  • Website: Mademoiselle Wedding Website

a blonde woman standing at a table preparing it for a wedding.

Why They Are A Cut Above The Rest

Nestled within Scotland’s romantic landscapes, Mademoiselle Wedding, spearheaded by Savannah, embodies the essence of tailored wedding planning. Her transition from France to Scotland mirrors the journeys of love she facilitates, making each wedding a testament to dedication and passion.

Personalised Planning Experience

Savannah’s approach is rooted in understanding the distinctiveness of every love story. Offering everything from comprehensive planning to essential day-of coordination, she ensures every couple enjoys their journey to the altar stress-free. Her French elegance and Scottish practicality merge to create celebrations that resonate with authenticity and joy.

Commitment to Excellence

Mademoiselle Wedding distinguishes itself with a strict adherence to ethical practices and a commitment to transparency. As a former associate of the UK Alliance of Wedding Planners Ltd (now dissolved company), Savannah guarantees a service free from hidden costs, where each decision is made in the couple’s best interest at heart.

DriftBar’s Endorsement

Our collaboration with Savannah has allowed us to witness her extraordinary talent and unwavering dedication first-hand. Her ability to transform wedding dreams into reality while prioritising her clients’ wishes above all truly sets her apart. We at DriftBar are not just partners but admirers of her work, recognising her as a leading light in the wedding planning industry.

For those embarking on the journey of marriage, Mademoiselle Wedding offers more than just planning services; it offers a partnership built on trust, creativity, and unparalleled attention to detail. Explore how Savannah can make your wedding day unforgettable by visiting Mademoiselle Wedding. Join us and Savannah in weaving the magic that turns your wedding into the celebration of a lifetime.

Riddles Court: A Historical Gem on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile

An Overview

  • Renovation Period: 2015-2017
  • Specialisations: Weddings, conferences, arts and festivals
  • Unique Selling Proposition: Intimate venue in a restored, historical building
  • Digital Footprint: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter
  • Website: Riddles Court
A newly wed couple on a balcony overlooking the royal mile in Edinburgh.


Why They Are a Cut Above the Rest

Riddle’s Court is no ordinary venue; it is an architectural marvel that sits elegantly on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile. Each room in this Category A-listed merchant’s tenement unveils a unique chapter of its fascinating 500-year history. Whether it’s the painted ceiling from a royal banquet or a panelled room, the historic elegance of the venue captivates all who enter.

Historical Authenticity Meets Modernity

Between 2015 and 2017, the Scottish Historic Buildings Trust poured over £6 million into restoring and modernising Riddle’s Court. The result? A state-of-the-art venue complete with modern amenities like lift access and cutting-edge technology. This doesn’t mean the venue has lost its historic charm; original features like plastered ceilings and working fireplaces still adorn the rooms.

Multi-Functional Venue

The venue’s versatility makes it perfect for a plethora of events—from weddings and meetings to arts festivals and workshops. It also boasts one of the most central locations in the city, being just a five-minute walk from Edinburgh Castle.

Exceptional Weddings

For those looking to wed in an atmosphere as romantic as it is historic, Riddle’s Court offers intimate spaces perfect for ceremonies, receptions, wedding breakfasts, and even ceilidhs.

Contact Them

To get in touch with Riddle’s Court, call them at 0131 220 1232 or email at info@shbt.org.uk. Their physical location is at Riddle’s Court, 322 Lawnmarket, Edinburgh EH1 2PG.

For more insights into their available spaces or to book your event, visit their website or follow them on socials that are linked above. This feature is brought to you in partnership with DriftBar.

Carrick Castle Estate: Where Rustic Meets Luxury in the Heart of the Trossachs

An Overview

  • Type of Venue: DIY with luxury accommodation
  • Capacity: Up to 46 guests
  • New Addition: Craigard, a second, smaller venue
  • Specialisations: Barn weddings, intimate lodge weddings
  • Locations: Carrick Castle, Lochgoilhead, Argyll and Bute, PA24 8AF
  • Digital Footprint: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter
  • Website: Carrick Castle Estate
a wedding taking place at Carrick Castle Estate in Scotland


Why They Are a Cut Above the Rest

Commitment to Excellence

At Carrick Castle Estate, excellence isn’t just a word; it’s a philosophy. From the well-maintained grounds to the personalised service, the team goes above and beyond to ensure your wedding is nothing short of extraordinary. And as frequent collaborators, we at DriftBar can personally vouch for their unwavering commitment to quality.

A Scenic Partnership

It’s always special when business meets pleasure. Our new partnership with Carrick Castle Estate embodies just that, as we have the privilege to work in the mesmerising Trossachs, a location as charming as the estate itself.

It’s not just the scenic location or the architectural beauty that makes Carrick Castle Estate exceptional; it’s the attention to detail, the unparalleled service, and the unique offerings that truly set this venue apart.

Local and Seasonal Cuisine

One feature that particularly stands out is their dedication to sourcing local, seasonal ingredients. Their catering options offer a real taste of Scotland, complementing the aesthetic beauty of the venue. And speaking of catering, our collaboration means you have the option to elevate your event with DriftBar’s signature cocktails and menu items.

Barn Weddings, Your Way

Carrick Castle’s Rustic Barn provides an 18m x 18m canvas for you to paint your dream wedding. Whether you imagine hay bale seating or floral chandeliers, the barn’s ambient festoon lighting and colour-changeable up-lighters set the perfect mood. Additionally, ceremonies can be held in the barn itself or the estate’s rear and front courtyards, or even the lodge lawn.

An Intimate Affair

For those envisioning a more intimate celebration, both the Lodge and the newly launched Craigard offer elegant options. Get ready in the bride’s boudoir and say ‘I do’ in a range of picturesque settings—from the top balcony overlooking the loch to the intimate Craigard chapel. These venues accommodate up to 24 VIP guests, providing a more personalised experience.

Versatility and Assistance

The estate isn’t just a venue; it’s a full-service experience with a list of recommended wedding suppliers, including a wedding planner and venue stylist, to help design and coordinate your day.

Contact Them

If Carrick Castle Estate sounds like your ideal wedding venue, or if you’re simply looking to escape to the Trossachs, contact them through their website or social media using the details above.

Carrick Castle Estate is not just a venue but a canvas for your dreams, and we are excited to bring these dreams to life in partnership with them.

Aye Do Shop: Bespoke Wedding Essentials

An Overview

  • Founding Year: 2015
  • Specialisations: Custom-made wedding decorations and favours
  • Unique Selling Proposition: Products are sustainably made
  • Digital Footprint: Facebook, Instagram
  • Website: Aye Do Shop

a man and woman embrace outside a shop in West Kilbride

Why They Are a Cut Above the Rest

A Dynamic Duo

Aye Do is not just a store; it’s a love story. Founded by Kerry and David Long, a husband-and-wife team, Aye Do is the epitome of what happens when passion meets expertise. With David’s years in wedding photography and Kerry’s long-standing reputation in wedding stationery and crafts, you’re in the hands of industry experts who are also life partners. This unique blend of professional and personal dedication sets them apart.

Tailored to You

What sets Aye Do above the rest is their highly personalised service. They offer not only stationery but also faux flowers and personalised gifts. They are genuinely a one-stop-shop for those intricate details that add a touch of uniqueness to any wedding. Each product is crafted with love, embodying the personal touch that comes from their years of experience and their very own journey as a couple.

Face-to-Face Experience

In an age where the shopping experience has largely moved online, Aye Do goes against the grain by offering face-to-face consultations. Operating out of their delightful premises, they’ve made their dream come true to personally meet and assist couples in their wedding planning journey. This hands-on approach allows for a deeper understanding of each couple’s needs, translating into products that are as unique as your love story.

A Crafty Edge

Kerry’s talents aren’t just limited to stationery. Her knack for crafts expands into various realms, providing couples with an array of options that go beyond paper and ink. Whether it’s an intricately designed faux flower arrangement or a bespoke wedding gift, her creativity knows no bounds.

Expert Eye

With David’s expertise in wedding photography, you’re not just getting stationery or gifts; you’re getting an artistic viewpoint that only a seasoned photographer can provide. His years capturing the nuances of weddings means that he knows exactly what details will stand out and make a difference.

Little Texas: A Culinary Journey to the American South

An Overview

  • Founding Year: 2018
  • Specialisations: American Southern cuisine
  • Unique Selling Proposition: Bringing Texas BBQ to Scotland
  • Digital Footprint: Facebook, Instagram
  • Website: Little Texas

a BBQ food truck with flame decals.

Why They Are a Cut Above the Rest

Little Texas presents a delightful culinary twist by bringing authentic American Southern barbecue to Scotland. Their mesquite-smoked meats and Southern-inspired sides offer a unique alternative to traditional Scottish fare.

Authentic Texan Experience

Barry, the man behind Little Texas BBQ, brings 15 years of Texan barbecue knowledge straight from the heart of South Texas. With his mentor, Darrel Holt, Barry mastered the art of smoking meats to perfection. It’s not just BBQ; it’s a culinary journey to the Lone Star State.

Culinary Excellence

Mhairi, with her decades of chef experience, elevates the barbecue experience beyond casual fare. Having worked in fine dining and highly-rated restaurants, her culinary finesse adds a touch of luxury to each plate.

Sauce Alchemy

Vazza, the sauce master, adds the final magic touch. Each sauce is carefully crafted, turning every meal into an unforgettable experience. It’s alchemy in a bottle.

Versatile Catering

Their food truck is not just for casual events; they can upscale their service to meet the demands of weddings and other formal occasions. So whether you’re looking to add a touch of Texas to your nuptials or simply enjoy the best BBQ around, Little Texas BBQ has got you covered.

Devotion DJs: Turn Up the Beat

An Overview

  • Founding Year: 2010
  • Specialisations: Diverse music genres, bespoke playlists
  • Unique Selling Proposition: Multilingual DJs
  • Digital Footprint: Facebook, Instagram
  • Website: Devotion DJs

a bride and groom dance on a dancefloor with a dj in the background

Why They Are a Cut Above the Rest

Devotion DJs ensures that the dance floor stays lively with an expertly curated playlist, ranging from classics to current chart-toppers. Their DJs can accommodate diverse crowds by speaking multiple languages.

Brass Neck Rum: Crafting the Essence of Scotland into Every Bottle

An Overview

  • Founding Year: December 2020
  • Founders: Three rum enthusiasts
  • Specialisations: Scottish spiced rum
  • Unique Selling Proposition: Infused with native Scottish botanicals
  • Price: £39 per bottle
  • Digital Footprint: Facebook, Instagram
  • Website: Brass Neck Rum

a bottle of brass neck rum sitting on a table with bokeh background

Why They Are a Cut Above the Rest

A Meeting of Minds

It’s often said that great minds think alike. Such was the case when Graeme and Conor, founders of DriftBar, crossed paths with Freddy, the owner of Brass Neck Rum, at a rum festival in Glasgow. At the time, DriftBar was in its nascent stage, but one bottle of Brass Neck Rum was all it took to cement a fast-growing partnership. Conor was so taken with the quality of the rum that they knew it had to feature in DriftBar’s cocktail menu.

Celebrating Scotland’s Heritage

Scotland is world-renowned for its distilling expertise, yet Scottish rums were noticeably underrepresented. That changed when three rum-loving friends decided to fill this gap. Collaborating with a top distiller in Perth, they embarked on a journey to create a rum that proudly bore the Scottish imprint.

Botanical Brilliance

Brass Neck Rum is not just any spiced rum; it’s an ode to Scottish botany. Infused with an assortment of locally sourced botanicals—tonka beans, aromatic orange peel, nettles, and thistles—it delivers a spiced rum experience like no other.

Premium Quality

Priced at £39 per bottle, Brass Neck Rum is a premium offering that aligns seamlessly with the quality and aesthetic that DriftBar’s clientele have come to expect. It is the perfect complement to any high-end gathering or celebration.

Contact Them

To immerse yourself in the distinct flavours of Brass Neck Rum, visit their website or get social with them on social media using the links above.

This feature is brought to you in partnership with DriftBar, whose curated cocktails proudly feature Brass Neck Rum.  By booking DriftBar for your wedding, you can experience the exceptional taste of Brass Neck rum that you cannot get anywhere else!  Cheers to collaborations that bring out the best in each other!

Laird’s Table: Award-Winning Taste in a Breath-Taking Setting

An Overview

  • Type of Venue: Cafe/Restaurant
  • Awards: Taste Of Our Best Accredited & Award-Winning
  • Specialisations: Scottish cuisine
  • Location: Overlooks a Lohan
  • Digital Footprint: Facebook, Instagram
  • Website: Laird’s Table

a photograph of lairds table at night. It shows the building lit up viewed from across the lake.

Why They Are a Cut Above the Rest

An Exceptional Launch Pad

Laird’s Table isn’t just an award-winning venue; it was the stunning backdrop for our own launch night. From the scenic vistas to the quality cuisine, the setting was nothing short of spectacular.

Authentically Scottish

The cafe and restaurant specialize in using the freshest quality Scottish produce, providing a unique and genuine dining experience that is both relaxing and rewarding.

More Than Just Business

Beyond the professional rapport, there’s a friendly relationship. We wholeheartedly recommend Laird’s Table for any occasion, especially weddings, not just for their exceptional service but for the incredible people behind it.

Contact Them

If you’re looking for a venue that pairs exceptional dining with stunning views, get in touch with Laird’s Table through their website or social media linked above.

Laird’s Table elevates any event, just as they elevated our launch night, making it an experience we won’t forget. We are proud to call them our friends and partners.

Boutique Balloons and Events: Transforming Spaces, Crafting Memories

An Overview

  • Location: Ayrshire, Scotland
  • Specialisations: Venue decoration and event styling
  • Unique Selling Proposition: Award-winning, unique, and creative designs
  • Additional Credentials: Full Liability Insurance
  • Digital Footprint: Facebook, Instagram
  • Website: Boutique Balloons and Events

a woman stands posing for a photo in front of balloons

Why They Are a Cut Above the Rest

Award-Winning Creativity

Boutique Balloons and Events is not just a service; it’s an award-winning experience. Their accolades speak volumes, assuring you of the quality and creativity you’re investing in.

Attention to Detail

Their meticulous approach leaves no stone unturned and no tassel untamed. From the first consultation to the big day, you’ll experience nothing less than perfection at each step.

Bespoke Designs

Why settle for off-the-shelf when you can have tailor-made? Every design is created to align with your vision, making your event truly unique and reflective of your personal style.

Ayrshire and Beyond

Based in Ayrshire but not confined to it, they’re willing to travel to bring your dream event to life, wherever it may be. This is true commitment to their clients’ needs.

All-in-One Venue Styling

From balloons to backdrops, they offer a comprehensive suite of decoration and styling services, making your planning process seamless and stress-free.

That’s A Wrap:

This comprehensive guide aims to assist you in planning a wedding as unique as your love story. We’ve meticulously curated this list of exceptional vendors to help turn your dream wedding into a reality.

Cheers to a future filled with joy, love, and endless adventures!

For more information on any of the vendors, feel free to visit their respective social media pages or websites. Thank you for accompanying us on this tour of Scotland’s finest wedding vendors and venues.

Of course you can always book DriftBar for your own wedding or private party by heading over to our booking page.  You can learn more about us here and what makes us stand out.  Don’t forget to visit our own social media channels using the links at the bottom of this website.



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